Rec 'N Ballz of Sierra Sport & Racquet club is a champion after winning its division at the Mylan World Team Tennis Rec League Nationals in Indian Wells.
The Senior 3.5 division team dominated the 50-and-older field at a three-day tournament that finished Sunday, captain Jeff Klippert said.
Rec 'N Ballz — made up of Lori Mascarenas of Madera and Fresnans Tim Kams, Marion Elder, John Deniston, Rosemarie Ardire, Tyler Tharpe, Roxanne Stephenson and Klippert — won 34-16, 35-13 and 34-23 in preliminary matches, then 35-24 over top-ranked Wine Tasters of Westlake Village.
Each player earned medals and the team took a photo with tennis great Mylan WTT co-founder Billie Jean King.
Klippert and fellow Fresnans Geri King, Michiko English, Gayle Merritt and Ted Reynoso teamed with Chula Vista's Serve Me Up a Double to place fourth in the Senior 4.0 division.
COS locks in Pankey
Irv Pankey, a former NFL offensive lineman who has led an under-sanctions Sequoias football team to a 6-2 record and No. 8 Northern California ranking, was named the permanent coach after serving in an interim basis.
A 15-year Sequoias assistant under three coaches, Pankey stepped in as interim coach in May after a delay in replacing Robert Dougherty, who left for a high school job in Hawaii.
The Giants are not eligible to play in a bowl this season. The program was given a one-year ban because of track coach Curtis Allen's involvement in the California State All-Star Game.
Fertig opens with 31
Alex Fertig, a Buchanan High grad coming off a Division II freshman All-America season, scored 31 points to lead Cal State Monterey to a 78-69 exhibition win over San Jose State.
Fertig, a two-time Bee All-Star and leading scorer in Buchanan history, averaged 13.4 points last season.
Fresno boxers advance
Fresno Aleman Boxing's Aspen Bandaphone, Kevin Mendoza and Jorge Ruiz qualified for the state Silver Gloves Championships on Dec. 6-8 in El Monte.
All three won titles at the Central Cal tournament this past weekend at the Aleman gym — Bandaphone in the 12-13-year-old, 75-pound division; Mendoza in the 12-13, 85-pound class; and Ruiz at 12-13, 95 pounds.