Clovis News: Sports

Sister acts mark Valley track teams

Central Section track and field is featuring special sisters — three sets of them.

They include Edison High freshmen twins Tara and Tia Edwards. Tara ranks second in the section in the 400 meters (59.83 seconds) and Tia is fourth in the 800 (2:19.82).

At Clovis West, Alyssa Monteverde leads the section in the 100 (14.65) and 300 (43.74) hurdles, and high jump (5-7). And Anginae Monteverde is second in the pole vault (12-2), fifth in the long jump (16-6) and seventh in the 100 hurdles (15.92). They are junior twins.

Also at Clovis West, junior Nonnie Okwelogu is third in the section in the shot put (41-8) and fourth in the discus (138-5). And freshman Niki Okwelogu is fifth in the section in the shot (38-2) and eighth in the discus (116-0).

More track and field happenings

Bullard freshman Ali Teliha timed a section second-best 5:05.07 in the 1,600 Saturday in the Central Valley Classic at Clovis East, breaking the school record of 5:07.27 set by her mother, Linda Hooks, in 1983. Only Clovis senior Saylah Barserian (5:01.77) has run faster in the section this season.

The section's girls 1,600 leaders include two other freshmen — Bullard's Marisa Gonzalez (No. 4, 5:09.15) and Buchanan's Hagen Reedy (No. 5, 5:09.35).

Redwood junior Justin Vilhauer, picking up where he left off in cross country as The Bee's boys Runner of the Year, leads the section in the 800 (1:55.8) and 1,600 (4:12.58), and is No. 2 in the 3,200 (9:13.99).

Central junior B.J. Kelly's 37.85 in the 300 hurdles leads the section and is No. 5 all time in the section. He also is ranked No. 2 this season in the 110 hurdles (14.63). He is being mentored by former Olympic long jump gold medalist Randy Williams, who has taken over the Grizzlies' program. Kelly will continue to duel with Buchanan's Sean Johnson, the section's defending champion in both events and ranked No. 1 in the 110s (14.17) and No. 2 in the 300s (38.42).

Frontier's Matt Darr, a double state gold medalist last season in the shot put and discus, is muscling against Clovis East's Willy Irwin. Darr is ranked first in the section in the discus (194-11) and second in the shot (61-1 1/2). Irwin is No. 1 in the shot (61-5 1/2) and second in the discus (180-4). He placed fourth and second in the events in the 2009 state meet to help the Timberwolves tie for the boys' team title.

The West Coast Relays will be April 17 at Buchanan's Veterans Memorial Stadium. The same venue will host the section Masters Championships May 22 and the CIF State Championships June 4-5.

Wrestling

Clovis North's Vince Rodriguez and Clovis West's Nikko Reyes captured titles during the National High School Coaches' Association National Wrestling Champions in Virginia Beach, Va.

Rodriguez won the 119-pound division during the Junior Nationals held March 23-26. Rodriguez, who was the state runner-up at 125 pounds in March, defeated Missouri's Colbey Skaggs 7-1 in the final and was named the tournament's most valuable lower weight wrestler.

Reyes won the 160-pound division at the Sophomore Nationals, also held March 23-26. Reyes edged Kentucky's James Jude 4-3 in the final.

Another area wrestler, Selma's Justin Lozano, was a Junior National runner-up at 160 pounds, losing 5-3 against Maryland's Jacob Bubba Scheffel in the final.

Rugby

The Bullard Rugby Club has scheduled a rematch against the Fresno All-Stars for 7 p.m. Friday at Fresno's Regional Sports Center.

Bullard defeated the Fresno All-Stars 37-17 in the first matchup of Fresno-area rugby clubs on March 26. The Fresno All-Stars are a club with players from Roosevelt, Sunnyside and Buchanan. Bullard ends its first season April 17-18 at the Santa Barbara Invitational.

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