Clovis News: Sports

Local briefs: Taft edges Rams in soccer

Taft got a goal from Tyler Coombes in the 30th minute and held on to beat visiting Fresno City 1-0 in a duel of the CVC's top two men's soccer teams.

The Cougars (10-2-1, 2-0) have won nine straight. The Rams are 7-4-3 and 0-1-1.

Fresno City outshot Taft 8-7, but the Cougars' Emilio Alvarado stopped all five shots on goal.

West Hills-Lemoore and visiting College of the Sequoias played to a scoreless tie.

Both teams are looking for their first conference wins. The Falcons (6-3-2) are 0-1-1 and the Giants (5-1-5) are 0-0-2.

FCC adds to volleyball streak

Taylor Lucero had 15 kills and Tasha Greer 23 assists as Fresno City blanked Merced 3-0 for its 26th consecutive CVC volleyball win over a three-year span.

Lucero and Greer are two of three sophomores on a team loaded with 11 freshmen.

"Right now we're young, but their consistency is getting better and that's the key to winning matches," Rams coach Tracy Ainger-Schulte said.

Fresno City (12-4) leads the conference with a 4-0 record.

Hanford twins choose college

Senior twins Taylor and Madison Spikes of Hanford High have made oral commitments to play basketball at NAIA-member Vanguard University in Costa Mesa.

Taylor Spikes, a 3-point specialist, averaged 10.5 points last season for the Bullpups, who won the Central Section Division II championship. She made 79 3-pointers on 42% accuracy. Madison Spikes averaged 3.8 points and 2.8 rebounds for the 26-5 Bullpups.

Sunbirds men 2nd at meet

Fresno Pacific's men won five of 10 relays and finished second to Concordia at the Pacific Collegiate Swimming Conference Invitational at Clovis North High.

Concordia won with 107 points to Fresno Pacific's 103.5.

Carl Weigley was part of four winning relays: 300-yard butterfly, 400 medley, 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle. He teamed with Jared Gilbert, Joel Howard and Seamus Alger for a time of 3 minutes, 8.11 seconds in the 400 relay, bettering the record set in last year's NAIA championships.

The Sunbirds women posted three seconds in the relays and finished third overall behind Loyola Marymount and Concordia.

Today, teams compete in a pentathlon meet starting at 9:30 a.m.

Women's soccer

Sabrina Arietta's two goals and two assists led Fresno City to a 10-0 rout of West Hills-Lemoore.

The Rams (8-1-4) improved to 2-0 in the Central Valley Conference. West Hills-Lemoore (1-8-2) is 0-1.

College of the Sequoias opened CVC play with a 6-0 loss at Taft and is 1-4-2 overall. Tiana Kunioka scored a pair of goals.

Forest lifts campfire limits

With storms expected to bring rain and snow to the mountains over the next week, the Sierra National Forest has lifted all campfire restrictions.

Visitors still need a campfire permit if they are camping outside a designated campground.