Collins’ home finale Saturday |

Collins’ home finale Saturday

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Former South Tahoe High swimmer Kristi Collins continues to win her share of events for the Bulldogs.

Fresno State juniors Collins and Greer McGettrick and sophomores Carolyn Wigginton and Jennifer Palmberg opened last weekend’s home meet by winning the 200 medley relay in a time of 1 minute, 49.78 seconds.

But San Diego State won the final five events to overcome the Bulldogs 160-138.

“The meet came down to two races,” Fresno State interim head coach Tom Milich said. “I thought we would win the 100 breaststroke and the 200 freestyle. We had some nice swims overall, but we could have done better in some. Carolyn (Wigginton) won two events and swam well. Kristi Collins swam well in the 400 IM. There’s no doubt we can and need to race better than we did today.”

In their previous meet, the Bulldogs lost to Oregon State 134-120 in Corvallis, Ore.

The Bulldogs’ most dominate event was the 100 butterfly, taking the first three places. Collins was the top dog with a time of 1:00.39.

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The Bulldogs wrap up the regular season next Saturday when they play host to conference rival San Jose State at 1 p.m. at the Central Unified Aquatics Complex.

Butcher playing role in Wildcats’ successful season

Former South Tahoe High boys’ basketball player Andy Butcher is seeing significant minutes as Chico State has compiled a 10-7 overall record and 7-5 conference mark.

Butcher had six points, including a pair of 3-point baskets, in a wild 75-74 victory over Cal State Los Angeles on Jan. 31 in Chico, Calif.

Cal State L.A. made six 3-pointers in the final four minutes of the game, but Kenjiro Hongo’s trey attempt rimmed out at the buzzer as the Wildcats held on.

Butcher also contributed four assists, a rebound and a steal in 26 minutes.

A night later, the Wildcats used a career-high 24 points from Daverius Hester for a thrilling 81-78 victory over Cal State Dominguez Hills.

Butcher had four rebounds, including three offensive boards, and two points.

Hester clinched the win with a three-point play with 30 seconds left.

The Wildcats play host to Sonoma State and San Francisco State on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.

Barna delivers key hits

South Tahoe High graduate Jill Barna delivered one hit and two RBIs in Feather River College’s 10-8 loss to San Jose City College on Jan. 31 in San Jose.

Feather River bounced back last Saturday with a 4-3 victory over Oholone College and a 4-1 decision over American River College.

In the latter game, Barna delivered a sharp RBI single during Feather River’s decisive three-run rally in the sixth inning.