The Renegade Rip

Blaze notebook

June 24, 2004

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 24, 2004

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...

Blaze improvement scores with fans

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

June 24, 2004

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 24, 2004

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 24, 2004

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 24, 2004

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...

A win for the kids

Ian Hamilton

May 7, 2004

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 7, 2004

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....

Softball players earn all conference honors

May 7, 2004

The Bakersfield College softball team ended their regular season with an impressive record of 30-11. And in the Blue Division of the Western State Conference their record of 19-5 put them in contention for first place during the entire season, although ending up with a second place finish and a place in the Regional post-season tournament. The All Conference honors for the...

Training Time

Julianna Crisalli

May 7, 2004

Former assistant football coach, Jeff Chudy, is stepping up to fill the shoes of Dallas Grider as head coach. Chudy has been with the BC football program since 1992. For those 12 years he served as assistant coach. He said he is honored to follow in the footsteps of coaches before him. "It's a definite honor. Shoot, if you look in the history of Bakersfield College, you can...

Hitting streak, teamwork leads ‘Gades to victory

P.W. Scobey

April 30, 2004

It was a come-from-behind win. Teamwork was apparent in the bottom of the seventh inning when the 'Gades scored on eight runs off 11 hits against the College of the Canyons during an April 24 game. "We've been that kind of team all season, and our offense is very capable," coach Tim Painton said. The 'Gades won the game 10-6. The unstoppable run kicked off with Chase Hoffman...

Owls soar past Eagles

Dennis Mahan

April 16, 2004

The 2004 Men's Division II Elite Eight basketball tournament brought teams from all over the country to Bakersfield's Centennial Garden. The Kennesaw State Owls took the national championship home to Georgia by defeating the University of Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles. The Owls used fierce defense to stop the shooting offense of USI, which used their three-point shooting...

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