Long-time captain of Bakersfield College cannon crew to retire

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - It's a sound heard for roughly 50 years at Memorial Stadium, the sound of the Bakersfield College cannon. 

For a majority of that reign one man has fired the cannon.

"It's been a blast and it's fun being the official gun for BC Football," said John Medvigy, retiring gun crew captain. 

This season will be Medvigy's final season as captain of the gun crew. 

"it's something that you can't really specify.  It's something with pride," Medvigy said. 

As Medivgy prepares to say goodbye, by his side this season is Courtney Carter, the next gun crew captain at Bakersfield College. 

"I'm so honored to be able to continue this long tradition here at BC," said Courtney Carter, incoming gun crew captain. 

For Carter, firing cannons is a family tradition. 

"In 1990 my grandfather built a cannon with his bare hands and ever since then we've been shooting cannons as a family in competitions.  My family means a lot to me and having those experiences with my family means the world to me," Carter said.

Despite her background, Carter said it shocks people when they discover her love of cannons. 

"I like being a girl shooting cannons because nobody expects it," Carter said. 

Carter also has another love, a love for Bakersfield College. 

"I am a proud BC graduate," Carter said. 

Which is why although many will be sad to see Medvigy leave, it seems the cannon and tradition will be left in good hands. 

"Firing for the football team is an amazing experience," Carter said. 

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