Clovis News: Sports

Local briefs: 3-pointers help Rams cruise

Alex Fletcher and Cheyanne Alcala drained five 3-pointers each Wednesday night as the Fresno City men's basketball team thumped Columbia 103-54 in a Central Valley Conference game.

Fletcher finished with a team-high 17 points and Alcala added 15.

The Rams (15-5, 3-0) host College of the Sequoias (15-5, 3-0) on Saturday.

- Sequoias beat Reedley 67-45, as the Tigers made just 4 of 23 free throws. Diontea Wright led the Giants with 12 points. Chris Barnes-Williams had 19 for Reedley.

- Porterville fell 79-62 to Merced, which shot 59.6% from the field. Porterville was led by Alton Williams' 14 points.

FCC women roll in CVC opener

Sumiya Darden scored 25 points and pulled down 16 rebounds to lead the Fresno City College women's basketball team to a 71-52 win over Merced in a CVC opener.

The Rams, ranked 10th in the state, improved to 14-6 overall.

- Monique Reed scored 17 points and Jasmine Waiters 15 as Reedley (9-8) topped Taft 61-48.

Hot Stove lines up Decker

Steve Decker will make his first public appearance as the Fresno Grizzlies' new manager at next month's Hot Stove Banquet.

Decker, 44, was confirmed as the first guest speaker at the 49th annual event, with others to be named later. He managed Double-A Connecticut last season.

The charity event is scheduled Feb. 4 at the Holiday Inn-Downtown.

Tickets are $60 for adults, $15 for children, and $550 for a table of 10. Proceeds go to the Grizzlies Community Fund.

Information: Danielle Witt, (559) 320-2547.

Rawhide to start at home

For the first time in five years, Visalia will open the California League baseball season at home.

Improvement projects at Recreation Ballpark that led to its selection as best ballpark renovation of 2009 by Ballpark Digest have caused the Class-A franchise to open on the road since 2006.

The Arizona Diamondbacks affiliate is scheduled to host Stockton at 7 p.m. April 8 in the first of a four-game, season-opening series.


MLB plans local youth tryout

Major League Baseball will hold a tryout for 15- to 16-year-olds interested in playing on a summer national touring team. Tryouts are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Clovis West High's varsity field.

Craig Conklin of the MLB scouting bureau will run the tryouts, assisted by Dan Smith of the USA Baseball Junior Olympic program.

Ex-Fresno State standout Terance Frazier, a local developer and founder of the Central Cal Academy, is expected to coach the team.

Details: (559) 999-7650 or 347-7555.