By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Gerry Collis, a former head football and baseball coach at Bakersfield College and one of the most well-known sportsmen from Kern County, suffered a stroke recently.
"He's doing good," said Carl Bowser, who suceeded Collis as BC's head football coach after serving as an assistant when Collis was BC's head football coach from 1967-83.
Collis' teams won five league championships, three Potato Bowls and the 1976 Junior Rose Bowl. Collis compiled a 121-49-2 record as BC's football coach. He was inducted into the Bob Elias Kern County Hall of Fame in 1982.
Bowser said Collis suffered the stroke about a week ago and was hospitalized for a few days but has now been moved to a rehabilitation facility.
"He talks very well," Bowser said. "He has some weakness in his left arm and left leg. But he's doing pretty darn good for a guy who just had a stroke."
Collis joined the BC coaching staff in 1957. He was the front man for athletics fundraising for the BC Foundation after his coaching career ended.
Gerry Collis Field, where BC plays its baseball games, was named in his honor.
CSUB scrimmage, select-a-seat set
Cal State Bakersfield's men's basketball team will hold a blue-gold scrimmage on Saturday, Oct. 12, in the Icardo Center at 6 p.m. that is open to the public.
Admission is free and free food will also be provided. The first 100 fans admitted will receive a T-shirt.
The event is being paired with a "select-a-seat" promotion for season ticketholders to reserve the seats they want for the upcoming season.
Season ticket packages are on sale for the 14-game home schedule, which features seven games in Rabobank Arena and seven in the Icardo Center. Ticket packages start at $65 per seat.
For more information, call Kyle Smith at (661) 654-3081.
BC volleyball tops No. 7 SBCC
SANTA BARBARA -- Bakersfield College, ranked No. 11 in the state's volleyball rankings, surprised No. 7-ranked Santa Barbara City College, 18-25, 25-15, 25-22, 16-25, 15-11.
Edithva Urias had 19 kills and 15 digs for BC (7-6). Alyssa Mathews (15 kills) and Jessie Trail (14 kills) also had effective hitting games and setter Kenadie Lee-McNeil had 55 set assists. Maddie DeMarco added 15 digs and four aces.
Taft volleyball sweeps West Hills
COALINGA -- Tiffany Mapusaga had 12 kills and 12 digs and Maeleen Hopeau added 10 kills and four stuff blocks to lead Taft College to a 25-8, 25-9, 25-21 Central Valley Conference volleyball win over West Hills. Taft is 8-3 overall and 2-0 in the CVC.
2 share BC softball coaching duties
Bakersfield College has named Keith Drewry and Ryane Petersen as interim co-head coaches for softball, interim athletic director Sandi Taylor announced.
Taylor has been BC's head softball coach for more than 25 years but relinquished the position in August when she was named interim athletic director after Ryan Beckwith, the previous athletic director, was forced to resign.
Drewry was an assistant on Taylor's staff for eight years. Petersen, a former softball player at Cal State Bakersfield, was also on Taylor's staff last season.