Selma football player plays for national team

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - Selma high school running back Patrick Angelo played for the United States under-18 select team in the International Bowl in Arlington, Texas, on Friday, Jan. 12.

The U.S. squad played against the Autenticos Tigres in the ninth-annual game, which was played at AT&T Stadium - home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys - for the fourth consecutive year. The Autenticos Tigres represent the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL), which is one of the top programs and universities in Mexico.

Angelo played as a kick returner and running back in the game, but the U.S. national squad ended up losing 20-9 to UANL. Next season, Angelo will be in his senior year at Selma.

Selma girls open league play with win

REEDLEY - The Selma girls basketball team opened up Central Sequoia League play at home with a 65-38 win over Immanuel on Thursday, Jan. 12.

Selma improves its record to 13-7 overall and 1-0 in CSL play.

After the first quarter, the Lady Bears were down 17-11, but would outscore Immanuel for the rest of the game.

Selma had three scorers in double-digits including Audrey Gonzalez (22 points), Rachel Vieira (17) and Lizette Moreno (12).

Next up for the Lady Bears is a road matchup against Central Valley Christian on Wednesday, Jan. 17. Selma will be back at home against Exeter on Jan. 19.

Selma boys blowout Immanuel

SELMA - The Selma boys soccer team opened Central Sequoia League play with a 9-0 home victory over Immanuel on Jan. 11.

Overall, the Bears’ win has the team’s record at 10-4-3 and 1-0 in CSL play.

Next up for Selma is three-straight home games including a rivalry matchup against Kingsburg on Monday. After, the Bears will play Central Valley Christian two days later and will face off against Dinuba on Jan. 23.

Lady Bears win third-straight game

SELMA - The Selma girls soccer team defeated Immanuel 5-0 at home on Jan. 11 in the team’s opening Central Sequoia League game.

Last week’s win was the Lady Bears third-straight and have outscored their opponents 16-2 during that stretch.

Currently, the girls have an 8-4 overall record and are 1-0 in CSL play.

This week, Selma will play three league games in five days including a matchup against rival Kingsburg on the road on Monday. After Monday’s game, the Lady Bears will take on Central Valley Christian on the road two days later and will be back at home against Exeter on Jan. 19.

Lady Vikings keep rolling

EXETER - Marissa Montelongo scored her 15th goal of the season, as the Kingsburg girls soccer team defeated Exeter 1-0 in its opening game of Central Sequoia League play.

It was the Lady Vikings seventh-straight win in a row and improved their record to 14-1-1 overall, 1-0 in CSL play.

This week, Kingsburg will play three league games in five days including a home matchup with rival Selma on Monday.

After Monday’s matchup, the Lady Vikings will play on the road against Dinuba two days later and will be back at home against Central Valley Christian on Jan. 19.

Selma, Kingsburg compete at Five Counties tourney

FOUNTAIN VALLEY - The No. 15 nationally ranked Selma boys wrestling team had five first-place finishers at the Five Counties Invitational tournament at Fountain Valley High School on Saturday, Jan. 13.

The five wrestlers that placed first were Richard Figueroa (106 pounds), Tristan Lujan (113), Robert Areyano (132), Tony Mendoza (145) and Christian Rodriguez (170).

Selma’s Jace Luchau (152 pounds) and Oscar Diaz (160) were also finalists at the tournament. Other Bears wrestlers that placed at the tournament were 126-pounder Tyler Sepulveda (seventh placed), 138-pounder Luis Ramos (sixth), 220-pounder Isaiah Jimenez (seventh) and 285-pounder Xavier Moran (fourth).

Next up for Selma is a home dual match against Dinuba on Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 6:30 p.m. The Bears are currently the No. 2 ranked team in California.

As for Kingsburg, the Vikings wrestling team had three competitors place at the Five Counties tournament. Jonathan Viveros at 120 pounds placed third, 132-pounder Jett Jackson took eighth place and 285-pounder Ty Lewis also took eighth.

The Kingsburg junior varsity squad competed at a tournament in Sanger and Judith Reyes took third place in the 120-pound weight-class.

Next up for the Vikings is home dual match against Exeter on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 6 p.m.

Jeremiah Martinez can be reached at 583-2413 or