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North Block wins basketball trophy named Becky, 28-21

By Rahsaan Thomas The Asian/Pacific Islanders formed teams by housing units for a Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament where the prizes were promoting unity and a trophy called Becky with the Good Hair. North Block defeated H-Unit in the finals, 28-21. “They played a good game; we played a good game. They came out on top,” said […]

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SQ Kings end losing season with victory

The San Quentin Kings ended their last game of a losing season with an 87-83 overtime win over the visiting Bittermen basketball team. “We salvaged the season,” joked Kings Coach Orlando Harris. “Even though they won the season series, they have to go home and sit with this loss for the entire off season. I’m […]

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A fútbol battle of the ages on the Lower Yard

By Eddie Herena Prison provides the opportunity for Latinos to seek friendship with their fellow inmates through a shared interest. At San Quentin State Prison, this usually means finding them on a soccer field. On the Lower Yard, incarcerated soccer players recently held a match against the Hermanos Unidos (United Brothers) – a team of […]

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Draymond Green converts a heckler

By Rahsaan Thomas For years Ceasar “C-Money” McDowell has been heckling any team that comes in from the outside to play in San Quentin, especially the Golden State Warriors organization. However, after an epic day of playing dominos inside the prison with Draymond Green, he now calls the NBA All-Star his favorite basketball player. “Draymond […]

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USF tennis team loves its matches at San Quentin

The University of San Francisco Tennis Team, comprising players from around the world, returned to San Quentin to visit and play against the Inside Tennis Team. The S.Q. team is composed of older incarcerated men, most of whom learned how to play tennis inside prison. “I love bringing my guys here,” said USF coach Pablo […]

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10 complete the ninth annual 1000 Mile Club marathon

Despite obstacles, like several alarms requiring all inmates to sit on the ground for momentum-zapping spats, 10 men completed 105 laps around San Quentin’s Lower Yard to finish the ninth annual 1000 Mile Club marathon. The 10 finishers, on Nov. 19, represent a club record. Since 2008, no more than nine men have completed the […]

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San Quentin Kings tumble under .500

By Rahsaan Thomas The Outsiders dealt the San Quentin Kings over-40 basketball team another loss, winning 96-89. “First time we beat them two in a row,” said Outsider Steve Watkins. Kings Coach Orlando Harris said, “It’s our first losing season in the four years I’ve been coaching. Even if we win our next two games, […]

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No winner in epic Intramural League basketball finals

By Rahsaan Thomas Commissioner Ishmael Freelon declared a draw in the Intramural League Basketball Championship after controversy over whether one of the games should count as a forfeit in the best of five series otherwise tied two-two. Championship Intramural games are normally played on Sunday mornings, but the coaches of both teams agreed to play game […]

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All-Madden team slips past Chosen, 33-31

By Marcus Henderson The visiting Chosen Christian Sports Ministries missed a two-point conversion attempt to fall 32-31 to San Quentin’s All-Madden flag football team on a wet and muddy field. “I was surprised and happy the administration let us play in these conditions,” said D. “Zayd” Nickolson. “It’s always like a semi-pro experience when we […]

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SQ soccer aces turn back Berkeley…again

By Eddie Herena On a late October morning, 20 young men from the surrounding Bay Area dressed in black T-shirts and black shorts, marched down into a prison for a soccer match that had been planned for months. Stepping onto San Quentin’s Field of Dreams was a new experience for all but one member of […]

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