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  1. STEVE MERLO: Cooler Central Coast features hot fishing, on and offshore
  2. STEVE MERLO: Cooler Central Coast features hot fishing, on and offshore
  3. July 25 fish report
  4. July 25 fish report
  5. New coach hired for Condors
  6. New coach hired for Condors
  7. New coach hired for Condors
  8. State places restrictions on full-contact prep football practices
  9. Centennial, BC alum wins spot at US Amateur in playoff
  10. Centennial, BC alum wins spot at US Amateur in playoff
  11. Centennial, BC alum wins spot at US Amateur in playoff
  12. Centennial, BC alum wins spot at US Amateur in playoff
  13. Centennial, BC alum wins spot at US Amateur in playoff
  14. July 22 community sports announcements, results, accomplishments
  15. July 22 community sports announcements, results, accomplishments

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    July 25 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley CATFISH DERBY: Bob's Bait Bucket's annual month-long July catfish derby started July 1. The entry fee is $1 per angler and you must register before you weigh in a fish. Only fresh fish can be weighed in and no weighing in of fish the same day as entering derby. The biggest...

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    STEVE MERLO: Cooler Central Coast features hot fishing, on and offshore

    With another heat wave in the San Joaquin Valley this week, scores of people will once again be trekking to the Central Coast to cool off. That's a given, but a lot of folks are also heading over there simply to wet their lines. The entire Central Coast, from Santa Barbara north to San Simeon, has recently erupted...

  3. ROBERT GAUTNEY: 'Wide open field' set for City Amateur

    Following runner-up finishes in 2010 and 2011, Manav Shah finally broke through with his first Bakersfield City Amateur golf championship last year. But Shah has another tournament commitment and will not be back to defend his title, so a new champion will rise to the top this weekend many of the best local amateur...

  1. Smith's 4 hits power Blaze past Storm

    LAKE ELSINORE -- Marquez Smith went 4-for-5 with a solo homer and five RBIs to lead the Bakersfield Blaze to a 9-2 victory Thursday over the Lake Elsinore Storm in a California League baseball game at The Diamond. Winning pitcher Mike Dennhardt (5-6) allowed only two runs in seven innings. He struck out four and walked...

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    New coach hired for Condors

    He won't roll into Bakersfield until sometime next week, but on Wednesday the Condors announced that Jean-Francois Houle had been named as the new head coach of the team. The Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League purchased the Condors in January from longtime owner Jonathan Fleisig and Condors president...

  3. Local report: Morel called up by Pirates from Triple-A

    Former Centennial High baseball standout Brent Morel was called up by the Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday, replacing outfielder Starling Marte, who was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list. Morel was batting .246 with three home runs and 37 RBIs for Indianapolis, the Pirates' Triple-A team in the International...

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    State places restrictions on full-contact prep football practices

    SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he has signed a bill limiting full-contact football practices at middle and high schools in response to concerns about concussions, even as many teams already comply with the rules. Brown approved the bill, AB 2127, with the support of medical groups and the...

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    PHOTO GALLERY: Breezing by the competition

    Paso Robles and Bakersfield High squared off in the championship game of the Summer Breeze league tournament at Bakersfield Christian High on Saturday. Photos by Nick Ellis.

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    Centennial, BC alum wins spot at US Amateur in playoff

    There was a little bit of everything at the US Amateur Qualifier at Seven Oaks Country Club on Monday: A (relatively) cool morning and a warm afternoon, drama and suspense, heartbreak and elation, satisfaction and anguish. In the end, two players came out on top of the 50-plus man field after 36 grueling holes of...

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    BVARSITY GIRLS TRACK COACH: Liberty's Ryan Renz

    Ryan Renz knows a thing or two about team success in track and field -- this year's BVarsity Girls Coach of the Year award is his fourth, to go with two boys honors -- so when he said this year's Patriots team was special, you'd better listen. "Without a doubt, this is the most well-rounded team I've had the pleasure...

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    2014 BVarsity All-Area Girls Track and Field team

    2014 BVarsity All-Area Girls Track and Field Team Co-Athletes of the Year Asia Chesley Stockdale * senior The Cal-bound high jumper, already a two-time state medalist, punctuated her career with a final month that included two personal bests. She cleared 5-foot-10 on her first attempt in the state finals, a feat...

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    BVARSITY BOYS TRACK COACH: Frontier's David Gaeta

    It's hard to believe sometimes, but Frontier's track and field program is still young. The school opened in 2006, and yet in less than a decade, the Titans have collected a state championship (thanks, Matt Darr) and three Southwest Yosemite League championships -- 2011 boys, 2012 girls and now 2014 boys. The...

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  1. ROBERT GAUTNEY: 'Wide open field' set for City Amateur

    Following runner-up finishes in 2010 and 2011, Manav Shah finally broke through with his first Bakersfield City Amateur golf championship last year. But Shah has another tournament commitment and will not be back to defend his title, so a new champion will rise to the top this weekend many of the best local amateur...

  2. Smith's 4 hits power Blaze past Storm

    LAKE ELSINORE -- Marquez Smith went 4-for-5 with a solo homer and five RBIs to lead the Bakersfield Blaze to a 9-2 victory Thursday over the Lake Elsinore Storm in a California League baseball game at The Diamond. Winning pitcher Mike Dennhardt (5-6) allowed only two runs in seven innings. He struck out four and walked...

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    July 25 fish report

    Kern County, southern San Joaquin Valley CATFISH DERBY: Bob's Bait Bucket's annual month-long July catfish derby started July 1. The entry fee is $1 per angler and you must register before you weigh in a fish. Only fresh fish can be weighed in and no weighing in of fish the same day as entering derby. The biggest...

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    July 22 community sports announcements, results, accomplishments

    Announcements Golf 35th Bakersfield City Amateur Championship, Saturday and Sunday at Sundale Country Club. Entry fee: $110 includes 2 rounds of golf and awards (gross, net). Championship flight: 3 handicap and less, Net flight: 4 handicap and up (low index). Seniors Flight: Age 50 and up by July 26. Deadline is 5...

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    Soccer: South Valley Thunder

    South Valley Thunder played in the San Diego Hotspurs USA Cup this past weekend and finished off the tournament outscoring San Diego United FC in the championship game 3-1. Players include, Kohl Humphrey, Noah Pacaldo, Jesus Soto, Justin Rappleye, Zach Turley, Alex Quirino, Nolan Shafik, Ryan Wakefield, Kobe Franks,...

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    Baseball: Triple Play Stays Hot

    Triple Play goes 5-0 in the Melanie Pate Memorial CCG Grizzlies Showcase held in Hanford this past weekend. Team members include Isaac Rios, Jason McDonnell, Parker Renteria, Kaleb Dickey, Brady Amble, AJ West, Tyler McCurtain, Tyler Torigiani, Andrew Yoder, Matteo Valenzuela, Andrew Yoder, and Bat Boy Brock McCurtain...

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  1. Condors announce first player signings as Mann departs

    While the search for a new coach is taking place nearly 1,800 miles away in Edmonton, Alberta, the Bakersfield Condors announced their first two signings -- forward Chase Schaber and defenseman Nick Pageau -- during a public sendoff for former coach Troy Mann on Thursday at Rabobank Arena. Schaber and Pageau are among...

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    New coach hired for Condors

    He won't roll into Bakersfield until sometime next week, but on Wednesday the Condors announced that Jean-Francois Houle had been named as the new head coach of the team. The Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League purchased the Condors in January from longtime owner Jonathan Fleisig and Condors president...

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    Condors' fans wish Mann well at sendoff

    Two weeks after being named head coach of the American Hockey League Hershey, Pa. Bears, former Condors coach Troy Mann was back in Bakersfield preparing for his second cross-country move in a year. Mann was an assistant in Hershey for four years before taking the head job in Bakersfield last summer. He led the team...

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    Condors coach Troy Mann takes job with AHL's Hershey Bears

    In retrospect, the Bakersfield Condors should send a thank-you card to the Hershey Bears. A year ago, Hershey was looking for a head coach, but the American Hockey League team passed on Troy Mann, an assistant coach for the team for the previous four years. That opened the door for Mann, who had been there for four...

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    Condors coach Troy Mann lands top job in AHL

    Bakersfield Condors coach Troy Mann is leaving the team to become the head coach of the Hershey, Penn. Bears of the American Hockey League. Hershey is the AHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Washington Capitals. Mann, 44, earned the promotion after a memorable lone season at the helm of the Condors,...

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    Local report: Condors looking to build roster

    The Bakersfield Condors sent qualifying offers to seven players, thereby securing their ECHL rights for the 2014-15 campaign. All of the players receiving qualifying offers were forwards -- Spencer Bennett, Joel Broda, Ryan Little, Nick MacNeil, Gary Steffes, Matt Thurber and Ryan Watson. Players who had already...

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    Big task ahead for Siegfried as interim athletic director at CSUB

    Kenneth "Ziggy" Siegfried has had his hands full trying to generate money for Cal State Bakersfield's athletic department since his arrival in Bakersfield 2-1/2 years ago. That's expected. After all, his official title is CSUB's associate athletic director for external affairs, and successful athletic departments'...

  2. COLLEGE NOTES: CSUB hires coach for women's golf

    Meghan Thomason, who has been the girls golf coach at Fresno-San Joaquin Memorial High the past three years, has been hired as Cal State Bakersfield's women's golf coach. Thomason will work with CSUB Director of Golf Greg Osbourne, who continues his role in that job and as the men's head coach. Thomason, a Fresno...

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    College notebook: Tyler Painton signs with A's

    Former Centennial High and Bakersfield College baseball standout Tyler Painton signed a professional contract with the Oakland Athletics as a non-drafted free agent. Painton, a left-handed pitcher, made his professional debut on July 8 for the Athletics' farm team in the Arizona League. He allowed three runs, one hit...

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    MIKE McCARTHY: A friend reaching majors a joy shared by many

    PORTLAND, Maine — Two weeks ago, the Boston Red Sox called up a former teammate Mookie Betts to make his Major League debut. For most of us, it was no surprise, yet there is a moment of excitement when the day finally comes. He is an outstanding ballplayer and an even better man who is well deserving of his...

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    'Roadrunner Rundown': CSUB AD Jeff Konya talks about leaving for Oakland U. in Michigan

    Bakersfield is a place Jeff Konya will always call home. As he steps down as Cal State Bakersfield's athletic director, Konya said he knows the athletic platform for the university will to continue to grow as there is more for the next person to take on. "I anticipated being in Bakersfield longer but when an...

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    CSUB AD Jeff Konya leaving for Oakland University in Michigan

    Cal State Bakersfield athletic director Jeff Konya announced Monday he will leave CSUB for the same position at Oakland (Mich.) University, leaving the Roadrunners searching for a leader for the second time in their Division I era. Konya, who is from Michigan, will step down effective Aug. 4, CSUB announced. "It's...

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  1. New coaches named at Bakersfield College

    Christie Hill and Brett Clark had standout collegiate athletic careers in Bakersfield. Now they'll tackle head coaching jobs at Bakersfield College. Hill and Clark are among several new coaches who have been hired by BC this summer. Hill, a Delano High graduate who spent last season as the pitching coach at Texas-San...

  2. Local report: Morel called up by Pirates from Triple-A

    Former Centennial High baseball standout Brent Morel was called up by the Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday, replacing outfielder Starling Marte, who was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list. Morel was batting .246 with three home runs and 37 RBIs for Indianapolis, the Pirates' Triple-A team in the International...

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    College notebook: Tyler Painton signs with A's

    Former Centennial High and Bakersfield College baseball standout Tyler Painton signed a professional contract with the Oakland Athletics as a non-drafted free agent. Painton, a left-handed pitcher, made his professional debut on July 8 for the Athletics' farm team in the Arizona League. He allowed three runs, one hit...

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    Bill Finch, BC's first All-American, dies at 88

    Bill Finch, the first All-American in Bakersfield College history, died June 5 at the age of 88. Finch is survived by his wife of 62 years, Gwendolyn; three adult children: daughter Teddi Loader, son Mike Finch and daughter Terri Crane-Finch; a brother, Jack Finch, and his wife, Bettie; brother-in-law Bill Kilmer and...

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    BC, TBC Media team up on sports, football coverage

    Bakersfield College and TBC Media, representing The Bakersfield Californian and its affiliated publications and digital products, will partner to bring Renegade football games in video to bakersfield.com for the 2014 season. For the first time, all 10 of Bakersfield College's 2014 football games will be live streamed...

  3. Local report: CSUB closes conference season with big win

    SEATTLE -- Austin Davis and Hayden Carter combined to hold Seattle University to just four hits as Cal State Bakersfield rolled to a 10-0 win on Saturday to close out the Western Athletic Conference regular season. The Roadrunners (24-31) are at the WAC baseball tournament beginning Wednesday. CSUB jumped on the...

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  1. Smith's 4 hits power Blaze past Storm

    LAKE ELSINORE -- Marquez Smith went 4-for-5 with a solo homer and five RBIs to lead the Bakersfield Blaze to a 9-2 victory Thursday over the Lake Elsinore Storm in a California League baseball game at The Diamond. Winning pitcher Mike Dennhardt (5-6) allowed only two runs in seven innings. He struck out four and walked...

  2. Blaze rattled by Quakes' offense

    The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes scored six sixth-inning runs on the way to a 10-4 victory over the Bakersfield Blaze on Monday at Sam Lynn Ballpark. Sebastian Elizalde had a three-run homer for Bakersfield. Blaze starter Drew Cisco was charged with seven earned runs in 5-1/3 innings. Rancho Cucamonga ripped 14 hits off...

  3. Perez powers Blaze past Quakes

    Juan Perez hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the seventh inning to power the Bakersfield Blaze to a 7-5 victory over the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in Sunday's California League game at Sam Lynn Ballpark. Sebastian Elizalde added a solo shot for Bakersfield in the eight. Perez and Elizalde each had two hits along with...

  1. Blaze loses fifth straight

    The Lake Elsinore Storm held off a late rally and beat the Bakersfield Blaze 8-6, to sweep a 3-game series Friday at Sam Lynn Ballpark. The Blaze has lost five straight and 10 of 11 games. Trailing 8-3, Sebastian Elizalde got Bakersfield close with a two-run home run in the fifth and the Blaze added another in the...

  2. Blaze loses again

    Lake Elsinore's leadoff hitter Mallex Smith went 5 for 5 with a double and three runs scored to lead the Storm to a 9-1 victory over the Bakersfield Blaze in Thursday's California League game at Sam Lynn Ballpark. Bakersfield has lost nine of 10 games. Sean Buckley went 3 for 4 and Juan Perez added two hits for the...

  3. Blaze falls to Storm

    Bryson Smith and Yovan Gonzalez each had two hits, but the Bakersfield Blaze lost 7-3 to the Lake Elsinore Storm on Wednesday at Sam Lynn Ballpark. It was Bakersfield's eighth loss in nine games. Luis Domoromo had a two-run home run for the Storm.

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School House Zach Condors Talk

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    The Californian's summer intern, Cameron Miller (you might remember him as a great cross country runner locally a couple of years ago), was at a fundraiser...

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    Enjoy this list of most popular videos from the 2013-2014 school year. There were some magical moments during the school year, with plenty of drama on the...

  3. LIVE BLOG: 2014 CIF-STATE TRACK MEET

    Live from Clovis at Veterans Memorial Stadium is The Bakersfield Californian's coverage of the 2014 CIF-State Track and Field Championships. Refresh this page...

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  1. Jean-Francios Houle named new Condors coach

    Jean-Francios Houle has been named head coach of the Bakersfield Condors. Houle becomes the sixth coach in team history and the third in the past four seasons...

  2. New feature provides added real-time content for ECHL fans

    The ECHL, in conjunction with LeagueStat.com has launched a pretty neat feature for fans. The feature allows fans to access statistic and positional shot...

  3. Condors add two to roster

    The Bakersfield Condors announced the signing of defenseman Kyle Haines and right wing Mike Hellyer on Tuesday. Haines, 25, played 38 games with the Condors...

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