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Monday, Feb 04 2013 07:58 PM

Local report: 2 Jam players make all-star team

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

The Bakersfield Jam's Damion James and Jerel McNeal have been selected to play in the NBA D-League All-Star game Feb. 16 in Houston.

James a 6-foot-7, 225 pound forward out of the University of Texas, who was called up from the Jam to the Brooklyn Nets in January, is averaging 15.6 points and 7.4 rebounds in 23 games played this season for Bakersfield. James also leads the team in blocks, with 1.4 per game. James has posted five double-doubles and has scored at least 20 points eight times this season.

McNeal, a 6-3 guard out of Marquette, leads the Jam with averages of 16.1 points, 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals per contest.

McNeal has played in all 28 games for Bakersfield this season. This will be McNeal's second NBA D-League All-Star selection as he was named a D-League All-star as a member of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in 2010.

James and McNeal will be on the Prospects Team that will be led by Jam coach Will Voigt.

Voigt will be joined by assistant coaches John Bryant and Rod Baker, as well as Jam's head athletic trainer Shaun Mirza.

The game will air live on NBA TV at noon.

Track and field

Freshman Sarah Hill, a Bakersfield Christian High School graduate, broke the Fresno Pacific school record in the high jump (5 feet, 6.5 inches) and also won the triple jump (37 feet)) to lead the Sunbirds at the Westmont Sunshine Indoor Open on Saturday in Santa Barbara.

Renegade golfers 7th

STANFORD -- Neil Bautista shot a 2-over-par 72 at the Stanford Golf Course to help Bakersfield College place seventh in the 15-team Stanford Tournament.

Bautista tied for second with his season-low round. Patrick Soli of Chabot College shot 71 to win the event. Folsom Lake won the team title with a 369 score. BC shot 397.

The Renegades will next play in the first Western State Conference match of the season, on Monday at Valencia Country Club in Santa Clarita.

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