Championship Saturday for Bakersfield sports

Championship Saturday for Bakersfield sports

The Bakersfield Police Department arrested four men on Saturday night on suspicion of conspiracy and participation in a criminal street gang after officers raided at home in the 6800 block of Gretchen Court.

Police said they uncovered six firearms, including one that was reported stolen, when they served a search warrant at 11:15 p.m. at the southeast Bakersfield home. Officers said they arrested Michael Dorrough, 21, Travion Cotton, 25, Mauvion Peterson, 22, and Levonte Burton, 21 on suspicion of participating in a criminal street gang and conspiracy. All were booked into Kern County Jail.

It was a championship Saturday for Bakersfield with a big win at a famed super speedway and a historic win on the hardwood.

Ryan Reed, who drives the No. 16 Lilly Ford Mustang for Roush Racing, won his second race at Daytona Speedway in three years with the Feb. 25 win in the Powershares QQQ 300 NASCAR XFinity Series opener. Reed, a graduate of Liberty High School, won the race in a two-lap overtime by holding off NASCAR Monster Energy Cup veteran Kasey Kahne.

Reed won the same race in 2015.

“I started out pretty aggressive and made some mistakes and ended up in the back of the pack,” said Reed, who suffers from Type 1 diabetes. “I knew if I was there at the end it doesn’t matter where you are at, you will have a shot.

“I reminded myself of that, took a deep breath, bided my time and found my way to the front at the end. Everyone was so aggressive. This new format is breeding a lot of aggression — there’s a ton of incentive.”

On Fox Sports, Bakersfield’s Kevin Harvick was serving as an analyst for the network when Reed won the race. Harvick had a strong outing during Sunday’s Daytona 500, but was knocked from contention after a crash — like a host of drivers.

Later Saturday night, Cal State Bakersfield wrapped up the Western Athletic Conference men’s basketball title with a 69-49 victory over visiting Chicago State.

“I’m just proud of our guys, it’s a great accomplishment, something that’s unbelievable,” said head coach Rod Barnes on “I’m excited for our kids and our program, so much hard work from so many people.”

The WAC regular-season title is the first outright WAC title for CSUB Athletics in any sport. Baseball won the 2013 championship as co-champions. This is just the fourth time in CSUB’s Division I history that a team has won the regular-season title joining that of baseball a pair of Pac-12 championships for CSUB wrestling.

In other news:
Cal State Bakersfield’s baseball team continued its hot start by completing a four-game sweep of visiting Portland. The Runners have won five consecutive games and are 6-2 to start the season.

“It is difficult to sweep a three-game series at the college level, nonetheless four,” said CSUB head coach Jeremy Beard. “We maintained focus all weekend, and managed to keep our confidence up even when things weren’t going our way. Our pitching is getting better and we need to work on some things, but we had a nice week throwing strikes. Most of all they are not afraid to attack the mitt against anybody in the box. This club competes every pitch.”

Cal State Bakersfield’s Sean Nickell won the 125-pound Pac-12 wrestling championship on Saturday at Stanford.

“Sean showed that when he wrestles at his best, he is one the best in the country,” said CSUB head coach Manny Rivera.

Bakersfield High Schools Navonte Demison and Frontier High School’s Cole Reyes won wrestling championships on Saturday at the CIF-Central Section Masters Championships.

Demison, ranked No. 2 in the nation by some publications, repeated as the champion at 145 pounds. Demison, a senior, will look to defend his state championship this weekend at Rabobank Arena.

Reyes, a sophomore, won the title at 106 pounds after defeating Clovis’. Giano Petrucelli, who had defeated Reyes previously for a divisional title.


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