It doesn’t happen often, but former Clovis High track and field star Jenna Prandini got passed.
At least her Central Section record in the 200-meter dash for junior class runners.
Buchanan High’s Hanah Waller ran a 23.96 through a slight headwind (-0.1 meters per second) to win the event at Friday’s Reedley Invitational. Prandini, who now holds this year’s world-leading times in the 100 and 200 for Oregon, ran 23.99 for the Cougars during the 2010 Tri-River Athletic Conference finals.
Waller, the state leader in the 400 meters, also won her specialty event in 54.15.
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Waller now turns her attention to the postseason, beginning with Thursday’s TRAC championships at Buchanan’s Veterans Memorial Stadium. The Central Section Masters meet is May 23 and with the CIF State Championships set for June 5-6. Both meets are at Buchanan.
tennis seeds set
Defending Central Section individual boys tennis champions Daly Meinert of Clovis North (singles) and the Bullard team of Nick Jaramishian and Lincoln Hoppe (doubles) drew No. 1 seeds for the North Area tournament on Friday and Saturday at Buchanan.
Meinert will open with a bye before facing the winner between Clovis West’s Taka Shin and Liberty-Madera Ranchos’ Michael Pfingston in the second round, needing a win there and in the quarterfinals to earn an automatic berth in the section individual championships on May 15-16 at Clovis West.
Other seeded singles players are No. 2 Viran Batth of Bullard, No. 3 Jacob Vander Beek of Clovis West, No. 4 Dillon Chongtoua of Clovis East, No. 5 Chandler Hosepian of Bullard, No. 6 Ricky Padilla of Chowchilla, No. 7 Garrison Quinn of Memorial and No. 8 Daniel Gonzalez of Memorial.
Jaramishian and Hoppe await either Madera South’s Jonathan Nungaray-Jose Leon and Kerman’s Gurisher Rai-Julio Melendez in the second round.
Other seeded doubles teams are No. 1 Addison Weil-Sean Lindenau of Clovis West, No. 3 Ben Liang and Josh Comes of Buchanan, No. 4 Robbie Ellis and Jacob Huls of Clovis West, No. 5 Sam Funnel and Carson Esralian of Clovis North, No. 6 Aven Ault and Omar Soto of Clovis East, No. 7 Patrick Dowling and Wiley Woolf of Bullard and No. 8 Kyle Christianson and Adan Jauregui of Liberty.
Yosemite hires football coach
Yosemite has dipped into its past, selecting former all-league running back JD Burnett to become the seventh head football coach in the school’s 39 years.
Burnett, a 1996 Yosemite graduate, replaces Kent Lincoln.
Burnett returns to the Badgers after two seasons as the head coach at Kerman, where he went 15-10.
Assembly passes Redskins ban
Chowchilla and Tulare would be among four California high schools required to ditch their Redskins mascots under legislation that passed the state Assembly on Monday.
The movement urging rejection of a term many Native Americans call outdated and racist has largely focused on the professional football team in Washington, D.C. California lawmakers added their voices to those pressuring team owner Dan Snyder with a resolution last year.
Now they have turned their attention closer to home. California schools last year included nearly 40,000 students identified as American Indian and the state has the largest population of American Indians in the U.S.
Assembly Bill 30, which would prohibit California high schools from using the name starting in 2017, passed the body on a 57-9 vote.
Sac-Joaquin Section schools Gustine and Calaveras-San Andreas also use the mascot.