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Stephen Hicks has been the sports director at 23 ABC since 2015 but has had a passion for sports his whole life. Growing up in Phoenix, AZ he played baseball, football and golf but devoted his time to the links earning a scholarship to play at a two year college. His favorite teams were the Steve Nash led Suns and Randy Johnson led Diamondbacks and now supports anyone with a good story.



Hicks leads Channel 23's Athlete of the Week - a segment that tries to highlight the great things taking place on Kern County’s athletic map. Whether it’s a standout athlete, someone who’s overlooked or just a player with a great story behind the scenes, #23AOTW tries to showcase just how special prep sports are in the Valley. Contact Stephen at work (661) 706 - 2327 for sports related stories and content.



#23AOTW - Edward Turner of Foothill High School 


#23AOTW - Mia Ontiveros of Independence High School


#23AOTW - Marissa Beale of Bakersfield Christian High School


#23AOTW - Ben Yurosek of Bakersfield Christian High School


 #23AOTW - Maryjane Jones of East High School


#23AOTW - Jose Ordonez of South High School


#23AOTW - Kadar Waller of Liberty High School


#23AOTW - Naomi Jennings of Stockdale High School


#23AOTW - Jonathan Alvarenga of Mira Monte High School 


#23AOTW - Bry Bartlett of Liberty High School


#23AOTW - Jaqueline Barrios of Foothill High School


#23AOTW - Garlin Mixon of North High School
#23AOTW - Yuliana Rivera of Mira Monte High School
#23AOTW - Sammy Stewart Jr. of Liberty High School
#23AOTW - Brian Pantoja of Garces Memorial High School
#23AOTW - Erica Paradise of Stockdale High School
#23AOTW - Perri Starkey of Garces Memorial High School
#23AOTW - Alex Aguilar of Shafter High School
#23AOTW - Frankie Lopez of McFarland High School


 #23AOTW - Hilda Gonzalez of McFarland High School


#23AOTW - Leauauna Laulu Jr. of West High School



#23AOTW - Carl Jones of Golden Valley High School