Clovis News: Sports

Sports briefs: Sunbirds extend tennis streak

The NAIA second-ranked Fresno Pacific women's tennis team got past Vanguard 5-4 for its 61st straight GSAC victory.

Victories by Cristina Vallardes and Erika Januskova at Nos. 4 and 5 singles kept the streak alive and moved Fresno Pacific (11-0) to 7-0 in the GSAC. Fresno Pacific's No. 1 men's team (9-0, 6-0) won 8-1.

On Friday, the Sunbirds men and women swept winless Hope International.

Meyers wraps up big Outlaws week

Clovis' Jason Meyers finished in the top two for the second straight night Saturday as the World of Outlaws sprint cars concluded their two-day run at Groppetti Automotive Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare.

Meyers was second to Joey Saldana of Pittsboro, Ind., a night after beating Saldana to the checkered flag.

Meyers owns five career victories at the Tulare track, but had not won a World of Outlaws feature there until Friday. He led from the start in capturing the main event that night and had the fast lap (14.768 seconds) and top speed (81.176 mph).

No. 1 Concordia tops Sunbirds

Terrence Worthy hit 6 of 7 3-point shots as part of a 21-point night as NAIA No. 1 Concordia beat Fresno Pacific 84-51 in a Golden State Athletic Conference men's basketball semifinal.

The Sunbirds were led by James Lewis, who hit 7 of 13 shots and scored 17 points.

Fresno Pacific already had locked up a spot in the NAIA tournament by virtue of its No. 23 national ranking.

Rams KO'd from hoops regionals

Fourth-seeded San Jose City eliminated No. 12 Fresno City's men's basketball team 89-80 in the North Regionals in San Jose.

The Rams, co-champions in the Central Valley League, finished 24-6. San Jose moves on to the state Final Eight.

Fresno Pacific triple jumper third

Eugene Vollmer's third place in the triple jump highlighted Fresno Pacific's final day at the NAIA National Championships in Johnson City, Tenn. The Sunbirds men placed 27th and the women 25th.

Vollmer jumped 51 feet, finishing 7 inches behind the winner. Wes Wells finished seventh in the high jump (6-93/4) and Ethan Dejongh was ninth in the long jump (23-4).

Amanda Straw added a tie for fifth in the high jump (5-5) to her fourth in the pentathlon. Milika Tuivanuavou also placed fifth in the shot put (46-6.25).

Sunbirds get split in water polo

The Fresno Pacific women's water polo team rebounded from a 9-8 loss to Whittier with an 11-2 romp over La Verne at the Cal Lutheran Spring Classic.

The Sunbirds (2-14) went 2-2, beating Occidental 8-7 on Friday for their first win.

West Hills tops COS in baseball

D.J. Sterling and Joe Jones combined on a five-hitter with 13 strikeouts and West Hills rallied past College of the Sequoias 5-3 with four late runs in a Central Valley Conference baseball game.

James Potten and Alex Gutierrez each had two hits for the Falcons (9-4, 3-2). The Giants are 7-7-1 and 4-2 in the conference.

-- Taft rallied from a three-run deficit to beat Reedley 6-3. Darvy Ventura had two hits, including a homer for the Cougars (9-6, 2-4). For Reedley (2-10, 2-3), Scott Isaak and Steve DeWall each had two hits.

-- Merced (6-5, 3-0) crushed Porterville (1-13, 0-5) 26-4.

Rams post 2 shutouts at Bash

Fresno City opened the Bash softball tournament by shutting out Monterey Peninsula 4-0 and Siskiyous 3-0 at Clovis East.

Bettye Ann Doering threw a four-hitter against Monterey, and Nicole Reed hit a two-run homer. Reed struck out eight in a four-hitter against Siskiyous. MaryBeth Williams went 2 for 3 to pace the offense.

Reedley tennis team rolls on

Two-time defending champion Reedley downed Fresno City 7-2 in women's tennis for its 22nd straight CVC victory.

Yumiko Justin beat Kate Abston 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles and teamed with Brooke Stockton for a 6-0, 6-1 win against Ashton and Andrea Pezeyza at No. 1 doubles.

Reedley is 7-1 overall and 3-0 in the CVC.