CLOVIS - For the first time in the history of both programs, Selma and Kingsburg had competitors at the CIF State Swimming & Diving Championships at the Olympic Swim Complex at Clovis West High School on Friday and Saturday.
The two day event started with the girls diving finals, which featured Selma Bear Taylor Serna competing on Friday morning. Serna is the first state qualifier from Selma to compete in the five-year-old meet.
Unfortunately, Serna’s day was cut short after not making the top 20 in the event. Serna finished 24th overall with a score of 162.30 points. Her season was done after five rounds.
Later that day, Kingsburg was represented by Jackson Huckaby, Wyatt Ward, Jacob Wilson, and Jonas Huckaby. Ward competed in the 100-yard breastroke event and 200 freestyle relay. Ward was on the relay team with Jackson Huckaby, Wilson, and Jonas Huckaby.
As an individual, Ward finished 11th overall after swimming to a time of 56.83. Ward placed third in the consolation heat. In the preliminaries, Ward was 16th overall with a time of 56.78. seconds. Both times were faster than his seed time in the Central Section meet a week prior. Ward had a time of 57.01 seconds against Valley competition.
Ward is the first Kingsburg swimmer to compete at the state meet as an individual, but is the school’s second qualifier. Emily Goodbar qualified in 2015, but she didn’t compete due to injury.
The 200-yard freestyle relay team are the first group of swimmers in program history to compete in the event at the state meet. No other relay team, girls or boys, had qualified for the state meet before this season.
The four swimmers finished with a time of one minute, 26 seconds, and 39 tenths of a second (1:26.39) in the preliminaries. That time broke the program’s previous record of 1:26.90, which was set by the same four swimmers a week prior. That time a week prior broke a school record that was set in 1996.
Selma, Kingsburg track athletes qualify for Valley
TULARE - The season continues for seven local athletes at the CIF Central Section Valley Championships at Buchanan High School this Saturday.
Selma will have two athletes competing while Kingsburg will bring five to Buchanan.
DeAndra McDaniel and Mia Salinas will represent the Bears. Kalobe Jimenez, Blake Spomer, Micah Spomer, Noah Jimenez, and Tyler Koons are the five athletes that will represent the Vikings.
At the CIF Central Section East Area qualifier at Tulare Union High School on May 8, McDaniel and Salinas placed in the top two in their respective events.
McDaniel placed first in the long jump event with a distance of 21 feet and 5 ½ inches. The future California Golden Bear also competed in the triple event to a second place finish of 45 feet and 6 inches. McDaniel will compete in both events at the Valley meet.
Salinas placed second in the 400 meter event, but finished first in the 300 meter hurdle. In the 400 meter race, Salinas finished with a time of 58.81 seconds. Salinas first place finish in the 300 meter was 45.83 seconds. Salinas qualified to compete in both events on Saturday, but will only run in the 300 meter hurdle, according to Selma head coach Alex Reyes.
As for Kingsburg, Jimenez qualified to race in the 110 and 300 meter hurdle events for the Valley meet. Jimenez placed first in the 110 meter hurdle at 14.58 seconds and second in the 300 meter hurdle at 38.54.
Blake Spomer was another first place finisher for Kingsburg in the pole vault. Blake Spomer had a height of 13 feet and one inch. Blake Spomer and Kalobe Jimenez will also compete in the 4x100 meter relay at the Valley meet with Micah Spomer and Noah Jimenez.
Koons will compete at Valley in the 300 meter hurdle after placing third at the qualifier at 41.78 seconds.
The Central Section Championships will take on Saturday at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium. The first event is scheduled for 4 p.m.
Season ends for Kingsburg baseball
PORTERVILLE - The 2019 season officially came to an end for the Kingsburg Vikings.
In the first round of the Division IV playoffs, the 12-seeded Vikings failed to generate runs in a 11-0 loss to No. 5 Monache (17-12, 7-8 EYL) on May 8.
The game was scoreless for two and a half innings until the Marauders took the lead after a 9-run frame in the bottom of the third.
Monache added two more runs to it’s lead in the fifth inning, which ended the game to a mercy-shortened contest.
It’s the second-straight first round exit for the Vikings.
Kingsburg’s season ends at 10-18 overall and 4-8 in Central Sequoia League play.