Clovis News: Sports

Local briefs: Sunbirds tie in men's soccer

The Fresno Pacific men's soccer team settled for 2-2 draw with Point Loma Nazarene to end the regular season.

Paul Islas found Guilherme Machado for the tying goal in the second half.

The Sunbirds (8-6-1, 4-4-1) are headed to the NAIA playoffs after taking sixth in the Golden State Athletic Conference. Point Loma (3-10-2, 2-6-2) didn't qualify.

Sunbirds women shut out

Brooke Winklepleck's rebound goal in the 17th minute stood up for 17th-ranked Point Loma in a 1-0 women's soccer victory against visiting Fresno Pacific that closed the regular season for the teams.

The Sunbirds (9-6-1) finished 4-5-1 in the GSAC and the Lions (11-4-1) at 6-4.

Blaze splits a pair in desert

The Central California Blaze 18-under baseball team went 1-1 Saturday at the Las Vegas Fall Desert Classic. Quarterfinalists in the 38-team tournament were determined later in the evening.

The Blaze beat the Minnesota Blizzard 10-1. Eric Karch (Clovis West High) was 3 for 3 with a triple, two RBIs and two runs; Jesse Gonzalez (Hanford West) was 2 for 3 with two RBIs; Steven Lozier (Buchanan) was 2 for 3 with a double, two steals and three runs; and Jordan Brink (Central) was 2 for 4 with two runs.

Prep tennis seeds hold

All 15 seeded singles players survived the first day of the Central Section individual championships on Saturday.

Three seeded doubles teams, however, were eliminated early with unranked teams from Sunnyside (Blackketter/Lor), Bullard (Jones/Frye) and Hoover (Fang/Fang) instead advancing.

The tournament will continue Friday at Redwood High, with the championship round Saturday.

Sequoias men dominate

College of the Sequoias dominated the competition for the Central Valley Conference team cross country title, posting the top four finishers in the 4-mile race at Woodward Park.

Joseph Rivera won it 20:39 and the Giants finished with 19 points. Fresno City took second with 39 points, with its best runner, Isaiah Orea, coming in fifth at 21:30.

In the 3.1-mile women's race, Fresno City won with 23 points. The top individual was Sequoias' Allison Gonzales in 18:55. Fresno City's Courtney Gooch took second at 19:42.

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