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Girls soccer

VISALIA - The Kingsburg girls soccer team won its second-straight Central Sequoia League championship after defeating Central Valley Christian 3-0 on the road on Feb. 5.

Two days later, the Vikings ended the regular season on the road with a 5-0 win over Immanuel High School.

Kingsburg ended the regular season with a 10-0 league record and a 16-game winning streak.

Gianna Alves (two), Jasmin Elias and Lindsay Ardavanis each scored for the Vikings against Immanuel.

In the game against CVC, Denise Elias, Maci Morton and Marissa Montelongo each scored a goal.

With a 23-1-1 overall record and undefeated in league, Kingsburg will enter the California Interscholastic Federation Central Section Div. IV playoffs as a No. 1 seed, which gives the team home field advantage throughout the postseason.

The Vikings will have a first round bye and will play the winner of eighth-seeded Taft and ninth-seeded Fresno High School at home on Feb. 16. The game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start.


SELMA - The Selma girls soccer team won its final regular season game at home against Dinuba on Feb. 7.

It was a 4-1 victory for the girls.

For the Bears, it was a bounce-back game after losing to Exeter 5-0 on the road a day before.

Selma finished the regular season at 12-8-1 overall and 5-4-1 in Central Sequoia League play.

The Bears will enter the CIF Central Section Div. III playoffs as 13th seed and take on fourth-seeded Reedley on the road in the opening round on Feb. 14.

Boys soccer

VISALIA - The Kingsburg boys soccer team finished the season with a 3-2 loss to CVC on Feb. 5.

It was the official final regular season game for the Vikings after Immanuel forfeiting to them two days later.

Joshua Lopez and Sebastian Ruiz each scored for the Kingsburg in the loss to CVC.

In coach Steven Vargas’ first year, the Vikings finished at 5-16 overall and 2-8 in CSL play.

Boys basketball

DINUBA - The Selma boys basketball team fell short of being crowned a CSL title after losing 60-50 to Dinuba on the road on Feb. 8.

Two days before, the Bears defeated Exeter 95-59 at home.

Selma has clinched at least a co-championship in the CSL after its win over Exeter. It’s the first time the program won back-to-back league titles since the 1960-61 and 1961-62 seasons.

Currently, the Bears are 18-9 overall and 8-1 in league.

Selma is expected to compete in the CIF Central Section Div. II playoffs starting on Feb. 20. The postseason bracket will officially be announced on Feb. 16.


KINGSBURG - The Kingsburg boys basketball team lost its final home game of the season to Immanuel 79-44 on Feb. 9.

Two days prior, the team lost 73-55 at home.

Dating back to Dec. 22, the Vikings lost 11 of its last 12 games.

The final game for Kingsburg will be on Feb. 15 on the road against Selma. The Vikings were 9-18 and 1-8 in CSL play before the rivalry contest.

Girls basketball

REEDLEY - The Kingsburg girls basketball team lost its final road game of the season to Immanuel 64-44 on Feb. 8.

Tasharee Vaughn led the team with nine points, Emily Fuentes scored eight and Audri Almendarez had seven in the loss.

Two days prior, Kingsburg defeated CVC 49-36 on the road.

In this game, Fuentes led the team with 13 points, and Almendarez and Vaughn each scored 10.

Currently, the Vikings are 9-15 overall and 4-5 in CSL play. Kingsburg will close out the season at home against rival Selma on Feb. 14.

Wrestling

KINGSBURG - The Selma wrestling team dominated at the Central Sequoia League tournament, which was held at Kingsburg High School on Feb. 10.

Nearly every weight class had a Selma wrestler in first place.

Selma wrestlers who finished in first place were Richard Figueroa (106 pounds), Tristian Lujan (113), Tyler Sepulveda (126), Robert Areyano (132), Luis Ramos (138), Tony Mendoza (145), Jace Luchau (152), Oscar Diaz (160), Christian Rodriguez (170) and Isaiah Jimenez (195).

Eric Rivera (120 pounds), Rudy Garcia (182) and Xavier Moran (285) of the Bears all finished in second place. 

As a team, Selma finished as the top team with a score of 234. It was a large margin of victory with second place Dinuba at 143.5. 

The Vikings finished with a team score of 108. 

Jonathon Viveros at 120 pounds was the only Kingsburg wrestler who placed first in the tournament.

Several other Vikings wrestlers placed in the top three including Jett Jackson (126 pounds, second place), Noah Jimenez (132, third), Xavier Jimenez (138, third), Dustin Manfred (152, third), Brandon Rocha (160, third), Alfred Carpenter (170, second) and Dylan Stockton (195, third).

Josh Longoria (106 pounds), Josh Tartaglia (113) and Issac Majors (145) of Kingsburg all finished in fourth place.  

The Bears also won the junior varsity tournament with a 121 score. Exeter was in second place with a 116 team score. 

The Kingsburg junior varsity squad finished with 12 points.

The Bears and Vikings varsity squads will compete at the CIF Central Section Tournament at Sierra Pacific High School in Hanford on Feb. 16-17. 

Baseball

REEDLEY - Selma High School grad Josh Mares drove in both runs for Reedley College in a 2-0 victory at home over Ohlone College on Feb. 10.

It’s the third-straight win for the 5-4 Tigers.

Mares had an RBI triple in the third inning and a run-scoring single in the seventh.

The freshman finished the game hitting 3-for-3 and raised his batting average to a team-high .417.

Mares will look to extend his hitting-streak to six games in the team’s upcoming matchup against Sacramento City at home on Feb. 15.

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

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