Clovis News: Sports

Local briefs: No. 3 Sunbirds roll to hoops victory

James Lewis had 22 points, seven rebounds and three assists and NAIA third-ranked Fresno Pacific improved to 3-0 with a 100-47 victory over Bethany in a nonconference men's basketball game Wednesday at the Special Events Center.

Todd Brown added 19 points as five Sunbirds finished in double figures in scoring.

The Bruins fell to 1-3.

Sunbirds remain No. 1 in NAIA volleyball rankings

Fresno Pacific's volleyball team remained atop the NAIA's national Top 25 rankings for the 34th consecutive week.

The Sunbirds (29-0), who received all 24 first-place votes, play today at The Master's.

- Amanda Michael had 10 kills and 10 digs as Fresno City College (20-4, 12-0) remained on top of the Central Valley Conference race with a 25-12, 25-20, 25-16 victory over Reedley.

- Evan Dillon's 21 kills and 15 digs helped Porterville to a 23-25, 25-10, 27-25, 28-26 win over College of the Sequoias.

Fresno secures ASA events

Fresno will be home to four Amateur Softball Association national tournaments in 2011, the Fresno Sports Council and Central Cal ASA announced.

The Girls 10-Under and 12-Under Class B Fast Pitch Western Nationals will be Aug. 1-7 at the Fresno Regional Sports Complex and Buchanan Softball Complex in Clovis.

The Men's Class B Fast Pitch and Class C Slow Pitch National Championships are Sept. 1-5.

The girls events are expected to add more than $2 million to the local economy; the men's nearly $750,000 in revenue.

State JC golf field is set

Fresno City's Toyahni Beihn, West Hills-Lemoore's Kelsey Alcala and Reedley's Lexi Zanovitch have advanced to the State JC Golf Championships, set for Monday and Tuesday at Hanford's Kings Country Club.

Beihn finished third in this week's NorCal final at Butte Creek Country Club in Chico, shooting 77-84--161. Lynne Cowan of Sierra College was first at 151.

Alcala was sixth with a 166 and Zanovitch ninth at 170.

Football rivals climb in poll

Reedley is No. 4 in Northern California and Fresno City No. 6 in this week's California Community College Football Coaches Association poll.

The rivals will square off for the Valley Conference title at 1 p.m. Saturday at Reedley High. The winner will advance to the Northern California championship bowl game.

Reedley is 3-1 in conference and Fresno City 2-2. A Rams win could help lead to a four-way tie for first. The Tigers, for now, own the tiebreaker; a win over the highest-ranked nonconference opponent -- No. 3 Foothill.

Also ...

Junior hockey: One of the Fresno Monsters' top scorers is back after recovering from a broken arm. Forward Chad Lowell, whose seven goals and 13 points led the team through five games, rejoins the Monsters for a series starting Friday at Arizona.

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