Sports Briefs - 3/6/14 edition of the Sierra Star

March 4, 2014 

Herring contributes to Fresno Pacific basketball turnaround

Fresno Pacific University (12-14, 12-8) got 14 points from junior Jenay Herring (2011 Yosemite High graduate) as the Sunbirds closed out their first season under coach Lindsey Wilson with a 79-67 win over Chaminade March 1, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The Sunbirds play- in the 13-team Pacific West conference. The team placed sixth in the conference, just one win behind California Baptist, Point Loma, and Hawaii Pacific. Academy of the Arts in San Francisco won the conference with an 18-2 record.

Herring finished the season as the the team's leading scorer with 304 points (11.7 per game average). She also had 78 rebounds and 65 assists in 26 games.

Sienna Gonzalez (2011 YHS grad), also plays for the Sunbirds and finished the season with 76 points, 13 assists, and 17 rebounds.

The Sunbirds tripled their win total this season from last year. The Sunbirds will continue to build on their successful season in their first season of full NCAA D-II play. Next season Fresno Pacific will be eligible for NCAA postseason play.

Fipps moves to seventh on UC Davis all-time scoring list

Sydnee Fipps (2011 Yosemite High graduate) scored 22 points and had 10 rebounds Feb. 27 to help the U.C Davis Aggies (13-14, 8-6) upset Big West Conference co-leader Cal Poly 77-69 in San Luis Obispo. It was her sixth 20-point game in her last seven.

Fipps scored a game high 18 points (with eight rebounds) on March 1 in the Aggie's 65-47 win over UC Santa Barbara.

Fipps, a junior, finished 6-of-13 from the field and a perfect 8-of-8 from the line against Cal Poly, and was 5-of-11 from the floor and 7-of-9 from the line against Santa Barbara.

With her 18 points against Santa Barbara, Fipps, a junior, passed former Aggie greats Lisa Jo Kellogg (1988-1991), current coach Jennifer Gross (1993-1997), and Kari Sivesind (1992-1996), for seventh on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,158 career points. She needs 93 more points to match Ellen Porshneca for sixth.

The team closes out the regular season at home this week, hosting UC Riverside tonight (Thursday), and UC Irvine Saturday.

Grant named MVP

Minarets High volleyball player Katie Grant was named the team's MVP and received the Mustang Award (best exemplifying what a coach is looking for in a player) during the team's recent awards banquet. Grant was also named the West Sequoia League MVP.

Taylor Mayer, along with Grant, were named all-league first team. Second team all-league honors went to senior Hallie Grant and sophomore Carley Boomer.

Other team awards were presented to Boomer (Best Offensive Player), senior Sadie Kubiack (Best Defensive Player), junior Meade (Most Improved), and senior Mayer (Coach's Award).

In just her third year, coach Karra Zamora has won back-to-back league titles along with this year's D-V Central Section championship. Next year, the team moves to D-IV.

Katie Grant and Mayer will play for Porterville Junior college next year.

West Sequoia League M.V.P. honors went to Grant, who along with Taylor is moving on to play volleyball at Porterville J.C. Meyer was selected to the 1st Team W.S.L. with Taylor.

The JV team, coached by Julie Hilliard, also went undefeated in league play.

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