Monache High School boys tennis swept Mission Oak 9-0 in Monday’s East Yosemite League match on the road.

In singles, No. 1 Sage Martinez won 6-1, 6-0; No. 2 Josue Orozco 7-6, 6-2; No. 3 Jake Buckley 6-1, 6-1; No. 4 Johnny Hu 6-1, 6-0; No. 5 Angel Chavez 6-0, 6-1; and No. 6 Nick Nuno 6-2, 6-0.

The Marauders took all three doubles matches with No. 1 Orozco and Buckley winning 8-2, No. 2 Hu and Nuno winning 8-2, and No. 3 Gabriel Burns and Mikey Cha winning 8-4.

Monache also defeated Tulare Union 8-1 last Wednesday.

Porterville 7

T. Western 2

Porterville High School boys tennis completed the season sweep of Tulare Western with a 7-2 win at home in Monday’s East Yosemite League match. 

In singles, No. 3 Joseph Catalina won 6-0, 6-0; No. 4 Roman Ayon 6-1, 6-3; No. 5 Derek Perez 6-0, 6-0 and No. 6 Landon Sharp 6-1, 6-4. 

The Panthers swept the doubles with No. 1 Catalina and Juan Cerros winning 8-6, No. 2 Ayon and Adrian Remigio 8-1 and No. 3 Nate Prieto and Oscar Pacheco. 


Ruiz is fastest in city

Five athletes from Monache High School qualified for the prestigious West Coast Relays held Saturday at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium in Clovis. Athletes from all over the state converged at the Buchanan High School Olympic “Mondo” track, imported from Italy.

This meet has three levels: Open, Seeded and Invitational. 

Marilou Ruiz was the highest finisher, narrowly missing a bronze medal in the 1,600 meter run by .2 seconds in the last 20 yards. 

“She stayed on with the pursuit pack as a group of three broke away at under 75 seconds per lap,” MHS head coach Seth Ishida said. “She did not panic and got very aggressive on the third lap and moved to fourth place. She continued to surge the last lap and caught the third place runner on the last curve, but lost the lead in the final straight away.”

Ruiz finished with a time of 5:06.51, breaking the previous school record of 5:06.67 set by JoJo Zorn in 2014, and now holds the fastest 1,600/mile time for a female runner in the history of Porterville Unified School District. 

The time ranks Ruiz sixth in the Central Section. The top three runners from the Central Section Championship meet qualify for the CIF State meet. There are three girls already under five minutes, so that is the goal right now, Ishida said.  

Ruiz ran the 800 later in the day and placed 15th with a 2:21.17.  

“She was stuck in a pack and had trouble getting out,” Ishida said. “I think she lost a little focus and could not recover. She was a little disappointed after the race and felt like she had more to give.

“Nevertheless, the time ranks 12th in the Central Section right now with 2:15 being the goal that can get her to the State meet,” Ishida said.  This is a pleasant surprise because I though her 800 has been better than her 1600.”  

Ivan Mendez was 16th in the boys 1,600 with a 4:27.67. On this Ishida said, “He shut down the race early, because he felt some injury related pain in his knee and decided to play it safe. It was about 10 seconds off his PR. He led the first half of the race because they ran a tactical slow pace to try sprinting, kicking, at the end. We need to come back and fight another day.”  Aislin Taylor had a personal record in the girls Seeded 1,600 race, placing 15th with a 5:24.20. Aryanna Guzman is a newcomer to big meets and got her feet wet running a 12:18.39 for 18th place in the girls Seeded 3,200.

Isaiah Sotelo was eighth in the boys Seeded 800 with a 2:02.27. 

“He surged to second place after running the first lap in 58 seconds,” Ishida said. “He started to struggle with 200 meters left and fell of the sub 2:00 pace he was trying to hit.”  


Cosumnes River 5

Porterville 4

Porterville College women’s tennis team lost 5-4 to Cosumnes River in Saturday’s Big 8 South conference match at home.

The teams were tied 4-all after all but one match was over. In the No. 2 singles match, Viviana Meza came back from a 6-4 loss to win her second set 6-2.

“Meza was down 4-1 in the third set, came back to 5-5, 40-0,” PC head coach Kurt Nielsen said. “Couldn’t convert and loss the third set tie-breaker.”

Porterville started the match with two wins in doubles thanks to Meza and Claire Nuno winning the No. 1 match 8-1 and Raquel Calo and Vanessa Chavez winning the No. 2 match 8-2.

In singles, No. 1 Nuno won 6-3, 6-2 and No. 4 Chavez won 6-0, 6-0.

The Pirates finish the regular season in fourth place with a 6-6 conference record. They compete next in the three-day Big 8 Conference Championship tournament, beginning Thursday, at Modesto Junior College.


PC on 4-game win streak

Porterville College pitchers Alexis Rodriguez and Ashley Eyraud combined to allow just one earned run over a pair of games, and the Pirates’ offense totaled 24 hits, in a doubleheader sweep at Victor Valley College in Victorville on Friday. PC took game one by a score of 11-2 in five innings and was a 9-3 winner in the second game.

The non-conference victories improved the Pirates to 17-11 overall.

Rodriguez allowed two unearned runs and two hits in PC’s five-inning win in the opening game. She struck out four and walked one.

Kassy Cervantes got the Pirates started, smashing a solo home run in the top of the second. From that point, it was all PC. They scored three runs in the third, two in the fourth, and blew the game open with a five-run, fifth-inning.

Annisa Gomez had a big game at the plate for Porterville, going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and four RBIs. Gomez has been on fire for the Pirates as of late, hitting 11-for-20 over her last five games with 9 RBI.

Raquel Gonzalez (2-for-4, 2 R) and Eyraud (1-for-3, 2 R) both drove in two runs each the opener.

It was more of the same in game two. The Pirates jumped on Victor Valley pitcher, Ashley Blanco, for a run in the top of the first and put together another five-run outburst in the second to go ahead 6-0.

VVC got two runs in the third, but the Pirates closed out the game scoring twice in the fourth and pushing across a final run in the fifth.

After going hitless in the opener, Kuea Angilau drove in two runs, going 2-for-3. Ashley Rojo also went 2-for-3 with two 2 RBIs.

Gomez (2-for-5) and Cervantes (2-for-4, 1 RBI) had two hits each while Auzia Mosley (1-for-3), Eyraud (1-for-4), and Alexis LaFarga (1-for-3) all drove in a run.

Eyraud was excellent in the circle for the Pirates. She earned the win with the complete game, allowing one earned run and seven hits. Eyraud struck out four and walked none.

The Pirates will look to extend their four-game winning streak when they when they host Taft College today in a Central Valley Conference doubleheader. Game 1 is set for 1 p.m.

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