TC Announces Inductees for First Hall of Fame Class
By Dennis McCall
Taft Midway Driller
June 24, 2015
Taft College will induct six individuals, two of them posthumously, and a team into its inaugural Hall of Fame. Click the link below for the whole story.
The Taft College athletic department is looking for individuals who were on either the 1982 Football team or the 1996 volleyball team. Please contact Jennifer Edmaiston at 661-763-7829 or email@example.com.
Miguel Ibarra - Face of the United Franchise
Miguel Ibarra helps put Minnesota United FC on the map
By David LA Vaque Star Tribune
May 31, 2015 — 10:43pm
They watch and cheer back home in Lancaster, Calif., where his love for soccer took root. Former coaches and teammates from his alma maters Taft College and the University of California, Irvine meet around televisions or computers and marvel. Even veteran Minnesota United FC teammates can feel like fans in Miguel Ibarra’s presence.
An explosive midfielder with great speed and stamina, Ibarra took a unique and circuitous path from an unknown to the 2014 North American Soccer League most valuable player. Bigger still, last fall he became the first player from a second-tier league in North America to receive a national team call-up in a decade.
The kid who could not garner Division I college interest out of high school found his jersey hanging next to Landon Donovan’s in the locker room. Clint Dempsey presented Ibarra, once cut by Portland of Major League Soccer, a ball signed by the U.S. team after his first appearance in an international match.
Spring Sports Banquet
The Taft College Athletic Department held its Spring Sports Banquet on Sunday, May 3, 2015 to recognize the hard work and dedication of our athletes who participated on the women’s basketball team and the baseball team.
Click here for the full gallery. Pictures courtesy of Mahea Maui.
Kanoe Bandy Given Top Soroptimist Honor
March 3, 2015
Taft Midway Driller
Kanoe Bandy was given one of the highest honors Soroptimist International bestows – The Soroptimist Ruby Award.
Bandy is a Taft College professor, coach, administrator and mentor to the student athletes she coaches and was honored Tuesday (March 3) by the Taft Soroptimist Club.
She was introduced by Taft College President, Dena Maloney and was clearly moved by the honor.
“It’s beyond any kind of thanks that I could give,” she said. “It’s humbling, and it’s humbling being here with you.”
Bandy is well known for enlisting the volleyball players she coaches to get involved in community service, like holiday food drives and helping at Fort luaus.
“I have found we teach and learn more through service,” she said.
Bandy and her volleyball team always help with fundraising for the American Cancer Society, especially in Breast Cancer Awareness.
It’s a cause that is especially important to her.
Her younger sister – Li’i Pearl – died of cancer. She was an assistant coach with Kanoe and taught her big sister an important lesson about coaching.
“She taught me to do it because I love it,” Kanoe told the Soroptimists.
Bandy began her career at Taft College in 1987, but attended the school as a student athlete in the early 1980’s.
She has coached softball and volleyball, and since 1996 has been the TC Athletic Director.
Bandy attended the luncheon with her husband Don Bandy and colleague Tony Thompson.
Since Li’i’ s death, Thompson has been driving the volleyball team bus.
Each season, when they travel to Porterville, they stop at the site of a drunk driving crash that killed a member of the team, Katie Owens, who was home for there over the semester break. Kanoe gets out, places candles and ribbons at the site, and talks to the team about Katie.
It is the type of teaching that makes Bandy stand out.
Former West Kern Community College District Board of Trustees member, Carolyn Hosking emphasized that.
“She develops the total person, not just the athlete,” Hosking said.
Hosking has attended many TC volleyball games and is impressed with Bandy’s style.
“I have never seen her show anything but respect for those girls,” Hosking said.
The Ruby Award includes a cash donation to the charity of the recipients choice.
Bandy donated the money back to the Soroptimist Critical Access Program which helps pay for gas and travel costs for Taft residents who need to travel for medical treatments.
TC Baseball Retires #10 Jersey of Tony Thompson
February 12, 2015
Taft Midway Driller
Former Taft College baseball coach, Tony Thompson got a surprise last week when the school retired his jersey number at a ceremony before the Cougars played College of the Siskiyous.
Thompson, left, received a plaque from current coach Vince Maiocco and watched as players unveiled a large sign in left field marking the occasion.
Thompson coached from 1988-2004 and currently serves as the school’s Academic Advisor for Athletes.
Men's Soccer Team Recieves Certificate of Recognition
Taft College’s men’s soccer team took center stage at Tuesday’s Taft City Council meeting. Coach Angelo Cutrona (below left) recounted some of the successes in the 2014 season that saw the Cougars finish with a 22-1-2 record, a Central Valley Conference championship and a trip the California Final Four. (Below right) Cutrona, with Taft College President Dena Maloney, team captain Edgar Rodriguez, Athletic Director Kanoe Bandy, women’s soccer coach Myisha Cutrona and Vice President of Student Services Darcy Bogle, accepted a certificate of recognition from Mayor Randy Miller.
Academic All Conference Team - Fall 2014:
The following student athletes have satisfied the fall 2014 Central Valley Conference requirements for the academic all-conference awards. These student athletes have excelled academically with a grade point average of 3.0 or above, on a 4.0 scale in at least 12 semester units while successfully participating in a season of sport: More
Van Stone Signs with Hawaii Pacific University
Cougar’s starting pitcher Brandon Van Stone is the first baseball player this year to commit to a four year university. After a very strong freshman year Brandon was contacted by Hawaii Pacific, a Division 2 school in Honolulu, early this fall. It didn’t take him long to fully commit.
Congratulations to Brandon Van Stone!
37 student athletes graduated in the Class of 2013 ceremony on Friday, May 24, 2013.
Madison Lawley Honored by Soroptimist
Soroptimist International of Taft presented Madison Lawley, Taft College sophomore student/athlete with the Young Women of Achievement Award at a luncheon on May 14, 2013.
Every year, Soroptimist International of Taft contacts local schools in the area for the names of young ladies from each grade, 7-14, who have demonstrated outstanding qualities. Taft College’s Madison Lawley received the honor for grade 14.
Taft College Student/Athlete, Edgar Contreras signs with UCLA
Lamont, Calif. (Taft College/Arvin HS)
Defender - 6-0, 185
Transfer from Taft College who will enter the 2013 season as a junior...attended Taft for two years, playing under head coach Angelo Cutrona...named the CVC Defender of the Year and was a second-team NSCAA All-American while at Taft...attended Arvin High School (Arvin, Calif.), playing soccer under head coach Mauricio Lobos and football under head coach Edgar Mares...earned All-League honors in soccer at Arvin. More