Sports year in review: 2013 won't soon be forgotten for sports in Kern County

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - It has real comedy and real drama. It's chock full of unfortunate tragedy and terrific triumph. Sports is the only actual reality show out there these days and if you look at just this year in sports in Kern county alone, you'll know why we can't get enough.

This year began with high drama in high school basketball. Ridgeview snagged it's third valley title in 4 years and Mcdonald's All-American Erica McCall got an emotional sendoff at the socal championship game in march as she was off to Stanford!

On may 14th Bakersfield College was stripped of all wins from 2011 and 2012 which included a CCCAA state football title. The sanctions were unsuccessfully appealed multiple times throughout the year and the Renegades finished 2013 with a 5 and 5 record.

Just 4 days later, the CSUB baseball team won a Western Athletic Conference title and the 1 seed in the WAC tournament in its inaugural year in the conference. The Road Runners most successful season in history ended in the tournament semi-finals but a few months later, 4 players were drafted into the major leagues.

Before the high school football season had a chance to begin, the South Rebels and community of Bakersfield lost one of its own when on June 2nd, football coach John Wren suddenly passed in his sleep. When the football season kicked off for South on September 6th, the Rebels played in his honor and received their first home playoff game in 13 years.

Something else that kicked-off with the football season was 23ABC's athlete of the week segment which highlighted local accomplishment's throughout the year from track records to touchdown passes to tennis valley titles.

October brought real drama for the Bakersfield Blaze. Plans for a new stadium were scrapped following insufficient fund-raising and ownership of the team changed hands yet again. The fate of professional baseball in Bakersfield is still up in the air.

An exciting and competitive high school football season was put into perspective when on September 27th, Centennial coach Kevin Sneed announced he had cancer.

A roller coaster of emotions in the sports calender ended with celebration. Bakersfield Christian High School topped a valley title in volleyball with a state playoff win and their football team were runners-up in the state championship.

But the cherry on the cake was reserved for Bakersfield High. The Drillers won their first state championship since 1927 and are the kings of division-1 football in the Golden State.

Tragic and triumphant, important and impactful. 2013 was quite the year for sports in Kern County.

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