Sophomore Tayshawun Bradford nailed a 3-pointer from the right corner with seconds remaining to lift the Porterville College men’s basketball team to a 78-75 non-conference victory over visiting Bakersfield College Friday night. The win evened up PC’s record at 4-4 this season.

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Lindsay Cup continues today for GHHS, PHS and LHS

The undefeated streak continues for Granite Hills High School boys soccer after the Grizzlies went 2-0 Friday at Lindsay High School's annual Lindsay Cup.

Granite kicked things off with a 7-0 victory over Caruthers, then beat Porterville 1-0 for the second time this week. The Central Section Division VI Grizzlies are now 8-0 on the season.

“We have so many games and we're already undefeated. And beat Porterville twice, in one week,” GHHS head coach Pedro Gonzalez said. “For us, this a big (accomplishment). Cause I know Porterville, that's a good team. And the coach (Eddie Gutierrez) and I are real good friends. He's an excellent coach. It's an honor to me, beating him. It's hard for me cause we're real good friends but soccer is that way. But they have all my respects because that's a real good coach.”

Monache plays tourney championship game tonight

Moanche High School girls basketball defeated Mira Monte 68-38 in a semifinal game of the 

37th annual George Glover Memorial tournament Friday at Strathmore High School.

The Marauders’ post players had a good night with Morgan Hunter’s 18 points leading the team while Nailea Fields had 17. Guards Danielle Garcia, Ashlynn Baxter and Kailyn Castle finished with 13, 11 and eight, respectively.

Monache plays in the championship game tonight at 6 p.m. They face the winner of Golden West and Strathmore’s semifinal game. A final score was not available as of press time.

Playing in the seventh place game at 1:30 p.m. is Granite Hills. The Grizzlies lost their consolation semifinal game 56-15 to Roosevelt.

Face Mira Monte today at 5:30 p.m. in SHS tourney

When you can get big, clutch play from every member of your team good things are going to happen.

Monache High School girls basketball proved that with their 47-44 opening-round win over Roosevelt High School in the 37th annual George Glover Memorial tournament Thursday at Strathmore High School.

Close game from start to finish, the Marauders (4-1) didn't begin to pull away until the fourth quarter when they started their scoring off with a 3-pointer from Ashlynn Baxter then two free throws from Kailyn Castle to take a 40-36 lead.

Porterville tops Granite Hills 4-0

Scoreless after the first half, Porterville High School's girls soccer came out fast and strong to secure another shutout victory with a 4-0 win over Granite Hills on the road Wednesday.

The Division III Panthers' Vanessa Tadeo led the team with a hat trick, scoring all three goals consecutively in the first 30 minutes of the game including one from around 30-yards out.

“(Tadeo) today, she did a great job,” PHS head coach Jacob Rivas said. “She's one of our returners from last year. So it helps to have those returners keep the girls organized and help out. Help out the young girls as fast as they can.”

Late in the game, Felicitas Romero shielded a pass from a teammate and dribbled around two Grizzly defenders to go one-on-one with Granite's goalkeeper before booting her shot in from the 5-yard line for the final score of the game.

Monache posts second shutout, improve to 2-0

Twelve goals scored, none allowed.

Just two games into the season, Monache High School girls soccer is off to an impressive start with an eye-catching stat line to go along with it.

The Marauders improved to 2-0 with their second shutout of the season, a 7-0 win over visiting Strathmore (2-2) Tuesday evening.

Monache's defense went to work all game against Strathmore, keeping the ball outside of their half for much of the game and allowing their offense to capitalize on several chances.

“Defense, man,” MHS head coach Tino Rodriguez said with a smile. “What can I say. Leslie (Orozco), she did an outstanding job. And then she's my senior and she has on her right flank a sophomore and then on right flank, a freshman. Man, what a defense.”

Two teams meet again Friday

Granite Hills High School's boys soccer defeated Porterville 5-4 in double overtime at home in Tuesday's non-league game. According to GHHS head coach, Pedro Gonzalez, it was the first time in school history the Grizzlies had come out on top.

Granite's Jonathan Carranza got the Grizzlies on the board first with two goals from free kicks in the first 15 minutes before Porterville's Andres Navarro made it a one-goal game and teammate, Ricardo Mata, scored the equalizer. But another two goals from Granite's Daniel Ruiz put the Grizzlies up 4-2 to end the first half.

The Porterville Renegades would like to congratulate their 2019 Sequoia League Youth Football winners, the Junior and Bantams teams. They also thank everyone who came out to support the Renegades this season.

Strathmore's won three in a row after 76-73 win over Highland

There’s a fight in the boys basketball program at Strathmore High School that’s hinting at good things for the Spartans this season.

An example of the team’s will to win was their 76-73 double overtime victory over Bakersfield’s Highland Scots (2-1) at home Tuesday.

“That was a big win for us last night,” SHS head coach Justin St. Clair said. “That’s a Division V playoff opponent for us potentially. I was really happy with the kids, and they hung in there, especially the last (minute and 30 seconds) of that fourth quarter. We could’ve folded pretty easily but we made some things happen and we were able to pull off that win.”

Highland opened the fourth quarter with 11 unanswered points before Strathmore senior William Reece could end the Scots’ scoring run with a steal on an inbound pass to score an easy layup.

Granite Hills High School girls soccer beat Delano 3-1 in Tuesday’s non-league game at home.

For the Grizzlies, Emily Carrillo, Celeste Ramos and Yadira Hernandez scored a goal each. Hernandez and Brianna Rodriguez also recorded one assist apiece. 

Granite Hills hosts Porterville Wednesday, Dec. 4, for their next game.

Porterville High School boys soccer continued their preseason undefeated streak with a 4-0 shutout of Strathmore at home Monday.

From start to finish, the Panthers (3-0) controlled possession with the ball rarely leaving the Spartans' half of the pitch. However it took Porterville 36 minutes to notch their first goal on a shot from Ricardo Angeles, who chipped the ball in off a block from SHS goalkeeper, Eduardo Islas.

But in the second half, the Panthers opened the game up early with a goal from Ivan Suarez and another by Ivan Alcantar on a cross from Kevin Gil just seven minutes apart in the first 20 minutes of the half.

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.

Granite Hills High School boys soccer beat Riverdale 3-0 in Friday's non-league game at home.

Jonathan Carranza scored on a free kick and Daniel Ruiz scored on a penalty kick. Salud Magana scored the third goal in the second half.

“We played good overall,” GHHS head coach Pedro Gonzalez said. “In the second half, we just continued to play good and put pressure on them. … I hope we keep playing good and get better every single game.”

FRESNO — All season the talk around the Valley was that Porterville High School boys were going to win the Central Section Division IV championship.

On Thursday the Panthers did that and more with Porterville’s Jorge Sanchez placing first to win the city’s first individual boys title since as far back as anyone can remember Thursday at Woodward Park in Fresno.

The senior finished the 5,000-meter race in 16 minutes, 42.7 seconds. It wasn’t a personal record, but the first-year runner led for nearly the entire race — except for when he got lost.

I’m like, ‘Oh my God!’,” Sanchez said. “I had to turn around and just like go down this sketchy part that wasn’t even (part of the course) and by the time I got back, the guy that was in second was ahead of me so I just had to like make that up. It made it even more painful but...it didn’t go how I wanted but it’s a win.”

Despite getting lost, Sanchez still finished 13.6 seconds ahead of Chowchilla’s Connor Borba (16:56.3, 2nd) to claim the Valley title. The accomplishment is still something Sanchez hasn’t processed yet.

Marauders place third in Div. I race to advance

FRESNO — What’s a state championship cross country meet without Monache High School girls?

After two back-to-back seasons going in Division II, Monache is headed back to the CIF State Championship meet next Saturday, Nov. 30 — this time as a Div. I program.

“I’m proud of the girls, it was great,” MHS head coach Seth Ishida said. “I don’t know of any other (local) team, any other sport that’s up there in second or third in D1. They represented the city well, and their league well. And they represented themselves so well. If anybody had told us a couple years ago that we’d be third in D1, we’d say, ‘Yeah, you’re kidding me.’ And to go to state is a big deal. And that’s always our goal.”

Football is family for the Ellis brothers

Siblings playing on the same team is nothing new, but when it comes to the Ellis brothers, it's something special.

Seniors Moses and Jacob, as well as sophomore Isaiah, don't just play for the Porterville High School (8-4, 3-2 EYL) football, they've impacted the team's success.

The Ellis brothers and Porterville have an opportunity to play for the program's first Valley title since 2010, if they win Friday's Div. IV semifinal game at top-seed Washington Union (10-1). For the trio, it's an opportunity that goes beyond winning a title.

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.

Porterville, Strathmore, Lindsay playing on the road

Valley is next week and three teams have one more game to win before they punch their ticket to the Central Section Championship game.

Friday’s semifinal games kickoff at 7 p.m. with all local high school football teams playing on the road.

In Division IV, fourth-seed Porterville (8-4) travels to Fresno and takes on top-seed Washington Union (10-1) after defeating fifth-seed Chavez (9-3) 40-6 last week.

Also heading north is fourth-seed Strathmore (11-1) who travel to top-seed Caruthers (11-1) for a Div. V semifinal game following the Spartans 42-21 win over 12th-seed Arvin (6-6).

Making the long trip to the mountains is fifth-seed Lindsay (9-3), who face top-seed Bishop Union (10-2). The Cardinals’ upset fourth-seed Riverdale (8-4) 28-18 to advance. 

Six other locals on All-EYL list

Another perfect season, another league MVP.

For the second year in a row, Monache High School volleyball not only claimed the East Yosemite League title with an unblemished 10-0 league record, but also nabbed the All-EYL’s Most Valuable Player selection with senior setter Gabriella Cox.

Along with Cox, four other Monache players made the first and second All-EYL teams while Porterville (15-15, 5-5 EYL) had two selections.

Fifth-seeded Monache High School's girls water polo lost 13-12 to fourth-seed El Capitan High School in the first round of the CIF Northern California Division III Championships Tuesday in Merced.

Claire Schrein led the team with five goals while Tracy McCoy and Ava LoBue had two apiece. Regan Azevedo, Kalina Weaver, Nevaeh Castillo had one goal each. Goalkeeper Infinity Dignam had 10 blocks.

Kalina Weaver played incredible guarding their hole set who was really, (really) good,” MHS head coach Kyla Conway said.

She added, “They really played well. I think the best they have played all season. ... Back and forth all game. It was a really good game to go out on.”

The Marauders (22-6, 6-2 EYL) finished the season as the Central Section Div. II runner-ups and second in the East Yosemite League.

Daniel Trujillo had another big game to lead the Lindsay High football team into Central Section Division VI semifinals.

No. 4 Porterville moves on to semis with 40-6 win over No. 5 Chavez

Another obstacle was crossed off Porterville High School's path to a Valley title Friday when the Panthers took out fifth-seed Cesar Chavez 40-6 in a CIF Central Section Division IV quarterfinal game at Jacob Rankin Stadium.

The Panthers (8-4) hit first fast, needing just two plays to move the ball from their own 35-yard line into Titans' territory, then sending running back Isaiah Ellis into the end zone on a 17-yard run.

Chavez (9-3) had almost no answer for Ellis and it showed most noticeably on the Panthers' last drive of the first half when PHS quarterback Hector Nava Jr. hit Ellis on three consecutive plays for 30- and 24-yard receptions before a final catch for 15-yards and a touchdown. Ellis scored one last time in the third quarter on a 15-yard run. 

Taft was bigger.

Arvin was bigger and faster.

What does that make Strathmore High?

Semifinalists in the Central Section Division 6 playoffs, because better trumps all other measurables in the world on this Spartans football field.

Strathmore won its school-record 12th consecutive section postseason game, running away from the visiting Bears 42-21 in Friday’s quarterfinals.

The fourth-seeded Spartans, winners of three straight Division VI titles, will have their winning streak tested to the n’th degree Friday when they visit top-seeded Caruthers, a 43-7 winner over No. 9 Immanuel.

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.

The MHS volleyball star will play for CSU Bakersfield

A ball of energy that oozes talent, Gabriella Cox has been a staple of Monache High School volleyball for the last three years.

An essential part of the Marauders (25-10, 10-0 EYL) winning back-to-back East Yosemite League titles with perfect records, the senior setter will have a new home court come next season after signing a National Letter of Intent Thursday to play for California State University, Bakersfield.

”It’s just such a relief,” Cox said. “The recruiting process was so nerve-wracking and stressful. And the fact that I’m finally over with it and able to say that I’m committed is so amazing.”

PHS boys take second

Monache High School boys cross country claimed their ninth straight East Yosemite League title and maintained an EYL win streak of 96 straight victories with another win at the EYL championship meet Wednesday at the Delano Golf Course..

Individually, it was a two-man race between Jorge Sanchez of Porterville and Adrian Martinez of Monache. Sanchez took the early lead but Martinez closed in with the two running side-by-side for the entire race.

They averaged 5 minute, 5 second mile paces on the difficult grass course. Martinez pushed the pace and Sanchez responded.

They ran away from the field and Sanchez summoned a final kick to win the race by six seconds. Sanchez ran a blistering 15:09 with Martinez close behind with a 15:15. Sanchez’s 3-mile time is the 19th fastest in the Central Section while Martinez’s time is in the top 25. 

No. 2 Monache takes on No. 1 Garces Memorial for Valley

Two years ago, Monache High School girls water polo played for a CIF Central Section Division II championship. They lost the game in sudden-death overtime.

On Saturday, six players from that 2017 team have another shot at a Valley title after the second-seeded Marauders (22-4, 6-2 EYL) topped the sixth-seed Atascadero Hounds (19-11) to advance to this weekend's Valley championship game against top-seed Garces Memorial.

Leading Monache's offense was Claire Schrein, who posted a game-high five goals, two assists and two steals.

“I am so excited to go back to the Valley championship game,” Schrein, a senior, said. “Whether we win or lose, I'm just so glad that we made it there.”

Fourth-seed Porterville High School boys water polo lost 12-6 to top-seed El Diamante in Wednesday's CIF Central Section Division II semifinal game on the road.

Levi Davis and Ethan Merritt led the team with three goals apiece.

Porterville finishes the season with a 13-8 overall record.

Lindsay plays on the road

Three high school football teams kept their Valley championship hopes alive with wins in last week’s opening round games of the CIF Central Section Division Championship tournaments.

In Div. IV, fourth-seed Porterville blanked 13th-seed Hoover (4-7) 65-0 for the program’s first shutout under third-year head coach Michael Machado. The Panthers return to Jacob Rankin Stadium and host fifth-seed Chavez (9-2) in Friday’s quarterfinal.

Also playing home again is Div. V Strathmore, who beat 13th-seed Taft (4-7) 28-20 to advance to the next round. The Spartans host 12th-seed Arvin (6-5).

The only team on the road is fifth-seed Lindsay (8-3), who travels to fourth-seed Riverdale (8-3). The Cardinals beat 12th-seed Parlier 42-15 in their opening round game.

Fourteenth-seed Granite Hills (3-8) season came to an end last Friday with a 55-24 loss to third-seed Orosi (9-3).

All games kickoff at 7 p.m. Friday.

Porterville finishes season as runner-up Valley champions

A win was the only thing that could've made Porterville High School's impressive season better.

Nearly 10 years after playing in their third-straight Valley championship, the Panthers (19-6, 8-2 EYL) girls tennis team was back in the CIF Central Section Division III championship match playing for a coveted Valley title Tuesday at the College of the Sequoias.

Underdogs against top-seed Central Valley Christian, sixth-seed Porterville played from behind much of the match before the Cavaliers won the title in singles by taking a 5-1 lead. CVC then swept the doubles match for their fourth-straight Valley title and first in Div. III.

“I thought we did pretty well for the kind of season that we had,” PHS head coach Kurt Nielsen said. “Got a couple good wins in the playoffs and couple good matches. And you've got to be pleased getting to the finals. Especially (after) not winning league. ... I'm proud of them.”

The Veterans 5K and 10K Walk and Run on Monday morning brought out more competitors than ever as nearly 600 people gathered on Main Street in front of City Hall to run or walk in the race. Registration for the event closed at 6:45 a.m., and the cap gun sounded off shortly after to signal the…

Sheriff Mike Boudreaux invites boys and girls from 4 years old through seniors in high school to sign up for a free soccer camp on Nov. 16 in Pixley and Nov. 23 in Orosi sponsored by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office.

Don Kloppenburg is as sharp as ever. The former Porterville College fooball coach who celebrated his 85th birthday this past summer demonstrated that while holding court at Poor Richards Pizza on Main Street on Friday night.

No. 2 Monache holds off No. 7 Kingsburg 7-5, semis up next

Monache High School's girls water polo teams is good.

Going by just their 21-4 overall record and second seed for the CIF Central Section Division II Championship tournament, there's no denying that.

But like any good team it is what they do under pressure that bolsters that claim.

The Marauders showed their resilience with a 7-5 win over the seventh-seed Kingsburg Vikings (14-5) in Saturday's quarterfinal game at home. It was the team's closest win of the season since a 12-10 win against Div. II Reedley on Aug. 22.

Play No. 1 El Diamante in Wednesday's semifinal

Six seconds — that's all fourth-seed Porterville High School boys water polo had to prevent overtime and giving any more hope to fifth-seed Golden West mounting a comeback in Saturday's CIF Central Section Division II quarterfinal game at Porterville.

The Trailblazers (9-12) had one chance to send the game into overtime and they took their shot against PHS sophomore goalie Nick True, who blocked the ball to his left then shielded it from Golden West players as the final buzzer sounded for the Panthers' 14-13 win.

“We just had to dig deep,” PHS head coach Mickey Goularte said after the game. “The message to the kids was, 'You know what? We worked hard for this all year long. You've got the strength, you've got the endurance and you've got the speed. If you use it, you win, and that's all there is to it.' And they did. They used it and they won.”

No. 4 Porterville beats No. 13 Hoover 65-0

To say the game was over after the first quarter would be a little harsh and presumptuous, because there was of course still three more quarters to play.

But with a 36-0 lead and the 13th-seed Patriots of Hoover (4-7) barely being able to set a toe in fourth-seed Porterville High School's half of the field, the game was essentially over.

The Panthers (7-4) posted their first shutout of the season with a 65-0 win in Friday's opening round game of the CIF Central Section Division IV Championship tournament at Jacob Rankin Stadium.

Welcome back, Strathmore High football.

Hard grass. Clodded cleats. Ball pounding, interior rushing, falling forward, knocking backwards, run until the clock zeroes out football is back.

With running back Carlos Moreno serving as Plans A through Y, the Spartans survived their Division 5 postseason debut with a 28-20 helmet smasher against visiting Taft in Friday’s Central Section first-round playoff game.

It wasn’t that close. It was actually even closer.

“I’m not going to say it was easy,” said Moreno, who deadlifted the ball 28 times for 284 yards, career highs every one. “It was hard, but we got the job done.”

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.

Porterville beats TUHS, play CVC in Valley title match Tuesday

It came down to one simple thing — get the ball over the net.

That’s all Jewelia Maniss and Jazlynne Medrano needed to focus on to secure a 6-4, 6-3 victory in the No. 3 doubles and send sixth-seed Porterville High School girls tennis to the CIF Central Section Division III Championship match with a 5-4 win over seventh-seed Tulare Union.

At home playing the final match in Thursday’s semifinal, the Panthers duo started both sets down 1-0 but remained unbothered and kept playing.

“Gotta just keep playing, playing through the moment,” Medrano said. “Focus on the play ahead.”

Maniss added, “(We tried) not to look ahead and get ahead of ourselves, and just try to get it over the net and get it in.”

Eighth-seeded Strathmore High School girls water polo defeated ninth-seeded Bakersfield Christian 9-3 in a CIF Central Section Division III opening round game Thursday at home.

The Spartans scored six goals in the first quarter to secure the win.

Faith Wynn led Strathmore with a game-high three goals and a steal. Paulina Cemo had two goals, five steals and three assists. AnnMarie Patterson had two goals, two assists and one steal. Sidney Hartsell had one goal, five steals and one assist. Kylee Blackwell had one goal and one assist.

Monache sweeps dual, Porterville continues to impress

If there were any team with a chance of beating Monache High School boys cross country, it was their rival Porterville.

Both teams entered their rivalry East Yosemite League dual at the top of the league, but it was the Marauders who were able to remain unblemished with a 20-39 win Wednesday at Porterville Sports Complex.

“Porterville’s going to win the (Central Section Division IV) championship,” MHS head coach Seth Ishida said. “For us to beat them — this is our fourth time — it’s always a challenge."

Second-seed Monache High School girls water polo defeated No. 15 Sierra of Tollhouse 12-2 in an opening round game of the CIF Central Section Division II Championship tournament Wednesday at home.

On Saturday, the Marauders (20-4) host seventh seed Kingsburg (14-4) at 11 a.m. for a quarterfinal game. Kingsburg defeated 10th seed San Luis Obispo 10-6 in their opening round game Wednesday.