League play for all: It will be league play in the Central Section tonight, except for four games. And, for some teams, it will launch their final runs before shifting leagues next year.
Moving will be Memorial and Sunnyside from the North Yosemite League to County/Metro Athletic Conference; Hoover and Reedley from the CMAC to the NYL; Clovis North from the CMAC to the Tri-River Athletic Conference; and Madera from the TRAC to the CMAC.
Midseason Oscars: Player of the Year - Kingsburg QB Tyler Bray (1,273 yards, 62.2%, 18 TD, 2 ints., for a 5-0 team that's No. 1 in the section's D-IV and No. 13 overall); Coach of the Year - Lindsay's Robert Hurtado (5-1 and top-ranked in D-V in his first permanent season after 3-8 in 2008); Team of the Year - Buchanan (5-0, top-ranked in the section, No. 24 in the state and consecutive wins over No. 9 Bakersfield, No. 6 Edison and No. 7 Memorial).
PLAYER IN THE SPOTLIGHT
GAMES IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Central (3-2) at Clovis West (2-3): Edison beat Central 25-17 a month ago by controlling the ball and tempo. The Golden Eagles will attempt to do the same, with Braden Seibert likely carrying the load. And check out the new arrival - sophomore running back Sean Morris, promoted from junior varsity.
Edison (3-2) at Reedley (5-0): Similar to Clovis North and Bullard, this no doubt is much sexier by records alone than the outcome will prove. Wonderful turnaround for Reedley a year after it went 3-7, but the Pirates are taking a major step up in class tonight.
Buchanan (5-0) at Madera (4-1): Just like the two above, records here deceive the matchup. But the Coyotes should be howling in two years with a solid senior class.
Sierra (4-1, 0-1) at Washington (3-2, 1-0): Fulfilling a preseason prophecy - "No one thinks we have anything, so we're going to sneak up on people" - Sierra interim coach Rob Hastie has been magical a year after the Chieftains went 2-8. But now for another trick: Make Panthers quarterback Adam McCurley disappear. The senior has completed 61.3% of his passes while throwing for 1,342 yards and 14 touchdowns, with only four interceptions.
Dos Palos (3-2, 2-0) at Kerman (4-1, 1-1): Good idea for the Lions to jump off that cloud and float down to earth following their upset of Chowchilla because Dos Palos is showing flashes of old behind junior running back/linebacker Kevin Schofield.
Kingsburg (5-0, 2-0) at Dinuba (4-1, 1-1): Only the Emperors appear threatening to Kingsburg in a down Central Sequoia League. No other teams in the conference have winning overall records.
Follow us: Keep up with the action tonight at fresnobeehive.com/sportsbuzz and on Twitter @scoopysports. Coverage will be provided by Andy Boogaard (Central at Clovis West) and Nick Giannandrea (Kingsburg at Dinuba).
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