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Northwest Bakersfield Baseball AAA Pirate Champions. Finished regular season in second place with a 11-3 record but won overall division championship in playoffs with a 12-7 victory over the undefeated Dodgers.

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All American Baseball Academy will be hosting summer baseball camps throughout the 2017 summer season. Camps will consist of individual work, small groups, team/game situations, arm strength, defense, fielding mechanics, footwork and hitting. Sign ups for our 2017 summer baseball camps with …

  • BY KEN BARNES For The Californian
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Before getting into today’s column, I would just like to thank Zach Ewing and the sports staff at The Californian for the coverage they allowed me three weeks ago for the story about my breaking the first 400x400 in skeet shooting history. I was really amazed that morning when I opened my pa…

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The BCA Rockstars competed Sunday at The West Coast Cheerleading Championships in Baldwin Park. The results are as follows: Starlets, first; The Glam Squad, first/overall division winners; Showstoppers, first; Fame, first/overall division winners; Glitter, first; Paparazzi, first; Entourage,…

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Students from the Japan Martial Arts academy of Bakersfield competed in the invitational organization karate tournament in Visalia. Seven schools with over 50 competitors participated in the event. The results are as follows: Renshi Jon Cobbs (second Kata, first weapons Kata); Kason Abair (f…

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An 18U softball travel team is looking for players willing to commit to practices and the summer travel season. A meet and greet will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Standard Park.

  • The Bakersfield Californian
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Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian ever and a living swimming legend, will be in Bakersfield on Tuesday evening for Hoffmann Hospice's annual Voices of Inspiration dinner and auction fundraiser.

  • BY KEN BARNES For The Californian
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Wow! Fifty years. Half a century. I am getting old. I still have a very keen memory of the last target I needed to become the first person in skeet shooting history to break a perfect 400 x 400. I was really grateful.

  • The Bakersfield Californian
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The Associated Press of Sports Editors on Monday named an article written by Bakersfield Californian sports editor Zach Ewing as the winner of its 2016 Best Game Story award in the under-30,000 circulation division.

  • The Bakersfield Californian
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The Bakersfield Aquatics Club had several standout performances at the South West Age Group Regional Championship recently in Roseville.

  • BY KEN BARNES For The Californian
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A few weeks ago I wrote a column about the Pacific Black Brant, a sea goose that inhabits the coastal range of western America. Since that time I have been thinking about a couple of add-on stories that might interest you.

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The Firecrackers Keene/Beam 16-U team is looking to fill out its roster and will have an open workout Sunday at 10 a.m. at Stockdale High School. Pitchers and catchers should report at 9:30 a.m. For more information, please contact James Beam at 661-633-4226 or email him at fc_lessons@yahoo.com.

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Kern County Athletic All-Stars will be starting spring signups and training for the summer competition track season on April 17 at 6:15. Signups will continue through May 4. Practice and sign-up days are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 6:15 p.m. at Riverwalk Park near the amphitheater hill. …

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The American Kids Sports Center’s Boys Level 4 Gymnastics Team placed second at the Southern California State Championships on Sunday in Carlsbad. They narrowly lost to defending champion Gymnastics Olympica of Van Nuys. The boys Level 5-10 gymnasts will compete this weekend at the Regional …

  • BY KEN BARNES For The Californian
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My readers may recall a few weeks ago, when I wrote about trap shooting, that back in the 1800s passenger pigeons were used as targets for a while. I quoted an excerpt from the book “The Silent Sky” about John J. Audubon seeing a flock of more than 1 billion birds pass over him for three day…

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Norris Middle School 8th grade boys basketball team reclaims the County Championship title by defeating Warren Jr. High in a tough fought battle 38-36. Norris was up by three at halftime, and then quickly trailed by four going into the fourth quarter.

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Ten-year-old gymnast Dominic Banducci won the “Mr. Handstand” contest at the Southern California State Gymnastics Championships in Aliso Viejo March 17-19. In the final, which Banducci qualified for earlier this year, he held his handstand without moving for one minute and thirty five second…

  • BY STEPHEN LYNCH For The Californian
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For the fourth consecutive year the Bakersfield Racquet Club is hosting the biggest USTA Pro Circuit event in California’s Central Valley.

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The Norris Middle School 8th grade girls basketball team came out on top by defeating a very talented Actis Jr. High 36-34 for the 2017 County Championship. The game was like a perfectly written book, it was a battle until the end. Unfortunately one team would be crowned the champs and the o…

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The Rams Junior Wrestling Club's inaugural season begins with an informational presentation and sign-ups at 6 p.m. Thursday at Valley Oaks Charter School at 3501 Chester Ave.

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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 Tracy Gantz California Thoroughbred Magazine
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Donald Valpredo believes in the importance of service to the thoroughbred industry. It’s why he has spent more than 40 years on the board of every major organization in the state, beginning and continuing with the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

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American Academy gymnastics took their optional team to New Orleans. Here were the highlights from the competition: Level 6, Hannah Williams competed in her first optional competition and placed sixth in the all-around with a 34.3. Level 7 Haylie Sipe won third place all-around with a 36.05,…

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The Taft Sportsmen’s Club annual Sporting Clay Shoot starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Kern County Gun Club, 12450 Shotgun Road.

  • The Bakersfield Californian
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The Kern County Fellowship of Christian Athletes will host its Night of Champions dinner and auction, with Olympic gold-medal sprinter Allyson Felix as the keynote speaker.

  • The Bakersfield Californian
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The American Kids Sports Center’s Boys Gymnastics Team performed well at the Southern California 2nd Preliminary Competition in Simi Valley on January 22. The Level 9 team and Level 5 (11-12 year old) team both won the competition. First Place All-Around awards were won by Collin Maberry (Le…

  • The Bakersfield Californian
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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.