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When it came time to take pictures, Karlie Wanmer was all smiles.

The Porterville High School senior announced her signing with Biola University women’s water polo with a small signing ceremony, Monday afternoon at the Panthers’ pool. It was the culmination of what had been a stressful past couple of months.

“It was really stressful at first before I signed,” Wanmer said. “I was stressing about being on the team and everything that came with it. And then once I finally signed, it was like a really big stress reliever….it all kind of hit me, and I’m just really excited to actually be a part of the team and start playing.”

Wanmer officially signed her National Letter of Intent last Wednesday for the private Christian university in La Mirada. 

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The future is red and black for Ava LoBue.

On Monday, the Monache High School senior signed a National Letter of Intent to play women’s water polo with Biola University in the Eagles’ inaugural 2021-22 season.

LoBue marked the occasion with a signing day at the Marauders’ pool with family and coaches Kyla Conway of Monache and Jack Amaral of Exeter Water Polo Club. 

“It really just means that all my hard work has paid off, and it all just seems so worth it,” LoBue said about signing. “I’m just really excited for this journey. I’m really excited for this new chapter of my life.”

SACRAMENTO - The CCCAA Board of Directors voted on Friday morning to continue forward with the Contingency Plan, which provides the CCCAA a framework for a return to competition this spring, while also providing decision-making guidance for institutions.

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A childhood dream is coming true for Valerie Baca, and she is nothing short of excited.

On Tuesday, the Porterville High School graduate signed a National Letter of Intent to play women’s soccer for New Mexico Highlands University, an NCAA Division II program, on a partial scholarship.

“It’s very exciting,” she said. “It was literally one of my goals since I was smaller. Play D1, D2. And I’m very excited.”

Baca said she’s played soccer since she was five and loves that when she’s on the field, her mind clears. 

“I just like playing it, like just the game,” she said. “I forget about everything when I’m on the field, and it’s just been something that’s always there, always been fun. And I’m grateful that I’ll be able to continue to do it.”


Porterville College (PC) has announced the appointment of Joseph “JL” Buchanan as the new Pirates Head Baseball Coach.

Buchanan, who most recently coached at Taft College, will lead the men’s baseball team at PC for the first time during our next in-person season. He’s already begun teaching classes virtually in our kinesiology program.

Athletic Director Gerred Link feels that PC has found the right individual to lead the team into the future. “We are excited to welcome JL to the Pirate family. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our campus, having served in various roles over the past 8 years in the Central Valley Conference. We believe he is ready for the challenge of being a head coach and are excited for this opportunity. He will be a great addition to our campus, student and the Porterville communities.” said Link.

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Two local volleyball clubs, NU Breed and Pipeline, merged together last week to create the largest volleyball club in the area.

Job Lara, the director of the non-profit NU Breed club, reached out to Pipeline’s director, Pete Rasmussen, to make the merger happen. Both Lara and Rasmussen agreed this was the right move with COVID-19 limiting resources and the two clubs wanting to increase their competitiveness. 

“It is something that I’ve been wanting to do for awhile because I think both Pete and I have some gifts in us that compliment each other,” Lara said Wednesday via phone. “And I always thought that together we could be stronger and serve the south Valley volleyball community better. And so, this provided a perfect scenario for us to work together.”


Organized sports are on hiatus but there’s still no days off in Job Lara’s backyard.

With over 30 years of volleyball coaching experience, Lara continues to train athletes who are working on their game during this extended offseason. He does so by focusing on fundamentals. 

“When you have the fundamentals, then you can be creative,” Lara said. “I share with them how Michael Jordan and some of the greats talk about how they worked on fundamentals all the time, even at their peak, because that allowed them to be great. 

“Once they have the fundamentals, they know where to move and body positions, then they can make those plays they see other people do. But without the fundamentals, you’ll never,” Lara said.


The wildcat strike, described as a stoppage of work by unionized workers without union approval, grew as all NBA teams from the other two scheduled games -- the Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Portland Trailblazers and Los Angeles Lakers -- opted not to play. All WNBA and MLS games for the day were also postponed, and several MLB teams chose not to play including the Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants and Seattle Mariners. 

Porterville College head coach Rob Haynes, had the NBA channel on in the background and was sending his students emails when he got the news alerts about the Bucks’ strike. 

“I wasn’t shocked because there was rumblings about it the day before,” Haynes said. “So I wasn’t shocked. I was probably more proud of them than anything else. Especially Milwaukee because I think they had the first game. So that kind of catapulted for everybody else to follow suit. 

“I would say that I was probably more proud of Milwaukee for taking the initiative because it’s so close to the home for them,” he explained. “I don’t know if any other teams would’ve done that if they would’ve played first. But it’s crazy how the stars lineup.” 


Neda Velasquez continues to be proof that hard work pays off.

Last week the Monache High School graduate was awarded an athletic scholarship from the University of California, Merced. Velasquez, who is going to be an incoming freshman on the women’s cross country team, said the scholarship was unexpected. 

“The scholarship was honestly so unanticipated,” she said. “I honestly thought a scholarship wasn’t possible my first year, it never crossed my mind. When I received the text from my coach I couldn’t believe that I received the scholarship during my first year of running. I’m new to the sport, and the fact that I was able to receive the scholarship shows that I was dedicated this summer and will hopefully shine light to UC Merced.”

She added that the scholarship was a blessing and restored her confidence in herself. 

“It meant that life is constantly blessing me & I was pretty much capable of doing anything if I believed in myself,” she said. “Waking up every morning and putting in the hard work has paid off.”


In the midst of a pandemic, Roxana Orozco found something to smile about.

The Granite Hills High School graduate returned to campus Wednesday to sign a National Letter of Intent to play women’s soccer at California Miramar University, Montebello. Orozco received an athletic scholarship and will play for the Fighting Falcons in their inaugural season next year.

Even with a mask, Orozco’s excitement about the future was apparent. Although the face covering did serve as a reminder that she would have to wait a little longer for this next adventure.

“It’s exciting,” Orozco said. “But it’s kind of bad because then I’m not going to start when I want to start.”

Revised Contingency Plan implemented, no XC in fall

Rather than wait until July 17 to make their decision, the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Board of Directors announced in a press release Thursday that they are implementing a revised Contingency Plan for the 2020-21 athletic season. 

The revised Contingency Plan moves all fall sports to 2021 and creates two seasons for the spring: early spring and late spring. The original Contingency Plan had allowed cross country and women’s golf to stay in the fall.

“It was definitely disappointing to see that but the No. 1 thing is safety for all people involved. All athletes, all coaches, all spectators,” Porterville College cross country coach, Michael Kasimoff said. “Sometimes there’s things that are greater than sports that have to be taken care of or dealt with. That’s kind of where we’re at right now.”

MHS alum named MOP for Reining, co-Rookie of the Year

Freshman Macey Newkirk stood out so much on the University of California Davis equestrian team, that her teammates selected her Most Outstanding Player-Reinier of the Year and co-Rookie of the Year.

Newkirk, a graduate of Monache High School, said this first season had its challenges but she worked hard and was proud to know her teammates saw her hard work too.

“It was a pretty cool feeling to know that my team thinks of me that highly,” Newkirk said.

In an Instagram post from the equestrian team (@ucdaviseq) announced Newkirk’s MOP-Reining selection saying, “Macey finished her inaugural year off with a 4-3-1 record, garnering 4 scores above a 71. Notable rides: She kicked off her freshman debut with 2 wins at the Willis Invitational winning an MOP with Penny against DSU. She scored a career high 73, tying her point against OSUs Hannah Mitchell on Trigg. And also defeated Auburn’s Boo Kammerer with Remi.”

Short season costs PC academic, postseason honors

The accomplishments of Porterville College softball, both on the field and in the classroom, will go largely unrecognized because of a shortened season due to COVID-19.

Kuea “Kiki” Angilau, the Pirates' star hitter, was on pace to become the program's second-straight All-American but was unable to finish the season. Batting .467 through 20 games, Angilau was second in the state in home runs (11) and slugging percentage (1.244), 17th in RBIs (25) and tied for 18th in runs scored (26).

“The lack of closure for the sophomores was the most difficult,” PC head coach Vickie Dugan said. “All but one of the sophomores will be coming back, but for Kiki there was no final sophomore game, end of year activities, etc. She was on pace to be an All-American and will not get that opportunity now. Hopefully she will keep the same pace at Texas A&M.”

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Shorter seasons, no fans among early changes

On Tuesday, the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) announced its new athletic plan for the 2020-21 season. But even with all its documents, powerpoints, charts, forms and more; there is still a lot up in the air about how sports will look this upcoming season.

Porterville College volleyball coach, Pete Rasmussen, and men’s and women’s cross country coach Michael Kasimoff, both said it was good there are plans in place but there’s still things they’re unsure about.

“It’s kind of all up in the air and it’s all fluid,” Rasmussen said Wednesday. “It seems like it changes daily.”

Kasimoff said PC athletics would have a ZOOM meeting Thursday at 2 p.m. to go over some things.

Some uncertainty centers around the CCCAA’s three plans — the Conventional Plan, the Contact/Non-Contact Plan and the Contingency Plan — which depend on the health guidelines of the state and what stage California is in on the Resilience Roadmap for COVID-19.

Madison Emerson has had an outstanding career at Fairleigh Dickinson University. And she hopes it will continue.

Emerson, a 2016 Porterville High graduate, has one more season of eligibility and would like to play softball for one more season at the Division I university in New Jersey in 2021. She has earned her bachelor's degree at Fairleigh Dickinson. She plans on returning to the school in 2020-2021 to earn her master's degree.

Fairleigh Dickinson will make a final decision in July if the university will resume on campus class in the fall of 2020, so Emerson is keeping her options open.

This past season in 2020, Emerson received the Knight Award which is awarded to the player who best exemplifies what it means to be a Knight in competition, the classroom and community service.

SACRAMENTO – The CCCAA Board of Directors unanimously approved a three-part plan on Friday to allow the state’s community colleges a return to intercollegiate athletics for the 2020-21 academic year while being directed by health guidelines from the state of California. 


“I always have a gut feeling someone’s right behind me,” she said. “Like no matter what, there’s always going to be someone right behind me wanting to take my spot, just waiting for me to stop. So that’s what I keep in mind. And that’s what pushes me.”

Vasquez’s mindset is a good one to have as she heads into the college arena. Last year, the Cardinals top female runner signed with, and received a partial scholarship from, California State University, Sonoma -- a NCAA Division II program. She will run cross country and track for the Seawolves.

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The mere mention of the city home to his favorite NFL team had Daniel Baca hooked.

A Pittsburgh Steeler fan since he was young, Baca received a call from Duquesne University’s tight end coach, Matt Stansfield, offering the Reedley College sophomore an opportunity to be near his favorite team while playing NCAA Division I football for the Dukes, a program in the Northeast Conference.

COVID-19 kept Duquesne from bringing Baca, a 2018 graduate of Monache High School, out to Pittsburgh, Penn. for an official campus visit, but Stansfield and head coach Jerry Schmitt offered Baca the one thing other programs hadn't offered — a full-ride scholarship.

“I put the phone on mute and I almost cried,” Baca said. “I kind of yelled but I like tensed up. Like my chest started beating. And I was like, ‘Woah, that’s a full offer! He said it.’”

Three area athletes affected by the suspension of upcoming season

The California Collegiate Athletic Association announced on Tuesday the suspension of all fall sports for the upcoming year.

The CCAA, a NCAA Division II conference, is home to 12 California State Universities (Pomona, Dominguez Hills, East Bay, Los Angeles, Monterey Bay, San Bernardino, San Marcos, Chico, Humboldt, San Francisco, Sonoma, Stanislaus) and the University of California, San Diego.

The CCAA’s decision followed CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White's Tuesday announcement that the 23 schools in the CSU system would use online learning for the majority of classes during the fall semester due to COVID-19.

However in a Wednesday press release on Chico State’s website, chicowildcats.com, Chico State Director of Athletics, Anita Baker, clarified that the suspension was only a suspension, not a cancelation — at least for now.


Monache senior committed to FPU’s cross country and track programs

Before he was a standout runner for Monache High School, Isaiah Sotelo was drawing attention in middle school and at the elementary level.

Now the senior looks to do the same as a member of Fresno Pacific University’s track and cross country programs after committing to the NCAA Division II Sunbirds.

“I chose Fresno Pacific because of how coach Ray Winter sold me on the program,” Sotelo said via email. “They are an up-and-coming program that has a lot of potential. Hopefully, through hard work and dedication, we can achieve something over the next four years. It means a lot to continue my career in college (with) new goals, new people. It is a blessing to be able to continue something that I enjoy doing.”

Along with running at FPU, Sotelo plans to major in criminal justice before moving on to law school and becoming a district attorney. At FPU Sotelo will receive $11,000 in academic scholarships ,and the rest in grants and athletics, to cover the total cost according to MHS head coach Seth Ishida.


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.”

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Porterville High School’s Brandon Rose is continuing his football career with Montana State University-Northern after signing with the NAIA Lights in mid-April.

Stay-at-home orders amid the coronavirus pandemic prevented Rose from actually getting to visit the campus in Havre, Mon., let alone have a signing ceremony, but the senior said being offered a nearly full-ride athletic scholarship and a new experience helped him make his decision.

“I talked to the coach for a while, we had a lot of long talks and stuff,” Rose said. “And he always talked about how nice the weather is up there and how they get snow and stuff like that. And I thought it would just be like a really cool, new experience.”

Rose, who has a 3.5 GPA and plans to major in biology en route to a career in dentistry or nursing, was also thankful for an opportunity to continue playing football. 

In a breakout season with the Fresno Pacific University Sunbirds, junior goalkeeper Camryn Berra earned All-American honorable mention from the Association of College Water Polo Coaches, as well as All-Conference honorable mention by the Western Water Polo Association. 

“It’s cool from going to like not getting to play a lot, to getting all the play time and getting recognized for that,” Berra said over the phone Wednesday.

The Monache High School graduate played in just 10 games over the past two years but proved she was deserving of a starting spot with the NCAA Division II Sunbirds when she took over for a sick teammate early in the season.

FPU head coach Bryan Suhovy, another MHS alum and former Marauder head coach, said Berra worked hard to put herself into a position where she could become a starter.

“This past summer she took it upon herself to train all summer long at the collegiate club level with some high-level athletes,” Suhovy said in an email Thursday. “That really helped build her confidence, gaining experience, giving her the edge she needed to excel in the goal for us this season. Every game she set goals for herself striving to improve at every opportunity."

Wrestling in college was always the goal for Tyler Avila, but the Porterville High School senior accomplished his dream of signing with NCAA Division I California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, Tuesday afternoon at Porterville High.

The signing was a long time coming after Avila verbally committed to the Mustangs in early March. Avila received an athletic and academic scholarship to attend Cal Poly, turning down scholarships and offers from several schools including Div. I CSU Bakersfield, Cal Baptist and a President’s Honors Scholarship from Fresno State’s Smittcamp Family Honors College. 

“Feels good,” Avila said. “They put a hold on (the paperwork) for the NCAA cause of the whole coronavirus thing, so I was really just anxious waiting for it. It’s really nice to have it done.”


Embodying the true meaning of being a student-athlete, Porterville College outfielder Sayra Sanchez was named to the Academic All-State Team by the California Community College Fastpitch Coaches Association (3CFCA) last week.

Sanchez, a liberal arts major, was one of just six softball players from the Central Valley Conference to earn the honor by meeting the requirements of having a 3.5 overall GPA and passing a minimum of 24 total units after her initial season of competition. 

A first-generation college student with a 3.7 GPA, Sanchez saw the hard work her parents put in working the fields as a reason why she wanted to make sure she made the most of her education. 

“It all starts at home, you know, watching my parents wake up at four in the morning, having to go to the fields to work. And me as well,” Sanchez, who also works the field, said. “That’s not what I want to do, and my only way out is to do good in school. The unfortunate reality is that if you don’t do well in school this is where you’ll end up at.”

Lei, Henderson and Sidhu also receive All-CVC honors

Four Porterville College men's basketball players received All-Central Valley Conference honors for the 2019-20 season.

Sophomore Tayshawun Bradford was an All-CVC, first-team selection. A starting guard for the Pirates (14-14, 7-7 CVC), Bradford led the conference in free throw percentage with 84.6%. He also averaged 16 points per game and was tied for fifth as one of the CVC's top scorers. His 42.9 3-point percentage was also sixth-best in the CVC. On the overall season, Bradford averaged 14.9 PPG and 4.9 rebounds per game.

PHS alum joins sister at Fresno Pacific University

After making a splash for Cuesta Community College men’s water polo, Porterville High School alumnus Steven Chapman is headed to Fresno Pacific University this fall to continue his athletic career.

The 6-foot-3 driver signed with the FPU Sunbirds on a partial scholarship in February. Chapman, a 2017 PHS graduate, joins younger sister Rosemary at the Pacific Western Conference, NCAA Division II university. Rosemary is a freshman on the Sunbirds’ women’s water polo team.

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On Thursday, the California Community College Athletic Association posted a press release on its website stating the board of directors voted “to immediately postpone practices outside of regularly scheduled classes, and competition for all spring sports, as well as any and all nontraditional sports seasons, indefinitely.”

In a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) post on its website Friday, CCCAA said the sports impacted are: baseball, women's badminton, women's beach volleyball, men's golf, softball, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track and field, and men's volleyball regular seasons.

PUSD cancels through weekend, PC indefinitely

Porterville Unified School District was the first area school to announce the suspension of athletic events due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) early Thursday morning.

On the heels of Tulare County issuing an emergency declaration after an individual tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday evening, PUSD posted on Facebook, “All PUSD athletic events are cancelled for today, tomorrow, and Saturday (March 12, 13 and 14). Practices will continue as scheduled.”

Throughout the day, Central Section high schools and school districts announced the suspension of athletic events with all beginning immediately. Summit Charter Collegiate Academy did not announce any cancellations as of press time but Lindsay Unified School District released a statement that said, “No travel outside of Tulare County for athletics, field trips, and other competitive events, unless pre-approved” through April 3.

It could've been Porterville College's fourth win of the season.

Instead Tuesday's Central Valley Conference home game against the Fresno City Rams turned into a disappointing 18-3 loss, the sixth-straight for Pirates' baseball.

After giving up two runs in the second inning, Porterville kept things close with the state's No. 6 ranked team and even got back on level ground with Fresno when PC's Isaiah Gomez (Porterville High) hit a two-run, RBI-single in the fifth to even the score.

But from then on, Fresno City controlled the game. The Pirates' struggles on the mound intensified and the Rams scored seven runs in the sixth and seventh inning to take a 16-2 lead.

Porterville College women's tennis fell 9-0 to Modesto in Friday's Big 8 South Conference match at home. Modesto (11-1, 7-0 B8S) currently sits atop conference standings with an undefeated record.

“We're competing in every set, every match but they're just a little more, as far as their game, just a little bit stronger all the way through their game,” PC head coach Kurt Nielsen said. “Modesto girls are first place in the conference. They're probably on their way to winning. So we still battled. We did our best, they just have a lot of game. We're just trying to get better every game.

Starting with doubles, PC's Claire Nuno and Eileen Rooney lost the No. 1 match 8-1 while No. 3 Autumn True and Annabelle Rivera lost 8-0. No. 2 Raquel Calo and Zoe Vasquez had one of the closer matches of the day, with Vasquez playing very well up front, but lost 8-4.

PC beats Taft, improves to 2-0 in CVC

Porterville College softball picked up their second win of Central Valley Conference play with a 5-2 victory over the Taft College Cougars at home Thursday.

The teams were scoreless headed into the bottom of the third when PC's Veronica Bosquez got the Pirates (6-11, 2-0 CVC) on the scoreboard with an RBI-double that brought in teammate Sayra Sanchez for the first run of the day.

Two at-bats later, Kuea Angilau's shot to left field allowed Bosquez to score while Julie Rocha, who reached on error the previous at-bat, was tagged out at home as Angilau went to third. Angilau led the team at the plate, going 2-for-2 with two RBIs, a double and two runs scored.

Eleventh-seeded Porterville High School girls basketball lost 79-48 to sixth-seeded Eisenhower on the road in the first round of the CIF State Southern Region Championship playoffs.

Jewelia Maniss led the Panthers with 21 point and Jazlynne Medrano had eight points. Jada Ortega, Madison Johnson and Cienna Enriquez had three points each. Mariyah Avila-Peterson, Bailee Cook, Zeila Rivera, Allison Martinez and Trintiy Soliz had two points apiece.

Porterville trailed 15-9 at the end of the first quarter and 44-25 at halftime. Eisenhower stretched their lead to 66-35 by the end of the third.

The Panthers (31-3, 10-0 EYL) finish the season as the Central Section Division III and East Yosemite League champions.

After Thursday and Friday's CIF State Championship competition, Monache High's Charlotte Kouyoumtjian and Porterville's Tyler Avila are the only wrestlers still alive in their respective tournaments.

In the 116-pound girls competition, second-seeded Kouyoumtjian pinned seventh-seed Berlin Kiddoo of Ramona in 5 minutes, 42 seconds to advance to the semifinals.

Semifinal rounds begin at 11 p.m. today and Kouyoumtjian will wrestle third-seeded Elena Ivaldi of Del Oro for a place in the championship match.

In the 182-pound boys quarterfinals, fourth-seeded Avila lost in a 9-2 decision to fifth-seeded Jadon Martin of Buchanan. Avila will wrestle seventh-seed Travis Wuerth in the fifth round of consolation. Matches begin at 10 a.m.

Fourth-seeded Lindsay High School boys basketball defeated 13th-seeded Wonderful College Prep 52-50 in Tuesday's CIF Central Section Division V opening-round game at home.

Issac Munoz scored five points in the last 1 minute, 10 seconds of the game and led the team with 23 points. Julian Avalos also finished with 16 points.

On Thursday, Lindsay hosts fifth-seeded Corcoran at home. The two split their East Sequoia League matchups this season.

Monache’s Charlotte Kouyoumtjian and Ramona Ortega each placed first at the CIF Central Section Southeast Area Championship tournament Saturday at Mission Oak High School.

Their wins helped the girls wrestling team to a seventh-place finish with 131.5 points, putting them one place ahead of eighth-place Porterville (101).

In the semifinals, Kouyoumtjian defeated Redwood’s Melody Hernandez by a 6-1 decision then Foothill’s Ariana Juarez in a 15-0 technical fall for another Area title. In her semifinal match, Ortega pinned Kennedy’s Dezirae Alejandro in 3 minutes, 45 seconds. For the title, Ortega won by a 3:11 fall against Centennial’s Gracie Lane.

Lindsay High School’s Matthew Morales is the lone Cardinal still competing in the championship rounds of the CIF Central Section Division V Championships after Friday’s first day.

Morales (122 pounds) earned a bye for the first round and then pinned his next opponent in 59 seconds in a quarterfinal match. He’ll face West Bakersfield’s Curtis Crofton in today’s semifinal match. Crofton won his first two matches by pin.

At 115 pounds, Miguel Estrella lost his quarterfinal match by an 11-2 major decision. He’ll take on St. Joseph’s Brody Lorenez in the consolation quarterfinals.

Marcos Ventura (147) lost his first match by a 16-0 technical fall and his second by an 11-6 decision. Alexis Olea (154) was pinned in his first match but pinned Bishop Union’s Jacob Lomantewa in 5:52 to advance to the consolation quarterfinals against Hanford West’s Marteveon Young Roddy. 

Lindsay High School boys soccer is into the next round of playoffs after shutting out the 11th-seeded Kingsburg Vikings 5-0 in Tuesday's CIF Central Section Division IV opening round game at home.

Emiliano Corona led the team in scoring with two goals. Also scoring for the Cardinals was Bryan Pena, Adan Ibarra and Jorge Quintero with a goal apiece.

Defensively, Lee Andrade played 50 minutes at goalkeeper for Lindsay while Lino Manzo played goalkeeper for 30 minutes.

With the win over Kingsburg (11-16-1), sixth-seeded Lindsay (13-7-3) travels to third-seed Shafter (13-1-2) for a quarterfinal game Thursday.

Porterville College men's basketball team defeated West Hills Lemoore 99-77 in a Central Valley Conference game at home Saturday.

Tayshawun Bradford and Dominic King led the Pirates with 18 points. Chirrag Sidhu finished with 16 points and a team-high six assists and two blocks. Kenton Lei had 11 points and a team-high six rebounds.

Porterville (13-11, 6-4 CVC) are fourth in CVC standings and host first-place, No. 4 Fresno (21-3, 10-0 CVC) on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Porterville College men's basketball defeated Merced 80-76 in a Central Valley Conference game Saturday on the road.

Tayshawun Bradford led the team with 16 points, Kenton Lei had 13 and Kaleb Roy scored 11. Dominic King had 15 points off the bench.

PC scores 27 runs on 27 hits in wins against Victor Valley

Vickie Dugan said her team could hit and that they did.

Porterville College’s softball team opened the season with two five-inning, mercy-ruled wins over Victor Valley in Friday’s non-conference doubleheader at home. The Lady Pirates (2-0) won the first game 10-0 and the second 17-6.

Dugan, PC’s head coach, said earlier in the week that one of the team’s strengths was their ability to score runs. Her team proved her right with every batter getting at least one hit and one run scored.

“I liked the way our bats performed,” Dugan said. “And that’s what I told you when we talked before, we’re going to produce some runs. And they were solid hits.”

Porterville College women’s tennis started the season off with a 5-4 win at Rio Hondo College Friday afternoon. PC’s next match is today at Fullerton at 10 a.m.

In singles, No. 2 Eileen Rooney won 6-1, 7-6; No. 5 Zoe Vasquez 6-2, 6-1; and No. 6 Annabelle Rivera won by default since Rio Hondo only had five players. Also for the Lady Pirates, No. 1 Claire Nuno lost 6-4, 6-4 and No. 4 Autumn True lost 6-0, 6-0. No. 3 Raquel Calo won her first set 6-4 but lost the next two 6-4, 10-5.

In doubles Nuno and Rooney were tied 5-all in the No. 1 match but won by default after one of their opponents had to go to work. Calo and True won the No. 2 match 8-4 while No. 3 Vasquez and Rivera won by default. 

Back for the Pirates are their top three players Claire Nuno (Porterville High), Eileen Rooney (Tehachapi) and Raquel Calo (Monache), as well as Strathmore alums Annabelle Rivera and Zoe Vasquez. New to the team is Autumn True (Porterville), Reyna Leal (Monache), Marisa Rios (Corcoran) and Paola Villanueva (Porterville).

“The numbers are solid,” Nielsen said. “Nice additions with Autumn, the top three are back. Zoe’s playing better, Annabelle (too). Everybody’s improved. All the girls have some new shots they’ve been working on in the fall.”

PC brought tennis back after a 15-year hiatus last season and the team did well in their debut. They finished 7-7 overall and 6-5 in the Big 8 South Conference for fourth. Nuno also qualified for singles, and doubles with Rooney, in the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Tennis State Championships. She was also selected a PC Freshmen of the Year.

Granite Hills High School boys soccer defeated Lindsay for the first time in seven years in Thursday's East Sequoia League game on the road. It was Granite's first victory since a 1-0 win at Lindsay in 2013.

Salud Magana and Jonathan Carranza each scored for the Grizzlies.

“We played real good,” GHHS head coach Pedro Gonzalez said. “Same as we played at Granite.”

Gonzalez said it was anyone's game but the Grizzlies capitalized on their chances and didn't give up a goal until the final 10 minutes of the game.

Scoring for the Cardinals was Junior Martinez.

In the team's first meeting of the season, the game ended in a 4-4 tie.

Porterville College baseball picked up their first wins of the season in Wednesday's doubleheader at home against College of the Siskiyous. The Pirates won the first game 6-2 and the second 2-1.

Aaron Hernandez pitched a complete game for his first collegiate win in the first game. The left-hander allowed two runs on six hits and one walk while retiring four over seven innings.

Colin King went 2-for-3 at the plate with two home runs and a walk. JT Edmonds, Santiago Sanchez and Brent Vasquez each had an RBI. Edmonds also hit a triple and Matthew Cloyd had a double.