Monache High School girls soccer defeated Tulare Union 3-2 at home in their East Yosemite League opener Friday evening.

The Marauders were the first on the board with a goal from freshman Alexa Baez before the Tribe got a goal of their own in before the end of the first half to level the match at 1-1.

In the second half, senior Mikayli Moore scored in the 17th minute on a free kick to take a lead but a few minutes later Tulare Union scored once again. Tied until the final minutes of the game, MHS junior Gabriela Vasquez scored the game-winning goal in the 38th minute.

MHS head coach Tino Rodriguez said he had to “hand it to the whole team” for the win. From the way the team played, talked and handled themselves in the physical game, Rodriguez was very pleased with his players.

“Total team effort,” he said. “To the starting players, to my substitutes. So proud of my team.”

Rodriguez noted that freshman goalkeeper Avah Gonzalez had to exit the game for a couple of minutes due to a bloody nose but junior Italia Haro stepped up for the team. Gonzalez later returned to the game in the second half.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Strahmore 69

Minarets 59

Strathmore boys basketball defeated Minarets 69-59 on the road in Friday’s game between the two CIF Central Section Division V teams.

William Reece led the Spartans with 21 points — 16 in the second quarter — and had five 3-pointers. Josue Topete finished with 13 points, Owen Patterson had eight and Moses Bower had six.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Strathmore 51

Granite Hills 48

Strathmore girls basketball survived some missed shots in the closing seconds to pull out a 51-48 victory over Granite Hills on the road in Thursday’s East Sequoia League game. 

The Spartans were lead by Kaija Ambriz with 15 points, nine rebounds, six steals and three assist. Teammate Jazmine Soto had 14 points, five rebs and five steals. Valeree Chapa chipped in nine points and three steals.

For the Grizzlies Yvette Felipe led the team with 14 points while Shealuhn Hunter and Valeria Galvez had 10 apiece. Marina Marin also contributed nine points.

The win improved the Spartans to 2-0 in ESL and 12-5 overall. The next game for the Spartans will be an away game on tonight at Morro Bay High School. Granite Hills (11-6, 2-1 ESL) travels to Sierra Pacific (10-4, 2-0 ESL) Wednesday, Jan. 9, for their next game.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Porterville 86

Reedley 64

Porterville College men’s basketball team opened the new year with an 86-64 win over Reedley on the road in Thursday’s Central Valley Conference opener.

DJ Wilson led the Pirates with 23 points, DaMorea Green put up 14 and Dominic King finished with 13.

“Great way to start off conference play going into a bye this weekend,” PC head coach Rob Haynes said. “Team is playing good ‘trust basketball’ right now. Hopefully we continue this style of play.”

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