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  1. Roadrunner recap: Fall sports coaches provide insight into upcoming seasons
  2. Local report: Ice Bucket Challenge a team effort at Garces
  3. Local report: Ice Bucket Challenge a team effort at Garces
  4. Local report: Ice Bucket Challenge a team effort at Garces
  5. August 19 community sports announcements, results, accomplishments
  6. August 19 community sports announcements, results, accomplishments
  7. Soccer: LA Galaxy Bakersfield Oro
  8. The BVarsity preseason Central Section top 25 rankings
  9. The BVarsity preseason Central Section top 25 rankings
  10. The BVarsity preseason Central Section top 25 rankings
  11. The BVarsity preseason Central Section top 25 rankings
  12. The BVarsity preseason Central Section top 25 rankings
  13. MIKE MCCARTHY: Making a mark working with kids
  14. Quotable coaches from Friday's BVarsity Live Super Show
  15. Quotable coaches from Friday's BVarsity Live Super Show

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  1. Peralta pitches well but gets hurt as Blaze wins

    SAN BERNARDINO -- Wandy Peralta pitched 3-2/3 scoreless innings with seven strikeouts, no walks and only one hit to lead the Bakersfield Blaze to a 3-2 victory over the Inland Empire 66ers at San Manuel Stadium. Peralta left the game with a back injury. Harold Riggins had a single and two RBIs, and Marquez Smith...

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    Roadrunner recap: Fall sports coaches provide insight into upcoming seasons

    Tuesday's Roadrunner Rundown profiled each of the four fall sports in a special preview edition. Three of the sports have first-year coaches: Richie Grant in men's soccer, Gary Curneen in women's soccer and Giovana Melo in volleyball. All discussed their upcoming seasons. Also providing a rundown was director of...

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    Driver, 9, raises money for charity

    It was a fast-paced Bako Motorsports Hour on Tuesday, highlighted by precocious 9-year-old Chloie Jones. Jones is a Senior Mini Dwarf driver who has fundraised for various charities since she started driving a few years ago. On Saturday night Jones will be part of a large fundraising effort at Bakersfield Speedway...

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    Local report: Ice Bucket Challenge a team effort at Garces

    Garces' volleyball players -- all of them -- accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Monday night. The Rams, under the direction of new coach Lacey Coppolo, all poured buckets of ice water on their heads outside the Garces swimming pool. The ALS challenge started with Boston College baseball player Pete Frates,...

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    Ballmer makes energetic entrance as Clippers' new owner

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Sweating, clapping and shouting until he was nearly hoarse, Steve Ballmer introduced himself to Los Angeles Clippers fans at a rally on Monday celebrating his new ownership of the NBA team. The former Microsoft CEO made his way through the crowd inside Staples Center to Eminem's "Lose Yourself,"...

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    August 19 community sports announcements, results, accomplishments

    Announcements Baseball Bakersfield HEAT 11U open tryout for one roster spot 5:30 p.m. Friday at Southwest Baseball field No. 7. This will be for upcoming 12U season. Players can not turn 13 before May 1. Contact JR Jordan (661) 204-6904 with questions or check out on Facebook at Bakersfield Heat Baseball 11u....

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    East looks to make its mark after off-season changes

    The heat of summer will do wondrous things for a football team. The transition from former coach Dave Thorp to David Fanucchi in February was not seamless for the players at East High. But as the players and coaching staff began to interact and spend long and grueling days together in the offseason, the problems...

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    State champ Drillers pick starting QB

    The quest to find the replacement for Asauni Rufus is finally over. Bakersfield coach Paul Golla announced junior KeAyr Gragg will be the starting quarterback for the Drillers for the season opener against Westlake Village-Oaks Christian on Aug. 29 at Griffth Field. Gragg was the junior varsity quarterback in 2013...

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    Top 10 non-league football games for Kern County teams

    The date high school football fans in the Central Section have had circled on their calendars for months -- Aug. 29, the first Friday night of the season -- is a mere 18 days away. Once it comes, key matchups and rivalry games will follow quickly. It was no easy task, but at BVarsity we've done our best to come up...

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    Schedule for BVarsity Super Shows

    The BVarsity Network returns with a two-part Super Show that will air live from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. on Thursday and from 5-7 on Friday. During the show, Californian sports editor Zach Ewing and high school sports writer Trevor Horn will interview more than 20 local football coaches, unveil preseason football and volleyball...

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    Two locals to compete in international swim meet

    Bakersfield swimmers Jorie Caneta and Stanzi Moseley have qualified for the Pan-Pacific meet in Maui, Hawaii, Aug. 27-31. Caneta, a recent Frontier High graduate, and Moseley, who is a home- schooled high school junior, are the only Central California swimmers who will compete in that meet, which features swimmers...

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    Local report: Ice Bucket Challenge a team effort at Garces

    Garces' volleyball players -- all of them -- accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Monday night. The Rams, under the direction of new coach Lacey Coppolo, all poured buckets of ice water on their heads outside the Garces swimming pool. The ALS challenge started with Boston College baseball player Pete Frates,...

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    August 19 community sports announcements, results, accomplishments

    Announcements Baseball Bakersfield HEAT 11U open tryout for one roster spot 5:30 p.m. Friday at Southwest Baseball field No. 7. This will be for upcoming 12U season. Players can not turn 13 before May 1. Contact JR Jordan (661) 204-6904 with questions or check out on Facebook at Bakersfield Heat Baseball 11u....

  2. Baseball: 9u Club seeking players

    9u Club team seeking a couple players for the fall season. Contact info Mike Hughes mhughes_67@yahoo.com 661-378-4727

  3. Softball: Bakersfield Babes Open Workouts

    The Bakersfield Babes 2020 12u fastpitch softball team will be holding open workouts looking for players to complete their roster for the upcoming 2014/2015 season. Please contact coaches Justin Unruh (661)333-9621 or Jake Hall (661)319-1929 for more information. Contact info Jake Hall jhall2004@bak.rr.com 6613191929

  1. Baseball: Bakersfield HEAT

    Bakersfield HEAT 11u will be holding an open tryout to fill one roster spot on Friday, August 22nd at 5:30pm Southwest Baseball field #7. This will be for the upcoming 12u season. Players can not turn 13 before May 1st. Please contact JR Jordan at 661-204-6904 with questions or check us out on Facebook at Bakersfield...

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    Soccer: LA Galaxy Bakersfield Oro

    The LA Galaxy Bakersfield Oro 02 team traveled down to Brea, CA to participate in the 2014 AC Brea Kickoff Classic Soccer Tournament and came home champions in the U13 - Premiere Flight by beating the CDA Slammers (Tier 1) in the final by a score of 8-2. The team scored 21 goals and only allowed two goals as they went...

  3. Baseball: Looking for Players

    9u club team looking for a couple players to complete the team for the fall. We will be playing the club fall season at Southwest Baseball. Contact info Michael Hughes mhughes_67@yahoo.com 661-378-4727

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    Condors' promotional giveaway schedule highlighted by replica Stanley Cup rings

    The Bakersfield Condors may be owned by the Edmonton Oilers, but they aren't going to let that get in the way of a good promotion. Thus, a replica Los Angeles Kings Stanley Cup ring giveaway night. Hey, it's not like the Oilers have had any rings to give away since 1990. But let's be fair. There are a lot of Kings...

  2. Local report: Condors assistant takes new job in Hershey, Pa.

    The Condors have their new head coach, but he will be looking for an assistant as Ryan Murphy has been hired by the Hershey (Pa.) Bears of the American Hockey League. Murphy joins former Condors head coach Troy Mann, who left Condors last month for the head coaching position in Hershey. "We have a number of extremely...

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    Condors sign forward MacNeil, rookie defenseman

    The Condors announced on Tuesday that they have signed a pair of rookies for the upcoming season -- forward Nick MacNeil and defenseman Gabriel Verpaeslst. MacNeil joined the Condors in March after playing four seasons at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, Canada. He played nine regular-season games for...

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    Condors introduce new coach Houle

    It didn't take long for new Condors coach JF Houle to gain favor with some ardent fans during a meet-and-greet Wednesday at Rabobank Arena. When asked by a fan if he could give any information about players who are coming to Bakersfield, he said not just yet. Then he continued. "We will have Gabriel Verpaelst who is...

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    Condors to introduce coach today

    The Bakersfield Condors will introduce new head coach J.F. Houle to the public today at 1 p.m. in the Tap Room inside Rabobanbk Arena. Also on hand will be Edmonton Oilers manager of player personnel Kelly Buchberger, Condors president Matthew Riley, and other staff. Houle was hired to replace Troy Mann, who took a...

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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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  1. ROADRUNNER RUNDOWN: New assistant coaches join show on anniversary

    Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of the inaugural Roadrunner Rundown webcast. News reported included former CSUB pitcher Mike McCarthy's promotion to Triple-A Pawtucket (R.I.) in the Red Sox organization, former CSUB standout Gyasi Zardes scoring his eighth goal (in eight games) for the L.A. Galaxy in last...

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    Roadrunner recap: Fall sports coaches provide insight into upcoming seasons

    Tuesday's Roadrunner Rundown profiled each of the four fall sports in a special preview edition. Three of the sports have first-year coaches: Richie Grant in men's soccer, Gary Curneen in women's soccer and Giovana Melo in volleyball. All discussed their upcoming seasons. Also providing a rundown was director of...

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    MIKE MCCARTHY: Making a mark working with kids

    PORTLAND, Maine — Throughout the course of the season each team will offer baseball camps to the local youth. Some are week long and some are short 2-hour clinics but all of them offer an opportunity to influence those in attendance. This year, I have been a part of three clinics (two in Portland, another in...

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    MIKE McCARTHY: Camaraderie among players grows with each challenge

    RICHMOND, Va. — This past week, while playing in Bowie, Md., I was fortunate to see a former teammate who retired last year. It was an exciting, yet strange feeling as he is now working "a real job" as we always describe it. He is one of the guys within our organization that everyone really liked. Always held in high...

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    Local report: Former West, UCLA and WNBA player Nikki Blue to assist 'Runners

    Cal State Bakersfield has hired former West High star Nikki Blue as an assistant coach for its women's basketball team. Blue, a three-time BVarsity Girls Basketball Player of the Year from 2000-2002, setting the Central Section record for points in a single season (913, in 2000-2001) and in a career (2,934). She...

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    MIKE McCARTHY: Facing down the nerves of being called up

    PAWTUCKET, R.I. Each clubhouse is different. The players, the coaches, the overall atmosphere, the general identity of the team. Each time you join a new team or enter a new clubhouse there is a wide range of factors that influence team culture. This can be anything from the combination of players and manager, to...

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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...

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    Plenty of competition at first official BC practice

    The countdown has officially begun for Bakersfield College's football opener. Twenty-one. That's the number of practices the Renegades have remaining before the Sept. 6 season opener at Riverside. The first official practice was held Thursday afternoon, with about 110 of the 115-person preseason list of players....

  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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    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...

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  1. Peralta pitches well but gets hurt as Blaze wins

    SAN BERNARDINO -- Wandy Peralta pitched 3-2/3 scoreless innings with seven strikeouts, no walks and only one hit to lead the Bakersfield Blaze to a 3-2 victory over the Inland Empire 66ers at San Manuel Stadium. Peralta left the game with a back injury. Harold Riggins had a single and two RBIs, and Marquez Smith...

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    Local report: Ice Bucket Challenge a team effort at Garces

    Garces' volleyball players -- all of them -- accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Monday night. The Rams, under the direction of new coach Lacey Coppolo, all poured buckets of ice water on their heads outside the Garces swimming pool. The ALS challenge started with Boston College baseball player Pete Frates,...

  3. Blaze power up

    Joe Hudson led off the ninth with a walk-off homer, and Jeff Gelalich and Beau Amaral hit two home runs apiece to rally the Bakersfield Blaze to a 7-6 victory in Sunday afternoon's California League game at Sam Lynn Ballpark. Gelalich tied the game at 6 with a two-run homer in the 7th. Bakersfield native Brent Peterson...

  1. Wright, Lucas quiet JetHawks

    Daniel Wright and Sean Lucas combined on a six-hitter to lead the Bakersfield Blaze to a 5-0 victory over the Lancaster JetHawks in Saturday night's California League game at Sam Lynn Ballpark. Wright allowed just four hits in six innings, striking out five and walking two to improve to 9-4. Lucas pitched the final...

  2. Blaze rallies past Lancaster in 9th

    Jeff Gelalich's two-run double in the ninth inning lifted the Bakersfield Blaze to a 6-5 victory over the Lancaster JetHawks in Friday night's California League game at Sam Lynn Ballpark. Bakersfield tied the game at 4-4 in the eighth on RBI doubles by Juan Perez and Sebastian Elizalde. Lancaster regained the lead with...

  3. Blaze loses after hot start vs. Nuts

    MODESTO -- The Blaze scored four first-inning runs against Jayson Aquino, but the Modesto pitcher held Bakersfield scoreless the rest of the way to lead the Nuts to a 6-4 victory at John Thurman Field. Aquino (5-9) allowed three earned runs and eight hits. He struck out three and did not walk a batter in his...

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School House Zach Condors Talk

  1. Twinbill Aug. 29 brings prep football back to BC

    It will be a prep football fan’s dream: Four programs with big aspirations for 2013 opening their seasons at the same venue in a single-admission doubleheader....

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    TEHACHAPI -- All Chris Rhodes needs to do to learn about the rigors of being the lead running back for Tehachapi is to look across the table at family dinners....

  3. CRONEYCC.JPG Ridgeview RB Croney eligible immediately

    Star running back Sheldon Croney will be immediately eligible for Ridgeview this season after transferring from Garces, Central Section commissioner Jim...

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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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