The Renegade Rip

Team readies for conference play

Demethrasis Blackmon

September 20, 2002

With the heat of the summer sun fading to fall, the Bakersfield College soccer team's schedule is beginning to heat up. The team will finish off its non-conference schedule with a game Saturday at Ventura and Tuesday against Cuesta at BC. Against Allan Hancock on Tuesday, the 'Gades played to a first half tie before being called for a foul in the box midway through the second...

Falcon face off

Leanne Cave

September 13, 2002

The Bakersfield College Renegades will face a challenge when the Cerritos Falcons come to town to play the season opener for both teams Saturday at Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. Cerritos handed BC a 21-19 loss in the 2001 season that ultimately denied the 'Gades the chance to play for the state championship. "This will be a tremendous challenge right off the bat," BC head coach...

Clappers boost Blaze, funds

Cathleen Wang
Liberty High School

June 27, 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...

A dog’s life

Daniel Cacopardo
East Bakersfield High School

June 27, 2002

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 27, 2002

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...

**NEEDS PHOTOS** A night at the park: Scenes from Sam Lynn Ball Park

June 27, 2002

Right: Bakersfield Blaze fan Amy Schaumburg leans on the shoulder of Marcus Frame during the ball game on June 20. Below: Blaze starting pitcher Doug Waechter throws early in the game. The Blaze lost, 3-2, to the San Jose Giants. Bottom: Irwin Centeno slides into third base under Julio Cordido of San Jose. Below: Marrissa Best enjoys herself at a recent game. Above: Waechter...

Pitcher shows off fastball at All-Star game

Bianca Franco
Highland High School

June 27, 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 27, 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...

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

Leanne Cave

May 10, 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 10, 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 10, 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 26, 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...

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