Clovis News: Sports

Local briefs: Teens play for national title

Cal Odyssey, a boys team from Clovis, will play for the U.S. Soccer Development Academy national title against the Derby County Wolves at 7 p.m. Friday.

ESPN Classic will broadcast the championship match.

Cal Odyssey reached the championship after drawing 1-1 with Washington Premier FC on Wednesday at the Home Depot Center in Carson.

Washington Premier FC controlled the ball for most of the game, but Cal Odyssey kept it close with strong defense.

Cal Odyssey also had the luxury of knowing it could settle for a tie and still advance while Washington Premier needed a win.

The combination may have caused Washington Premier FC to press a bit more in the second half. Cal Odyssey used counterattacks, including one that led to its lone goal, when Jose Segura scored following a hand violation by the Tacoma-based opposition.

Cal Odyssey began its run after advancing out of a 32-team U.S. Soccer Development Academy playoff in Greensboro, N.C., late last month. The team entered as the No. 31 seed.

The title game for the 17-18-year-old division is today.

Quiet day for Eastern stars

A trio of players with Valley ties failed to do much Wednesday at the Double-A Eastern League All-Star Game, which saw the South win 5-3 in Trenton, N.J.

Akron first baseman Beau Mills (Golden West High/Fresno State) went 1 for 4 for the South.

Portland third baseman Jorge Jimenez (Porterville College) was 0 for 4 for the North.

Harrisburg left fielder Leo-nard Davis (Dos Palos/Fresno City) was on the South team but injured and unable to play.

The South broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the eighth on Jason Delaney's RBI single to center.

Duran, U.S. in World Cup

Former Selma High and UCLA star Andrea Duran is part of the U.S. softball team competing this week at the 2009 KFC World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City.

Today's opener, which will be aired on ESPN, pits the U.S. against the Netherlands at 5 p.m. The featured game will be 5 p.m. Saturday, when the U.S. takes on Japan in the teams' first meeting since Japan beat the Americans to win the gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

The United States has transformed into a relatively young team, with 10 rookies. Still, it is 12-0 and has outscored its opponents 78-5. Duran is among the eight veterans, with others including Jennie Finch, Cat Osterman and Monica Abbott.

Earthquakes trade Campos

The San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer traded Brazilian forward Pablo Campos to Real Salt Lake for a 2010 second-round draft pick and a conditional second-round choice in 2011.

Campos, a 6-foot-3 striker who played for Fresno Pacific and the Fresno Fuego in 2007 and 2008, had two goals and two assists this season for the Earthquakes.

The trade clears a roster spot and salary-cap space as San Jose (3-9-4) prepares to add players during the just-opened international transfer window.

"Pablo has done fine for us," Earthquakes coach Frank Yallop said. "But we're going to need the roster spots. He's a lovely kid. But he's going to a place that really wants him, and I wasn't sure Pablo was the right fit for what we're trying to do."

'Dogs swimmers set opener

The Fresno State swimming and diving team has some lofty long-term goals.

And now it has a demanding schedule to match the difficulty.

The Bulldogs, in their second season after the program was reinstated last year, will compete against some of the nation's best, including a Nov. 5 dual at Cal, the defending national champion.

"The better teams we swim, the better we will be," Bulldogs coach Jeanne Fleck said in a news release announcing the 2009-10 schedule. "I want to be a top program, so we need to get into the tough competition now."

The season opener is Oct. 9 at the Western Athletic Conference Shootout in San Jose.

Also on Fresno State's schedule is the Nov. 19-21 Nike Cup Invitational in Long Beach, along with a meet against UCLA and Kansas in Los Angeles on Jan. 8. UCLA has one of the top recruiting classes for next season, and Kansas finished among the top 40 at last year's NCAA Championships.

For the first time since the program was reinstated, Fresno State will host matches, with Clovis North High serving as its home pool. The first home meet is Nov. 7 against Fresno Pacific. The Bulldogs also will host Cal State-Bakersfield (Jan. 16) and San Jose State (Feb. 5).

River Park stars advance

The River Park Little League 10-year-old All-Stars will compete for a section championship after defeating Madera American 8-7 in the finals of the District 10 championship Tuesday at Lions Park in Madera. River Park moves on to the Section 6 championship, a five-team tournament in Stockton this weekend. The winner advances to the NorCal Championship.

Daly Meinert hit a solo home run for River Park in its win against Madera American.

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