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Porterville drops opener, race again Saturday

After an 11-month wait, Porterville High School cross country got their first taste of action Wednesday when they faced off with Tulare Western in both team’s East Yosemite League opener. 

Unfortunately for the Panthers, the Mustangs came away winners in both the boys’ and girls’ varsity races. Western’s boys won 25-33 and their girls, 15-50.

“I’m not sure,” PHS coach Jesus Salas said when asked about why his team struggled. “I didn’t really talk with the kids yet. Probably (because it’s) the first race back in 11 months. But Western was in the same boat and I don’t want to take anything from them. They had a great victory.”

Strathmore High School boys tennis lost 7-2 to Corcoran in their East Sequoia League home opener Wednesday.

Winning their matches in singles were Julio Beltran (8-5) and Cristian Angeles (8-5). Aden Ennis and Sal Campos had solid performances losing 8-6 in their single matches.

The Spartans next match is at home Friday against Woodlake.

Sweep Columbia 3-0 in CVC home-opener

Porterville College volleyball righted the ship Wednesday with a 3-0 sweep of Columbia in their Central Valley Conference home-opener for their first CVC win of the season.

The energy was high behind the team's 21-16, 21-16 and 25-21 respective set wins; a strong turnaround from last Friday's 3-0 (25-12, 25-17, 25-15) loss at the College of the Sequoias (8-3, 2-0 CVC).

“We played with a lot more energy,” PC head coach Pete Rasmussen said. “Now they're a small team and they're not going to compete with us even if we don't but we need to find a way to play with that energy against good teams. When we played COS, the first 10 points we were ahead of them. And then the energy just stopped and they ended up beating us 25-12. You can't let a good team have that kind of a roll. So we've been talking abou9-t the last couple days.”