Central San Joaquin Valley fighters Isidro Ochoa, Bryan Lua and Richard Torrez captured titles at the first national amateur tournament of the year, USA Boxing's Junior and Youth Open in Reno, Nev.
Ochoa, from Fresno, is the 132-pound youth male (17-18) champion after defeating Andres Cortes of Henderson, Nev., by winning two of the three rounds.
Madera's Lua won the 132-pound junior male (15-16) title with a 2-1 victory over Nikita Ababiy of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Tulare's Torrez downed Los Angeles' Roland Lemus 3-0 for the 176-plus pound junior male crown.
Fresno's Selana Acosta dropped a 3-0 decision to Iesha Kenney of Alexandria, Va., in the 141-pound youth female division.
Coalinga teen makes historic run at Tulsa micro-sprint race
Coalinga teen Tucker Worth led all but five laps to capture the 25-lap A Class feature at the 29th annual Tulsa Shootout micro-sprint races Jan. 4 in Oklahoma.
Worth, 15, became the youngest ever to win the event's Golden Driller trophy in an open motor 600cc car. The Tulsa Shootout, which bills itself as the largest micro-sprints race in the nation, drew 921 drivers from across the nation, including 171 in the A Class.
Worth was challenged on the last lap by Missouri's Nathan Benson, but won a drag race to the finish line for the victory. Hanford's Mitchell Faccinto was third.
Worth was third in an eight-lap heat race and second in a 10-lap qualifier to earn the No. 3 starting position for a race featuring 600cc winged micros.
Worth has been racing for five years, winning track championships at Lemoore Raceway and Plaza Park Raceway in 2012.
Banged-up Sunbirds men fall in PacWest basketball game
Short-handed Fresno Pacific wilted down the stretch in an 81-67 loss to No. 25 Cal Baptist in a Pacific West Conference men's basketball game Saturday.
The Sunbirds, with only seven players suited up because of injuries, trailed 54-52 after a Malcolm Griffin layup with 11:16 remaining. But the Lancers (13-0, 7-0) went on a 16-6 run over the next 6:30 to pull away.
Griffin had 27 points and Jonathan Jefferson added 16 points and 10 rebounds for Fresno Pacific (5-9, 0-7).
Fresno Pacific women stumble in hoops loss to Cal Baptist
Kamille Diaz scored 13 of her 30 points over the final 13 minutes to help Cal Baptist pull away from Fresno Pacific for a 76-69 Pacific West Conference women's basketball win.
The Sunbirds (3-9, 3-3) took their only lead of the second half at 44-43 on a pair of Breana Buczek free throws, but Erin Asher came right back with a 3-pointer on the next possession for the Lancers (5-8, 3-4).
Jenay Herring led Fresno Pacific with 16 points and seven assists. Sienna Gonzales added 14 points and Charde Stevens had 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Sunbirds.
Fresno State diver Prigge nabs third in 3-meter at UCLA meet
Fresno State's Hannah Prigge came up with a 293.15-point dive in the finals to vault into third place in the 3-meter competition at the UCLA Diving Invitational.
Prigge was seventh after scoring 2988.15 in the preliminary round. She finished at 581.30 in an event won by USC's Haley Ishimatsu at 630.95.
Lacie Ruth was 19th (224.80) and Noelle Farrer 26th (211.40) for the Bulldogs, who will compete in the platform dive today.
The swimming team fell at UC Davis 140-111 — a second straight loss after the Bulldogs had won their previous four duals.
"We swam a lot better than we did against Bakersfield," coach Jeanne Fleck said. "We were much happier with our racing this weekend."
Junior Lucy Titchin set a personal best in the 1000 freestyle and sophomore Kelly Simmons set personal bests in three different events.
Titchin swam a 10:35.66 to best her previous top time of 10:39.23. Simmons set personal bests in the 200 free (1:56.01), 200 breaststroke (2:29.03) and 200 IM (2:13.99).
Brooke Fuller was second in the 200 free in 1:54.87, just behind Davis' Sabrina Cochrane (1:54.33). Fuller won the 500 free in 5:17.94 and then was a part of the winning 400 free relay.
Coles, Swanson lead Sunbirds to swimming dual-meet split
Wesley Coles provided the highlight for the men and Kendall Swanson for the women as Fresno Pacific split a double dual meet, both teams beating Concordia and losing to Cal Baptist.
Coles won the 1,000 free (9:45.61) and 500 free (4:45.54), and was second in the 200 fly (1:53.18).
Swanson won the 100 breast (1:05.03), was second in the 200 breast (2:24.84) and fourth in the 400 individual medley (4:48.44).
The Sunbirds beat Concordia 154-134 (men) and 174-127 (women), while losing to Cal Baptist 192-122 (men) and 227-88 (women).
Monsters get early start on rout of Southern Oregon
Anthony Pena put Fresno on the board at the 8:04 mark off assists from Evan Ingram and Jordan Fontaine, and the Monsters never looked back en route to a 7-0 Western States Hockey League victory over Southern Oregon.
Mike Nolan and Ingram each scored twice for the Pacific Division-leading Monsters (21-4-0-0), while Jerry Kaukinen made 16 saves in the shutout.
Filip Winkler had a hat trick and an assist in the Monsters' 6-4 win over Southern Oregon on Friday.