The Renegade Rip

A dog’s life

Daniel Cacopardo
East Bakersfield High School

June 26, 2002

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Everyone knows the Blaze mascot Rookie, the Dalmatian who keeps the crowd going by dancing and entertaining everyone. But do you know the person behind that big dog suit? Her name is Lena Franzen. She has been the mascot for the Blaze for about three years. "This year is my last year here," she said with a smile. Her job consists of entertaining the crowd, promoting things...

Crowd controller enjoys fan interaction

Ashley Owens
Bakersfield High School

June 26, 2002

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Jim Miller is not your average senior citizen. With zest in his body and mind, he lives each day to the fullest. One way he stays active is his job as a crowd controller at the Sam Lynn Ball Park. "As you get older, you want to keep your body and mind active," he said. "I do it to keep myself up with the new generation. It makes me feel good. I have a lot of fun with young...

ON THE FIELDWomen who participate in sports perform better in game of life

Leanne Cave

May 9, 2002

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In the last three decades, research shows that women who participate in sports at every level, but especially at the collegiate level, have become successful in the business world as well as in life. Women who have put on the Renegade uniform are no exception. According to Bakersfield College associate athletic director and women's softball coach, Sandi Taylor, many women...

Tennis places second in WSC

Rudy Llamas

May 9, 2002

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The Bakersfield College men's tennis team has just wrapped up its season with a 14-2 record, placing second in the Western State Conference. "You couldn't have asked for more, other than an undefeated season," said Rob Slaybaugh, men's tennis coach, who also received coach of the year honors. It was his third coach of the year award that he has received in his 14 years at...

‘Blitz’-krieg Bop

Demethrasis Blackmon

May 9, 2002

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For all of the Bakersfield College sports fans who love Renegade football, but cringe at the notion of no gridiron for eight months, there is an oasis on the horizon. The Bakersfield Blitz has begun its inaugural season at the Centennial Garden. The Blitz are part of the arenafootball2 league, which consists of 34 teams nationwide. The original arena football league is made...

New clubhouse nears completion

Jennifer Mills
Special to The Rip

April 25, 2002

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Walking the long distance between the fieldhouse by the football stadium and the baseball diamond before and after a long, hard game of baseball has been the usual routine for the Bakersfield College Renegades. The baseball team has made this trek an average of 22 home games each season since the field was created in 1956. Since baseball is not a year-round sport, the fieldhouse...

Spring Fever

April 25, 2002

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Bakersfield College athletes enjoyed spring weather as they began to wrap up their seasons. The women's tennis team finished by winning its final matches. The team will compete in the Ojai Tournament in Ventura this weekend. "It's the biggest amateur tournament in the United States," said head coach Keith Hinds. "We're just going down there to have fun." The golf team competed...

Makin’ the Cut

Demethrasis Blackmon

April 25, 2002

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The warm spring afternoon gave way to a cool breezy evening as teams from the Western State Conference converged on Memorial Stadium to compete in the track and field preliminaries Saturday. Bakersfield College will be well represented when the top qualifiers from each event will return to Memorial Stadium Saturday to compete in the conference finals. One of the top athletes...

Condor Kid

John Vodopija

April 18, 2002

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function openSlideShow108(){ window.open(slideshowpath + 108, 'selectUser', config='height=300,width=230,scrollbars=No,resizable=Yes');} View slideshowSeven-year-old Matthew Scott Clendenen had a chance to meet a professional hockey player. He then dropped the ceremonial first puck. For Matthew, it was a big moment during the March 20 Condors game against the Tacoma Sabercat...

Family comes first for BC outfielder

Leanne Cave

April 18, 2002

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For Sean Alexander, this season has been a time for healing. As a returning All-Conference centerfielder and the 2001 Most Valuable player for the Renegades, Alexander could have made baseball his only priority. Instead he chose family. He did not hesitate to go to a Las Vegas hospital to be with his younger brother Ryan, who was diagnosed with leukemia in March while participating...

Big league kids

April 18, 2002

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Seven-year-old Jake Fortnum found a great way to celebrate his birthday. Not only did he get to make brownies with Bakersfield College flags in them but he and his classmates were able to play in a tee-ball exhibition organized with the help of BC coaches and players. Lynn Bumerts, who teaches first grade at St. John's Lutheran school and also works concession during baseball...

Playing the Game

Tami Olivares

April 11, 2002

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A major injury kept student Kyle Kuwahara from the sport he loved. The 19-year-old Bakersfield College student has played baseball for most of his life. In his last year at Garces High School, he broke his tibia and tore most of the ligaments surrounding it, he said. He spent four months in a wheelchair and hours enduring physical therapy. Kuwahara did not let his injury...

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