Sports Briefs

Lottery opens for Half Dome

A preseason lottery for hiking permits at Half Dome opened at midnight Tuesday, preparing hikers for the planned opening of the season May 27.

The lottery will close at 9 p.m. March 31, with 225 permits available each day for a 16-mile round trip hike on Half Dome.

The half dome hiking season is May 27 to Oct. 11.

Outside of the preseason lottery, around 50 permits a day will be available during a daily lottery during the hiking season.

To apply, visit and fill out the necessary forms.

Liberty repeats in D-III

The Liberty-Madera Ranchos girls soccer team (20-4-2, 10-0 North Sequoia League) repeated as CIF Central Section D-III champions, defeating East-Bakersfield 2-1 on Friday, Feb. 26.

Raina Wristen scored her 27th goal, and goalkeeper Michaela Motz made two saves to slow down East, which lost to the Hawks of Liberty last year in the D-III championship round 2-1.

The Hawks finished league play with its eight-year NSL winning streak in tact at 78.