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First Lady Michelle Obama Receives the Official White House Christmas Tree

WASHINGTON. — First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed the Official White House Christmas Tree the day after Thanksgiving.. This year’s tree, which will be on display in the Blue Room, is an 18.5-foot Fraser fir grown by Jay and Glenn Bustard in Lansdale, Penn. Members of the National Christmas Tree Association have presented the official White House Christmas Tree for display in the Blue Room since 1966. — Cheriss May


New Vision Academy Holds 5th Annual Career Day

Career Day speakers: Riverside Superior Courts, Mr. Mark Petersen, Mrs. Helen Bowden, Mrs. Mylene Green, Program Officer Mrs. Lynn Osorio, and CHP officer Mr. Jason Graham.

New Vision Academy held its fifth annual career day. This was the second year career day was integrated between the middle and elementary schools that makes up New Vision Academy. Students in grades kindergarten to eighth grade were given the opportunity to hear from different professionals.

Water District Community relations officer Stephanie Guida, presenting to New Vision Academy’s first grade class.

New Vision Academy is a K-8th grade charter school located in San Bernardino County. New Vision Academy holds a four-year partnership with UCLA BruinCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA. VISTA and BruinCorps are two programs with a mission to help fight poverty in low-income communities. Both programs are working with New Vision Academy to help promote a college going culture, with the goal of providing equal access to educational opportunities.

Career day not only raised students awareness about careers but it gave them an opportunity to learn and hear from different professionals, who emphasized the value of education and expressed the importance that excelling in academics, can have for a student’s futures.

Nurse Ransom presenting to New vision Academy’s 8th grade class.

Lucero Flores, 6th grader, said, “Career day was a really good experience. All the speakers were really nice and they said really great things about us, I am really thankful they came.”

There were a total of 26 professionals in attendance ranging from a variety of fields, such as nursing, art director, martial arts instructors, doctor, social workers, CHP Officer, nonprofit coordinators, business owners, epidemiologist, fitness instructor, US Army, program officer, and Valley College program assistant and student ambassadors. Also present was East Valley Water District’s Stephanie Guida, Community Relations Officer Riverside Superior Courts, Judge Petersen, Court Reporter Helen Bowden, and Interpreter Mylene Green.

Leadership Students Nydia Lozano and Jessica Martinez, presenting a certificate of appreciation to San Manuel Band of Mission Indians’ program officer Mrs. Lynn Osorio

Nydia Lozano, 7th grader, said, “As a student of New Vision Academy, I was really grateful to have such important people like Judge Peterson, and Mrs. Lynn Osorio come to our school.”

Each professional had the opportunity to give two 15 minute presentations that were followed by a 10 minute question and answer period, where the students were given the opportunity to ask questions on what they heard throughout the presentation.

Career Day speakers: Riverside Superior Courts, Mr. Mark Petersen, Mrs. Helen Bowden, Mrs. Mylene Green, Program Officer Mrs. Lynn Osorio, and CHP officer Mr. Jason Graham.

Ashley Sanchez, 8th grade, said, “I liked that nurse Mrs. Ransom came from an area similar to ours, she told us she never gave up and always followed her dreams because someone inspired her to continue with them. She wanted to give us the same message to inspire us and tell us to follow our dreams.”

New Vision Academy is working to improve their community, by provide their students with greater opportunities. They hold a strong mission of ensuring all students are equipped with the academic knowledge, skills, and positive character traits that will enable them to thrive in school, career, and life.



High Desert Mavericks News Release Phone: 760.246.6287 Twitter: @hdmavs

November 2, 2015


Inaugural Year as Texas Rangers Affiliate Brings Life to Team On Field

ADELANTO, Calif. — The High Desert Mavericks first season as the Advanced-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers brought a rejuvenation to the long-stood historical team in its 25th season of existence. From the loaded 2014 Myrtle Beach Pelicans squad with names such as Joey Gallo, number one Rangers prospect, and Rangers pitcher Chi Chi Gonzalez, nine of the 25 active were brought to the High Desert to start the 2015 season with the Mavericks. Among them were top Rangers prospects Outfielders Lewis Brinson (4th) and Ryan Cordell (6th), Infielder Evan Van Hoosier (21st), and Left-Handed Pitcher Frank Lopez (24th).

The first half of the season got underway to an almost even first month, ending April with a 10-11 record. The month of May started rough after the loss of Lewis Brinson in the lineup on May 1 due to injury. He would miss all of May before starting back up. Though the team missed a key piece on the field, a vital addition of Rangers top prospect Ronald Guzman (23rd) on May 7 would help the team still finish at 16-12 (26-23 overall). Before the All-Star Break, the Mavericks won their final series, taking 3-of-4 against Modesto to lock in the second place spot of the South Division, four games back from first-half South Division winner Rancho Cucamonga, marking the best first half finish since 2012.

Three players were selected to the California League All-Star team – Pitcher Frank Lopez, who was promoted to Double-A Frisco on May 22 prior to selection after going 4-1 with a 2.95 ERA in High Desert, and Catcher Alex Burg and Outfielder Ryan Cordell, who were both promoted to Double-A Frisco shortly after the All-Star Game.

The second half of season started slowly to cap off June, after losing Evan Van Hoosier for a second time to the disabled list, but new additions to the team started to rise in July - Pitchers John Fasola and David Perez, Infielders Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Tripp Martin, and speedy Outfielder Chris Garia. Lewis Brinson made his return in early June and caught on fire fast, batting .304 with seven doubles, two triples, four home runs, and 12 RBI, eventually leading him to his selection as Texas Rangers Minor League “Player of the Month” in June and MiLB California League Player of the Month for July. Mavericks pitcher Ryne Slack was also honored as the organization’s “Reliever of the Month” in the month of June after going 1-1 with a 1.40 ERA, collecting 18 strikeouts in eight appearances and holding opposing California League batters to a .176 average. The Mavericks finished on top in July going 16-11 holding a second place spot before the new month.

The real turning point of the season began in August as playoff time was approaching. The Mavericks posted a staggering 20-12 record for the month (.625) going 13-for-16 in the last half of August. Pitching was strong-armed by righty Trey Lambert, who went 4-1 in six starts throughout the month. Meanwhile, Chris Garia, centerfielder, and Evan Van Hoosier, second baseman, led in the offensive category. Garia hit .335 collecting 35 hits, five doubles, two triples, 13 RBI, and 11 stolen bases. Van Hoosier, who was on the disabled list since June 2, made a notable comeback to help the team in their most crucial period, hitting .335 between August 11-30, collecting 33 hits, four doubles, five triples, 3 stolen bags, and collecting 17 RBI (including a 5 RBI game on August 21 against Inland Empire). These efforts along with a solid overall team performance led the Mavericks to its first South Division half win and finished the season with an overall record of 78-62 (tied for first with Rancho Cucamonga).

The 2015 Mavericks had their first playoff berth since 2012, overtaking the Lancaster JetHawks in the mini-series 2- 1. In the California League South Division Finals, the Mavericks took on the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, and lost a devastating Game 5 to a late ninth-inning rally by the Quakes to take the game 6-5 after being one strike away from moving forward into the California League Finals.

For more information contact Shane Philipps, Media Relations | 760.983.4556 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2015 was the best season in High Desert since their last Cal League Championship year in 1997. Five Mavericks players were named as California League “Players of the Week”: Alex Burg, Richelson Pena, Zach Cone, Lewis Brinson, and Tripp Martin. 11 players from the Mavericks were promoted in the 2015 season to Double-A Frisco Roughriders in Frisco, Texas and four of the original 2015 Mavericks starters made it by end of season to Triple-A Round Rock Express in Round Rock, Texas – Luis Marte, Lewis Brinson, Alex Burg, and Ryan Cordell. Four players were selected to play in the Arizona Fall League – Lewis Brinson, Ryne Slack, John Fasola, and Adam Parks, with Mavericks hitting coach Bobby Rose alongside as the AZL team’s hitting coach.

The 26th season of High Desert Mavericks baseball at Heritage Field and 75th Anniversary season of the California League opens on Thursday, April 7. A full 2016 schedule will be released in the coming week. Be sure to visit and follow us on Twitter @hdmavs and at for the most up-to-date team news and information during the off season. For questions or any other information, please call the office at (760) 246- 6287.

Notable Players & Highlights:
-Four Grand Slams were recorded in 2015: Luis Marte (May 4, Inland Empire); Tripp Martin (July 31, Lancaster & August 12, Rancho Cucamonga); Kellin Deglan (August 5, Rancho Cucamonga).
-Seven combination shutouts: April 14, May 16, May 23, July 23, July 25, August 15, and August 18 -Teams Highs (one game): 18 Hits, 7 doubles, 3 triples, 16 Runs, 16 RBI, 7 Home Runs

Lewis Brinson (#4 Texas Rangers Prospect):

Batted .337 in 258 At-Bats with 22 doubles, 7 triples, 13 home runs, 42 RBI, 13 stolen bases
MiLB California League Player of the Month (July)
Baseball America High Class-A All-Star (2015 High Desert)
California League Player of the Week 7/27/2015 after going 13-for-25 (.520) in seven games with 5 doubles, 1 triple, a home run, 5 RBI, and 3 stolen bases

Texas Rangers Minor League Player of the Month for the month of June
Ended season with Triple-A Round Rock
Ryan Cordell (#6 Texas Rangers Prospect):
Batted .270 in 507 At-Bats with 18 doubles, 8 triples, 18 home runs, 75 RBI, and 20 stolen bases California League Mid-Season All-Star

Ended season with Triple-A Round Rock

Alex Burg (C/OF):

Batted .302 in 199 At-Bats with 14 doubles, 15 home runs, and 43 RBI
California League Player of the Week 5/18/2015 after going 9-for-22 in six games with 4 doubles, 3 HR, and 11 RBI California League Mid-Season All-Star
Ended season with Triple-A Round Rock
Zach Cone (OF):
Batted .286 in 287 At-Bats with 16 doubles, 2 triples, 15 home runs, 51 RBI, and 6 stolen bases
California League Player of the Week 6/15/2015 after collecting five home runs and 12 RBI in five games
Ended season with Double-A Frisco
Richelson Pena (RHP):
10-8 (W-L), 4.76 ERA, 111.2 IP, 87 K, 23 BB, .266 OBA, 1.26 WHIP
California League Pitcher of the Week 5/25/2015 after taking a perfect game into the seventh inning against Bakersfield which was ended on an error, only giving up one lone hit in seven innings and striking out six batters His 10 wins tied for first in league in four-way tie
Tripp Martin (INF):
Batted .230 in 217 At-Bats with 10 doubles, 1 triple, 15 home runs, and 44 RBI
California League Player of the Week 8/17/2015 after in seven games posting a slash line of .375/.423/1.000, going 9-for-24 with a double, triple, four home runs including a grand slam
Trey Lambert (RHP):
9-3 W-L (2nd most in wins), 4.60 ERA in 20 starts and 101.2 innings pitched; collected 86 strikeouts (3rd best on staff)
Reed Garrett (RHP):
7-5 W-L (T-3rd in wins), 4.96 ERA in 18 starts and 103.1 innings pitch; collected 70 strikeouts and was the only Mavericks pitcher in the 2015 season to throw a complete game (2).

For more information contact Shane Philipps, Media Relations | 760.983.4556 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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