This week’s “Tip of the Cap” award goes to Meadow Vista resident Art Anglade who went above and beyond the call of duty last Sunday to aid the fundraising effort for local veteran and former Colfax High runner Ronnie Saavedra, who is battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer.
Hearing that a nachos booth was being planned as a fundraiser for Saavedra at last Sunday’s Pioneer Day celebration in Meadow Vista, Anglade, who as a member of the Colfax High Football Boosters Club knows the ins and outs of the snack bar, put up a pop-up tent and doled out some Mexican food fixings of his own all day, with all profits going to Saavedra.
The next big Saavedra fundraiser will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at Vina Castellano, 4590 Bell Road in Auburn. The event is $30 per ticket, which includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (530) 637-4549 for tickets.
It seems just like yesterday that Gene Bates was either patrolling second base, umpiring or manning the burger booth at the Colfax Recreation Association’s fast pitch softball tournaments. Over the years Bates, a 1973 CHS grad, became a fixture at Colfax High’s football and baseball games as he was a loyal follower — home or away — of sons of area friends that played for the Falcons. One of Bates’ shining moments came back in the 1970s when he played a flawless second base for the Who Are Those Guys? men’s championship softball team and forever-in-lore donned the nickname “Tito” in reference to the then flashy second baseman of the San Francisco Giants, Tito Fuentes.
A few years later the real Tito Fuentes came to Colfax as part of a Giants sponsored Little League clinic and Colfax’s “Tito” found time to make it up to the ballpark to meet Fuentes and share some quips and stories.
Our “Tito” was 55 years young when he passed away two weeks ago. A celebration of his life is being planned by area friends.
Sierra ranks high again
Once again the athletic program at Sierra College has found itself among the top ranked community colleges in the state. The California Community College Commission on Athletics and National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators released the final standings for NATYCAA Cup, state associations division. Sierra tied with Riverside in the rankings for overall athletic excellence. “Our coaches and great student athletes are to be congratulated for another incredible year of sports excellence,” said John Volek, dean of athletics at Sierra. “I am so proud.”
Speaking of Sierra….
The Sierra College Wolverine Athletic Association is now accepting nominations for its Class of 2011 Hall of Fame to honor its former and current athletes, coaches, and community members. The deadline to submit a nomination is August 13. Send nominations to Tim Haenny, Wolverine Athletic Association Hall of Fame Committee Chairman, at 5000 Rocklin Road, Rocklin, CA 95677.