By CALIFORNIAN STAFF REPORTS
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.
Boys local matchups
First round Wednesday; all games 6:30 p.m. with lights/3 p.m. without lights
No. 1 Bakersfield and No. 4 Centennial, byes
No. 11 Clovis at No. 6 West
No. 1 G. Valley and No. 7 Frontier, byes
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
No. 1 Delano and No. 2 Mira Monte, byes
No. 12 Fresno-McLane at No. 5 Shafter
No. 11 Woodlake at No. 6 Arvin
No. 3 Chavez has a bye
No. 10 Kennedy at No. 7 Porterville-Granite Hills
No. 5 Bakersfield Christian, bye
Girls local matchups
First round Tuesday; all games 6:30 p.m. with lights/3 p.m. without lights
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
No. 1 Frontier and No. 3 Garces, byes
No. 1 Highland, No. 3 East and No. 5 Ridgeview, byes
No. 9 Independence at No. 8 Tehachapi
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
No. 5 Kennedy, bye
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.