Clovis News: Sports

Boys basketball rankings 1/26


1. Clovis East 17-5

2. Buchanan 14-4

3. Central 14-4

4. Clovis West 12-4

5. Tulare 15-3

6. Hanford West 17-4

7. Bullard 12-6

8. Memorial 15-5

9. Centennial 12-9

10. Stockdale 13-5


D-I: 1. Clovis East; 2. Buchanan; 3. Central

D-II: 1. Tulare; 2. Memorial; 3. Lemoore (15-5)

D-III: 1. Hanford West; 2. Ridgeview (16-3); 3. Golden Valley (12-4)

D-IV: 1. Taft (16-5); 2. Corcoran (15-7); 3. Sierra (12-4)

D-V: 1. CVC (13-4); 2. Tranquillity (7-8); 3. Fresno Christian (9-9)


Clovis East, which is 2-0 in the Tri-River Athletic Conference, can strengthen its control of the league this week with a sweep at Clovis West (0-2) and at home against Buchanan (2-0). It was on the Timberwolves' court last season that they closed in on a 10-0 TRAC run by throttling Buchanan 90-66 only to lose 70-69 in the final seconds as a top seed to the Bears in the first round of the Central Section Division I playoffs nine days later.

Central's greatest challenge may be itself at the free throw line. The Grizzlies are shooting nearly 60% from the field, yet only 54% at the line. They missed 8-of-15 free throws in an 85-78 home-court loss to Clovis East. And that occurred three days after they missed the front end of three consecutive bonus situations late in the game while holding on to a 72-64 win at Clovis West.

A lot more will be learned tonight about Sunnyside, a soft 15-1, in a North Yosemite League game at Memorial.

The latest Cody Kessler-Jordan Burris duel was a beauty in Kern County. Longtime friends and opponents, Kessler scored 31 points to lead Centennial to a 74-59 Southwest Yosemite League rout of Stockdale, which received 35 from Burris.