More permits available for Half Dome hikers
Due to numerous no-shows among Half Dome permit holders, Yosemite National Park will release more permits to climb the granite landmark by the cables route the day before the intended hike.
These additional permits will be available online (recommended) and through the recreation.gov call center at (877) 444-6777 at 7 a.m. daily throughout the rest of the season. To start, 50 new permits will be issued each day. A $1.50 per permit processing fee will apply and you can only buy up to four at a time.
To discourage scalping, the permits are nontransferable. Each group leader will have their name recorded and must accompany their group on the hike. The leader's name cannot be changed once the transaction is completed.
DeChambeau finishes second at Jr. Worlds
Bryson DeChambeau of Clovis fired a par 72 to finish second in the 15-17 age division at the Callaway Junior World Golf Championships at Torrey Pines.
DeChambeau had a four-round total of 1-under 287, two back of 2011 U.S. Open qualifier Beau Hossler of Rancho Santa Margarita.
After four bogeys on the front nine, DeChambeau closed with five birdies on the back nine. The senior-to-be at Clovis East High got within two with a birdie on the par-4 17th as Hossler had a bogey. Both birdied the par-5 18th.
Ex-'Dogs baseball stars collect more honors
Former Fresno State pitcher Greg Gonzalez and outfielder Dusty Robinson have been named to the College Baseball Insider All-America team.
Gonzalez, a senior, was a first-team selection; Robinson, a junior, earned honorable mention. Both players have started professional careers after being selected in the June amateur draft.
Gonzalez went 11-1 with a 1.79 ERA and 124 strikeouts. Robinson hit .310 with 16 homers and 20 doubles.
South Carolina left-hander Michael Roth was named CBI's Player of the Year.
UCLA's Trevor Bauer was the Pitcher of the Year, James Madison catcher Jake Lowery the Hitter of the Year and Virginia's Danny Hultzen the Utility Player of the Year.
- Bauer won the Golden Spikes Award as the Player of the Year selected by the U.S. Baseball Federation. He was taken by Arizona with the third overall pick of the draft after going 13-2 with a 1.25 ERA and Division I-leading and Pac-10 record 203 strikeouts.
Ex-Clovis North hoops player an All-Texas pick
Grant Jensen, a former basketball standout as a freshman and sophomore in Clovis North High's lower levels, made a major impact as a senior last season in Texas.
The forward, whose family moved after his sophomore year, averaged 20.3 points and 11.5 rebounds and made All-State in the 2-A Division after leading Rockwall Christian Academy High of Rowlett into the state's regional finals.
Jensen, the only player from the Dallas/Fort Worth area to make first team All-State in 2-A, scored 44 points in a 69-48 playoff win over Mansfield Fellowship.
Firebaugh edged for state Ripken title; regional next
Firebaugh lost 3-1 to Northwest Bakersfield in the championship of the Cal Ripken state tournament for 10-year-olds in San Luis Obispo.
Joey Ochoa tied it at 1-1 with a first-inning sacrifice fly, but Bakersfield scored two in the top of the sixth. Both teams move on to the Pacific Southwest Regional in Bakersfield.
- The Central 8-and-under team will play for the state title today at Kerman High after beating Visalia.
Bulldogs lacrosse players honored for academics
Thirteen Fresno State lacrosse players received Mountain Pacific Sports Federation All-Academic honors.
Senior Jennifer Smith was the lone player with a 4.0 GPA from a league that includes Stanford, Cal, Saint Mary's, Denver and Oregon.
Other Bulldogs seniors honored were Amira Ferrell, Krisdina Gehring, Heather Jack and Kasandra Martinson. Sophomores were Paula Badali, Amanda Cross, Taylor Fiehler, Lauren Natale, Melissa Trisko, Sara Weber, Katie Wilbur and Margaret Wolford.
Youth boxers seek titles
Rene Aleman of Aleman Boxing Fresno decisioned Joaquin Soto of South Gate to advance to the final of the 13-14-year-old 95-pound division at the International Desert Showdown Boxing Championships in Coachella.
Also in title bouts today are Aleman's Osmel Avila (9-10, 80 pounds) and Jett Blackwell (9-10, 110 pounds); Fresno PAL's Isidro Ochoa (13-14, 106 pounds); and Fresno's Shanne Ruelas (female open 125)