Clovis North High’s Daly Meinert is showing he may be every bit as difficult to beat in the Central Section individual tennis tournament as he was in his rookie season a year ago.
Meinert, the champ in an all-freshman final over East Bakersfield’s Kaleb Johnson in 2014, dropped only four games while sweeping past a pair of opponents at the North Area tournament over the weekend to grab one of four automatic qualifying spots for the section championships — scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Clovis West.
Seedings held mostly to form in the North, with No. 1 Meinert, second-seeded Viran Batth of Bullard, No. 3 Jacob Vander Beek of Clovis West and No. 5 Chandler Hosepian of Bullard all qualifying.
In addition to the top four from each of the three area tournaments, four wild-cards will be chosen from among third-round area losers when the section championship bracket is set at Monday's individual seeding meeting.
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The Central Area will send No. 1 Bailey Gong of Central Valley Christian and No. 2 Aaron Reimer of Immanuel as automatic qualifiers, but the others are unseeded Adam Miller of Redwood and No. 5 Stewart Bryan of Golden West.
In the South, the top three, including Johnson, qualified, as did Stockdale’s fifth-seeded Matt Haley.
In doubles, Bullard’s defending section champion tandem of Lincoln Hoppe and Nick Jaramishian led the march of the top four North Area seeds into qualifying spots. All but one of the top four seeded pairs in both the Central and North tournaments also earned automatic bids.
Swimming: Sweep for Clovis West
Upon further review, Clovis West again reigns supreme in Tri-River Athletic Conference swimming and diving.
The Golden Eagles boys outlasted Clovis 519-503 as junior Matt Elkington won the 100 fly (51.36 seconds) and 100 backstroke (52.96) while also swimming a leg on the winning 200 medley relay in Saturday’s finals. Team results submitted that day had not factored in the diving portion of the TRAC meet and thus incorrectly credited the Cougars with the boys title in Sunday’s editions of The Bee.
Seth Nabors, also a junior, led Clovis with wins in the 50 and 100 free and 200 and 400 free relays.
On the girls side, freshman Caitlyn Snyder won the 100 back and 100 fly while sophomore Skylar Elkington won the 50 and 100 free to help Clovis West total 517 points. Clovis was second with 451.
Next is the section Division I meet on Friday and Saturday at Bakersfield JC. Clovis West is hosting the first CIF State Swimming and Diving Championships May 22-23.