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  • BY TREVOR HORN thorn@bakersfield.com
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High school basketball coaches have enough nightmares, especially when the playoffs arrive, thinking about opposing defenses, wondering if players will step up or whether calls will go their way.

  • BY STEPHEN LYNCH For The Californian
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The Bakersfield Christian boys basketball team, after blowing a 25-point lead, trailed by two points late in its Central Section Division IV first round playoff game Wednesday at Foothill.

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HOUSTON — Cal State Bakersfield senior diver Carlee Burks, a Centennial High graduate, placed second Wednesday in the 3-meter board at the Western Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships.

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Video highlights from Liberty's 74-68 win over Fresno-Sunnyside in the Central Section Division I boys basketball first round playoff game.

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Archie Parks has joked that maybe not having Griffith Field available this season would help break the streak of his Bakersfield High boys soccer team being eliminated in the Central Section Division I boys soccer quarterfinals.

  • BY STEPHEN LYNCH For The Californian
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It was a déjà vu moment for the Bakersfield Christian girls soccer team when the referee’s whistle sounded, signifying the end of the Eagles’ Central Section Division IV semifinal against Strathmore.

  • BY MIKE GRIFFITH mgriffith@bakersfield.com
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Joey LaLeggia had filled in a bit at forward last season, so when Condors coach Gerry Fleming asked him to make the switch from defense on a permanent basis midway through December, he didn’t hesitate.

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The Bakersfield College men’s basketball team, champion of the Western State Conference South Division, was richly rewarded with the conference’s two major awards Tuesday.

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Video highlights from Clovis North vs Bakersfield in Central Section Division I boys soccer quarterfinals, Stockdale hosting Independence in the softball opener for both teams and courtesy video of game-winner for Stockdale over Fresno-Bullard in D-I girls basketball playoffs opening round.

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The Arvin Boxing Club will host this year’s Central California Golden Glove tournament. The event will be 5-9 p.m Friday and Saturday at the Bakersfield Dome, 2201 V St. The proceeds of the event will go to the Arvin Boxing Club to help raise money for a new van to take the kids traveling. F…

  • BY JEFF EVANS jevans@bakersfield.com
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Ryan Grotjohn enjoyed a flashy start to his senior year.

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Nick Ellis stopped 46 shots as the Condors snapped a five-game winless streak with a 4-2 victory over the Heat on Saturday night in Stockton.

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TEMPE, Ariz. — Although Mike Trout is a fairly well-known baseball player at this point, he still made his way around the Los Angeles Angels' clubhouse on Saturday morning to introduce himself to several new teammates.

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LOS ANGELES — Aleksander Barkov scored the go-ahead goal 15 seconds into the third period, Roberto Luongo made 33 saves and the Florida Panthers beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on Saturday night for their fourth straight win.

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Bakersfield senior Navonte Demison and Frontier senior Jonathan Garcia were the two locals that won individual titles at the Central Section Yosemite Divisional wrestling championships at East High on Saturday.

  • BY mike griffith mgriffith@bakersfield.com
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The frustration was evident on the face of Condors coach Gerry Fleming on Friday night at Rabobank Arena.

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Of the 12 Central Section boys soccer quarterfinal matches scheduled Friday for Kern County teams, only four were played because of heavy rain and wind.

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Video highlights from the quarterfinals of the Central Section Yosemite Divisional wrestling tournament at East High on Friday.

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Thrust into the head coach’s role for Cal State Bakersfield baseball late in the offseason, Jeremy Beard hopes to spark a turnaround from a disappointing 2016 season by focusing on two things above all else: playing good defense and being aggressive on the bases.

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LEMOORE — Selma dominated the Central Section Girls Wrestling Championships once again, but Kern County came away with its share of the hardware Thursday in Lemoore.

  • BY ZACH EWING zewing@bakersfield.com
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The state’s top-ranked wrestler in 10 of 14 weight classes, according to The California Wrestler, will be at East High this weekend for the Central Section’s Yosemite Divisional boys wrestling championships.