Sports Briefs - Week of March 19, 2015

Injury cuts short Fipps’ record-breaking college career at UC Davis

Yosemite High 2011 graduate Sydnee Fipps‘ four-year basketball career at UC Davis ended due to a leg injury before the team entered the Big West Conference championship tournament in Anaheim last week.

In the semi-finale round of the tournament, the No. 5 seed UC Davis Aggies lost to the No. 2 seed CSUN Matadors, 61-47.

The Aggies, who played their fourth straight game without senior three-time All-Big West first-team pick Fipps, opened the conference tournament with wins over UC Irvine and No. 4 seed Long Beach State, and were looking to win their first Big West Tournament title since 2011.

“I’m very proud of my team,” Coach Jennifer Gross said. “You put so much into something and that’s all you can do. Our players are hurting, and are sad, but I hope they understand how proud we are.”

Fipps was recently named to the All-Big West Conference First Team for the third consecutive season.

After leading the team in scoring during the regular season at 15.6 points per game, and standing among the top three scorers in the league for most of 2014-15, Fipps became only the second Aggie to earn three first-team all-conference honors in a career, joining Paige Mintun, who did so from 2009-11. She is one of only 17 players in the history of the conference to earn at least three first-team awards.

Fipps, who set aUC Davis school record with 32 games of 20-or-more points in a career, reached double figures in 21 of the team’s 28 contests, and added a pair of double-doubles this season prior to her injury.

Yosemite High School tennis team still unbeaten

The Yosemite High boys tennis team improved its record to 8-0 last week with wins over Fresno High (8-1) on March 9, and Roosevelt (8-1) March 10.

Yosemite’s top six players won their matches against Fresno - No. 1 Steven Standefer, No. 2 Chase Lassos, No. 3 Aaron Bausch, No. 4 Ron Luther, No. 5 Sam Williams, and No. 6 Sam DeVito. Standefer/Luther lost at No. 1 doubles, while Lassos/Bausch won at No. 2 doubles, and Alek Williams and Ian pincus won at No. 3 doubles.

Against Roosevelt, the top four Yosemite Players (Standefer, Lassos, Bausch, and Luther) won their matches. Williams was defeated at No. 5, and DeVito won his march at No. 6. All three doubles won their matches.

Bausch is undefeated on the season, winning seven single matches, and seven double matches.

The team hosts Liberty, 3:30 p.m., March 19, and Sierra March 26.

Five run lead slips away from Minarets Mustangs

The Minarets baseball team (3-6), traveled to Farmersville last week to take on the Aztecs (2-4). After jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning and building a 6-1 lead the wheels came off as the Aztecs scored six runs in the last two innings to pull off a 7-6 come from behind win.

Senior Sam Metcalf came on in relief to shut the Mustangs offense down and record the win. The Aztecs have back to back wins after going 0-4 to start the season.

The Mustangs will visit Orosi (4-2) before they return to Southern California for a tournament, playing Foothills Christian, Kearny, and Escondido Charter March 30 - April 2.

Grizzlies five-game package

Central Valley residents looking for affordable entertainment this spring and summer can look to the Fresno Grizzlies five-game mini plan offer that is on sale now through Opening Day on April 9. Starting at $59, the Grizzlies have packaged five unique entertainment experiences that cater to anyone seeking a night out with family or friends.

The games included in the five-game mini plan are Opening Day (April 9), Star Wars Night (May 8 - featuring music from the Fresno Philharmonic), Farm Grown Joe Panik Bobblehead Giveaway Night (June 6), July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza, and Taco Truck Throwdown 5 (Aug. 6). Those purchasing a plan will be guaranteed one (1) Farm Grown Joe Panik bobblehead.

The five-game mini plan is available in the Field Level Reserve ($59 per plan), Super View ($69) and Field Box ($79) sections. Orders can be placed over the phone at (559) 320 TIXS or in person at the Chukchansi Park Box Office (1800 Tulare Street).

The Fresno Grizzlies are the Triple-A baseball affiliate of the Houston Astros and compete in the 16-team Pacific Coast League. Season tickets, mini plans, and group options are now on sale by calling the Grizzlies ticket office at (559) 320 8497. Stay updated on 2015 promotion announcements by following the Fresno Grizzlies on Twitter (@FresnoGrizzlies), Instagram (instagrizz_fg), and Facebook. Visit for more information.