BY ZACH EWING Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
League titles will be handed out in Kern County cross country today, with a trio of races at Hart Park and another in Wasco.
The three Yosemite Leagues will hold their varsity races at Hart Park in the following order:
High school beat writer Zach Ewing's Central Section football rankings
1. Clovis (9-1, Division I)
2. Clovis North (9-1, D-I)
3. Frontier (7-3, D-I)
4. Bakersfield (8-2, D-I)
5. Garces (9-1, D-II)
6. Central (8-2, D-I)
7. Ridgeview (8-2, D-I)
8. Wasco (10-0, D-IV)
9. Liberty (6-4, D-I)
10. Fresno-Edison (7-3, D-I)
11. Stockdale (5-5, D-I)
12. Vis.-El Diamante (7-3, D-II)
13. Visalia-Mt. Whit. (8-2, D-III)
14. Dinuba (9-1, D-III)
15. Sanger (8-2, D-II)
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* SYL girls, 12:30 p.m.
* SEYL boys, 1 p.m.
* SWYL girls, 1:30 p.m.
* SYL boys, 2 p.m.
* SEYL girls, 2:30 p.m.
* SWYL boys, 3 p.m.
Runners to follow include defending girls champions Tori Blackmon of Stockdale (SWYL), Sydney Roman of East (SEYL) and Mariah Ayala of Golden Valley (SYL), who will face stiff competition from Ridgeview's Lashya Morgan.
But many eyes also will fixate on the final race of the day. Stockdale junior Blake Haney is the defending champion, but he's only been back from an IT band injury below his left knee for two weeks.
He finished 13th in the Kern County Championships. Instead, his teammate, senior Connor Fisher, might well be the favorite.
Fisher finished third in the race a year ago, part of a 1-2-3-4-5-6 finish for the Mustangs.
The SSL championships begin at 1 p.m. at Wasco.
BHS announcer dies
Hal Silverman, who taught English at Bakersfield High and did the public-address announcing for Drillers football for more than three decades, died last week in his sleep.
Services for Silverman were Tuesday.
Patriot finalist for Heisman
Liberty senior Derek Frost was one of 20 California finalists for the Wendy's High School Heisman Award.
Frost, a linebacker for the Patriots football team, has made 75 tackles in nine regular-season games for Liberty, third on the team. He was not chosen as one of the California winners or a national finalist for the award.
BHS advance tickets
Advance tickets for Friday's Central Section Division I playoff football game between Clovis East and Bakersfield are on sale this week in the BHS finance office.
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. They will be available from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. today and 8-noon on Friday.
Gates open at 6 p.m. at Griffith Field on Friday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7.