Sports Briefs - week of Oct. 15

Dale Miller Memorial Golf Tournament

Oakhurst Sierra Sunrise Rotary will hold it annual golf tournament this Saturday, this year in honor of longtime Rotarian, and avid golfer Dale Miller, who passed away in July.

The $100 per golfer registration fee includes golf, breakfast, lunch, awards dinner, a live auction, and a putting contest, and a hole-in-one competition.

Proceeds benefit the Oakhurst Sierra Sunrise Rotary. Details: (559) 683-3467, or email

‘Redskins’ name banned in California

Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill Oct. 11, banning the moniker “Redskins” for all California school mascots which will affect at least four high schools.

Chowchilla, Tulare Union, Gustine, and Calaveras High School will have to change their mascot names as a result of the bill. Colusa High and Mountain Empire previously changed to “Redhawks.”

The bill, authored by Assembly Member Luis Alejo (D-Salinas), will take effect in January of 2017.

Cheerleading officially a sport

Last week, Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 949, or “The California High Schools Expanding Equality Respect and Safety Act,” which recognizes high school cheerleading as an official sport with guidelines and safety standards to be developed by July 1, 2017.

The law is designed to help lower the number of injuries in cheerleading, which is responsible for nearly two-thirds of all catastrophic sport injuries involving girls in high school.

California is the ninth state to adopt cheerleading as an official sport.