REEDLEY COLLEGE: Tigers softball scheduled to open season on Jan. 29

Basketball teams continue conference season, baseball team opens Reedley College Tiger Tournament on Feb. 1

Reedley College guard Tianna Sutherland (21) drives to the basket against Allan Hancock College’s Mallory Branum (3) during the first half of the Tigers’ 71-68 loss to the Bulldogs at RC on Nov. 21. Sutherland led all scorers with 23 points. (Reedley College)
Will Goldbeck
Published January 22, 2024  • 
11:30 am

REEDLEY – With a scrimmage under their belt, the Reedley College softball Tigers are ready for the start of the 2024 season.

That new season, the second for second-year head coach Stefani Nomura, begins Monday, Jan. 29, at home against Hartnell College. Eight of the Tigers’ first nine games are at home. Reedley College scrimmaged Carrillo on Jan. 19.

The Reedley roster shows five players back from the 2023 team that finished 7-22 overall and 4-11 in conference play. The veterans include Abigelle Buchanan, Alexa Valdez, Hailee Zapien, Alyssa Everk and Mia Barboza. 

Dinuba High product Zapien led last year’s team with a .341 average. Buchanan saw action in 17 games last season. She has a younger sister, Annabelle, who is now pitching for Tabor College in Kansas.

Men’s basketball seeks first CVC win

After huge losses to a pair of top 30 teams at home, the Reedley College men ‘s basketball team continue to look for their first Central Valley Conference win this week.

Head coach TJ Jennings’ squad fell to 0-4 in conference play and 4-12 overall after an 89-57 loss to Fresno on Jan. 20. It was the Tigers’ seventh straight defeat. Matt Ruegge led Reedley with nine points, making three of seven 3’s while Joseph Diaz had seven off the bench.

In a 95-58 loss to 15th ranked Columbia at home on Jan. 18, the visitors scored nine straight points to start the second half after leading 40-34 at the break on the way to a 90-58 win. Matt Ruegge again led the Tigers with 20 points.

 On Thursday, Jan. 25, Reedley travels to Merced before a 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, home game with Porterville College.

Women’s  basketball loses showdown to Fresno

Despite 17 points and 24 rebounds by Levocha Marigney, the Reedley College women’s basketball Tigers dropped a 99-68 decision to the Fresno City College Rams on Jan. 20 in Reedley.

Both teams went into Saturday’s game without a loss in Central Valley Conference action. Fresno is ranked sixth in the state while the Tigers are unranked. The win extended FCC’s winning streak to seven while Reedley had a six-game win streak end. Reedley dropped to 2-1 in the CVC and 11-7 overall while Fresno improved to 4-0 and 16-4.

The Tigers could never recover from a 29-14 first quarter deficit, although they got within 11 at halftime with a 26-point second quarter. Tianna Sutherland had 15 points for the Tigers while Makayla McGrath followed with 12. The Reedley bench was outscored 45-16.

Reedley returns to action July 24 at Merced before hosting Porterville at 5 pm Saturday.

Tigers baseball first home game on Jan. 27

Defending state champion Santa Ana College heads the field in the Reedley College Tournament, which is scheduled to begin on Thursday, Feb. 1.

Santa Ana joins Oxnard, Sierra and the Tigers in the tournament field. Reedley is scheduled to face Oxnard at 1 p.m. Feb. 1, Santa Ana at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2  and Sierra at 230 p.m. Saturday Feb. 3.

Reedley is scheduled to open the new season at DeAnza College on Friday, Jan. 26 before hosting the Dons at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27. Reedley faced Bakersfield in a scrimmage game on  Jan. 19, and had a Saturday, Jan. 20  Alumni scrimmage canceled because of rain.

Will Goldbeck
Mid Valley Times | Contributor