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The Rotary Club of Porterville presented four local high school seniors with $1,000 scholarships. From left, Arlina Gillett of the Rotary Club…

PHS’ Tim Vanni working to get wrestlers a season

State and Central Section championship meets are canceled, but that’s not stopping Tim Vanni from trying to get his wrestlers a match or even a short season. 

The Porterville High School head coach said the Panthers began practicing two weeks ago once they were cleared too, and have kept going despite likely being the only East Yosemite League team to field a team this season.

For Vanni, wrestling this season means giving the seniors some recognition and preparing the underclassmen for next season.

“We’ve got a couple of seniors that hopefully we can get at least one dual meet and have Senior Night at our place,” Vanni said. “Maybe, probably wrestle on the road a couple matches. That will help with the seniors getting some recognition...And it will help get those guys back in the saddle for next year that are coming back.”

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Harmony Magnet Academy senior Ariana Robles is among 30 high school seniors who have been named as 2021 Southern California Edison Scholars.


The game got canceled, but it didn’t stop Lindsay High School football from taking the field Friday night. 

On Thursday, Lindsay learned that their season opener against Farmersville would be canceled, and not rescheduled, due to COVID-19 related safety protocols on the Aztecs’ side. Rather than cancel all their plans for their long-awaited return to the field, the Cardinals held a Red vs. White intrasquad scrimmage for fans at Frank Skadan Stadium.

“We’ve been riding the same rollercoaster all year long with start and stop, start and stop. So we’re sort of used to it by now, to tell you the truth,” LHS head coach Casey Higginbotham said. “It was a little sad because you’re ready for the game and everything but (we) know it’s just one game. We’re still going forward and everything. When I talked to the kids about it, they were bummed off the start, then when I told them what we’re going to do tonight, with the red-white scrimmage, they just snapped in. They were ready to go again.”

A state panel evaluating who should be next in line to receive COVID-19 vaccines has recommended the next group of those who should be vaccina…


Neda Velasquez was all set to hang up her running shoes after high school and simply continue her education at California State University, Chico.

But as running became more of a passion and a part of her life, she decided to give it a collegiate try and reached out to one of her top college choices, the University of California, Merced, for an opportunity. Now the senior is committed to competing in cross country for the Bobcats — an NAIA program in the California Pacific Conference.

“With track season ending early I noticed that running became a part of my life, and as a runner with little experience I wanted to see my full potential,” Velasquez said. “So I decided to commit to UC Merced athletics since it's a growing program and I'm still finding my full potential in running.”

The Class of 2020 won't have that moment this year in which they walk across the stage to accept their diploma and then turn to their supporte…