Monache’s Aislin Taylor, Ruby Fiori and Adrian Martinez and Porterville High’s Douglas Valek were able to come through with outstanding efforts in brutal conditions at the Central Section Masters Track Meet on Saturday at Buchanan High in Clovis.Athletes at the meet competed in 109 degree te…

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s the final seconds of the Southern California State Championship girls basketball game's clock ticked down, the Strathmore High Spartan fans were already on their feet. And when the buzzer sounded, the standing-room-only crowd exploded into deafening screams, shouting cheers and whistles wh…

STRATHMORE - In an ugly year with an ugly virus leading to an ugly pandemic it only figures the Strathmore High Girls basketball team would make it to the Southern Section Stat championship game by winning ugly, punching its ticket to play for the CIF Southern Section 5-AA title with a 49-29…

Aiden Albers wasn’t going to let one of the biggest wins in Strathmore High baseball history slip away one more time.

Selma -  The Monache High School softball team saw it’s season end on Thursday afternoon, losing at Selma 7-6 in a CIF division 2 playoff game.

The Monache softball team received a first round playoff game in the Central Section seedings that were announced on Saturday. Monache is seeded No. 6 and will host No. 11 East Bakersfield on Tuesday in the Division II playoffs. With a win Monache would face No. 3 Selma in Thursday.The Strat…

Tulare Western took advantage of two errors to score an unearned run in the bottom of the eighth inning to beat the Monache softball team 4-3 on Monday in Tulare.

The Monache boys and girls track teams swept their dual meet against Porterville High on Wednesday at Rankin Stadium.

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During a warrant search in the Farmersville area, 32-year-old Emiliano Camacho was arrested for marijuana-related offenses and booked into custody at the Adult Pre-Trial Facility, the Tulare County Sheriff's Office reported

Imagine Community Arts, located at 372 N. 3rd (the former DMV building), has joined the Porterville Little Libraries effort as they are restoring and doing the art for a Porterville Recorder vending machine to be used as a little library.

Aidan Jackson came through with a gem when the Strathmore High baseball team needed it the most.

While the finish wasn’t exactly what it wanted the Monache softball team still had an impressive overall effort in a 5-3 win at Exeter on Monday.

The Porterville High boys and girls swim teams finished the regular season undefeated by sweeping Monache on Thursday.

Four errors and 11 runners left on base isn't a winning recipe. That's what the Monache softball team found out on Friday.

Brianna Rodriguez thought for sure she was on her way to Division II New Mexico Highlands. But the chance to play with her sister won out.

The Porterville High boys basketball team jumped out early on its way to a 62-30 rout of Tulare Union on Friday at Sharman Gym.PHS led 22-7 after one quarter and 38-14 at halftime in improving to 4-0. Adam Daguman was the only player in double figures for the Panthers with 14 points but rece…

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After years of hard work and dedication, Joshua Meneses is seeing his efforts come to fruition.

On Thursday, the Porterville High School senior was joined by family and coaches as he signed a letter of intent to run men’s cross country and track for Azusa Pacific University next season.

The Cougars are an NCAA Division II institution that competes in the PacWest Conference. 

“I feel good,” Meneses said. “I feel relieved because I’ve put in a lot of work over the past couple of years, and it’s kind of paying off.”

Strathmore High School girls tennis defeated Granite Hills in an East Sequoia League match Thursday afternoon. The Grizzlies only had three athletes and defaulted five matches.

In singles, No. 1 Taylor Simonich won 8-0, No. 2 Abby Miller 8-0 and No. 3 Ryan Shearer 8-0. Simonich and Miller also won the No. 1 doubles match 8-0.

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The storybook career for the greatest girls wrestler in Monache High School history is beginning a new chapter.

Senior Charlotte Kouyoumtjian signed on to the women’s wrestling program at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, Minn., during a small signing ceremony Tuesday at Monache. The Auggies of Augsburg are an NCAA Division III program.

Kouyoumtjian said she had wanted to go to Augsburg and knew it was the right place when she visited, then committed, last November. 

“Everybody was really nice, and they kept coming up to me and talking to me and telling me stuff,” she said. “I’m just really shy, so I was like, I’m scared to go here because I’m not going to be good at making conversations with people. But they came to me, so it was easier.”

Monache High School softball won a 2-1 “thriller” against league-leading Tulare Union in an East Yosemite League game Wednesday at home. The loss was the first league loss for the Tribe. 

“Morgan Hunter pitched the game and just pitched an outstanding game,” MHS head coach Dave Koontz said. “Gave up five hits, also had four strikeouts. But just had an outstanding game. She was pinpoint. She had bases loaded one time (and) pitched herself out of trouble. She did an excellent job against an excellent team.”

Hunter also hit a triple that put the game-winning run on base while Oriana Gutierrez also hit a triple and scored a run. Both runs were brought in by Jessica Batres who hit a sacrifice fly to bring in the first and a suicide squeeze bunt to bring in the game-winning run. “Big game for her,” Koontz said. “She’s an up-and-coming player.”

Koontz added that everybody contributed and it was a team win.

“It was a huge game for us,” he said. “It shows that we can bunt. We’re getting there as a team, we’re getting better. I’m really, really, really proud of this team. They’ve stepped up, they’ve come back. I think Monache’s back.” 

Granite Hills High School boys soccer tied 2-2 with Sierra Pacific in an East Sequoia League road game Tuesday.

Salud Magana scored both goals for the Grizzlies in the first half on assists from Daniel Ruiz. 

“We finished 2-1 in the first half and they scored the second goal in the second half,” GHHS head coach Pedro Gonzalez said. “We go to the overtime and both teams have a chance. But the ball didn’t go in.”

Monache High School girls tennis lost 5-4 to Mission Oak in an East Yosemite League match Monday on the road. 

In singles, No. 3 Cynthia Kasis won 7-6, 6-2; No. 4 Maria Hernandez won 6-4, 6-0; and No. 6 Fayth Sirviong 7-6, 6-4. Anayeli Ramirez and Princessa Ceballos won the No. 3 doubles match 8-6.

In a close singles’ match, No. 2 Alexa Baez won her first set 7-5 but dropped the next two 6-1 and 10-7. No. 5 Sam Malone also lost a close singles match after winning her first set 6-2 but dropping the next 6-3 and 10-7.

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MHS’ 1-0 win is the eighth-straight for team

Monache High School baseball extended their winning streak to eight with a 1-0 win over rival Porterville in an East Yosemite League game Saturday on the road.

The Marauders’ Richie Bailey got the win on the mound after pitching seven shutout innings. He allowed just six hits and three walks while striking out 13 batters looking. Jose Segura was Monache’s top hitter after going 2-for-3 with a double and the team’s lone run scored in the fourth inning. Sullivan Focke also had a double.  

EDITOR'S NOTE: Monache baseball has won eight games straight, not seven as reported in the print edition of The Recorder.

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Sixty-two teams were entered in Saturday's West Coast Relays and 17 Monache track and field athletes qualified for the prestigious event held a day after the college version. The meet had three levels of races with the Invitational race being the elite level of competition followed by the Seeded and Open events. 

The lone medalist of the day was Janae Espinoza in the seeded 3,200-meter race after placing third with a personal record of 12 minutes, 15.35 seconds. Espinoza held the lead for half of the race with a huge lead with a 78-second lap. She dropped to fourth behind the Bizik sisters of Clovis West and Maltos of Clovis North. Her 150-meter lead turned into a 50-meter deficit. 

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Verdejo scores 20 in 53-48 win over MOHS

A slow start couldn’t stop Monache High School girls basketball in Friday evening’s East Yosemite League matchup against Mission Oak.

Playing at home, the Marauders (3-0 EYL) trailed in the first quarter but outscored the Hawks (1-2 EYL) in the next two to take a lead that carried them to a 53-48 victory.

“They just have so much heart,” MHS head coach Junell Garcia said. “They really want to win. I told them that this season was just kind of for fun. We get a season, let’s be happy with that. You’ve been off for a whole year or more, but they really all want to win in their hearts. So they give it their all. That’s just who they are. I love these girls. They’re awesome.”

Leading Monache in scoring with 20 points was freshman Alisha Verdejo. 

PHS’ Tim Vanni working to get wrestlers a season

State and Central Section championship meets are canceled, but that’s not stopping Tim Vanni from trying to get his wrestlers a match or even a short season. 

The Porterville High School head coach said the Panthers began practicing two weeks ago once they were cleared too, and have kept going despite likely being the only East Yosemite League team to field a team this season.

For Vanni, wrestling this season means giving the seniors some recognition and preparing the underclassmen for next season.

“We’ve got a couple of seniors that hopefully we can get at least one dual meet and have Senior Night at our place,” Vanni said. “Maybe, probably wrestle on the road a couple matches. That will help with the seniors getting some recognition...And it will help get those guys back in the saddle for next year that are coming back.”

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Swim & dive, track & field state meets canceled too

The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) announced Wednesday that state championships for wrestling, swim and dive, and track and field are canceled.

“Due to the limited number of Sections in Northern California conducting championships, coupled with potential logistical/travel issues, the State CIF will not be hosting State Championships in swim & dive, track & field, and wrestling,” the CIF stated in a press release.

Along with the state’s decision, the Central Section also announced it would not have section championships either.

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Porterville High School boys and girls swim improved to an 8-0 perfect record with an East Yosemite League win over Tulare Union at home on Wednesday. The girls won the meet 121-49, while the boys won 126-59. The Panthers are now 3-0 in league.

Porterville girls swept the relay events. Ahna Davis, Adelyne Merritt, Mary Catherine Strizic, and Maycee Hyder won the 200-yard medley relay in 2 minutes, 7.23 seconds. Davis, Merritt, Hyder, and Claire Lee won the 200 free (1:50.54). Strizic, Alondra Arroyo Rico, Karlie Wanmer, and Lee won the 400 free (4:09.76).

Individually, Merritt won both the 100 free (1:02.18) and 100 breaststroke (1:21.38). Wanmer won the 200 free (2:21.57), Strizic the 200 individual medley (2:36.82), Lee the 500 free (5:50.79), and Davis the 100 backstroke (1:12.31).

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Jazmine Soto, remember the name.

The senior from Strathmore High School solidified her place in the record books Tuesday when she became Tulare County’s all-time greatest basketball scorer. 

Soto came into the home game against Selma needing just five points to claim the title from Grant Verhoeven (2009-12 Central Valley Christian) who set it with 2,598 points. She finished with 38 points in the 69-67 win to bring her career total to 2,631 points.