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Vacaville grad Mykal Walker picked in 4th round by Falcons

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VACAVILLE — Seeing one of his players get drafted into the NFL never gets old for Vacaville High football coach Mike Papadopoulos, though it had been eight years since the last one.

The latest Bulldog to get picked is Mykal Walker, who after two stellar seasons at linebacker for Fresno State, was taken in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons with the 119th overall pick, Saturday.

Walker is the fourth Vacaville player to be drafted by an NFL team following Vince Newsome in 1983 (Los Angeles Rams, fourth round), Thomas Williams in 2008 (Jacksonville, fifth round) and Josh Kaddu in 2012 (Miami, fifth round).

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Dodgers: Tony Gonsolin Talks Roles, Would Love to be a Closer One Day

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Tony Gonsolin made his debut for the Dodgers in 2019 and, outside of one rough outing (his debut), he was better than advertised in his first go-round in the show.

The rookie right-hander appeared in 11 games last season — 6 starts, 5 out of the bullpen — and excelled in both roles. After spending his first two pro seasons in the ‘pen, Gonsolin showed the poise of a closer, even if he mostly pitched middle relief.

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Vacaville Olympics hopeful finds silver lining as quest for gold postponed

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VACAVILLE — When the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee issued a joint statement postponing the Tokyo Olympic Games due to concerns over the Covid-19 pandemic, with the Games likely taking place in the summer of 2021, it put the Olympic dreams of thousands of competitors on hold.

Among those are Vacaville native Robyn Stevens, a strong Olympics race walk hopeful.

Stevens is among the top U.S. competitors in the 1-mile distance and, while there are no guarantees during Olympic Trials, she was among the favorites to make the U.S. Olympic team and compete in the Tokyo Games this summer.

The Covid-19 pandemic changed that – as it did most things – and Olympics hopefuls like Stevens have been forced to delay their dreams and aspirations.

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Vacaville beats Davis in home baseball opener

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The recipe was a bit different but the basic ingredients were the same. And when those ingredients are Vacaville High baseball players, the end product is often the same as well — a lot of runs and a win.

Two years ago, Vacaville beat Davis twice on Memorial Day at Sacramento City College to win the Division 1 baseball title. Last year they beat the Blue Devils 15-8 in a regular-season contest.

If Davis was looking for revenge on Wednesday in Vacaville’s home opener, it wasn’t going to happen, as the Bulldogs downed the Blue Devils, 10-2.

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