Jeff McMinimy scored two third-period goals as the Fresno Monsters opened their second North American Hockey League season with a 4-2 victory over Topeka on Wednesday at the league's Showcase Tournament in Blaine, Minn.
Jeffrey Pauluk opened the scoring for the Monsters, then Zack Wallace assisted on a McMinimy goal that put the Monsters ahead for good at 3-2 at the 10:13 mark of the third period.
McMinimy's second goal, an empty-netter assisted by Wallace and Brendan Bradley, at 19:41 iced it for Fresno, which also received a second-period goal from Bradley that was assisted by Wallace and McMinimy.
The Monsters face Austin today and Coulee Region on Friday, a pair of 6:15 p.m. games that can be viewed during a watch party at Mother Mary's Italian Kitchen and Pizzeria at Willow and Nees in Clovis.
Porterville sweeps past Hancock in volleyball
Amanda Monge recorded 11 kills, four blocks, three digs and an assist and went 5 of 5 serving with an ace to power Porterville College's volleyball team to a 25-16, 25-13, 25-18 nonconference sweep of Allan Hancock in Santa Maria.
Stephanie Dounseroux added 24 assists and five digs for the Pirates (4-1).
Fresno's Ruiz has title bout set for September
Fresno boxer Michael Ruiz Jr. gets his first crack at a pro championship belt Sept. 23 when he takes on Jonathan Arrellano at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario.
Ruiz (8-0-1, 3 knockouts) and Arrellano (9-0-1, 2 KOs) will be fighting for the World Boxing Council's super bantamweight youth title in an eight-round bout on the "Locked and Loaded" card headlined by light welterweights Jose Reynoso and Adam Hernandez.
It will be the first eight-round bout for both Ruiz and Arrellano, who is coming off a second-round TKO of Felipe Cordova in July.
Ruiz last fought in May against Jonathan Alcantara, avenging a previous draw with a 60-54, 60-54, 59-55 victory in Reno.
Visalia golfer places eighth at NorCal Open
Visalia's Cody Slover shot an even 216 and finished in a tie for eighth at the Northern California Open.
Slover closed with a 2-under 70 on the Sevillano Links at Rolling Hills Casino Resort in Corning, and was 10 strokes behind champion Jeff Rangel of Martinez.
Golfers who missed the 35-player cut included Bryan Hogan (Fresno State) and A.J. Shiffert (Visalia).
Midtown Sports league readies for new year
The Midtown Sports Fall Baseball League will hand out uniforms from 6-7 p.m. today at The Next Level Diamond Academy in Clovis.
The academy is at 788 Sierra Ave.
On Saturday, the league has scheduled a work day from 8-11 a.m. for its field at Al Radka Park, 5897 E. Belmont between Clovis and Fowler avenues. Volunteers should bring rakes, shovels, hoes, weed eaters, mowers, edgers and wheelbarrows.
Tran repeats on Kids Tour
Aidan Tran carded a 36, the low nine-hole round among 36 players for the second straight week as the California Kids Golf Tour visited Riverbend Golf Club in Madera.
Tran won the boys 6-8 age division. Alexa Tran led girls 6-8 with a 51.
Other winners: Lyndsie Pena, 40, girls 15-17; Max McComb, 43, boys 15-17; Tia Montes, 48, girls 12-14; Parth Verma, 40, boys 12-14; Maya Pugatch, 42, girls 9-11; Seth Maxwell, 40, boys 9-11.
The next tournament is 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Riverside Golf Course.
Crush wins national title
The NEC Clovis Crush won the 9U baseball Triple Crown Fall Nationals in Las Vegas.
The team, with players from Fresno and Clovis, went 4-1 in the 20-team tournament and won the championship game 9-8 – the final out coming on an outfield-assisted play at the plate.
The Crush was coached by Jeff Flores, Troy Ewell, Craig Micheli and Ross Jones. Players: Copper Bergman, Tanner Ewell, Freddy Flores, Chase Foster, Jordan Jones, Koby Kropf, Kyle Micheli, Chris Ortega, Giano Petrucelli, Karson Simas and Alek Trukki.
FCC hosts hoops clinic
The Fresno City College women's basketball team will host a free coaches clinic Saturday with speakers Adrian Wiggins, Jerry Wainwright and Dave Severns, player development coach for the Los Angeles Clippers.
Wiggins has led Fresno State to four straight NCAA Tournaments. Wainwright, an ex-Richmond head coach, is on Fresno State men's coach Rodney Terry's staff.
The clinic is 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Fresno City's new gym. Details: Brian Tessler at (559) 422-4600, ext. 8447.