KINGSBURG – The Kingsburg girls tennis team pulled to within a victory of winning a Central Section championship.

On Nov. 1, the Vikings defeated Caruthers 7-2 to continue a Cinderella run in the Central Section Division V playoffs.

Kingsburg was given the No. 9 seed in the playoff bracket and picked up a pair of upset wins on the road before hosting an improbable semifinal against the No. 13 Blue Raiders.

In the quarterfinals, the Vikings upset top-seeded Dos Palos to earn the home date after Caruthers upset No. 5 Arvin.

Kingsburg traveled to No. 2 Firebaugh for Tuesday's late championship game.

Firebaugh barely defeated No. 10 Orange Cove 5-4 in the other semifinal.


<h3>Kingsburg wins playoff opener

KINGSBURG – The Vikings opened the Central Section Division IV playoffs with a sweep of No. 16 Bishop Union Nov. 2.

Kingsburg won by a score of 25-15, 25-11, 25-10 to advance to Tuesday's quarterfinals against No. 8 Strathmore.

The Spartans advanced with a 25-19, 25-14, 20-25, 25-22 win over No. 9 Frazier Mountain.

The winner of Tuesday's match advances to Thursday's semifinals against the winner of No. 4 Chowchilla and No. 5 Immanuel. The Vikings and Eagles split their two meetings in Central Sequoia League play with Immanuel winning a five-set thriller before Kingsburg avenged the loss with a sweep in the second leg of league play.


<h3>Vikings host John Seamans Invitational

KINGSBURG – Perennial Central Section power Buchanan took home both the boys and girls large school titles to highlight the 33-team John Seamans Invitational Oct. 28.

In the boys large school division, Buchanan won with 31 points. Rounding out the top five were Clovis North (68), Reedley (75), Clovis East (121) and Liberty of Bakersfield (129).

Clovis North's Isaiah Galindo won the 3-mile race in 14:46.24, beating runner-up Jared Falcone of Clovis East by more than four seconds.

In the boys small schools division, Mt. Whitney won with 46 points. Rounding out the top five were San Joaquin Memorial (58), Kennedy (96), Chowchilla (120) and Parlier (120).

Mt. Whitney's Andrew Wolfert won in 15:11.00, more than 30 seconds ahead of runner-up Garrin Schaap of Central Valley Christian.

The Vikings didn't have enough runners to post a team score but did have four finishers.

Wyatt Ward finished in 35th place (17:47.66). Adam Garza finished in 59th place (18:44.79) and Dawson Silva finished in 75th place (19:35.28).

In the girls' large-schools division, Buchanan won with 20 points and was followed by Clovis (66), Madera (67), Clovis North (101) and Sunnyside (150).

Buchanan's Corie Smith won the race in 16:28.19, more than five seconds ahead of teammate Meagen Lowe.

In the girls small schools division, Mt. Whitney won with 33 points. The Pioneers were followed by Yosemite (54), San Mateo (88), Central Valley Christian (141) and Caruthers (143). Kingsburg finished ninth out of nine teams with 196 points.

Finishers for Kingsburg included Rajvir Rai (18th, 21:37.24), Kayla Bacon (51st, 25:11.24), Paige Coddington (64th, 26:51.59), Anna Ayala (68th, 28:35.41) and Nicole Valdez (73rd, 31:10.64).

The Central Sequoia League championships were Tuesday.


<h3>Kingsburg JV tops Selma, finishes 10-0

SELMA – The Kingsburg JV football team put the finishing touches on an undefeated season with a 26-0 win over rival Selma to move to 10-0.

The Vikings led 13-0 after the first quarter, adding scores in the second and third quarters before cruising to the win.

Kingsburg quarterback Jett Jackson was 5-of-18 for 83 yards passing with two touchdowns. He also rushed for a score. Noah Jimenez had two catches for 70 yards and a score.

For Selma, Jacob Valdez had 15 carries for 66 yards.

With the loss, Selma ends the season 8-2.

John Murphy can be reached at 583-2413 or

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