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COS men's hoops earns home playoff game

12:00 AM, Feb. 26, 2013 EST

Local junior college basketball fans will have the opportunity to see the College of the Sequoias men play one more game this season at the Dr. S. Thomas Porter Field House on the COS campus.

The Giants, who finished the regular season with a 21-8 record and took second place in the Central Valley Conference, earned the No. 8 seed in the 2013 Northern California Regional playoffs.

The Giants will host Lassen College (22-8) at 7 p.m. Friday night.

"I'm ecstatic to get a home game," COS coach Rusty Smith said. "I haven't had a home playoff game in a while. I'm happy for our players to have an opportunity to have a playoff game, and I hope the community can come out and do a great job of supporting us Friday night."

The winner of Friday night's game will likely have to play No. 1 seed San Francisco, which finished the regular season with a perfect 28-0 record.

"Nobody is thinking about San Francisco right now," Smith said. "I'm busy gathering intel on Lassen, who had a great year and even beat Fresno [City] in overtime. They're really good. That is the challenge I am looking forward to right now."

The Giants will head into the game against Lassen with some individual hardware.

COS sophomore Bill Borekambi was named the Central Valley Conference defensive player of the year. Smith said Borekambi also received some recognition for the player of the year award, which went to Fresno City's Alex Perez, and will be nominated for the All-State team.

COS sophomores David Love and Troy Norris earned first-team All-Conference honors.

Will Stallworth and Will Nelson earned honorable mention honors, and were also selected to the All-CVC freshmen team with teammate Cameron Peck.

Borekambi and Love were All-CVC defensive team selections.

COS women get 13 seed

The COS women also qualified for the NorCal playoffs.

The Giants finished the regular season with a 16-10 record and earned a No. 13 seed. They will play at No. 4 San Joaquin Delta (19-8) on Friday.

The women had three players earn All-Conference first-team honors in Emily Fechner, Vanessa Mancera and Dawn Alves.

JC Softball

The COS softball team went 2-1 over the weekend.

The Giants picked up a 9-1 win and a 12-1 win over Gavilan on Saturday, but they came up short against Feather River on Sunday, losing 12-11.

In the game against Feather River, Crystal Miller went 3-for-5 with five RBIs and three runs scored, and Brigit Godfrey went 3-for-5 with three runs scored. Taylor Wright had a nice day Saturday, finishing with four RBIs in the doubleheader.

JC Baseball

COS completed a three-game sweep of Taft with a 13-2 win Saturday to begin Central Valley Conference play.

The Giants improved to 7-5 overall, and are 3-0 in conference.

Chris Calistro led the offensive charge, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Nick Stoll, Ross Feeley and Omar Hernandez each added two hits for the Giants.

Starting pitcher Cole Compton went five innings, giving up two runs on two hits to pick up the victory.

Dylan Lee and Ryan Guajardo each pitched two scoreless innings to close out the game.

Prep Softball

Mt. Whitney sweeps Mission Oak: The Pioneers defeated the Hawks in a nonleague doubleheader 10-5 and 8-2.

Makina Paim went 4-for-4 with three RBIs to lead the Pioneers in the first win. Mission Oak's Gabby Ynclan went 3-for-4 with two doubles.

In the second game, Elizabeth Torosian went 3-for-4 with two RBIs to lead the Pioneers.

Mission Oak's Ally Castillo went 2-for-4.

CVC 13, Farmersville 1: The Cavaliers opened their season with a win over the Aztecs on Monday.

Demi Danell pitched five innings to pick up the victory, and went 3-for-3 with four RBIs at the plate. Sky Griffin went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.

Prep Swimming

The Tulare Western boys and girls opened the season with nonleague dual wins over Hanford last week.

The girls won 92-72, and the boys cruised to a 113-50 victory.

Freshman Mallory Korenwinder led the way for the Tulare Western girls, setting two school records in her first meet.

She set the school record in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:02.47 and the 100 freestyle with a time of 56.61.

Prep Volleyball

The Redwood Rangers are looking for a new high school varsity volleyball coach.

To apply, go to www.edjoin.org and search under Visalia Unified for information.

Interested applicants can contact Redwood athletic director Matt Sozinho at 559-730-7715 or email him at msozinho@vusd.org.




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