I'm getting a little nostalgic these days – you might have heard I'm leaving The Californian at the end of the week for some new pastures in Baton Rouge, La., and while it's very exciting for my career and my family, it's also very difficult to leave Bakersfield.

Angel Valdez credits offseason training as a reason she's enjoying a record-setting cross country season for Cal State Bakersfield, but that was hardly the most important thing she did this past summer.

Despite giving up 449 rushing yards on defense and an offense that was good on just 25 percent of its third down plays, Bakersfield College nearly righted years of inefficiency against Riverside in a 28-26 loss to the Tigers at Memorial Stadium on Saturday night.

In the fall season, the emphasis at Cal State Bakersfield is on women's sports: There are four of them currently competing, while only one men's team, soccer, is in action.

Another 2-1 victory at the Saint Mary’s Tournament on Sunday over Grambling State helped Cal State Bakersfield’s women’s soccer team open the 2017 with its best eight-game start (5-3). The Runners were paced by goals from Alexa Orrante and Kamari Hines.

Two recent CSUB graduates from the women’s basketball program have signed contracts to continue their playing careers professionally. Former Roadrunners Erika Williams and Batabe Zempare inked deals this summer to play in Iceland and Italy, respectively.

RANCHO CUCAMONGA — There wasn’t really a moment when it seemed like this season’s version of the Bakersfield College football team may be something special — there was plenty.

Aminah Settles scored the game-winning goal to lift Cal State Bakersfield’s women’s soccer team to a 2-1 double overtime victory over Saint Mary’s University.

According to Cal State Bakersfield women’s cross country coach Marcia Mansur-Wentworth, the secret to success in cross country is the same as in many forms of poker; you need to be holding five good cards.

When the Bakersfield College women’s soccer team takes the field for its 2017 opener Tuesday at West Hills-Lemoore, it will be the first college game for 18 of the Renegades’ 23 players.

Clayton Torr and Hugo Magana each scored as goal as Taft College bear Glendale 2-1 in a men’s soccer game on Friday at Taft College. Leopoldo Hernandez and Luis Lopez had assists.

The Cal State Bakersfield women’s volleyball team opened the season Friday with a 26-24, 25-18, 22-25, 25-21 loss to Arkansas in the Arkansas Tournament in Fayetteville, Ark.

LANCASTER — At times during its scrimmage Thursday night, Bakersfield College’s football team looked like it could be one of the best in the state’s junior college ranks.

Three things to watch for during today's Bakersfield College football scrimmage at 6 p.m. at Antelope Valley College, which was moved to Lancaster because BC wants to let the new turf at Memorial Stadium sit until next week.

Bakersfield College has moved its preseason football scrimmage Thursday against Antelope Valley to Lancaster in a move designed to give the new turf at Memorial Stadium more time to settle.