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By Felix Adamo/ The Californian
BY ZACH EWING Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the Central Section's premier girls tennis events, the Lewis Cup, comes back to Bakersfield on Friday and Saturday.
With it comes a chance for Stockdale to lock up a presumptive No. 1 seed for the section's Division I playoffs, which begin later this month.
Central Section football rankings
Compiled by beat writer Zach Ewing
1. Fresno-Edison (5-0, Div. I)
2. Bakersfield (3-2, Div. I)
3. Clovis North (4-1, Div. I)
4. Liberty (5-0, Div. I)
5. Fresno-Central (3-2, Div. I)
6. Clovis (4-1, Div. I)
7. Frontier (3-2, Div. I)
8. Clovis West (1-4, Div. I)
9. Wasco (4-1, Div. IV)
10. Vis.-El Diamante (4-1, D. II)
11. Porterville (5-0, Div. III)
12. Fresno-Bullard (4-1, Div. I)
13. Dinuba (5-1, Div. III)
14. Garces (3-2, Div. II)
15. Tul.-Mission Oak (5-0, D. IV)
16. Fresno-Memorial (4-1, D. II)
17. Centennial (3-2, Div. I)
18. Visalia-Redwood (5-1, D. II)
19. Lemoore (4-2, Div. II)
20. Stockdale (2-3, Div. I)
21. Sanger (4-1, Div. II)
22. Kingsburg (5-0, Div. II)
23. Fresno-Sunnyside (2-3, D. II)
24. South (5-0, Div. III)
25. Tehachapi (3-2, Div. II)
The Lewis Cup follows a round-robin format, with teams split into five divisions. Stockdale will host the Division I pool, which also includes defending Lewis Cup and section champion Clovis-Buchanan.
The Mustangs, however, beat Buchanan 5-4 in a match earlier this season. The teams are scheduled to meet at 1 p.m. Saturday, possibly with the Lewis Cup and the top seed on the line again.
Clovis, Garces and Clovis West are the other teams in the D-I bracket. Stockdale and Garces will play the tournament's first match, at 8 a.m. Friday.
The Mustangs are paced by defending Southwest Yosemite League singles champion Ariana Tilbury and No. 2 player Cara Kemp, daughter of former NBA All-Star Shawn Kemp.
Bakersfield will host the Division II pool, which also includes Liberty, Centennial, Porterville-Monache and Taft.
Division III matches are at Frontier with Tehachapi, Chavez, Wasco and Highland visiting. West, North, Golden Valley and Mira Monte join host Independence in D-IV, and Foothill, Delano, Independence JV and Shafter are in D-V with host Ridgeview.
Blake Haney, ranked the top cross country runner in the country by several national websites, will run four more times in Kern County before his Stockdale cross country career ends.
Wednesday's SWYL meet at Yokuts Park was rained out and will be made up either Oct. 23 or Oct. 30. Before that, Haney will run at the SWYL meet at the Park at Riverwalk next Wednesday. Then Stockdale will compete in the Kern County Championships on Nov. 9 and the SWYL finals Nov. 14, both at Hart Park.
This weekend, Haney competes at the Clovis Invitational at Woodward Park in Fresno -- the site of the Central Section and state championships next month.
Pierucci explains 83-0
Bakersfield Christian football coach Jerald Pierucci refuted the notion that the Eagles ran up the score in an 83-0 victory over Kennedy on Friday, saying the situation developed because of Kennedy turnovers, BCHS' small roster and a desire to work on the short passing game.
"It's nothing that I would ever set out to embarrass a team," Pierucci said. "That's counterproductive to what football is about. But when you only have a 25-man roster, we're still going to have some first-string kids playing basically the whole game."
The Eagles led 62-0 at halftime and left starting quarterback Brandon Jones in to throw a ninth touchdown pass, setting a Central Section record. Pierucci said he was made aware of the record at halftime, but that Jones threw almost exclusively to receivers behind the line of scrimmage.
"It just snowballed," he said. "Five times they turned the ball over inside the 30. I went down to my athletic director and my coaches and I said, 'What do I do?' It's tough to ask kids not to play hard when they get the opportunity. It was just the perfect storm."
Wasco, KV move up
Wasco's football team moved up one spot to No. 3 in Cal Hi Sports' Southern California Division III regional bowl rankings.
The Tigers, who beat Chavez 57-3 last week, got the bump because previous No. 1 Monrovia lost. They still trail Newport Beach-Corona del Mar and Ojai-Nordhoff. The CIF will select two Southern Cal teams from each division at the end of the season, and Cal Hi's rankings are thought to have influence on the decision. Teams must win their section title to be eligible.
In the state small-school rankings (for schools with less than 500 enrollment), Kern Valley (4-1) moved up one spot to No. 8.
Advance tickets available
Tickets for Friday's Bakersfield- at-Liberty football game are available in advance in both schools' finance offices until noon Friday.
The 7:30 p.m. game is the SWYL opener for both teams, both ranked in the Central Section's top 5 by multiple sources. The game also will be broadcast live on bakersfield.com beginning at 7 p.m.
Titans seeking hoops coach
Frontier is looking for a frosh-soph boys basketball coach. If interested, contact athletic director Brad Harris at (661) 829-1107.