Monache graduate Jojo Zorn saved her best for last as she finished her athletic career at Fresno Pacific.
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After years of hard work and dedication, Joshua Meneses is seeing his efforts come to fruition.
On Thursday, the Porterville High School senior was joined by family and coaches as he signed a letter of intent to run men’s cross country and track for Azusa Pacific University next season.
The Cougars are an NCAA Division II institution that competes in the PacWest Conference.
“I feel good,” Meneses said. “I feel relieved because I’ve put in a lot of work over the past couple of years, and it’s kind of paying off.”
Swim & dive, track & field state meets canceled too
The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) announced Wednesday that state championships for wrestling, swim and dive, and track and field are canceled.
“Due to the limited number of Sections in Northern California conducting championships, coupled with potential logistical/travel issues, the State CIF will not be hosting State Championships in swim & dive, track & field, and wrestling,” the CIF stated in a press release.
Along with the state’s decision, the Central Section also announced it would not have section championships either.
As a new season begins, the championship feeling from last season sheds its final layers for the Porterville High School boys cross country team.
The Panthers made history last year when they won the CIF Central Section Division IV Championship. It was the first championship in program history, and on Monday, they were given their letterman patches honoring their outstanding accomplishment.
“Nobody believed we could do this,” PHS head coach, Juan Jimenez, said to the team. “Nobody believed in us, except us. Until we started turning some heads, and we started bringing that team together. Bringing that Spirit of the Panther together and making that dream a reality.”
"I have this one AVID shirt that says, ‘Before the reality came the dream.' Before the reality came the dream. You gotta dream big guys," Jimenez said.
Some of his office is already packed up, but where Jim Crichlow sits at his desk, there’s no signs of the CIF Central Section Commissioner retiring anytime soon.
However at the end of the month, Crichlow is saying goodbye.
After 19 years as the head of the Central Section, the Porterville-native is ready to step aside and make the most of his time with his wife in Maui where they have a home.
“I really still enjoy it, I don’t mind coming to work at all,” Crichlow said. “...But I just think the age. Seventy-five and you never know how much longer you’re going to live so it’s time to get out and relax and enjoy some stuff.”
Crichlow took over as the section’s commissioner in 2001 after serving as Monache High School’s athletic director since 1991 and spending his final year as the Marauders’ athletic director and the section’s president-elect.
The girls Central Section Basketball Champions being honored on these commemorative cartons are (Open) Clovis West High School, (D1) Bakersfield High School, (D2) San Joaquin Memorial High School, (D3) Porterville High School, (D4) Caruthers High School and (D5) East Bakersfield High School.
Perseverance: Porterville senior became team's first state placer in six years
If there’s one thing Tyler Avila’s wrestling journey at Porterville High School can teach someone, it’s that no matter what happens, you never give up on your dreams.
Year after year Avila faced setbacks but never stopped pursuing his dream of one day standing on the podium at the CIF State Championships. This season he accomplished that.
In his final year with the Panthers, the 182-pounder won an East Yosemite League, Central Section Division II and Masters’ championship before becoming one of just two non-Div. I wrestlers from the Valley to place at state. He is The Recorder’s 2019-20 Orange Belt Boys Wrestler of the Year.
PUSD cancels through weekend, PC indefinitely
Porterville Unified School District was the first area school to announce the suspension of athletic events due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) early Thursday morning.
On the heels of Tulare County issuing an emergency declaration after an individual tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday evening, PUSD posted on Facebook, “All PUSD athletic events are cancelled for today, tomorrow, and Saturday (March 12, 13 and 14). Practices will continue as scheduled.”
Throughout the day, Central Section high schools and school districts announced the suspension of athletic events with all beginning immediately. Summit Charter Collegiate Academy did not announce any cancellations as of press time but Lindsay Unified School District released a statement that said, “No travel outside of Tulare County for athletics, field trips, and other competitive events, unless pre-approved” through April 3.