By: Ray Connor
Kern Valley Sun
Trivia questions are getting tougher.
This past week there were three questions that were posed. One from Basketball, one from baseball, and one from the pages of the Kern Valley Sun.
Once again this writer took a stab at answering the baseball question, but committed another error as he wasn’t even close.
The answers to last week’s trivia are as follows:
Basketball: The question was since the 1999-2000 school year how many freshmen made the varsity from the start of the season? The answer is five.
The five basketball players were:
Skyler Craddock, Tyler Thompson, Pablo Anzaldo, Zach Bushling, and Kaden Preston
Baseball: Since 1992 only two Kern Valley players have driven in eight or more runs in a game. Who are they?
My guess was Tommy Creighton had to be one of them in that sparkling 1998 season, but I boot-ed that one. The correct answer is Tyler Kaplan
(10 versus Desert in 2009), and Zach Bushling (eight versus Frazier Mountain in 2016).
From the sports pages of the Kern Valley Sun:
Kern Valley began play-ing boys and girls soccer in 2002. Who scored the first-ever goal for each squad?
The answer is Lynzie Jones for the Lady Broncs and Cory Rothert for the Broncs.
Well, it’s time to move on to another round of questions that will rack your brain in trying to remember.
We will start with wrestling.
Who has the fastest pin for the Broncs wrestling team?
Basketball: Which brothers have the most combined assists in boys’ basketball since the 1999-2000 season?
Softball: Which sisters combined for 80 wins on the pitching mound?
Baseball: Only once have two teammates collected over 40 hits each in the same season. Who are they and what year did this occur?
Football: What was the varsity Broncs record in the 1999-2000 football season as they closed out the decade?
There you have it. Trivia that makes you think and think and think. This week’s odd sports:
No. 1. In further proof that “they don’t make them like they used to,” Cleveland Indians pitcher Ray Caldwell recorded a complete game against the Philadelphia A’s in 1919, after he was struck by lightning in the middle of the ninth inning. Caldwell “shook it off” and got the final out for the win.
No. 2 Most Strokes Ever on a Par 4 During a PGA Tour. Pro golfer Kev-in Na broke a PGA record at the 2011 Valero Texas Open, but not the kind you regale your friends with ad nauseam. Na set a new record for most strokes on a par-4 hole when he shot a 16 on the ninth. The whole episode took an agonizing 20 minutes.
No. 3 Retired NBA star Shaquille O’Neal is a sure-fire Hall of Famer and brought an unprecedented skill-set and level of athleticism to the game as a “big man.” However, there is a good reason opposing teams deployed the Hack-a-Shaq defense against the man: He was not so good at the foul line. When Shaq retired in 2010, he missed a total of 5,317 free throws over his career.