Local Sports Rundown 2/28/09

Fresno, CA, USA Former Bulldog head coach Ray Lopes was back at Save Mart Center. Lopes is in his first year as an assistant on the vandal staff, and they would have to watch the Bulldogs go to work.

Pick things up in the second half, Bryce Cartwright finds Paul George for three. The freshman scored 19 points. But he and Sylvester Seay would be the only Bulldogs in double figures.

Seay backing in down low, he hits the nice jump hook. Seay not done yet, he would lead all scorers with 23 points to go along with eight rebounds.

But the bulldogs couldn't get a stop when they needed one in the last two minutes. They lose, 71-68. Fresno State will be back on the road next Thursday at Boise State.

More action from the hardwood, across town at Fresno City the top-ranked Rams opened up Northern California playoffs against Skyline.

Rams were a little out of synch early. George de Leon will miss down low, but Donnell Fleming gets the rebound and save. He kicks it out to Taylor Young, and Young nails the three to tie it up.

De Leon wasn't done. At the top of the key, check out the drive, the contact, the layup and the foul. The Rams playing like a 32-0 team, and would begin to pull away.

De Leon again, this time it's Aaron Hill finding him down low. De Leon scored 14 points, and it's the Rams taking it easily, 78-67 the final score.

They're 33-0 now, and both the Fresno City men and women will be back at home next Saturday in the regional finals.

In college baseball action, the Bulldogs looked to get one back from Oregon after losing Friday's series opener 1-0. Pick things up in the top of the third, Fresno State down 2-0 when Danny Muno decides to put his name in P.K. Park record books. Muno hits the first home run in the stadium's history over the right center field wall. It would trim the Ducks' lead to 2-1, But Oregon would answer in the bottom half of the inning. Dylan Gavin with the seeing eye single through the right side. Mitch Karraker and Eddie Rodriguez come in to score. Ducks lead it 4-1 at that point. They would tack on three more to win their second straight, 7-1 the final.

Bulldogs are now 2-4 on the year. They'll wrap up the series Sunday afternoon at 1:00 pm.

In high school soccer, one year ago the Buchanan girls got themselves a CIF three-peat with a win over Stockdale of Bakersfield. Fast forward one year, and the Bears would go for a four-pea. Against guess who? Stockdale of Bakersfield.

Pick things up in the first half, Bears up 1-0 when Elise Kriegoff decides to fly solo. She will get fouled in the box, But the referee says to play one, and it's a good thing. Kristi D'Alessandro is there for the finish. 2-0 bears at that point. Can you say dynasty? It's Buchanan going on to win their fourth straight valley title, 5-1 the final score. They now await their seed in the California state championships.

Meanwhile in boys action, the boys in blue, the Bullard Knights hosting city rivals Central in front of a good-sized crowd. Knights were up 2-1 in the second half, and Central in black looking for the tying goal. But they wouldn't get it. The top-seeded Knights just too strong at the back. They win CIF, 2-1 the final score. After the game Bullard coach Igal Francis said his boys showed mental toughness at the right time.


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