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The winter sports season officially came to an end Monday when the last of the BVarsity All-Area teams was published in The Californian. Here's a quick recap of the selections, with a reminder that you can see interviews with Braxton Huggins and C.J. West, the Boys and Girls Basketball Players of the Year, from last week's BVarsity Live show right here.
Now to the nitty-gritty:
Player of the Year: Braxton Huggins, sr, Mira Monte
There was lots of discussion in our office on this one. Huggins was undeniably one of Kern County's most talented player (and many coaches and scouts would tell you he was undeniably head and shoulders the best), but his team was 10-13 and just 1-7 in the South Yosemite League, hardly the area's toughest conference. But ultimately, we went with Huggins because he was third in the state scoring (32.2 points per game) with reasonably efficient shooting (46 percent from the floor, 37 percent from 3, 85 percent from the line) even though he was the only Lion that defenses had to be concerned with. It's possible that without Huggins (who missed two games with injury), Mira Monte goes winless or close to it. Christian Bayne, Kyle Ferreira and Rashad Jackson led their teams to league titles, but none had the type of carry-your-team performances in the playoffs that could have separated them. And in a year like that, Huggins was the choice.
Coach of the Year: Brian Dignan, Bakersfield Christian
Three people were arrested Monday after deputies found about 7.5 grams of suspected methamphetamine and a glass smoking pipe in a Taft man's car, authorities said.
The cause of a 1-month-old Bakersfield baby's death remains unknown as the coroner waits for toxicology study results.
Bakersfield police need the public's help locating the man wanted on suspicion of robbery and criminal threats in Wal-Mart at 5075 Gosford Road.
Bakersfield police are seeking the community's assistance in identifying two people wanted on suspicion of theft and robbery.
Bakersfield Fire Department crews will perform a drill Wednesday with a mock rescue of a school bus and passenger vehicle.
A mandatory end to open burning in Kern County was activated Monday, according to a Fire Department news release.
A 90-year-old motorcyclist suffered major injuries Monday after being struck by a van that witnesses say ran a stop sign in a crash that occurred east of Beale Avenue and north of East California Avenue.
A probation search by sheriff's deputies Friday night resulted in the arrest of three men and the seizure of more than a quarter pound of methamphetamine.
A nearly 2-month-old infant was found dead Sunday morning in a home northeast of downtown.
A shooting early Sunday in front of a downtown bar left one man wounded and a second under arrest.
More than a quarter pound of methamphetamine turned up in a probation-related search Friday night in the 900 block of Richmond Street, resulting in three arrests, according to the Kern County Sheriff's Office.
A man suffered a gunshot wound at Stiern Park shortly before midnight Friday, Bakersfield Police reported.