Last week proved that the Southwest Yosemite League is going to continue to be a battle with two weeks left in the regular season.
Centennial had just one win in league play before sweeping Frontier in three sets on Tuesday. Two days later, Frontier handed Liberty the Patriots first SWYL loss since 2014 and Stockdale defeated Centennial in four games.
The best way to describe last week best is just to realize that the five teams in the SWYL ranked in the rankings can win on any night in this league, and that’s a good thing.
So, Liberty remains at No. 2 in the rankings based on three reasons:
- Liberty swept Frontier the first time the two played.
- No. 1 Clovis swept No. 3 Clovis West
- Liberty swept Clovis West on Sept. 22.
Bakersfield Christian has won 65 consecutive South Sequoia League matches and the Eagles stay at No. 4 in the rankings and are the favorite to win a third Central Section Division III title in a row and a fourth straight overall. According to MaxPreps.com state rankings, the Eagles are the top-ranked Southern California team in the D-IV field.
Frazier Mountain is another Kern County team seeking third straight division title and is on the cusp of cracking into the top 15. The Falcons are 25-2 this season and 6-0 in High Desert League action. The Falcons have won the last two D-V titles.
1. Clovis (32-6, 5-1 TRAC, Division I, previous rankings 1)
2. Liberty (18-7, 5-1 SWYL, D-I, 2)
3. Clovis West (22-6, 4-1 TRAC, D-I, 3)
4. Bakersfield Christian (27-1, 9-0 SSL, D-III, 4)
5. Frontier (21-13, 4-2 SWYL, D-I, 7)
6. Clovis-Buchanan (24-5, 4-2 TRAC, D-I, 5)
7. Stockdale (17-13, 4-2 SWYL, D-I, 10)
8. Fresno-Central (28-10, 3-3 TRAC, D-I, 6)
9. Garces (13-6, 3-3 SWYL, D-II, 8)
10. Centennial (12-13, 2-4 SWYL, D-I, 12)
11. Clovis East (16-10, 1-5 TRAC, D-I, 9)
12. Tulare-Mission Oak (23-7, 5-1 EYL, D-III, 13)
13. Visalia-Central Valley Christian (13-17, 6-0 CSL, D-II, NR)
14. Exeter (25-6, 5-1 CSL, D-II, 11)
15. Liberty-Madera Ranchos (27-1, 5-1 NSL, D-IV, 15)