Sports briefs: Fuego fall at Southern California, take rare tumble below .500 in PDL
A second straight one-goal loss has the Fresno Fuego below .500 in the Premier Development League for the first time since 2009.
This time it was the Southern California Seahorses that did the trick, beating the visiting Fuego 3-2 in a PDL match Saturday night at Biola University in La Mirada.
Fresno’s Alex Caceres scored in the 38th minute and Robert Garcia in the 55th, but those goals just tied it and SoCal’s Ryan Shaw won it with his goal in the 75th.
The Fuego is back home to face the Pali Blues at 7 p.m. Friday at Chukchansi Park.
Rams wrestlers pick 4-year schools
Ten wrestlers on Fresno City College’s state championship team have earned scholarships to four-year colleges next season — setting a program record.
Chris Padilla, Luis Contreras and Justin Whitten will go to Missouri Baptist. Kevin Rojas, Matthew Chambers and Joel Rodas will wrestle at Dickinson State in North Dakota.
Conrad Rangell will go to Minnesota and Tigran Adzhemyan to Cal State Bakersfield. And Martin Fabbian and Fito Rodolfo Juarez will continue their careers at Grand Canyon in Arizona.
The Rams won six individual state titles en route to a state-record 12th team title — seven under current coach Paul Keysaw.
Rangell, Adzhemyan and Fabbian all won their second individual gold medals.
Monsters captain leaves for college
Fresno Monsters captain Jeffrey Pauluk will skip his final year of junior hockey to play college hockey at Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Pauluk has spent the past two seasons with the Monsters’ North American Hockey League team. He was eighth in the league among scoring defensemen with nine goals and 26 assists last season. He represented the Monsters at two NAHL Top Prospects tournaments.
Local club to host youth triathlon
The iCAN Junior Triathlon Club will host its first youth triathlon July 22 at the Clovis North Educational Center.
The “iCAN TRI” is open to youths ages 6-17. Individual awards will be presented to the top five finishers in each one-year age group as well as to the overall male and female finishers of each division. USA Triathlon will officially sanction the race.
The breakdown for the swimming, bike-ride and running distances is:
6-8: 50 meters, 2 miles, .5 mile
9-12: 150 meters, 4 miles, 1 mile
13-15: 300 meters, 8 miles, 2 miles
16-17: 500 meters, 10 miles, 3 miles
For more information visit icantri.org or register at active.com.