Selma boys basketball
FRESNO – What an incredible year it was for Selma as the boys basketball team made history on the basketball court last March when it won its first Valley title in 103 years.
On March 4, Selma defeated Sanger 56-42 in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Central Section Div. III Finals at Selland Arena.
Bears’ guard Junior Ramirez was impressive in Selma’s victory with 30 points, eight rebounds and three assists in the win.
It was Selma head coach Mike Pallesi’s second Valley title as he coached Sierra to a championship in 2001.
The Bears’ Central Section title was a part of an historic 30-5 season that ended in a heartbreaking 64-61 loss to Orange Glen in the CIF Southern California Div. III.
Viking girls water polo
KINGSBURG – Another historic title happened in the pool as the Kingsburg girls water polo team won the CIF Central Section Div. III championship against Sierra Pacific on Nov. 9.
It’s the first Valley championship for the program in school history.
Bridgette Garcia and Sofia Righetti combined for seven goals in the team’s 12-10 win.
The Vikings went 20-4 overall, 8-0 in Central Sequoia League play in 2017.
Kingsburg’s journey to the Valley championship included a 19-1 rout over Hoover in the quarterfinals and a dominating 18-2 win over Mission Oak in the semifinals.
Kingsburg girls tennis
FIREBAUGH – The Kingsburg girls tennis team made history when it defeated Firebaugh 6-3 in the Central Section Div. V title match on Oct. 7.
Lana Drincic, Zoe Van Buerden, Madelyn Gunland and Emma Stahl all claimed victories in singles during the championship match.
Drincic and Van Buerden were also victorious in doubles, as well as Hannah Hjelm and Ekpreet Virk claimed a doubles victory of their own.
Kingsburg girls soccer
KINGSBURG – It was truly an historic season for Kingsburg, as the Vikings claimed its first girls soccer Valley championship in school history.
Kingsburg defeated Strathmore 3-2 in overtime in the Central Section Div. IV title game in a season when the Vikings went 22-5-2, 10-0 in CSL play. The girls also handed Central Valley Christian its first league loss in 152 games on Jan. 25. Kingsburg defeated CVC twice in the 2016-17 season.
Unfortunately, the Vikings season ended in the first round CIF SoCal Regional playoffs in a loss to Viewpoint. Kingsburg tied Viewpoint 1-1 before losing 6-5 in shootout.
Volleyball teams fall short of title
CALIFORNIA CITY – Another team that made a valiant post-season run was the Selma girls volleyball team making it all the through the CIF Central Section Div. V semifinals.
The Bears run for a Valley title ended on the road against California City on Nov. 9.
Selma was swept 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-23) in the playoff game, but it was an inspiring season nonetheless.
Selma finished the season at 14-17 overall.
The Bears’ Caitlyn Hansen (second-team all-league) was the only player on the team who earned all-league CSL honors.
The Kingsburg girls volleyball team would make quite a playoff run themselves.
The Vikings ended an impressive late-season run with a Central Section Div. IV semifinal 3-1 loss to Immanuel on Nov. 9.
Kingsburg finished the season 24-10 overall and had two players make all-league teams in the CSL that included Karen Rodriguez (first-team) and Jennah Torres (second-team).
Football teams get bounced out of playoffs
Both Selma and Kingsburg football teams had successful years but both schools fell short of a Valley title.
After a first-round bye, Selma (8-3, 3-2 in CSL play) was eliminated in the Central Section Div. IV quarterfinals in a heartbreaking 36-35 loss to North (Bakersfield).
Kingsburg (7-5, 2-3 in CSL play) had a successful opening round of the Central Section Div. III playoffs with a 20-14 win over Chowchilla on Nov. 9, but the quarterfinals were a different story.
The Vikings were eliminated by Bakersfield Christian in a 48-9 blowout loss on Nov. 17.
Despite the playoff losses, Selma’s Junior Ramirez won the CSL’s most valuable player award. Kingsburg’s Bo Jackson won first-team all-league honors on offense and defense.
Selma wrestling wins state title
The Selma boys and girls wrestling teams continued success on the mat. The girls won its second straight state title and the boys finished fourth.
For the girls, Alledia Martinez and Gracie Figueroa won their third consecutive individual state titles.
Both Martinez (22-0) and Figueroa (40-0) went undefeated in 2016-17.
For the boys, Selma had four wrestlers at the state finals medal in their weight classes.
Robert Garcia (126 pounds) finished second, as Tony Mendoza (138) finished third, Christian Rodriguez (170) placed fifth and Oscar Diaz (170) was seventh.