BY STEPHEN LYNCH Special to The Californian
Former Major League Baseball all-star Bill Madlock will be the guest speaker Saturday at the Celebrity Sports Dinner fundraiser for athletics for Cerro Coso College in Ridgecrest, which is in the Kern Community College District. Tickets for the 6:30 p.m. event, which will be catered by Casey’s Steaks & Barbecue, are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger. The event, which will start at 6:30 p.m., will include an array of pro athlete- and celebrity-related autographed posters and other memoriabilia. Proceeds also benefit sports opportunities for Ridgecrest-area youths. For more information, call (760) 384-6384 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Track and field
A free training clinic for volunteers interested in officiating at USA Track and Field events will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Foothill High School, 501 Park Drive in Bakersfield. The clinic offers certification for officiating at USATF events at the high school and college level. Lunch will be served. RSVP to: Lawrencewatsonus@yahoo.com. For information, visit: www.usatf.org/Home.aspx
After spending the last two seasons playing for Fresno’s Tier III junior teams, 20-year-old Nick McKee of Bakersfield got his shot in the North American Hockey League in mid-Januray and was named West Division Star of the Week on Jan. 21. McKee helped the Frenso Monsters to a weekend road sweep of the Wenatchee (Wash.) Wild and in the process likely earned a regular spot playing in the NAHL for the rest of the season. McKee played well in his debut on Friday night, but went scoreless. The next night, he almost single-handedly won the game for the Monsters as he scored all three Fresno goals in regulation and then scored the shootout winner for a 4-3 shootout win and sweep of the Wild. “This is how the process is supposed to work,” said Monsters head coach Eric Ballard. “Nick is a guy who has been working his tail off for our Tier III team, he has paid his dues and he earned his opportunity and made the most of it. He put himself in great position to score goals and when he got his chances, he buried them. He played with a lot of hunger and desire and it was very cool to see.”