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First match under Touchstone a success for BCHS

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

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 seem to change that mindset for Bouma and the Eagles after a 25-17, 25-16, 25-11 sweep over Tehachapi at home in the first match under Matt Touchstone in the season opener for both teams.

“Of course we want the section championship, but we want to go as

Week 1 BVarsity Nightly

VIDEO: BVarsity Nightly for Aug. 23

The first installment of the second season of BVarsity Nightly with Trevor Horn showcases video highlights of volleyball action between Tehachapi and Bakersfield Christian plus a roundup of preps action around Kern County. Catch BVarsity Nightly every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during the

Rod Thornburg/for The Californian Ridgeview vs Centennial Scrimage  Will Alexander looks for the open man  during a scrimmage against Ridgeview.

VIDEO: Highlights from Centennial-Ridgeview scrimmage

Defending Central Section Division II champions Ridgeview hosted Centennial in a scrimmage a week before the 2016 regular season begins. Interview with Ridgeview coach Dennis Manning Centennial senior defensive end Gabe Cherry Centennial coach Chad Brown Ridgeview senior Jamar Moya

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  • Bakersfield Christian seniors Demi Owens, left, and Ireland Bos go after a Tehachapi serve in the third game on Tuesday.

    Aug. 23 high school roundup

    Volleyball Bakersfield Christian d. Tehachapi 25-17, 25-16, 25-11 At BCHS BCHS (1-0): Kills: Schamblin 12, Owens 9, Boumba 9. Digs: Chl. Balfanz 6, Schamblin 5. Blocks: Owns 3, Bouma 3. Aces: Owns 4, Schamblin 3, Reynish 3. TEHACHAPI (0-1): Kills: Soto 6. Assists: Parker 10. Digs: Parker 4.

  • BHS' QB Josh Maran looks for running room as a defender gets to the backfield during a 2016 football practice.

    BHS names QB for season opener on Saturday in Ventura

    Paul Golla has named senior Josh Maran as the starting quarterback for Bakersfield High with the season opener against Elk Grove-Pleasant Grove on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Ventura College. Golla did say that sophomore Cam Williams will have packages set at quarterback and will get snaps during the

  • Rod Thornburg/for The Californian Ridgeview vs Centennial Scrimage  Ridgeview's Jaleyn Prevost tries to avoid a Centennial opponent on a kick return.

    Ridgeview, Centennial get reps in a week before

    For Dennis Manning, scrimmages a week before the regular season begins are about one thing: evaluation. Ridgeview, the two-time defending Central Section Division II champion, hosted Centennial on Friday as both teams make final preparations for the regular season next week. There were highlights,

  • Coaches Show 2016

    VIDEO: BVarsity Coaches Super Show

    Over the last two days, 22 Kern County football coaches joined co-hosts Zach Ewing and Trevor Horn for six hours of the 2016 BVarsity Coaches Super Show to preview the season that begins Aug. 26. Below are links to all 22 interviews. Edgar Mares, Arvin Dennis Manning, Ridgeview Lucas Lucero,

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    Keene shoots 75 for fourth at opening golf tourney

    Clovis West’s Madison Nii beat Nicole Lee from Walnut in a one-hole playoff for the individual title at the third annual Central Section/Team 6 girls golf tournament at Mifflin-Buena Vista Golf Course on Thursday. Both players shot a 1-over-par 73 in regulation to force the sudden-death matchup.

  • Centennial High's Mikaela Maughan goes high for the kill against Ridgeview High in varsity girl’s volleyball Wednesday evening.

    Centennial opens up season with sweep over Ridgeview

    Maybe it was first-day-of-school jitters, but it took Centennial a few minutes to get into the swing of things before the Golden Hawks prevailed with a sweep of Ridgeview in the first volleyball match of the 2016 season, 25-12, 25-13, 25-17 on Wednesday at Ridgeview. Ridgeview, under first-year

  • Ridgeview High's Justin McCall gets a first half dunk as the play Lemoore High in the boys CIF Central Section Division II Championship basketball game at Selland Arena in Fresno Friday.

    Prep notebook: McCall commits to Roadrunners

    Cal State Bakersfield’s men’s basketball team added another big local name to its commitment list Monday. Ridgeview senior Justin McCall verbally pledged with the Roadrunners via his Twitter account, saying, “First off I would like to give all glory to God. I also would like to thank my

  • All area baseball player of the year from Stockdale High School, Sean Mullen.

    Another honor for Stockdale's Mullen

    Stockdale junior pitcher Sean Mullen continued his sizzling summer with another honor announced Thursday, when MaxPreps named him to its Large Schools All-State team. Mullen, the BVarsity Baseball Player of the Year for his sophomore season, also was named a sophomore All-American by MaxPreps and

  • Stockdale High's starting pitcher, Sean Mullen hurls the ball to a Liberty High batter during Thursday's afternoon game at Liberty.

    Mullen fulfills childhood dream, commits to UCLA

    When Sean Mullen was 8, he spent time in a hospital at UCLA with a broken bone in his left leg. A baseball fan for as long as he can remember, he grabbed a pencil and a piece of paper and drew his own rendition of Jackie Robinson Field, the Bruins’ home ballpark, with a small caricature of himself

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    HS football camps open with healthy anticipation

    Paul Golla has tabbed this the season of the “uncommon” for his Bakersfield High football program. Fitting that he wore a shirt bearing that motto on the back of his shirt on Monday, the first day for fall sports programs in the Central Section can practice, because this will be anything but a