The learning curve for Ebony Black-Smith appeared to be a very short one.
The former Silverado girls basketball star made the jump to junior college ball as a freshman with Barstow Community College this season. She opened the season scoring 26 points and finished the year with the 13th-best scoring average in California.
Despite having pro scouts coming to watch him play, Austyn Willis remains focused on seeing his team succeed.
Since being named a co-captain for the Barstow baseball team, Willis has embraced the role and likes what’s transpiring on the field.
“We’re really gelling together,” Willis said. “The chemis
BARSTOW • A No. 8 ranking in the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 poll doesn’t mean much for the Barstow High School softball team.
At least not to coach Richard Johannsen.
Even though Desert Sky League rival Silverado is third, Johannsen feels confident his team will end the season atop the league.
BARSTOW • If the Barstow High baseball team is going to improve on last season’s 10-10 record, coach Kenny Phillips said they’ll have to find a way to win more close games.
In Phillips’ first season as coach last year, the Aztecs were 4-4 in games decided by two runs or fewer. Phillips feels that was the reason the
BARSTOW • One of the qualities of being a leader is making those around you perform at their best.
Barstow boys basketball coach Prestonn Biggs says Cody Boston has taken on that role and made his teammates “that much better,” including his twin brother Joseph Boston.
When Biggs took over the as the Aztecs’
VICTORVILLE • The Barstow boys basketball team couldn't hold to a halftime lead against Silverado in the teams' final Desert Sky League matchup Tuesday, as the Hawks ran off to 78-56 win and their fourth outright title in a row.
With the win Silverado (18-6, 12-2 DSL) clinched the league title, but received help from Burroughs, whic
Barstow surprises Silverado in girls bball
BARSTOW • Mirion Mims’ big game with 22 points, 20 rebounds and five steals helped carry Barstow past Silverado in a girls basketball game on Tuesday.
Maxine Cooks added eight rebounds and three steals. Sisters Tieria and Vasa Alefio both grabbed eight rebounds. Vasa
ADELANTO • The Barstow girls basketball team is looking to end the season strong and fighting for a playoff spot.
The Aztecs (12-10, 5-5 Desert Sky League) beat Adelanto on Thursday night 60-37, but despite the 23-point margin, coach Jerry Enriquez was disappointed in his team’s performance.
Barstow, coming off a 55-54
BARSTOW • With the league season winding down, the Barstow boys basketball team is still in the hunt for a possible Desert Sky League Championship.
The Aztecs led the entire game against Victor Valley Tuesday night, jumping out to a 14-point lead in the first quarter and cruising to a 64-44 home win.
RIDGECREST • The Lady Aztecs soccer team lost to Burroughs, 3-1, on Thursday.
Like the boys game, the wind played a part on Thursday for the Barstow girls.
“The wind was a big factor. One of their goals the wind put in,” said Lady Aztecs coach Frank Maldonado. “It should have been 1-0 at halftim
BARSTOW • The Aztecs’ playoff hopes are still alive.
The Barstow boys soccer team was at home in its latest game, hosting Burroughs. On a day where the strong wind turned every ball in the air into an adventure, the Aztecs were able to fight the elements enough to get the one goal they’d need, as they won, 1-0, on
BARSTOW • With just five games left in the regular season, every trip out on the court is an important one for the Lady Vikings these days. In the heat of a battle for postseason position, each win is crucial.
On Wednesday, Chaffey College came to town. The Lady Panthers came in with one more loss than Barstow, but the league
APPLE VALLEY • “We played a good 55 minutes,” said Lady Aztecs head coach Frank Maldonado.
The rest of the match, however, belonged to the Lady Cougars. Granite Hills scored six times in the last 25 minutes and took a 6-1 win from Barstow, in Desert Sky League soccer action on Tuesday.
The victory kee
BARSTOW • The Barstow boys basketball team notched its 10th win on Tuesday, but not without a fight.
The Aztecs hosted Granite Hills, which has just two victories on the season. That didn’t stop the Cougars from taking the game all the way down to the wire, though, with Barstow holding on for the 71-63 win.
BARSTOW • The Barstow Community College men's basketball team played the nightcap on Saturday and also won its game, jumping out to a big early lead and going on to thump College of the Desert, 112-91.
While the women's game wasn't put away by the home team until the final minutes, this one was never in doubt, as the Vikings w
BARSTOW • There was a very successful afternoon of basketball at Barstow Community College on Saturday. Not only did the home teams win, but there was a new school record set.
Both the men’s and women’s hoops squads were victorious against College of the Desert. The women opened the afternoon of play and beat the L
BARSTOW • The Barstow boys soccer team was on a three-game winning streak going into Thursday’s match. It would be a task to keep that streak going, however, as the Aztecs had to take on Silverado, which is currently slugging it out with Granite Hills for first place in the Desert Sky League.
The Hawks came out swinging
REDLANDS • Earlier this month, Barstow High School graduate Steven Locke Jr. was named the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's Defensive Player of the Year.
The 6-2, 250-pound defensive end helped lead the University of Redlands football team to an undefeated 2013 conference championship and its sec
BARSTOW • Everyone got in on the action in the Lady Aztecs’ latest game.
The Barstow girls basketball team hosted Adelanto on Tuesday, and played to a big, 59-15, Desert Sky League victory at Barstow High School.
The Lady Saints, new to the DSL, are having a rough inaugural year. They’re a scrappy bun
SAN BERNARDINO • It was a tough weekend in San Bernardino, as the Barstow Community College basketball teams both dropped road games at San Bernardino Valley Community College on Saturday.
The women played first and lost by a 65-45 score.
It was a game that got away in the second half, as it was all tied up at 29
BARSTOW • Women who love to play sports often find themselves without a team once they’re done with school. The Barstow Women’s Soccer League has stepped in to help fill that breach.
The league is currently holding registration for its upcoming third season. It was begun three years ago by Yari Cavallo, as Barstow
BARSTOW • The Lady Jackrabbits held a slight edge throughout the game, as Victor Valley beat Barstow, 58-39, in Desert Sky League girls basketball action Thursday night.
The Lady Aztecs had the same problem they had in their previous game against Burroughs: a third-quarter lapse.
“We were right there, we we
BARSTOW • The Barstow girls soccer team surpassed last year’s win total early in the season. Now there are loftier goals to shoot for.
The Lady Aztecs hosted Victor Valley in their latest match, and handed the Jackrabbits a 5-0 blanking on Thursday afternoon at Barstow High School.
The Lady Aztecs have quie
APPLE VALLEY • The Barstow wrestling team was able to overcome a slow start to beat Granite Hills, 41-38, in a Desert Sky League road match on Monday.
Through the first four weight classes, there was a double forfeit, plus a forfeit by the Aztecs in the 220-pound class. Add in two other Barstow losses, and the visitors trailed
BARSTOW • The Barstow girls soccer team pulled out a 4-3 win over Burroughs on Tuesday.
It was a game in which the home team took an early lead, then had to scramble as the Lady Burros got back into it. Barstow jumped out to a 3-0 edge in the first minutes of the match, getting its first goal just four minutes in by Nayeli Zap