Jose Cuello selected for all-state tournament team


Jose Cuello selected for all-state tournament team

College of the Sequoias’ men’s basketball team made its first trip to the state finals since 2000 but failed to unseat unbeaten West Valley (33-0). The Vikings broke an 11-game winning streak for the Giants and ultimately beat them 59-51 at Mt. San Antonio College. Jose Cuello played a key role by scoring 10 straight points to help give the Giants a 27-26 halftime lead. The game was tied 46-46 with 3:41 to go, but West Valley pulled ahead for the win. Despite the loss, Cuello and Cameron Clark were selected for the all-tournament team. Coach Dallas Jensen’s Giants ended the season with a 27-6 overall record and 11-3 in conference play. In Jensen’s five-year tenure at COS, he has an impressive 113-22 overall record with a 49-7 conference record.

On the softball front, the COS team has won five consecutive games, bringing their overall record to 19-7 and 4-2 in conference play. Emily Ibarra leads the team with a .400 average, while Bailey Bustos boasts a 10-2 pitching record and leads the team in RBIs with 17. In baseball, the Giants have had ups and downs, including two losses to Taft before their remarkable 17-5 win over the Cougars. Catcher Alex Lopez shined with two home runs and six RBIs. Nicholas Morrelli delivered a strong relief pitching performance, leading to a win that brought his record to 5-0. The Giants will face Merced in a three-game series this week.

In tennis news, the COS teams have wrapped up their conference dual matches and will play a non-conference match at Modesto. The women’s team holds a 9-3 season record and finished second in the conference. The men’s team is 7-4 for the season. Both teams are gearing up for the upcoming conference individual tournament. Lastly, the track team is gearing up for the West Coast Relays at Buchanan High School in Fresno after a successful showing at the Bakersfield College Relays. The women had eight event wins, led by Ivy Miller, while Mekhi Sanchez stood out for the men by placing first in the triple jump, second in the 100 meters, and third in the long jump.

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