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Sports briefs: Ferrari earns top freshman honor

Ferrari earns top freshman honor

Buchanan High product Chloe Ferrari earned Freshman of the Year honors in West Coast Conference volleyball for the University of San Diego.

The 6-foot-2 Ferrari ranked eighth in the nation in hitting (.417) and totaled 277 kills and 29 blocks. She ended the conference season with a 29-kill, nine-block performance to earn the final WCC player of the week selection.

The 18th-ranked Toreros went 23-5 overall and 13-1 in the WCC to claim their seventh conference championship.

San Diego will learn Sunday where and whom it will play in the NCAA Tournament.

Ferrari was an All-Bee and honorable mention All-America selection last season.

  • Melody Mandelbaum, last year's Bee Player of the Year at Clovis West, started all 31 matches for Tulane (12-19) and led the Green Wave in aces (33) and set percentage (.396). Another 2009 Bee All-Star, Mariah Riddlesprigger (Bullard), had the third-highest points-per-set average this season at Rice.

Rogers, Tos named all-conference

Two UC Davis football players with Valley ties made the All-Big West Conference team: senior tight end Dean Rogers (Redwood) and senior offensive tackle Ryan Tos (Central Valley Christian).

Rogers, a 6-foot-2, 250-pound captain, was second on the team with 30 receptions for 404 yards and three touchdowns. Tos, a 6-6, 295-pounder from Hanford, was named All-GWC for the second straight year. He had a streak of 44 consecutive starts end when injury sidelined him for last Saturday's season finale.

Sunbirds No. 15 in baseball rankings

Fresno Pacific will begin the baseball season at No. 15 in the NAIA Top 25 poll, the national office announced.

The Sunbirds, who finished last season ranked No. 11, have appeared in every Top 25 since the first regular-season poll of 2008.

Fresno Pacific is the third-highest Golden State Athletic Conference team behind defending conference champion No. 3 Cal Baptist and No. 8 Point Loma Nazarene.

The Sunbirds are coming off a 36-17 season. Among their returning players is All-GSAC outfielder Tyler Pryor.

Tomcak scores 36 in Reedley win

Katie Tomcak hit eight 3-pointers and scored 36 points, powering Reedley College to an 80-65 nonleague women's basketball win over Allan Hancock.

Taylor Smith had 14 points and 19 rebounds for the Tigers (3-4). Hancock fell to 3-3.

Youth all-star football set in Visalia

California youth all-star football players will play in three games at Giant Chevrolet-Cadillac Mineral King Bowl on Sunday, organizer Doug Stich announced. He said the event is the first of its type and scale in California.

The North-South format includes games for grades 5-6, seventh and eighth. More than 150 players are involved, including about 70 from the southern San Joaquin Valley.