The Fresno City College men’s basketball team had a relatively easy time in the first round of the City College of San Francisco Tip-Off tournament.
BJ Shelton scored a game-high 17 points, leading the state fifth-ranked Rams over Napa 111-64 in a season-opening game for both teams Friday night.
Fresno City (1-0) will face Santa Rosa (1-0) at 5 p.m. Saturday in a semifinal. The Bear Cubs routed Alameda 86-53.
Three others Rams scored in double figures: Taylor Freeman had 15, Mike Crawley 12 and Aaron Cameron 11.
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Fresno City built a 63-34 halftime lead. Calvin Johnson led the Storm (0-1) with 14 points.
COS women race to second in NorCal – Sequoias’ women’s cross country team placed second Friday in the Northern California Championships in Salinas.
The Giants totaled 68 points, with Hartnell (42) earning the title. Fresno City placed fourth with 150 points and West Hills was 10th with 29. COS freshman Jo Jo Zorn placed sixth in 19:15.2 in the 3-mile race. Jenica Dodger of American won in 17:56.6.
On the men’s side, Fresno City finished fifth in the 4-mile race with 155 points. COS was sixth with 156. American River won with 28 points.
Adam Gonzalez of COS was fourth in 20:30.5. Fresno City’s Kevin Chavira was fifth in 20:31.7.
Volleyball milestone – Fresno City’s Tracy Ainger-Schulte has had some wonderful moments in her nine seasons as the volleyball coach.
Consider she has led the Rams to eight consecutive Central Valley Conference titles.
Her latest accomplishment saw her lead the state ninth-ranked Rams past Columbia 25-5, 25-7, 25-10 on Wednesday for their 13th consecutive win and career victory No. 200 for Ainger-Schulte.
“Lots of players coming though here made that possible,” the one-time Fresno Pacific star said. “Bunch of great people coaching with me helping to make those things happen.”
Jenna Goldsberry had eight aces and seven digs against the Claim Jumpers. The Rams (17-4, 11-0) are on a cusp of another CVC title with three games remaining.
Ainger-Schulte credited her current and past players for reaching the 200th mark.
“It’s an outstanding accomplishment,” said Ainger-Schulte, who is 200-44 overall, “for me as an individual but for all the players that had come though here in the last nine years because they’ve really established and built something here that’s allowed us to be more successful recruiting, coaching and be able to get to that 200 mark … a lot of that has to do with the talent with the group of kids we’ve had in the last nine years.”
The Rams also are working on a conference winning streak that already had reached a record 58 when they beat Reedley on Oct. 30.
Soccer – The Fresno City women’s team bounced back from its first loss of the season with an 8-0 thrashing of West Hills-Lemoore on Tuesday to stay in second place in the CVC.
It was sophomore sendoff day for the Rams, ranked No. 3 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Assocation of America poll JC Division III poll.
Melody Harris scored two goals and Yesseniah Delgadillo one to go with two assists. The Rams (14-1-3, 3-1) have three road matches left in the regular season; Saturday at Foothill; Nov. 10 at Sequoias and Nov. 13 at Taft.
The Cougars lead the conference at 4-0 and are 11-5-1 overall.
▪ The Rams men forced a tie for first with front-running Taft, beating the Cougars 2-1 on Friday with Chris Amaro scoring what proved to be the winner in the 66th minute.
Fresno City (11-5-4, 3-2 closes out the regular season at Sequoias on Nov. 13. Freshman Jose Ramirez leads the team with eight goals in 20 matches, including one – off an Andres Rios assist – that gave the Rams a 1-0 lead on Taft.
Rodeo - West Hills rodeo boosters will host a series of barrel racing and roping events at the Farm of the Future rodeo arena this month. The events are open to the public and serve as an annual fundraiser for the WHCC rodeo.
The first, team roping, will be at 9 a.m. Nov. 14. Barrel racing will follow at noon Nov. 28. Registration will be taken the day of the event. Details are available through Justin Hampton at (559) 934-2702 or firstname.lastname@example.org.