Central Section’s Area boys tennis tournament set seeds

Bullard High’s Viran Batth and the Clovis West team of Patrick Huls and Michael Sasso were giving the No. 1 seeds in singles and doubles, respectively, for the North Area individual boys tennis tournament.

The event, set for Friday and Saturday at Buchanan, is one of three area tournaments that will advance four automatic qualifiers in both singles and doubles to the Central Section Individual Championships. Each area tournament will also produce four singles and doubles wild cards, with four of those 12 total wild cards being selected for the 16-player/team fields for the section championships, scheduled for May 17-18 at Wasco.

The top eight singles seeds — including No. 2 Allen Wang of Buchanan, No. 3 Zain Amro of Buchanan, No. 4 Alex Tecescu of Clovis North, No. 5 Jayke Ancheta of Clovis West, No. 6 Lincoln Hoppe of Bullard, No. 7 Dhillon Chongtoua and No. 8 Gaston Villanueva of Liberty-Madera Ranchos — all have first-round byes.

Doubles seeds No. 2 Andy Vang-Omar Hernandez of Clovis East, No. 3 Ben Liang-Josh Comes of Buchanan, No. 4 Alex Corgiat-Teddy Apler of Bullard, No. 5 Pao Vang-Brian Chongtoua of Clovis East, No. 6 Weston Shipstead- Alex Julian of Bullard, No. 7 Jarrett Tajima-Daniel Garcia of Central and No. 8 Parker Ellis-Willis Pesl of Clovis also have opening-round byes.

Action starts at 2 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday.

In the Central Area, Central Valley Christian’s Andrew Gong and Monache’s Rocky Phaphol and Matt Ecobiza were given the top singles and doubles seeds for a tournament scheduled for Friday and Saturday in Visalia. Doubles matches are at Redwood on Friday and Golden West on Saturday. Singles matches both days are at Golden West. Action starts at 2 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday.

Other singles seeds include No. 2 Bailey Gong of CVC, No. 3 Evan Morritse of Redwood, No. 4 Raymond Lee of Hanford West, No. 5 Juan Carlos Silva of Golden West, No. 6 Sam Orozco of Monache, No. 7 Giacoma Catalina of Porterville and No. 8 Chris Popa of Sanger.

The other doubles seeds are: No. 2 Patrick Smith-Edsel Antunez of Selma, No. 3 Connor Bennett-Robert Cardenas of Sanger, No. 4 Jared Lavinder-Spencer Jones of Mt. Whitney, No. 5 Jason Alonzo-David Ivancovich of Monache, No. 6 Ryan Leasure-Robert Yang of Hanford West, No. 7 Winston Thao-Luciano Moreno of Granite Hills and No. 8 Andres Villarreal-Cooper Short of Sanger.

Sakaguchi becomes two-time NCAA D-I wrestling All-American

Oregon State’s Scott Sakaguchi (Clovis High) has reached the consolation semifinals of the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, assuring himself All-American status.

Oregon State’s Scott Sakaguchi (Clovis High) became a two-time All-American on Friday in Des Moines, Iowa, at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.

Today, the former Clovis High standout aims for as high as a third-place finish to conclude his junior season.

The seventh-seeded Sakaguchi (28-7) avenged an early season loss to eighth-seeded Nick Brascetta of Virginia Tech with an 8-5 decision to reach the consolation semifinals. Sakaguchi will wrestle fifth-seeded Steve Santos of Columbia today for a berth in the third-place match opposite the winner of Minnesota’s sixth-seeded Dylan Ness and Missouri’s Drake Houdashelt.

Sakaguchi opened the day in the championship bracket, but dropped a 2-1 decision to Pac-12 rival and second-seeded Jason Chamberlain of Boise State in the quarterfinals. Chamberlain also beat Sakaguchi 3-1 in overtime at the Pac-12 finals.

But Sakaguchi bounced back with a 2-1 decision over Binghamton’s Donald Vinson to secure no worse than a top-eight finish and All-America status.

Sakaguchi, a 2009 state champion while at Clovis, placed seventh at 149 pounds at the NCAA’s last year.

Columbia’s Stephen West (Buchanan), meanwhile was knocked out of the 172-pound bracket with a 2-1 loss to Pittsburgh’s Nick Bonaccorsi. West finishes his senior season 24-9.

Buchanan-Clovis wrestling showdown set for Thursday

Clovis’ Nick Nevills wrestles Anderson Palm from Collins Hills High, on Dec. 7, 2012. (MARK CROSSE/THE FRESNO BEE)

Buchanan High wrestling coach Troy Tirapelle gets a second shot at his father and older brother — Clovis coach and assistant Steve and Adam Tirapelle — in a dual meet setting when the Bears host Clovis on Thursday in a Tri-River Athletic Conference showdown.

The varsity match is expected to begin between 7-7:30 p.m.

Buchanan, in its second season under Troy Tirapelle, enter No. 23 in California while two-time defending state champion Clovis is tops in the californiawrestler.com’s state rankings.

The dual will feature several of the state’s top-ranked individuals, including Buchanan’s D.J. Loren (No. 7 at 106) and Eric An (No. 9 at 220) and Clovis’ Julian Gaytan (No. 8 at 113), Jonas Gaytan (No. 2 at 126), Jason Ladd (No. 4 at 145), Adrian Salas (No. 1 at 182), Matt Weiss (No. 5 at 195) and Nick Nevills (No. 1 at 285).

In all, the Bears have eight wrestlers in the state rankings while the Cougars have 14.

Clovis has won five in a row in the series and haven’t dropped an in-state dual since losing to Buchanan in 2007.

Ex-Buchanan star Guajardo allocated into new women’s pro soccer league

Buchanan’s Anisa Guajardo leans on Stockdale’s Michelle in the first half in a 5-1 romp by Buchanan at Buchanan High School on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009. (Fresno Bee File)

Jan. 11 update: Guajardo was allocated to the Boston Breakers, along with USWNT players Sydney Leroux, Heather Mitts and Heather O’Reilly. Canadian national team members Adriana Leon and Rhian Wilkinson also are on the squad while Cecilia Santiago joined Mexico teammate Guajardo. Full list.


Former Buchanan High standout Anisa Guajardo is one of 55 players from either the U.S., Canadian or Mexican national teams allocated to the National Women’s Soccer League.

Guajardo, a forward on the Mexican National Team who just concluded a four-year career at Pepperdine, will learn Friday which of the upstart league’s eight teams she’ll be assigned to. The NWSL includes the Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, FC Kansas City, Portland Thorns FC, Sky Blue FC (New York/New Jersey), Seattle Reign FC, the Washington Spirit and the Western New York Flash.

The Bee’s 2008 Girls Soccer Player of the Year will have her salary subsidized by the Federation of Mexican Football. Guajardo helped lead Mexico into the semifinals of the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament in 2012.

The NWSL, formed out of the ashes of the defunct Women’s Professional Soccer, is set to launch in April with each team playing a 22-game regular season schedule.

Other players allocated to the league include U.S. Olympic team standouts Alex Morgan, Hope Solo and Abby Wambach.

Buchanan cross country star Hagen Reedy and her “routine”

Had fascinating interviews today with Buchanan cross country star Hagen Reedy, her mother, Shelly and coach, Brian Weaver.

To become a state champion and national-class runner like Reedy requires some serious sacrifices, and she talked freely about them, notably, no dating.

“That would interrupt my routine,” says the 4.0 senior and 2011 state D-I champion who will chase the nation’s finest young female distance runner, Simi Valley’s Sarah Baxter, Saturday in the CIF State Cross Country Championships at Woodward Park.

I’ll tell the story of Colorado-bound Reedy and what got her to this point in a Thanksgiving Day package in The Bee.

Then, on Friday, I’ll feature easily the best thing to happen in the short history of Madera South sports — coach Rich Parris and the cross country program.

Saturday’s state meet schedule: 8:30 a.m., boys D-V; 9 a.m., boys D-I; 9:30 a.m., girls D-V; 10:05 a.m., girls D-I; 10:40 a.m., boys D-II; 11:10 a.m., girls D-III; 11:45 a.m., boys D-IV; 12:15 p.m., girls D-II; 12:50 p.m., boys D-III; 1:20 p.m., girls D-IV.