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Baseball: Trailblazers’ 16 runs in win over Mira Monte was more than their previous three games combined

By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN VISALIA – Golden West scored a combined 14 runs during their first three games of the Tulare-Visalia Invitational. In their final game of the tournament, the Trailblazers outdid themselves. The Blazers finished the tournament with a 16-5 win over the Mira Monte Lions on March 28 in what looked like batting practice […]

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A new season of Rawhide baseball

New manager, new players, and yearlong celebration has Visalia ready for minor league baseball in 2018 @TheSunGazette VISALIA – A new season of minor league baseball is on the horizon. When the first pitch is throw out at Recreation Park tomorrow night it will be the first for Visalia Rawhide in what the organization is […]

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Baseball: Monarchs get revenge on Eagles, small school title

Exeter takes Small School Championship from Bakersfield Christian two days after suffering a shutout no-no to them at home By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN VISALIA – The Monarchs claimed victory last Wednesday night in the Small School Championship of the Tulare-Visalia Pro-PT Invitational. For the second time in three days, Exeter and Bakersfield Christian took the mound. […]

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Track and Field: Caesar takes first win in head-to-head with Dixon

Lindsay’s McKaylie Caesar wins 1,600- and 800-meter races at the Exeter Monarch Invitational By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN EXETER – A new rivalry was born last Friday night. In the last cross country season, two of the best foothills area distance runners ran all around each other, but never set foot in the same race. During the […]

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Softball: Monarchs dominate Tulare Classic

Exeter outscores opponents 62-3 to take small school championship, including a 16-0 win over Mission Oak By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN TULARE – Dominance is how one would describe the Monarchs (17-1) so far. Active bats, aggressive base running, and solid defense is what has led to their reign, traits clearly on display on Saturday and Monday […]

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Sweet-swinging Stroughter dies at 65

Visalia native Steve Stroughter emerged from Redwood High School to a 13-year career in professional baseball @TheSunGazette FRESNO – Another Visalia native involved in the sport of baseball has passed away. Outfielder Steve Stroughter died in Fresno earlier this month at the age of 65. Born on March 15, 1952 Stroughter spent his childhood on the north […]

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Baseball: Monarchs strike out in 11-0 loss to Bakersfield

Exeter loses 11-0 to Bakersfield Christian, defeats Corcoran 13-0 at Visalia-Tulare Invitational By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN EXETER – The Monarchs did a lot of guessing at the plate during their second game of the Visalia-Tulare Invitational last Monday. Bakersfield Christian’s Kaidin Conard threw a no-hitter as the Eagles defeated Exeter 11-0. “That kid threw a good […]

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Exeter Monarchs of the Week and Sport Extra

Exeter Monarchs of the Week Each week, Exeter Union High School coaches will nominate outstanding players in each sport. These players will be featured here in the newspaper as well as at Kirkman’s VIP Pizza. This week’s players are listed below. Baseball Coach Pend, Buck Bonilla Softball Corinne Acosta Track Jonathan Guerra – boys’ team […]

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Baseball: Farmersville’s David ‘no-no’ Contreras throws team to shutout win

David Contreras strikes out 13 in shutout win over Laton  By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN FARMERSVILLE – It had been five years since a Farmersville pitcher had an outing as good as what occurred on March 20. The feat was a no-hitter. The last to accomplish it was Sam Metcalf in the 2014 season. In his East […]

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Golden West grad Adam Valencia takes over head coaching job at Mt. Whitney later last week

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – A familiar face in Visalia is taking over the head job of a rival school. Golden West graduate Adam Valencia was named the new head football coach for the Mt. Whitney Pioneers on Thursday of last week. The decision comes after former skipper Marty Martin stepped down earlier this year. Valencia is […]

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