Porterville and Monache High School girls golf are in a three-way tie for second place in the East Yosemite League with Tulare Western after an 18-hole mini tournament Wednesday at Tulare Golf Course.

Mission Oak won the tournament with a score of 511 while Western shot 540, Monache 586 and Porterville 587.

For the Marauders, Adriana Castro and Kere Martinez both shot 109, Alondra Garcia 128, Paola Lopez 121, Sierra Galapon 119 and Lilly Cisneros 128.

“Today was a very long round of golf for the girls and it showed in the back nine scores,” MHS head coach Jake Winter said. “However, I couldn’t be happier with the way they played today. You can see the confidence starting to show in both their golf swing and decision making. Four girls were in the 50s on the front nine and that lead to our best nine hole score of the year at 283.

“This was the first 18-hole round ever for Adriana, Paola, Sierra and Lily,” Winter said. “To shoot 109, 121, 119 and 128 is pretty awesome. All of the girls on the team have been pushing each other to get better this year, including those that didn’t play today. The seniors have really helped the freshmen and sophomores to improve by challenging them. I’ve been waiting for Sierra, a freshman, and Lily, a sophomore, to play with confidence and break through, and today they did.”

On finishing in front of Porterville, Winter said, “Even though it was only by one stroke, it felt good to edge out Porterville. They beat us pretty good in the dual match. We knew they wouldn’t come up to us, it was nice to beat them at their level and shoot below 600.”

For Porterville, Angela Eugene shot 110, Aunika Marquez 114, Gemma Gasco 116, Uniese Carrilo 125, Catherine Entenman 122 and Jasmine Garay 139.

“We shot 587 which was great for us,” PHS head coach David Herrera said. “We averaged under 300 for each side. …. Four of our six girls broke 60 today which is great for us. We continue to improve our scores every week which I am proud of. These girls are working very hard and the lowering of the scores shows all of their dedication. Even though we dropped our score we finished behind Mission Oak, Western and Monache. Therefore there is a three-way tie for second with Western, Monache and us. The team is looking forward to playing the next mini at River Island where we feel that we have an advantage over the Tulare schools.”

CROSS COUNTRY

PHS split TWHS series

Porterville High School boys cross country defeated Tulare Western 16-42 in Wednesday's East Yosemite League opening dual at Porterville Sports Complex.

The Panthers swept the top four spots with Jorge Sanchez placing first in 16 minutes, 41 seconds, Joshua Jimenez (17:40) second, Ethan Rangel (17:58) third and Joshua Menses (18:08) in fourth. Rounding out the top 10 was Misael Lopez (18:08.79) in sixth and Luis Ortiz (18:19) in eighth.

The girls team lost 19-40 but had three runners finish top 10: Joslin Jimenez (22:23, 4th), Marisol Hernandez (22:42, 6th) and Lynlee Davis (22:53, 7th).

GIRLS TENNIS

Mission Oak 7

Monache 2

Monache High School girls tennis lost 7-2 to Mission Oak in Wednesday's East Yosemite League game at home.

In singles, No. 1 Abigail Sotelo won 6-4, 6-3. No. 6 Faith Sirivong won her first set 6-3, lost the second 6-1 and won the tiebreaker 10-6.

"Pleased at how the girls played having to move up two places on the ladder,” MHS head coach Gary Perez said. “We won just one of the three, three-setters. Couple points go our way and we're up 4-2 after singles. Proud of the girls and how they stepped up and surprised themselves.”

Tulare Western 7

Porterville 2

Porterville High School girls tennis lost 7-2 to Tulare Western in Wednesday's East Yosemite League match on the road Wednesday.

No. 6 Liz Martinez won the only match in singles going 2-6, 6-3, 10-6 while Zeila Rivera and Natalia Sanchez won the No. 2 doubles 8-3.

BOYS WATER POLO

Strathmore 16

Bakersfield Christian 14

Strathmore High School boys water polo defeated Bakersfield Christian 16-14 on the road in Monday's East Sequoia League game.

With three straight ESL wins, including a 19-9 win over Granite Hills last week, the Spartans are first in league. Strathmore plays in the Clovis West tournament beginning Friday and are back to league play next Monday with a game against Sierra Pacific at Hanford West High School.

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