New addition Mike Chabala, the former Clovis West standout, scored in the 26rd minute and the Portland Timbers shocked the visiting Los Angeles Galaxy with a 3-0 Major League Soccer win that snapped L.A.'s 14-game unbeaten streak.
Playing aggressively and backed by its usual boisterous crowd, the Timbers peppered goalkeeper Josh Saunders with 15 shots. But the Galaxy barely caused Portland keeper Troy Perkins to break a sweat, with the majority of its seven shots on goal coming in the final 10 minutes.
The league-leading Galaxy was attempting to tie a franchise record with its 15th straight game without a loss.
Local athletes net top-10 places at AAU nationals
Clovis East High senior Jacob Ruiz and Buchanan junior Benjamin Francis had top-10 finishes in the 1 and 3 meter at the AAU Diving Nationals in Riverside.
Ruiz, a 2011 first-team Bee All-Star, was fourth in 1 meter (373) and ninth in 3 meter (324.60) in the 18-year-old class. Francis, a second-team Bee All-Star, was fourth in 1 meter (332.85) and fifth in 3 meter (304.90) in the 16-year-old class.
At the AAU Junior Olympic Track and Field championships in New Orleans, Carys Hall of Fresno scored a bronze in the Girls Primary division of the 800-meter run (2:49.10) and Lyndsey Lopes of Clovis was sixth in Youth Girls high jump (5-2).
Fresno High hires new AD
Fresno High named David Barton athletic director to replace Ken Papi.
Barton joined the Fresno Unified School District in 2003. He has been Edison's athletic academic coordinator and assistant football coach, and at McLane the head coach for football and track and assistant athletic director.
Three Monsters move on
Forwards Willie Hess, Johan Bjorklund and Thomas Freeman of the Fresno Monsters' North American Hockey League club have committed to college and professional teams.
Hess is headed to Wisconsin-River Falls, Bjorklund signed with pro team Morrum in his home country of Sweden and Freeman will play at State University of New York-Canton.
Babe Ruth semifinal set
Tri-Valley and Torrance are in the semifinals of the Babe Ruth Pacific Southwest Regional for players ages 13-15 in Fowler.
Tri-Valley scored four in the ninth in a 10-6 victory over Madera. Torrance edged San Benito 3-2 to set up today's 8 p.m. matchup, with the winner moving into Saturday's 10 a.m. championship.
Cotton Belt beat North Valley, Nev., 11-1 and plays San Benito at 2 p.m. today in an elimination game. Madera faces Kino, Ariz., at 11 a.m.