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Wednesday, Apr 30 2014 09:57 PM

High school notebook: Stockdale looks to break through in boys tennis

BY ZACH EWING Californian staff writer zewing@bakersfield.com

Stockdale's boys tennis team will be among those trying to break a local drought in the sport in the next two weeks.

No Kern County team has won a Central Section boys tennis championship in the top division since the Mustangs did it 10 years ago, beating Visalia-Redwood 6-3.

The previous history isn't much brighter, according to section historian Bob Barnett. Centennial won back-to-back titles in 1998 and 1999, but before that, you've got to travel back to West High's title in 1981.

Bakersfield Christian has won nine straight titles in lower divisions, and plenty of locals have won individual singles and doubles titles, but the top-division drought is about to hit its 10th birthday.

"I think we've got a chance this year," Stockdale coach Dave Hillestad said. "We're in good shape."

The Mustangs are the No. 4 seed and play a first-round match against Visalia-El Diamante at 2:30 p.m. today at Stockdale. They have lost close matches to No. 2 Clovis West and No. 3 Clovis-Buchanan and haven't played No. 1 Fresno-Bullard.

Liberty, which reached the 2011 final but lost to Clovis West, is the No. 6 seed and opens action today against No. 11 Fresno-Central.

There are only four teams in Division III, so BCHS' quest for a 10th straight title skips forward to the semifinals. The top-seeded Eagles play No. 4 Tulare Union today.

Carr Elite camp Saturday

The first football camp for Carr Elite, the new training company founded by David and Derek Carr, is Saturday at Bakersfield Christian.

It's called the Carr Elite Quarterback & Receiver Clinic. Instruction for players age 9-12 begins at 9 a.m., and for 13 and older at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $150 and includes a T-shirt and signed photo.

For more information or to register, visit campuscui.active.com/orgs/CarrEliteFootball.

David Carr and Eric Mahanke, another Carr Elite founder and former Fresno State wide receiver, will be on BVarsity Live Weekly at 2 p.m. today on bakersfield.com to talk about Carr Elite, the camp, and the draft prospects of Derek Carr, who is expected to be taken early in next week's NFL Draft.

College signings

Rusty Smith, the men's basketball coach at College of the Sequoias, said Centennial senior Derek Check has verbally committed to play for the Giants.

"I'm excited about a lot of things about him," Smith said. "He's an extremely intelligent player, which I like. His ability to shoot the ball, pass the ball -- he's an outstanding assist guy and a phenomenal teammate."

Check played his first three high school seasons at Independence, winning a Central Section Division III championhip in 2013. As a senior at Centennial, he averaged 15.3 points, 6.1 assists. 4.2 rebounds and 4.0 steals per game.

* Tehachapi volleyball middle blocker Kim Smith will sign a letter of intent today to play for Vanguard University.

The Warriors will hold a signing celebration for Smith at 12:50 p.m. in the school gym.

Smith averaged 1.8 kills and 1.6 blocks per set for the Warriors, who reached the Division II section championship game.

* Centennial senior Amy Cooper will sign a letter of intent Friday to golf for Cal State Bakersfield.

Cooper averaged 81.2 strokes per round as a senior and finished in the top 10 at the Central Section individual championships.

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