Six Kern County teams advanced to play for a Central Section championship with victories in Thursday’s semifinals.
In volleyball, Southwest Yosemite League co-champions Liberty and Stockdale, along with South Yosemite League champ Bakersfield Christian, will play for section titles at College of the Sequoias in Visalia on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Garces, Taft and Shafter earned spots in Tuesday’s girls tennis championship matches.
The No. 2 Patriots (27-5) will play in the Division I final against No. 4 Clovis West (17-10), which upset top-seeded Clovis North in four sets on Thursday. The Golden Eagles swept Liberty in a match earlier this season. The D-I title match is scheduled for 6 p.m. at COS.
In Division II, the No. 3 Mustangs (27-8) slipped past No. 2 Visalia-Central Valley Christian (27-5) on Thursday, winning the decisive fifth set 15-11 in Visalia. Stockdale will play No. 4 Bakersfield Christian (28-5) for the title at 4 p.m. at COS, after the Eagles upset No. 1 Visalia-Redwood in four sets on Thursday.
Elsewhere Thursday, No. 3 Mira Monte lost in three sets to No. 2 Kingsburg in the D-IV semifinals. In D-V, No. 3 Kerman defeated No. 2 Frazier Mountain, 25-8, 25-16, 23-25, 25-21.
No. 2-seeded Garces advanced to the girls tennis finals with a 5-1 victory over Clovis-Buchanan. The Rams will play at No. 1 Clovis North on Tuesday.
In D-IV, No. 2 Taft defeated No. 3 Highland and will play at No. 1 Kerman, while in D-V, No. 3 Shafter will host No. 4 Tulare-Mission Oak after upsetting No. 2 Caruthers, 6-3.
No. 6 Centennial lost at No. 2 Santa Maria-St. Joseph, 6-3, in D-II play.