BVarsity

  • Local golfers have tough time at regional

    The CIF Southern California Boys Golf Regional Championships were not kind to the four Kern County golfers competing, or to the Central Section at large. Central Section individual champion Tyler Burnes of Centennial, Stockdale's Jared Kinoshita, Liberty's Dyllan Flajnik and

  • Bakersfield quarterback Asauni Rufus stiff arms Esteban Senteno during the Drillers' Southern California regional bowl game in 2013. Central Section commissioner Jim Crichlow is pushing to have Central Section teams compete in Northern California playoffs starting in 2016.

    Five questions with Jim Crichlow: Section commissioner weighs in

    Central Section commissioner Jim Crichlow joined hosts Zach Ewing and Trevor Horn on Thursday’s edition of BVarsity Live and spoke about many topics pertaining to the section’s sports and their future in regards to section- and state-level playoffs. Crichlow said, “I think it has been a really

  • Bakersfield High School junior Jakell Tomlin heads to victory in the 400 meters at the CIF-Central Section Track and Field Championships

    DQ of Driller relay team overturned

    The disqualification of the Bakersfield High boys 1,600-meter relay team from Saturday's Central Section Track and Field finals was overturned Wednesday. An official had disqualified the Drillers relay team because one of the runners allegedly took off his uniform top after the race but before

  • Bakersfield High School junior Jakell Tomlin heads to victory in the 400 meters at the CIF-Central Section Track and Field Championships on May 23, 2015.

    Disqualification of BHS relay team overturned

    The disqualification of the Bakersfield High boys 1600 relay team from the Central Section Masters Track and Field Driller relay team because one of the runners took off his uniform top after the race before exiting the stadium. Bakersfield coach Steve Anderson petitioned to have the

  • Rams top Falcons in D-III semi

    If Guy Dees wanted to, the Garces baseball coach could tell this story 20 years from now saying he drew it up just as it happened. Hosting a Central Section Division III semifinal on Wednesday against Independence, Reece Males struggled a bit to find the strike zone on the mound before being

  • Central Section Masters Track and Field Championships results

    Central Section Masters Track and Field Championships at Veterans Memorial Stadium, Clovis-Buchanan (top-3 in each event auto qualify for state meet) Boys Team scores: 1. Clovis-Buchanan, 66. 2. Bakersfield 56. 3. Fresno-Bullard, 47. t4. Kingsburg, 40. t4. Clovis, 40. 6. Clovis North, 36.

  • Liberty senior Morganne Hill heads to the finish line in 41.75 seconds in the girls 300-meter hurdles at the CIF-Central Section Masters Meet at Buchanan High School. Hill easily won the event to complete a double win day in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles.

    Liberty's Hill has record-setting day at Section Masters Meet

    CLOVIS — Morganne Hill even amazed herself on Saturday. The Liberty senior, already the meet record holder in the 300 hurdles, blew all numbers away with a 41.75. Hill, knowing she had ran a “clean” race, looked to the scoreboard, smiled and clapped her hands in excitement as she electrified the

  • Nick Ellis / For The Californian McFarland's Julian Rizo heads to first during Saturday's Central Section Division VI championship game against Farmersville.

    Long time coming: McFarland baseball wins first section title

    VISALIA — John Wenger has coached McFarland’s baseball team for 27 years, hundreds of games and countless 12-hour days. “It’s all worth it now,” said Wenger, as he exited Rawhide Ballpark through the center-field gate Saturday, moments after the Cougars beat Farmersville 9-3 for the Central

  • Kassidy Lemminn of Frontier swims in her 500 yard freestyle preliminary heat during the CIF State Swimming and Diving Championships at Clovis West High Friday, May 22, 2015.

    Locals unable to advance in first state prep swimming, diving meet

    FRESNO -- One thing was for certain on Friday, the experience of being at the first CIF State Swimming and Diving Championships exceeded the expectations of the local swimmers present. That despite none of the Bakersfield swimmers advancing to the second day of the inaugural event at Clovis West.

  •  Isaac Trevino of Centennial set a meet recrod in the boys 800 at the South Area track and field championship meet at Liberty High Wednesday.

    Central Section Track and Field Championships: Kern County glance

    Central Section Masters Track and Field Championships Today at Veterans-Memorial Stadium, Clovis-Buchanan Field events begin at 4 p.m.; Track events begin at 5 p.m. Top three in each event automatically qualify for the CIF state meet June 6-7 at same location ••• Several Kern County athletes

  • May 22 high school roundup

    Baseball Central Section championships At Rawhide Ballpark, Visalia Division V No. 1 Chavez 2, No. 7 Visalia-CVC 0 W: Gil (6-1). L: C. Flores. 2B: CCHS (Renteria). 3B: CVC (N. Flores). Notes: CVC (Caleb Flores 6IP, ER, 5H, 5K, BB). CCHS (David Gil CG, 2H, 8K, BB; Steve Rodriguez RBI; Julian

  • Shafter High's Alyssa Klinger and Greg Richardson are tops in the shot put in the Central Section.

    Shafter throwers eye berth at state track and field meet

    Kern County has long been a hotbed of some of the top shot put and discus throwers in the state. Since Lonnie Shelton of Foothill won the boys discus at the CIF State Track and Field meet in 1973, the county has housed 16 athletes that have won 30 state titles in the boys and girls shot and discus.

  • Nick Ellis / For The Californian Before the start of Thursday's game against Liberty- Madera, players get fired up.

    Wildcats make it three in a row

    TAFT -- Over the past four seasons, Caitlyn Emberson and Arizona Pilgrim have piled up extraordinary numbers for the Taft softball program. But one number stands above all others. Three. On Thursday, in the Central Section Division III championship game, top-seeded Taft defeated Liberty-Madera

  • May 21 high school roundup

    Softball Central Section championships Division I No. 1 Clovis 2, No. 2 Fresno-Central 0 Division II No. 2 Madera 4, No. 1 Visalia-Redwood 2 Division III No. 1 Taft 1, No. 2 Liberty-Madera Ranchos 0 W: Pilgrim (26-5). L: Guzman. 2B: THS (Ortleib). Notes: LHS: Cassidy Santa Cruz 3 2/3 IP 1H

  • The Tulare Mission Oak Hawks celebrate their CIF Division IV championship over Wasco, 2-0.

    Tigers silenced by Mission Oak 2-0 in Division IV championship

    WASCO -- Mariah Mazon made it clear early in the Central Section Division IV softball championship Tuesday: Wasco would have no margin for error. The Tigers didn't blink often, but they did in one inning, and that was enough to lift fourth-seeded Tulare-Mission Oak past No. 2 Wasco, 2-0.

  • High school notebook: 4 locals set for state swimming

    The first state swimming meet is the last prep swim for Frontier senior Evan Rabanal, and he wants to make the most of it. Rabanal, a Central Section champion in the 200-yard individual medley Saturday at Bakersfield College, is one of four Bakersfield swimmers and divers to advance to the

  • May 20 high school roundup

    Baseball Central Section semifinals Divison I No. 3 Clovis 9, No. 2 Centennial 0 W: Mott (8-3). L: Hansen (12-3). HR: Clov (Garcia). Notes: Clovis (Preston Mott CG, 4H, 3K, BB; Tevin Mitchell 2-3, 3R; Jeremy Garcia 2-3, 2R, 2RBIs; Chet Allison 2-4, 2RBIs). Cent (Andrew Hansen 5.1 IP, 6H, 3K,

  • Clovis silences Centennial, 9-0

    Clovis coach James Patrick stared out at the scoreboard at Centennial, still in disbelief at all the zeroes. But yes, Clovis had done the improbable: The Cougars shut out high-powered Centennial 9-0 in the Central Section Division I semifinals Wednesday in the Golden Hawks' cozy home field.