Five Garces Memorial High School student athletes from five different sports signed national letters of intent to continue their careers at the collegiate level on Wednesday.

In an effort to improve his chances of earning a college basketball scholarship, Garces graduate Jack Hatten moved 2,200 miles to attend Florida Coastal Prep, a post-grad high school in Fort Walton, Fla.

Though North made things far more interesting than the Scots would have liked, Highland still got the desired result in its spring football opener.

With most of the familiar faces from last year’s CIF State Division 3-A championship team graduated and moving on, Bakersfield Christian football coach Darren Carr figured to have plenty of question marks heading into this season.

While the majority of Kern County high schools prepare for the return of most — if not all — athletics in the coming weeks, some of the smaller outlying communities are being a bit more selective and cautious in how they plan to proceed.