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Bases Loaded

13 May

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Home field of the North High Stars (Photo by Ashlan Chavez).

On my recent trip to my old “stomping grounds,” I had a chance to visit North High School and watch a varsity softball game. While I was there, I had the chance to interview my former head coach, Corrie Williams-Gannaway.

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Pedal to the Metal

11 May
Behind the wheel at Jam Raceway. (Photo courtesy of The Bakersfield Californian)

Behind the wheel at Jam Raceway. (Photo courtesy of bakersfieldcalifornian.com)

Despite people moaning and groaning about how “boring” Bakersfield appears, entertainment can be found just about anywhere in this town. Located at 6901 District Blvd., Jam Raceway provides families and friends with plenty of fun. This indoor go-kart arena combines speed and competition together in one package. Open from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Jam Raceway satisfies everyone’s need for speed. Since the indoor go-kart arena is dedicated to safety, each person who will be driving is required to sign a racing waiver and minors must have their parents present in order to fill out the paperwork correctly. In addition, each person is required to watch a safety video on racing and he or she must also meet the minimum height requirements. Members can expect to pay $15 for a full 14-lap race, while non-members pay $20. Also available for purchase are a basic membership for $50 and a VIP membership for $100. Besides single races with friends and family, Jam Raceway also provides party rooms for any occasion. Prices start at $80 per hour and range up to $450 for a full eight-hour day. More information about Jam Raceway can be found at their website and also their Facebook page. Whether it is a simple race between you and your best friends, or a high-stakes race against your family members, Jam Raceway goes pedal to the metal.

The track at Jam Raceway before a high-speed race. (Photo courtesy of slick deals.net)

The track at Jam Raceway before a high-speed race. (Photo courtesy of slick deals.net)

The Not-So Minor Leagues

29 Apr

High school sports are a vital part of Bakersfield’s entertainment scene and attending one of the local games is meant for groups of all ages. With spring sports games every Tuesday and Thursday, people can expect to see plenty of action and plays that keep you on the edge of your seat.

The North High School softball field. "Home of the Stars." (picture by Ashlan Chavez)

The North High School softball field. “Home of the Stars.” (Picture by Ashlan Chavez)

 

Players from the East Bakersfield junior varsity softball team anticipate a base hit. (Photo by Ashlan Chavez)

Players from the East Bakersfield junior varsity softball team anticipate a base hit. (Photo by Ashlan Chavez)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three members from the girls junior varsity softball team relay game information to fans. (Picture by Ashlan Chavez)

Ashley Salinas shows fans inning information as teammates Stephanie Rodriguez (middle) and Nicole Myzel (front) look on. (Picture by Ashlan Chavez)

 

Third baseman Corina, aka "Coco," Morales expresses frustration with her performance at the game on Tuesday, April 23. (Photo by Ashlan Chavez)

Third baseman Corina, aka “Coco,” Morales expresses frustration with her performance at the game on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. (Photo by Ashlan Chavez)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

East Bakersfield left-fielder, Marina Cordova steals third base. (Picture by Ashlan Chavez)

East Bakersfield left-fielder, Marina Cordova steals third base. (Picture by Ashlan Chavez)

 

Sophomore, Ashley Salinas steals third base. (Photo by Ashlan Chavez)

Sophomore, Ashley Salinas steals third base. (Photo by Ashlan Chavez)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assistant junior varsity coach, Dominique Lopez, talks strategic base running with Marina Cordova. (Picture by Ashlan Chavez)

Assistant junior varsity coach, Dominique Lopez talks strategic base running with Marina Cordova. (Picture by Ashlan Chavez)

 

Head coach Joe Gonzalez goes over a post-game analysis with his players.

Head coach Joe Gonzalez goes over a post-game analysis with his players.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Members of The East Bakersfield junior varsity softball team gather for a post-game victory cheer. (Photo by Ashlan Chavez)

Members of The East Bakersfield junior varsity softball team gather for a post-game victory cheer. (Photo by Ashlan Chavez)

 

CSUB Runners Defeat Fresno State

28 Apr

On Tuesday April 23, the California State University Bakersfield baseball team played Fresno State at Hardt Field and were victorious. After beating Fresno just a week prior, Fresno was looking to redeem themselves but unfortunately they fell short of the win. Admission to the game ranges from five to ten dollars depending on the section you choose and student admission is always free.

Fans showing support for the base ball players at Hardt Field on Thursday the 23rd of April for the CSUB home game Vs. Fresno State. (Photo by Danny Gudino)

Fans showing support for the baseball players at Hardt Field on Tuesday the 23rd of April for the CSUB home game Vs. Fresno State. (Photo by Danny Gudino)

 Hardt Field during the CSUB vs. Fresno State base ball game on Thursday night the 23rd of April. (Photo by Danny Gudino)

Hardt Field during the CSUB vs. Fresno State baseball game on Tuesday night the 23rd of April. (Photo by Danny Gudino)

Fans cheer as CSUB plays Fresno State at Hart Field Thursday the 23rd of April at CSUB

Fans watch as CSUB plays Fresno State at Hart Field Tuesday the 23rd of April. (Photo by Danny Gudino)

 

CSUB fans and supporters leave after Hardt Field the victory over Fresno State 2-0.

CSUB fans and supporters leave the baseball game at Hardt Field after the victory over Fresno State 2-0. (Photo taken by Danny Gudino)

CSUB fans leave Hardt field after the victory over Fresno State Thursday the 23rd of April. (Photo by Danny Gudino)

CSUB fans leave Hardt field after the victory over Fresno State Tuesday the 23rd of April. (Photo by Danny Gudino)

 

Senior couple who wanted to remain nameless are showing support for the CSUB Runners at their home base ball game April 23rd vs. Fresno State. (Photo by Danny Gudino)

Senior couple who are Bakersfield residents wanted to remain nameless, but are showing support for the CSUB Runners at their home baseball game on Tuesday April 23rd Vs. Fresno State. (Photo by Danny Gudino)

 

CSUB students show their support and school spirit with this poster that encourages students to attend the baseball game Vs. Fresno State on April 23rd. (Photo by Danny Gudino)

CSUB students show their support and school spirit with this poster that encourages students to attend the baseball game Vs. Fresno State on April 23rd. (Photo by Danny Gudino)

 

CSUB base ball player next at the plate at Hardt Field vs. Fresno State on Thursday the 23rd of April.

CSUB baseball player #2 Oscar Sanay next at the plate at Hardt Field Vs. Fresno State on Tuesday the 23rd of April. (Photo by Danny Gudino)

CSUB player tries to get to first base after getting a hit off. (Photo by Danny Gudino)

CSUB player tries to get to first base after getting a hit off at Hardt Field. (Photo by Danny Gudino)

CSUB player steps up to the plate in hopes of getting a hit off on Thursday the 23rd Vs. Fresno State

CSUB player #1 Jordie Hein steps up to the plate in hopes of getting a hit off on Tuesday the 23rd Vs. Fresno State at Hardt Field. (Photo taken by Danny Gudino)

#9 Cael Brockmeyer with a focused look on his face after scoring for CSUB Thursday the 23rd of April Vs. Fresno State. (Photo by Danny Gudino)

#9 Cael Brockmeyer with a focused look on his face after scoring for CSUB Tuesday the 23rd of April Vs. Fresno State at Hardt Field. (Photo by Danny Gudino)

#21 James Barragan winds up for a pitch against Fresno State Thursday April 23rd. (Photo by Danny Gudino)

#21 James Barragan winds up for a pitch against Fresno State Tuesday April 23rd at Hardt Field. (Photo by Danny Gudino)

Run Forrest Run!

20 Apr

California State University, Bakersfield is hosting a “5K Run/Walk” as part of the Celebrate CSUB week on campus.  The race is taking place on Saturday, April 27 at 8 a.m.  The race will start at the Student Recreation Center, and then go through the CSUB campus, and end back at the Student Recreation Center.  The cost is $20 for the April 22, 8a.m. pre-registration deadline, and $22 on race day.  The cost includes a T-shirt, a post-race breakfast, and a raffle ticket that will put you in the running to win prizes.  The race is available to CSUB students and anyone else in the community who would like to run.  Kris Grappendorf, the race organizer and contact person said CSUB is hosting the race to a provide a community event that brings the community on campus, and that encourages people to be active.

“The proceeds of the race go to CSUB’s Department of Physical Education & Kinesiology,” said Grappendorf.  The 5K race is part of the annual “Celebrate CSUB” week that the school has every Spring quarter.  “We’ve done it every year that we have had Celebrate CSUB.  I believe six years” said Grappendorf.

Student Recreation Center worker and Physical Education & Kinesiology major Anthony Hilario will be working at the race for the second straight year.  Hilario, a 23-year-old senior year at CSUB will assist runners who are registering for the race on race day, he will direct runners where to run in the actual race, and he will be at a booth after the race.  When talking about his job in the race Hilario said, “Basically maneuver the race to run smoothly.”

For more information about the race, or to sign up for the race call Kris Grappendorf at (661) 654-2378 or email her at kgrappendorf@csub.edu.

Teaching Fundamental Basketball

20 Apr

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[ Rod Barnes (left) Kadar Waller (right) posing for the camera at the basketball camp.]

The CSUB Athletics Department has not yet got to the basketball camp that they will be hosting, but it will be coming soon!!!

The men’s basketball camp goes from June 24-27. Ages range from 8 to 18 years. Campers will arrive at 8 a. m. and leave by 1 p.m. but the coaches will supervise until 5 p.m. The camp will be held in the CSUB Icardo Center.

The basketball summer camp has a lot to offer to kids that live in the Bakersfield community.  Rod Barnes, CSUB men’s basketball head coach, makes sure the camp immerses the camper in the sport, giving them a great focus and intensive workout improvement. The basketball camp is there for the kids to work hard, improve in the activities they are given, and make new friends.

Basketball is a mind game. Not everyone who plays basketball has a basketball I.Q or really knows and understands the game of basketball.

The basketball camp teaches footwork, skill work, improve campers love for the game, and patience.

CSUB men’s basketball camp is a total opposite from any other camp. This camp puts forth a lot of time and engages in a lot of activities with their campers. The coaches try to make the campers enjoy the game of basketball and make sure they understand the basketball principles.

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College Sports that Entertain

15 Apr
Courtesy of Mark Nessia Photography CSUB

Courtesy of Mark Nessia Photography CSUB

Although Bakersfield has been regarded as having minimal entertainment, many can find themselves entertained by the many competitive sports teams this city has to offer. This includes sports at the college level. Many enjoy the environment and the excitement that comes with watching college level athletics. California State University, Bakersfield has several athletic teams to support and one of the many teams include the CSUB Roadrunners softball team to name a few.

On Saturday, Amber Mills a CSUB freshman pitcher tossed a two hit shut out to lead the Runners to a victory over the University of San Diego. Although CSUB lost the first game of the double header, Mills was able to make up for the last game with a 2-0 victory. Mills also pitched a no hitter through five innings which was a great contribution for CSUB.

“In Game 1, CSUB jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning when junior first baseman Ricciardi led off with a single and freshman right fielder Sydney Raeber (Hanford, Calif., Hanford HS) followed with a double to put runners at second and third with no outs. Sophomore catcher Ashley Carter then drew a walk, after battling through an 11-pitch at bat, to load the bases. Using her speed as a slap hitter, junior left fielder Karissa Veiga (Hemet, Calif., Hemet HS) reached on an infield single, advancing all the runners and scoring Ricciardi. Redshirt senior center fielder Laura King (Camarillo, Calif., UNLV) then drew a bases-loaded walk to plate Raeber before USD got out of the inning” (CSUB Athletic Communications).

“In Game 2, the ‘Runners (12-24, 7-7 PCSC) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning when junior shortstop Shay Fryer (San Diego, Calif., University HS) led off with a single and then was advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore third baseman Madison Bundy (Anacortes, Wash., Oregon State). Junior first baseman Amy Ricciardi (Chino Hills, Calif., Ayala HS) then hit an RBI single to plate Fryer. Mills then hit a double, but was left on base with Ricciardi. CSUB added to its lead in the fifth when sophomore second baseman Adrianna Cardoza (Santa Anna, Calif., La Quinta HS) led off with a double, her third two-baser of the day, and came around to score on a single by King to put the ‘Runners up 2-0” (CSUB Athletic Communications).

Their current record is 13-25 overall. Mills a freshman is a highly regarded player to look out for. Although she is only a freshman pitcher, she continues to play at a mature level for the Runners and is a much needed asset for the season. With the help of fellow teammates, Shay Fryer, Madison Bundy, Amy Ricciardi, and Adriana Cardoza, CSUB was able to pull off the win to make up for the first loss of the double header on Saturday. With the many teams to keep up with in Bakersfield, it is easy to stay entertained if your a sports enthusiast and are looking to support the local talent. The next softball game is set for Tuesday April 16th, at CSUB against Hawaii, who is ranked 22nd overall.