Clovis News: Sports

Papi gets call from state coaches hall

Ken Papi is going into another hall of fame.

Having already been inducted into the Fresno State Baseball and California State Baseball Coaches Association halls of fame, the 35-year Fresno High baseball coach has been selected to the California Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

He'll be one of three inductees June 13 at the Irvine Hilton.

"It's a tremendous honor," Papi said. "I'm not into the headlines and that kind of stuff, but I'm not going to throw it away. This is big to me."

With 522 victories, Papi's the second-winningest baseball coach in Central Section history. But his longtime contributions to the community, as director of the Fresno Baseball Easter Classic and as Fresno High's athletic director influenced the CCA selection committee.

As opposed to the Fresno State and California State Baseball Coaches halls, which are baseball specific, the 50-year-old CCA hall honors representatives of all sports.

"There's a minimum 25 years of coaching required to get nominated," CCA president Jim Rear said. "But this isn't only about longevity. It's also about what they've done for the community, school and players."

Clovis West makes splash

Powered by All-American performances from Tristin Baxter and Mariah Tharp, Clovis West was the runner-up for the Sweepstakes Award (combination of boys and girls scores) Saturday at the Mission Viejo Swimming and Diving Invitational.

The tournament drew 32 of the top teams from across the state, including host Mission Viejo, Loyola-Los Angeles and Campolindo-Moraga from Northern California.

The Golden Eagles girls finished second to Campolindo (379.5) with 289 points. The Clovis West boys were third (209), behind Campolindo (287) and Loyola (217).

Baxter swam automatic All-American times while winning the 200 free (1:50.6) and 500 free (4:49.3). Her 500 free mark broke the school record of 4:52.30 set by Kristin Hastrup.

Tharp clocked a consideration All-American time of 52.25 while winning the 100 free, and she also won the 50 free in 24.14.

Baxter and Tharp also were part of winning relay teams. Baxter, Tharp, Morgan Barrows and Mackenzie Schuler broke the meet record by 3 seconds with an automatic All-American time of 1:38.22 in the 200 free relay. Baxter, Tharp, Schuler and Claire Martin won the 400 free relay in a consideration All-American time of 3:34.75.

Top boys performers were Jacob McGrough -- third in the 100 butterfly (52.83) and third in the 200 individual medley (1:57.87) and Omar Dwidar (third in the 100 free (47.95) and fourth in the 200 IM (1:58.10).

City/County hoops games set

Cougar Williams, a two-sport Bee All-Star from Hanford, and Lashari Clayborne, a long-range shooting specialist who led Roosevelt to its first girls section title, will be featured in the boys and girls City/County All-Star basketball games June 25 at Clovis North.

City coaches will be Mark Beebe, who guided Sunnyside's boys to the North Yosemite League championship, and Mark Gradoville, whose Roosevelt girls won NYL and section D-III crowns.

County coaches will be T.J. Wilkins, whose Lemoore boys won the West Yosemite League title, and Dave Campbell, whose Sanger girls went 23-6 and reached the D-II semifinals.

Coaching search

Buchanan is searching for a girls water polo coach to replace Mark Greenwood, who stepped down after leading the Bears to a Central Section Division I runner-up finish in the fall. Details: Buchanan athletic director Chris Hansen at (559) 327-3272.

Senior girls to be honored

Nineteen females from the section's North Area will be recognized and given scholarships April 20 in the Junior League of Fresno's 28th Senior Girl Athlete Awards Banquet at Clovis North's Multi-Purpose Room.

Tickets for the 6 p.m. event are $25.

Details: (559) 221-2646.

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