CVC’s De Groot named girls soccer coach of the year by California Coaches Association

Jacob De Groot has gone 159-30-7 with four Central Section titles in seven seasons as Central Valley Christian’s girls soccer coach.

Central Valley Christian’s Jacob De Groot has been named the Coach of the Year for girls soccer by the California Coaches Association.

De Groot will be recognized for lifetime achievement during the CCA’s 56th annual Hall of Fame/Coach of the Year Awards Night, scheduled for June 15 at Fresno’s Radisson Hotel and Conference Center.

De Groot is 159-30-7 with seven league and four Central Section titles in his seven seasons as the Cavaliers’ coach.

The CCA will also honor Central Section historian Bob Barnett with its Ed Strelow Award media award.

Dinner tickets are $45. Cocktail hour starts at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 and the awards program at 8.

Details: Rob Grailou (650) 341-2484.

Central Section’s Area boys tennis tournament set seeds

Bullard High’s Viran Batth and the Clovis West team of Patrick Huls and Michael Sasso were giving the No. 1 seeds in singles and doubles, respectively, for the North Area individual boys tennis tournament.

The event, set for Friday and Saturday at Buchanan, is one of three area tournaments that will advance four automatic qualifiers in both singles and doubles to the Central Section Individual Championships. Each area tournament will also produce four singles and doubles wild cards, with four of those 12 total wild cards being selected for the 16-player/team fields for the section championships, scheduled for May 17-18 at Wasco.

The top eight singles seeds — including No. 2 Allen Wang of Buchanan, No. 3 Zain Amro of Buchanan, No. 4 Alex Tecescu of Clovis North, No. 5 Jayke Ancheta of Clovis West, No. 6 Lincoln Hoppe of Bullard, No. 7 Dhillon Chongtoua and No. 8 Gaston Villanueva of Liberty-Madera Ranchos — all have first-round byes.

Doubles seeds No. 2 Andy Vang-Omar Hernandez of Clovis East, No. 3 Ben Liang-Josh Comes of Buchanan, No. 4 Alex Corgiat-Teddy Apler of Bullard, No. 5 Pao Vang-Brian Chongtoua of Clovis East, No. 6 Weston Shipstead- Alex Julian of Bullard, No. 7 Jarrett Tajima-Daniel Garcia of Central and No. 8 Parker Ellis-Willis Pesl of Clovis also have opening-round byes.

Action starts at 2 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday.

In the Central Area, Central Valley Christian’s Andrew Gong and Monache’s Rocky Phaphol and Matt Ecobiza were given the top singles and doubles seeds for a tournament scheduled for Friday and Saturday in Visalia. Doubles matches are at Redwood on Friday and Golden West on Saturday. Singles matches both days are at Golden West. Action starts at 2 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday.

Other singles seeds include No. 2 Bailey Gong of CVC, No. 3 Evan Morritse of Redwood, No. 4 Raymond Lee of Hanford West, No. 5 Juan Carlos Silva of Golden West, No. 6 Sam Orozco of Monache, No. 7 Giacoma Catalina of Porterville and No. 8 Chris Popa of Sanger.

The other doubles seeds are: No. 2 Patrick Smith-Edsel Antunez of Selma, No. 3 Connor Bennett-Robert Cardenas of Sanger, No. 4 Jared Lavinder-Spencer Jones of Mt. Whitney, No. 5 Jason Alonzo-David Ivancovich of Monache, No. 6 Ryan Leasure-Robert Yang of Hanford West, No. 7 Winston Thao-Luciano Moreno of Granite Hills and No. 8 Andres Villarreal-Cooper Short of Sanger.

Central Section announces winter’s top teams academically

The Central Section announced its Winter Lexus Academic Team Champions on Monday, with the top collective team grade-point averages belonging to Lemoore in wrestling (3.47), Kingsburg in girls basketball (3.67), Central Valley Christian in boys basketball (3.55), Memorial is girls soccer (3.67) and Immanuel in boys soccer (3.53).

Mission Oak, Mt. Whitney, Redwood and Sierra were the only schools in all the Central Section to have all five winter sports teams sporting collective GPAs of 3.0 or better.

The most academically successful winter sport is girls basketball, where Kingsburg, Memorial, Coalinga, Granite Hills and Dinuba all sport team GPAs of 3.6 or higher, and 28 schools have at least a collective 3.1.