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American Kids Sports Center's Level 6 Boys team placed second Saturday at the Mas Watanabe Invitational Gymnastics meet in Elk Grove. Team members: Kaleb Hillan, Collin Maberry, Alex Pope, Matthew Rogers, Connor Shanley, Zachary Whitmore, and Zak Worman. Shanley took home the all-around title, placing second on floor, rings and vault. Rogers took second all-around, winning floor and high bar, and taking second on rings. Whitmore was third all-around, taking second on floor, vault and parallel bars. Pope placed 2nd on vault. Hillan placed third on high bar. Maberry won the all-around for his age division, winning the parallel bars and high bar, and was second on floor, 3rd on pommel horse. The team is coached by Tom Ladman and Matt Williams.

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American Kids Sports Center's Level 5 Boys team placed third Saturday at the Mas Watanabe Invitational Gymnastics meet in Elk Grove. Team members: Connor Dao, Joshua Evangelio, Pratham Goswami, Ben Gurney, Nicholas Kindig, Diego Lopez, Jarrett Lowe, Aidan Myers, Robert Parmley, Chase Shanley, Jarren Whitmore and Tommy Worman. Myers won the all-around title, placing first on floor, pommel horse and parallel bars, and second on high bar. Lopez placed second on high bar. Lowe placed third on floor and high bar. The team is coached by Sean Farrell and Hayden DaMant.

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American Kids Sports Center's Level 4 Boys Team placed second Saturday at the Mas Watanabe Invitational Gymnastics meet in Elk Grove. Team members are: Kelechi Anucha, Steven Ballock, James Banks, Raffi Bouldoukian, Tristen Dillworth, Korbin Hillan, Nathan Jarvis, Trey Letzkus, Maddox Maughn, Carson Ming, Max Morelos, Sam Morelos, Jack Parks, Aiden Roberson, Hudson Sheats, Collin Stikes and Zachary Tisinger. Parks got Superior on rings, Roberson got superior on pommel horse and rings, Stikes got superior on rings and high bar, and Hillan got superior on rings. The team is coached by Hayden DaMant, Sean Farrell, Arthur Farzan and Duncan Harris.

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American Kids Sports Center's Optional Boys team had a strong showing Saturday at the Mas Watanabe Invitational Gymnastics meet in Elk Grove,. The Level 8 team of Spenser Prow, Marty Peterson and Benjamin Walker placed third. Peterson placed third all-around, with a second-place finish on floor. Walker placed 7th all-around, and won the floor title. Prow placed sixth all-around, and third on pommel horse and high bar. In Level 9, Paul Flora placed 4th all-around, 3rd on floor. In Level 10, Brett Ridley was third all-around, first on parallel bars, second on floor and vault, and 3third on high bar. The team is coached by Tom Ladman and Matt Williams.

Announcements

Fundraiser

Former Major League Baseball all-star Bill Madlock will be the guest speaker Saturday at the Celebrity Sports Dinner fundraiser for athletics for Cerro Coso College in Ridgecrest, which is in the Kern Community College District. Tickets for the 6:30 p.m. event, which will be catered by Casey’s Steaks & Barbecue, are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger. The event, which will start at 6:30 p.m., will include an array of pro athlete- and celebrity-related autographed posters and other memoriabilia. Proceeds also benefit sports opportunities for Ridgecrest-area youths. For more information, call (760) 384-6384 or  e-mail theck@cerrocoso.edu.

Track and field

A free training clinic for volunteers interested in officiating at USA Track and Field events will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Foothill High School, 501 Park Drive in Bakersfield.  The clinic offers certification for officiating at USATF events at the high school and college level. Lunch will be served. RSVP to: Lawrencewatsonus@yahoo.com. For information, visit: www.usatf.org/Home.aspx

Accomplishments

After spending the last two seasons playing for Fresno’s Tier III junior teams, 20-year-old Nick McKee of Bakersfield got his shot in the North American Hockey League in mid-Januray and was named West Division Star of the Week on Jan. 21. McKee helped the Frenso Monsters to a weekend road sweep of the Wenatchee (Wash.) Wild and in the process likely earned a regular spot playing in the NAHL for the rest of the season.  McKee played well in his debut on Friday night, but went scoreless.  The next night, he almost single-handedly won the game for the Monsters as he scored all three Fresno goals in regulation and then scored the shootout winner for a 4-3 shootout win and sweep of the Wild.  “This is how the process is supposed to work,” said Monsters head coach Eric Ballard.  “Nick is a guy who has been working his tail off for our Tier III team, he has paid his dues and he earned his opportunity and made the most of it.  He put himself in great position to score goals and when he got his chances, he buried them.  He played with a lot of hunger and desire and it was very cool to see.”