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Offseason summer workouts started this week for Lindsay High School football but some of the directions coaches gave Wednesday morning sounded a little different.

“Five yards apart,” LHS offensive coordinator, Marcus Alonzo, called out to his group of players. “Make sure you’re staying in your cone.”

Like many teams across the state, the Cardinals have started their summer workouts by following the CIF’s Return to Physical Activity/Training and their district’s own guidelines.

By doing so, Lindsay keeps groups to 10 players or less and uses small cones to mark where everyone can stand. Players also keep their water bottles spread out around their group workouts so they can remain socially-distanced during their water breaks.

LHS head coach Casey Higginbotham said he, the coaches and the players all had Zoom meetings so they’d understand the new rules and what was expected of them. So far, everything is going well.


Ben Orozco is staying positive. 

The coordinator and founder of the Central Section Soccer All-Star Game is still hopeful that he’ll be able to get an all-star game off this summer despite COVID-19 delaying the return of sports all around the state.

Orozco announced Monday on Facebook that he is awaiting word on permission for field use from four different school districts. In its 11-year history, the All-Star Game has always been played at Lindsay High School but because of the virus, Orozco is keeping his options open.

For the games to have a real chance of being played, the state would need to at least be in stage three of its COVID-19 reopening plan but it's been in stage two since May 8.


PHS girls basketball receive rings for Valley title win

There was plenty of bling on display Saturday afternoon as the Porterville High School girls basketball team received their rings for this year's Valley championship win.

The No. 1 Panthers (31-3) dominated both the East Yosemite League and the CIF Central Section Division III, with their season accomplishments accumulating in a 65-39 Valley title win over No. 2 Arvin (28-5) at Fresno's Selland Arena in February.


Follow the leader: Forward led MHS in scoring and to playoffs

There’s always something to be said about the players who lead by example with their consistency and play rather than with their voice — players like Zoe Rios.

A captain and forward for Monache High School girls soccer, Rios, was usually the quietest player on the field but her skill spoke volumes especially when the ball was at her feet.

Rios led the Marauders (12-9-3, 4-6 EYL) in scoring and assists, and was the only area player — boy or girl — to score against two eventual CIF Central Section Champion teams. She is The Recorder’s 2019-20 Orange Belt Girls Soccer Player of the Year.

No. 1 GHHS falls 3-1 to No. 3 Dos Palos in Valley final

It took less than a minute for a fantastic season by Granite Hills High School boys soccer to reach its end.

In a span of three minutes, the top-seeded Grizzlies (19-5-2) went from being level at 1-1 with the third-seeded Broncs of Dos Palos (12-12), to trailing 3-1 in the final 15 minutes of the CIF Central Section Division VI championship.

Granite would attempt to get back the two goals but ultimately fell short of winning only the second Valley championship in school history.

When the final whistle blew, Grizzly players fell to their knees or stood grief stricken. Some clung to their family and friends while others just laid on the ground heartbroken.

A Monache vs. Porterville Alumni Basketball Fundraiser has been scheduled for March 28, at the Bill Sharman Red Brick Gym. Organizers are currently looking for players to play in one of three games offered: Men’s Under 30, Women’s and Men’s Over 30.

Game times will be 4:30 p.m., 6 and 7:30 p.m. respectively. 

Player fee is $25 which will cover their personalized jersey shirt with printed last name and number and game officials.

An event page has been set up on Facebook: “MHS PHS Alumni Basketball Game Fundraiser Event.” All monies raised by this event will go to both Monache and Porterville High School’s boys and girls basketball programs.

Interested players are asked to contact Heather Brown-Sandoval at (559) 361-4835 by March 6.


PC softball player signed NLI to play for the Div. II Lions

Kuea Angilau is going to Texas!

The Porterville College softball player signed her National Letter of Intent on Wednesday to play softball for Texas A&M University-Commerce. Angilau committed to the Lions in early December of last year and will play on a full-ride scholarship.

Back for the Pirates are their top three players Claire Nuno (Porterville High), Eileen Rooney (Tehachapi) and Raquel Calo (Monache), as well as Strathmore alums Annabelle Rivera and Zoe Vasquez. New to the team is Autumn True (Porterville), Reyna Leal (Monache), Marisa Rios (Corcoran) and Paola Villanueva (Porterville).

“The numbers are solid,” Nielsen said. “Nice additions with Autumn, the top three are back. Zoe’s playing better, Annabelle (too). Everybody’s improved. All the girls have some new shots they’ve been working on in the fall.”

PC brought tennis back after a 15-year hiatus last season and the team did well in their debut. They finished 7-7 overall and 6-5 in the Big 8 South Conference for fourth. Nuno also qualified for singles, and doubles with Rooney, in the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Tennis State Championships. She was also selected a PC Freshmen of the Year.