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South Valley Thunder G97



Bakersfield Southwest Baseball, located at beautiful Aera park, registration is now open for our spring league. One of the largest PONY baseball organizations on the West Coast, over 1,800 players last spring. Divisions for ages 3-16. Visit our website for more information and to register on-line. Email Questions to

Southern California Professional Scouts Holiday Instructional Camp, Dec. 16 at Hartunian Field, 17301 Oxnard St., Encino. Ages 16 and older. Cost: $125. Check-in: 10:30 a.m. Camp 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Get seen, instructed by current big league scouts on baseball fundamentals. Q&A sessions with scouts afterward. There will be a 30-minute break, so pack snacks/lunch. Contact:

Northwest Bakersfield Spring League registration is now open. League runs March 9-May 25. Online Registration at Ages 4-5 T-ball, $165; Ages 6-15, $190. Family multi-player discounts given. New: All local play Travel League. Tryouts: Northwest Baseball Complex, 4009 N. Chester Ave. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 5 for last names A-K;  5:30-8 p.m. Jan. 9, for last names L-Z; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 12 for Prep, AAA, and Majors only. Questions: email or call (661) 679-1612.


FUN Sports Basketball Registration is going on right now. Ages 4-11, no tryout, all children play. Practice sites in northeast, southwest Bakersfield. Games on Saturdays. Season starts Jan. 14. Visit: or call (661) 378-2749.


Dec. 9 (Sunday): Bakersfield 500 Club Christmas Party, 1 p.m., AMF Southwest Lanes. For further info, contact Linda Wright at (661) 747-9101.

Dec. 15-16: San Joaquin Bowling Club 8th DeMarco Singles Memorial, Rodeo Lanes, three squads (11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.). $1,000 for 1st place based on 90 bowlers. For further info, contact Jon at (559) 281-4444.


Bakersfield Adult Co Ed Soccer (ACES) is currently accepting registrations for its Spring League. The registration deadline is Jan. 6 and the season begins Jan. 26. Games are on Saturday evenings at the State Farm Sports Village. For registration or additional information please go to or call Tim at (661) 912-5495.


Youth basketball (NJB League)

Sunday’s (Dec. 2) scores

Boys Division 1

Kings 59, Celtics 29 (Figures 18)

Lakers 50, Heat 49 (Stapp 26, Driesen 10)

Spurs 51, Clippers 32 (Alcaide 18)

Mavericks 43, Knicks 38 (Barnett 20)

Boys Division 2

Kings 41, Clippers 28 (Taylor 24, Sakowski 19)

Lakers 26, Thunder 25 (Campbell 11, Campbell 12)

Bulls 28, Spurs 20 (Cameron 8, Cinquemani 7)

Boys Division 3

Lakers 26, Thunder 21 (Kitts 7, Palmer 11)

Mavericks 33, Heat 20 (Garcia 22, Dabbs 9)

Girls Division 3

Comets 20, Storm 11 (Camarillo 8)


Martial Arts

Six students from the Japan Martial Arts Academy of Bakersfield competed in the 2012 Tibon's Goju Ryu 28th Annual Winter Invitational in-house Karate Championships on Sunday in Stockton. Sam Cole placed third in Weapons Kata (forms); Romero Martinez placed second in Weapons Kata; Ceasar Martinez placed second in Kata, third in Kumite (sparring); Justin Garcia placed seconnd in Kata. Unfortunately due to a power outage caused by the weather none of the other students were able to compete in sparring.


The Revolution, coached by Walter Hernandez and assisted by Craig Morely, won first place at the AYSO Region 359 tournament in the 14U boys division. Players: Ethan Burns, William Ayala, Tommy Toretta, Patrick Peaker, Jakob Tipton, Cameron Polte, Ethan Young, Gabriel Campos, Cameron Rutherford, Justin Baytosh, Jonathan Morely, Tristen Navarro, Tyler McEwen, Ryan Taylor and Jullian Portillo.

The South Valley Thunder Soccer Club G97 team defeated Barcelona USA in penalty kicks to win the championship of the Nomads Thanksgiving Tournament in San Diego. South Valley beat North Huntington Beach FC, Roadrunners United FC, Santa Anita SC and FC Man United to advance to the championship game. The title match was scoreless after regulation and two overtime periods. South Valley’s goalkeeper saved four of five penalty kicks to secure the victory, the fourth championship cup for the Thunder this year. It was also a great ending for Jeff Darling, who stepped down as coach, handing off coaching duties to Jason Carter. Darling’s record was 35-5-10 in league play, with nine tournament titles in five seasons.