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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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Drug program ends season for gym basketball league

For years, the gym hosted the Championship Basketball League during winter evenings at San Quentin. The League provided an opportunity for competition and camaraderie. But the 2016-2017 tournament ended abruptly one evening in mid-December when the administration closed the gym for recreation to house a treatment program there temporarily. The closure coincided with some of […]

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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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