Clovis News: Sports

Local briefs: Sunbirds women slip to 0-2

Keri Stephanoff scored 16 points and Jessica Torrecillas added 13 points and 10 rebounds but couldn't prevent the Fresno Pacific women's basketball team from losing 74-64 to Cal State Maritime at the Holy Names Tip-Off Tournament in Oakland.

Fresno Pacific (0-2 overall) trailed by 15 points at halftime after shooting 30.4% in the first half.

Lauren Westbrook scored 27 points for Cal State Maritime.

Porterville's men's team lost its opener, falling to state third-ranked Mt. San Jacinto 85-79 at the City College of San Francisco Tip Off Tourney. Details were not available. Fresno City, the state's No. 1 team in the preseason poll, was to face Siskiyous in the tournament's late game.

Fresno Pacific men's team cruises to basketball victory

Todd Brown and Jesse Childs scored 17 points each as the Fresno Pacific men's basketball team improved to 2-0 with a 75-59 victory over Southern Oregon at Reedley College.

RouSean Cromwell, a transfer from USC, added 11 points and five steals for the Sunbirds, who are ranked No. 3 in the NAIA.

Fresno Pacific shot 50% from the field in the first half, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range, en route to a 38-27 halftime lead. The Sunbirds also forced 25 turnovers while committing 15.

Ryan Staker, a 6-8, 245-pound center who transferred from UC Irvine, paced Southern Oregon (1-1) with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Staker's layup tied the score at 5-5 4 minutes into the game, but Fresno Pacific led 38-27 at the half.

The Sunbirds were coming off a 78-67 exhibition loss to NCAA Division I and crosstown foe Fresno State on Wednesday.

"Outside of a few breakdowns, we played pretty well defensively tonight," Fresno Pacific assistant Chris Wright said.

Porterville's men's team lost its opener, falling to state third-ranked Mt. San Jacinto 85-79 at the City College of San Francisco Tip Off Tourney. Details were not available. Fresno City, the state's No. 1 team in the preseason poll, was to face Siskiyous in the tournament's late game.

Rams women win in soccer

Jesslyn Fagundes scored a pair of goals, Jennifer Menefee and Ashlynn Marino each had a goal and an assist and the Fresno City women's soccer team continued its roll through the Central Valley Conference and toward the state playoffs with a 6-0 victory over West Hills-Lemoore.

Fagundes' goals in the 9th and 23rd minutes gave the Rams (11-2-6, 4-0) a 3-0 lead. Fresno City is No. 2 in the Northern California power rankings and No. 4 in the state heading into the final week of the regular season.

Fresno City's men's team clinched a share of the CVC title with a 2-0 victory over Taft. Trae Garton and Rory Agu each scored for the Rams (11-4-5, 3-1-1), who are ranked No. 5 nationally.

Fresno City rolls in volleyball

Fresno City's volleyball team remained unbeaten in CVC play with a 3-0 victory over Merced by scores of 25-15, 25-16 and 25-18.

Taylor Lucero had 11 kills for the Rams (19-4, 11-0), and Tasha Greer added five kills, 22 assists, seven aces and eight digs.

Porterville swept West Hills 3-0 to improve to 14-5 overall and 8-3 in CVC play. Olga Velazquez and Katrina Goulbourne each had 11 kills for the Pirates.

Margarita Madrid had six aces, eight digs and 23 assists to lead Reedley (5-6 CVC) over Columbia 3-0.

Monsters climb in rankings

The Fresno Monsters Hockey Team moved up one spot to No. 7 in the national Junior A Tier III hockey rankings compiled by the Web site myhockeyrankings.com .

Fresno, 16-0-0-1 in its inaugural season, returns to the ice next Friday against the Arizona Redhawks in Peoria.

The next home game is Nov. 27 against Idaho at Selland Arena.

Also ...

Judo: West Clovis Judo Club members Nayomi Torculas and Joshia Torculas finished first and third, respectively, at the Bojuka Judo Tournament on Sunday at Seaside High.

Golf: Randall Avenell of Fresno scored a hole-in-one Thursday on the par-3, 167-yard No. 17 hole at Fig Garden Golf Course.

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