The 2018 spring sports season officially came to a close, which means it’s time to reflect on the success of Kingsburg High School teams from this year.
The Kingsburg boys and girls swimming teams had successful years that included Valley and league titles in 2018.
On the boys side, Kingsburg won its sixth-straight Valley championships at the CIF Central Section Division II meet at Bakersfield College on May 11-12
The Vikings broke school and Valley records in several events on the way to a title.
Satoshi Shinkawa, Wyatt Ward, Jackson Huckaby, Jonas Huckaby, Jacob Wilson and Jacob Goodbar were the Kingsburg swimmers who broke records. The boys set record times in the 200-freestyle medley relay, 400-yard freestyle relay, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke and the 50-yard freestyle.
As a team, the Vikings finished with 321 points. The boys also won their fifth consecutive Central Sequoia League title.
On the girls side, Kingsburg placed fifth in the Valley meet, but were crowned co-champions of the CSL with Selma. The girls claimed their seventh consecutive championship in league after placing first in the CSL meet on May 2.
The Lady Vikings finished with 354 total points ahead of Selma at 336.
Despite a slow start, the Kingsburg softball team propelled to a co-championship in the CSL and a first round bye in the playoffs.
The Vikings’ season came to an end after a 13-3 loss to Edison High School in the CIF Central Section Division II semifinals on May 23.
Kingsburg entered the playoffs a No. 3 seed and were victorious in its quarterfinal game against El Diamante at home on May 18. The Vikings defeated the Miners 4-2 behind a two-run double from Taryn Irigoyen and Carla Duarte scoring on an error in the first two innings. Pitcher Vanessa Berg also tossed a complete game for Kingsburg in the quarterfinals.
The Vikings ended the season on a 14-6-1 run after the girls started the year at 2-7. Overall, Kingsburg finished 16-13-1 including an 8-2 record in CSL play. It had been since 2014 the girls had won a league title.
In Jim Cranford’s first year as coach, the Kingsburg baseball team qualified for the CIF Central Section Division III playoffs.
The Vikings entered the postseason as the 10th seed, but fell 11-4 on the road to seventh-seeded Dinuba in the first round on May 15. The boys also played for a share of the CSL title against Selma in the final game of the regular season, but fell short in a 5-1 loss.
It was a disappointing end for the team, but the squad improved from its 1-4-2 start of the season.
Kingsburg finished 13-14-2 overall and went 9-6 in CSL play, good for second place.
Kingsburg had several athletes compete in the CIF Central Section Masters meet, but pole vaulter Samuel Heinrichs was the lone Viking athlete to move on to the state tournament.
It was the second time Heinrichs competed at the CIF State meet, but he didn’t go past the preliminaries. Despite the disappointing end for Heinrichs, the senior was part of the 4x400 relay team that broke a school record.
Heinrichs, Garrett Salazar, Kalobe Jimenez and Tyler Koons broke a 24-year-old record in the event at CIF Central Section Division II Championships at Exeter High School on May 9. The boys ran to a school-record time of 3:31.0 and the boys finished fifth in the event. The original record was 3:33.0, which was held by Jeff Spomer, Matt Merlo, Ryan Person and Adam Rockenbach in 1994.
It was an up-and-down season for the Kingsburg boys tennis team that qualified for the CIF Central Section Division IV playoffs.
The Vikings entered the postseason as a No. 9 seed and were successful in their first round match against eighth-seeded Arvin. Kingsburg defeated Arvin 9-0 on the road, but the next round would provide a tough task for the Vikings.
Kingsburg headed to Hanford to play top-seeded Sierra Pacific, who entered the playoffs with an 18-0 record.
The Vikings lost 9-0 to the eventual champion Golden Bears. Kingsburg finished the season at 5-9 overall and 4-6 in CSL play.
The Kingsburg golf team was in contention for a CSL title throughout the season, but the Vikings placed second at the league finals tournament on May 1.
Kingsburg had a team score of 449 points behind Central Valley Christian, who finished as league champion at 423.
Josh Bennett was the only Vikings to qualify for the CIF Area Tournament after shooting the best score for Kingsburg in the league tournament. Bennet shot an 82 and Jett Jackson had the second-highest score on the team at 88. Josh Tartaglia had the third-highest score for Kingsburg at 90.