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Sports briefs: Buchanan boys volleyball receives D-I's top seed in SoCal Regionals

Coming off its first Central Section title in eight years, the Buchanan High boys volleyball team was awarded the No. 1 seed in Division I at the Southern California Regionals.

Buchanan (36-3), ranked No. 4 nationally, will host San Gabriel (28-5) of the Southern Section in an opening-round match at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Buchanan defeated Clovis West 25-19, 25-19, 18-25, 25-19 in last week's section championship after finishing runner-up three of the past four seasons. It was the Bears' first section title since 2003.

In Division II, Clovis North (34-7) earned the No. 8 seed and will go on the road to face top-seed Mater Dei-Santa Ana (27-3) of the Southern Section.

No other Central Section teams advanced.

Stanford softball wins its regional

The 15th-seeded Stanford softball team scored three runs in the top of the seventh to beat Nebraska 4-1 in the regional championship of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday. Stanford advances to this week's Super Regional against Alabama.

The Cardinal (41-15), which beat Fresno State 3-1 on Saturday, went undefeated in three games of the double-elimination regional.

Nebraska (41-14), which eliminated Fresno State with a 5-0 win Saturday, was blanked the first five innings until tying the score at 1 in the bottom of the sixth.

But in the top of the seventh, Stanford connected on four singles to ignite its victory.

Sidekicks roll on opening weekend

The Clovis Sidekicks went undefeated in their first weekend of play, beating Los Al 7-1 on Sunday at Clovis North High.

The Sidekicks were coming off a 2-1 victory against Claremont on Saturday.

Six Sidekicks players scored, with two coming from Ashley Sherr. The Sidekicks led 3-1 at halftime.

Clovis goalkeeper Sarah Sierra had eight saves.

The Sidekicks, competing at the semi pro level this season after playing at the amateur level during its inaugural season last year, play at North Bay FC Wave on Sunday.

Fresno rugby reaches Final Four

The Fresno Rugby Football Club earned an 11-8 victory against Santa Rosa in the quarterfinals of the Division II national tournament Sunday at the USA Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista.

Marama Penetito scored Fresno RFC's lone try for five points, and Roger Skinner's two penalty goals (worth 3 points, each) were enough to win the Elite Eight battle that pitted the top two teams in this year's NorCal D-II standings.

Fresno RFC (17-1) -- the top seed from the West -- now will head to Glendale, Colo., for its first trip to the USA Rugby National Final Four since 2001 and will face New Orleans -- the No. 6 seed from the East -- on June 4. The other national semifinal pits West No. 6 San Diego Aztecs vs. East No. 1 and defending national champion Tampa Krewe.

Also ...

Motor sports: Bud Kaeding drove to victory in the USAC West Coast 360 Sprint race Saturday night at Kings Speedway in Hanford. Bernal finished second and Danny Faria Jr., who had the fastest qualifying mark, placed third. ... Easton's Tommy Tarlton placed fourth in the ASCS Southern California Region and Ocean Sprints at Kings Speedway.

Baseball: Ohlone could not defend its title Sunday, losing two games to San Joaquin Delta in the junior college state championship. Delta needed to beat Ohlone twice and won 5-3 and 3-1.

Softball: Defending champion Cypress needed just one game to earn the state title, rolling past San Joaquin Delta 9-1.

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