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 →

Bullard gym gets massive makeover

Bullard has a first-class house to stage the Central Section’s best combination of boys and girls basketball teams.

A nearly $4 million renovation of the school’s north gym has been completed, and the community will celebrate there tonight with a reception at 6 o’clock and player introductions and 3-point contest matching the boys and girls at 7.

The project is part of the $199 million Measure K targeting athletic facility upgrades for Fresno Unified.

Bullard gym’s new features:

** Resurfaced court
** New foyer and front entrance, including two flatscreen TVs that will pipe in live footage of the games for parents and staff working outside the court.
** New coaches offices
** New locker rooms
** New varsity team room
** New storage facility
** New surrounding landscape
** New dance studio
** New bleachers
** Relocation of restrooms

Bullard athletic director Doug Finks says capacity is 1,500: “Not the biggest gym, but definitely the nicest.”