ssl tennis champ

Bakersfield Christian’s Abigail Stevens, left, taps rackets with teammate Anabella McGilvray after a point against Taft.

Felix Adamo / The Californian

The Central Section girls tennis team playoffs begin Thursday, and it’s a quest for a dozen for Bakersfield Christian.

The Eagles, who have won 11 consecutive section titles, are the only top seed from Kern County as No. 1 in the Division II bracket. They will play the winner of No. 9 Visalia-El Diamante and No. 8 Fresno-Edison in the quarterfinals on Oct. 26.

Garces, which beat Stockdale for the Southwest Yosemite League title last week, is the No. 3 seed in D-I. The winner of the first-round match between No. 11 Fresno-Bullard and No. 6 Liberty plays at Garces on Oct. 26 in the quarterfinals.

Stockdale is the No. 5 seed in D-I and received a first-round bye. The Mustangs play at No. 4 Clovis-Buchanan in the quarterfinals.

Frontier is No. 9 in D-I and plays at No. 8 Fresno-San Joaquin Memorial in the first round Thursday.

Bakersfield is the No. 2 seed in D-II and hosts the winner of No. 10 Visalia-El Diamante and No. 7 Reedley.

Centennial is the No. 5 seed in D-II and plays at No. 4 Visalia-Redwood in the quarterfinals. Also in D-II, No. 11 Ridgeview is at No. 6 Porterville-Monache in the first round.

In D-III, No. 11 Independence is at No. 3 Taft on Thursday, No. 4 West hosts No. 13 Madera, No. 10 Tulare Western is at No. 7 North and No. 12 Highland is at No. 5 Porterville.

Wasco is the No. 5 seed in D-IV and will play at No. 4 Woodlake in the quarterfinals on Thursday and No. 6 Chavez is at No. 3 Corcoran.

In D-V, No. 8 Shafter hosts No. 9 Riverdale and No. 7 Kern Valley will play at No. 2 Visalia-Central Valley Christian in the quarterfinals.

The Broncs were scheduled to host Fresno Christian in the opening round, but the match was canceled because of academic issues at Fresno Christian, according to Kern Valley’s athletic department.

Local fare well at Roughrider

Madera South and McFarland proved they are the top favorites for the Central Section Division I boys cross country title next month when Madera South beat McFarland 46-101 for the Roughrider Invitational title at Woodward Park in Fresno on Saturday.

Senior Miguel Villar of Madera South, the defending D-I section team champion, won the D-I title Saturday in 15:32. Liberty senior Robert Sagasta took second at 15:45.

Highland junior Moises Medrano took fifth (15:49) and Seth Diaz led McFarland at 15:58.

In the girls D-I race, Liberty senior Cagnei Duncan (18:27) beat out McFarland’s Dede Salcido (18:40) for the individual title.

Cal Hi honors McGill

Bakersfield High junior Justin McGill had a standout performance for the Drillers in their 49-20 win against Frontier.

McGill, who caught five passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns, was honored as the Cal Hi Sports Northern California defensive player of the week with two interceptions both taken back for touchdowns.

Reed gets Big 12 honor

Former Independence standout D.J. Reed is off to a great start at Kansas State.

The transfer from Cerritos College was named Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Week after he returned an interception for a touchdown in the Wildcats’ 44-38 win over Texas Tech on Oct. 8.

Reed, a sophomore, has 21 tackles, two interceptions and six passes defended.

Four Stockdale softball players commit

Stockdale’s softball team has had four players verbally commit to college programs.

Junior second baseman Cheyenne Hornbuckle pledged to Kansas.

Three seniors are also committed: Vanessa Baron to Delaware State, Haleigh Hutton to Black Hills (S.D) State University and Marissa Moran to Minot (N.D.) State.

The Mustangs went 20-5 overall and 15-0 in the SWYL last season and return seven of their top eight hitters next spring.

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