CORCORAN — Sierra Pacific has been on a tear to start the season. Not only are they still perfect, but they took down East Sequoia League rival Corcoran 8-1 on Friday.
The road victory puts the team’s record at 7-0 on the season and 5-0 in league — good for first place. The two teams entered Friday’s match undefeated, but the Golden Bears proved to be too much all around.
No. 1 singles player JC Roa came away with an impressive 8-5 win after starting his match in a 0-3 deficit. He rallied to tie the match at 3-all and then took the lead for good at 5-4. No. 2 Marco Diaz, dealing with an injury in his previous singles match, did not miss a beat in his return as he easily won 8-2.
No. 3 Jackie Gong lost a tough match 8-5, but the Golden Bears No. 4 Bradley Chounlamountry came right back with an 8-2 win to tip the scales back in Sierra Pacific’s favor. Tied at 2-2 in Chounlamountry’s match, he reeled off the next six games to finish off his set.
Sierra Pacific would take the rest of its singles matches and all three of its doubles. An interesting note about the match, Corcoran played with its No. 1 singles player and Sierra Pacific was missing two of its own varsity players. Their next match on April 18 should make for another good match if everyone is healthy.
The Golden Bears conclude the first half of league this week with a home match against Orange Cove (3-2, 3-1 ESL) today at 4 p.m. and then on the road against Orosi on Thursday.
LEMOORE — Lemoore lost its first West Yosemite League match of the season with an 8-1 home loss to Redwood on Monday.
The Tigers only bright spot on the day was an 8-6 win by the No. 1 doubles team of Spencer Denney and Earl Magno. Magno also came closest to a singles match victory, winning 6-3 in his first set, losing 6-4 in the second and then losing 10-3 in a third-set tiebreaker.
“Even with the loss, I believe the kids improved greatly over the last match and are moving in the right direction,” Lemoore coach Carla Bow said.
The Tigers (1-4, 1-1 WYL) will hit the road to face Mt. Whitney (1-2, 0-1 WYL) next Wednesday at 4 p.m.
PORTERVILLE — The Sierra Pacific golf team came away with its second East Sequoia League Mini Tournament victory of the season at Porterville Municipal Golf Course on Monday.
Sierra Pacific, 3-1 in dual matches, and now with two first-place finishes in consecutive ESL mini tournaments, is in great standing early on.
The Golden Bears shot a 231 to best second-place Granite Hills (250) by 19 strokes. Strathmore came in third (260), Woodlake in fourth (279), Lindsay in fifth (297) and Orosi was disqualified for being unable to field a full team.
Sierra Pacific’s No. 2 golfer Justin Fukano carded a team-low 42 on Monday. No. 4 golfer Ethan Chhan shot a 45 and No. 1 golfer Ethan Dall rounded out the top three on the team with a 46.
No. 3 and No. 5 golfers Chase Cromwell and Thomas Bell each shot a 49, while No. 7 golfer Myles Kelly shot a 55 and No. 6 golfer Lucas Cameron shot a 56.
The Golden Bears have their next match on Thursday against Exeter at Kings Country Club at 2 p.m.