It’s Game Week! Bishop Union High School opens the 2015 season with Varsity action at home with Whittier Christian and a JV game with Carson City. JV at 4pm and Varsity at 7pm. The varsity game will be broadcast live on AM 1230 KBOV and streamed live here at kibskbov.com, click on the listen live link Friday at 6:40 for the pregame show.
Today’s countdown spotlight is on Junior Quarterback Ryan Graves, #4. Graves is a second year varsity player at Bishop Union High School. In addition to quarterbacking the Broncos, Graves is expected to help out in the secondary this season.
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Our countdown continues with #6. This year the number six is the number of road games the Broncos play. Bishop will travel to Yerington Nevada September 4th, Mammoth lakes September 11th, Paraclete October 2nd, Rosamond October 9th, Sierra Canyon October 17th, and California City October 23rd.
7 days to Kickoff vs. Whittier Christian. 7pm on KBOV AM1230, and streamed live here at kibskbov.com, click on the listen live link Friday Night, August 28th.
#7 Collin Batchelder. Colling wore #7 as a Senior last year and is set to begin his freshman year at the University of Nevada Reno. Who will step in and help fill “Batch’s” shoes on the Bronco Defense. Batchelder started at strong safety for Bishop Union in 2014. Collin’s high school highlights also included helping lead the BUHS JV to a perfect 10-0 season his sophomore season.
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Bishop Union opens the 2015 football season August 28
Bishop Union High School football opens the 2015 season at home Friday, August 28th. The Bronco varsity will host Whittier Christian at 7pm. The game will be broadcast live on AM 1230 KBOV and streamed live here at kibskbov.com. This year marks the 35th consecutive season for live Bronco Football on KBOV. Arnie Palu and Rock Baker will have the call.
The Bronco Varsity is under the direction of Coach Bill Egan. 2015 marks the 15th season for Bishop’s head coach. Egan has guided the Broncos to the playoffs in each of his first 14 seasons including a CIF southern section championship in 2010.
Bishop JV football will open the season on the 28th at 4pm welcoming Carson City High School to town. Carson is a fill in opponent since Whittier Christian is not bringing at JV this season. The Bronco JV are under the leadership of first year head coach James Ferrell. Ferrell has been an assistant for 5 seasons.
Both Bishop varsity and jv will travel to Boron this Friday, August 21st for a three way scrimmage with Boron and Desert. Bishop has a history with both programs, defeating Boron in the 2010 CIF championship game and facing Desert for years before Desert left the High Desert League in 2012. Fridays scrimmage begins at 4pm for the JV with the varsity starting at 6pm.
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This Saturday (August 22nd) you can enjoy a round of golf while supporting the Bishop Union High School Bronco Football Program. The tournament is a Four-Person Scramble with awards for the first, second and third place teams, as well as prizes for “closest to the hole” and “longest drive”. The day will feature great raffle prizes and beverages to keep you hydrated. A continental breakfast before play begins and a good old-fashioned western BBQ following the tournament is included! Every golfer will have a member of the Football Team as his or her own caddy.
Registration opens at 7:30AM at Bishop Country Club, at 8:30 it’s time to tee off.
The cost to walk the course with a football player caddy is $25.00 per person for Country Club members ($50 w/cart) and $50.00 for non-members ($65 w/cart). You may pre-register your four-person team at Bishop County Club (873-5828) or register the day of the event. All proceeds go to the Bishop Union High School Broncos Football program. Any questions or offers of tax-deductible sponsorship should be directed to Bronco Head Coach Bill Egan at (760) 873-9270.
cover photo by Gary Young
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The 2015 season opening game for the BUHS Broncos is Friday, August 28th. Whittier Christian High School will make the trip to Bishop for a Friday night dual. The Hearlds are only bringing a Varsity team, so the Bronco JV will have the night off. The Varsity game is set for a 7pm kickoff and will be broadcast live on AM 1230 KBOV and streamed live here at KIBSKBOV.com through the listen live link.
When the Broncos take the field they will run onto the rehabilitated John Schwab Field. The football field features new irrigation infrastructure and the natural grass has been rehabilitated.
The 1st photo below was taken on the morning of August 5th.
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Open trenches are now filled and the new irrigation system is providing water to Bishop Union High School’s John Schwab Field. The field rehab includes new irrigation infrastructure and extensive turf rehabilitation. The field has been closed while the improvements are being made. The countdown is on for the first football game. The Broncos will open the 2015 season hosting Whittier Christian. The Hearlds will bring only a varsity team to town for the season opener. The 2015 season opener is set for Friday, August 28th, 7pm. All Bronco Varsity football games will be broadcast live on AM 1230 KBOV (Bishop vs. Mammoth on 9/11 will air on 100.7 KIBS).
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The Bishop Union High School Bronco JV football team will begin fall practice at the earliest possible time, 12:01 AM Monday, August 3rd. The Midnight practice will be held under the lights at the Bishop City Park, Field 1. The city park is being used due to the field improvement project underway at Bishop Union High School’s John Schwab Field. Parents and fans are encouraged to attend the practice session as the Bronco JV kick off fall camp.
In order to participate all student athletes must have there physical packet turned in.
James Ferrell is now serving as Head Coach of the Junior Varsity. Ferrell as been an assist with Bronco Football the previous 5 seasons. Former JV head coach Arnie Palu will remain on the staff as an assistant working with the offensive line. Palu served as head coach the previous 5 seasons. Joining Ferrell and Palu on the 2015 JV staff are assistants Dan Nolan (defensive coordinator), Cody Lawson (defensive line), Rick Beall (offensive and defensive backs), and James Tyler (special projects coordinator).
Questions should be directed to Coach James Ferrell, (760)-937-6247.
cover photo, 2014 JV MVP Moran West vs. Rosamond. Photo by Gary Young.
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Weeds have been treated and new irrigation infrastructure is being installed. Bishop Unified School District Superintendent Barry Simpson updated the board of trustees at this weeks regular meeting. “Its something that needs to be done. What we found is really two issues with the field. First it gets a lot of use, following football season we roll right into our soccer season. By the time the soccer season is done, we have really pounded that field, the grass is pretty much gone, to be quite honest, its almost unsafe.”
To give the main field time to rest the school has been working with the City of Bishop to install a practice field in the rear of the city park. Due to the ongoing drought, that effort has stalled as the city is holding off seeding the new field. Simpson is hopeful the new city park field will be planted this fall.
Superintendent Simpson notes the second reason the field is suffering is due to a poor irrigation system. “The irrigation system was really not meeting the needs of that field, we were not getting the coverage from the sprinklers, and so we were not getting the kind of regrowth that we needed.”
To address the irrigation system, new infrastructure in being installed. The track and field are currently closes as open trenches exist near the finish line of the track and the length of the 50-yard line. Following the irrigation upgrade field treatments will continue.
“There are some applications to get rid of the weeds that have taken hold, that is going on now. Following the irritation system installation and getting sprinklers up and running, we will do some aeration , over-seeding , and apply fertilizer. We are working with two local companies, they feel we can defiantly bring that field back and get it ready for the mid august start of football season.”
The first scheduled home game for the Broncos is set for Friday, August 28th. The Broncos will open at home with Whittier Christian.
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