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The Bakersfield Voice Sunday, January 16, 2011

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Intense national and local sports action galore


CS Championship — Breathtaking! Captivating! Scintillating! Attach those adjectives to the BCS Championship game as the Auburn University Tigers eked out a dramatic 22-19 victory over the Oregon Ducks on the last play of the game, a 19yard field goal by Wes Byrum. The anticipated high-scoring affair never came to fruition. It was Oregon flash and dash versus Auburn’s granite defensive line. And the Tigers stoned ‘em! Auburn’s true freshman running back Michael Dyer put Oregon in dire straits when he rambled for a 37 yard, booth-reviewed Sports columnist gain late in the game which put the Tigers in field goal range. But I believe his most impacting run came three plays later as he ran up the gut for 16 yards to the 1/2 yard line to all but clinch their National


Championship. It wasn’t the best game ever played by any means, but the last five minutes were classic. Auburn held Oregon’s vaunted running attack to a pedestrian total of 75 yards rushing. That’s two championships in a row for the state of Alabama after ‘Bama’s Crimson Tide prevailed last year. Congratulations, Auburn. War Eagle! Pro football — Well, the playoffs have finally arrived and there will not be a repeat Superbowl winner as the New Orleans Saints suffered a rather humiliating loss at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle’s 7-9 regular season record was deemed pitiful by NFL standards, yet earned them the home-field advantage as division champions. And that was precisely the difference vs. the Saints as the loudest stadium in the league played havoc with New Orleans’ play-calling ability. The ‘Hawks now travel to Chi-Town to face the angry Bears whom Seattle beat in the regular season. Sorry Seahawks! In the other NFC matchup the Green Bay Packer defense stole the show and dogged Michael Vick all afternoon long as the high-scoring Philadelphia Eagles took the

loss. Aaron Rodgers was nails for the Pack as he tossed three TD passes. Green Bay now travels to number one seed Atlanta where the Falcons are nearly unbeatable at home. Look for that pattern to continue as Green Bay has actually played two playoff games in a row — having to beat the Bears in the season finale just to get into the playoffs. How in the world could the Colts’ defense let the Jets move into field goal range, at home, in the waning moments of their loss to New York? Nick Folk’s kick as time expired eliminated Indianapolis. The Jets’ reward comes in the form of facing one Tom Brady and his league-leading Patriots in New England. No love lost there! Jet’s QB Mark Sanchez will feel the pressure and New England will advance to the AFC championship game. And no rivalry matches what will take place in Pittsburgh as the Baltimore Ravens come storming into Heinz Field. Baltimore’s defense was all the rave as they forced the Kansas City Chiefs into five turnovers for the wild-card route in K.C. It’s gonna be a knock-down, drag-out in Pittsburgh. They tangled twice in the regular season and each team won on the


road. Expect that trend to continue ... but barely. 30 for 30 — Hey, have you had an opportunity to watch any of the “30 For 30” programs running on ESPN over the past several months? Great viewing! They are short (one-to-two hours) documentaries on very profound subjects — each of which digs to the core of the matter. Among others, there are stories on NASCAR driver Tim Richmond who died of AIDS from leading a rock star lifestyle as the top driver of his era, the dramatic rise and fall from grace of Olympic gold medalist Marion Jones, the pompous attitude and devil-may-care flippancy of the University of Miami Hurricanes football program, the squandered career of high school football legend and University of Oklahoma running back Marcus Dupree and the poignant story of the relationship of pro basketball players Vlade Divac and Drazen Petrovic. Catch ‘em if you can. Miscellaneous — Stanford University QB Andrew Luck, assuredly the projected overall #1 NFL draft pick, decides to stay in school to get his architectural degree. Or was it to pick up next year’s Heisman

trophy? I know it’s cliche, but the Miami Heat are literally on fire. LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh are jelling and hitting stride as mid-season approaches and threatening to break the Lakers record of 16 consecutive road victories. European professional golfer Ian Poulter looks like a young Rod Stewart. Wonder if HE knows a Maggie May? Jim Harbaugh was a hiring coup for the ‘Niners but they need a top-flite signal caller in order to turn things around. The Alex Smith experiment should have been shelved a couple of years ago, or more. Surprise: The Garces girls basketballers actually lost a game! That seven-girl rotation has been phenomenal. Speaking of, it’s surprising to see the Garces boy’s team looking just mediocre. Unbelievable job coach Gino Lacava has done with that program over the years. Pro golfer Robert Garrigus misses a three-foot putt to lose in a playoff at the initial PGA Tour event of the year in Hawaii. I kid you not when I say that his putter is shorter than the length of that missed putt!


CSU Bakersfield announces 2011 Alumni Hall of Fame recipients COURTESY OF CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD



Central Cal Intensity (CCI) Fastpitch teams play year-round.

CCI Fastpitch Girls play it tough FROM WWW.MYBAKERSFIELDSPORTS.COM reg Craley, president of Central Cal Intensity (CCI), would rather see one of his teams lose to a strong competitor than defeat a weak one. That’s why the schedules call for games against some of the toughest teams in the state. “We enjoy winning like everybody else, but playing against strong opponents is a great way to get better,” said Craley, in his first year as the CCI leader. “A lot of the softball organizations in the Central Valley don’t go south to play the very tough teams in the Los Angeles area, but we do. “Sometimes we get wiped out, but we compete hard and we learn from our losses. Bringing our girls back year after year is important, and the best way to do that is not necessarily with a great win and loss record, but with knowledgeable coaches and with a good, ethical brand of softball.” Of course, CCI’s girls teams win their share of games. A 12U team (Olson) and the 16U team both advanced to the nationals in Park City, Utah, in July. In September, the 18U team placed second, the 14U team finished third and the 12U team was eighth in a PFX tournament at Clovis. On Oct. 2-3, two CCI teams — 12U Olson and 18U — competed at the Triple Crown Sports Best of the West Tournament. “I came to play for CCI, on my own decision, because of the group’s spirit and never-quit attitude,” said CCI player Aryka Chavez. “Practices are intense, we field the most competitive teams in town and we play the toughest teams around.” CCI was founded to address the need for more options when it came to quality softball organizations in the Bakersfield area, as well as, to ease some of the travel expenses associated with trips to Fresno and further north, and to San Diego and south. Prior to CCI being established, it was common to see multiple players competing on teams based 100 or more miles away from their homes.


“We also established CCI to help young ladies nourish a firm belief in community and responsibility,” said Keith Symonds, former CCI president and current 12U Symonds team head coach. “Around 1,700 girls play softball here in the Bakersfield area, spread out among various recreational leagues. Travel organizations assist in giving more young ladies in our community the opportunity to play travel softball at a higher level.” CCI’s teams play year-round, with the spring/summer season running from January through August and ending with nationals, and the fall season going from September through December. There is one 10U team, two 12U teams, one 14U team and one 18U team. In addition, the organization conducts clinics two or three times a year. They are open to everyone for a small fee, and guest speakers have included Megan Langenfield from UCLA, Christie Hill from Cal StateBakersfield, Traci Jones of Independence High School and trainer Aaron Gillies. “We hold tryouts periodically for girls in Bakersfield, Taft, Delano and other areas,” Craley said. “About 30 to 40 percent of those who try out make a team. We do some recruiting, but not much. We just had three of our players leave the program because they got a chance to play for the Firecrackers and the Bat Busters, which are among the top three Southern California teams. “Those were tough losses for us, but we’re here for the girls to get better, and when the best teams are recruiting your players, it shows we’re doing our jobs.” Among the community events in which CCI participates are Relay for Life. The organization also delivers food to needy families at Thanksgiving. Those interested in learning more about Central Cal Intensity Fastpitch may visit:

Nitro 14U Fastpitch Softball looking for new players

BY NICOLE HIGHTOWER Community contributor

akersfield Nitro 14U Fastpitch Softball needs a few more girls to complete its roster. If you’re interested, call Coach John Hightower at 330-1784 or go to:


he California State University, Bakersfield Alumni Association will induct its fifth annual class of accomplished alumni into the Alumni Hall of Fame on Saturday, February 19, during a black-tie ceremony at the Petroleum

Club. “The Hall of Fame event recognizes alumni who have made significant contributions in their chosen field of endeavor or in their community, and whose accomplishments and careers have brought honor and distinction to the university,” said Nancy Chaffin, CSUB alumna and chair of the Hall of Fame committee. “The 2011 CSUB Alumni Hall of Fame class members are role models. They have made a significant and lasting impact in their professions and in their contributions in our community.”

This year’s four inductees: Christine Frazier — Frazier received her teaching credential in 1984 and her Master’s in Education in 1985, both from CSUB. On June 9, 2009, Frazier was named Kern County’s 20th Superintendent of Schools. Frazier has worked in education for more than 30 years — as a teacher, principal and school district superintendent. She taught in Arizona and northern California before moving to Shafter Frazier in the early ‘80s where she taught for 12 years. She joined the Superintendent of Schools office in 1996, and from 2005 to 2009, was the associate superintendent. Her career has involved both instruction and fiscal management. Her priority is to encourage more youth to view high school graduation not as an end to classroom instruction but rather a first step toward higher education. John Hefner — Hefner received his teaching credential from CSUB in 1976 and his Master’s in Education in 1983. He retired from Fruitvale School District in 2007 after 30 years of service. During his tenure he received numerous recognitions, some of which include: Middle School Principal of the Year by West Kern ACSA in 2004; ACSA Region 11 Administrator of the Year Hefner Awards for 2003-2004; Constitutional Rights Teacher of the Year for his History Day successes; Leader of the Year by Kern Political Education Center; Beautiful Bakersfield Award for the World War II Memorial fundraising drive which included an invitation to him and four students to the White House by President Clinton. Hefner was a “110 percent” sup-

porter of the CSUB Facility for Animal Care and Treatment (FACT) for over a decade working countless hours with Dr. Ted Murphy. He received an award for his work with FACT in 2001. Hefner is also a vice president of the Bakersfield Sister City Project. Ben Stinson III — Stinson is a 1979 graduate of CSUB, with a degree in Business Administration. A Bakersfield native, Stinson is president of Stinson Stationers, a family owned business that started as Stinson Grocery Company in 1916 by his grandfather, Ben F. Stinson, Sr. Transferring the lessons learned from his father, son Ben Jr. established Stinson Stationers in 1947. By 1952, Stinson the business moved to the corner of Baker and Kentucky, where extra square footage allowed for the addition of a warehouse and delivery service. In 1966, the business grew to its current location, with expanded delivery to offices throughout Kern County. In 1981, Ben III became president of the now-incorporated company. The spirit and tradition continues today as Stinson’s celebrates 60 years of service to the community. Stinson is very involved with CSUB as a Foundation Board Member and also serves on various boards in the Bakersfield community. Jon Van Boening — Van Boening is a native of Bakersfield and received his Master’s in Health Care Management from CSUB in 1992 and his Pharmacy Doctorate at University of the Pacific. He is a registered pharmacist and president and chief executive officer of Bakersfield Memorial Hospital. Van Boening is married to Phillis and they have four children. Van Boening also serves Van Boening on the CSUB Foundation Board. “We are pleased to recognize four more outstanding graduates of CSU Bakersfield,” Chaffin said. “Christine, John, Ben and Jon exemplify professional success as well as personal integrity. Each has excelled in their chosen field and has been generous in their commitment of time and resources to the community and the campus. We couldn’t ask for a more distinguished group of individuals to represent CSUB.” The community is invited to join in celebrating these distinguished alumni. Single tickets are $100; a table of eight is $700. A social hour starts at 6:30 p.m., with dinner and the program beginning at 7 p.m. Sponsorship levels range from $500 to $10,000. Proceeds from the event benefit the CSUB Alumni Scholarship Fund. For more information, call 654-3211.

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