Ray Alvarado — who led College of the Sequoias’ women’s basketball team to the brink of a state final four appearance last season — has been elevated to full-time coach of the program.
Alvarado had been a part-time coach for the Giants the past five seasons after arriving from Bullard High. He is the program’s first full-time coach since Tom Gilcrest resigned in 1992.
Sequoias went 29-4 last season while winning the Central Valley Conference title. The Giants had a 16-game winning streak snapped by San Joaquin Delta, 66-59, for a berth in the state’s final four. It was the program’s highest finish since Sequoias was the state runner-up in 1992.
Alvarado is 83-59 with Sequoias and 125-86 overall, including two seasons at Fresno City.
Sequoias baseball moves on to NorCal Regional
Cory David and Dillon Kelly each knocked in two runs as No. 17-seeded College of the Sequoias downed No. 16 Yuba 8-3 in an elimination game of the California Community College baseball playoffs.
The Giants (20-17) play at top-seeded Delta (33-3) on Friday to open a best-of-three regional.
No. 2 Fresno (29-7) will host No. 15 Skyline (21-15) in its regional, led by Northern California Player of the Week Scott Silva.
Bulldogs sweep MWC softball awards
Fresno State swept the Mountain West Conference’s weekly softball awards, with junior shortstop Whitney Smith named the Player of the Week and junior right-hander Jill Compton selected Pitcher of the Week.
Smith went 4 for 5 with three walks and didn't commit an error in the field, while Compton was the winning pitcher in each game as Fresno State swept Nevada in a three-game series last weekend.