Clovis News: Sports

Clovis West looks to finish tennis season in style

Clovis West High looks to complete a perfect season when it faces rival Buchanan today for the Central Section Division I boys tennis championship.

The top-seeded Golden Eagles are 26-0 after reaching the final -- scheduled for 3 p.m. at Clovis West -- with a 5-4 victory over Clovis last week.

Clovis West enters the final not only with team momentum, but individual as well after top-seeded Vincent Paganetti and Stefan Loop defeated teammates and second-seeded Brice Austin and Robin Shin 6-0, 6-1 for the section doubles title Saturday in Bakersfield.

Paganetti and Loop also serve as the Golden Eagles top two singles players.

No. 2 Buchanan (18-5) advanced to the D-I final with a 7-2 victory over Liberty-Bakersfield. The Bears are led by Will Frye and Daniel Kwak, who are 1-2 on the singles ladder and combined to reach the quarterfinals of the section individual doubles tournament.

Clovis West defeated the Bears twice this season -- 6-3 on April 22 and 9-0 on April 6.

"It's a tough matchup. They are very, very talented top to bottom," Bears coach Jonathan Slater said. "But we are playing our best tennis right now. The guys are looking forward to playing their best match."

In other section finals, top-seeded El Diamante hosts No. 2 East Bakersfield in D-II, No. 1 Clovis North entertains No. 2 Hanford West in D-III and No. 1 Kingsburg welcomes No. 2 Immanuel in D-IV. All matches are scheduled to start at 4 p.m.

Individual golf

Central Area champion Nate Jessup of Porterville and North Area winner Bryson DeChambeau of Clovis East are among the top competitors in the field for the Central Section Individual Golf Championships, which tee off at 10 a.m. today at Dinuba's Ridge Creek Golf Club.

Jessup finished in a four-way tie for second last year with an even-par 72 at Bakersfield's Seven Oaks Country Club and qualified for the Southern California Regionals. Jessup won the Central Area tournament May 11 at Hanford's Kings Country Club with a 3-under 69.

DeChambeau also qualified for SoCal Regionals last year, shooting a 75 during the Individual Championships after placing second in the North Area. DeChambeau won area this year with a 1-under 71 at Madera Municipal on May 10.

Other returning section and SoCal Regional qualifiers from last season include Porterville's Mikey McGinn and Lemoore's Cody Neal, who shot 72 and 74, respectively, at the Central Area tournament.

Clovis West qualified a tournament-best five players: Troy Sweeney, Brian Waterhouse, Matt Swindle, Grant Yamaguchi and Taylor Fallahsafa.

Section team champion Bullard has three players in the field: Tanner Manser, Michael Tolladay, and Brandon Stites.