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Selma wins back-to-back Valley championships

The Selma softball team poses for a team photo after winning the CIF Central Section Division III championship on May 26. It's the program's second-straight Valley championship victory and first since moving up a division. 

The 2018 spring sports season has officially came to a close, which means it's time to reflect on the success of teams from Selma High School.

Softball 

After falling short of a Central Sequoia League title for the first time since 2014, the Selma softball team didn’t flinch when it came to the postseason.

The Bears finished the regular season at 13-9 overall and 7-3 in CSL play and still earned a first round bye in the CIF Central Section Division III playoffs as a No. 2 seed.

Selma outscored its opponents 30-11 on the way to its second-straight Valley championship. The Bears defeated Dinuba in the CIF Central Section Division III title game and it's the first for Selma since moving up a division.

Coming into the season, Selma had a 30-game winning streak in league and extended it to 35, but it was snapped by Exeter on April 27. Despite not winning a league title, it was a successful season nonetheless for the Bears.

Baseball 

For the first time since the 2014 season, the Selma baseball team won a share of the CSL title at 10-5 after defeating Kingsburg 5-1 in the final game of the regular season.

Before clinching a co-championship in league, the Bears struggled early in the season. Selma started the year at 2-5 before embarking on a six-game winning streak that would put the team over. 500 on March 26.

Moments from the Bears' league-winning season include walk-off wins over Immanuel and Dinuba, which ended after eight innings.

Despite finishing on top of the CSL, the Bears would later fall short in their first playoff game.

Selma was the No. 3 seed and lost 7-4 in the first round of the CIF Central Section Division III playoffs to 14th-seeded Madera South on May 15.

The Bears finished the season 16-11 overall.

Boys tennis 

After qualifying for the CIF Central Section Division III playoffs, the season for Selma boys tennis team ended in an 8-1 road loss to Taft High School in the quarterfinals on May 8.

The Bears had a more successful match in the first round against Edison at home. Selma defeated the Tigers 6-3 on May 3.

Selma went 5-1 in singles competition against Edison, which sealed the victory for the Bears.

This season, Selma had an 8-10 overall record and went 3-7 in CSL play.

Swimming 

It was an historic season for the Selma girls swimming team as they were crowned co-champions of the CSL for 2018 season.

The league championship was the programs first since 1977.

The Bears had to share the title with Kingsburg since the Vikings won the league meet. Selma’s 336 team points was second behind Kingsburg’s 354 points.

Briana Colado, Julianna Colado, Audrie Naranjo, Tori Valdez, Mya Lopez, Claire Machado, Sabrina Lopez and Taylor Serna won individual league titles in their respective events. Each of the girls qualified for the Valley meet, but fell short of placing in the top two overall to swim at state.

At the CIF Central Section Division II meet, the girls finished in third place at 203 points.

On the boys side, Will Winter finished in third place in the 200-yard freestyle at the CSL meet and was the only boys swimmer from Selma to place in the top three in his event. He also placed fourth in the 500-yard freestyle event.

Track 

Satvir Cheema, Aliyah Garcia, Marissa Cerda, Mia Salinas and Audrey Gonzalez were crowned champions in their respective events at the CIF Central Section Division II Track and Field meet on May 9.

Cheema won his title in the discus event with a distance of 142 feet-8 inches. Garcia, Cerda, Salinas and Gonzalez placed first in the 4x400 relay with a time of 4:07.00.

Boys Golf 

Chance Short was the only Selma Bear to qualify for the CIF Area Individual Tournament, but as a team overall, the golf team improved throughout the season.

In the CSL Finals tournament, Selma placed fourth overall, but it had its best score of the year with 484 points. Four individuals shot their best scores of the season for the Bears.

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

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