Bring up Centennial volleyball and one name comes to mind: Brooke Roberts.
The former longtime coach and Bob Elias Hall of Fame member is heading up a 25th anniversary on Thursday as part of a year-long celebration for athletic programs at the school.
At 5 p.m., before the Golden Hawks' Southwest Yosemite League home match against Stockdale, there will be more than 100 former Centennial volleyball players, many of whom are part of the school's 14 league championships, nine Central Section titles, two CIF state crowns and a national title.
The football team will host an alumni dinner before the home game against Liberty on Oct. 26, while the wrestling and basketball programs will have celebrations in January.
The standard logo at midfield inside the stadium has been changed this week to honor the silver anniversary of the school.
All of the celebrations around campus will culminate with the first Centennial Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony next fall.
Tennis postseason underway
The South Sequoia League girls tennis league championships began on Wednesday at Taft High to kick off the fall postseason in Kern County.
Thursday afternoon's semifinals will be Leighton May of Taft against Gaia Randazo of Shafter, and Elizabeth Huizar of Taft against Nicole Bashirtash of Bakersfield Christian.
The doubles semifinals are Abigail Stevens and Anabella McGilvary of BCHS against Diana Huziar and Yuvia Woggn of Taft. The other semifinals are Grace Spoelstra and Delaney Anderholt of BCHS against Dariana Calderon and Brisa Guizar of Taft.
Semifinals are slated for 1 p.m. and the finals are immediately afterwards.
The Southwest Yosemite League championship begin Monday at the Bakersfield Racquet Club, with Garces sophomore Alexsia Drulias as the No. 1 seed in the singles bracket and Liberty junior Payton Renz seeded No. 2.
In the doubles bracket, Stockdale senior Erica Paradise and freshman Greta Krueger are the No. 1 doubles tandem with Bakersfield’s Margo Kuney and Kate Kelly as the No. 2 doubles.
Frontier seeking softball coach
Frontier is seeking a varsity softball coach for the upcoming season. Applicants can contact athletic director Mike Gibson at (661) 829-1107.