Fresno City College badminton coach Carol Kadingo has led the program since its inception in 2000.
And just once has she taken her team to the state championships, in 2007. It didn’t go well for the Rams, who lost to San Diego City 19-2.
This time, Kadingo hopes her team comes out as state champion.
The Rams will face host Pasadena City in a state title match at 3 p.m. Thursday.
We don’t get this opportunity very often.
Fresno City College badminton coach Carol Kadingo on her team competing for a state title
“We don’t get this opportunity very often,” Kadingo said. “It would be the neatest thing for them to win a championship. Just because it’s unusual in this regard that we have athletes that have to make a commitment to this sport. We’re constantly challenged to be competitive and when we get a group like this that’s competitive, it’s a celebration for us. It’s icing on the cake, whatever happens.”
Fresno City (8-0) captured the Coast Conference title en route to a state title berth against Pasadena (12-0).
Fresno City is led by No. 1 singles player Panhia Vang and the doubles pair of Vang and Lucy Lor.
The roster also includes Melody Zhou, Wenting Liang, Belinda Vue, Mai Der Vue, Leslie Lam and Melody Zhou.
Men’s golf – Led by Sam Roles, Reedley finished 15 strokes ahead of Santa Rosa to win the NorCal title Monday for a second straight season.
Roles was the medalist at 146 and the Tigers shot a 36-hole 753 on the Rancho Murieta Country Club course. Fresno City was seventh (802).
“I am very proud of the consistency of our play,” Reedley coach Scott Stark said. “We posted 10 scores in the 70s, and played very efficient golf with our solid six-man lineup. Every player contributed, and it was our overall depth that allowed us to prevail.
“Being back-to-back Northern California Regional champions is a testament to where the program is, and to the players who have worked very hard to put Reedley College golf on top in our region.”
The Tigers next tee off in the state championships at Desert Island Golf and Country Club in Palm Springs on May 16.
Women’s track and field – The Fresno City women’s team leads the NorCal championships heading into Saturday’s final day in Hayward. Leading the Rams are Moesha Davidson, who earlier this month won the NorCal heptathlon title with 4,774 points over teammate Melody Harris (4,555).
Davidson (top-rated runner in the 100) and Harris (No. 2 in javelin) will compete at the state championships May 20-21 at San Diego Mesa College in the event. Dhakiya Omawahleh of Sequoias also qualified in the heptathlon with 3,926 points.
Swimming – Rylee Radke of Clovis Community College tied for fifth place in the 1,650 freestyle in 18:20.17 at the state championships in Los Angeles on Saturday to earn All-American status.
Radke also scored in the 500 freestyle, finishing ninth with a time of 5:17.88. She scored 22.5 points in the meet, the most by any women’s swimmer from the Bay Valley Conference.
Clovis just completed its first season in swimming/diving and coach Mark Bennett was named Bay Valley coach of the year.
Women’s basketball – Fresno City’s Jasmine Black (San Francisco State), Madison Barnes (Sonoma State), Sara Vasquez (William Jessup), Heaven Lee (Southwestern Oklahoma State) and Jordan Whitfield (Southwestern Oklahoma State) have signed letters-of-intent. Also, Natalie Avadis gave her commitment to Cal State Bernardino and Toni Edwards will head to San Francisco State.
Women’s soccer – Fresno City’s Kelly Garzon (Cal State Dominguez), Camilla Figueira (Francis Marion-South Carolina), Brianna Kriss (Palm Beach Atlantic), Ruth Galvan (Palm Beach Atlantic), Jessica Robles (Palm Beach Atlantic) and Alyssa Lugo (Barry-Miami) have signed letters-of-intent to play at four-year programs.