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Battle of the Bears

Selma's Christian Rodriguez (top) attempts to score an escape point against Buchanan's JD Peralta in the 182-pound match during a nonleague dual on Jan. 22. Rodriguez defeated Peralta in a 10-5 decision. 

LEMOORE - The Selma Bears wrestling team had four individuals that claimed Valley titles at the CIF Central Section Masters tournament at Lemoore High School on Feb. 15.

Richard Figueroa, Tristan Lujan, Jace Luchau, and Christian Rodriguez were the four wrestlers that were standing on top of the podium at the end of the night.

Figueroa, the state’s top ranked 108-pounder, defeated Buchanan’s Jack Gioffre 12-3. Lujan, the state’s No. 1 ranked 113-pound wrestler, defeated Buchanan’s Carlos Negrete Jr. 5-1.

Luchau claimed the 154-pound title after an 8-2 win over Max Anderson of Clovis. The Fresno State-bound wrestler is the top-ranked 154-pounder in the state. Rodriguez, another Bulldogs bound wrestler, claimed the 172-pound title after a 4-3 win over Monache’s Mark Cardwell.

Jacob Rivera was another Selma Bear to compete in the finals, but he fell 18-2 to Buchanan’s Maximo Renteria in the 122-pound finals.

As a team, the Bears finished fifth overall at the tournament. Selma had a total of nine wrestlers that qualified for the CIF State Tournament, which will take place Thursday through Saturday at the Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.

Kingsburg wrestling has four state qualifiers

LEMOORE - The Kingsburg wrestling team placed eighth at the CIF Central Section Masters Tournament in Lemoore on Feb. 15. It was the program’s highest finish in the tournament in 22 years.

The Vikings also had four wrestlers to qualify for the CIF State tournament this week, who are Bo Jackson, Jett Jackson, Kimo Leia, and Jonathan Viveros. Bo Jackson was the highest placing individual for Kingsburg. The senior finished in second after falling 10-0 to Buchanan’s Jadon Martin in the 197-pound finals.

Leia (122 pounds) placed eighth, Viveros (134) finished third and Jett Jackson (140) finished in seventh place. The top 10 in each weight class advances to the state tournament.

All four Vikings will compete in the three-day state tournament in Bakersfield Thursday through Saturday.

Girls soccer

VISALIA - The Selma girls soccer team fell to the Golden West Trailblazers 4-1 in the first round of the CIF Central Section Division III playoffs on Feb. 12.

The Bears entered the postseason as the No. 14 seed while the Trailblazers were the No. 3 seed.

Golden West scored two goals in each half while Selma scored its goal late in the game.

The Bears finished Luis Zamora’s first season as head coach at 10-8-2 overall and 5-6-1 in Central Sequoia League play.

Boys soccer

FRESNO - The 2018-19 season ended for the Selma boys soccer team after a 3-0 loss to Edison in the first round of the CIF Central Section Division II playoffs on Feb. 12.

The Bears entered the postseason as the No. 7 seed while the Edison Tigers were the 10th seed. The Tigers hosted the first round matchup due to Selma’s regular season venue , John Ventura Stadium at Washington Union, not being available.

A box score of the game was not provided.

The Bears’ season ends at 12-8-3 overall and 6-3-1 in CSL play.

Softball

SELMA - The Selma softball team started the season at 1-0 after an 11-2 victory over Reedley at home on Feb. 12.

The Bears were down 2-1 in the top of the fourth inning until Selma scored eight runs in the bottom half of the inning. The Bears added two more runs in the fifth inning.

Alyssa Grijalva of Selma was the winning pitcher. Bears outfielder Dom Trevino went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI at the plate. Marissa Cerda went 2-for-3 with a double.

Selma last played against Sanger on Tuesday (after press time). The Bears’ next game will be at home against Monache on Feb. 25.

Baseball

REEDLEY - The Kingsburg baseball team opened the 2019 season with a 7-0 road loss to Reedley High School on Feb. 14.

It was scoreless game through three innings until the Reedley Pirates scored six in the bottom of the fourth. Reedley scored another run in the sixth inning.

Kingsburg only had four hits as team in the loss.

The Vikings next game will be at Golden West today at 3:30 p.m.

SELMA - In the program’s annual Angel Babies game, the Selma baseball team claimed a 3-1 victory over Kerman on Feb. 12.

It was the home opener for the Bears, who start the season at 1-1.

Nickolas Lopez and Ethan Wenter drove in Selma’s runs. Lopez had a perfect 3-for-3 night at the plate with two RBI. Wenter had an RBI with a 1-for-3 night. As a team, the Bears had six hits.

Starting pitcher Eddie Avalos toss six strikeouts and allowed one run on three hits in 5 ⅓ innings of work.

The Bears will play at Sierra Pacific today at 4 p.m.

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Jeremiah Martinez can be reached at 559-583-2413 or jmartinez@hanfordsentinel.com

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