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Warriors’ coach institutes no players left behind policy

By Rahsaan Thomas Staff Writer On an chilly overcast day, 33 men tried out for the San Quentin Warriors, and none of them were cut from the team. “I love that a lot of people come to try out,” veteran Warrior Montrell “Mad Defense” Vines said. “I ain’t seen this in three years.” Head Coach […]

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Spring training brings new talent to the diamond

By Marcus Henderson At least 40 men showed up for the San Quentin baseball spring training tryouts. The veteran players were in rare form, demonstrating their batting and fielding skills. They showed the newcomers the proper baseball mechanics while the outside volunteers and coaches scouted the talent for the 17-man roster. “We’re looking to improve […]

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Oliver’s duty to country trumps his childhood dreams

Paul Oliver grew up with dreams of playing in the NBA. When his father, a full-bird colonel, sent him to West Point Military Academy, he ran off. “I didn’t want to go to West Point because I wanted to be in the NBA,” Oliver said. “I had a scholarship to the University of Washington. I […]

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Quarantine staggers 3-Mile Race, changing the results

Skull’s first place was short lived; Taylor gains top spot on second day By Rahsaan Thomas With West Block locked down, this year’s 1000 Mile Club three-mile race happened on two different days. Chris Skull took first place in the initial three-mile race with a time of 19:04. However, Markelle Taylor and Eddie Herena reclaimed […]

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Commissioner’s addiction won’t affect Intramural League season

‘I regret letting a lot of people down who counted on me. Now I’m clean’ Last year’s San Quentin Intramural Basketball League ended in controversy after the commissioner missed several games due to disciplinary issues tied to drug addiction. Commissioner Ishmael Freelon promises the 2017 season, which starts April 23, will be much better. “I […]

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Warriors’ guard turns coach

Cuevas’s new post is ‘Great new beginning’ After five years of leading his team from the point guard position, Rafael Cuevas is now the head coach of the San Quentin Warriors. “Great new beginning,” said Warriors backup center Donte Smith. The former Warriors head coach, Daniel “Bear” Wright, left the yard. Cuevas talked to S.Q. […]

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SQ Kings search for new talent in tryouts

By Rahsaan Thomas Older men made up the new talent trying out for the San Quentin Kings’ 40 and over basketball team. On Jan. 28 and 29, the Kings held tryouts for the 2017 season schedule that begins March 11 against the Bittermen. Bittermen Coach Ted Saltviet assembles players, mostly K-12 school teachers, from the […]

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SQ aims to share fútbol’s worldwide growth

The Federal Internacional Football Association is adding 16 new teams to its international soccer tournament. Meanwhile, soccer players at San Quentin hope their 2017 season expands to playing more than just one outside team. FIFA currently has teams from 32 nations that compete for the world cup every four years. The FIFA governing council approved […]

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Looking back on the history of SQ baseball

Kent Philpott and Earl Smith played leading roles By Marcus Henderson When you talk about San Quentin baseball history, you cannot leave out 75-year-old coach and sponsor of the old San Quentin Pirates, Kent Philpott, who took over the team in 1997. Philpott played semi-pro ball in Los Angeles and four years in the military […]

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Barnes rekindles his sports passion while pursuing coding.

By Rahsaan Thomas In most prisons, you won’t find a tennis court, mini-college campus, Microsoft Certification, coding program or a newspaper written and run by incarcerated men, as you do at San Quentin. Robert Barnes, 54, took a class to learn how to play tennis in college for fun back in the ’80s. A horrible […]

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