It took a phone call from the coach’s wife to alert the undefeated Selma High School football team that something very unusual was happening at last week’s nonleague home game against Coalinga.
Selma led 34-0 at halftime and the teams were in their locker rooms. Selma’s marching band was performing its halftime show before a crowd estimated at close to 3,000. Then gunshots rang out.
A collision of cars preceded an exchange of gunshots between occupants of one of the cars and individuals standing in front of a home on Thompson Avenue. Directly behind the home stands at Staley Stadium. School officials declared the game over.
“It was just a crazy situation,” said Bears coach Matt Logue, who found out about the shooting in an uncharacteristic call from his wife. “We were going back and forth in the locker room making sure our kids were in and that others had shelter.”
Logue said the incident hasn’t been a distraction to The Bee’s No. 16-ranked Bears. “Our kids weren’t a part of” the shooting, he said, “so it hasn’t had much of an effect on them. I hope I’m not out of touch, but not a lot of them have brought it up.
“It had nothing to do with the game. It was kind of a fluke thing being right behind the stadium.”
Selma plays Roosevelt (0-4) on Friday at Sunnyside Stadium. Central Section historian Bob Barnett said Selma hasn’t been 5-0 in a season since 1980, when the Bears went 13-0 to win the Sequoia Division championship.
The Selma defense is a big reason for the fast start, allowing a section-low 17 points in four games. Leading the group have been defensive end Abraham Rangel, nose guard Joaquin Alcaraz, inside linebackers Jordan Dominguez and Jason Nicacio, outside linebackers Oscar Diaz and Rudy Rodriguez and defensive backs Junior Ramirez, Joel Aranda and Sergio Pena.
“The defense has been playing great,” Logue said. “They have been completely dialed into our game plan each week and playing fast and flying around and making plays.”
Grand night for Prandini – Olympian Jenna Prandini will serve as grand marshal Friday night at Lamonica Stadium in top-ranked Clovis’ homecoming against Centennial.
Prandini, a 2011 Clovis graduate, reached the 200-meter semifinals for Team USA a month ago in the Rio Olympics.
At Clovis, she won a record 13 section track and field championships and five state gold medals from 2008-11. She went on to a stellar collegiate career at Oregon capped by the 2015 Bowerman Award as the NCAA Athlete of the Year for women’s track and field. Her pro career has been highlighted by winning the 2015 U.S. championship in the 200 meters before placing third in the U.S. Trials in July, earning the Olympic berth.
Mt. Whitney to honor Dougherty – Mt. Whitney will retire the No. 16 jersey of former star quarterback Robert Dougherty at the Pioneers’ Oct. 14 West Yosemite League game against Lemoore at Mineral King Bowl.
Dougherty was The Bee’s Player of the Year in 1989 before becoming an All-American at College of the Sequoias and also playing for Boston University, the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League and the Barcelona Dragons of NFL Europe.
He coached Mt. Whitney to a section Division II title in 2006. That team will also be honored on Oct. 14.
Previous jersey retirements for the Pioneers were Michael Young (18), Lupe Sanchez (85), Don Mosebar (72) and Mark McKay (14).
Games to watch (all Friday) – Centennial (1-3) at No. 1 Clovis (4-0): The Cougars have six consecutive wins over the Golden Hawks of the Southwest Yosemite League since the series opened with a 36-6 Centennial win in 2010. But three of those Clovis victories have been by seven points or fewer, including last year’s 28-27 decision and a 28-22 double-overtime duel in 2011.
No. 2 Central (3-1) at No. 10 Ridgeview (1-2): No game in the section this week will attract more scoreboard interest than this one as the Grizzlies roar into Kern County having outscored the opposition 153-32 in a three-game winning streak. That included a 38-0 win in Bakersfield last week against former Bee No. 1 Liberty-Bakersfield, the section’s defending D-I champion. Ridgeview, meanwhile, has won two consecutive D-II crowns.
No. 6 Bullard (2-2) vs. No. 7 Clovis West (2-2) at Veterans Memorial Stadium: A nonleague game with sure D-I seeding repercussions will feature Bullard inside linebackers Ben Baker and Cameron Lamanuzzi chasing Golden Eagles quarterback Adrian Martinez, a Fresno State recruit and still only a junior.