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    ALL-AREA WRESTLER: BHS' Demison gains bragging rights on brothers with performance

    BY ZACH EWING The Bakersfield Californian
    Friday, Apr 17 2015 11:17 PM

    Navonte Demison won 35 high school wrestling matches this winter, against just five losses, and he added a junior national championship last month at the USA Wrestling Folkstyle Nationals.

    But Demison's most important accomplishment from his sophomore season can't be measured with statistics or hardware.

    That would be bragging rights over his two older brothers, Nektoe and Natrelle. Navonte, a Bakersfield High 120-pounder, made the state finals at the CIF State Championships at Rabobank Arena; his older brothers both placed as high as third but never quite made the finals.

    "My brother (Natrelle) doesn't want to admit it, but he pretty much had to admit it," said Navonte, the BVarsity Wrestler of the Year. "I have all bragging rights...

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    South High's Rivas is BVarsity Boys Soccer Player of the Year

    A year ago, the South High boys soccer team was the little engine that couldn't lose. Last year's Rebels, the No. 9 seed in the Central Section Division III playoffs, won four road games, including a 2-1 victory at Fresno for an...

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    Frontier's Amarikwa honored as BVarsity Girls All-Area Soccer Player of Year

    Blessed with size, speed, strength and agility, Kristen Amarikwa possesses an abundance of natural athletic ability. It's enough raw talent to give the Frontier junior midfielder a big edge over most of the competition she faces on the...

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    Do elephants belong at the fair? Board to decide

    You can't accuse Ned Dunphy of not going the extra mile -- 370 of them to be exact. When the new Kern County Fair Board director casts his vote Monday on whether to allow an elephant ride to return to the fair in September, he will have...

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    PETE TITTL: Johnny on the spot at Guy's Bako restaurant

    Most restaurants should reflect the personality of the owner, and Johnny Garlic's, co-created by TV personality and long-time restaurateur Guy Fieri, certainly does that. It's a place that is loud but not necessarily in volume (you can...

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    New Star Wars trailer dazzles

    Strong reaction is coming in on the newest Star Wars trailer, which was released Thursday morning. Here's a sampling from around The Bakersfield Californian, Bakersfield and our media partners: MICHAEL HOPPER, host of "Nerd World Report...

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    Yoga class helps veterans rebuild, restore

    Former U.S. Army combat engineer Mick Wrolson had his first yoga lesson in Iraq at Forward Operating Base Sykes, courtesy of professional wrestler Diamond Dallas Page, inventor of the Diamond Bomb move -- and the Yoga for Regular Guys...

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    2015 BVarsity All-Area boys soccer team

    Player of the Year: Denis Rivas, South, junior The Southeast Yosemite League MVP played the soccer field with vision, power and quickness. Rivas led South to the Central Section Division II title, a year after the Rebels won a D-III...

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    CSUB Foundation owes students $1 million

    The nonprofit arm of Cal State Bakersfield has, for about two years, been sitting on upward of $1 million donated to the CSUB Foundation for student scholarships, according to the Foundation. The nonprofit foundation receives both...

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    PHOTO STORY: Heron goes in for the kill

    Photojournalist Felix Adamo thought he had the makings of a nice nature shot when he zeroed in on a great blue heron at Hart Park this week. He got more than he bargained for, however, when the heron spotted a nest of ground squirrels and...

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    Fieri still feasting on Bakersfield

    Guy Fieri's extensive culinary adventure in Kern County continues this week with the debut of the latest Bakersfield-centric episode of "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives." Airing Friday night, "Sweet, Savory and Saucy" takes viewers to popular...

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    Westside Parkway's final phase opens to drivers

    The freshly strewn wood chips along its broad shoulders are a little browner, the drought-resistant seed cover on its median a little more tan, and its chain link fences much more silvery. But the drive along the Westside Parkway's final...

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    Oak Ridge Boys still in harmony, 40-plus years on

    When the news was announced in March that the Oak Ridge Boys were among the latest additions to the Country Music Hall of Fame, the biggest surprise to many was that they weren't already members. "You're not the first person to say that,"...

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