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John Harte / Special to The Californian

Cal State Bakersfield's Scott Luedtke (right) tries to keep Kansas City's Jordan Rideout away from the ball during the first half at CSUB on Oct. 27.

Cal State Bakersfield senior Scott Luedtke has been selected Western Athletic Conference men's soccer defensive player of the year by WAC coaches.

Luedtke, from Dallas, started all 10 WAC matches this season. He set the defense and acted as a coach on the field for the Roadrunners, who finished second to Seattle in their first season as a WAC member (6-3-1 WAC, 8-8-2 overall).

Joining Luedtke on the WAC first team from CSUB was sophomore midfielder Christian Duarte. CSUB junior midfielder Joe Masumiya was a second-team pick.

Seattle, which went 7-0-3 in WAC play, had three first-team picks and two more on the second team. Seattle senior forward Miguel Gonzalez was the offensive player of the year, Seattle defender Kyle Bjomethun was freshman of the year and Seattle's Pete Fewing was coach of the year.

CSUB will open WAC Tournament play Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Roadrunners will face Mo.-Kansas City. In the regular-season meeting in Bakersfield on Oct. 27, CSUB beat Kansas City 2-0.

The CSUB women had three players honored by the WAC. Senior Erica Shelton was a first-team pick, junior Sarah Cook was a second-team pick and Hedda Regefalk was freshman of the year.

Fletcher funeral Saturday

The funeral service for Darrell Fletcher, former wrestling coach at Shafter and West high schools and a 27-year board member of the Coyote Club, the local wrestling booster club, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Celebration of Life Chapel, Greenlawn Southwest Mortuary, 2739 Panama Lane just west of Highway 99.

Fletcher, who was 73, died last Wednesday after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Stockdale playoff site changed

Stockdale High's first-round football playoff game against Clovis West at 7 p.m. on Thursday has been moved to Lamonica Stadium on the campus of Clovis High.

The game was originally scheduled for Friday and moved because three Clovis Unified School District have home games in the first round of the Central Section playoffs.

Clovis West typically plays its home games at Veterans Memorial Stadium on Buchanan's campus, but that venue already had a band review scheduled for Thursday.

3 local teams in tennis finals

Three local high school girls tennis teams go for the gold today across the Central Section.

Frontier, the No. 4 seed in Division II, tries to complete its underdog run to the title at home against No. 7 Fresno-Central at 11:30 a.m.

Taft looks to defend its Division IV championship at Selma at 2 p.m.

Finally, Stockdale will travel to Clovis-Buchanan for the second straight year in the D-I championship.

The Mustangs lost to the Bears, 6-3, last year. This year's match starts at 3:30 p.m.