The Renegade Rip

Pitcher shows off fastball at All-Star game

Bianca Franco
Highland High School

June 26, 2002

Mark Malaska didn't want to grow up and become a professional baseball player, but that's what happened to this 24-year-old. Malaska, a left-handed pitcher for the Bakersfield Blaze, was studying pre-medicine at the University of Akron in Ohio, when he was drafted during his junior year. With a fast ball of 93 mph, it's no wonder he was the pitcher at this year's All-Star...

Students find Sam Lynn stories

Ian Hamilton
Tehachapi High School

June 26, 2002

Students from the Multicultural Summer Journalism Workshop stormed Sam Lynn Ball Park in search of stories June 20. From taking pictures of the game with cameras worth more than $10,000, to reporting with a pad of paper and pencil, students searched for their stories. "I'm really shy, so it was hard to go up to people at first," said junior Liz Niewiara."But after I saw how...

Clappers boost Blaze, funds

Cathleen Wang
Liberty High School

June 26, 2002

The downside is fans of the Bakersfield Blaze have stopped cheering. The upside is they are clapping even louder. The noise is due to the clapper, a trendy piece of plastic that claps louder than a normal person could. Fans feel no discomfort and make more noise. "I thought it was a good thing to have," Phyllis Waldo said. "They help us make noise and they pick it up on the...

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

Leanne Cave

May 9, 2002

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

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

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

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

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

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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Family comes first for BC outfielder

Leanne Cave

April 18, 2002

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

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...

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