Dinuba boasts 2 champions in own wrestling invitational

Reedley High boys basketball hosts 16-team tournament this week, play continues through Saturday, Jan. 6

Dinuba High’s Cannen Quintero holds his first place trophy after capturing the 120 pound weight class title at the Dinuba Invitational wrestling tournament on Dec. 30 at Dinuba High. (Jon Earnest)
Dinuba High’s Cannen Quintero holds his first place trophy after capturing the 120 pound weight class title at the Dinuba Invitational wrestling tournament on Dec. 30 at Dinuba High. (Jon Earnest)
Jon Earnest
Published January 2, 2024  • 
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DINUBA – Ethan Garza and Nicholas (Cannen) Quintana won their respective weight classes to lead host Dinuba High in its own Dinuba Invitational Tournament Saturday at Dinuba High gyms.

The single-day tournament drew schools from as far as the Central Coast, and was the school’s first major home wrestling event of the season. The Emperors will have just one home meet scheduled; a West Yosemite League “Senior Night” matchup against Hanford High on Wednesday, Jan. 17.

Seniors Garza and Quintana both went unbeaten on Dec. 30 while closing out the 2023 portion of the schedule; and both posted victories by pin. Garza (11-4) finished off Bullard High sophomore Francisco Hernandez by fall in 3 minutes, 24 seconds at 106 pounds. Quintana (9-1) pinned Shafter High’s Freddy Lee in the first period, needing just over a minute to collect the fall in the 120 pound finals.

Emperors sophomore Adrian Montalvo won four of his six matches, losing by fall to Highland High’s Brandon Corona. Junior Vincent Vargas also wrestled at 120 pounds with his teammate Quintana, and lost by pin in the sixth place match.

Dinuba’s boys return to action on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 5-6 at the Redwood Invitational in Visalia. The Emperors then will head to Southern California to compete at the Temecula Battle of the Belt the weekend of Jan. 12-13.


Reedley hosts GCMT tourney this week

Reedley High will host 15 other Central Section teams, from as far away as Paso Robles, in the four-day GCMT tournament at Reedley High gym. Play begins on Jan. 3 with the Pirates (5-8) slated to open against Monache High. Reedley then would play the winner or loser of Madera South or Kerman on Thursday, Jan. 4.

Other schools in the tournament are Yosemite, Tulare Union, Mt. Whitney, Fresno Christian, Avenal, Fowler, Minarets, Frontier, Paso Robles, Golden West, Parlier and Fresno High. Eight games will be played each day with the championship contest scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6 at RHS.

Reedley lost 67-50 to Torres High Madera on 12-27, then defeated Tranquillity 87-46 on Dec. 28 in games at the Mendota Tournament. Pirates led 44-25 at halftime and 68-44 after three, then outscored the Tigers 19-2 in the final quarter.

The GCMT will be the Pirates’ final action before opening Tri-County Conference Sequoia Division play on Wednesday, Jan. 10 at RHS gym.

Immanuel 1-3 at Modesto Christian Holiday Tournament

Immanuel High dropped its first three games at the Modesto Christian Holiday Tournament on Dec. 27-29, before losing with a 60-54 win over San Leandro on Dec. 30. The Eagles (8-9) had losses to Manteca, Turlock and Downey.

Immanuel, which battled injuries and illness during the preseason portion of the season schedule, opens the Tri-County Sequoia Division campaign with road game at Reedley (Jan. 10) and Exeter (Jan. 12).

Hornets win twice at Mendota Tournament

Sanger West (8-7) split its four games at the Mendota Tournament on Dec. 27-30. After defeating Tranquillity 70-31 (Dec. 27) and East Bakersfield 51-32 (Dec. 28), the Hornets lost by a 53-44 score to Los Banos on Dec. 29 and then fell 54-31 to Torres High on Dec. 30.

Sanger West closes out play in the Mendota Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 6 against the host Aztecs in a 9:30 a.m. start. The Hornets then resume North Yosemite League play on Tuesday, Jan. 9 with a 6:30 p.m. contest at Roosevelt High.


Sanger goes 0-3 at Arvin Holiday Classic

Senior forward-center Krista Sheaffer continued to increase her career school record scoring totals, but the Apaches (9-9) dropped three games at the Arvin Holiday Classic on Dec. 28-30. Sanger lost to Centennial (69-49), El Diamante (63-59) and Redwood (62-57) on consecutive nights.

Sheaffer had 24 points and 13 rebounds and Sofia Aguilar had 10 points and six rebounds in the loss to Centennial. Sheaffer then collected 38 points and 17 boards against Redwood to move to 1,881 career points. She also ranks number four on the career rebounds list at SHS.

Next up for Sanger is a 2 p.m. non-league home game against Immanuel (10-6) on Wednesday, Jan. 3. The Apaches then open County Metro Athletic Conference play on Wednesday, Jan. 10 in a 6:30 p.m. home game against Bullard.


Reedley boys split pair of tough road matches

At Visalia on Dec. 28, Reedley High (7-4-1) got goals from juniors Juan Rico and Jose Duenas-Chavez to edge Golden West (4-3-4) in a non-league matchup. The Pirates then dropped a 1-0 non-league decision against reigning Section Division I champion Clovis North on Dec. 29. Junior Matt Salazar tallied the lone goal of the match in the first half.

Reedley hosts Fresno High in a 6 p.m. non-league matchup on Wednesday, Jan. 3, then hosts Central Valley High from Ceres at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5. The Pirates begin the Tri-County Conference season at Selma High on Wednesday, Jan. 10.

Jon Earnest