Olympic hopeful Jose Ramirez of Avenal advanced to the third round of the USA Boxing National Championships by outpointing Albert Bell of Toledo, Ohio, 18-5 on Tuesday in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Ramirez, the two-time defending national champ at 132 pounds and the No. 1 seed in the lightweight bracket, will face Marine Corps Cpl. Tommy Roque of Camp Lejeune, N.C., in today's round of 16. The finals are Saturday night.
Merlo's 4-hitter, big inning propel Fresno City
Bryce Barger's three-run double keyed an eight-run eighth as the Fresno City College baseball team blanked West Hills 8-0.
Left-hander Drew Merlo pitched a four-hitter, striking out eight and walking two for the NorCal 11th-ranked Rams (7-6, 3-1 Central Valley Conference).
Jesse Gonzales' double was the only extra-base hit for the Falcons (6-5, 2-2).
In other JC baseball action:
Reedley wins: Jonathan Rodriguez hit a two-run double in the fourth and Bernabi Espinoza a two-run triple in the fifth as Reedley beat Porterville 10-2. The Tigers moved to 8-3 and 1-0; the Pirates are 4-9 and 1-3.
No. 15 Sequoias falls: Kevin Seeger had two RBIs but couldn't prevent No. 15 College of Sequoias (7-5, 1-3) from losing 9-4 at Merced (9-3, 3-1). The Blue Devils broke it open with an eight-run third.
Reedley gets late run for JC softball split
The Reedley College softball team split two nonconference games, beating Sacramento 5-4 before losing 8-0 to Canyons.
Cristy Cotta's double in the seventh drove in the winning run for the Tigers (6-6) against Sacramento.
Bulldogs' Sunker places 26th at SoCal golf event
Fresno State's Brian Sunker tied for 26th while the Bulldogs placed 10th as a team at the North Ranch Intercollegiate in Westlake Village.
Sunker shot a 6-over 76 to finish with a three-round total of 225. San Diego State's Matt Hoffenberg won with a 212.
Fresno State shot a collective 67-over 907, 43 strokes behind first-place San Diego State.
Rams men's tennis team routs Sac City
Fresno City's NorCal No. 1-ranked men's tennis team beat Sacramento 8-1, as seventh-ranked Sam Bertram beat Tung Trinh 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles.
Bertram teamed with Brian Harpin for an 8-0 victory at No. 1 doubles.
Rams women roll: The Rams women (5-5, 3-0 Big 8) beat Sacramento City 9-0. Allie O'Neill and Meghan Woods both won 6-0, 6-0.
Ex-local swimming star earns high Pac-12 finish
Arizona State sophomore Tristin Baxter (Clovis West High) took second in the 1,650-yard freestyle at the Pac-12 Women's Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday in Federal Way, Wash.
Baxter clocked a 16:05.50, breaking her 1-year-old school record by almost 10 seconds. USC's Haley Anderson was first in a meet-record 15:41.52.
Baxter was ninth in the 500 free (4:43.44), 21st in the 200 free (1:48.38) and part of a fourth-place 800 free relay team (7:04.19).
All-America honors for former prep standout
UC Irvine's Trent Baxter (Clovis West) is an Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches third-team All-American.
Baxter, a senior driver, scored 55 goals for the fifth-ranked Anteaters. He was ninth in the nation in scoring at 1.9 goals per game.