Two local players from West Hills College Coalinga, as well as three from Porterville College, were named to the All-Central Valley Conference volleyball team Wednesday.

West Hills’ freshman Andrea Lopez, a Monache High School graduate, was a first-team selection with a team-high 308 kills and was ranked third in the CVC with 3.80 kills per set. The outside hitter was also one of only four CVC players to register more than 300 kills and 200 digs (243). 

As a senior at Monache, Lopez was selected The Recorder’s 2017 All-Orange Belt Volleyball Player of the Year and had an area-high 413 kills her final season.

Former Porterville High setter, Taylor Ramos, was an honorable mention for West Hills Coalinga (10-13, 8-10 CVC). In overall play, Ramos finished 10th in the CVC with 399 assists and was also in a three-way tie for 10th-most aces (37). In conference play, Ramos finished ninth with 304 assists, putting her two assists behind teammate and former Strathmore High star setter, freshman Isabella Galang, who had 306 assists.

From Porterville College (4-19, 2-16 CVC), sophomores Madysen Clower and Emily Baeza, and freshman Juliet Garcia, were all honorable mentions. All three were outside hitters, while both Clower and Garcia were also listed as middle blockers.

Garcia led the team in overall play with 162 kills while Clower followed with 146 and Baeza had 117 to round out the Pirates top three spots. Baeza also finished second on the team in digs (118) and aces (31).


Granite Hills 48

Corcoran 36

Granite Hills wrestling won an important East Sequoia League dual against Corcoran, 48-36, at Sierra Pacific High School Thursday. 

Valente Garcia (138 pounds), Steven Jacuinde (160), Shane Christie (170), Tommy Martinez (180), Arturo Mendoza (190), Johan Cervantes (220) and Vincent Velasquez (heavyweight) all won their matches by pin for the Grizzlies.

According to GHHS head coach, David Bartlett, it was a dual that essentially decided the ESL champion.

“They were extremely tough and did not want to give up their reign on the title,” Bartlett said. “They’re a major factor in Division II. But guess what? We’re better. We knew who we are for a long time and no one believed except us. That’s what makes it exciting. These kids have something now.”


Lindsay 3 

Farmersville 0 

Lindsay girls soccer shut out Farmersville 3-0 in Thursday’s East Sequoia League game at home.

Jimena Magaña, Karyssa Perez, and Evelyn Martinez all scored for the Cardinals.

Monache 8

Delano 0

Monache girls soccer defeated Delano 8-0 in Thursday’s East Yosemite League game at home.

For the Marauders, Rachel Clement, Zoe Rios and Jiselle Batres scored two goals apiece while Gabriela Vasquez and Adriana Martinez each scored one. 

Monache’s junior varsity team won 3-0 with Nina Serrato scoring three goals for a hat trick.

Spartans drop two

Strathmore girls soccer lost both their East Sequoia League games this week. On Tuesday, the team lost 5-2 to Farmersville with Bella Baez scoring both of the Spartans goals. Then on Thursday, the team lost 4-0 to Sierra Pacific.

“We seem like we play well through out the game and then we have spurts where our youth and inexperience shows up and we give up easy goals,” SHS head coach Hector Gonzalez said. “The bright side of our team is that we are still fighting in the games to the end and the team is still learning how to play the game.”


Woodlake 2

Granite Hills 1

Granite Hills boys soccer fell 2-1 to Woodlake in Thursday’s East Sequoia League game at Jacob Rankin Stadium.

Ricardo Herrera scored the Grizzlies lone goal.

Farmersville 4

Lindsay 3

Lindsay boys soccer fell 4-3 in overtime to Farmersville in Thursday’s East Sequoia League game on the road.

Angel Camargo scored two goals for the Cardinals and Moises Betancourt scored one.

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