Bakersfield, CABakersfield Californian

BHS girls basketball earns comfortable win in SoCal Regional 3-A opener

After one early 3-pointer stopped the bleeding for Bakersfield High, another opened a wound that Burbank-Burroughs was unable to close. The Drillers closed the second quarter on a 15-0 run, blowing open what had been a close game en route to a comfortable 51-30 win in the opening round of the Division 3-A CIF Southern California Girls Basketball Championships at BHS Tuesday night.
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California Product Zack Kuhnert To Join Hornets

LYNDONVILLE — Zack Kuhnert, a 6-foot-5 forward from Frontier High School in Bakersfield, Calif., will join the Northern Vermont University-Lyndon men’s basketball program in the fall, the program announced Wednesday. Kuhnert was a three-year varsity player and two-year starter at Frontier. He averaged 14 points, eight rebounds, and four assists...
Bakersfield, CABakersfield Californian

Eagles boys get fourth seed; BCHS, BHS girls earn top seeds for basketball championships

Smack-dab in the middle of an unprecedented run of personal success, Garrett Brown isn't looking to slow down anytime soon. Brown, the head boys basketball coach at Bakersfield Christian High School, was still in celebration mode 48 hours after his team captured a second consecutive Central Section title with a 56-55 win over Nipomo on Friday, and admits he's eager to keep the good feelings going.
Bakersfield, CABakersfield Californian

Gallardo has taken long road to basketball scholarship

At 6-foot-9 and 265 pounds Javier Gallardo is used to standing out in a crowd. That would be the case in most circles in any city in the world. But in his home town of Richgrove, population 2,316, and its neighboring Delano community located about nine miles to the west, he’s somewhat of a unicorn.
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CHAMPS: Righetti rolls to CIF championship in rout of Bakersfield

Thursday's championship game was close after the second quarter. It was not close after the third. Righetti's girls basketball team used a strong second half to pull away from Bakersfield High and win the CIF Central Section Division 1 championship at Pioneer Valley High School Thursday afternoon, winning 55-38. Righetti,...
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Bakersfield, CABakersfield Californian

Drillers fall in D-I girls basketball title game

Bakersfield High’s three-year reign as Central Section girls basketball champion came to an end Thursday afternoon when the Drillers ran out of gas in the second half in Santa Maria. No. 2-seed Righetti took control of a close game midway through the third quarter and pulled away for a 55-38...
Bakersfield, CABakersfield Californian

Bakersfield Christian loses in D-IV girls basketball title game

Bakersfield Christian got behind early, rallied at the end of each quarter, but in the end, didn’t have enough to overcome top-seed Orcutt Academy. The Spartans built a comfortable halftime lead and then overwhelmed the No. 2 Eagles with a big third quarter on their way to a 69-49 victory in the Central Section Division IV girls basketball championship at Lakeview Junior High on Thursday.
Bakersfield, CABakersfield Californian

HERB BENHAM: Going full steam ahead

I heard that Jerry Stanners, former CEO of The Bakersfield Californian and self-described turnaround artist, has died. I met Jerry in the lobby of the building downtown, and my first impression was that he knew the value of a shoe shine. You could see your reflection in his black Wingtips down to the worry lines and the unmet expectations.
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DELANO RAMBLINGS: Looking back at Leamon King's many achievements

For years I have been proud that I was a classmate of Leamon King, a 1954 Delano High graduate. As I assembled this column item on King, I realized that I really did not know him very well but admired him from afar. Correct pronunciation was “Leamon as in Demon.”
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Big fourth quarter pushes Mira Monte to D-IV semifinals

On a night where consistency proved hard to come by, getting Brian Perez Lopez the ball behind the 3-point line proved to be the winning formula for Mira Monte. Perez Lopez had a team-best 19 points off the bench, and sparked big rallies in the first and fourth quarter as the fourth-seeded Lions advanced in the Division IV Central Section Boys Basketball Tournament with a 77-70 win over No. 5 Reedley in Bakersfield Friday night.