Immanuel High’s Colin Slater and Darrin Person, whose 30-3 season with the Eagles included a second straight Central Section championship and a run to the Southern California Regional semifinals, were among a group of three Fresno-area players named Saturday to Cal-Hi Sports’ All-Underclass Boys Basketball Team.
Slater, a 6-foot-1 guard, averaged 20.8 points, 4.8 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.9 steals in earning a spot on the 15-player All-Junior first team as judged by the preeminent website for coverage of high school sports statewide. Person (16.4 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.3 blocks) was a first-team sophomore as a 6-5 forward.
Roosevelt’s Bryson Williams, a 6-8 forward and Fresno State commit, was named to the All-Junior second team. The Rough Riders went 24-5 and promoted under the section’s competitive equity realignment system, reached the Division II semifinals a year after finishing as the D-III runner-up.
Fresno City, Reedley JC draw tough regional softball matchups
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Fresno City and Reedley colleges bounced back from subpar nonleague play to run away with the top two spots in the Central Valley Conference softball race, but that did not earn them much respect in seedings for the Northern California Regional.
The Rams (19-20, 11-4) and Tigers (21-17, 12-3) were seeded Nos. 13 and 14 for the best-of-three first round. Fresno City will visit No. 4 Cosumnes River (26-11-1), while Reedley will face No. 3 Diablo Valley (29-9). Both opponents are state top 10 ranked and come out of the Big 8 Conference.
Two games will be played Saturday, with a third Sunday if necessary.
Late HR extends Fresno Pacific’s national postseason dreams
Fresno Pacific kept its playoff hopes alive, getting down to its final two outs before Steven Lozier delivered a walk-off three-run home run in a second straight sweep of Holy Names to conclude Pacific West Conference play.
The homer powered the Sunbirds (31-15, 19-13) to a 4-3 win in game 2. The senior also provided the offense in the 2-0 win in the opener, homering with a man on board in the fifth to back Eian Raeber’s 7 2-3 shutout innings.
The Sunbirds need Point Loma to lose twice at Dixie State next week to qualify for the National Christian College Athletic Association West Region championship. Fresno Pacific finishes the regular season with a four-game nonconference series at Azusa Pacific beginning Wednesday.