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  • Successful Little League debut season ends at Section tournament

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Jul 22, 2024

    The Shafter Little League All-Star team saw their tournament life end this past weekend when they fell in the finals of the Section 7 tournament, losing to Chowchilla in a best of three series. The locals, according to Coach Daniel Burciega, had a long ride up there and it showed in the first game. "They were a little tired, and then we had to sit through a 30-minute delay when their lights overheated and went out." Chowchilla will move on to the State tournament held next...

  • Shafter Boxing Club shines at Olympics

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Jul 17, 2024

    The Shafter Boxing Club traveled to Wichita, Kansas, last weekend to compete in the National Junior Olympics. Mike Ayon, the director of the club, took 10 boxers for the competition and they came home with five medals, two silver and three bronze, making it the most successful Olympics for the local boxers in its history. "We have had a boxer or two medal at the Olympics, but we have never had this much success at the event," commented Ayon. In the past, the club has had...

  • Shafter Little League girls have successful first season

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Jul 17, 2024

    In their inaugural season in the Little League system, the Shafter Little League Girls Softball team fell just a couple wins shy of the State Tournament. The local team, which is made up of girls 10-12 years old, qualified for a trip to the Sectional tournament, where they ended up taking third place in the Section 7. The Shafter team played a full season and selected an All-Star team to represent the Shafter Little League in the post season tournament. Shafter beat out severa...

  • Shafter wins District Championship

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Jul 5, 2024

    The Shafter Little League All-Stars won the District 61 championship in their first year in existence. According to Little League Director Daniel Burciega, Shafter has not had a Little League team before this year. Little League has been a mainstay in Wasco, Buttonwillow, Delano and other surrounding cities in Kern County, but this is Shafter's first year. Burciega has had plenty of experience with helping run the Buttonwillow Little League and has wanted to bring one to...

  • Zale Mantas makes SHS golf history

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Jun 16, 2024

    A Shafter High golfer made history this year, becoming the first SHS golfer to qualify for the Southern California Regional tournament. Zale Mantas, a sophomore at SHS, placed seventh at the Regional, the first General to medal in the tournament, just missing the cut for the State tournament. As a team, the Shafter Generals won the SSL, but missed out on advancing to the Regional team playoffs by a few strokes. The Regional has all of the divisions in it, from the large...

  • Generals fall just short of title game

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Jun 9, 2024

    The Shafter High Generals baseball team saw their season come to an end on Thursday afternoon as they dropped a heartbreaking game to SSL rival Chavez High School 4-2 in eight innings. Shafter had used a powerful offense in the second half of the season, pounding out hits and playing stellar defense, conquering all who were in their way. But the Generals didn't get that offensive performance in the State tournament games, relying on one big inning in each game to eke out...

  • Generals are baseball Valley Champs

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated May 27, 2024

    VISALIA -- For the first time in the school's 96-year history, the Shafter High Generals are Valley Champs in baseball after an 8-0 rout of the Matilda Torres Toros on Friday at Valley Strong Park in Visalia. Shafter got their first run in the third inning of the Division V title game, getting three runs across on some timely hitting and quick base running. On the mound, Matteo Martinez pitched a masterpiece. Martinez allowed the Torros three hits through the first three...

  • Generals beat Wasco to advance to baseball semis

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated May 27, 2024

    The Shafter High Generals baseball team headed to the semifinals of the Central Section Division V playoffs with a 3-1 victory over rivals Wasco High. Shafter used a three-run second inning to put up all of the runs they would need to take care of the visiting Tigers. The Generals used three pitchers in the contest, when starter Lukas Pena had a little trouble from the beginning of the game. Andy Gomez came in and promptly put the Tigers down in order. Gomez dominated until...

  • Shafter baseball wins first Central Section Championship

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated May 26, 2024

    VISALIA -- For the first time in its 96-year history, the Shafter High Generals are Valley Champs in baseball after an 8-0 rout of the Matilda Torres Toros on Friday at Valley Strong Park in Visalia. Shafter got their first run in the third inning of the Division V title game, getting three runs across on some timely hitting and quick base running. On the mound, Matteo Martinez pitched a masterpiece. Martinez allowed the Torros three hits through the first three innings, but...

  • Generals qualify three for Masters track

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated May 19, 2024

  • SHS sweeps Wasco to end SSL baseball season

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press and Wasco Tribune|Updated May 19, 2024

    The Shafter High Generals baseball team swept their rivals last week, completing their SSL season in second place. The teams came into the series tied for second place. The Generals beat the Tigers at home, 2-1, to get a game separation between them heading into the final game of the regular season. Shafter traveled to Wasco on Thursday and completed the sweep with a 12-10 win. The Generals used timely hitting in the first meeting, with a strong pitching performance by Jesus...

  • First Lady General going to State Swim Meet

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated May 14, 2024

    A Lady General athlete became the first ever to qualify from Shafter High for the State Swimming Championships – male or female. With a first place in the 100 yard butterfly at the Valley Championships, Sara Jane Osborne punched her ticket for the State meet this weekend – by over a full second. According to Head Coach Larissa Davis, Osbourne has been dominant this year and she is proud of all of the girls. "We have worked so hard, especially with not having a home pool to...

  • Lady Generals shine at SSL meet

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated May 7, 2024

    The Shafter High girls swimming team had an outstanding showing at the SSL championship meet last week, qualifying in several events for the upcoming Valley meet held in Hanford. The relay teams, both the 200 freestyle and the 400 freestyle teams medaled. In the 200 relay, the team, consisting of AnneMarie Piuser, Sarah Jane Osborne, Josephine Martin and Sydnee Macias won the league championship with a Valley-qualifying time of 1:45. Shafter placed second in the 400 relay. In...

  • Generals baseball, softball sweep in SSL

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Apr 28, 2024

    The Shafter High School baseball and softball teams swept their series last week, both teams dominating Kennedy High School. The baseball team beat the Thunderbirds 8-0 on Tuesday and 9-3 on Thursday in a home-at-home series. In the first game, the Generals racked up seven hits, with Andy Gomez grabbing two of them, with an RBI. Matteo Martinez had a strong performance on the mound, giving up only two hits and striking out seven in the game. In the second game of the week,...

  • Lady Generals making a splash in Central Section

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Apr 28, 2024

    The Shafter High girls swimming team has had an outstanding season so far, thriving in the pool despite having a small team this year in numbers. The squad competed earlier this month in an SSL Powermeet at Taft High School and also competed in the Sierra Pacific Invitational in Hanford. At the Power Meet, the 200-yard freestyle relay team won the race with a Valley-qualifying time in the process. The relay team is made up of Sydnee Macias, Josephine Martin, Sarah-Jane...

  • Wrestling is a family affair for the Gonzalezs

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Apr 22, 2024

    Julissa Gonzalez became the first female wrestler at Shafter High to qualify for the State Championships last year. She repeated that feat this year, as well as becoming the first female wrestler to win a Valley title. Julissa added to her accomplishments last weekend when she traveled to the Reno World Wrestling Championships, placing second in her weight class. This is impressive enough, but the Gonzalez family boasts a quintet of talented wrestlers, with all five of their...

  • WHS in pursuit of SSL championships

    Veronica Jacuinde, Wasco Tribune|Updated Apr 22, 2024

    As the Wasco High School Spring sports season comes to an end, the teams have shown successful performances in baseball, softball, swim, track, boys golf and boys tennis. With a blend of determination, skill and unwavering team spirit, several stand a chance to take home the coveted South Sequoia League Championship title. In an interview, Ddirector of Athletics and Activities Joshua Huddleston shared an update on the spring sports program. He said baseball is in first place...

  • Generals looking good in spring sports

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Apr 19, 2024

    The Shafter High Generals baseball and softball teams both swept the McFarland Cougars last week, each winning a two-game series in the SSL. The baseball team outscored the Cougars in the series, 27-2. They won the opener on Tuesday, 16-2, and followed that with an 11-0 shutout. In the first game, Jaime Martinez was the standout, 2-4 at the plate, scoring two runs and stealing two bases. The Generals ended the game with 12 hits in the game, with Christopher Espinoza having a...

  • SHS baseball opens SSL with a split

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Apr 9, 2024

    The Shafter High baseball team opened their SSL campaign with a split against Chavez High School. On Tuesday, the squad dropped an 8-2 decision to the Titans, but bounced back on Thursday and beat Chavez, 7-5. In the victory, seven different Generals had at least one hit in the game, continuing the Generals prowess at the plate. The team is averaging over 7 runs per game this season. Matteo Martinez had a great series, going 3-4 at the plate and scoring three runs in the win....

  • SHS softball opens league season with tie

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Apr 6, 2024

    The Shafter High softball team opened its SSL season with a 0-0 tie against Chavez High School. This game was a pitcher's duel, with both teams finding it hard to find some offense. The Lady Generals then competed in the Fowler Softball Tournament, opening with a game against highly touted Orange Cove. The Lady Generals fought hard, but came up short in the contest, dropping the game by a score of 5-2. The loss drops Shafter's season record to 9-4-1. Coached by Sharaya Durant...

  • Shafter Spartans shine at State meet

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Mar 27, 2024

    FRESNO – The Shafter Spartans youth wrestling team traveled to the State Tournament last weekend and came away with several medals, including a State Champion. The tournament was held at the Selland Arena in Fresno. Led by Coach Eli Espericueta, the Spartans had a champion in Jayden Gonzalez. Gonzalez, along with his brother Julian and sister Janali, all came home with medals. The Gonzalez family is no stranger to winning, with their older sister, Julissa, becoming the f...

  • SHS off to a fast start on the track

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Mar 18, 2024

    The Shafter High School track and field team is off to a quick start, with a strong showing at the Kern Invitational track meet last weekend. The highlight was sophomore Jocelyn Pierucci, who won the discus event, throwing a distance of over 122 feet, outdistancing her competition by 22 feet. Pierucci is continuing her high school athletic career after having an outstanding freshman season, advancing all the way to the Central Section Masters meet, just missing qualifying for...

  • Shafter Coach Pennell says goodbye to 'his girls'

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Mar 18, 2024

    Shafter High girls basketball Coach Shawn Pennell has retired after 20 seasons at the helm, completing a transformation that took the Lady Generals from the bottom of the SSL to Central Section supremacy. Pennell ended his career a few weeks ago when the Lady Generals made it to the Central Section Division III semifinals and lost a tough game to the eventual Regional Champions, the Bakersfield Christian Eagles. The team won their own basketball tournament and also finished...

  • Nehemiah Salcido heading to State wrestling championships

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Mar 13, 2024

    While the Shafter High girls wrestling team has had unprecedented success this year, their feeder program has also shined this season. The Shafter Youth Wrestling team, the Shafter Spartans, has a young wrestler that is on his way to the State Tournament at Selland Arena in Fresno this weekend. Nehamiah Salcido, who is in just his third year of competitive wrestling, will be competing in the 2nd/3rd division in the 77 lbs. weight class. Salcido has already captured a Valley...

  • Lady Generals season ends in semifinals

    Jamie Stewart, The Shafter Press|Updated Mar 4, 2024

    The Shafter High girls basketball team saw their season and Head Coach Shawn Pennell's tenure end with a loss to the top-seeded Eagles of Bakersfield Christian on Wednesday night, 70-47, in the semifinals of the Central Section Division III playoffs. The Lady Generals, seeded number four in the tourney, came out firing in the first quarter, using a smothering defense to force a few Eagle turnovers and turning them into easy points. After leading after the first quarter, the te...

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