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Japan Martial Arts Academy has been selected for the 2014 Best of Bakersfield Award in the Martial Arts Training category by the Bakersfield Award Program. Each year, the Bakersfield Award Program identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Bakersfield Award Program and data provided by third parties.

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The Bronco A Angels baseball team finished a dominant season with an 18-1-1 record, following their regular season title with a tournament championship on Tuesday at AERA Field. Pictured: (front, l-r): Hunter Thorp, Jake Rimmer, Jaxson Hodges, Kole Quesada. Second row (l-r): Daniel Erro, Sonny Garcia, Reid Zeirenberg, Peyton Caswell. Third row: Christian Clegg, Anthony Olvera, Charlie Clayton. Coaches: Jimmy Dutton, Dennis Clegg, Brent Clayton.

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The Bakersfield Heat 11U team went 5-0 Memorial Day weekend to win the Extreme Diamond Sports Tournament in Camarillo. The Heat defeated the SoCal Bees to win the championship. The team is Isaiah Halton, Zae Fajardo, Joey Vidal, Scott Ellis, Drew Jordan, Luke Froehlich, Giancarlo Sacco, Dawson Tourney, David Delgadillo, Asher Allison, Ryan Redstone. Coaches: JR Jordan, Beau Redstone and David Delgadillo

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The South Valley Thunder girls' soccer team were crowned 12U champions at this past weekend's Newport Mesa Cup in Costa Mesa. After going 3-0 in pool play, the Thunder beat Cypress FC Black 4-0 in he championship game to take the crown. Pictured is, top row (l to r): Coach Torree Soelberg, Itzabella Armendariz, Kassadi Reece, Mavi Mazo, Chloe Sizemore, Gwen Sasser, Gabby Camacho, Kiara Oliver, Madi Frey, Haley McClure, Taya Collins, Coach Terryn Soelberg. Kneeling: Ashleigh Carroll, Emily Rodriguez, Sara Patel, Megan Lynch, Gianna Valenti, Mia Gangle, Haley Obenshain, Gillian Goco.

This week's community sports announcements and accomplishments:



Blue Thunder club team seeking players to start playing at a higher level. Contact Mike Hughes at or call (661) 378-4727.

Bakersfield Rockets 12U travel team seeking players. Contact Josh Langley (661) 747-1925.

8U club baseball team looking for players to start competing at a high level. Contact Mike Hughes at mhughes_67@yahoo.com or call (661) 378-4727 for more info.

The Bakersfield Rockets 12U Travel Team is looking to add a few players to its roster. We are a competitive team that travels for tournaments as well as play locally. For more information contact Josh Langley (661) 747-1925.

The annual Senior High School Baseball All-Star Challenge is Saturday night at Bakersfield College. Some of Bakersfield's top seniors will take on a team from the Central California Coast. Game time is 7:15. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for high school students and children 13-under free. The game is sponsored by the Light Brigade, a non-profit organization for the benefit of youth baseball in Kern County. Call 706-3775 for more info.


5th annual Roger Gunning Memorial Tournament, June 19, at Bakersfield Country Club. Longtime major league pitcher Charlie Hough will be the special guest. Lunch, dinner, raffle, live auction. Four-man team: $700; individual $175. Proceeds benefit the Light Brigade, a non-profit organization for the benefit of youth baseball in Kern County. For more information, call (661) 706-3775.


Mamba Basketball AAU travel team is looking for some 5th and 6th grade boys who may be interested in club basketball. Please call Coach Paul Chavez at (661) 204-7468 for more information.

Mamba Basketball AAU girls travel team is looking for a few experienced high school girls looking to improve their fundamentals and compete at the U17 level. Please contact Coach Paul Chavez (661) 204-7468 for more information.


Bakersfield Venom 14U team seeking players. Contact Rose at (661) 303-5934.