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Brandon Park, Stockdale

Felix Adamo

This was supposed to be a big year for Brandon Park.

Instead, the junior season for Stockdale's standout tennis player turned into a year of frustration for himself and his coach.

Park, the No. 1 seed in the Central Section boys tennis individual championships, which is set to run Friday and Saturday at Madera South High, will not participate.

Park has been suffering from tendonitis in his right knee all year.

“He’s been sucking it up and playing, but when it comes to three or four matches he is just so far gone by the time that third match comes around to compete at that level,” Stockdale coach Dave Hillestad said.

Park did not participate in the section Division I team playoffs for Stockdale because of the injury, but was able to win both of his South Area qualifying matches last weekend 6-0, 6-0.

“We were waiting until (Thursday) to try and give it a go,” Hillestad said. “But he is just not ready to go.”

The section office will re-seed the individual tournament and move the remaining 15 players up one spot, putting Clovis North’s Mike Fouchy as the top seed.

Bakersfield Christian junior Erik Buetow is now the 3-seed, on the same side of the bracket with No. 2 Albertus du Plessis of Clovis-Buchanan.

Bakersfield High junior Jack Zander moves to the 6-seed.

No changes were made in doubles action as Liberty’s duo of Phillip Shafik and Samuel Guimte are the No. 3 seed and Stockdale’s team of Andrew Huang and Niteesh Kuchakulla are the No. 4 seed.

The first round of singles play begins at 9 a.m. on Friday with doubles action beginning at 11 a.m.

The singles and doubles finals are set for noon on Saturday.

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