By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Centennial named Chris Trowbridge its volleyball coach Friday, tabbing the former Golden Hawks assistant coach to replace legendary coach Brooke Roberts.
Trowbridge, who played at East and started her coaching career at Foothill, coached under Roberts for six years before moving to Highland to become the head coach in 2010. She was 75-50 in four years at the Scots' helm and then moved back to Centennial to take a teaching job in January.
"I'm really excited," Trowbridge said. "It's something I've been looking forward to. I was really excited to coach at Highland and have that experience, and I had hopes of coming back to Centennial and getting this job."
Roberts retired in December as the most winning volleyball coach in California high school history. She was 884-253 at North and Centennial with 24 league championships, 14 section championships, two state championships and one mythical national title.
"It's going to be difficult for whoever has to follow her," Trowbridge said. "She's done such a great job, and I learned so much from her. It's obviously big shoes to fill, but I'm excited about it, and I think the girls are excited for something new. It'll be fun."
-- ZACH EWING
BC women take first
Bakersfield College's women's track and field team won the Antelope Valley Spring Invitational on Friday behind double individual titles from Jade Gridiron and Alicia Torres.
BC scored 118 points; second-place Saddleback had 52. Gridiron, an Independence graduate, won the 100 meters (12.94) and 200 (26.65) in a strong headwind. Torres, a Bakersfield High product, took the shot put (42-0.5) and discus (117-0).
Moriah Millwee (Shafter) won the steeplechase in 12:30.05, and Natalie O'Dwyer won the 400 in 58.05. Leah Theroux (West) was second in the 800 and 1,500.
The BC men placed third with 76 points behind San Bernardino and Saddleback. Al Green won the 100 in 12.22 seconds, and Juan Calderon (Arvin) took the 1,500 in 4:13.90.
CSUB softball splits 2
Cal State Bakersfield's softball team split its first two games in the Cal State Northridge Tournament, beating Harvard 2-1 in eight innings and losing 5-2 to host Northridge.
The Roadrunners (8-22) scored the winning run against Harvard when Kayli Shaw, placed on second base due to extra-inning rules, scored on a Crimson throwing error when Karissa Veiga bunted.
Kelsie Monroe (7-10) pitched eight innings, allowing seven hits and striking out four. Briana Pontecorvo was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
CSUB tied the second game 2-2 in the fourth inning on Katie Hooper's RBI single and a Northridge error, but the Matadors answered with three runs in their half of the fourth.
The Roadrunners continue tournament play with another game against Harvard at 9 this morning.