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Nipomo High School's Alexis Garcia stands atop the podium after winning the heavyweight championship at the annual Queen of the Hill Tournament on Dec. 30, 2016. Garcia was recently voted Gracia the seventh-ranked wrestler in her division by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Unbeaten Nipomo senior Alexis Garcia will lead five area wrestlers into the CIF State Girls Wrestling Championships.

The meet will take place Friday and Saturday at the Visalia Convention Center in Visalia. Garcia is the top seed at 235 pounds.

Other area wrestlers in the meet will be Lesly Hernandez of Cabrillo (101 pounds), Vanessa Cruz of Santa Maria (121), Mya Velasquez of Pioneer Valley (126) and Shyla Bautista of Righetti (131). 

Women's basketball

Three Bulldogs honored

Hancock College sophomore guard Syenna Ramirez, freshman guard Taylor Lee-Hammer and freshman center Grace Rosa earned All-Western State Conference honors Tuesday.

The Western State Conference coaches put Ramirez and Lee-Hammer on the All-WSC First Team. Rosa earned honorable mention.

Ramirez was an all-conference first team pick for the second consecutive year. This season, she averaged 9.9 points and 4.3 assists a game before she suffered a season-ending injury two weeks ago.

Lee-Hammer, at 12.4 points a game, is Hancock's leading scorer.

Rosa, at 12.1 points and 7.4 rebounds a game, is the second-leading scorer and rebounder on the team. She scored a career-best 20 points as Hancock beat Oxnard 66-55 in its regular season finale.

Hancock (17-9) will play at No. 15 Santa Ana at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the first round of the Southern California Regional Playoffs. The Bulldogs are seeded No. 18.

Men's basketball

Three more Bulldogs honored

Hancock College men's basketball players Marcellus Garrick, Kevawn Lord and Erik Kinnebrew have received high praise from coaches in the Western State Conference's North Division.

Garrick and Lord, both sophomores, were named to the All-Conference First Team Tuesday, while Kinnebrew, a freshman, received honorable mention. 

Garrick, a 6-foot-4 forward, was the Bulldogs' leading scorer at 15.9 points per game. He scored 10 or more points in 24 of his 29 games, including the last 13 he played.

Lord ranked second on the team in scoring and rebounds at 12.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. He scored 10 or more points in 18 games, including a career-high 35 points against Oxnard in the final regular season game.

Kinnebrew appeared in all 30 games for the Bulldogs. The 6-foot-6 freshman averaged 7.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game overall.

Hancock finished the season tied for fourth in the conference standings at 4-6. The Bulldogs ended 14-16 overall under fourth-year head coach Tyson Aye.

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