Clovis’ Lemley medals up
UC Santa Barbara senior Chase Lemley, formerly of Clovis High, finished with two more top fives Saturday as he and the Gauchos completed competition at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Swimming and Diving Championship.
Lemley swam the first leg of Santa Barbara’s 400-yard freestyle relay that won in 2 minutes, 55.67 seconds. He also took second in the 200 freestyle at 44.44 seconds, behind only teammate Wade Allen at 43.15.
Lemley finished with six top-five placings in all at the four-day meet. He was fifth in the 50 and 200 free and part of 400 medley and 200 free relay teams that took second. The Santa Barbara men finished second with 774.5 points, behind Brigham Young (830.5).
• Fresno Pacific’s Wesley Coles repeated as champion in the 1,650-yard freestyle and the 200 butterfly as the Sunbirds finished the Pacific Collegiate Swimming & Diving Conference Championships with three individual titles in all.
The Sunbirds men were third overall and the women fifth. UC San Diego won the men’s and women’s titles for a seventh straight season.
Coles swam the 1,650 in 15:34.14 and took the 200 butterfly in 1:49.42. Coles set the school record in the fly in 1:48.61 during the prelims. Maxim Shcherbakov won the 200 breaststroke at 1:56.62 — a school and meet record and nearly 4 seconds ahead of the runner-up. Shcherbakov’s time ranks first in NCAA Division II this season.
Fresno Pacific’s Duston Gragg was named Diver of the Meet and the Sunbirds’ Josh Christensen co-men’s Coach of the Meet.
Ashford sets wins mark in Fresno Pacific sweep
Left-hander Wilson Ashford set Fresno Pacific’s career wins record.
The senior endured through five innings to get the win as NCAA Division II No. 19 Fresno Pacific beat San Francisco State 11-6 in the opener of a nonconference doubleheader. The Sunbirds (9-2) won 5-0 in game 2 on Drew Merlo’s three-hitter.
Ashford has 22 career wins, surpassing Kelyn Schellenberg, who posted his 21 wins from 2007-10. The two had been thought to be tied at 20 entering the season, but after Ashford picked up his first win of 2015 on Feb. 5, a recheck of school records found Schellenberg had been shorted one victory.
Against the Gators, Ashford allowed five hits and three walks. Three of the hits came in the second, when San Francisco (2-8) tied it 1-1.
The Sunbirds countered with two-run innings in the third and fourth. Travis Beck, who would add a grand slam in the sixth, hit a two-run double to make it 3-1. Preston Scott’s RBI single made it 4-1 and John Koretoff was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded
Michael Tittle and Nate Case each drove in a run in game 2, in which left-hander Drew Merlo pitched a three hitter and had four strikeouts.
JC baseball: Rams sweep
Fresno City scored five in the bottom of the sixth, two coming in on Nate Navarrete’s single, as the Rams defeated Reedley 6-5 to complete a Central Valley Conference three-game sweep.
Rams right-hander Justin Heskett pitched 42/3 innings in relief, scattering five hits, allowing two runs (earned) and striking out two to get the win. Connor Brogdon got the final out for the save.
Fresno City outfielder Daniel Gardner reached base four times — on three singles and a walk — as the Rams improved to 8-2 and 3-0 in the CVC. The Tigers are 3-9 and 0-3.
• Merced (8-4, 3-0) completed its sweep of Porterville (3-10, 0-3), as freshman right-hander Nate McGhee (seven innings, one unearned run) and two relievers combined on a seven-hitter in a 6-1 Blue Devils’ victory.
JC basketball: Fresno City men cap unbeaten CVC run
Fresno City’s state top-ranked men’s basketball team completed an unbeaten CVC season, rolling to a 95-55 victory over Merced as Liam O’Reilly scored 16 points.
The Rams (28-3, 12-0), winners of 19 straight, went on a 19-0 run in the first half to put the game away. James O’Neal scored 14 for Fresno City, which will get a look at its postseason path Monday when regional men’s and women’s seedings and pairings are announced.
The Blue Devils finish their season 2-22 and 1-11.
• Jasmine Black’s tip-in with 6.4 seconds remaining gave Fresno City a 77-76 victory over West Hills-Lemoore as the Rams wrapped up second place.
Black and Toni Edwards led the Rams (21-9, 9-3) with 15 points. The Golden Eagles fell to 19-10 and 7-5.
Fresno City’s Natalie Avadis appeared to collapse into the arms of a Rams assistant after the game. She went to the hospital and was believed to have suffered a concussion.
Fresno Pacific women win third straight in basketball
Fresno Pacific guards Jenay Herring and Keairra White combined for 50 points as the Sunbirds defeated Dixie State 91-82 in a PacWest women’s basketball shootout, earning their third consecutive win.
Herring scored 27 points on 8-of-12 shooting and White added 23 points and 11 rebounds. Jasmine Shedrick scored 11 points for Fresno Pacific (6-17, 6-12). The Sunbirds shot 55% from the field.
Taylor Mann had a game-high 34 points for the Red Storm (8-17, 7-12 PacWest), who are coached by Hanford native and former Sunbirds assistant Jenny Thigpin.
• Madison Higgins scored 23 points but Fresno Pacific’s men fell to Dixie State 94-80. The Sunbirds are 9-17, 5-13, while the Red Storm improved to 19-6 and 16-3.