Defending champion Frontier High and last season’s runner-up Clovis West headline the nine-team field for the Central Section Team Golf Championships, which tee off at 11 a.m. today at the Sunnyside Country Club.
Frontier shot a 413 at North Kern to win the South Area tournament last Monday, by far the lowest score from the three area qualifiers. Clovis West won the North Area with a 447 at Madera Municipal, while Redwood was the Central Area champ with 465 at Tulare Golf Course.
Also in the field are Division I schools Bullard, Central Valley Christian and Stockdale, as well as Division II schools Bakersfield, Clovis North and Mission Oak. The top two teams, regardless of division, advance to the CIF Southern California Regionals on Nov. 10.
Frontier shot a 402 last season to unseat four-time reigning section team champion Clovis West at Visalia’s Valley Oaks Golf Course.
The section Individual Championship tournament is Oct. 31 at Rio Bravo Country Club in Bakersfield.
Tennis playoff pairings announced today
Tri-River Athletic Conference champion Buchanan is expected to be the top seed in the Central Section girls tennis Division I team playoffs, while defending champions Chelby Cooke of Bakersfield Christian (singles) and Buchanan’s Kathryn Ashford and Megan Lee (doubles) are the favorites for top seeds individually when playoff pairings are set today in Visalia.
Buchanan was the D-I runner-up to Clovis West a year ago and returns its top players in Ashford and Lee, who are expected to draw competition from Bullard’s Pookie Gonzalez and Claire Jaramishain for the top seed individually in doubles. Gonzalez was part of the doubles champion two years ago.
The team playoffs — which cover six divisions — begin Tuesday, while the individual playoffs start Saturday at Buchanan.
Fresno State women earn tie vs. Aggies
The Fresno State women’s soccer team wrapped up an unbeaten season on its home turf with a 2-2 tie against New Mexico State on Sunday.
Fresno State junior Callie Hancock scored both of the Bulldogs’ goals as the team finished the regular season 4-0-2 at home.The Bulldogs (9-4-4, 3-1-1 WAC) conclude the regular season with two road games, the first at 7 p.m. Friday against Nevada.
Fresno State will host the Western Athletic Conference championships beginning Nov. 3.
Monsters score 10
The Fresno Monsters had an offensive explosion in a 10-3 Western States Hockey League victory over Phoenix on Sunday.
Jason Beisinger and Nick McKee each had two goals for Fresno, which remained perfect on the season at 8-0-0.The Monsters return home for a 3:30 p.m. game Friday against Idaho.
COS football falls short
College of the Sequoias came close to knocking off NorCal No. 9 Modesto on Saturday in Visalia, but not close enough in a 27-24 football loss in the Valley Conference.
The Giants (2-5, 0-2) who took a 62-35 beating by No. 10 San Joaquin Delta the previous week, rallied from 14 points down to give the Pirates (6-1, 1-1) a scare.
Modesto was playing without standout running back Aaron Fields, who was injured the previous week against Fresno City. But the Mustangs led 27-10 until the Giants rallied on Austin Albison’s 10-yard scoring pass to Chris Reeves in the third quarter and a 96-yarder to Relando Jefferson with 8:29 left.
Sequoias’ last chance for an upset broke down when it fumbled the ball away after driving to the Modesto 37-yard line.