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BC rodeo team weathered first year of competition, looks to thrive in second

In an agricultural hotspot like Kern County, Bakersfield and college rodeo should go together like Tuscaloosa and college football, or Chapel Hill and college basketball — or so you'd think.

Until last year, though, the city had no way to keep its avid barrel racers and calf ropers in town past high school. Enter the Bakersfield College rodeo club, which competed in the West Coast Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association for its first season in 2021-22.

Reporter Henry Greenstein can be reached at 661-395-7374. Follow him on Twitter: @HenryGreenstein.