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Local sports roundup: Another record for Morris
Another meet, another school record for Porterville High’s Matlyn Morris.
Morris broke the school record in the 100-yard freestyle, winning the event in 54.87 seconds for the Porterville High girls swim team on Thursday in a meet against Mt. Whitney at PHS. Porterville’s girls beat Whitney 122-47 while the PHS boys defeated Whitney 122-59.
The record now gives Morris six school records already in four meets this season. Morris won four events for PHS as she also won the 200 free in an impressive 2:00.65. She, Mikayla Scheer, Marnie Kavern and Mikayla Balangue also came close to breaking their own school record in the 200 medley relay they set on Saturday at the Monache Invitational. They won in 1:57.95, falling just shy of their mark of 1:57.68.
Morris finished by swimming an impressive 56.99 anchor leg the 400 free relay as she, Kavern, Balangue and Milynn Scheer combined to win in 4:02.90. Balangue also won the 500 free in an impressive 5:59.22.
In the 200 individual medley, Balangue won in 2:28.00, edging Kavern, who qualified for Valley last year. Kavern, who has been battling an illness, too second in 2:28.14. Anna Moore, Kasara Serr, Jessica Guerrero and Milynn Scheer also won the 200 free relay for PHS in 1:59.54, Moore in the 100 breaststroke in 1:17.72 and Kavern won the 100 butterfly in 1:08.49.
In the boys meet, Kyle Grissom had another outstanding meet for PHS, winning the 500 free in an excellent time of 5:00.83. Just minutes later, Grissom almost pulled out the 200 free relay for PHS when he swam a 22.22 anchor leg. Logan Deurloo, Steffin Guerrero and Greg Haas were edged by the Pioneers, finishing in 1:38.21 to Whitney’s 1:38.12.
Other winners for PHS were Guerrero, Eric Hanna, Grissom and Haas in the 200 medley relay; Deurloo in the 200 free; Caleb Rummel in the 100 fly; Pete Sanchez in diving with a score of 185.53; Dylan Balangue in the 100 breaststroke in 1:09.93; Victor Sierra in the 100 backstroke in 1:07.39; and Guerrero, Deurloo, Hill and Grissom in the 400 free relay in 3:42.63.
GRANITE 9, SIERRA PACIFIC 0
Granite Hills was expected a tough match, but rolled to its third straight 9-0 win in the East Sequoia League to improve to 3-0 in the ESL. Granite now has six 9-0 wins on the season.
“Nobody wants to lose the first league match,” Granite Hills coach Randy Smee said.
In singles for Granite, Milton Ramirez won 8-7 (7-3), Luiciano Moreno won 8-1, Victor Yanez won 8-2, Winston Thao won 8-2, Justin Thao won 8-5 and German Chavez won 8-3. In doubles for the Grizzlies, Ramirez and Yanez won 8-4, Moreno and Winston Thao won 8-0 and Juan Jaimez and Danny Madrigal won 8-1.
STRATHMORE 8, ORANGE COVE 1
Strathmore (5-2, 2-1) concluded a huge week with its third win after beating Tulare Union 5-4 and ESL rival Corcoran 6-3 earlier in the week. In singles, Sakthi Seralathan, Andrew Pearson, Derek Lublin, Oscar Arroyo, Sergio Hernandez and Colin Ferrell all won for SHS. In doubles, Amar Ilyas and Eddie Quezada and Sam Sprague and Lenard Massey won for Strathmore.
LINDSAY 5, CORCORAN 4
Lindsay pulled out the win thanks to David Soltero and Jose Magana winning 8-7 (7-2) in doubles for the Cardinals. In singles for Lindsay, Angel Rusiles won 8-6, Luis Vallejo won 8-5, Jaime Frias won 8-5 and Arturo Corono won 8-1. Tony Mendez and Nick Buckridge played well in a 6-8 loss in doubles for Lindsay.
MONACHE 235, MISSION OAK 255
Despite struggling with its putting, Monache improved to 2-0 in the East Yosemite League at River Island. “I’m going to call (River Island general manager) Terry Treece and ask if there are actually holes in those greens because we weren’t finding some of those holes,” said Monache coach Chris Likewise jokingly. “We didn’t play exceptionally well. We had a real hard time putting.”
Austin Margosian shot a 43, Brandon Swearingen fired a 44, T.J. Nichols had a 48 and Colton Phillips and Austin Badders each added a 50 for Monache.
Likewise said he still believes Margosian and Swearingen are capable of lowering their scores to the 30s and the rest of the team can shoot 45 or better. “We’re not that far off,” he said.
WESTERN 238, PHS 246
Porterville fell to 1-1 in the EYL with the loss to Tulare Western in Tulare. “I’m a little disappointed in our scores and how we played,” Porterville coach David Herrera said. “It’s tough to figure out.”
Billy McGinn shot a 43, Chad Branch fired a 46, Bronson Duke had a 48, Daniel Minter had a 53, Kyle Krumsick had a 56 and Ty Longoria added a 57 for PHS.
DELANO 238, GRANITE HILLS 346
Adrian Orosco continued his impressive play for Granite as he shot a 40 at Porterville Municipal Golf Course on Wednesday. Orosco, a freshman, birdied the fourth hole and shot pars on the sixth and seventh holes during his round. Granite Hills coach Shelly Lozano said Orosco “looks to be a top league and Valley golfer to keep an eye on.”
All of Granite’s players shouled iimprovement as Ashton Lambert shot a 66, Esteban Lopez lowered his score of 74 from last week to 66, Raul Moreno shot a 61, Jose Martinez lowered his score of 77 from last week to a 56 and Ismael Ruiz fired a 57.
“These guys have great attitudes and seem to enjoy the game,” Lozano said. “They are improving each day out on the course.”