The Tulare Western Mustangs secured a spot in the Central Section playoffs with a 4-1 win over the Mission Oak Hawks at Tulare Western High School.
The Mustangs (10-7-4 overall) improved to 5-2-1 in league play to give them 16 points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie). They entered the match five points behind first-place Delano. Tulare Western assured itself a winning league and overall record with the victory.
Mission Oak (9-15, 3-5) opened up the game with a goal in the second minute. The Mustangs tied the match in the 10th minute on a goal by Daniel Hernandez.
Daniel Avalos broke a 1-1 tie with a goal off a free kick in the 56th minute.
Alexis Gonzalez and Edgar Games each added a goal for the Mustangs.
Farmersville 11, Orange Cove 3: Pedro Berber had five goals in the Aztecs' East Sierra League win over the Titans.
Freddie Vasquez also had a hat trick for Farmersville (18-3-3, 6-0-1) with three goals and two assists.
Tulare Western 2, Mission Oak 0: The Mustangs remained within striking distance of first-place Tulare Union in the EYL standings with a win over the Hawks in matchup of Tulare Union's top two challengers to the EYL crown.
Haley Dewitt Martinez and Anyssa Dominguez scored for Tulare Western (15-3-2, 7-1).
The Mustangs are just a point behind Tulare Union with two matches left. Tulare Union hosts Tulare Western on Thursday at Bob Mathias Stadium. Game time is 6 p.m.
Mission Oak (11-6-3, 5-2-1) visits Tulare Union on Tuesday and hosts Delano on Thursday. The Hawks are expected to be one of the higher seeds in the Central Section Division IV playoff bracket.
Tulare Union 3, Porterville 2: Kyndra Sartuche booted in two goals to lead the Redskins past the Panthers in Porterville.
Lynzee Gilliland had a goal and an assist for Tulare Union (15-6-2, 7-0-1).
Lindsay 2, Sierra Pacific 1: The Cardinals improved to 7-1 in East Sequoia League action with a win over the Golden Bears.
Jannely Rangel and Kayla Camargo each scored for Lindsay (13-10, 7-1). Sandra Cortez had five saves.
Exeter 2, Selma 1: Keirsti Smith broke a 1-1 tie with a goal in the 76th minute to lift the Monarchs over the Bears.
Irene Moreno tied the game in the 20th minute for Exeter (10-7-2, 5-2-1).
Tulare Western 67, Delano 44: The Mustangs earned a much-needed win in their quest for a Central Section playoff spot with an EYL win over the Tigers in Delano.
David Booker had a team-high 15 points for Tulare Western (6-15, 3-3). Robin De Shazer and Kobe Portillo each added 12 points for the Mustangs.
"It was good to bounce back from the loss to Tulare Union. This was definitely the best second half we had all year," Tulare Western coach Keith Rickard said. "They're getting better every day."
The Mustangs outscored Delano 41-20 in the second half.
If the Mustangs win two out of their last four league games, they will advance to the postseason.
Mission Oak 80, Porterville 48: The Hawks remained perfect in East Yosemite League action with a home win over the Panthers.
Matt Zorn had 21 points to lead Mission Oak (20-3, 6-0). Bobby Alvarado had 15 points, and Blake Shannon added 14 points.
Tulare Union 63, Monache 49: Keonta Vernon had a game-high 19 points in the Redskins' EYL win over the Marauders in Porterville.
Oscar Reyes had 12 points for Tulare Union (18-5, 4-2). Miguel Mejia had 13 points for Monache (8-11, 2-4).
Lindsay 74, Sierra Pacific 61: The Cardinals remained in a first-place tie in the East Sequoia League with a win over the Golden Bears in Lindsay.
Gavin Mann had a game-high 24 points for Lindsay (14-8, 4-2). Jeff See scored 20 points for the Cardinals, and Jacob Hernandez added 17 points.
Woodlake 49, Strathmore 43: The Tigers stayed in a first-place tie in the East Sequoia League with a win over the Spartans.
Jaykob Rodriguez had 13 points for Woodlake (7-12, 4-2). Marcelo Silva and Jacob Castillo each added eight points.
Hector Garcia had 11 points for Strathmore (6-11, 0-6).
Tulare Western 62, Delano 48: The Mustangs avenged an earlier EYL overtime loss to the Tigers with a win at Tulare Western.
Kendra Wilkerson had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Tulare Western (17-7, 4-2). Ivory Jones had seven points and seven steals, and Melissa Walle pulled down a team-high 15 rebounds to go with four points. Frankie Vasquez added 13 points for the Mustangs.
Monache 59, Tulare Union 47: The Marauders extended their EYL winning streak to 50 games with a win over the Redskins at Sim Iness Gymnasium.
Emily Hardin had 10 points for Monache (16-8, 6-0). Na'Chelle Terry had 16 points for Tulare Union (12-11, 3-3). Arlene Alexander added 12 points for the Redskins.
Lindsay 72, Sierra Pacific 40: The Cardinals remained unbeaten in East Sequoia League play with a win over the Golden Bears. Christina Castro had 22 points for Lindsay (17-6, 6-0). Megan Salinas added 18 points.
Woodlake 35, Strathmore 29: The Tigers topped the Spartans in an East Sequoia League game in Strathmore.
Regina Ramirez had a team-high 12 points for Woodlake (9-10, 3-3). Erika Edwards added 10 points for the Tigers.
Vianay Gonzalez had a game-high 13 points for Strathmore (8-14, 3-3).
COS 1, Allan Hancock 0: The Giants opened up their 2013 campaign with a win at the Bakersfield College Tournament.
Leland Tilley picked up the win with five scoreless innings in his start. Tilley allowed just two hits. Russ Ortiz tossed three scoreless innings after Tilley's departure. Ortiz did not allow a hit or a walk while striking out four. Ryan Guajardo closed things out with a perfect ninth inning, striking out two in recording the save.
Rudy Navarro went 4-for-4 for COS. Matt Cota scored the game's lone run in the second inning.
El Diamante High School is looking for varsity and junior varsity cheer coaches.
For information about the positions, call El Diamante athletic director Greg Flenory at 559-735-3521 or E-mail him at email@example.com.
The Central Valley Christian baseball team will host the fourth annual alumni game at 1 p.m. Feb. 16.
For information, contact Ryan Tos at 559-734-8160.