Clovis News: Sports

Buchanan advances in boys water polo

Buchanan High's offense went cold but its defense rarely did as the Bears stayed alive in the Central Section water polo playoffs.

Taylor Smith's day in goal included a block of a third-period penalty shot and nine saves overall as fifth-seeded and defending champion Buchanan edged No. 4 and host Madera 7-6 on Saturday in the Division I quarterfinals.

The Bears reward is a Wednesday semifinal at No. 1 Clovis, which beat No. 9 Central 18-4. The Cougars swept Buchanan in the Tri-River Athletic Conference.

Buchanan led Madera 7-4 at one point, but was scoreless for about the final 11 minutes. Smith's rejection of the penalty shot came with 3:44 to go in the third quarter.

"We just played good defense, but not very effectively on offense," Bears coach Dave Pickford said.

Phillip Clayman led what Pickford said was solid overall team defense against the senior-laden Coyotes, who were paced by Austin Ruggeberg's two goals.

Clovis, attempting to regain the D-I throne that it occupied in 2007 and '08, was led by Chase Lemley's five goals against Central.

No. 2 Clovis West, runner-up to Buchanan last year, received nine goals from Jared Osborn while coasting to a 24-7 win over No. 7 Bullard.

The Golden Eagles will remain home to play No. 3 El Diamante, which received six goals from Craig Ritchie, four from Ryan Murphy and eight saves from Christian Lowe to eliminate No. 6 Clovis East 11-9.

The Miners, elevated from D-II to D-I this year, turned heads early in the season with a 10-9 overtime loss to Clovis in the Visalia Invitational.

DIVISION II

Jared Linney scored six goals as No. 2 Memorial edged No. 10 Redwood 18-15.

Austin Stephens had seven goals for Redwood.

Shae Russell's eight goals led top-seeded Clovis North past No. 9 Edison 20-5.

Girls water polo

Two-time defending champion Clovis West, the No. 1 seed playing without two-time Bee Player of the Year and school-record scorer Tristin Baxter for the first time in five years, rolled nonetheless into the D-I semifinals by defeating No. 8 Clovis East 12-4 behind three goals each from Alex Magdaleno and Mary Brooks.

Katy Walker had four saves for the Golden Eagles, who improved to 25-5.

Third-seeded El Diamante escaped 11-8 in overtime to No. 6 Porterville. The Miners will visit No. 2 Clovis, which dominated Central 19-3.

DIVISION II

Taylor Nanamura scored five goals and Zoe Taylor had 17 saves for No. 4 Exeter, which led 6-1 after three quarters and held on to win 7-6 over No. 5 Hanford West. Kelsey Hill and Kaelyn Caretto each scored twice for the Huskies.

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