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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.

First meet is today at Woodward Park

It all started with a collective, “What’s in the box?”

Following a relaxed Friday morning practice, the Porterville College cross country team persuaded head coach Michael “Kaz” Kasimoff to reveal the contents of two boxes spotted in his office.

The boxes, brought to the Pirates’ weight room for an unveiling, revealed the new uniforms, apparel and shoes for the team’s breakout season.

“They have zippers!”

“I have to put these on!”

“How much of this can we keep?”

The athletes’ excitement was contagious with smiles and laughs all around, which should be a good sign as they begin the season at Fresno’s Woodward Park for the Fresno City College Invitational this morning.

The women will run a 5,000-meter course at 8:30 a.m. and the men will run a 4-mile course at 9:15 a.m.

PC volleyball starts with away games today, tomorrow

A new season begins for Porterville College and there seems to be a lot to look forward too this year.

The Lady Pirates were able to recruit height, talent and experience, which allows for a better start for third-year head coach Pete Rasmussen.

Recruiting was a lot easier,” Rasmussen said. “People know us now, so we were able to get some really good athletes in. We got lucky on a few athletes that we didn’t know were coming so we were a little lucky there.”

First step of many to potentially bring sport back

Soccer is coming back to Porterville College — sort of.

This year the college is bringing back soccer in the form of a beginner’s course students can take as a requirement towards a kinesiology degree, as well as a tool to gauge interest in soccer on campus. 

The soccer course is just the first of many stepping stones the Pirates need to analyze the possibility of bringing the men’s or women’s soccer programs back since their end in the early 2000s.

However for students wanting to major in kinesiology, a popular major amongst athletes, there will be an immediate impact as they gain an option other than basketball to meet their degree requirements.

The renovation of the Porterville College gymnasium continues following the installation of a new floor this summer.

Granite Hills soccer players sign NLI to Westcliff University

School may be out but that doesn’t mean signings aren’t still happening.

Two weeks after graduating, Granite Hills High School’s Destiny Rodriguez and Guadalupe Venegas came back to school to sign National Letters of Intent to play women’s soccer at Westcliff University in Irvine Thursday.

The Warriors are a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) program entering their inaugural season next fall. Rodriguez and Venegas will receive partial scholarships after Westcliff’s probationary, first season.

“It’s cool because you’re going to be the one that starts history in that school and everyone’s going to go back and look at us who started this new program,” Venegas said. “It’s going to be exciting.

After winning their first West Coast region men’s rodeo team title in more than 30 years, seven members of the Bulldoggers rodeo club team arrived in Casper, Wyoming to compete in the College National Finals Rodeo  June 9 through 15.

The College National Finals Rodeo will be broadcast live June 12 through 15 on ESPN3, a live digital network available on the WatchESPN website or app.

GHHS Colton Painter, SHS Jeeven Larson place at Area

Tension was high as the final scorecards were tallied and high school golfers awaited their fate at the CIF Central Section Central Area Championship meet Tuesday at River Island Country Club.

To advance to the Central Section (Valley) Championship meet back at River Island on Monday, May 13, golfers needed to shoot an 85 or better.

Two local golfers, seniors Colton Painter of Granite Hills and Jeeven Larson of Strathmore, both shot a 76 that qualified them for Valley, but it wasn’t until they were placed in the top 10 overall individual scores that either golfer finally looked at ease.

Lindsay goalkeeper, Alberto Gutierrez, signs to UC Merced

It was an emotional signing day at Lindsay High School as senior goalkeeper, Alberto Gutierrez, made his commitment to join the University of California, Merced men’s soccer program official by signing a National Letter of Intent Friday in front of family and friends.

With the signing, Gutierrez becomes the third Cardinals men’s soccer player to join the Bobcats — an NAIA program playing in the California Pacific Conference. Both Lindsay graduates, Marcos Ceballos and Agustin Valdovinos, currently play for Merced as midfielders. 

“It’s going to be fun, that’s all I have to say,” Gutierrez said. “Agustin and Marcos, I love those guys. You know they told me everyday, ‘Keep working hard, keep working hard and you’re going to make it.’ They’re going to be my teammates and I know it’s just going to be fun playing with them.”

Angilau hits walk-off home run for PC 4-3 Sophomore Day win

Kuea Angilau was in a slump and things weren’t looking pretty for the Porterville College freshman.

The best hitter on the softball team with a .475 batting average and .600 on-base percentage was 0-for-4 through six innings and the Pirates (24-15, 12-9 CVC) were in need of runs in the bottom of the seventh inning of Thursday’s Central Valley Conference game against West Hills Coalinga at home.

Playing the final game of the regular season for Sophomore Day, the Pirates needed runs to either extend the game into extra innings or win it all right then and there. 

Four former Monache High School athletes, a coach and a girls water polo team once again inked their names into the Marauders records books as the third class to be inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday evening

The six — Todd Hill, Ryan Todd, Mike Fusco, Valerie Cowan Townsend, coach Drew Williams and the 1996 MHS girls water polo team — were recognized for their success as Marauders in front of friends and family at the Porterville Veterans Memorial Building. 

MHS athletic director, A.J. Watts, introduced the inductees and a visual presentation of each inductee’s accomplishment throughout the years was shown before they received a plaque and delivered their acceptance speeches.

PC’s Annisa Gomez hits grand slam, 9 RBIs in sweep of Cerro Coso

The depth of Porterville College softball’s lineup continues to show with the Lady Pirates sweeping Cerro Coso 14-1 and 9-3 in Friday’s Central Valley Conference doubleheader at home.

Down three starters, Porterville (23-13, 9-7 CVC) didn’t miss a step and powered through the lineup to bring in the victories and improve to third in the conference.

PC’s Annisa Gomez’s stayed hot in both games with the freshman 3-for-3 with a grand slam, seven RBIs and two runs scored in the first game. She finished the day with nine RBIs to bring her weekly total to 14 RBIs and three home runs. The team is also second in the state in home runs with 30, one behind San Mateo’s 31.

Three Lindsay High School singles players and two Strathmore doubles and one Granite Hills doubles team qualified for the second day of the East Sequoia League championships after advancing to the quarterfinals Wednesday at Granite Hills High School.

In doubles, Granite Hills’ No. 5 Jose Atrisco and Victor Reyes defeated No. 12 Matthew Nanlangka and Salvador Campos of SHS 8-0 but lost 8-1 to No. 4 Joshua Wilkinson and Kristan Losenara of Sierra Pacific. From Strathmore, No. 10 Jorge Prado and Jose Lara beat Woodlake’s No. 7 Gerardo Perez and Miguel Rios 8-6 but lost 8-2 to No. 2 Jackie Gang and Bradley C. of SPHS. Also from Strathmore No. 6 Romulo Campos and Heriberto Vasquez beat Granite Hills No. 11 Luis Atrisco and Jair Ramirez but lost 8-2 to Corcoran’s No. 3 Kevin Alvarez and Luis Leyva.

Strathmore High School baseball picked up a solid win Friday with a 15-0 shutout of Laton in their non-league game at home.

On the bump, William Reece allowed no hits through five innings and struck out 10 hitters. Offensively, Reece also had two hits, a double, two RBIs and two runs scored.

Josue “Jackie” Topete had a great day at the plate and launched the team’s first home run of the season. He also had three hits, three runs scored and three RBIs. Angel Topete, Josue’s younger brother, also had a big day with three hits and three RBIs.

Matt Brown & Taylor Lollis finished with two hits.

The Spartans play Kennedy on Tuesday at Strathmore.

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.

Strathmore High School boys and girls swim teams swept Granite Hills in Friday’s East Sequoia League meet on the road. The Spartan boys won 114-51 while their girls won 119-45.

Strathmore dominated the meet and claimed first in all but two races. Tommy Ensaldo’s 26.65-second and 1:05.77 finish in the 50 and 100-yard freestyle, respectively, were the only first-place finishes on the day for Granite Hills.

Strathmore High School’s bats were hot against Farmersville in a 13-0 rout of the Aztecs in Tuesday’s East Sequoia League at home.

The Spartans (6-3-1, 3-1 ESL) finished with 15 hits, 11 RBIs and four extra base hits. Strathmore opened the game up with a six-run second inning and then poured on seven more runs in the fourth. 

Jacob Flores and Jaylen Oats were two of the team’s big hitters with Flores going 1-for-2 with a triple, three RBIs, two runs scored and two walks. Oats went 2-for-4 with a triple, four RBIs and one run scored. 

Monache grad, Diego Casillas, signed with Fresno on March 6

The dream — the goal — was to one day play soccer at the professional level.

However with such a lofty ambition, hardships and reality can sometimes deter one to a point where what seemed attainable, becomes impossible.

But not in the case of Diego Casillas.

Monache’s Marilou Ruiz will run cross country and track for the Hornets

California State University, Sacramento added a local to their roster Friday when Monache High School senior, Marilou Ruiz, signed a National Letter of Intent to join the NCAA Division I Hornets’ track and cross country programs in the fall.

The Hornets, who compete in the Big Sky Conference, provided Ruiz with a partial scholarship and if she can run a 5-minute mile or an 11-minute two mile, she will get another $2,000 on top of the partial scholarship, according to MHS head coach Seth Ishida.

The Porterville College women’s tennis team defeated Reedley 7-2 at home in Friday’s Big 8 South Conference match.

In singles, No. 2 Eileen Counihan-Rooney won 6-4, 6-1; No. 2 Raquel Calo won 7-6, 6-4; No. 4 Viviana Meza won 6-0, 6-0; No. 5 Neelam Aziz won 6-3, 6-4; and No. 6 Vanessa Chavez won 6-0, 6-0.

For doubles, No. 2 Calo and Aziz won 8-4 while No. 3 Meza and Chavez won 8-0.

Porterville travels to Bakersfield College tomorrow for another Big 8 South Conference match.

On Thursday, the Pirates lost 8-1 to undefeated, conference leader Fresno City.

After losing her first set 6-3, No. 3 Meza came back to get the team’s lone win. Meza won the second set 6-0 and the tiebreaker 10-8.

Gomez homers for win as PC splits doubleheader vs. FCC

Home runs aren’t new to Porterville College’s Annisa Gomez but Tuesday’s three-run blast over the left field fence for a 3-0 walk-off win against visiting Fresno City left the freshman at a loss for words.

With both teams scoreless heading into the eighth inning of the first game of a doubleheader against Central Valley Conference opponent, the Rams of Fresno (7-8, 3-2 CVC), Fresno loaded the bases but PC (10-5, 2-1 CVC) came away unscathed by stranding runners at third with a flyout to PC’s Raquel Gonzalez in left field for the final out.

With one out and two runners on, Gomez fouled off two hits. But on a 3-2 count she homered for the win.

Strathmore High School baseball lost their East Sequoia League opener 5-0 to Corcoran on the road Friday.

William Reece finished with two hits and a stolen base while Angel Topete had the Spartans only other hit for the day.

Reece pitched into the sixth inning, striking out four and giving up three earned runs.

Strathmore hosts Summit Charter today in a non-league doubleheader. The first game is scheduled for 12 p.m.

The Porterville College women’s tennis team picked swept Sacramento City 9-0 in both matches of a Big 8 South Conference doubleheader Thursday at home.

In the first match No. 1 Claire Nuno won 8-3 in singles, No. 2 Eileen Counihan-Rooney won 8-1, No. 3 Raquel Calo won 8-0 and No. 4 Neelam Aziz won 8-0. For doubles, No. 1 Nuno and Counihan-Rooney won 8-2 while No. 2 Calo and Zoe Vasquez won 8-2.

 

PC bests COS 5-2 for victory

Women’s tennis is back at Porterville College and the Lady Pirates picked up their first conference win with a 5-2 victory over the College of Sequoias in Friday’s Big 8 South Conference match at home.

The Giants (2-8, 1-4 B8SC) defaulted on both the No. 3 double’s and No. 6 single’s matches due to a lack of players, giving the Pirates (2-3, 1-2 B8SC) an automatic 2-0 lead. But Porterville defeated COS in three of five matches that were completed.

Pirates received 8 All-CVC honors in total

Porterville College freshman, Dominic King, ruled the All-Central Valley Conference postseason awards. 

The Las Vegas native racked up the honors on Sunday, being named the CVC Freshman of the Year while also being selected to the All-CVC first team, All-Defensive team and All-Freshman team.

Porterville College women’s basketball player, Kathy Rodriguez, was named to the All-Central Valley Conference second team this weekend.

As a sophomore, Rodriguez finished first in the conference with 2.5 blocks per game, fifth in rebounds with eight per game and 17th in scoring with nine points a game. She was also ninth in the state in blocks per game.

“She’s an amazing kid that can accomplish great things,” PC head coach Jeremy Parker. “I’m really proud of the fact that she’s a local talent that stayed close to home and gave me the opportunity to help her. She is proving that Porterville College is a great way to start your college education and she’s laid a great foundation for herself moving forward in her life. I’m honored to say I coached this wonderful young lady.”

Rodriguez was also one of 85 student-athletes in California to receive academic all-state honors with a 3.52 GPA. 

The Pirates finished 4-22 this season.

Strathmore High School football standout Jadon Guire, a Porterville resident, made quite an impression Saturday at the statewide California Showcase prep combine in Southern California.

The one-day free event, held at a 688-acre sports complex on the former site of the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, is for high school seniors passed over by Division I schools. There were 56 lower division four-year colleges from throughout the nation represented at Saturday’s combine, which drew 367 high school seniors hoping to continue their football careers at the next level.

There is no doubt Guire will have his pick of opportunities, as he drew praise from all quarters.