BRIEFS: Spots still open for Pop Warner football, cheer


The Hollister Vikings, Hollister’s oldest youth football and
cheer organization and the area’s only Pop Warner organization,
still has a few openings left for the 2011 season after
registration day.

The Hollister Vikings, Hollister’s oldest youth football and cheer organization and the area’s only Pop Warner organization, still has a few openings left for the 2011 season after registration day.

The primary teams still open are football teams for ages 12 and up, as well as one for younger boys aged 8 or 9 weighing less than 90 pounds.

Cheer teams are mostly full but there are a handful of spots left on the squads for 5- to 12-year olds, and there are many spots left for 13 and up.

Those interested in registering for either football or cheerleading may go to the Hollister Vikings’ website at and click on the link to register. The site will provide some guidance as to which teams are still accepting new applicants, and a board member or coach will contact any new applicants within three days to confirm whether they have been placed on a team.

Hollister resident Renz graduates from Golf Academy of America in San Diego

Christian Renz of Hollister joined 73 fellow students from the Golf Academy of America (GAA) in San Diego to earn an associate degree in Golf Complex Operations and Management during graduation ceremonies on April 22. The San Diego golf school graduating class was composed of students from 19 states and four foreign countries including Canada, China, South Korea and Spain.

“These students put in a lot of hard work and all of them are now well prepared to step into golf career opportunities anywhere in the country,” said Rich Iorio, campus director of the San Diego Golf Academy of America. “Our students are some of the best trained and most knowledgeable golf career professionals in the industry. When they leave Golf Academy of America, they are recognized as the future golf professionals who will lead this industry.”

The GAA is the largest and longest-running two-year golf career college in the world and prepares graduates for a wide array of golf career opportunities in the $76 billion a year industry. Golf Academy of America is an accredited golf course management school offering a comprehensive curriculum of golf instruction and business management. The 16-month program balances classroom studies, practical experience and a comprehensive understanding of both the game and the business of golf.

The GAA boasts an exceptional career placement record for graduates for opportunities including: golf teaching professionals, tournament organizers, club managers and owners, golf manufacturing representatives, product development specialists and golf professionals at golf-related companies, among many other golf career options.

For more information about Golf Academy of America, go to, or call (800) 342-7342.

Local lifters to raise funds for Baler Backers

Gold’s Gym is scheduled to host the Hollister Powerlifting Championships Fundraiser, with all the proceeds raised going to the Baler Backers Athletic Organization, a 501 c(3) nonprofit that benefits the San Benito High School Athletic Department.

The event, which will include competitions in deadlift, bench press and squats, will be open to anyone ages 14 and up. It’s a “raw” competition, meaning no gear will be allowed.

The event will be broken down into brackets between men and women and weight class, and will include divisions from the junior levels to the masters. Individuals can compete in one division or all three. Trophies will be awarded to first, second and third place in each division and weight class.

For teenagers, the preregistration entry fee is $20 for each event, $30 for each on the day of the event. For adults, the preregistration fee is $30 for each event, $40 for each on the day of the event.

Additionally, competition T-shirts are $15 during preregistration and $20 on the day of the event.

The event will be held Saturday, May 21, at Gold’s Gym, and will start at 9 a.m. Weigh-ins will run from 6 to 8 a.m. There is a cover charge of $5, while kids 12 and under will be admitted for free.

Entry forms can be picked up at Gold’s Gym in Hollister, located at 1525 Cushman Street.

The event is currently looking for sponsors.

For more information about the event, contact Ray Perez at 673-0101, or email at: [email protected]

California Rodeo Salinas announces Hall of Fame class

The California Rodeo Salinas announced its Hall of Fame Class of 2011 this week, in what is just the second year that the rodeo has inducted individuals.

Inductees to be honored in the 2011 class include:

Committee Members

Chet Behen

F.E. ‘Gene’ Dayton


Arena: Leo and Jerold Camarillo

Track: Johnny Brazil

Contract Personnel

Mel Lambert


Lucky Blanton


The John W. Jones Family (Sr. & Jr.)

Supporters & Contributors

The Happy Family

The California Rodeo Salinas’ Hall of Fame strives to preserve the heritage, history and traditions of the California Rodeo Salinas along with showcasing individuals, organizations and livestock whose distinctive contributions to the California Rodeo Salinas have helped keep the traditions of the West alive.

Categories were developed for nominees and include Livestock, Contestants, Contract Personnel, Committee Members (including Directors, Past Presidents), Staff, Supporters and Contributors and Notables.

An induction luncheon will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2011. The ticket price for the annual induction is $30 per person and includes lunch and drinks during the induction ceremony. The Luncheon will take place on the Director’s Patio at the Salinas Sports Complex, located at 1034 North Main Street in Salinas from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Call 831-775-3100 to reserve your seat.

Gavilan College Communication Club conducting prize raffle

The Gavilan College Communication Club is currently selling tickets for a prize raffle that will raise money for funding student scholarships and events.

Each ticket is $1 and the prizes are as follows: Two tickets to the May 21 game between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A’s at AT&T Park; a $100 gift card to Victoria’s Secret; and a his or hers Calvin Klein fragrance gift set.

Anyone who is interested in purchasing a ticket can email the Gavilan College Communication Club at: [email protected], or they can stop by the cafeteria at Gavilan College between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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The Hollister Free Lance and The Weekend Pinnacle sports section is now on Twitter – @HollisterSports.

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MMA event to return to Hollister

Just four months after Hollister hosted what was believed to be its first-ever mixed martial arts event, organizers have already announced a second go-round into the local MMA scene with War 2.

The MMA event, promoted by Central Coast Throwdown and Main Street Kickboxing, will be held May 6 at the Veterans Memorial Building, located at 649 San Benito Street in downtown Hollister.

The event’s flyer promotes “10 ultimate battles, 1 championship war.”

Tickets will cost $30 for the event, and can be purchased at Main Street Kickboxing in Hollister, Big Joe’s BBQ in Salinas, or at the DJ Booth in Salinas. VIP info, meanwhile, can be had by calling (831) 580-7868, or by going online to:

Fights for the May 6 event will begin at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m.

War 2 comes nearly four months after even promoters held Fightin’ on the Faultline at the Veterans Memorial Building, which took place Jan. 8 and was greeted with capacity crowds.

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