Clovis News: Sports

Sports briefs: Bulldogs' Patel places 20th in amateur event

Fresno State's Bhavik Patel closed with his best round of the tournament, a 2-under 70, as he finished the Australian Master of the Amateurs golf tournament in a tie for 20th place on Friday.

Patel shot 2-over 290 over four rounds at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club, 14 strokes behind the 55-player tournament's champion, England's Tarquin MacManus.

Patel was one of four Americans in the field, with Texas A&M's Jordan Russell the only U.S. player who finished higher on the leaderboard at 289.

Patel and the Bulldogs open the spring season Jan. 31 at the Arizona Intercollegiate in Tucson.

Top boys hoops teams square off in Hanford

Today's five-game Super Saturday Showdown at Hanford West High will feature several teams prominent in Central Section boys basketball, including 2010 champions Ridgeview (Division III) and Central Valley Christian (D-V).

Ridgeview, at 4 p.m., will play Edison, a section titlist in four of the past six seasons. CVC, behind Hanford resident and 2010 Bee All-Star Grant Verhoeven, will play 2009 section D-III champion Hanford West at 5:30 p.m.

The event will open at 1 p.m. with section 2009 D-IV winner Bakersfield Christian opposing Sunnyside, which is 14-5 following a 22-4 year.

Clovis North (15-5), a D-II threat this season, will play East Bakersfield at 2:30 p.m.

The day will close with a 7 p.m. game matching D-I favorite Bakersfield (15-2) against Central (7-7), which is coming off consecutive 20-win seasons.

Monsters team up for WSHL rout of Condors

The Tier III Fresno Monsters received a goal or an assist from 13 players -- including two goals and an assist from Don Coyle -- in Friday's 8-1 Western States Hockey League victory over the host Bakersfield Condors.

Rob Kolander, Andrew Pierson, Christian McCollum, Tyler Lazarek, David Kann and Harrison Peters also scored for the Monsters, who broke free after Bakersfield tied it 1-1 toward the end of the first period.

Fresno, which sits in second place behind Idaho in the Western Division, received assists from Kolander, Pierson, Nick McKee, Josiah Nikkel, Jason Beisinger, Cody Osburn, Zach Alvarez and Kyle Baker.

Bennett to help unveil Reedley baseball team

College Baseball Hall of Fame coach Bob Bennett, who guided Fresno State for 34 seasons, will be the guest speaker today at Reedley College's baseball kickoff dinner at the Reedley Community Center, 100 N. East Ave.

The event starts at 6 p.m. and includes a silent auction. Tickets are $40 per person and patrons can sponsor a Tigers baseball player for $35.

Fans will get a chance to meet new Reedley coach Steve Pearse, a former assistant at UCLA and at Fresno State under Bennett. The Tigers open the season Feb. 4 against De Anza at the Modesto tournament.

Madera Speedway sets March 19 opener

Madera Speedway opens its season of 20 racing dates March 19 with the 100-lap Late Model Smokey Hanonian Classic.

Other highlights on the card: Gerhardt (April 2), Vukovich (May 7), Pombo (June 11) and Harvest (Sept. 16-17) classics; and appearances by the SRL Southwest Tour on June 25 and Sept. 24.

Weekly series racing continues for Late Models, Hobby Stocks, MST, Toyota Sedans and 4-Bangers.

The racing season ends Oct. 22 with the annual Pumpkin Smash Halloween Bash to crown track champions.

Runners honored at Break the Barriers

Lutz Braun and Katie Kunz posted the top 6-mile times for men and women in last week's Break the Barriers Dream Run at Woodward Park.

Braun ran the course in 30 minutes, 53 seconds and Kunz came in at 38:37.

Johnny Sanchez won the male 2-mile in 10:31 and Alyssa Destasio was first among women in 13:42.

In the 2-mile walk, James McCall was first in 19:03 for men and Mona Borjas in 24:23 for women.