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Thursday, Jul 18 2013 11:10 PM

Local report: Celebration of Life for TJ Kerr set for Saturday

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

A Celebration of the life of former longtime Cal State Bakersfield wrestling coach T.J. Kerr will be held Saturday at the Icardo Center.

The event is open to the public. Doors open at 2 p.m. with the Celebration of Life starting at 3 p.m.

Former CSUB wrestlers Mike Mendoza (who succeded Kerr as head coach), Stephen Neal, Darryl Pope and Coby Wright will speak, along with former CSUB track coach Charlie Craig.

Wrestling memorabilia will be on display and a slide show prior to the start of the event at 3 p.m. will be held, Mendoza said.

Kerr, who began his head coaching career with a 12-year run at San Jose State in 1973, succeeded Joey Seay as CSUB's head coach in the fall of 1984 and coached the Roadrunners for 26 seasons. Kerr, 64, died on June 6.

He was a three-time Pac-10 Conference Coach of the Year and was the National Wrestling coaches Association Coach of the Year in 1996 when the Roadrunners placed third at the NCAA Division I National Championships. Seven of Kerr's teams placed in the top-12 at the Div. I nationals. He also coached five Olympians and one World Champion.

Rawhide rips Blaze

Sean Jamieson had four hits, including three doubles, and two RBIs to lead the Visalia Rawhide to a 9-3 victory Thursday over the Bakersfield Blaze in a California League baseball game at Sam Lynn Ballpark.

The Rawhide (51-47) scored all the runs (four) it needed in the first inning off Blaze starter James Allen (6-8), who surrendered eight hits and six earned runs in his two innings of work.

He was the first of six Blaze pitchers.

Visalia starter Keith Hessler (6-6) struck out 11 and walked three in five innings. He surrendered three earned runs.

Kyle Waldrop led Bakersfield (37-61) with two hits.

David Peralta added three hits and three RBIs for Visalia.

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