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Monday, May 06 2013 11:23 PM

BCHS earns top seed in Division III tournament

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Bakersfield Christian's boys tennis team is favored to win its ninth consecutive Central Section championship after receiving the No. 1 seed in Division III when brackets were determined Monday in Porterville.

The Eagles are atop a four-team, all-Kern County bracket. Ridgeview is No. 2, followed by North and Delano. Because there are only four teams, the semifinals will run today with the section final Thursday in Division III.

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Today's matchups

All matches scheduled for 4 p.m.

Division I

No. 1 Clovis West, No. 2 Fresno-Bullard, No. 3 Clovis-Buchanan, No. 4 Stockdale and No. 5 Clovis East have byes

No. 11 Clovis North at No. 6 Liberty

No. 10 Visalia-El Diamante at No. 7 Garces

No. 9 Clovis at No. 8 Centennial

Division II

No. 1 Visalia-Redwood, No. 2 Sanger, No. 3 Hanford West, No. 4 Fresno-Memorial and No. 5 Visalia-Golden West

No. 11 West at No. 6 Porterville-Monache

No. 10 East at No. 7 Fresno-Sunnyside

No. 9 Tehachapi at No. 8 Porterville

Division III semifinals

No. 4 Delano at No. 1 Bakersfield Chr.

No. 3 North at No. 2 Ridgeview

Division IV quarterfinals

No. 1 Visalia-CVC, No. 2 Taft and No. 3 Wasco have byes

No. 5 Madera South at No. 4 Reedley-Immanuel

Division V

No. 1 Selma, No. 2 Liberty-Madera Ranchos and No. 3 Porterville-Granite Hills have byes

No. 13 Kerman at No. 4 Fresno-McLane

No. 12 Woodlake at No. 5 Fresno-Roosevelt

No. 11 Corcoran at No. 6 Strathmore

No. 10 Dos Palos |at No. 7 Orosi

No. 9 Coalinga at No. 8 Firebaugh

In Division I, Southwest Yosemite League champion Stockdale drew the No. 4 seed, behind Clovis West, Fresno-Bullard and Clovis-Buchanan. The Mustangs have a bye in today's first round, then open in Thursday's quarterfinals against No. 5 Clovis East.

Liberty is No. 6 and hosts Clovis North today, with the winner traveling to Buchanan on Thursday. No. 7 Garces plays No. 10 Visalia-El Diamante at home today, and No. 8 Centennial gets No. 9 Clovis.

Tehachapi is No. 9 in Division II and will play at No. 8 Porterville today. The winner gets top seed Visalia-Redwood.

Taft and Wasco are seeded Nos. 2 and 3 in Division IV behind Visalia-Central Valley Christian. Wasco will play at Taft in a semifinal Thursday.

The individual draw for the South Area tournament, which is Friday and Saturday in Wasco, was held late Monday.

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