Clovis News: Sports

Local briefs: Team USA gives Pondexter a shot

Quincy Pondexter, the ex-Memorial High basketball standout now starring at the University of Washington, will compete for a spot on the U.S. team for this summer's World University Games.

The trials are June 16-18 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Pondexter, a 6-foot-6, 215-pounder who averaged 12.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game as a junior, will compete against about 25 top college players.

Palace to host MMA card today

Former World Extreme Cagefighting light heavyweight champion Doug Marshall meets veteran Jaime Jara in the main event of the Palace Fighting Championship's "Validation" mixed martial arts card tonight in Lemoore.

Marshall (9-3) of Visalia meets Jara (21-6) in a three-round middleweight bout on a card scheduled to feature 12 fights. Doors to the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino's outdoor venue open at 5:30 p.m. with the first fight scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

The co-main event features Fresno's Casey Olson (9-2) against Eddie Yagin (12-3-1) in a featherweight elimination bout.

Four titles are on the line, with Olaf Alfonso (8-10) defending his welterweight belt against Kyle Pimentel (6-0), Leopoldo Serao (15-7) fighting Phil Collins (7-4) for the vacant middleweight crown, Dominique Robinson (14-2-1) meeting Carlo Prater (23-6-1) for the vacant lightweight title and Pat Runez (5-0) taking on Fresno's Anthony Perales (3-0) to become the PFC's first flyweight champion.

Sunbirds knocked out in baseball

Fresno Pacific was eliminated from the Golden State Athletic Conference baseball tournament in San Diego, losing 3-2 in 12 innings to Point Loma Nazarene and 6-5 to The Master's.

The Sunbirds were beaten by Point Loma in the 12th on a hit by pitch and Tyler Kuehl's RBI single. Later, Fresno Pacific was overpowered by Caleb Mintz's two home runs and four RBIs against The Master's.

Justin Keeney's grand slam in a five-run seventh had given the Sunbirds a 5-4 lead against The Master's.

Fresno Pacific adds 2 in volleyball

Fresno Pacific has picked up two more volleyball recruits, including former Fresno State player Karlie Houston.

The signings of Houston, a 6-foot sophomore outside hitter from Sanger, and Sacramento City College transfer Michelle Johnson were announced Wednesday by the university.

Houston prepped at Sanger High, but quit in the middle of her freshman season in 2006 at Fresno State.

Johnson, a 6-2 outside and middle hitter out of Bakersfield Christian High, made the all-state JC team at Sacramento City.

Among earlier signings was Clovis West High School standout Lauren Albertson, The Bee's Co-Player of the Year.