Exeter Monarchs of the Week
Each week, Exeter Union High School coaches will nominate outstanding players in each sport. These players will be featured here in the newspaper as well as at Kirkman’s VIP Pizza. This week’s players are listed below.
Porterville wins EYL
The Panthers defeated Monache 85-77 last Wednesday to sit alone at the top of the East Yosemite League. They then hosted Atascadero in the first round of the Division II valley playoffs on Tuesday. The final score was reached after press time.
Panthers sweep their league opponents
The East Yosemite League was no match for Porterville. They went a perfect 10-0 and were crowned league champions. They are now the No. 1 seed in the Division III valley playoffs and will host St. Joseph on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m.
COS shares second place in Central Valley Conference
College of the Sequoias now shares second place in the Central Valley Conference with Columbia following a 87-72 road loss to the Claim Jumpers on Feb. 15. State No. 13-ranked Columbia (23-3, 9-3) outscored the No. 9 Giants (20-6, 9-3) 41-30 in the second half to break out a four point game.
The loss could hurt COS’ chances of landing a top-four seed — and guaranteed home games up until the state elite eight tournament — for the Northern California Regional playoffs. The Giants were ranked fourth and Columbia sixth among teams from NorCal in the last California Community College Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Association rankings, released Feb. 10.
COS win streak comes to an end
The Giants, who last won a CVC title in 2014, saw their season-opening 10-game winning streak snapped on Feb. 14 during a 19-10 non-conference loss to Cosumnes River. COS pounded out a season-high 18 hits—including four by Isaac Gonzalez (Redwood High), and three apiece by Flavio Perez Jr. (Hanford) and Elijah Munoz (Redwood)—but were undone by a season-worst seven errors that led to six unearned runs. The Giants bounced back with a 9-0 victory over the Hawks on Feb. 15 behind a combined five-hitter from Benjamin Pedersen (Tulare Union) and Chase Watson (El Diamante).
Golden West alum leads COS to strong start
Audra Pratt powered a 45-hit weekend as College of the Sequoias went 3-0-1 during its first four home games of the season.
The sophomore outfielder from Golden West High went a combined 9 for 14 with three doubles, a triple, six runs and seven RBI as the Giants (7-5-1) beat Gavilan 9-4 on Feb. 14, tied Sierra 5-5 on Feb. 15, and swept a doubleheader against Chabot 10-0 and 13-7 on Feb. 15.
COS will remain at home for its next five games, starting a doubleheader against Modesto (2-2) on Feb. 20. Games are set for 1 and 3 p.m.