Clovis News: Sports

Local briefs: No. 1 Sunbirds swimmers suffer a trio of defeats

NAIA top-ranked Fresno Pacific had to settle for a split in a men's swimming and diving dual meet Saturday in Riverside.

The Sunbirds defeated No. 2 Concordia 173-121 but lost to No. 4 Cal Baptist 184-116.

Fresno Pacific finished with the best time in six of 16 events, including top times from Carl Weigley in the 100-yard butterfly (51.01 seconds) and 50 free (21.33).

- The No. 1 Sunbirds women also posted the best time in six events but was swept, losing to No. 5 Cal Baptist 184-106 and No. 4 Concordia 142-136.

Fresno Pacific's Cheyenne Coffman had the best times in the 100 back (56.55) and 50 free (24.05), and Stacy Carter was fastest in the 100 free (54.18) and 400 individual medley (4:36.94).

Darden leads Rams

Sumiya Darden had 31 points and 22 rebounds to lead the Fresno City women's basketball team to an 80-78 Central Valley Conference win against Taft.

The Rams, No. 10 in the state, are 15-6 overall, 2-0 in the CVC

- Vanessa Corona scored 17 points, and Alley Reeves and Milena Samson each added 15 as College of Sequoias (11-8, 1-1) won 74-57 at Reedley (9-9, 1-1).

West Hills edges Porterville

Rylan Whilden and Jason Hall each had 16 points as the West Hills College men's basketball team snuck past Porterville 73-71 in a CVC game.

Porterville's Alton Williams led all scorers with 17 points as the Pirates improved to 3-12 overall and 1-2 in the conference.

The Falcons fell to 7-11 and 0-3.

Sunbirds to honor champs

The Fresno Pacific volleyball team will hold its 2009 awards celebration Jan. 25 at the Ashley Auditorium on campus.

The event, which starts at 7 p.m., will include an awards presentation and a celebration of the 2009 NAIA national title.

For more information, contact Michelle Boling at (559) 453-2009 or

Dawgs fall to Sacramento

Ja'Vance Coleman scored 31 points and Dominic Young 26, but the Central Valley Dawgs fell to the Sacramento Heat Wave 103-97 in an American Basketball Association game.