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By Casey Christie / The Californian
By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Liberty High graduate Cassidy Bell, a senior outfielder at Penn State, was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America first team, it was announced Wednesday.
Bell set a program record in batting (.456), home runs (20) and runs scored (55). She had a 1.007 slugging percentage and a .591 on-base percentage.
On Penn State's career lists, Bell is No. 1 in home runs (37), total bases (375), second in batting average (.359), runs (141) and walks (98), third in RBIs (110), fourth in doubles (41), fifth in hits (209) and seventh in stolen bases (42).
Alvidrez named to Elite U23 team
Cal State Bakersfield sophomore Mariah Alvidrez, a Liberty High graduate, has been selected to Elite Eight for the USA Volleyball Under-23 Beach National Team.
Alvidrez was a standout libero for the Roadrunner indoor team last fall and was a solid player at No. 2 doubles for CSUB's inaugural sand volleyball team this spring.
She earned her Elite Eight selection at a recent USA Volleyball Beach High Performance tryout.
"Mariah had virtually no experience playing beach volleyball before this year but she dedicated herself to learning and improving her game," said Aaron Shepardson, CSUB's sand volleyball coach. "This selection is a reflection of her effort."
BC granted extension to file appeal
Bakersfield College has been granted an extension to file its appeal of sanctions against the school's football program.
BC was facing a Wednesday deadline to file an appeal with the Southern California Football Association for sanctions handed down by the SCFA on May 14.
The Renegades had all victories from the 2011 and 2012 season changed to forfeit losses, and the California Community College Athletic Association then vacated BC's 2012 state football championship.
BC spokeswoman Amber Chiang said the school's request for an extension was granted late Tuesday night. BC now has two additional weeks to "perfect our arguments against the sanctions," Chiang said in a release. The new deadline is June 12, Chiang said.
The SCFA ordered BC to forfeit all wins the last two regular seasons because of six violations of SCFA and CCCAA rules.
BC is not disputing the infractions but is appealing because school officials and the Kern Community College Board of Trustees say the penalties are too severe.
In addition, the BC football program was placed on two years' probation and ruled ineligible for the 2013 postseason.
Beach volleyball player hosts clinic
Brad Keenan of USA Beach Volleyball will conduct a volleyball skills clinic for children and adults on Saturday at Valley Baptist Church, 4800 Fruitvale Ave.
The cost is $25 per person, which is tax deductible. Proceeds will be donated toward a two-week Christian mission trip to the Philippines in late June. For information, call Kyle Olson (714) 884-7289.