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.

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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.

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.

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Local RSB coaches reflect on Kobe loss

If there were any lessons learned Sunday morning when news broke of NBA legend Kobe Bryant’s death, it was to cherish those around you.

Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, 13, died in a helicopter crash along with seven other individuals on their way to the Mamba Cup Tournament Series at the Mamba Sports Academy in Southern California. Excited to see the Bryants that day was the local Rising Stars Basketball 11U team.

We were on our way to the Mamba Academy for the 12 o’clock game to go watch him and his daughter play that afternoon,” assistant coach Jose Miranda said. “That’s when we started getting all the news about what happened. We got to the sports complex, and even the guys up front, the security guys up front that were escorting the traffic...We knew it was true once we saw them in tears.”

PC softball hosts Victor Valley in season-opening doubleheader Friday

The softball season is just around the corner for Porterville College.

On Friday the Lady Pirates host Victor Valley in a season-opening doubleheader at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. PC also hosts West Valley in another doubleheader Saturday.

With four games in just two days, the Pirates will quickly learn about themselves. One thing they already know is they're young with just four players back from last year's team.

“What we're going to be lacking in is experience,” PC head coach Vickie Dugan said. “The pitchers are freshmen, where last year we had two seasoned sophomores as pitchers. So they're going to have a feet to the fire season.”

SAN FRANCISCO, CA. – In one of the major tournaments of his college career, Cal State Bakersfield freshman Mark Cardwell brought home a California Collegiate Open title at 197-pounds.

Cardwell won four matches in the tournament, taking out Simpson’s College Jacob Gonsalves by a fall in the semifinals and blanking out Cal Baptist athlete Arick Lopez 6-0 in the finals.

Cardwell earned takedowns in the first and second period of the finals and earn riding time to win 6-0. In the four matches Cardwell competed, he recorded two falls and a major decision to outscore the competition 26-0.

Porterville now .500 in conference, overall

After battling to overcome an early double-digit deficit in the first half, a lackluster performance in the second sealed Porterville's fate in Saturday's 84-65 loss at home to the state-ranked No. 10 Giants of the College of the Sequoias.

The 2020 baseball season got off to a rough start for the Porterville College Pirates. Hosting Lassen Community College in a three-game series to begin the season, PC dropped a doubleheader to the Cougars on Friday and lost the series finale on Saturday.

The season-opener saw the Pirates get edged 3-2 before a 5-1 loss in the second game. On Saturday, Lassen cruised to a 12-0 win.

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Pirates host Lassen in season-opening doubleheader Friday

Last season’s 1-38 finish was likely one of the worst in the history of Porterville College baseball. But with plenty of experience, young talent and a culture change; things should go a lot differently for the Pirates this season.

PC gets its first look at their revamped defense and disciplined offense Friday when they host Lassen in a doubleheader at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. They close out the season-opening series Saturday with a 12 p.m. game.

“The thing about it is we’ve got nine games in seven days, so we’ll know right away if we’re ready to go or not,” PC head coach Rich Sorenson said. “I feel real comfortable ... offensively and defensively this might be the best we’ve been here in years.”

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PHS swimmer signs with Fresno Pacific University

A Panther became a Sunbird Thursday morning when Trevor Riley signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his swimming career at Fresno Pacific University next year.

The Porterville High School senior was joined by family and teammate, Tyler Avila, at the school to celebrate the start of a new beginning.

“It’s cool, like I’m really happy that I’m able to go and swim at college,” Riley said.

“It’s gratifying seeing all of his hard work pay off,” said, Trevor’s dad, Mike Riley. “And I’m excited for him in his next adventure, it’s going to be a lot of fun for him. I hope he continues to have fun.”

Win one, lose one is once again the case for Porterville College men’s basketball team after the Pirates lost Saturday’s Central Valley Conference game 90-72 to the visiting Claim Jumpers of Columbia.

Porterville College women's basketball lost their 10th-straight game Wednesday in a 100-31 loss to Merced in the Central Valley Conference season-opener at home.

Trinity Ramirez led the team with nine points.

Merced (12-5, 1-0 CVC) is currently ranked No. 10 in the state and No. 4 in the Northern California Region.

The Lady Pirates (2-15, 0-1 CVC) are back to action next Wednesday, Jan. 15, when they travel to West Hills-Lemoore (4-12) for a 5 p.m. game.

MERCED, Calif. - University of California, Merced men's soccer players Marcos Ceballos, Marco Sobrevilla and Agustin Guerrero were named to the United Soccer Coaches All-West Region Team.

This marks the program's third straight year with three All-West Region selections, good for the longest active streak in the NAIA.

All three players also earned All-California Pacific Conference First Team honors prior to the Bobcats run to the NAIA National Championship Final Site.

Ceballos, the California Pacific Conference Player of the Year and a NAIA honorable mention All-American, led the Bobcats with 16 goals (one shy of a program-high) and 1.77 shots on goal per game. Ceballos also had three assists and is one of just two underclassmen on the West Coast to tally at least 35 points this year.

Porterville College interim Dean of Instruction Joe Cascio has announced the hiring of former Moorpark College men’s basketball head coach Gerred Link as PC’s new interim athletic director. Link replaces Cascio who formerly held the position.

Morgan Hunter scores 21 to lead Monache

Driving to the basket, drawing the foul and knocking down her free throws Tuesday evening was Morgan Hunter in Monache High School's 64-34 win at home over the Sunnyside Wildcats.

The freshman center scored a game-high 21 points and went 5-of-5 from the free throw line to lead the Central Section Division II Marauders (9-2).

Div. III Sunnyside's Briajanae Wheeler led her team with 19 points and played a major role in the Wildcats (5-6) leading 16-14 after the first quarter but Hunter had nine of the team's 18 points in the second quarter to give the Marauders a 32-23 lead at the half.

Porterville College interim Dean of Instruction Joe Cascio has announced the hiring of former Moorpark College men's basketball head coach, Gerred Link, as PC's new interim athletic director. Link replaces Cascio who formerly held the position.

Link comes to Porterville after serving as head coach of the men's basketball program at Moorpark College for the past six years (2014-19).

They fought for it, and with a little extra time, Porterville College men’s basketball team pulled out the 110-101 overtime victory over De Anza Saturday in their second game of the Milt Stowe Classic at home.

The Central Section Cross Country Championships begin today with all five local high school's participating in the meet at Fresno's Woodward Park.

Race times are as follows: Division II girls run at 11 a.m., Div. III girls at 11:30 a.m., Div. II boys at 12 p.m., Div. III boys at 12:30 p.m., Div. IV girls at 1 p.m., Div. V boys at 1:30 p.m., Div. I girls at 2 p.m., Div. IV boys at 2:30 p.m., Div. V girls at 3 p.m. and Div. I boys at 3:30 p.m.

In the final Central Section rankings, Porterville boys dropped to second behind No. 1 Chowchilla in Div. IV, and are now No. 24 in overall rankings. Monache remains No. 4 in Div. I but dropped one spot to No. 8 overall. Lindsay boys moved from No. 12 to No. 10 in Div. III. In Div. V, Granite Hills is still No. 9 but Summit Charter moved up one to No. 10.

For the girls rankings, Monache continues to hold tight to No. 2 in both Div. I and overall. In Div. V, Granite Hills is still No. 6.

Monache High School girls soccer started the season off with a 5-0 shutout of Lindsay in Thursday’s non-league game at home.

Zoe Rios, Alexandria Rivas and Ruby Fiori all scored in the first half while Jiselle Batres and Alexa Baez scored in the second. 

“I was very pleased with the way we played,” MHS head coach Tino Rodriguez said. “Defense played an excellent game -- Leslie Orozco, Nina Serrato & Jessica Batres.

The Marauders’ junior varsity team tied 2-2 with Anissa Almanza & Annie Otero scoring for Monache.

Porterville College men's basketball opened the season with a 92-73 win over Feather River in the Chabot Classic Thursday in Hayward.

Dominic King led the team with 32 points, Dusten Henderson had 24 and Tayshwaun Bradford had 15.

The Pirates play another game in the Chabot Classic today.

Season kicks off Friday at San Bernardino Invite

The excitement is high surrounding Porterville College women’s basketball, and rightfully so.

The Lady Pirates are clicking as a team and their confidence is already high.

“I have a lot more confidence in this team this year because I feel like we have a good group of girls and they actually want to be here and they actually want to work,” sophomore captain Breyanna Hernandez, said. “I’m ready to see what we do on the first and I’m pretty excited cause I feel like I have an actual team now.”

PC’s season begins Friday with a 7 p.m. away game against San Bernardino Valley in SBVC’s three-day invitational. Pirates’ sixth-year head coach Jeremy Parker believes if the team can start well at the invitational it’ll bode well for the rest of the season.

Basketball is beginning to tip-off all around the nation and in two weeks, Porterville College men’s basketball team is back on the court with the three-day Chabot College Classic beginning Nov. 7.

The Pirates are coming off one of their best seasons in recent years (13-14, 8-8 CVC) and returning four of their core players from last season in guards Dominic King, Treager Wallace, Tayshawun Bradford, and forward Kenton Lei.

“All four of them played a crucial role on the team,” PC head coach Robert Haynes said. “They bring back experience. They bring back confidence and hopefully wisdom. Let these incoming guys know what to expect. We gonna rely on them to carry the burden throughout the year, especially when things go bad.”

The linebacker is one of the Giants’ best defensive players

Judah Ruckman arrived at College of the Sequoias unlike most every other player in the history of the Giants' football program.

The Springville resident never played a snap in high school.

Not because of ability, injury or eligibility, but because Ruckman was homeschooled by his parents.

"Judah and his father showed up in my office one day a year ago and asked if I would give him a chance," second-year Giants' coach Joe D'Agostino said. "At the time, I had just taken over, and for me, this was a local kid who just wanted an opportunity. So I said 'why not?'"

Monache High School volleyball completed another all-level sweep with the freshman-sophomore, junior varsity and varsity teams all winning their matches against Tulare Western in Wednesday's East Yosemite League matches at home.

Varsity swept the Mustangs 3-0 with set wins of 25-12, 25-22 and 25-18, respectively.

Gabriella Cox had 37 assists, 10 digs, four kills and one block. Kristen Watson gad 12 digs, two aces, two assists and one kill. Hally Flyn had 12 digs, 11 kills and one assist. Tia Jules had nine kills, six digs and one block. Morgan Hunter had seven kills, three digs and two blocks. Kailyn Castle had nine kills and six digs.

In the frosh-soph game, Monache won 2-0 with set scores of 25-13 and 25-14. The Marauders JV team won their first set 25-14, lost the second 25-22 but won the final set 15-12 for a 2-1 win.

Seattle Sounders' Giuseppe DePalo stops by Chivas' practice

An ordinary day of youth soccer practice turned unique Tuesday with a visit from Giuseppe DePalo, the academy head of recruitment for Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders.

Brought to Porterville on an invitation from South Valley Chivas' president, Esmaldo Hernandez, the professional soccer scout stopped by the Porterville Sports Complex to look at some local talent.

“(There) is obviously a really good standard of youth play here,” DePalo said. “Had the pleasure to meet this gentleman (Hernandez) and he invited me down. I promised him I would come down and here I am.”

Taft College men's soccer defeated the College of the Sequoias 2-0 in a Central Valley Conference opening match Tuesday at Riverway Sports Park in Visalia.

Sweep Columbia 3-0 in CVC home-opener

Porterville College volleyball righted the ship Wednesday with a 3-0 sweep of Columbia in their Central Valley Conference home-opener for their first CVC win of the season.

The energy was high behind the team's 21-16, 21-16 and 25-21 respective set wins; a strong turnaround from last Friday's 3-0 (25-12, 25-17, 25-15) loss at the College of the Sequoias (8-3, 2-0 CVC).

“We played with a lot more energy,” PC head coach Pete Rasmussen said. “Now they're a small team and they're not going to compete with us even if we don't but we need to find a way to play with that energy against good teams. When we played COS, the first 10 points we were ahead of them. And then the energy just stopped and they ended up beating us 25-12. You can't let a good team have that kind of a roll. So we've been talking abou9-t the last couple days.”

Porterville falls 3-1 to Cerro Coso in home-opener

Porterville College volleyball set their goals high this season and if the team wants to reach them they've got several areas they'll need to clean up first.

In the Lady Pirates' home-opener against the Coyotes of Cerro Coso (3-7) on Monday, Porterville (5-5) avoided a three-set sweep but fell 3-1 to their opponents. Cerro Coso won the first, second and fourth sets 25-21, 25-19 and 25-21, respectively, but lost the third 25-22.

“It's frustrating,” PC head coach Pete Rasmussen. “It's tough to find something positive out of this.”

Two brothers with Lindsay ties opened the National Football League season on Sunday with wins. And a third brother may be on his way to the NFL.

David Quessenberry and the Tennessee Titans opened the season with a 43-13 win over the Cleveland Browns while Scott Quessenberry and the Los Angeles Chargers opened with a 30-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts. Paul Quessenberry will look to make it in the NFL after finishing his commitment to the U.S. Navy.

Porterville High School's girls tennis defeated Ridgeview 4-2 for the California Tennis Classic Saturday in Clovis. 
The Panthers lost their first round match 4-2 to Notre Dame (Belmont) then defeated Fresno High 6-0, Golden West 6-0 and Clovis High 6-0 to reach the championship match against Ridgeview.
The format was three singles and three doubles, so nobody played both, as in an East Yosemite League match, noted PHS head coach Kurt Nielsen.
Jazz Medrano and Dez Gomez went 5-0 in doubles, Jewelia Maniss went 5-0 in singles and doubles, including two wins at No. 1 singles. Chloe Weaver went 4-1 at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles. Both Sierra Mitchel and Zeila Rivera went 4-1 in singles and doubles. Nobody played both in any one match.  
Good news out of Fresno and Clovis.

Looking for a way to support Porterville College Athletics while having a great time out? Then you are cordially invited to take part in the 2019 Porterville Breakfast Lions Club Swing for Sight Golf Tournament. The fundraising event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28 with a 12 p.m. shotgun start at the River Island Country Club (31989 River Island Dr.) in Porterville.