BY ZACH EWING Californian staff writer email@example.com
With the November signing period for college athletics approaching, several local athletes are claiming their spots for the next level.
Bakersfield High wrestler Kyle Pope gave a verbal commitment to Wyoming this month. Pope finished second in the CIF State Championships at 180 pounds last year.
Highland swimmer Taylor Solorio gave a verbal to San Jose State. Solorio is a four-time Central Section Division II swimming champion specializing in freestyle sprints.
Meanwhile, Liberty running back Corbin Jountti picked up his first Division I offer, from Northern Arizona.
He becomes the fourth local high school player with a D-I offer: D.J. Martin of Stockdale and Ridgeview's Kamari Cotton-Moya both have multiple offers, and Liberty long snapper Cole Mazza has committed to Alabama.
Campbell out for Hawks
Centennial middle blocker Abby Campbell is out indefinitely for the Golden Hawks volleyball team with a knee injury she suffered Monday during practice.
Campbell sat out on crutches during Tuesday's match, a three-set loss to Stockdale, and Hawks coach Brooke Roberts said she'll have an MRI today.
The results of that will determine if Campbell, who leads the team in aces and blocks and was second in kills, will play again this season.
"I'm trying not to get my hopes up," Roberts said. "She's going to be out for a while, and that's what we have to anticipate. We're trying to be problem solvers, and we didn't do a good job of that (Tuesday)."
Former Driller advances
Former Bakersfield High golfer Bhavik Patel advanced to the second stage of PGA Tour qualifying last weekend at the Classic Club in Palm Desert.
Patel shot a 12-under-par 276 through four rounds, finishing in a tie for third. The top 18 finishers qualified for the second of three qualifying stages in what's known as Q-School. The second stage takes place at six different courses around the county between Nov. 13-17. Patel likely will play at Bear Creek Golf Club in Murrieta.
BHS wrestling fundraiser
The Bakersfield High wrestling program will hold its 10th annual Driller Spaghetti Dinner on Nov. 3 at the BHS gym -- with a golden guest.
Jake Varner, a former Driller and 2012 Olympic gold medal wrestling champion, will speak at the dinner. Varner won state titles for Bakersfield in 2004 and 2005 and is the cousin of BHS coach Andy Varner.
Admission is $8. The dinner will include a raffle. For more information, call (661) 444-0770.
Wallace 'definitely' will play
Bakersfield graduate Tyrone Wallace, a two-time Californian Boys Basketball Player of the Year, is making an impression in preseason practice at Cal.
Bears coach Mike Montgomery told the San Francisco Chronicle that of the freshmen on his roster, the 6-foot-3 Wallace, a guard, will "definitely play."
Starting point guard Justin Cobbs, Brandon Smith and Allen Crabbe return to Cal's backcourt.
Wallace was rated one of the West Coast's top point guards in the class of 2012 by several recruiting services.
North HOF deadline coming
Final nominations for the inaugural class of North High's athletic Hall of Fame are due next Thursday.
The class will be announced Dec. 1 and will be honored at a dinner April 13 at Garces' Monsignor Leddy Hall.
To make a nomination, visit northhighathleticshof.com.