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After a relatively steady period in the Central Section rankings — with a flip-flop of Clovis and Fresno-Central at Nos. 1 and 2 the only major change — over the past month or so, Week 9 brought the Valley a major shake-up.

The Ridgeview team that showed up at East High on Friday performed nothing like the one that blasted its previous two opponents by a combined score of 98-10 and was averaging 411 yards per game this season.

South High won a share of the 2013 South Yosemite League title and hasn’t lost a game in the Southeast Yosemite League since the school was moved there in 2014.

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A scorching month of preseason and two months of grinding regular season have given way to a three-week sprint for the finish line and the playoff-seeding meeting in Porterville that will set the stage for the real high school football drama in the regular season.

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Video highlights of the third Southwest Yosemite League cross country meet, plus interviews with Cagnei Duncan of Liberty and Marcus Mota of Stockdale.

For nearly two months, Justin McGill has stood in the shadows as Bakersfield High’s offensive spotlight shone on other Drillers: Shane Jones, Joshua Maran, Cam Williams, Tahj Wright.

Braden Wingle was 16 of 22 passing for 257 yards and four touchdowns to lead Bakersfield Christian to a 56-17 victory over Shafter on Friday night.

Maranda Maliska was seeded third in the South Yosemite League girls tennis singles championship, but even though she faced No. 1 seed Eileen Rooney in the finals, Maliska didn’t feel like an underdog.

Bakersfield, Garces and Liberty have been three of Kern County’s top football programs in recent years, winning a total of five Central Section titles since 2010.

The Kern Wildlife Refuge, known for the highest waterfowl take averages in the state, will open Oct. 22. At this writing, plenty of birds are calling the area home, including lots of gadwalls, shovelers, cinnamon teal, pintails and a smattering of mallards. With the approach of cool weather,…

Fifth set video highlights of Frontier's 3-2 win over Liberty in Southwest Yosemite League action. It's the first league loss for Liberty in two years and two days after Centennial swept Frontier.

For segments 1 and 2, Athletic Directors Joan Finch and Blake Van Der Schaaf from Garces Memorial and Bakersfield Christian High Schools join Zach and Trevor for a discussion about the Central Section realignment.

PORTERVILLE — There aren’t many changes proposed for the Central Section’s next league alignment cycle, but those that are up for discussion caused passionate discourse at Wednesday’s section meeting at the Porterville Veterans Memorial Building.

Video highlights from Highland's 3-1 win over North in Southeast Yosemite League action, plus a roundup of Kern County high school athletics.

The nature of doing weekly rankings is that there are bound to be some overreactions. Was Fresno-Central as bad as it looked in losing 24-3 to Fresno-Bullard back in Week 1? Clearly not, given the Grizzlies have ripped off five straight wins by 16 or more points since while Bullard has lost …