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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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Pastor brings more than just sports to inmates

By Marcus Henderson Even when Pastor Miguel Rodriquez (CQ) was recovering from surgery for a burst appendix in 2015, he stayed involved with the Prison Sports Ministry. From his sick bed he recruited teams to visit the prison. For 10 years Pastor Rodriquez has been a hard-core sponsor. He has played and brought teams in […]

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First place in handball wins more than granola bars

By Rahsaan Thomas On Christmas Eve, four pairs of handball players met in the alley on San Quentin Prison’s Lower Yard to compete in a holiday tournament for granola bar prizes. “The prize doesn’t so much matter; it’s coming out here for the fellowship and being part of a community to get through these holidays […]

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The 2016 SQ Warrior’s losing season still a win

The San Quentin Warriors started the 2016 season with high expectations. They recruited new talent, including a former Memphis University player, but ended the season 5-8 against Christian Sports Ministry, their worst record in years, yet they are still smiling. “I’m surprised we won as much as we did,” said Bill Epling, the sponsor of […]

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North Block keeps Becky after Christmas tournament

By Rahsaan Thomas A slow start, a late opposing West Block team surge, a closed gym and playing outdoors in cold weather didn’t stop North Block from barely three-peating in the Asian-Pacific Islander Holiday Basketball Tournament where the prize was keeping the Becky with the Good Hair trophy. “It was 42 degree out here. I […]

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Sports fan behavior is said to be normal

Walking down the fifth tier in San Quentin State Prison’s North Block, you’ll see several 8”x11” signs with the logos of football teams, including the Cowboys, Steelers and, mostly, Raiders. One individual has the Raider emblem tattooed on his stomach, wears a Raider bracelet, has the Raider crest on his coffee cup and is known […]

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