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Thursday Morning Sports Page

Getting geared up for the home opening weekend for CSUB volleyball who will host the Roadrunner Classic with several top opponents coming to town. The ‘Runners start tomorrow with Long Beach State at 7:30 followed by a Saturday 11 AM matchup with Oregon State and a Saturday night match against Oregon State at 6:30. Bakersfield Californian: Roadrunner set to start WAC play This week was also the first of two weeks in which finalists for the athletics director position were on campus. David Harris was the first candidate from Iowa State University. He spent two days touring campus and meeting with the department, supporters and members of the campus community. Bakersfield Californian: First of two AD finalists shares vision for CSUB Men’s and women’s soccer both depart today for weekend tournaments out of state. The women’s team is flying to Florida Atlantic where they will see Florida Atlantic and Florida Gulf Coast this weekend. The men’s team travels to the New Mexico Tournament where they will play VCU and Drexel this weekend. WB-19 CSUB student athletes starting classes this week, they also came together during a special Welcome Back event Tuesday night at the Icardo Center. They were addressed by President Dr. Horace Mitchell, VP of Student Affairs Dr. Thomas Wallace and by special guest, former Roadrunner wrestler Daniel Atondo. Great start to what is expected to be a solid season all around.

Thanks to all who came out to support our special on-campus edition of ‘Roadrunner Rundown’ on Tuesday, it was a great turnout and a great environment. Here’s the show in case you missed it.


A very special thanks to CSUB softball, water polo and CSUB wrestling for providing a great backdrop for the event. What an atmosphere.

One final thought, I returned to school this week. Taking advantage of working in higher education by pursuing some higher education myself. So naturally not only am I experiencing some generational-shock in returning to classes, I’m writing about them as well.

Tehachapi News-Roadrunner Connection-It’s back to school time–and what changes!

#allrunners

Friday Morning Sports Page

 

Another victory for CSUB men’s soccer last night as the Roadrunners defeated UC Riverside 3-1 on the road. Bakersfield was down 1-0 early after allowing their first goal of the season via a penalty kick but the ‘Runners would score three in the second half to improve to 4-0.

Riverside Press-Enterprise: Soccer-CSUB 3, UCR 1

The win matches the best start by the program at the NCAA Division I level, the 2010 squad also went 4-0 to start the year.

The Roadrunners are at home Saturday night for their home opener. Kickoff is at 7 P.M. against UC Davis.

A great start for head coach Richie Grant and the Roadrunners, let’s make sure they’re rewarded with a nice home crowd Saturday night.


Volleyball will be waiting a week for their home opener but in the meantime Bakersfield is on the road at the Cal Poly ShareSLO Tournament. The ‘Runners open with host Cal Poly tonight at 7 P.M.

CSUB hosts the Roadrunner Invitational next weekend at the Icardo Center.

Women’s soccer is seeking their first win of the season as they go on the road for a pair of tough matches starting tonight at UC Riverside. Bakersfield has played well on Friday nights but has come up a goal short on a couple occasions, including last Friday night’s 1-1 draw with Northern Iowa.

Next week we’ll have a special edition of ‘Roadrunner Rundown’ as we’ll be live on-campus in front of the Student Union as part of the ‘Week of Welcome’ festivities at CSUB. Should be a fun show with head men’s soccer coach Richie Grant scheduled along with interim AD Ziggy Siegfried, President Dr. Horace Mitchell and Sarah Hendrick from the CSUB Alumni office.

Have a great weekend and we’ll see you at The Main Soccer Field Saturday night.

Friday Morning Sports Page

We open another weekend of action with one home match, women’s soccer, still seeking their first win of 2014 will host Northern Iowa tonight at 7 at the Main Soccer Field. The Panthers are 1-3 on the season after a pair of losses last weekend.

Bakersfield is coming off a pair of close losses in each of their first Friday nights, hopefully this Friday it bounces their way. The Roadrunners also travel to #23 Long Beach State on Sunday.

Onto men’s soccer, Bakersfield (1-0) is at the UNLV Tournament this weekend where today they take on Howard today at 4:30 P.M., the Bison are 0-3 entering the season. The Roadrunners will also take on IPFW on Sunday at 10:30 A.M. The Mastadons are 1-0-1 this season but have had eight different players score in two matches.

More traveling for the Roadrunners this weekend as well as volleyball is at the Flyer-Raider Invitational in Dayton, Ohio. Bakersfield will play four matches over a two-day stretch starting with IPFW at Noon (PDT) and then Bowling Green at 4 P.M. (PDT). Add in an 11-mile journey between the two host campuses (Dayton and Wright State) and you have for an interesting day. Bakersfield will also take on Nebraska at 8 A.M. (PDT) on Saturday morning before concluding the tournament with host Dayton on Saturday at 5 P.M. (PDT).

Volleyball has one more weekend on the road as they spend next weekend at the Cal Poly Invitational before coming home the following weekend to open their own tournament at the Icardo Center.

On a basketball note congrats to former Roadrunner Stephon Carter who signed a pro deal in Spain. We featured it on ‘Roadrunner Rundown’ last week. The show is available below as well.

Wednesday Morning Sports Page

Greetings on a Wednesday, we are back in full swing with every Fall sport underway starting this weekend.

Men’s soccer opens at San Diego State on Friday while Cross Country runs Saturday at the Mark Covert Classic in Southern California.

Women’s soccer who opened up last season takes a long road trip to Sacramento State Friday before playing Sunday at Southern Utah. After a tough 0-2 weekend, head coach Gary Curneen is still looking for his first win as a Division I head coach.

If you missed Roadrunner Rundown Tuesday, the show is available below. We unveiled both the men’s and women’s basketball schedules while also talking about the cross country opener with Ariana Mariscal and Megan Thompson. Check it out:

Onto some headlines. It made news that men’s basketball will be playing ALL of their 2014-15 home games here at the friendly confines of the Icardo Center. Bakersfield will be doing that for the first time since the 1997-98 season, before Rabobank Arena opened downtown.

Bakersfield Californian: Evans on Sports Blog-Men’s Basketball home games all on campus

Bakersfield Californian: Fresno State to visit Icardo Center on Dec. 6th

GoRunners.com- 2014-15 Men’s Basketball schedule released

GoRunners.com: Women’s basketball releases 2014-15 schedule

In other news, Here’s a cool piece about former wrestler Erik Martinez, now a pro body builder.

On a soccer note, as we mentioned the Roadrunners men’s team opens at San Diego State on Friday, the Roadrunners were recently picked to finish third in the WAC by the soccer coaches in their poll released Tuesday.

Have a great Wednesday.

 

 

Wednesday Morning Sports Page

 

FIRST DAY TRAINING

The fall season opened up this morning with the first practice of the new year as CSUB women’s soccer took to the field for a training session and some fitness testing.

It’s the first practice under new head coach Gary Curneen who is preparing his team for an August 22nd season opener against Gonzaga at The Main Soccer Field.

We’ll have more with coach Curneen and the team this week as they get into the swing of 2014 Training.

 

While coach Curneen is one of a few new head coaches on staff this year, there are also several new assistants coming on board within the various programs. I had the chance to speak with some of them yesterday on our one-year anniversary edition of ‘Roadrunner Rundown.’

The show began with former 2008 US Olympian Lindsey Anderson who is now a volunteer assistant with the CSUB track and field team. We also spoke with new women’s soccer assistant Clifton Bush who happens to be a local product by way of Tehachapi who has returned to Kern County to coach. Then another local product Nikki Blue, formerly of West High School, UCLA, the WNBA’s Washington Mystics and New York Liberty joined us to talk about her new position with CSUB women’s basketball.

A great show with some great stories to cap off our first season on television. Check it out below.

 Bakersfield Californian: Blue Relishes Return to Bakersfield

 

 

Monday Morning Sports Page

It was a busy weekend for CSUB Roadrunner alumni as some great things happened for some ‘Runners in the pros.

Starting with baseball, Michael McCarthy was promoted to AAA Pawtucket in the Boston Red Sox organization and performed well in his Pawsox debut hurling 3.2 innings allowing one run on just two hits while striking out three batters and walking one. McCarthy is the second Roadrunner to appear in a AAA game following Cael Brockmeyer who spent a portion of his rookie season with the AAA Iowa Cubs following and injury in that organization.

Bakersfield Californian: Ex-Roadrunner McCarthy Promoted to Red Sox AAA Team

McCarthy’s emotions about the promotion were also shared in his recent Bakersfield Californian column.

In other baseball news, former Roadrunner Martin Medina continues to recover from an eye injury suffered during a AA Birmingham Barons game on July 27th. Medina was sucker-punched from the side during a bench-clearing situation and reportedly has been place on the disabled list due to vision troubles. An update and a video of the incident is available here.

Onto the MLS where our own Gyasi Zardes continues to have a phenomenal run with the LA Galaxy. Zardes and company were on NBC this past weekend and he didn’t waste time impressing, scoring the equalizer in first-half stoppage time as LA beat Portlant 3-1. It was his 8th goal in as many matches.

RotoWire: Gyasi Zardes, emerging MLS Star

Pro Soccer Talk: Electric L.A. forward Zardes deserves USMNT Look

Here are the Galaxy’s highlights and Zardes’ goal from Saturday.

 

More to come this week as practices open up for men’s and women’s soccer.

 

 

Wednesday Morning Sports Page-Off Hiatus

It’s tough in the Summer to find fresh content for this blog everyday, so apologies for the latest hiatus, we’ll keep it a little more fresh as we approach the new season and daily posts are the commonplace.

Plenty to catch up on in the last few days and week for that matter. Starting with the blue court. The design was unveiled to the public a few weeks ago as part of our new marketing campaign. The floor, which was pulled up to allow for a repainting of the Icardo Center was recently re assembled and crews are now painting a fresh coat of blue before laying down the new graphics. Sort of weird to see it as a blank canvas.PAINT 1PAINT 6

Once this is complete the new center court graphics and such will be painted as well. Looks great as does the new paint in the Icardo Center.

Onto a few headlines, Lindsey Anderson, a former US Olympian has signed on as an assistant track coach for the Roadrunners. Anderson was a member of the 2008 Olympic team and competed in the steeplechase at the Beijing Games.

If you missed last week’s ‘Roadrunner Rundown’ so did I. I was on vacation but I did manage to put together a ‘best-of-year-one’ program. Here’s the show below. Some great stuff from our first season on TV.

More to come this week. Remember We’re All ‘Runners

 

 

Tuesday Morning Sports Page

Greetings as we get ready for another edition of ‘Roadrunner Rundown.’ Funny thing is when The Bakersfield Californian asked us to continue the show over the summer I was worried about content. Here we are two weeks into the summer and we have our busiest show yet.

Four guests including volleyball head coach Giovana Melo who will talk about her 2014 schedule that is being released today. Also Ziggy Siegfried will stop by to talk about the final days of the Roadrunner Scholarship Fund drive which is getting very close to their $600,000 goal. And we visit with Rachel Cook from Bakersfield Life Magazine as she previews the next issue which includes a feature on our sand volleyball facility.

Also, Ben Burke, General Manager of Roadrunner Sports Properties through Learfield Sports will come on to talk about some exciting news as well on the partnership front.

It all starts at 10 A.M. on Bakersfield.com.

Since we last chatted CSUB track and field announced the signing of Jose Flores out of Vallejo California.

More to come this week. Go ‘Runners

Thursday Morning Sports Page

Graduation ceremonies are underway as CSUB recognizes their second-largest commencement class this weekend. We’ll have more with some men’s basketball graduates on Roadrunner Rundown Tuesday and this afternoon on GoRunners.com.

Speaking of graduates, former baseball player Jeremy Rodriguez who returned for three minor league baseball off seasons to finish his degree at CSUB is among the graduates this weekend but he won’t be able to be at the ceremony since he’s currently with the Lake Elsinore Storm who is hosting Cal League South Division rival Lancaster this weekend.

J-Rod was the focus of a baseball article from ‘Friarhood’ a San Diego Padres website. It talks about his dedication to baseball along with his pursuit of his degree along the way.

A great story about a great young man. He’ll be in Bakersfield playing the Blaze July 16th-20th at Sam Lynn Ballpark.

One of his former pitchers, Jonny Montoya is currently playing professional baseball in Austria. Yes Austria. Montoya is currently on the DL with an ankle injury suffered in his third win of the year a few weeks ago, that win was significant as it fell on the 5th anniversary of his father’s passing. I wrote about that win and the emotions in the latest ‘Roadrunner Connection’ column in the Tehachapi News since this was Father’s Day week.

Tehachapi News: Roadrunner Connection, A Father’s Day Story

If you missed the 2014 ROWDYs, the entire show is now available on GoRunners.com. You can also check out the link below.

Also, we spoke with the 2014 baseball draft class on ‘Roadrunner Rundown’ this week. If you missed that please watch below. Oscar Sanay who signed a free agent deal with Tampa after the draft was our final guest of the show, he shared his emotional story over the draft weekend.

Have a great Thursday.

ROWDYs Sports Page

It’s here, it’s really here. Like Christmas for student-athletes, except it comes at the end of the year and not in the middle.

It’s the 2014 ROWDYs tonight at 8 P.M. at The Fox Theater. Don’t miss out on this chance to celebrate this past season with videos and entertainment on the big screen at The Fox Theater.

Doors open at 7 P.M., come walk the gold carpet and enjoy an awards show atmosphere.

ROWDYS AT THE MOVIES LOGO

If you missed ‘Roadrunner Rundown’ on Tuesday, we spoke with Bill Kernen about his decision to stick around with CSUB baseball and his change of heart on retirement. Also, head women’s basketball coach Greg McCall stopped by to talk about his new three-year contract extension.

Check it out below.

Today also starts the beginning of the MLB First Year Player Draft in which three Roadrunners are expected to be selected at some point during the three-day event. Austin Davis could be selected the earliest among eligible Roadrunners, both Oscar Sanay and Taylor Aikenhead are expected to have their names called as well.

Bakersfield Californian: Several local prospects for MLB Draft