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With a burst of energy and an inspiring personality to match, Joe Seay had the local and national wrestling community in a collective front head lock for more than four decades.

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Player of the Year: Sydney Hornbuckle, junior, Stockdale - The Colorado State-commit cemented herself has one of the top pitchers in the state while ending the season with 26 scoreless innings pitched in the Central Section Division I playoffs. Shut out Hanford West in the quarterfinals and …

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Player of the Year: Isiah Fajardo, junior, Highland - The Southeast Yosemite League MVP helped lead Highland to a second Central Section Division III championships in the past three seasons. Hit a team-high .484 with 18 doubles and 23 runs batted in and 36 stolen bases. His 57 runs scored is…

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Winning a Central Section Division I softball title will give any coach reason to give high praise to her team. But for Stockdale coach Amanda Hockett, her praise came long before the Mustangs secured the program’s first title in eight years because of the team chemistry that was evident all…

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Athlete of the Year: Daniel Viveros, senior, Liberty - Leaves high school for Ole Miss and the SEC as one of the top shot putters in California history. His personal-best mark set on May 8 of 71 feet, 3 inches was the best in the United States and just the third in state history to eclipse 7…

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Athletes of the Year: Faith Bender, sophomore, Liberty; Reese Renz, sophomore, Liberty - The two sophomore for Liberty came away with two medals each at the CIF State Track and Field Championships in May. Bender finished second in the discus with a personal-best mark of 168 feet, six inches …

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Swimmers of the Year: Nathan Roodzant, senior, BCHS; Alex Castro, senior, Centennial - These two seniors depart at the top of their craft. Roodzant, who is headed to the Naval Academy, broke the Central Section Division II record in the boys 200 individual medley and leaves BCHS as the recor…

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Swimmer of the Year: Paige Taber, freshman, Independence - After an ankle injury while dancing in the kitchen at her house, the Independence freshman made the most of her return to the pool in March. In just four South Yosemite League meets, Taber qualified for the Central Section championsh…

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Golfer of the Year: Dakota Ochoa, senior, Liberty - The Chico State-bound senior led the Southwest Yosemite League with a 71.57 tournament average. Also shot a 2-over-73 at the South Area championships at Sundale Country Club and had the top score for a Kern County golfer at the Central Sect…

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Player of the Year: Erik Buetow, senior, Bakersfield Christian - The senior never lost to a Kern County opponent in three seasons at Bakersfield Christian. The senior will concentrate on his studies next year at UCLA after finishing his three-year career at BCHS with an 82-7 record and went …

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In the pool, Paige Taber is a prime example of precision in motion. The ultra-skilled 14-year-old Independence High swimmer moves through the water like a finely calibrated machine. However, out of the pool she’s not quite as coordinated with all her movements.

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All-League teams are voted on by coaches in each league and are not the same as the BVarsity All-Area teams that will be published Wednesday through Sunday in The Californian. The following lists were provided by respective athletic directors and coaches. For errors and omissions, please ema…