Clovis News: Sports

Local briefs: Reedley coach gets all-conference honor

Reedley College's Randy Whited was selected Coach of the Year and sophomore defensive back Dontea Smith the Defensive MVP on the All-Valley Conference football team.

Other all-conference selections for the Tigers included offensive lineman Jared Nelson and Marquon Curry, running back Avery Horn (Hanford), defensive lineman Jimmy Daniels, linebacker Brandon Roberts, defensive back Trey Wolfe and kicker Curtis O'Neil. Smith also was honored as the return specialist.

Reedley will visit College of San Mateo at 1 p.m. Saturday, with the winner advancing to the state championship Dec. 12.

Fresno City landed 10 players on the team.

Quarterback Emmanuel Lewis (Tulare), receiver Isiah Barton, offensive lineman David Gonzales (Central), linebacker DeAndre Boughton (Edison) and defensive lineman Reggie Brown (Fresno) were joined by offensive lineman Adam Crenshaw (Clovis), linebacker A.J. Caviglia (Buchanan), defensive lineman Jameel Medlock, defensive back Darryl Jackson (Centennial) and punter John Lessary.

The Rams host Mendocino at 7 p.m. Saturday in the State Center Bowl at Ratcliffe Stadium.

Other local selections:

-- West Hills: Jeremiah Black and Chester Faiai, OL; Montel Gamble, WR; Randy Maynes, RB; Tate Humphrey, QB; Ronnie Faimoa, DL; Adam Espinoza, LB; and Jeff Jones, DB.

-- Sequoias: Roszell Gayden, OL; Keontric Reynolds, WR; Brant Botill (Corcoran), RB; Sheldon Richardson and Lavon McCoy, DL; Michael Lombardo, LB; and Kenneth Spigner, DB. Reynolds also was the all-purpose selection.

Sierra receiver Brandon Michalkiewicz was the Offensive MVP.

FCC posts volleyball sweep

Fresno City College wrapped up a second straight undefeated run in the Central Valley Conference as Taylor Lucero had 14 kills in a 25-9, 25-13, 25-12 win over Columbia on Wednesday -- the Rams' 36th straight conference victory.

Fresno City (22-4, 14-0), riding a 17-match winning streak, learns its postseason seed Saturday, with the regional to start Nov. 24.

-- Olga Velasquez's 17 kills led Porterville to a 25-11, 25-20, 28-26 win over Taft.

Fresno Pacific earns No. 9 national baseball ranking

Fresno Pacific's baseball team, coming off its first trip to the NAIA World Series, is ranked No. 9 in the NAIA coaches' preseason Top 25 poll.

The Sunbirds went 39-21 in 2008, their fourth year of existence, and won five straight elimination games to win a regional.

"I'm happy how far we've come as a program," coach Oscar Hirschkorn said. "Getting to the World Series was a huge honor for this program. Now we have that taste and want to go back."

Fresno Pacific opens at Cal State Stanislaus on Feb. 1.

Clovis' Mitchell to play volleyball for Sunbirds

Clovis High outside hitter Karah Mitchell, who leads the Central Section in kills with 476, has signed to play volleyball at Fresno Pacific, the two-time defending NAIA champion.

The top-ranked Sunbirds (31-0) host Cal State Bakersfield at 7 p.m. today before opening the NAIA championships Dec. 1 in Sioux City, Iowa.

Rams pitchers pick colleges

Fresno City sophomores Sean Buford and Brandon King will be moving on to four-year colleges to play baseball.

Buford, a right-handed pitcher out of Bullard, signed with Maryland. King, a left-handed pitcher and outfielder from Hanford, committed to Oral Roberts.

Buford went 4-3 with a 4.62 ERA and four saves last year. King hit .386 and had a 2-0 pitching record and a 0.96 ERA.

Lemoore wrestler signs

Lemoore High's Nick Sierra will wrestle for Grand Canyon University in Phoenix next season.

Sierra is a two-time state qualifier, finishing sixth at 140 pounds last season. He is a two-time placer at the Reno Tournament of Champions.

Valley tracks plan salute

Madera and Chowchilla speedways will honor this year's track champions during an awards banquet on Friday at the Madera Fairgrounds.

The event starts at 6 p.m. with a happy hour and dinner, followed by the awards at 8:30 p.m. and a raffle.

Details: Pat Patnaude, (209) 479-0056.