The 2017-18 high school year kicks off in earnest this week, highlighted by football season-openers.
There’s one Central Section football game Thursday night (Dinuba at Mission Oak) followed by 50 Friday and one Saturday.
All six defending section football champions are in action Friday, including Edison at Division 1 champion Bakersfield, Fresno at D-II winner Sanger, Garces at Bakersfield Christian (D-III), Kerman at Selma (D-IV), Orestimba-Newman at Mendota (D-V) and Strathmore (D-VI) at Farmersville.
Other opening-night highlights are Bullard at Central, Sunnyside at Clovis North (at Veterans Memorial Stadium on the Buchanan campus) – the only opener in Clovis with the district’s other four schools all on the road.
Most games start at 7:30 p.m. The football regular season is 10 games plus a bye week. Playoffs begin Nov. 10.
Other early-season highlights include the Clovis Volleyball Challenge Sept. 1-2 and the Clovis Invitational cross country meet at Woodward Park Oct. 7. The 31st state cross country meet, all at Woodward Park, is Nov. 25.
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