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LAKE ISABELLA: There is still a fair catfish bite on minnows, dip baits, and large meal worms. Most are two to three pounds, but some bigger to 10 pounds. The big news this week are the reports of a few largemouth bass. Still no crappie and fishing pressure remains light.

  • BY MIKE GRIFFITH mgriffith@bakersfield.com
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Editor’s note: For most of the past two decades, Steve Merlo has been the outdoors columnist for The Bakersfield Californian. Merlo, 68, died unexpectedly in his sleep on Tuesday. In that space, Merlo’s column has occupied for hundreds of Fridays, Californian assistant sports editor Mike Gri…

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The Bakerfield Christian junior varsity volleyball team won the Golden Valley Junior Varsity Tournament on Sept. 10. BCHS defeated Garces in the semifinals, then beat Taft in the final. Pictured (l-r): Giuliana McGilvray, Emily Driesen, Lexie Meger, Caroline Morton, Karlie Crabtree, Coach As…

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The Best 12U softball team was the runner up in the gold bracket at the Kalie Boyer Memorial Scholarship tournament at Mesa Marin Softball Complex. Korina Castillo was the winner of the Boyer Scholarship in this year’s raffle.

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Winners in the 2016 KJGCA Krozier Classic Invitational at Foss-Kern River Golf Course after 18 holes: Girls 13 and under, 1. Iris Han, 89; 2. Jane Kang, 111; 3. Julianna Escobedo, 112; points leaderboard: 1. Iris Han, 2. Julianna Escobedo, 3. Jane Kang. Boys 11 and under, 1. Ty Weaver, 98; 2…

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The top finishers in the 2016 Krozier Classic Invitational tournament in the girls 14- to 17-year-old division: 1. Madi Daniel, 151; Claire Cornejo, 161; Emma Copeland, 170: 2016 season points leaderboard: 1. Kayleigh Irey; 2. Allie Crawley; 3. Madi Daniel; 4. Emma Copeland; 5. Claire Cornejo.

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Three students from the Japan Martial Arts Academy of Bakersfield competed in the United States Masters Invitational Karate tournament in Glendora. Awards: Kason Abair 1st Kata (forms), 1st Weapons Kata, 1st Kumite (sparring); Devin Stinson 1st Kata, 1st Kumite; Jayden Cruz 1st Kata, 2nd Wea…

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Students from the Japan Martial Arts Academy of Bakersfield attended and completed the 24-hour black belt test, which was held in Visalia at the Lifestyles Center. They completed the test and were awarded the following black belt ranks: Daphne Brito, Nidan to Sandan; Tristian Bradex, Nidan T…

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Teams from the Bakersfield Youth Lacrosse League played exhibition games, their first ever, against teams from Orcutt and San Luis Obispo in Santa Maria. Three division – 3rd and 4th graders, 5th and 6th graders, 7th-9th graders – competed, picking up a win in four games. For more informatio…

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Aidan Myers, competing in the 11 year old age division, placed 5th in the all-around at the Junior National Championships May 4-8 in Battle Creek, Michigan. He also placed 7th on floor exercise and 9th on pommel horse. He becomes the first Bakersfield male gymnast ever to place in the top 10…

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The Bakersfield Babes Mellor 10U softball team finished second in the Bakersfield Feverpitch Tournament (Gold Bracket). Pictured top: Coach John, coach Ken, Mackenzie Willis, Savannah Figueroa, Brooklyn Mellor, Jayden Barrett, Coach Albert, Coach Jason. Middle: Kallie Bozarth, Grace Vassalot…

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The Bakersfield Elite 12U softball team won a tournament championship, allowing just eight runs in five games. The team is: back row, from left: Coach Fred Chambers, Coach Eric Pyle, Coach Dave Mancilla; Middle row: Dylan Pyle, Hailey Quintero, Gianna Mancilla, Savannah Baies, Bella Palomino…

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On Saturday, renshi Jon Cobbs and his students from the Japan Martial Arts Academy competed in the Fresno Karate Championships. The competitors excelled in the following events: Keeva Emdy: Kata (forms) 1st, Weapons Kata 2nd, Team Kata 1st, Kumite (sparring) 3rd; Shaylee Treadwell: 1st Team …

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A new session of the Lifetime Tennis Program for adults starts Wednesday at the Bakersfield Racquet Club and will continue for six consecutive Wednesdays through June 1 from 6-7:30 p.m.

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Level 8 gymnast Aidan Myers, who trains at American Kids Sports Center, has qualified to compete at the USA Gymnastics Junior National Championships. Myers placed 5th in the 11-year-old division at the Region 1 Championships April 7-10 in Santa Clara. The competition featured the top athlete…

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Han's Taekwondo Academy participated in the Global 8 Seminar hosted by eight 2016 members of the Taekwondo competitors for the Rio Olympics and world championships Christine Bonoan, Charles Bonoan, Grant Austin, Gian Legaspi, Gage Legaspi, Christopher Crandell, Julian Esposo and Allen Vang.

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During the Easter weekend, students from the Japan Martial Arts Academy of Bakersfield competed in the Ozawa Cup International karate tournament which was held in Las Vegas Nevada. More than 1,000 competitors from 33 countries were in attendance. The JMAA students excelled in the following e…

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Eleven teams from BCA Rockstars attended the Premier Cheerleading Championships in Ontario on Sunday March 13. Here’s how each team did: The Glam Squad 1st place; Pink Ladies 2nd place; Bling 1st place and best choreography session 1; Gems 1st place; Diamonds 1st place; Glitz 1st place and b…

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The American Kids Sports Center's optional team (levels 6-9) competed at state championships in Long Beach and Claremont last weekend, with the team earning a spot in the regional championships. American’s Karlee Taylor also was top in the state in the floor exercise. Other regional qualifie…

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The BCA Rockstars sent 11 teams to a competition at USC on March 6, with the Platinum team (pictured) taking first place in their division. Other finishes: The Glam Squad, 1st; Pink Ladies, 2nd; Gems, 1st; Diamonds, 3rd; Glitz, 2nd; Platinum, 1st; Silver, 5th; Titanium, 2nd; Steel, 4th; Chro…

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Sixteen members of the American Kids Sports Center’s boys gymnastics team qualified for the state championships based on their performances at the North Conference Championships held in Van Nuys last weekend. In addition, American’s Level 6 (11-12 year old) and Level 8 teams won the team tit…

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The BCA Rockstars competed at the West Coast Championships at Magic Mountain on Sunday. BCA Rockstars as a program were the grand champions. Results: Dazzle 1st place; Hot Pink 1st place stunt group; elementary, 1st place stunt group; junior high, 1st place stunt group; senior, 1st place. Pi…

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Four Star 14U All Net basketball team went 4-0 in the G12 Tournament Series February Madness Tournament, outscoring their opponents 212-121. The team is, from left: Andrew Martin, Kosta Bikakis, Joseph Campbell, Jack Hatten, Peter, Delis, Lukas Kim, and Alexander Childs. Not pictured: coache…

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Three members of the American Kids Sports Center’s boy’s gymnastics team were champions at the Blackjack National Invitational in Las Vegas from Feb. 19-21. Chase Shanley (Level 8: 15 and older), Diego Lopez (Level 8: 13-14 year olds) and Nick Garcia (Level 7: 12 and older) won the all-aroun…

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Prospects youth baseball team went 5-0 to win the three-day TBL President's Day NIT. The team outscored its opponents 51-11. The team is: top row, from left: Cade Gretlein, Brady Reynolds, Cutter Coffey, Owen May, Jackson McDonald, Matthew Yanez, Luke Rodriguez. Bottom row: JJ Martinez, Cade…

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BASEBALL CLINIC: Rosamond baseball will be holding the Brett Wallis Baseball and Softball Clinic with special guest Greg Moore, baseball coach at Cal State Northridge, on Feb. 20 from 9 to 11 a.m. All players ages 5-17 are welcome to attend. Players will learn the fundamentals of fielding, t…

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The BCA Rockstars took 11 teams to the Aloha Central Valley Cheerleading Championships in Visalia. There were 200 girls and boys ranging in age 4-18 and more than 60 teams in attendance. Here are the results of the BCA Rockstars: 1st Place - The Glam Squad (tiny level 1); 1st Place - Gems (m…

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The American Kids Sports Center’s boys gymnastics team won numerous awards at the Southern California Second Preliminary Competition on Jan. 23 in Simi Valley. The boys are coached by Tom Ladman, Matt Williams, Michael Keeter, Sean Farrell, Tom Carpenter, and Sabrina Millard. Individual plac…

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The Bakersfield Dragons Squirts BB team have won three straight tournaments, including the Golden State Hockey Rush outdoor tournament in Sacramento, CA. Dec. 29 to 31. They also won the Tinseltown Thanksgiving Extravaganza tournament in Los Angeles and the Endless Summer Classic tournament …

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The Queen Cobras have amassed a record of 20-0 over the past four months while winning AYSO Region 73 Invitational Tournament and recently winning the AYSO Area 10A Invitational Tournament.Thew team will play in the AYSO Section 10 Invitational Tournament in February. Players are, from left,…

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Each member of the Perfect 10 Gymnastics Level 6 boys team reached the podium during the SCMGA All-Conference preliminary meet in Alhambra on Sunday. Aiden Roberson (11-12) placed 2nd on Pommel Horse, tied for 2nd on High Bar, tied for 4th on Still Rings and Parallel Bars, tied for 5th on Va…

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The Actis Americans volleyball team capped off their season with a dramatic 16-14 win over Commerce Junior High in the final game of the SCMAF Tournament in Los Angeles on Dec. 6. The team went 37-3 and was the county and Southern California Champions. The team is coached by Dan Letourneau.

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The Kern County Roughnecks went 4-0 to win the 9U division at the Sliders Winter Showdown baseball tournament at the Northwest Bakersfield baseball complex. The team is top row, from left: coaches Clint Baird, Greg Weaver and Steve Parnell. Middle row: Gabriel Duchow, Ty Weaver, Cooper Carte…

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American Cheer attended the United Spirit Association’s SoCal Classic on Saturday, the team’s first competition of the season. Seven teams went to the event. Prestige Y1 took home first place out of 11 teams; Sr. Militia S1 finished third; Mini Militia M1 took fifth; Spirit Y2, Secret Servic…

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The Blue Sharks won the AYSO Region 359 boys U8 tournament and finished the season 14-0. Pictured (L-R) Coach Josh Wolfer, Matt Marshall, Grant Abby, Preston Riley, Ben Royal, Carter Hubanks, Dane Wolfer, Trent Antongiovanni and coach Tom Antongiovanni.

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We are looking for a few more dedicated players and families to add to an already solid core of talented players. Young Gunz will continue to participate in tournaments for the 2015/2016 season. We help our girls develop their skill sets to help them reach their full potential as student ath…