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New quarterbacks set tone for new season

The lights will brighten the night sky once again starting tonight with the opening of the high school football season around Kern County. Every coach believes in his team; everyone is winless. The excitement is boundless. There are 15 games this weekend, beginning with Chavez beating Fresno-

Bakersfield Christian High School football player gets in some passing drills during a preseason practice. The Eagles open their season tonight at home against Templeton.

Zach Ewing's Week 0 HS football predictions

I’m baaaaack! Life around The Californian’s sports section has been a bit different in the past year or so, as you might have noticed. I’ve been sports editor for about 15 months now, and Trevor Horn has been on the job as the lead BVarsity writer for a little more than a year. That’s meant a



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    • Jul 30, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Illinois head coach Tim Beckman speaks during 2015 Big Ten Football Media Days at Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

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    • Aug. 27 high school roundup

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    • Chavez High coach Casey Quinn works with his running backs during practice recently.

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      Chavez opened the second season under Casey Quinn with a 34-0 win over Fresno-Roosevelt at Sunnyside High in Fresno on Thursday. The night started off with a spark for the Titans (1-0) when Javier Fernandez took the opening kickoff back for a touchdown. Deion Perkins threw for three touchdowns,

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      The Condors open a new chapter in Bakersfield hockey history when they open their inaugural AHL season on Oct. 9 at home against the Grand Rapids Griffins. Bakersfield, the AHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers, remains at home on Oct. 10 when they take on a foe a little more well known to fans,

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      Han's Taekwondo participated at the California Challenge in Glendora on Aug. 22. The event was also used as Team Trials to the International Traveling Team, Team IME . Han's Taekwondo Academy members had great performances and have garnished four black belt positions on the prestigious

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      Bakersfield Spartan Baseball Club

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