Prep notes variety pack (football all-stars, section finals at Bulldog Stadium?, & hoops)

Clovis North coach Cory Hall reacts on the sideline during a game against Memorial at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Clovis Thursday, September 29, 2011. (CRAIG KOHLRUSS/THE FRESNO BEE)

A few thoughts as January turns to February on a spectacular 65-degree Friday:

** Bee football All-Stars that were published Friday:

– Yes, Clovis North’s Cory Hall was supposed to be listed among the Coach of the Year finalists (he’s been added to the online story). He was actually a close runner-up to Mendota’s Beto Mejia. Quite impressive that both have won Central Section division titles in their first two seasons as prep head coaches.

– I also gave Clovis North’s Isaiah Duran long, serious consideration for Player of the Year before going with teammate and quarterback Christian Rossi. Duran flat got it done as a lineman on both sides of the ball.

** Housing all six section football finals over two days at Bulldog Stadium is gaining traction. The concept is the same in what has been an enormous success in basketball for eight years at Selland Arena. What’s making the football gig possible is Fresno State offering a huge discount rate. This will come down to Kern County schools accepting the idea, giving up potential home-field advantages — ala, Bakersfield at legendary Griffith Field.  Keep in mind: The section’s CIF office has returned thousands of dollars to its schools as a result of the basketball financial windfall at Selland. Read more →

Application process closes for Reedley football; Mendota’s Mejia in the mix

The application process closed Friday for the football coaching vacancy at Reedley High, where Myles Bacon resigned a couple weeks ago.

Dan Ascanio, the North Yosemite League school’s athletic director, says candidates will be interviewed next week, with the hiring announced a week later.

An intriguing consideration: Beto Mejia of Mendota, who confirmed he’s been contacted by Reedley’s administration.

Mejia is an ideal fit for the Pirates, but this promises to be a difficult call for him, should he be offered the job. Mejia has gone 21-3 with two Central Section Division VI titles in his only two years with the Aztecs after going 29-1 with their junior varsity.

And he’ll be loaded next season with an experienced, accomplished cast, featuring two-time Bee All-Star running back Edgar Segura. He’s primed for a 3,000-yard, 50-TD season, Mejia says, and just last week participated in the U.S. Army Combine with 500 of the nation’s top juniors in San Antonio, Texas.

Bacon, a Reedley graduate, went 11-20 in three seasons, including a 2-8 mark last year. He was not forced out, Ascanio said, adding that Bacon will remain at the school as a teacher.