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Tulare Union beats Porterville 23-13

Interceptions, incomplete passes, quarterback sacks and more spelled trouble for Porterville High School's offense in Friday's 23-13 East Yosemite League loss to Tulare Union at Jacob Rankin Stadium.

The Division IV Panthers (4-4, 1-2 EYL) were in the football game until the end with the Div. I Tribe (7-1, 3-0 EYL) because of their defense but Porterville's offense couldn't find a way to capitalize.

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Walmart grant aids Strathmore weight room upgrade

The cushions where a person's head is supposed to lay are worn thin with the padding exposed. On some, duct tape attempts to hold pieces together.

Seat cushions are blackened with age and use. Some have their yellowed bellies on full display while the stitching is halfway undone on others.

The colored paint from the weight plates and weight benches is peeled and worn from decades of wear.

This is the weight room equipment for Porterville Unified School District's most decorated football program.

All levels of Monache High School volleyball defeated Delano in Thursday's East Yosemite League game at home.

Varsity finished the sweep with a 3-0 win for their Senior Night. They won the sets 25-12, 25-9 and 25-13.

Senior Gabriella Cox had 25 assists, seven digs and four blocks. Senior Kristen Watson had six digs and two assists. Senior Hally Flynn had eight kills and four digs. Senior Tia Jules had eight kills, three digs, two blocks and one ace. Junior Katie Ramitez had 11 service points, two aces and one kill. Freshman Morgan Hunter had eight kills, five blocks and two digs.

Also for the Marauders, frosh-soph won 2-0 with 25-10 and 25-11 wins while junior varsity won 2-0 with 25-22 and 25-23 wins.

Monache girls avenge loss to Western, boys win too

It was the dual of the week and Monache High School cross country came through with a big finish.

The Marauders took on the Mustangs of Tulare Western in Wednesday's East Yosemite League dual at Veteran's Park, and came out on top with both boys and girls teams picking up wins.

The win was sweeter for the girls, who avenged last season's loss and took Western down 26-33. That loss was Monache's first since 2012 and resulted in a shared EYL title.

“Kind of a comeback from EYL last year,” MHS head coach Seth Ishida said. “We had a lot of trouble with them at our EYL championship last year — shared the title — so it was really important to comeback against them this time. We wanted to get it done here, take the pressure off. ... This probably seals up at least a share of the title.”

Monache's Aislin Taylor separated herself from the pack immediately and finished the 3-mile run in first place with a time of 18 minutes, 10 seconds — a season record.

Porterville High School cross country completed a full team sweep of Mission Oak with all levels of their programs defeating the Hawks in Wednesday's East Yosemite League dual at Live Oak Park in Tulare.

The varsity boys won 17-38 with Ethan Rangel in first with 17 minutes, 38 seconds for the 3-mile run. Rangel was followed by Joshua Meneses (17:40, 2nd), Luis Ortiz (17:42, 3rd), Joshua Jimenez (17:55, 5th), Misael Lopez (18:15, 6th) and Firo Rodriguez (19:19, 10th).

The varsity girls won 23-32 with Joslin Jimenez (20:56) and Lynlee Davis (21:06) in first and second, respectively. Also in the top 10 was Marisol Hernandez (22:23, 5th), Maria Millan (22:27, 6th) and Elisandra Ruiz (22:57, 9th).

It was a great day, PHS head coach Juan Jimenez said. “We haven't had one of those in a while. I think we had one last year. But yeah, outstanding work by everybody. Girls did a really good job. Mission Oak was definitely ready to run. There (were) a few kids in there that weren't at the previous tournaments that kind of surprised us a little bit but the girls handled it really well. It was the first mile, they came out really aggressive, and to their credit, the girls stuck to our game plan. And by about the third mile and a half or so, they sorted out themselves and were able to win the race pretty comfortably.”

The frosh-soph girls also won 20-35 with Princesa Corrales (16:32) edging teammate Esmeralda Palafox (16:33) out by a second for first place in the 2-mile race.

The frosh-soph boys won 16-31 with Dominic Welsh winning in 12:26.

All games on Friday, Porterville playing at Rankin Stadium

Three games, that’s all that’s left of the regular season. 

This week and the next two will decide who makes the playoffs with Porterville (4-3 1-1 EYL) close to qualifying while Monache (1-6, 0-2 EYL) and Granite Hills (2-5, 1-2 ESL) are in must-win situations this week.

All games are on Friday this week with undefeated Strathmore (7-0, 3-0 ESL) hosting Corcoran for Homecoming Night. Elsewhere in the East Sequoia League, Lindsay (5-2, 2-1 ESL) travels to Farmersville and Granite takes on Sierra Pacific at Hanford High.

In the East Yosemite League, Porterville hosts Tulare Union at Jacob Rankin Stadium while Monache is at Delano.

Lindsay tops Granite Hills in ESL match

There was one goal for Lindsay High School girls tennis this season, win one more match than last year, and the Cardinals just surpassed it.

Lindsay (3-6 ESL) picked up their third win with a 5-4 East Sequoia League victory against Granite Hills (0-9 ESL) Tuesday on the road. Last season the Cardinals won just one match.

Climbing the ladder from the No. 4 spot to No. 1, Rufina Galvez won her singles match 8-5 for her third win at No. 1.

“Her strength is she can return a ball regardless,” LHS head coach Isaias Cabrera said. “If it's high, if it's low, she'll go to it and she'll return it. She's basically like a wall. Any ball she gets, she'll return it.”

MHS girls have big EYL dual Wed.

Porterville High School boys cross country broke through the Central Section's top 20 rankings last week with a spot at 19, but the top-ranked Div. IV Panthers are now sitting at No. 16 in the week eight rankings. This is also Porterville's sixth week at No. 1 in Div. IV as well.

In overall rankings, Monache boys also climbed up to No. 6 from last week’s No. 9 spot. In Div. I, the Marauders are now ranked fourth.

Schrein's five goals help lift Monache over Porterville

Rivalry week made its way to the pool Monday with Monache High School girls water polo claiming round one against Porterville.

The defensive-minded Marauders (16-2, 3-1 EYL) held off the Panthers 8-6 at Porterville for their first East Yosemite League rivalry win since 2017 — the same year Monache made a Division II Valley championship appearance.

There were hugs all around from MHS head coach and Porterville grad, Kyla Conway, who called the win “fun” and “weird”.

“It's a little weird but it's a great group of girls and it's my privilege to coach them,” Conway said. “Watching them get excited and get that win today is what made it fun for me.”

Monache High School volleyball swept Mission Oak at all levels in Monday's East Yosemite League game at home.

The varsity team won their three sets, 25-9, 25-22 and 25-9, respectively, with Gabriella Cox getting 33 kills and six digs. Kristen Watson had 16 digs, four aces and one kill. Tia Jules had eight kills. Morgan Hunter had nine kills and one block. Hally Flynn had eight kills and seven digs. Kailyn Castle had six kills and 13 digs.

The frosh-soph Marauders won 2-0 with 25-13 and 25-15 wins while junior varsity won 25-13 and 25-18.

Six interceptions help Granite Hills' win

It was close, but Granite Hills High School pulled off a 29-27 homecoming win over Farmersville in Friday's East Sequoia League football game at Jacob Rankin Stadium.

An interception here and an interception there — six total — and the Grizzlies (2-5, 1-2 ESL) were off to the races against the struggling Aztecs (0-8, 0-4 ESL).

Granite scored twice on turnovers with the final one, an interception by senior Eduardo Castro on Farmersville's final drive of the game, sealing the win for the Grizzlies.

Lose 22-15 as playoff chance start to slip away

Monache High School’s chance at a trip back to the Central Section Division IV playoffs took a blow Thursday with a 22-15 loss to Mission Oak at Jacob Rankin Stadium

The Marauders (1-6, 0-2EYL) began the East Yosemite League game without nine starters but led at at halftime with a small 9-0 lead. A 38-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Sullivan Focke to TrayVon Bradford on the first drive of the game put the team on the board quickly.

Monache High School volleyball defeated Tulare Union 3-1 in Thursday’s East Yosemite League on the road and improved their EYL win streak to 19.

The Marauders lost the first set 25-23 but won the next three 25-22, 25-15 and 25-15.

Gabriella Cox had 22 assists, four blocks, five digs and two kills. Morgan Hunter had seven kills, eight blocks, one dig and one ace. Tia Jules had nine kills and nine blocks. Ashlynn Baxter had seven kills, seven digs, three aces and one block. Kristen Watson had 10 digs, five aces, 18 service points and one kill.

Monache’s frosh-soph team won 2-0 with a 25-16, 25-19 win while junior varsity won 2-0 with a 25-17, 25-17 win. 

Porterville High School girls water polo defeated Garces Memorial 10-9 in sudden death of Thursday’s East Yosemite League game.

Johanna Scheer led the team with five goals and scored the game winner. Karlie Patch had three goals, one assist and one steal. Alyssa Bodoh has one goal and four assists. Claire Lee had one goal and two assists. Goalkeeper Ahna Davis had 12 blocks.

Summit Charter beats Laton 3-0, stay in playoff race

The philosophy of the Bears of Summit Charter Collegiate Academy is simple: focus on one play at a time, whether it be in practice or a game.

It's a familiar philosophy in sports but when it comes to the Bears' young volleyball program, it's one that's easy to follow and has led to one of the best seasons in school history.

“We never talked about let's win league or any of that,” SCCA head coach Job Lara said. “We just talked about, let's get better every play in practice. That's what we work on, one play at a time. It's been real simple for us and for a young team, that's the best we can do. Let's just worry about this play.”

And Summit did just that in a 3-0 sweep of Laton in Wednesday's East Sierra League game at home.

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

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

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

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

Today Monache plays home, Porterville away

With four football games left in the season, three Orange Belt teams still need to pick up their fifth overall, or third league, win to qualify for the Central Section Division playoffs.

The East Sequoia League’s Strathmore (6-0, 2-0 ESL) and Lindsay (5-2, 2-1 ESL) have already qualified while the East Yosemite League’s Porterville is a win away from qualifying for the second year in a row.

On the brink are Monache (1-5, 0-1 EYL) and Granite Hills (1-5, 0-2 ESL), both of whom will miss playoffs if they lose two more games. 

Games stretch from today until Saturday, starting with Monache at home against Mission Oak and Porterville facing Tulare Western on the road. The Grizzlies host Farmersville Friday for homecoming and the Spartans are in Hanford Saturday to play Sierra Pacific.

The final team to take their bye this week is the Cardinals.

MHS beats PHS 3-1, EYL win streak reaches 18

Under head coach Rosalia Quinones, Monache High School volleyball is dominating the East Yosemite League.

The first-place Marauders (20-9, 5-0 EYL) picked up their 18th straight EYL win under the four-year head coach and are now 31-4 in EYL with Quinones at the helm.

Keeping their win streak alive Tuesday evening at home, defending EYL-champion Monache pulled out a challenging 3-1 win against rival Porterville (12-11, 3-2 EYL) to finish the first round of league play undefeated. The Marauders won the first set 25-18, dropped the second 25-23, then won the last two 25-18 and 25-23, respectively.

GHHS boys win 19-12, girls lose 16-2

A chance at playoffs, that's what Scott Adney saw out of his Granite Hills High School boys water polo team's win.

The Grizzlies (1-3, 1-1 ESL) topped the visiting Hawks of Mission Oak 19-12 in an East Sequoia League game Monday that became lopsided in the second half.

“I think we have a chance to make the playoffs,” GHHS head coach Adney said. “I mean we go .500 in league, we can make the playoffs. I think we have a chance. We'll find out on Wednesday how we stand the rest of the way.”

Granite Hills faces Sierra Pacific (2-8) on Wednesday.

Porterville High School girls tennis defeated Mission Oak 8-1 in Monday's East Yosemite League match at home.

The Panthers swept singles with No. 1 Chloe Weaver winning 6-2, 6-0; No. 2 Sierra Mitchel 7-5, 6-2; No.3 Jewelia Maniss 4-6, 6-2, 10-7; No. 4 Erica Palad 6-2, 6-0; No. 5 Zeila Rivera 6-0, 6-1 andNo. 6 Liz Martinez 6-3, 6-1.

In doubles, No. 2 Zeila Rivera and Natalia Sanchez won 8-2 while No. 3 Dez Gomez and Jazz Medrano won 8-2. No. 1 Mitchel and Weaver lost 9-8.

Porterville is now 5-1 in EYL and travel to Tulare Western for an EYL match Wednesday.

Strathmore tops Woodlake 26-22

It was its big test of the season and Strathmore High School football aced it with minutes to spare.

The Spartans (6-0, 2-0 ESL) came into Friday’s East Sequoia League game at Woodlake with a target on their back and a big question from doubters of just how well they could compete with a Div. V team. 

They answered that question and more with a 26-22 comeback against Div. Woodlake (5-2, 2-1 ESL) that should silence critics, at least for this week.

Porterville tops Monache 297-324

With a squad full of returners, Porterville High School girls golf has all but cruised through the first round of East Yosemite League play.

Porterville finished the first half of league in second with a 4-1 league record after defeating rival Monache 297-324 in their final nine-hole match of the season Thursday at River Island Country Club. The Panthers trail only first-place Mission Oak while the Marauders (3-2 EYL) are in third.

“I think that's why are team is pretty strong this year,” PHS head coach David Herrera said about having multiple returners. “We're winning most of our matches just because the girls have been in the program. Golf is just something that takes time to pick up and learn.”

Against Monache, Porterville's No. 1 Angela Eugene was the low medalist with a score of 54. Teammate, No. 3 Gemma Gasco, had the second lowest score of the match with a 59. Also for the Panthers No. 2 Aunika Marquez and No. 5 Catherine Entenman shot a 60, No. 4 Uniese Carrillo a 65 and No. 6 Jasmine a 64.

South Valley Chivas’ Erick Rincon was amongst the 18 Mexican-American youth soccer players called in by the Mexican Soccer Federation for a camp held in Ontario, California from Sept 26-30.

Mexican Federation staff on hand at the camp included: Jorge Tello, coordinator of tryouts; Miguel Angel Razo, technical director; Ricard Enriquez, assistant coach; Luis Sixtos, doctor; Omar Najera, video; Daniel Leon, logistics coordinator and Luis Monroy, equipment manager.

Rincon played in both games which were held during the camp. He had great performances in both of those games and was praised by the numerous pro team scouts on hand.

The week prior to this camp, Rincon was training with the LA Galaxy Academy teams (U17 and U19) in Carson.

Rincon currently plays for the South Valley Chivas 04B team coached by Amber and Gilbert Hernandez, as well as Granite Hills High School.

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.

Monache faces Tulare Union tonight

Preseason football is over and high school teams are now in full swing for their respective leagues.

Last week, undefeated Strathmore (5-0, 1-0 ESL) qualified for the Central Section Div. V playoffs by winning their fifth game and guaranteeing no less than a .500-season finish. The Spartans resume East Sequoia League play Friday with reigning ESL champion Woodlake (5-1, 2-0 ESL).

Also on Friday in the ESL, Lindsay (3-2, 1-1 ESL) is on the road against Corcoran (3-2, 2-0 ESL).

In the East Yosemite League, Monache (1-4) travels to Tulare Thursday for a league-opener against Tulare Union (4-1) while Porterville (3-2) opens league with Mission Oak (3-2) at Jacob Rankin Stadium on Homecoming Night Friday.

On a bye this week is Granite Hills.

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.

Lindsay beats Strathmore 3-2

“Our house!”

“Our house!”

Lindsay High School volleyball chanted the mantra over and over again during their final timeouts, then defended their home court with a 3-2 victory over rival Strathmore Monday for the Cardinals' first East Sequoia League win of the season.

“We've been struggling all season with finishing games,” LHS head coach Angel Leon said. “We'll start off real strong and then drop off at then end. I finally saw the heart come back at the end and they finally finished. So it was great improvement on our girls and great maturity under pressure. I think they did really, really amazing right there.”

Lindsay (1-5 ESL) won the first two sets 25-18 and 25-23 but lost the next two 25-13 and 25-19 respectively.

In the fifth set they trailed 6-1 to start but scored six points in a row to tie the set at 7-all. The set was tied five more times before the Cardinals took a 13-12 lead on an error by the Spartans. From there, back-to-back kills from Berinise Rangel gave the team the 15-12 win.

Rangel led Lindsay with 14 kills and three blocks. Alexis Leon had 25 assist, three aces and two kills. Isabel Rico had 13 digs, Azaria Loya had two blocks. Nadia Madrigal had 14 kills and Stephanie Bargas had 17 digs and an ace.

For the Spartans (2-10-1, 2-3 ESL), Jazmine Soto had 23 assists, 12 digs, three kills and four aces. Sydney Ruckman had nine kills and six digs. Kathy Gonzalez had 14 digs, Aliyah Garcia had five kills, Rebecca Acevedo six kills and Jacelyn Ashcraft 12 kills. Lucy Flynn also had eight assists, six kills and three aces.

“Obviously it's a rivalry and I know a lot of the players over there so it's a lot of heart,” first-year head Leon said about playing Strathmore. “And the girls know each other so it's kind of fun on that aspect. Feels really good for the girls (to get the win). For me, it obviously feels really good too. But I really wanted this for the girls.”

The senior Panther was unsatisfied with a seventh-place, 17 minute, 17.8 finish in his first ever 5,000-meter run last week, so he set to work and a week later beat out several Division I runners for first in last Friday’s 47th Annual Douglas P. Rudolf Cross Country Invitational at Mooney Gr…

Lindsay shuts out Granite Hills on Homecoming Night

A shorthanded Granite Hills High School football team was no match for Lindsay Friday, as the Cardinals quickly ran away with a 46-0 blowout on Homecoming Night at Frank Skadan Stadium.

Not only was it the Cardinals (4-2, 1-1 ESL) largest win of the season and first shutout since a 46-0 blanking of Morro Bay last year but it was the team's largest win against the Grizzlies (1-5, 0-2 ESL) under fifth-year head coach Matt Mendonca.

The Cardinals picked up their first East Sequoia League win of the season by setting the tempo early and not holding anything back. They scored seven touchdowns total — six in the first half alone — and had a running a clock to start the second half.

MHS girls up to third

Weekly cross country Central Section rankings are out and Porterville High School boys are the No. 1 team in Division IV for the third week in a row. In overall rankings, the Panthers also moved up two spots to 21st in the entire section.

Around the Orange Belt, Monache boys are still seventh in Div. I but moved to 12th overall. In Div. V, Granite Hills is still ranked fourth.

In the girls rankings, Monache moved up one spot in Div. I to third and one spot in overall to seventh. Lindsay girls also moved up one spot in Div. III to seventh. Div. V Granite Hills remained in sixth place.


Porterville 301

Tulare Union 313

Porterville High School girls golf defeated Tulare Union 301-313 in Thursday’s East Yosemite League meet in Tulare. 

For the Panthers, Angela Eugene shot a 63, Aunika Marquez 60, Uniese Carrillo 58, Gemma Gasco 56, Catherine Entenman 64 and Jasmine Gray 68. 

“We have won the last two matches because from top to bottom we have solid players,” PHS head coach David Herrera said. “Our team has a lot of depth which is hard to keep up with. We didn’t break 300 (Thursday) but the girls are becoming more familiar with the Tulare golf course which will benefit us when we play one mini tournament and the league championship there.”

The Panthers next match is next Tuesday at Delano.

Down two sets and trailing 6-1 in what could've been their final set of the night, something clicked for Porterville High School volleyball and the Panthers came thundering back to force a five-game set against Tulare Western in Thursday's East Yosemite League game at home.

Everything picked up for Porterville (10-10, 1-1 EYL) with big hits, key blocks, selfless digs and improved serving. After losing the first two sets 25-19 and 25-13, the Panthers won the next two 26-24 and 25-18.

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.”

The last week of preseason football for the Orange Belt could end with one team being the first to qualify for postseason play.

Strathmore (4-0, 1-0 ESL) is undefeated through their first four games and a win at Kern Valley (1-3) on Friday would put them at the .500 postseason qualifying mark.

Both Strathmore and Porterville (3-1) play their final non-league games on the road with the Div. IV Panthers at Div. II Redwood (4-0).

After starting with losses in their East Sequoia League home-openers, Div. VI Granite Hills (1-4, 0-1 ESL) and Lindsay look to bounce back against one another in an ESL game on homecoming night at Div. VI Lindsay (3-2, 0-1 ESL)

On a bye this week is Monache (1-4).

When teams played Lindsay High School girls tennis last season they were almost always guaranteed a win. And not just any win but a full sweep.

That is no longer the case.

The Cardinals (0-6, 0-3 ESL) went from losing a majority of matches 9-0 with 8-0 set losses, to winning several games in every set and winning more individual matches this season.

For example, the team won 28 games in Tuesday's 6-2 East Sequoia League loss to Woodlake (5-5, 3-0 ESL) — a team that won 9-0 on Lindsay's home court last season.

After trailing 4-0 in the first quarter, Monache High School girls water polo defeated Exeter 17-8 in a non-league game on the road Tuesday.

Claire Schrein led the team with seven goals, Ava LoBue had six and Regan Azevedo had two. Ellie Carr and Kalina Weaver each had one. Infinity Dignam had nine saves.

Sierra Pacific takes 1st, Strathmore 2nd

The East Sequoia League teed off their season Monday and all three local girls golf head coaches said they were seeing a lot of improvement.

Five-time reigning league champion, Sierra Pacific, won the opening match at Porterville Golf Course with a team score of 257, beating Strathmore’s second-place 289 by 32 strokes. Lindsay placed third with 316 and Granite Hills did not have enough golfers for a team score.

The Golden Bears’ No. 1 Sam Coons was the top individual golfer with a score of 46 but the Cardinals’ No. 1 Natalie Felix shot a 49 to tie for second with No. 2 Makayla Cawley of Sierra Pacific.

“She’s been playing well,” LHS head coach Lance Cheatwood said during the match. “She’s right there with every No. 1 we’ve played against. The other day out at River Island (Country Club), she shot a 48 on the front nine. She’s kind of getting back into it and starting to strike the ball a lot, lot better.”

All three Monache High School volleyball teams picked up wins against Tulare Union in Monday's East Yosemite League opener at home.

The freshman team won 2-0 with 25-23 and 25-22 wins while junior varsity won 2-0 with 28-26 and 25-9 wins. Varsity won 3-1 after dropping their third set 25-23. The Marauders won the other three 25-14, 25-9, and 25-21, respectively.

For Monache varsity, Gabriella Cox had 27 assists, 11 digs, six kills and three blocks. Kristen Watson had 11 digs, three aces and two assists. Tia Jules had nine kills, four blocks and two aces. Morgan Hunter had five kills and two blocks. Hally Flynn had 17 service points, 10 kills, four aces and five digs. Kailyn Castle had 10 digs, five kills, one block and one ace.

East Bakersfield tops Monache 26-21

A 'battered' Monache High School football team fought tooth and nail with East Bakersfield for four quarters but ultimately came up short in a 26-21 loss to the Blades Friday night at Jacob Rankin Stadium on homecoming night.

The Marauders (1-4) were short-handed but still battled, putting the Blades (4-1) on the ropes early in the fourth quarter with a 3-yard touchdown run by Aidan Galvan. Anthony Valencia's PAT sailed through the uprights and Monache took a 21-20 lead.

“That's what's amazing,” MHS head coach Shane Focke said. “We're missing eight starters combined on offense and defense. And to play that team, as good as they are, as late as we did, leaving it all on the table — fantastic effort. Fantastic effort.”

Granite Hills drops ESL-opener to Corcoran

The final two minutes of the East Sequoia League’s first football game of the season was made up of good defense and two important scores.

Unfortunately for the home team, Granite Hills High School, the final score was in favor of Corcoran (3-2, 1-0 ESL) as the Panthers won 21-14 Thursday at Jacob Rankin Stadium.

“I think you build on what you did, right,” GHHS head coach Dan Williams said on moving forward. “We never quit, we came back and we tied the game up in limited time left in the game. So we build on that for sure. At least they didn’t roll over and they fought to the end. Throw a pick-6 and that hurts.”

Monache High School girls water polo defeated Strathmore 18-5 in Wednesday's non-league game in Strathmore.

Claire Schrein led the Marauders in scoring with seven goals, Ava LoBue had five and Isabel Surherland had two. Nevaeh Moncibaiz, Regan Azevedo, Tracy McCoy and Kalina Weaver had one goal apiece. Infinity Dignam also had two blocks.

For the Spartans, Paulina Cemo had three goals and three steals. Faith Wynn had one goal and two assists. Isabel Burrough had one goal. AnnMarie Patterson and Sidney Hartsell had one assist apiece.

Monache drops EYL opener 6-3 to Tulare Union

The young Monache High School girls tennis team got their first taste of East Yosemite League play with a 6-3 loss to Tulare Union at home Wednesday.

One of the best matches of the day was between No. 1's Abigail Sotelo of Monache (1-7, 0-1 EYL) and Maddie Rodriguez of Tulare. Rodriguez took the first set 6-2 but Sotelo won the second 6-3 by winning the last three games. However, Rodriguez came away the winner with a 10-6 win in the tiebreaker set.

Not only is Porterville High School's boys cross country team ranked No. 1 in the Central California Division IV rankings, but the Panthers are now in the overall top 25.

Porterville debuted at No. 23 in the overall rankings after being ranked 27th last week. They are the only Div. IV team ranked top 25 overall.

Grizzlies host lone Thursday night game

Two weeks away from the start of East Yosemite League play, the East Sequoia League kicks their season off tonight with a 7 p.m. matchup between Corcoran and Granite Hills High School at Jacob Rankin Stadium. 

The ESL crown is anyone’s for the taking with Lindsay (3-1) and Strathmore (3-0) looking like two of the league’s top teams. Both teams host their ESL openers Friday with Woodlake (3-1) at Lindsay and Farmersville (0-4) at Strathmore. 

At Rankin Stadium Friday, Monache hosts East Bakersfield while Porterville is on the road against Golden West.

Monache boys drop game to Sunnyside, girls win 16-0

The team was close, they had 11 seconds and were playing a man up but couldn't capitalize.

A miscue sent the ball past a Monache High School boys' water polo player's head and time ran out.

The result was a 9-8 win in favor of the visiting Sunnyside Wildcats (1-6) Tuesday at Monache.

After leading 3-2 in the first quarter and then tying 4-all at half, the Wildcats took an 8-5 lead in the third quarter for the largest lead of the game. But it was short-lived thanks to a goal from Nicholas Ervin before time expired.

Porterville High School girls golf defeated Lindsay 277-324 in a non-league match Tuesday at River Island Country Club.

Scoring for the Panthers was Angela Eugene with a 49, Uniese Carrilo with 54, Aunika Marquez with 54, Gemma Gasco with 57 and Catherine Entenman with 63.

“We had an outstanding outing today,” PHS head coach David Herrera said. “All of the girls played well today. Angela broke 50 today which is a big milestone. I’m proud of Angela’s work ethic and happiness on the course. Also Uniese, Aunika and Gemma shooting in the 50s is a great accomplishment. I enjoy seeing all of their hard work over the years paying off in their scores.

“The team this year has a lot of depth,” Herrera said. “I have two girls that have shot in the 40s, four girls that have shot in the 50s and two more girls that are ready to shoot in the 50s. It’s nice to have a team full of talented athletes that work hard and keep improving.”

Porterville's next match is Thursday at the Tulare Golf Course against Mission Oak. It will be their first East Yosemite League match of the season.

Monache High School volleyball came out on top 3-0 against Woodlake in Monday's non-league game on the road. The Marauders won the sets 25-13, 25-16 and 25-13 respectively.

For Monache, Gabriella Cox had 29 assists, nine digs, three kills and two aces. Kristen Watson had six service points, five digs, two assists and one ace. Tia Jules had seven kills. Morgan Hunter had six kills, one dig and one ace. Hally Flynn had six kills, two digs and one ace. Kailyn Castle had seven kills, four digs and two aces.