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BY ZACH EWING Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
A couple of Thursday night notes to pass along, with today's BVarsity Preview show posted below (you can catch the Preview Show live every week at 2 p.m. Thursday).
• On the injury front, both Independence running back Jalen Summerville and Frontier running back Nick Santoro are out tomorrow night, as Independence plays Mira Monte and Frontier takes on West. Summerville, who was taken off the field in an ambulance late in last week's game, was diagnosed with a minor concussion and should return next week, Falcons coach Sean McKeown said. Santoro sprained his knee and might be out longer, but Titans coach Rich Cornford said he'd be re-evaluated during Frontier's bye week next week.
• Clovis and Clovis North both overcame some hiccups to notch nice out-of-section wins up north tonight, with Clovis North beating Merced 29-10 and Clovis holding off Atwater, 30-22. The Broncos were down 10-0 to Merced late in the first half, but scored twice in the final 30 seconds (probably sounds familiar to Frontier), took a 14-10 lead into the break and never looked back. The Cougars had to hold off a late Atwater charge but recovered an onside kick and ran out the clock. The TRAC isn't as deep as the SWYL — CalPreps' computer rankings say the SWYL is the tougher league on average, but the big three of Central, Clovis North and Clovis are dynamite. And tonight showed their strength again.
• In other sports:
(1) Blake Haney is really, really good. Nuff said.
(2) The gauntlet of SWYL volleyball begins in two weeks, and Stockdale, Centennial and Frontier all seemed poise to make a run at the league title. Centennial beat Valencia-West Ranch on Thursday in a candidate for match of the year: 25-22, 27-25, 24-26, 26-24. The Golden Hawks won the final seven points of the match to complete a Game 4 comeback.
(3) Stockdale girls tennis is on its way to adding another SWYL title and looks like it's one of the favorites for the Division I section title, too. The Mustangs haven't lost a single individual match in five league matches, winning 9-0 each time. Ariana Tilbury is the Mustangs' No. 1 player, but the No. 2 player's name will turn some heads: It's Cara Kemp, daughter of former NBA All-Star Shawn Kemp. Cara, a 6-foot-3 senior, transferred from Palos Verdes Peninsula this year (she grew up in Bakersfield, and her mom is a Bakersfield High graduate). She does not, however, play basketball.
That's all I've got for you. Tune in tomorrow at 7 p.m. for live coverage of Garces at Stockdale, and then at 11 p.m. for BVarsity Live. The Preview Show replay is below.