Clovis West and Bullard return to D-I boys team tennis final
It’s a rematch for the Central Section Division I boys tennis championship.
Defending champion and second seeded Bullard will play at No. 1 Clovis West at 3:30 p.m. Thursday for the title after edging No. 3 Clovis North 5-4 Tuesday in a semifinal that was interrupted May 14 because of rain.
The Knights’ Viran Batth and Wiley Woolf beat Carson Esralian and Trenton Wood at No. 3 doubles for the decisive point. Bullard also received singles wins from Nick Jaramishian, Lincoln Hoppe and Chandler Hosepian, and a doubles win from the team of Jaramishian and Hoppe.
The Golden Eagles, who last season had a run of five straight titles snapped by Bullard’s 6-3 victory, return to the final as Sean Lindenau and Jacob Huls won in singles and together in doubles to power a 6-3 victory over No. 4 Stockdale.
Clovis West also got singles wins from Robbie Ellis and Taka Shin, and a doubles win from the team of Addison Weil and Jacob Vander Beek.
In D-II, No. 2 Memorial received singles wins from Daniel Gonzalez, Garrison Quinn, Cooper Douglas, Ethan Stanley and Blake Peprucci en route to a 5-1 win over No. 3 Hanford West. The Panthers will host No. 9 El Diamante, a 5-4 winner over No. 4 Tehachapi, in Thursday’s final.
In D-IV, No.2 Chowchilla beat No. 3 Roosevelt 6-3 to advance to Thursday’s final against No. Selma, which upset top-seeded Yosemite 6-3.
•D-I: Sienna Kendricks
doubled twice and drove in five runs to power No. 5 Bullard over No. 12 Clovis North 11-1 in five innings. …Kayla Lock
homered among her three hits, andKatelyn Mercado
added three hits and three RBIs in No. 7 Clovis West’s 12-7 victory over No. 2 Frontier. The Golden Eagles play at No. 2 Central on Thursday. …Kristin Heffley
homered and scored three times in No. 6 Hanford West’s 10-0 run-rule victory over No. 11 Clovis East. The Huskies, competing in D-I for the first time, face No. 3 Buchanan next.
•D-II: Vanessa Hernandez
each drove in a run to back a combined two-hitter byAlex Azua
(five innings) andJerrica Brown
(two) as No. 4 Sanger topped No. 13 Tulare 2-0 to move on to a Thursday quarterfinal against No. 5 Tulare Western.
•D-III: Jessica Wright
pitched a five-hitter with seven strikeouts, whileAlex Snyder
each knocked in two runs as No. 7 Sunnyside downed No. 10 Cesar Chavez. The Wildcats meet No. 2 Liberty-Madera Ranchos in a quarterfinal Thursday.
•D-IV: Katie Davila
had two doubles apiece to power a 14-hit attack as No. 8 Caruthers downed No. 9 Chowchilla 13-3 and move on to a Thursday quarterfinal at top-seeded Selma.
Firebaugh pitcherLiliana Berber
fired off her 11th no-hitter of the season, stifling Foothill in a 9-0 victory in the first round. Berber finished with six strikeouts and went 2 for 4 with two RBIs for the Eagles who, are seeking their first section title.
made 27 digs as No. 6 Bullard opened the playoffs with a 25-21, 25-19, 25-22 win over No. 12 Clovis East. … No. 7 Madera South advanced with a 26-24, 25-11, 25-23 win over No. 10 Roosevelt behind 15 kills and six digs fromBrandon Vega
goal put No. 3 Edison up for good with 4 minutes left and the Tigers pitched a second-half shutout to rally past No. 6 McLane in the first round of the Fresno Unified League playoffs. Edison plays at second-seeded Bullard at 3 p.m. Thursday in a semifinal. No. 5 Fresno will play at top-seeded Hoover in the other semifinal, scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday, after getting five goals fromXay Salinthone
in a 9-7 defeat of No. 4 Sunnyside. The championship is set for 11 a.m. Saturday at Sunnyside.
• Sunnyside has hiredGordon Wood
as its new football coach to replace Jason Murray, who over the past three seasons led the Wildcats to a 24-11 overall record and 14-1 mark in NYL play. Wood spent the past two seasons at West Valley-Hemet after taking a 10-year break from coaching to be an elementary school teacher. He was at the helm at Helix-La Mesa from 2000 to 2003, with his teams — which included future NFL players Reggie Bush and Alex Smith — going 46-6 and earning two San Diego Section titles, according to a Fresno Unified news release.