Saturday, Feb 09 2013 11:15 PM

Six local high schools earn No. 1 seeds in soccer playoffs


The road to Central Section boys soccer championships comes through Kern County in three different playoff divisions, including the top two.

Southwest Yosemite League champion Bakersfield High drew the top seed in Division I, ahead of No. 2 Fresno-Central, No. 3 Madera and No. 4 Centennial.

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Boys local matchups

First round Wednesday; all games 6:30 p.m. with lights/3 p.m. without lights

Division I

No. 1 Bakersfield and No. 4 Centennial, byes

No. 11 Clovis at No. 6 West

Division II

No. 1 G. Valley and No. 7 Frontier, byes

Division III

No. 16 Garces at No. 1 Selma

No. 14 Fresno at No. 3 Highland

No. 13 Ridgeview at No. 4 Wasco

No. 12 North at No. 5 South

No. 10 Independence at No. 7 Tehachapi

No. 9 Visalia-Mt. Whitney at No. 8 Foothill

Division IV

No. 1 Delano and No. 2 Mira Monte, byes

No. 12 Fresno-McLane at No. 5 Shafter

No. 11 Woodlake at No. 6 Arvin

Division V

No. 3 Chavez has a bye

No. 10 Kennedy at No. 7 Porterville-Granite Hills

Division VI

No. 5 Bakersfield Christian, bye

Girls local matchups

First round Tuesday; all games 6:30 p.m. with lights/3 p.m. without lights

Division I

No. 4 Stockdale, bye

No. 12 Bakersfield at No. 5 Clovis

No. 11 Clovis West at No. 6 Liberty

No. 9 Centennial at No. 8 Clovis North

Division II

No. 1 Frontier and No. 3 Garces, byes

Division III

No. 1 Highland, No. 3 East and No. 5 Ridgeview, byes

No. 9 Independence at No. 8 Tehachapi

Division IV

No. 14 Fresno at No. 3 Bakersfield Chr.

No. 12 Mira Monte at No. 5 Wasco

No. 11 Exeter at No. 6 South

No. 9 Taft at No. 8 Foothill

Division V

No. 5 Kennedy, bye

Division VI

No. 1 McFarland, bye

One of the few section teams BHS lost to during the regular season was South Yosemite League champion Golden Valley, which is the top seed in Division II.

The Bulldogs -- who have won their league championship each year since the school opened in 2003, according to athletic director Tom Haskell -- will be challenged by No. 2 Porterville-Monache, No. 3 Visalia-Golden West and No. 4 Fresno-Sunnyside. Frontier, which finished second in the SWYL, is seeded No. 7.

On the girls side, SWYL champion Frontier is the top seed in Division II. The Titans are the defending D-II champions and seek the third section title in six years of program history. Garces is seeded third in D-II.

Stockdale's girls are seeded No. 4 in Division I, behind Central, Fresno-Bullard and Clovis-Buchanan. Liberty, which led the SWYL for much of the season, is seeded No. 6.

Highland's girls are two-time defending champions in Division III and are seeded No. 1. The Scots boys also won the Southeast Yosemite League and are seeded third in D-III behind Selma and Fresno-Roosevelt.

Delano is the No. 1 seed and Mira Monte the No. 2 in boys Division IV; South Sequoia League champion Bakersfield Christian is No. 3 in the girls D-IV bracket.

McFarland's girls are the top seed in Division VI.

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