Sanger boys lose to Clovis East at CV Showdown

Apaches will take 11-6 record into opening week of CMAC play, remaining basketball and soccer teams start respective league seasons

Immanuel High’s Elizabeth Davila pictured in action against Madera South earlier in the season, had a pair of strong defensive performances as the Eagles posted victories over Sanger and Clovis North last week. (Jon Earnest)
Immanuel High’s Elizabeth Davila pictured in action against Madera South earlier in the season, had a pair of strong defensive performances as the Eagles posted victories over Sanger and Clovis North last week. (Jon Earnest)
Jon Earnest
Published January 8, 2024  • 
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SANGER – The Sanger High boys basketball team, a week removed from the championship of the Clovis Elks Classic, couldn’t overcome a slow start against Clovis East in the Central Valley Showdown event on Jan. 6 at Sanger High’s Nicholson Gym.

The visiting Timberwolves (12-5) jumped to a 16-7 lead after one quarter, built the lead to 11 points at halftime and never relinquished it while posting a 66-57 victory over the Apaches (11-6). Jeremy Pierro scored a game-high 20 points, including all seven of his free throw attempts, while Asher Thompson added 11 points.

Junior Micah Cole had 17 points and seven rebounds while Caleb Ramirez added 16 points and Nolan Willison sank three of eight attempts from 3-point range to finish with 10 points. Senior guard Kevin Chambers dished off 10 assists, and moved up the single season list with 109 which is fourth in school history. He remains fifth on the career assists list with 227.

Sanger opens the County Metro Athletic Conference season at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9 in Fresno against Bullard High (12-6). The Apaches’ CMAC home opener will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12 against San Joaquin Memorial (11-6). Five of six CMAC schools enter conference play with winning records while Edison is 8-8.

Immanuel at Reedley highlights TCC opener

The Tri-County Conference (TCC) Sequoia Division season tips off Wednesday, Jan. 10, with the Immanuel High Eagles (8-9) traveling to Reedley High to take on the Pirates (10-9) in an all-Reedley matchup. The Eagles return to action after an 11-day break after going 1-3 at the Modesto Christian Holiday Hoops Classic.

Immanuel then plays at Exeter in a Friday, Jan. 12 TCC contest with varsity tipoff at 7:30 p.m. Reedley will travel to Hanford that same day to take on Sierra Pacific in a 7:30 p.m. start.

Gomez scores 31 to power Orosi victory

Orosi High senior Bryant Gomez scored 31 points — 27 of them coming on nine 3-point baskets — to power the Cardinals (8-6) to a non-league victory over Woodlake High on Jan. 5. Senior Hugo Cruz scored 22 points for the Tigers (2-13).

Orosi had three non-league games scheduled this week, including a 6:30 p.m. home contest against Granite Hills.

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Immanuel outlasts Sanger, Clovis North

Immanuel High scored a pair of impressive wins against higher division opposition last week. The Division V-based Eagles (12-6) traveled to Sanger on Jan. 3 and knocked off the DIII-based Apaches (9-10) by a 45-43 score, before returning home to edge the D1-based Broncos (8-9) by a 47-46 score.

Immanuel held a 42-33 rebounding despite 25 points and 10 boards from career school-record holder Krista Sheaffer. Guards Sydney Azua and Elizabeth Davila turned in strong performances. Against Clovis North, the Eagles got 22 points from sophomore guard Nana Moreno.

The Eagles opened Tri-County Conference Kings Canyon Division and play this week with road games at Kingsburg (Jan. 9) and Sierra Pacific (Thursday, Jan. 11, 6 p.m.) The Eagles TCC home opener is Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 6:30 p.m. against Hanford West.

Sanger has County Metro Athletic Conference games this week against Bullard (Jan. 10) and at San Joaquin Memorial (Friday, Jan. 12, 6:30 p.m.).

Reedley’s TCC home opener versus CVC

Reedley High (10-8) opens the home portion of its Tri-County Conference Sequoia Division season at 6:30 p.m. against Central Valley Christian (7-7). Other key upcoming home games for the Pirates will be against Sierra Pacific (Jan. 16) and Selma (Jan. 18).

Emperors host Tulare Western on Jan. 12

Dinuba High tips off its West Yosemite League home season at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12 against Tulare Western (11-5). The Emperors (10-8) opened WYL play on Jan. 10 at Hanford High (6-8), and return to the road to take on Lemoore (4-11) on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

Jon Earnest
Reporter