The Renegade Rip

Next test: L.A. Valley

September 23, 2004

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By Leanne Cave Rip Staff Writer The Bakersfield College Renegades will travel to Los Angeles Valley on Saturday where they will take on the L.A. Valley Monarchs in what should be a crucial football contest. So far this season, the Monarchs have accrued a 2-1 record, their only loss to a tough Mt. San Antonio College team that is currently ranked No. 1 in Southern California. "L.A....

Blaze improvement scores with fans

Maria Krauter, East Bakersfield High School
and Eva Morales, Bakersfield High School

June 23, 2004

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Hayden Delaney chattered excitedly to anyone who would listen and even those who didn't. "I caught a foul ball and I ran and I scraped my knee, see? And then it came into my glove and I ...," the young boy continues. Nearby, the family of the boy chuckles and acts interested even after the 10th time. Hayden had already re-enacted the entire scene for everyone in the seats...

For Rookie, It’s always hot

Valerie Urso, Bakesfield High School

June 23, 2004

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It's a beautiful night at the Sam Lynn Ball Park. The air is cool, and a breeze is ruffling through the crowd. But for Kimberly Navarro, Blaze Rookie, it's blisteringly hot. Stifled by the woolen Bakersfield Blaze mascot uniform, she leaps across the field, waving at fans and generally being, despite the heat, the most enthusiastic person there. She's been the Blaze Dog...

Bring on the Bud girls

Kirsten Wirth, Bakersfield High School

June 23, 2004

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Bakersfield Blaze fans may have a new reason to come to the games: the Budweiser Girls. Adorned in tight white shirts bearing the Budweiser logo and black shorts, Crystal Eldrige and Alissa Thomas bounced around the Sam Lynn Ball Park carrying tin buckets. They were handing out smiles along with Budweiser key chains and bottle openers. Eldrige works at Chuy's and Thomas works...

A patriotic performance

MARIA JOHNSON, Valley Oaks Charter School

June 23, 2004

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Kendall Bowen couldn't have had a better reason for being nervous Friday night at the Bakersfield Blaze game. Having just recovered from strep throat and singing for one of the biggest crowds ever to be seen at Sam Lynn Ball Park, Bowen gave a star- studded performance of the National Anthem. This is Bowen's eighth time this season singing for the Blaze. She also said...

Meet the beer man

Cody Schneider, Foothill High School

June 23, 2004

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At any sports event most people will get their food or drinks, find their seats, and just enjoy the game without even thinking about the people who gave them their refreshments. James Spillers worked his first Blaze game as the beer man. The reason he is doing this is because he enjoys baseball. He is just going to be working the refreshment stand as "an every now and then,"...

‘I almost fainted’

Sophia Ramirez, Centennial High School

June 23, 2004

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Eight-year-old Taylor Elliott couldn't believe he had been chosen to run with a Blaze player. "I almost fainted," he said. "I was excited." On June 18, the Blaze played at home against the Landcaster Jethawks. As the starting lineup was announced, another name was said after each player, the names of the North of the River Mariners baseball team, who were to take the players...

Players of the future

Emily Davis, Liberty High School

June 23, 2004

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Baseball fans cheer as one of the Bakersfield Blaze players hits a fly ball. But the fans don't realize that the boys running out and picking up the bats may be the professional baseball players of the future. Pancho Villa and Keith McCullough, both 17, are the bat boys for the Blaze, and they both have hopes of becoming professional baseball players. Villa and McCullough...

Blaze notebook

June 23, 2004

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A musical mastermind Members of the crowd enjoyed the valley heat and the sun in their eyes while listening to Sheryl Crow's "Soak Up the Sun." Behind the hip summer music lies a musical mastermind, Jim Eggert. Nicknamed "Santiago" by his co-workers, he confesses to watching telenovelas during the baseball games. Mexican soap operas, however, do not explain his talent n...

A musical mastermind

Dariane Nabor, Delano High School

June 23, 2004

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Members of the crowd enjoyed the valley heat and the sun in their eyes while listening to Sheryl Crow's "Soak Up the Sun." Behind the hip summer music lies a musical mastermind, Jim Eggert. Nicknamed "Santiago" by his co-workers, he confesses to watching telenovelas during the baseball games. Mexican soap operas, however, do not explain his talent nor his power over the...

A win for the kids

Ian Hamilton

May 6, 2004

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Even with the home field advantage, the Bakersfield College baseball team did not stand a chance against the rowdy players from St. John's Lutheran, most of whom were missing teeth. At the end of the afternoon on April 20, the scoreboard read 99-0 in favor of the visiting first-graders. The game is a yearly field trip for teacher Lynn Bumerts and her students during which...

Women Aim for a State Title

P.W. Scobey

May 6, 2004

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Seven women from the Bakersfield College track and field team have qualified for the state meet. The Renegades won the Western State Conference team title on April 24. They scored 157 1/2 points, icing Cuesta College (104 1/2) at College of the Canyons. Freshman Grace McClellan won the high jump at 5' 4" while Brooklan Grimes won the 1,500-meter in 4 minutes, 43.4 seconds....

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