From playing at an NBA arena to playing for a title in its own tournament, it was a busy seven-day span for the Selma girls basketball team.
The Bears played at Golden One Arena, home of the Sacramento Kings on Nov. 25, then made it to the championship game of its own Selma Shootout Dec. 2.
Selma fell in both games.
After losing to Rodriguez (Fairfield) 58-48 at Golden One Arena, the Bears won three straight games, a win its own tournament, to set up Saturday's championship final against Fresno.
Fresno outscored the Bears 22-13 in the fourth quarter for a come-from-behind 57-54 victory.
Selma's wins came over Center of Antelope (54-45), Shafter (68-41) and Clovis East (62-55).
Against Fresno, Lizette Moreno and Taj Pannu scored 18 points apiece. Pachel Vieira added 12 points.
Selma is now 4-2. The Bears played a game against Madera South Tuesday after this issue went to deadline.
Kingsburg girls win opener
KINGSBURG – Trailing 12-10 after the first quarter, the Vikings pulled out front of Mt. Whitney in the second on their way to a 43-32 win to open the season.
Kingsburg won despite dressing just six players for the win.
Kingsburg played against San Joaquin Memorial Tuesday after this issue went to deadline.
The Vikings are at Bullard Dec. 15.
Selma tied 2nd straight game
The Selma boys soccer team played Reedley to a 2-2 tie Nov. 28 to stay unbeaten on the season.
With the tie, the Bears are now 1-0-2.
Selma also tied Madera 2-2 after beating Kennedy 4-0.
The Bears played at Lindsay Tuesday in a game that was after this issue went to press.
Selma begins play in the Chowchilla tournament Dec. 15.
Kingsburg moves to 3-1
Trailing 1-0 at the half, the Vikings rallied with two goals in the second half to beat Newport Harbor Saturday and to improve to 3-1 on the season.
Earlier in the week, Kingsburg picked up a 3-0 win over Lemoore before losing its first game of the season 2-1 to Corona del Mar.
Kingsburg played San Joaquin Memorial Tuesday in a game that was after this issue went to press.
The Vikings' next game is Thursday at Golden West.
Selma tops HW
Leading 1-0 at the half, Selma scored twice after to break to pull away for a 3-0 win over Hanford West Saturday, Dec. 2.
Selma's next game is Wednesday at Reedley.
Selma 4th at Carter Invitational
The two-time defending state champions finished in fourth place at the Carter Invitational to start the season Nov. 25.
Selma finished with 165 points. Moanalua won with 200 points. Milikan was second (170 points) and Walnut was third (167.5 points).
Makayla Balladares and Jerzie Estrada both came away with individual titles in their respective weight classes. Estrada won the 150 lb. title while Balladares won at 235 lbs.
Six other Bears had top-seven finishes.
Melanie Mendoza finished in third at 126 lbs. Chelsy Mendoza was second at 106 lbs. Danae Deleon was seventh at 170 lbs. Merijah Morales was third at 111 lbs. Ashley Paz was seventh at 189 lbs. Iriz Rodriguez was fifth at 143 lbs.
Selma's next tournament is Dec. 9 at Monache.
Selma 3rd in Rumble for the Rig
BAKERSFIELD – The Bears had four individual champions and finished third as a team at the Rumble for the Rig wrestling tournament at Bakersfield High.
Host Bakersfield won the team title with 131 points. Oakdale was second with 117 points and Selma was third with 113 points.
Individual champions for Selma included Richard Figueroa (106 lbs.), Tristan Lujan (113 lbs.), Robert Areyano (138 lbs) and Christian Rodriguez (170 lbs.).
Vikings go 4-1 on week
Kingsburg defeated Sierra Pacific 58-48 in the third-place game of the Golden Bear Invitational Saturday, Dec. 2, finishing a solid week for the Vikings.
Before starting tournament play, Kingsburg defeated Mt. Whitney 64-56 in a nonleague game Nov. 27 before picking up wins over Woodlake (83-42) and Coalinga (62-51) to open tournament play.
Kingsburg then lost to Mission Oak 66-64 in overtime in the semifinals before finishing the play with a win against the host Golden Bears.
Kingsburg is now 4-2 on the season. The Vikings host Orosi Wednesday in a nonleague game.
Bears third at tip-off
The Selma boys basketball team defeated Clovis North 74-63 Saturday to finish in third place at the Broncos' Valley Children's Tip-off Classic.
Selma went 2-1 at the eight-team tournament, picking up an 83-51 win over Freedom (Oakley) before falling in the semifinals to Pleasant Valley (Chico) 72-56.