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Thursday 11/16/2017

Porterville Recorder: Local College/Pro
Men's Basketball: Thrilling win for PC
Posted: November 16, 2017

With the crowd rocking and his coach calling for a timeout, Porterville College sophomore Carlos Angel hit a go-ahead 3-pointer from the left corner and put the Pirates up late in the game.

“That was a big shot because I was yelling timeout,” PC head coach Rob Haynes said of the big basket that gave PC a 98-95 lead with 1 minute and 7 seconds to go. “I didn’t have no doubt, but I didn’t want that shot at the time. But players make plays.”

Monday 11/13/2017

Bulldogs win at Hawaii 31-21
Posted: November 13, 2017

The Fresno State football team defeated Hawaii 31-21 Saturday night at Aloha Stadium, fueled by a defense that held its opponent under 300 yards total offense for the fourth time this season.

Wednesday 11/08/2017

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Lady Pirates prepare early for season
Posted: November 08, 2017

Squad includes 7 freshmen, 2 sophomores

When Porterville College women’s basketball team steps onto the court for their first game at the Merced College tournament on Thursday, the group of seven freshmen and two sophomores will be prepared and confident after playing in “non-traditional” tournaments prior to the start of the season.

Fourth-year head coach Jeremy Parker knew his team would be tested right out of the gate with a 5 p.m. game against Cypress at the tournament and decided it would be best to get his young team ready for two tournaments to build their confidence and avoid any kind of “shell-shock” playing at the college level.

Tuesday 11/07/2017

Bartko resigns as Fresno State’s director of athletics
Posted: November 07, 2017

Fresno State Director of Athletics Jim Bartko has resigned because of personal reasons, University President Joseph I. Castro announced.

Monday 11/06/2017

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Bulldogs are bowl eligible
Posted: November 06, 2017

Gaining bowl eligibility for the first time since 2014, the Fresno State Bulldogs football team picked up its sixth win of the season, defeating BYU 20-13, on Saturday night at Bulldog Stadium.

Friday 09/22/2017

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Mixed Martial Arts: Motivated by doubters
Updated: September 22, 2017 - 5:21 pm

Local fighter takes on former UFC heavyweight

When Javy “Eye Candy” Ayala stepped into the ring for his first fight with Bellator MMA back in 2013 he was full of excitement and nerves.

The nerves Ayala, 29, felt came from doubting himself and outweighed the excitement of his first fight.

“I felt like, ‘Man, am I really good enough to be competing at this level?’,” Ayala said.

As the underdog in his first mixed martial arts fight with Thiago dos Santos in Bellator 102, Ayala (10-5) upset Santos (11-5) in a 5-minute knockout. The heavyweight fighter now has a 5-2 record with Bellator and his last fight ended with a 16-second knockout of Sergei Kharitonov (6-4) in November of 2016.

“Now I think I’ve proven to myself, you know what you’re considerably one of the better fighters in the world,” Ayala said. “You can compete with all these guys. And now I’ve got the opportunity to fight people that I grew up watching.”

On Saturday Ayala will fight Roy “Big Country” Nelson, a heavyweight star fresh out of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) after seven years. Ayala vs. Nelson will be Bellator 183’s co-main event at the SAP Center in San Jose and featured on Spike TV with the main card starting at 6 p.m.

Tuesday 09/19/2017

PC volleyball drops home-opener
Posted: September 19, 2017

Porterville College women’s volleyball team lost in straight sets 3-0 to Hartnell in a non-conference match on Monday.

The Pirates struggled to reach 20 points and lost the sets 25-13, 25-19, and 25-17.

Friday 09/15/2017

Local Sports Roundup:
Posted: September 15, 2017

Tied at 3 after singles, Strathmore High School’s girls tennis swept the doubles matches for the 6-3 win over Granite Hills in Thursday’s East Sequoia League match on the Grizzlies’ home court.

In doubles, Strathmore’s Arelli Adams and Zoe Vasquez defeated Granite Hills Celeste Puente and Mary Mavarro 9-4 in the No. 1 doubles while No. 2 Summer Aqra and Lauren Cometa beat KellyAnn Whited and LeeLu Amparano 8-6. No. 3 Annabelle Rivera and Hennasey Mendoza defeated Griselda Huerta and Yatziri Gonzalez 8-7 and 7-4 in a tiebreaker.

Monday 09/04/2017

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Bulldogs easily win opener, 66-0
Posted: September 04, 2017

Derek Carr honored at halftime

Fresno State football ushered in the Jeff Tedford coaching era with a resounding 66-0 win over Incarnate Word.

Tuesday 08/29/2017

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Games postponed due to heat
Posted: August 29, 2017

Triple-digits expected this week

A heat wave is once again upon the Central Valley and as a result of the high temperatures, local high school games have been postponed and the majority of outdoor practices times have been pushed back until after 6 p.m.

On Monday morning, the National Weather Service put out an “excessive heat warning” for South Central California that remains in effect until 9 p.m. saying, “The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure.”

Local Sports Roundup: Porterville College volleyball picks up a win
Posted: August 29, 2017

Porterville College’s volleyball team defeated Contra Costa 3-0 on Saturday in their second game of the Eighth Annual Cougar Classic at College of Alameda.

The Pirates won the sets 25-21, 25-20 and 25-19. 

Friday 08/25/2017

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PC Volleyball: A “roller coaster” start
Posted: August 25, 2017

First home game Sept. 13 

Hired in the middle of June, Pete Rasmussen is still getting used to being the new head coach of Porterville College’s volleyball team.

“It’s been a roller coaster this year just because I started so late,” Rasmussen said. “I didn’t get to do a lot of recruiting so we have a small team right now.”

Tuesday 06/20/2017

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'Unconditional Love'
Posted: June 20, 2017

A’s Vogt says family is priority

While his Oakland Athletics teammates warmed up together for the final game of their Father’s Day-weekend four-game series against the New York Yankees on Sunday, catcher Stephen Vogt chose a different warm-up partner.

Vogt, a Visalia-native, played catch with a young girl while her family looked on with smiles and others took pictures. Encouraging and complimenting her on each throw, the girl smiled as her throws got better and better over the course of about 10 minutes.

The genuine interaction between the father of three and the young girl was a glimpse of what matters most to the 32-year-old Vogt — family. And more specifically, being a father. 

Saturday 06/10/2017

Former NFL player Sanders to attend youth camp
Posted: June 10, 2017

Former New England Patriots safety and Monache High School graduate, James Sanders, will be a guest speaker at this year’s Porterville Youth Football Camp.

The camp will take place from 12-2 p.m. on July 11-13 in Jacob Rankin Stadium at Granite Hills High School. The cost of the camp is $30 and includes a T-shirt. Checks can be made payable to 5th Quarter Club.

Tuesday 06/06/2017

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Zorn: From MHS to Fresno Pacific
Posted: June 06, 2017

Jordyn “JoJo” Zorn, a former Monache High School cross country and track star, will transfer to Fresno Pacific University in the fall after closing out an exceptional season with the College of Sequoias.

On the first day of the 2017 California Community College Athletic Association Track and Field Championships, Zorn captured the state title in the women’s 10,000 meter before placing second in the 5,000 meter race the next day. The championships took place on May 19-20 at American River College in Sacramento.

Monday 05/08/2017

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‘A great night to be a Panther’
Updated: May 08, 2017 - 8:35 pm

PHS inducts six into sports of hall of fame

Monday 04/24/2017

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Marauders’ baseball lose big to the Tribe
Posted: April 24, 2017

Down 12-9 after the sixth inning, Monache High School’s baseball team gave up nine runs in the top of the seventh before falling 21-9 to Tulare Union on Saturday in their East Yosemite League game at home.

After giving up two 5-run innings to the Tribe (12-10, 6-3 EYL) in the top of the third and fifth, the Marauders (6-14, 2-7 EYL) looked to be out of the game with the score at a lopsided 12-1. But Monache powered back and stayed in it with an impressive seven-run sixth inning.

Saturday 04/15/2017

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Bear gives back
Posted: April 15, 2017

The phones came out quickly when Bear Pascoe came striding down the hill next to the Jacob Rankin Stadium parking lot at Granite Hills High School.

More than a dozen of the school’s football players, mostly sophomores, wanted to get a picture of the Super Bowl winning tight end and former Grizzlies’ athletic standout.

Wednesday 04/12/2017

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COS sweeps PC
Posted: April 12, 2017

Pirates finish season at West Hills April 20

Porterville College’s softball team lost their final Central Valley Conference home game on Tuesday, 7-3, to the College of Sequoias.

After losing both games of a doubleheader at COS (22-12, 12-5 CVC), the loss completed a three-game season sweep of PC (11-20, 7-10 CVC).

Tuesday 03/28/2017

Local Sports Roundup: Lady Pirates win two in Ventura tournament
Posted: March 28, 2017

After losing two games on Saturday, Porterville College’s softball team picked up two much needed wins on Sunday in the two-day Ventura tournament .

Friday 03/24/2017

Local Sports Roundup: Cardinals’ softball stays hot
Posted: March 24, 2017

Lindsay High School’s softball team picked up their third straight win and remain undefeated in the East Sequoia League.

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CSU Bakersfield reaches semis of NIT
Posted: March 24, 2017

Roadrunners beat UT Arlington 80-76

Saturday 03/18/2017

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Moore put a spotlight on community athletics
Posted: March 18, 2017

Receiving MHS Lifetime Service Award tonight

Saturday 03/11/2017

Local Sports Roundup: Marauders softball undefeated in tournament
Posted: March 11, 2017

Monache High School’s softball team picked up their fifth and sixth straight wins Friday at the Bakersfield High School tournament.

Friday 03/10/2017

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MHS graduate Mulliniks became a World Series champion
Posted: March 10, 2017

Rance Mulliniks, who grew up in the small community of Woodville, started playing organized baseball at the age of 7 in the Woodville Pony League and ended his career as part of the 1992 World Series championship team. 

Thursday 03/09/2017

Local Sports Roundup: Spartans fall in first round of state
Posted: March 09, 2017

Strathmore’s girls basketball team season came to an end Wednesday night in the first round of the CIF Division IV State Girls Basketball Championship tournament.

Wednesday 03/08/2017

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Monache’s Vanni competed at highest levels as athlete and coach
Posted: March 08, 2017

Will be inducted in MHS Hall of Fame March 18

Friday 03/03/2017

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Pirates swept in home opener
Posted: March 03, 2017

Porterville College is off to a rough start in the Central Valley Conference after losing two games to Taft (3-5, 2-0 CVC) in Thursday’s season home-opening doubleheader.

PC (1-10, 0-2 CVC) lost the first game 10-4 and then dropped the second 11-4. 

Wednesday 03/01/2017

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Brown a multi-sport star at MHS and USC
Posted: March 01, 2017

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories on the inductees of the inaugural class of the Monache High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

Thursday 02/23/2017

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PC’s McCowan lands on All-CVC teams
Posted: February 23, 2017

Freshman averaged 18 ppg. in conference

Porterville College’s Malik McCowan was rewarded in three different All-Central Valley Conference categories for his athletic prowess on the men’s basketball court this season.

McCowan was named to the All-CVC first team, the All-Freshman team and the All-Defensive team. One other PC player, Carlos Angel, was also named to the All-Freshman team.

Wednesday 02/22/2017

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Strathmore girls return to Valley title game
Posted: February 22, 2017

The Strathmore Spartan girls will return to the Division IV Valley title game after defeating Bakersfield Christian 5-4 on Tuesday.

Tuesday 02/21/2017

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PC men left out of state tourney
Posted: February 21, 2017

Pirates finish 7-7 in conference

Heading into the final week of conference play, the Porterville College men’s basketball team needed a couple of high-profile wins. Something that would get them off of the bubble and into the state tournament.

Monday 02/20/2017

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Renegades sweep Pirates
Posted: February 20, 2017

PC has lost seven straight games

With conference starting in just two weeks, Porterville College’s baseball team must turn things around soon if they’re going to compete in the competitive Central Valley Conference.

Saturday 02/11/2017

Tough road game for PC men at Columbia
Posted: February 11, 2017

Both Porterville College men’s and women’s basketball teams are on the road today, with the men traveling to Columbia for a 6 p.m. game and the women headed to Taft for a 7 p.m. game.

Thursday 02/09/2017

Local Sports Roundup
Posted: February 09, 2017

Pirates down Giants

Behind Malik McCowan’s team-high 34 points, the Porterville College men’s basketball team pulled out an 85-68 victory over College of Sequoias in Wednesday night’s Central Valley Conference game.

Monday 02/06/2017

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Pirates drop doubleheader to Siskiyous
Posted: February 06, 2017

Porterville College’s baseball team fell short against Siskiyous in Saturday’s doubleheader, dropping the first game 5-4 after 14 innings and the second 9-4 in seven innings.

Saturday 02/04/2017

PC baseball going in right direction
Posted: February 04, 2017

Pirates continue to improve

Despite a rocky start, Porterville College’s baseball team is focused on building together as a team and confident they have what it takes to win a championship.

Pirates play at Cerro Coso
Posted: February 04, 2017

The Porterville College men’s basketball team needs a win to stay in the hunt for the conference title. 

The Pirates have a good chance to get a win tonight when they head to Cerro Coso (1-17, 0-9 Central Valley Conference) to take on the Coyotes at 6 p.m.

Friday 02/03/2017

Posted: February 03, 2017

Granite Hills girls top Corcoran 2-1

Tuesday 01/31/2017

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Plenty of potential for PC
Posted: January 31, 2017

Looking to improve on 10-22 season

The Porterville College softball team is excited to get back in the dugout and confident about their chances this season.

Monday 01/30/2017

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Porterville Pirates win thriller over West Hills
Posted: January 30, 2017

Porterville College men’s basketball team is making noise in the Central Valley Conference after another big win Saturday night.

Pirate girls fall to West Hills 74-55
Posted: January 30, 2017

Despite three players scoring in the double digits, Porterville College women’s basketball team dropped their third straight game Saturday night, falling 75-55 to West Hills-Lemoore.

Saturday 01/28/2017

Pirates host West Hills tonight
Posted: January 28, 2017

The second half of Central Valley Conference play begins tonight for Porterville College men’s and women’s basketball teams when the men host West Hills-Coalinga at 5 p.m. and the women host West Hills-Lemoore at 7 p.m.

Thursday 01/26/2017

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PC men win shootout
Posted: January 26, 2017

The Porterville College men’s basketball team fought off a late second-half comeback to defeat Merced 104-100 in a much-needed win Wednesday night.

Monday 01/23/2017

Porterville College men and women fall to Fresno City
Posted: January 23, 2017

It was not a good night for the Porterville College men’s and women's basketball teams Saturday.

Monday 01/16/2017

Local Sports Roundup
Posted: January 16, 2017

PC men and women lose at COS

The Pirate men and women both lost at College of the Sequoias Saturday night.

Thursday 01/12/2017

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Sports roundup: PC men's basketball 2-1 in conference
Posted: January 12, 2017

The Porterville College men’s basketball team won their second straight Central Valley Conference game Wednesday night after taking down Cerro Coso, 78-64, at home.

Monday 01/09/2017

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Team effort for Porterville College
Posted: January 09, 2017

10 players score in men’s team win

If the Porterville College men’s basketball team can play like it did in the second half Saturday night, the Pirates just might make some noise in the Central Valley Conference.

Saturday 10/01/2016

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Road-weary Pirates
Posted: October 01, 2016

PC volleyball struggling to find consistency

Porterville College volleyball coach Holly Franks is not going to let traveling be an excuse for the Pirates’ 5-10 record this season.