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Zach Ewing's Week 1 HS football previews and predictions

Liberty's Johnny Balderas catches a touchdown pass during last year's section championship victory over Clovis.

Our long summer of heat and boredom is over — OK, so the heat isn’t over, but it’s back everybody! High school football is back!

There are actual, real-live football games in the Central Section this very night, and though none of them involve Kern County teams, it’s time to start scoreboard-watching again.

It’s also time to start predicting again. I’m going to commit to predicting every game in Kern County again, but I am going to shorten the format just a bit. For those who don’t know, I’ve have routinely written 5,000 words a

Bakersfield Christian's Bella Bouma fires a spike past Tehachapi's  Emily Soto, left, and Antonia Steffes-Ward.

First match under Touchstone a success for BCHS

Bella Bouma doesn’t know much about losing at Bakersfield Christian. A four-year starter for the Eagles, Bouma has helped lead BCHS to three consecutive Central Section championships, with a Division IV crown in 2013 and back-to-back D-III titles in 2014 and 2015. Even a coaching change doesn’t

Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner hits a solo home run against the Giants in the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday.

Turner's homer hands Dodgers 1-0 win over Giants

LOS ANGELES — Justin Turner's homer was the difference as the Los Angeles Dodgers recorded a 1-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. The victory boosted the Dodgers’ cushion in the National League West to three games over the Giants, who lost their

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