The Bakersfield Californian

Mountain Basketball competitive in pre-season


The Warriors notched another victory last week on the road at Del Oro, defeating the Sun 68-52 in Bakersfield.

Leading the way was Anthony Cerbantez, who had a double-double with 32 points and 14 rebounds, along with four steals.

Other contributors were Devin Jackson (18 points, 10 rebounds, six steals, three blocks), Kenny Pitt (seven points, five rebounds), Dylan Valdez (four points, four rebounds), Carter Kolesar (four points, four rebounds) and James Adamson (three blocks).

Tehachapi (3-6) also had a pair of losses last week to Burroughs (51-42) and Rosamond (62-56).

Against Burroughs, standouts were Cerbantez (18 points, nine rebounds, four assists), Jackson (12 points, 16 rebounds, five steals, four blocks), Valdez (eight points, six rebounds, five steals), Adamson (four points, three blocks) and Sam Mercado (four rebounds).

Performing well against Rosamond were Cerbantez (25 points), Valdez (11 points, seven rebounds, five steals), Jackson (10 points, 10 rebounds), Pitt (six points, six rebounds) and Kolesar (four points, four rebounds).

The Varsity Warriors will continue their season at Frontier this Tuesday and participation in the Lloyd Williams Bakersfield Holiday Hoops Tourney this Wednesday through Saturday.

In JV action last week, the Tehachapi (4-4) defeated Rosamond 39-33 and Del Oro 50-9 and lost in a close contest to Burroughs, 34-32.

In the win over Del Oro, leaders were Owen Keller (nine points), Mason Rothermel (seven rebounds), Tristan Smith (six points), Thaddeus Dyer (nine rebounds, five points), Simon Askins (nine points), Colton

Michael (11 rebounds), Aden Avalos (six points) and Conner Rothermel (four points).

Against Rosamond, Dyer (13 rebounds, 11 points), Keller (10 points, five rebounds), Aiden Nicholson (seven points, six steals), Luke Rosson (five points) and Michael (six rebounds, four points) had strong individual performances.

Mason Rothermel (eight points), Dyer (eight points) and Nicholson (seven points) were the high scorers against Burroughs.


The Lady Warriors had a great showing in the Mira Monte Tourney this past week, taking first-place honors overall with a win over Shafter (3-1) and West (6-0) and a tie over Frontier (1-1).

Against Shafter, Autumn Heeb had a goal and assist and Delilah Cardenas had a

goal, while at keeper Makenna Paxton had five saves and Marissa Grier had three saves. The third score was an own-goal by Shafter.

In the tie against Frontier, Sienna Kaiser had a goal of a Cardenas assist, with Paxton registering four saves and Grier two saves.

In the victory over West, Delilah Cardenas had two goals, while other goals came from Kaiser, Heeb, Giselle Cardenas and Ivie Billings. Kate Backhaus also had an assist.

Grier had a save in the contest at goalie.

Earlier in the week, Tehachapi (4-1-1) also had a victory over Burroughs, with Hannah Tyree scoring a hattrick three goals, Heeb also scoring a goal and Delilah Cardenas recording an assist. At keeper, Paxton had five saves and Grier had two saves.

In Ladies JV action, the Warriors recently defeated Burroughs (19-0) and Rosamond (7-1).


The Warriors ended the Mira Monte Tourney in strong fashion with a 11-1 victory over Edwards AFB-Desert.

Adrian Anaya and Alfonso Cardenas both recorded three-goal hat tricks, while also both logging in two assists apiece.

Other goals in the game came from Nathan Walters, Grayson Neisler, Brendan Sanchez, Cesar Cantebrana and Abraham Trejo, while other assists came from Neisler (two), Sanchez, Cantebrana, Trejo, Surdeep Singh, Diego Grahl and Leo Gonzalez. Ethan Cardenas had three saves at keeper.

In earlier tourney action, Tehachapi (1-5-1) lost to Del Oro (2-1), Kennedy (1-0) and Taft (1-0).

In a recent pre-season game, the Warriors also had a 2-2 tie against Burroughs. Anaya and Grahl had goals

and Neisler and Trejo had assists. Cardenas had six saves at goalie.


The Warriors have received some significant recognition at the Kern County stage so far, with Football and Volleyball earning individual and team awards.

Channel 23 Bakersfield Hometown Sports recently honored nine Warriors with all-star recognition, specifically Karson Tiewater, AJ Anderson, Mike Jones (hitman of the year), Jacob Root, Andrew Aguirre, Kaleb

Songer, Adrian Navarro, Tanner Gary and Mark Nicholson Jr. Coach Kris Krempien was also honored as the coach of the year. Channel 17 NBC Friday Football Xtra also named Coach Krempien as a coach of the year, along with recognizing the Warriors with the best defense of the year.

The Kern High Network also recognized Jo Raush, Mackenna Chambers, Carly Hayes and Coach Ashley Pogon-Cord Lantz with participation in the Kern County All-Star game last week. Rausch was named Most Valuable Player in the all-star game.





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