Sports briefs: New-look HEAT soccer team to hold tryouts
The Fresno area will continue to field a Women’s Premier Soccer League team — albeit with new ownership, a new coach and a new name.
The Oliver Germond-coached Central California HEAT, under the ownership of the Clovis Junior Soccer League, is set to take over for the former Clovis Sidekicks when the WPSL season kicks off later this year.
Tryouts are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Fresno City College, where Germond is the women’s coach. Other tryouts are April 14-15 and May 5-6 at Fresno City.
Germond’s coaching résumé includes stops at Santa Clarita United, Hart High and College of the Canyons. At Fresno City, he has guided the Rams to seven Central Valley Conference championships.
“My dream was to be a professional soccer player,” Germond said in a release, “but that didn’t happen. So I took the second best thing I could do, which was coaching.” Contact: HEAT@wpsl.info.
Reedley JC rallies in 8th for CVC baseball victory
Brett Bishop homered and doubled and Andrew Wild pitched into the sixth inning as the Fresno City baseball team defeated host Merced 4-1 to remain atop the Central Valley Conference.
The NorCal No. 4 Rams (15-8, 11-3 CVC) won their second straight against the No. 2 Blue Devils (15-8, 9-5).
Grant Silva and Kirk Rocha had two hits apiece for Merced. Wild is 5-1 for Fresno.
- Nick McAllaster singled home a pair of runs and Mike Hostetler doubled in two more as No. 15 Reedley scored four in the eighth and beat No. 11 Sequoias 8-4. Chris De La Torre allowed one unearned run in four innings of relief for the host Tigers (15-9, 8-6). Michael Flores was 3 for 3 for the Giants (16-8, 8-6).
- Taft’s nine-run ninth erased a 10-9 deficit as it beat host West Hills 18-11. Chase Skinner drove in four runs for the Cougars (10-13-1, 6-8). The Falcons fell to 8-16 and 4-13.
Rams win in softball
Vanessa Salinas struck out 17 as the Fresno City softball team beat visiting Taft 7-1.
Nikki Diaz drove in three for the first-place Rams (22-10, 11-1).
- Geena Garabedian went 3 for 3 as Reedley beat Merced 8-0. Tiffany Dennison pitched a two-hitter for the Tigers (15-12, 6-4). Merced fell to 11-18 and 4-7.
Monsters begin WSHL final four with rare loss
The Fresno Monsters, facing a team that had posted an equally gaudy regular-season record, fell 3-1 to Idaho to open WSHL Thorne Cup final four play in El Paso.
The Monsters (43-2-1-0) were down 2-0 when Tommy Nourie scored their only goal early in the third period on an unassisted power play. Justin Videen answered at the 12:59 mark to give Idaho (42-2-2-0) back its two-goal cushion.
Fresno goalie Tom McGuckin stopped 22 of 25 shots.
The Monsters continue round-robin play at 1 p.m. today against Dallas, which defeated El Paso 2-1 in the other opening game.
Just two days left until marathon fees increase
Early registration for the Two Cities Marathon & Half ends Sunday. Starting Monday, fees increase $10 for full and half marathons and $20 for relays.
Monday also marks the first day the general public can sign up for the new Clovis Half Marathon, which will be capped at 2,000 runners. This event will also be Nov. 4.
West Hills-Lemoore adds women’s hoops for 2012
West Hills College-Lemoore will launch a women’s basketball program this fall, with a men’s team and women’s volleyball expected in 2013.
The Golden Eagles opened a 1,750-seat arena last fall, but to date have had just wrestling along with the men’s and women’s outdoor sports of cross country, golf and soccer.
West Hills’ campus in Coalinga has men’s basketball, baseball, football, rodeo, softball and women’s volleyball.