• 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.

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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.

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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…

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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…