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Sports briefs: Prep football player remains hospitalized

Prep football player remains hospitalized

Clovis North High football player John Lara remained hospitalized Saturday, two days after he was critically hurt in a junior varsity game.

The sophomore, who suffered a head injury, was said to be responding to a nurse's commands, according to a web page set up at to update the community on his condition.

Section's best still alive

All the top seeds are alive after the first two rounds of the Central Section individual girls tennis tournament.

Memorial High's Robin Draper and Sydney Perotti, the top doubles seed in the section, won their second-round match 6-1, 6-0 over a Golden West's Christina Chavez and Teresa Sweeney.

Among the top singles players, Bullard's third-seeded Pookie Gonzalez defeated Strathmore's Amy Clifton in the second round 6-0, 6-1.

The singles draw continues with round three at 9 a.m. Friday followed by the quarterfinals at 1 p.m. The doubles resume at 11 a.m. Friday with the quarterfinals at 3 p.m.

Bakersfield's Laurel Glen Tennis Club is the host site.

No. 1 Sunbirds bounce back, sweep Concordia

Fresno Pacific's volleyball team bounced back from a rare loss to sweep host Concordia 25-19, 25-19, 26-24 in a Golden State Athletic Conference match.

Martina Gregusova had 13 kills and Keke Wang 11 and Mariah Mandelbaum had 17 digs for the NAIA top-ranked Sunbirds (26-1, 16-0), who saw their overall 65-match winning streak and 91-match regular-season run end with a loss to No. 5 Texas-Brownsville on Friday.

Concordia, ranked 10th, fell to 19-7 and 10-6.

Fresno Pacific sends soccer teams to playoffs

Fresno Pacific clinched the No. 4 seed and a home match in the GSAC men's soccer playoffs with a 5-1 victory over visiting Point Loma Nazarene.

The Sunbirds (9-8, 6-4) will host the still-to-be-determined fifth seed Wednesday.

Paul Islas scored twice and had two assists. Austin Fares scored for Point Loma (6-9, 3-6), which was eliminated.

  • Fresno Pacific's women's team lost 2-0 to No. 25 Point Loma, but the Sunbirds (5-10-2, 3-6-1) qualified for the playoffs after Vanguard tied Westmont 1-1. Fresno Pacific will face top-seeded and third-ranked Azusa Pacific on Tuesday.

Sunbirds men narrowly win basketball opener

The Fresno Pacific men's basketball team beat Holy Names 87-85 in the season opener in Oakland.

Jordan Wild, a rare returner from last year's 25-9 team, led the Sunbirds with 19 points and 12 rebounds.

Yosemite wins on kick

John Di Tomaso booted a 37-yard field goal with less than a minute left to lift Yosemite (4-4, 3-0 North Sequoia League) past host Chowchilla (5-3, 1-2) 24-21 in high school football Friday night.

Yosemite drove 78 yards in the final 4 minutes. "It was one heckuva drive," Chowchilla coach John Henson said.

Devin Gaines rushed for 77 yards and scored three touchdowns for Chowchilla.

  • Ricky Hurt passed for three TDs and ran for one as Firebaugh (6-2, 2-0 West Sierra) beat Avenal (0-8, 0-3) 59-8.

Also ...

Youth baseball: The Central California Blaze 18-under team went 4-0 in pool play at the 20th annual Las Vegas Desert Fall Classic to advance to a high seed in today's single-elimination championship round.

Youth soccer: The CJSL Sharpshooters U15 girls soccer team placed second in the Las Vegas Mayor's Cup last weekend. The Sharpshooters (22-7-1) won three games (and posted two shutouts) before falling in the championship.

Boxing: Caroline Riojss, representing Fresno PAL, won her match at the Modesto PAL boxing show fighting in the 13-year-old, 102-pound division.