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BHS wide receiver Kevin Hayes heads up field escorted by teammate Derrick Vickers.

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Kevin Hayes, #13, catches the ball after a pass from Derrick Vickers, #1, at Friday night's game at Frontier High.

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Liberty's JoJo Hurtado grabs a handful of jersey as he tries to slow down speedy Bakersfield receiver Kevin Hayes in the first half at Liberty high.

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Casey Christie / The Californian Colby Lewis, right, and his trainer Pat Brown, Lifetime Fitness Gym owner.

Bakersfield High football player Kevin Hayes verbally committed Saturday to play for Oregon State, he announced via Twitter.

Hayes, a two-time All-Area wide receiver and defensive back, plans to play defense for the Beavers, who were the first school to offer him a scholarship in the summer.

"I'm just blessed to have this opportunity to play at the next level," Hayes said in a text message. "I can't wait to expand my game."

Hayes, who helped BHS win a Central Section title as a sophomore in 2011, has the Drillers (9-2) alive in this year's Division I section semifinals. The 6-foot-4, 175-pound senior has 20 catches for 358 yards and 3 touchdowns on offense. He has also returned a punt and two interceptions for three more touchdowns.

Hayes is the second BHS senior to make a verbal commitment. Quarterback Asauni Rufus committed to Nevada, also as a defensive back, last month.

"I wouldn't have gotten offered if it wasn't for my teammates and coaches," Hayes said. "They're the reason I have this opportunity."


The Texas Rangers have agreed to a minor league contract with BC and North High grad Colby Lewis, and have invited him to major league spring training, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Financial terms were not released Saturday.

The 34-year-old Lewis spent the entire 2013 season on the disabled list. He became a free agent at the end of the season.

Lewis had surgery in July 2012 to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow. Lewis on Aug. 22 underwent season-ending right hip resurfacing surgery and continues with rehab.


The Bakersfield College women's cross country team placed 13th out of 28 teams in the State Championships held at Fresno's Woodward Park.

Jessica Campbell was BC's top finisher, placing 24th on the 5-kilometer course in 19 minutes, 15 seconds.

Orieth Rodriguez was 67th (19:50), Leah Theroux was 80th (19:59), Moriah Millwee placed 103rd (20:20), Ambar Cruz was 123rd (20:35, Paola Silvestre was 146th (21:04) and Esthefani Perez was 173rd (21:42).

The BC men had one individual competing. Juan Calderon placed 43rd on the men's 4-mile course in 21:19.