Winless seven weeks into the season and sitting at 0-6 following a loss to Bakersfield Christian in its league opener, the Independence football team didn’t figure to even be playing in the month of November, much less Thanksgiving week.

Garces’ magical run through the postseason, which saw the Rams go from a fifth-place team in the Southwest Yosemite League to regional finalist, finally came to an end Tuesday night.

Although the names have all changed since the school's 2019 CIF State Championship, this year’s version of the Bakersfield Christian football team opened defense of its Division III section title with a performance its predecessors would have been proud of.

In the first couple days of the season, East High and Garces were rolling through the South High volleyball tournament and appeared to be headed for a meeting in the championship game.

The first set was a prolonged struggle for the Stockdale Mustangs. With Exeter's tight defense thwarting attack after attack from offensive stalwarts Morgan Cole and Kamryn Henderson, the Monarchs took leads of 9-3 and 15-8, and even after a lengthy comeback from Stockdale, Exeter claimed th…

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  • Positive Cases Among Kern Residents: 157,662

  • Deaths: 1,804

  • Recovered and Presumed Recovered Residents: 149,957

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Updated: 11/30/2021. Source: Kern County Public Health Services Department

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