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Roundup: Clovis West after Bliss now

Clovis West still might lure a coach away from Merced High.

No, Rob Scheidt is still staying in orange and black.

However, Merced girls basketball coach John Bliss may be on the move.

Clovis West offered Bliss an assistant head coaching job on Friday afternoon.

Bliss would assist CW coach Craig Campbell, who has led his girls to two straight Central Section Division I championships.

"They want to take their program to the next step," Bliss said. "They've won section titles. They want to win state championships.

"You don't hear of schools -- especially on the girls side -- of hiring assistants that already have a head coaching position."

Bliss would be in line to take over the program if Campbell moved on to another job.

Bliss worked at Clovis West for three years and helped out the program for five years before coming to Merced High 12 years ago.

He's led Merced to three Central California Conference championships.

Bliss is the second Merced coach Clovis West has contacted.

Scheidt removed his name from consideration for CW's football coaching job two weeks ago.

Clovis West offered Bliss' wife, Shelly, a teaching job, too.

"We have a lot of things to consider," John said. "We told them we are not dissatisfied in any way, shape or form in Merced.

"We're not sure we're ready to pick up and leave Merced right now. We'll weigh our options this weekend."

GIRLS

SWIMMING

GOLDEN VALLEY 94

LOS BANOS 93

LOS BANOS -- Golden Valley cruised to a 400 free relay victory in the meet's last event to escape with a narrow win. Tessa Smith and Stacey Carter won two events apiece for GV.

MERCED 133

BUHACH COLONY 50

Katy Elam, Bailey McCabe and Becca Gallery each won two events as Merced notched its first win of the season.

BOYS

BASEBALL

CHOWCHILLA 13

KERMAN 0

CHOWCHILLA -- Tyler Cook struck out 10 in a complete-game shutout.

SWIMMING

MERCED 100

BUHACH COLONY 83

Matt Rabe and Ryan Randall bolstered Merced's victory, winning a total of six events -- four individual swims and two relays.

GOLDEN VALLEY 100

LOS BANOS 84

LOS BANOS -- Justin Carter won multiple events for Golden Valley.

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