Fresno Pacific signed a pair of potentially potent men's basketball recruits as it heads to the NCAA Division II level for 2012-13, including National Junior College Division II Player of the Year John Taylor.
Taylor, a 6-foot-1 guard from Chicago, averaged 24.9 points and 4.2 assists for D-II national champ Mott of Flint, Mich. He led all scorers with 26 points at the National JUCO All-Star Game in May in Las Vegas.
Malcolm Griffin, a 6-4 guard/forward also from Chicago, led Toledo in scoring (12.0), assists (4.0) and steals (1.4) as a sophomore in 2010-11.
Sunbirds coach Chris Wright cited Taylor's "unbelievable tools that make him a legitimate NBA prospect."
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Wright gave an assist to newly hired assistant coach/recruiting coordinator Dexter Young, who joins the Sunbirds from NCAA Division I Chicago State and coached Griffin in high school.
Fresno fighters move on to Junior Olympic finals
A pair of Fresno youths kept alive their dreams of bringing home titles at the USA Boxing Junior Olympic Nationals in Mobile, Ala.
Isidro Ochoa, 15, stopped Zachary Landru of Payallup, Wash., in the second round to reach the finals in the 110-pound division. Efren Lopez, 16, defeated Antonio Williams of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., via disqualification in a 119-pound semifinal.
They look to join Gary Salazar (2010, 2011) among Fresno's list of champs.
Two girls from Fresno saw their bids end in the semis: Evelyn Borja (125) and Joselina Ortega (119).
Adell's epic bid falls short in golf match-play tourney
Asia Adell of Fresno won the first of her matches Thursday before going 31 holes and losing in a round of 16 match at the Women's Western Golf Association National Amateur Championship in Monroe, Mich.
Adell (Clovis West High/Cal Poly) fell 1 up on the 13th extra hole to Texas A&M junior Mary Michael Maggio of Conway, Ark., at Monroe Golf & Country Club. It is believed to be the longest playoff in its history, the WWGA stated.
Adell won 1 up over Lisbeth Brooks of Waunakee, Wis., in the round of 32.
Hanford athlete earns Run for Dream honor
Hanford's Isaiah Cantu was named outstanding performer in the opener of this year's Run for the Dream Summer Series of track and field meets.
Cantu won the 50 and 300 meters. Other standouts were Casey Campos (pole vault), Idalis Rubalcava (jumps and hurdles) and Josh Lagaspi (throws). The next meet is July 12 in Hanford.
Decorated national skaters return to Fresno for event
Tayler Bradshaw, formerly of Fresno and the current Junior World Class National Champion in roller sports, is returning to town to skate in both the junior and senior free-skating events as the Southwest Pacific Regional Championships get under way Saturday at the Fresno Convention Center.
Bradshaw, who attended St. Anthony's and now lives in Fremont, was a Junior World Figure Team USA member and took 12th at the World Championships in November in Brazil.
Mikenzie Bradshaw, who also attended St. Anthony's and is a national contender, will be skating the Junior World Class solo dance and free skating events.
The championships run through June 29.