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High school notebook: Basketball seeding issue leads to change in schedule next year

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Liberty High's Leonard Herring and Independence High's Issiah Henderson battle for the ball in their basketball game Wednesday night.

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BY ZACH EWING Californian staff writer zewing@bakersfield.com

The Central Section high school basketball regular season will end two days earlier next year, thanks to a snafu that left section commissioners with incomplete information to determine this year's playoff seeding.

The basketball advisory committee determines the procedure by which section commissioners seed teams. One of the top criteria the committee wanted to use was each coach's ranking of the top 10 teams in his division.

The problem: Those rankings were due to the section office by the final Thursday of the regular season, meaning they couldn't include any games played on Friday (or, in some cases, those played Thursday night.)

Because of that, some games didn't factor into seeding as much as others when the commissioners met to determine seeds Saturday.

For instance, Liberty's boys team received the No. 2 seed in Division I despite a Friday loss at home to Centennial. That left Clovis East and Fresno-Bullard seething, but the commissioners were working with out-dated coaches' rankings, the majority of which listed Liberty at No. 2.

"We factored (the loss) in a little bit, but at the same time, because the coaches had sent in (rankings), we did go with what they recommended," section commissioner Jim Crichlow said. "We wanted to respect their wishes."

Crichlow and his deputy commissioners recognized the problem, he said, and Crichlow met with the basketball advisory committee on Monday. They agreed to end next year's season two days earlier as a solution.

"We addressed that right away on Monday," Crichlow said. "They recognized it. They understand the predicament."

The advisory committee could change seeding procedure for next year, too, but that change wouldn't happen until January, far too late to change the season's schedule.

Highland-CVC moved to Tuesday

The Central Section Division III girls soccer championship between Highland and Visalia-Central Valley Christian has been moved to 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The game was originally scheduled for tonight, but both teams agreed to the change because of concerns about weather and field conditions. Highland is seeking its fourth consecutive D-III title; CVC is the top seed and will host the game.

The other soccer section finals involving local teams are still scheduled for tonight: Garces at Frontier at 7 p.m. in D-II girls, Tulare-Mission Oak at Bakersfield Christian at 6:30 p.m. in D-IV girls and South vs. Fresno (at Fresno-McLane) at 7 p.m. in D-III boys.

Chesley commits to Cal

Stockdale high jumper Asia Chesley verbally committed to compete at Cal, Mustangs coach Dave Lonsinger said this week.

Chesley is a two-time medalist at the CIF State Track and Field Championships, finishing third as a freshman in 2011 and fourth as a junior last year. Her personal best high jump is 5-foot-8.

Another Stockdale athlete, Tristan Watson, signed a letter of intent to run for Cal State Bakersfield. Watson was the Southwest Yosemite League champion and area runner-up in the 110-meter hurdles a year ago. His father, Johnny G. Watson, has top-10 times in school history in both the 110 and 300 hurdles.

Tristan Watson's personal bests are 14.93 in the 110 hurdles and 41.80 in the 300 hurdles.

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