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The Bakersfield Voice Sunday, May 16, 2010

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Astounding plethora of fab female phenoms ... and more!

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irls, Girls, Girls: Motley Crue hit, 1987. High school softball pitchers, 2010. The plethora of fabulous female phenoms at the prep level here in town is astounding. In no particular order we have: Ridgeview’s Nisa Ontiveros, Golden Valley’s Julie Estep, Frontier’s Valerie Grijalva, Liberty’s Dani Hockett and Stockdale’s Justine Vela. Rarely have we seen the depth and quality shown by this many girl hurlers on the local scene. Epic battles such as the recent Ontiveros vs. Vela duel have been commonplace. Each girl pitched her heart out as Ridgeview prevailed 2-0 on Ontiveros’ two RBI’s. And days later, Grijalva beats Ontiveros in 12 innings as Frontier gutted out a 1-0 victory. Not to be outdone, Golden Valley’s Estep tosses a “no-no” with 11 strikeouts against Highland, and Liberty’s Hockett blanks BHS 6-0. Oh, and Vela rebounded with 13 K’s to snuff arch-rival Centennial one-zip.

Fab Five indeed. Girls rule. Vlad vs. God...zilla: Count me in as one who bid Vladimir Guerrero a fond adieu when he left the Angels. I loved Vladi. But, it appeared that he had perhaps run out of gas and his free-swinging ways were catching up to him. When the Halos signed Hideki Matsui ( d u b b e d “Godzilla” in his home country of Japan) from the Sports columnist World Champion Yankees, I believed that it would end up being tit-for-tat, even money re Matsui replacing Guerrero. Well, bless his heart, as the aging Vlad has stepped his game up and is having an outstanding start of the season for the Texas Rangers. Through 30-some games, Guer-

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Earlier this year, Ridgeview’s pitcher Nisa Ontiveros guards homeplate while North’s #25 Christin Kobos slides in.

rero is ahead of Matsui in every major statistical category. It is imperative that a designated hitter produce or he is gone. Vladi’s

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.339 batting average, .539 slugging percentage and 26 RBI’s are glaringly higher in all phases versus the Angels’ newly acquired

DH. One And Done: It is quite titillating to watch West High 100 and 200 meter track star Korey Thieleke breeze down the track. Good to see Kevin Harvick having a good season. Lakers vs. Suns for the Western Conference title is going to be a knock-down, dragout affair. You either hate or love sports talk host Jim Rome ... no in between! Why do women softball players not wear ball caps? What an absolutely impressive job coach Bill Kernan has done building CSUB’s fledgling baseball program! Hubie Brown is by far the best NBA basketball analyst on air. Bakersfield’s Colby Lewis has resurrected his Major League Baseball career with the Texas Rangers. Glad Marty Raymond is going to be back with the Condors. Frontier’s Matt Darr and Stockdale’s Alex Collatz are flatout dominating the boys and girls discus and shot put events, respectively. Saw JaMarcu$ Ru$$ell at InAnd-Out Burger the other day.

John Calipari’s NBA, er, University of Kentucky basketball team will have five new starters next season. The golf course at Riverlakes is green, pristine and a heck-of-a bargain! Asterisks should be placed beside any Major League Baseball record set or broken by anyone who used performance enhancing drugs; or not be counted at all. What in the world ever happened to Maria Sharapova? What in the world ever happened to Tiger ... oh, never mind. Anyone in the NBA have wider shoulders than Orlando’s Dwight Howard? After back-to-back playoff berths the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals will finish below .500 this coming season. I’m a clone and I love Romey! The surprising Washington Nationals are vying for the NL East lead and overall #1 pick pitcher, Stephen Strasburg, shall be arriving shortly from Triple-A Syracuse with a repertoire of pitches that put Lady Gaga’s costume changes to shame! Peace and love. I’m out.

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Well-tended rose bush reaches toward the record books! BY CATHERINE OGAS Community contributor

Members of the Future Women Leaders of America, a club at Wasco High School which focuses on fostering self-esteem and academic motivation, are empowered after attending the Bakersfield Women’s Conference in April. The girls attended through a grant provided by Paramount Farms and Bakersfield’s R.O.S.E Mentor program.

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Future leaders from Wasco hear empowering message for women BY ARACELI SOLIS Community contributor

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n Thursday, April 22, 24 young ladies attended the Bakersfield Women’s Business Conference (BWBC) thanks to a grant awarded to us by Paramount Farms. Two girls attended through Bakersfield’s R.O.S.E. Mentor program. The ladies are part of the Future Women Leaders of America (FWLA) at Wasco High School, which is advised by math teacher, Mrs. Solis — with the help of Mrs. Woods, Mrs. Ruiz, and Mrs. Bell. FWLA focuses on raising young girls’ self esteem through workshops and activities provided by the Dove Real Beauty campaign and the Girl Scout/Dove Self Esteem Fund Uniquely me program. The main goal is to focus on raising self-confidence, self-love, and self-respect so that it will be reflected in their academics and motivate students to pursue an education beyond high school. FWLA is a place were young ladies can feel supported both academically and emotionally; while building leadership skills. After attending last year’s conference, our goal was to triple our attendance this year. We reached that goal again, thanks to Paramount Farms and our perseverance. This year’s conference theme was: The Power of You. It was truly a one of a kind experience for these young ladies. Upon our arrival we were greeted by Colleen Bauer, committee member of the BWBC, and Channel 23 news. The girls really had a “red carpet” treatment. Yessica Baltazar was interviewed on her plans for the future by a Channel 23 news reporter. They heard keynote speakers like Joan Lunden, Cindy Solomon, and DeLores Presley whose speeches focused on helping women achieve professional goals and empowering themselves. Joan Lunden, “Good Morning America” host, spoke of the 10 traits of highly successful women. Cindy gave insights on creating the life

and career you want. DeLores empowered by sharing tips on leading a significant life. The ladies also attended several different workshops covering topics on: health, beauty, family, finance, acing job interviews, public speaking, stress management, and the list goes on. The overall theme of all speakers in each workshop was: “Everyone deserves success, failure is not an option.” The motivational speakers talked about empowering, loving, and accepting yourself for who you are. The students heard stories of extraordinary women who overcame obstacles and barriers. Upon leaving the conference, these young ladies felt motivated, inspired, and empowered to achieve their goals and dreams. I would personally like to thank Paramount Farms for awarding me and our club this grant. Without it, we would not have been able to reach our club goal. Through this award, our students have learned that when you go for your goals, you can achieve them. This award means a lot to our club. Thank you, Paramount Farms for helping us provide more female students with an exceptional one of a kind educational experience. We would also like to thank the ladies at the Bakersfield Women’s Business Conference for accommodating 28 WHS attendees and for all their efforts in organizing such a wonderful event. We also had two FWLA students — Aracely Archuleta and Edith Becerra — attend through the Bakersfield R.O.S.E. Mentor program. I would like to thank Mrs. Woods and Mrs. Bell for accompanying us and sharing this experience. Special thanks to Stephanie Wymer for driving us out there and spending the day with us. To my FWLA seniors — you will truly be missed and hold a very special place in my heart. These ladies founded the club last year and have worked very hard. We wish you all the best in your future higher education.

ometimes stories are found in our own backyard — literally. The other day, while reading in my backyard, I noticed some small birds playing and squawking. They were carrying twigs to my dad’s rose bush that looked quite beautiful as the sun shone on it. I remember as a young child picking these roses and decorating my room with them. My dad stated proudly a few years ago that his rose bush would be in the Guinness book of records. I didn’t think anything of it at the time but now that I look at the rose bush, I wonder if it might be closing in on the world record. There are millions of gardeners that roam this globe. Most of these gardeners are average gardeners who enjoy planting gardenias. Then there are the extreme gardeners who plant a rose and cultivate it to grow into a 23-foot-6inch climbing rose. I recently discovered a story of a rose

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Catherine Ogas’ father’s Monsieur Tillier Tea rosebush.

bush that has entered the Guinness World Record books. Naresh Mahajan of India’s Northern state of Jammu and Kashmir is the proud owner of a 21-foot high rose creeper grown at his home. I was inspired to measure my own backyard rose bush. Close friends and

family members marvel at my dad’s rose bush. It is not an ordinary rose bush, in fact, it is far from that — it is practically a tree. My father has always been an eccentric man. One of his many eccentricities is that he prunes his Monsieur Tillier Tea rose Bernaix 1891 rosebush to grow like that of a 11-foot-6-inch tall rose tree. It towers over our backyard and houses several birds’ nests. On Bakersfield’s windiest days, our rose bush sometimes falls over. However, we always re-support it when these little casualties happen. I thought back to when my father’s rose bush was 14feet tall before one of Bakersfield’s finest dust storms. My father still prunes his rose bush. His dream is to be in the world record books. I think it is possible. But if our rose bush gets any taller, it might be possible for me to visit the giant from Jack and the Beanstock very soon!

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Workshop for fathers raising a child with autism BY CAROL BAKER-WILLEY Community contributor

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n Saturday, May 22, the Autism Society Chapter-Kern Autism Network will present “Fathers and Autism: Coping and Support,” a workshop led by Terry Willey, MFT. The workshop will be held at the Kern County Superintendent of Schools office, 1300 17 St., Room 1B, from 8:30 a.m. until noon. With 27 years of experience as a Marriage Family Therapist, Terry Willey currently works for the Kern County Mental Health Department where he supervises the Children’s Wrap Around Team and Adolescent Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Team. Mr. Willey graduated from Azusa

Pacific University’s M.A. Program in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling. He has obtained Chemical Dependency Certification and Hypnosis Certification. He also completed Intensive DBT Training. Mr. Willey has been married for 30 years and has an 8-year-old son diagnosed with autism. This presentation will address dealing with an autism diagnosis, relationship issues, job issues, and a father’s role. Mr. Willey will lead a workshop panel of fathers. This workshop is for parents, teachers and those working with autistic individuals. Join other parents and professionals in a discussion about the challenges of

raising a child with autism. There will be opportunities to discuss and share accounts about this topic in order to empower you with strategies and information. Reservations are on a first come, first served basis. This workshop is free. Seating is limited to 70 and reservations are required. To register to attend, call 588-4235 or email: kernautism@gmail.com. Autism Society Chapter-Kern Autism Network provides support, awareness, information and education to families, professionals and the public throughout Kern County. For more information, visit our Web site at: www.kernautism.org.

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Mini-Blues Soccer Academy begins May 17 for 5-9 year olds BY RACHEL G. ORTIZ Community contributor

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entral California Blues Soccer Club is committed to the development and promotion of the game at all levels. Our staff includes coaches from pro to college players, premier level, high school, “B” license and many years of experience. We firmly believe that all of our pro-

grams, camps, and academies are “Foundations for the Future.” This 4-week program is open to anyone 5-9 years old — boys and girls of any ability level. The camp starts Monday, May 17 and every Monday thereafter until June 14. (The week of May 31 there will be no academy in observance of Memorial Day). Camp starts at 5:30 p.m.; each session

will run one hour. Camp will be at Liberty Park, 11225 Brimhall Road. Cost is $35 (includes CCB T-shirt). We will be accepting walk-up registration, however, it will depend on space and availability. Come over have fun and be trained by the most successful soccer club in town! For more information email: minibluesacademy@hotmail.com.


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