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Wednesday, Feb 19 2014 10:52 PM

High school notebook: East hires David Fanucchi as football coach

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    By Jenn Ireland

    David Fanucchi is the new football coach at East High.

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BY ZACH EWING Californian staff writer zewing@bakersfield.com

East High will announce David Fanucchi as its new football coach in a news conference at 1 p.m. Friday, the school announced Wednesday.

Fanucchi, who was 47-36-1 in eight seasons at Garces ending in 2009, has been an assistant at Golden Valley for the past four seasons.

Fanucchi will replace Dave Thorp, who resigned after three seasons, he said, to spend more time with his father, who is ill.

Fanucchi is the second new local coach to be announced this week; Highland gave its job to Michael Gutierrez on Tuesday.

Openings remain at Garces, Mira Monte and Stockdale.

Agu fund succeeds

An online memorial fund for Ted Agu, the former Frontier football player who died suddenly earlier this month after a training run at Cal, successfully reached its $30,000 goal.

Agu, an All-Area linebacker who graduated from Frontier in 2010, was entering his senior season at Cal. He had earned a scholarship after originally walking on in Berkeley, and he was set to graduate with a pre-medical degree next year.

The fund, organized by Agu's friends, family and Epsilon Mu fraternity chapter, helped to raise money for funeral costs. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at St. Philip The Apostle on Stockdale Highway.

Basketball seedings

Seedings for the Central Section boys and girls basketball playoffs will be released at 1:30 p.m. Saturday on a live webcast by the NFHS Network.

To see the show, go to www.cifcs.org and click on the NFHS portal.

Brackets will be posted on the section's website after the video announcement.

Martin only local No. 1

Bakersfield High senior Bryce Martin is the only local wrestler with a No. 1 seed in his weight at the Central Section Yosemite Divisional this weekend at East High.

Martin, who's ranked No. 2 in the state by The California Wrestler, is the top seed at 170 pounds. Ten of the other 13 weight classes have wrestlers from the Tri-River Athletic Conference ranked first, including six wrestlers from Clovis. The three-time defending state champion Cougars are ranked No. 3 nationally by Intermat.

Frontier 195-pounder Josh Bailey is seeded No. 2, and five local wrestlers received No. 3 seeds: Frontier's Brock Welton (120 pounds) and Jared Snyder (heavyweight), Bakersfield's Sam Loera (160) and Travis Yarbrough (220) and Ridgeview's Jaccob Lopez (195).

The top eight finishers at the Yosemite meet joint the top four from the Sierra-Sequoia meet at Dinuba in next week's Central Section Masters at Madera South.

Wrestling starts at 9 a.m. Friday at East, with finals slated for 6 p.m. Saturday.

Coach needed at North

North High is seeking a baseball coach for its freshman team. If interested, contact athletic director Brian Huens at (661) 399-3351.

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