By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
The Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks signed West High graduate A.J. Jefferson to a free-agent deal Friday, the team announced.
The Seattle Times reported that the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Jefferson likely will be used as a backup cornerback and kickoff and punt returner for the Seahawks.
Jefferson, who graduated from West in 2006, played four seasons at Fresno State -- leading the nation in kickoff-return average as a sophomore -- before signing a rookie free-agent deal with the Arizona Cardinals in 2010.
He was traded in 2012 to the Minnesota Vikings, who released him in November after Jefferson was arrested for domestic assualt.
Jefferson has two interceptions and 109 tackles in his NFL career. He started seven games for the Cardinals in 2011.
CSUB adds JC transfer
Cal State Bakersfield has added incoming 6-foot-4 junior forward Kevin Mays for the 2014-15 season.
Mays, a Queens, N.Y., native, played last season at Odessa Community College (Texas). where he averaged 15 points and 12.2 rebounds per game. He played at Md-Eastern Shore as a freshman, where he led the team in scoring (13.3) after ending his prep career at St. John's Military Academy in Delafield, Wis.
"Kevin is a very competitive player that can play both inside and outside," CSUB coach Rod Barnes said in a statement. "He will bring toughness and physicality to our team along with rebounding a defending, which Kevin does at a high level."
Mays is the fifth incoming player to sign a letter of intent with CSUB.
3 BC baseball players on all-WSC first team
Sophomores Erik Williams, Rolando Martinez and Cole Hallum have been selected to the All-Western State Conference baseball first-team by conference coaches.
Martinez, an outfielder, was also a first-team pick last season.
Williams, an infielder, was a second-team pick in 2013.
Hallum, who made the team as a utility player, was also a second-team pick in 2013.
BC, which finished 14-22 overall and 9-12 in WSC play this season, also had two second-team All-WSC picks: freshman outfielder Kaiden Meadows and freshman starting pitcher Allan Winans.
Sophomore pitcher Jared Solf and freshman shortstop Eddie Torres were honorable mention picks.
Martinez led BC in batting (.352), hits (51) and tied Williams for most doubles (12).
Williams had five of BC's eight home runs and a team-best 31 RBIs while batting .328. Hallum hit .298 and went 4-6 as a pitcher with a 3.61 ERA.
Taft pitcher Little earns CVC baseball honor
Taft College sophomore left-hander Kevin Little was chosen as the Central Valley Conference Co-Most Valuable Pitcher by a vote of conference coaches.
Little, a Kern Valley High graduate, went 5-2 in CVC play with a 1.44 ERA in 62 innings. He walked eight and struck out 30.
Taft (16-20 overaoo, 10-14 CVC) had two other sophomore first-team All-CVC picks: pitcher Brandon Van Stone, who was 5-6 with a 2.61 ERA overall this season, and first baseman Roman Testani, the team leader in batting (.376), hits (53), runs (26) and RBIs (19).
Outfielder Travis Tessandori and third baseman Loren Cutolo were named to the CVC Golden Glove team. Cutolo was also a second-team All-CVC pick.
BC's Torres advances in shot put in SoCal meet
Bakersfield College thrower Alicia Torres qualified for second in the shot put at 41-feet, 8 inches during first-day action at the Junior College Southern California Track and Field Preliminaries in Riverside. That advances her to the state meet on May 9-10. The prelimins continue today.
CSUB wrestling fundraiser
The annual "An Evening with Stephen Neal" will be held Tuesday at Stockdale Country Club.
Tickets are $75 apiece, which includes dinner. The event begins at 5:30 p.m.
The event is one of the top fundraisers for the Cal State Bakersfield wrestling program, which must raise all of its operating capital independent of the university to survive.
Neal is the most celebrated wrestler ever at CSUB. He competed from 1996-99 who was a four-time NCAA All-American and two-time undefeated NCAA heavyweight champion. He holds CSUB career records for wins and pins and is fifth in career winning percentage.
He was the 1999 U.S. and World Freestyle Champion who then began an eight-year NFL career as an offensive lineman where he helped the New England Patriots win three Super Bowls.
Numerous items will be auctioned as part of the fundraiser.
For more information, call CSUB wrestling coach Mike Mendoza at 661-654-2343.
BCHS grad Hill defends NCCAA high jump title
Bakersfield Christian High graduate Sarah Hill of Fresno Pacific University defended her high jump title in the National Christian College Athletic Association Championships with a mark of 5 feet, 7-1/2 inches, beating Allison Trevithick of Indiana Wesleyan in a jump-off at Shorter College in Rome, Ga. Third place went to Santana Alford of Azusa Pacific.
Hill also will be competing in the triple jump today.