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Bishop Massacre Foothill to Win the Championship

A Trojan Horse entered through the gates of Troy Tuesday afternoon as the Bishop Broncos slaughtered the Foothill Trojans to take the CIF Division VI Championship.

However, this Trojan war didn’t last nearly as long as the one featured in ancient mythology. Instead of a war which lasted for ten years, it seemed like this one lasted for ten minutes.

Playing the role of the Greeks were the Bishop Broncos, who caught their opposition by surprise when they scored nine runs in the first inning, which ended the game before it had even begun.

Braeden Gillem got a lead-off double, which put him in scoring position. Michael Kubiak was then walked and now Bishop had two on base, setting up the perfect opportunity for the next batter to drive a few runs in.

Senior, Cal Omohundro hit a two RBI double his first time at the plate, giving the Broncos a 2-0 lead early.

The next player to get a piece of the action was Jalen Watterson, who knocked in a few more runs, which made it 4-0 with nobody out.

As the inning dragged on for the Trojans, they finally got two outs, and just when it felt like they were going to find a way to salvage part of the first inning, they loaded the bases for Michael Kubiak.

Uh oh…

Kubiak crushed Sal Peru’s ball to dead center field, which kept traveling until it reached it’s final destination at 350 feet. The senior hit a grand slam, after launching one out of the park in the last week against Lindsay.

The first inning finally came to a close and the Broncos had a 9-0 lead.

Playing the role of Odysseus in this game was Cal Omohundro, who had 7 RBI’s in the championship. When it was the big guy’s turn for his second at-bat, he obliterated a ball to left-center field for a three run home run, which gave the Broncos a 15-0  lead.

The innings continued, and more runs were piled on until the game finally ended 25-2. The margin of victory was the second largest the Broncos had all season, with the first being a 25-1 win against the lowly California City Ravens, who finished second to last in the High Desert League.

As for Foothill, the championship game was the worst defeat they have suffered all year.

Bishop finished their season with an 18-4 overall record and are the 2019 CIF Central Section Division VI Champions.

Bishop Redeem Themselves and Advance to the Championship

Payback was the meal of the day the Broncos served up to the Lindsay Cardinals in a rematch of last year’s CIF Central Section Division 6 Final on Wednesday. Bishop beat Lindsay 13-3. The team will surely give a big thanks to their star shortstop, Michael Kubiak, who hit a 3 run homer and had 5 total RBI.

Things did not start well for Bishop. Ace Selters walked Julio Godoy to start the game, then hit the next batter. With runners on first and second, Ryan Scheufele for a two-RBI double for the Cardinals, which gave them a two run lead in the top of the first inning.

However, instead of capitulating, the Broncos responded with a fantastic first inning, scoring four runs. Cardinals starting pitcher, Aaron Macias had a nightmare of a game and lasted just one-third inning before he was pulled after surrendering three runs. Up next was Julio Godoy for Lindsay, who walked a run in, making it 4-2 Bishop.

The good times kept rolling for the Bishop, as Michael Kubiak crushed a ball into deep left field for a three run shot to make it 8-3.

Kubiak enthusiastically flexed as he rounded the bases to meet the entire team at home plate.

The next time the senior visited the plate, he nearly hit a grand-slam. Lindsay’s left fielder was tracking the ball all the way to the warning track in nearly the same spot Kubiak hit his home run. Luckily for Lindsay, the Bronco’s meal didn’t turn into a feast.

Ace Selters finished his day after three innings, and Landon Kruse came in to ensure a Bronco victory.

The game ended, and the crowd rose to their feet in applause as they watched the championship-bound Broncos exchange handshakes with the team who stopped them from winning the previous year.

Coach Omohundro will hope that his team’s hunger, which has translated to a 10-game winning streak will carry over into the final against Foothill from Bakersfield, CA on Saturday.

 

Photos by Gary Young Photography

BRONCO VARSITY BASEBALL VICTORY OVER KERN VALLEY

Matthew Rosga had a freak injury and broke his leg in practice before the season even started.  After months of rehab he did get to take the mound in his Senior season to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. It was a great moment before the game even stated. Even the rival KV Bronc’s game him a round of applause.

It was a tight game through 4 1/2 innings with the Kern Valley Broncs leading by a score of 1-0. Bishop had chances but could not capitalize.

Then the bottom of the 5th happened. Bishop got a hit and then the Kern Valley pitching went sideways. There was a stretch where KV pitching either walked Broncos or beaned them with pitches.

When they finally found the strike zone again Bishop was leading 4-1 with just that one hit in that crazy sequence . Then with the bases loaded Bronco batter Austin Thomas came to the plate with the bases loaded. Austin smacked a powerhouse double in the gap and cleared the bases with the Bishop Broncos taking a 7-1 lead.

Austin delivering the adrenaline shot in the bottom of the 5th that the entire team needed to power on to a 10-2 final score.

Ace Selters got the start and pitched good, getting himself out of a few jams that could have changed the outcome of the game early on.

Wes Pettet was inserted into the lineup in the 6th inning and had a RBI double scoring Austin Thomas.

A much closer game then the score showed but the Bishop Bronco are rolling on in the CIF playoffs.

The Lindsay Cardinals from the Central Valley are making the trip to Tatum Field on Wednesday May 15th. Game time is at 3:15. Come out and support your Bishop Broncos. One more victory and they are off to the finals again.

 

Photos by Gary Young Photography.

 

Michael Kubiak Hits Two Inside the Park Home Runs as Broncos Beat Serpents

The Bishop Broncos hosted the Mineral County Serpents in a non-league game on Thursday, beating the team from Hawthorne, NV 14-4 over six innings.

Senior, Michael Kubiak was the star player for the Broncos. The veteran shortstop scored two inside the park home runs. Although there were errors involved in both instances, Kubiak’s speed was on display as he streaked past the bags on two different occasions.

Errors proved to be the difference between the two teams, as the Serpents had eight total on the day. Seven runs were scored off of the eight errors.

Kubiak was not the only Bronco with a lively bat Thursday. 3rd basemen, Cal Omohundro and Jalen Waterson were effective at the plate as well. Omohundro hit a 2 RBI double in the third inning after he struck a liner to left field. As for Waterson, the left-handed batter crushed a ball over the right field wall for a home-run.

Thursday was an efficient day for the Bronco pitchers. Sophomore, Ace Selters pitched four innings, surrendering just one run over three innings pitched. However, Selters did run into a bit of trouble in the fourth inning after he walked multiple batters and loaded the bases. Head coach, Steve Omohundro visited the mound and elected to leave the young pitcher in the game. Selters then gave up a 3 RBI triple after the ball was smacked into the outfield. The score was 10-4 after the fourth inning.

Landon Kruse pitched in relief and threw two innings. After initially struggling with his command and location, Kruse was dialed in. The Sophomore’s fastball was working well for him, as he struck out five batters in two innings.

Up next for the Broncos, a trip to California City for a High Desert League match up.

Broncos Smash Scorpions in High Desert League Play

The Bishop Broncos Baseball team cruised to an easy victory on Thursday, beating Desert 19-3 over a span of 5 innings. Bishop got off to a hot start, scoring 12 runs in the first inning.

Senior, Austin Thomas pitched for three innings, and had quite the game. Thomas surrendered just one hit against the seventeen batters he faced. The pitcher also struck out five batters and walked three. The one hit he gave up allowed for three runs to score.

Junior Austin Chinzi had a successful debut on the mound, when he threw in relief of Thomas. Over two innings, Chinzi took on six batters and struck out three of them. Additionally, no runners got on base while the Junior was on the mound.

Bishop’s pitching wasn’t the only impressive facet of the game for the Broncos. The team’s bats came alive.

Star infielder, Michael Kubiak had another multi-hit game. The senior went 4-4, hitting two doubles, and 3 RBI.

As for three-sport athlete Mark Mayhugh, he had perhaps one of his best games of the season offensively. Mayhugh went 3-4 with 2 RBI. Additionally, power-hitter Cal Omohundro went 2-3 with 2 RBI.

The Broncos have now won four out of their last five games. After dropping crucial games against Boron and Rosamond earlier in the season, the team will need to win all of their league games to have a chance of winning the High Desert League.

 

Up next for the Broncos, a home game against Nevada’s Mineral County for a non-league match-up.

Bishop High School’s JV Baseball Team Disbanded Due to Incident

Due to alleged inappropriate behavior from juveniles on the Bishop Union Junior Varsity Baseball team, administrators have elected to fold the junior varsity baseball program.

There have been recent reports that indicate there was an incident which occurred during the Yerington Baseball Tournament. The tournament happened in early March and has led to the disbandment of the team.

Bishop Union High School Athletic Director said. “I regret to inform you that due to athletic suspensions, I have no choice but to collapse my JV baseball team. I apologize, but I need to cancel all remaining games. This is for the junior varsity baseball team only. Unfortunately, the actions of a few have shortened the season for the rest. However, at Bishop Union High School we prioritize holding our athletes to a high standard as it is a privilege to participate in athletics, not a right.”

KIBS/KBOV currently has no other substantiated information to report on at this time, but will continue to provide updates on this matter if they are given. There are many rumors going around pertaining to this matter, but we will only address information that is factual.

Tia Barfield Finishes Fourth Place at State Finals

Last week, senior Tia Barfield of the Bishop Bronco Wrestling Team placed 4 th at the 3-day California State Wrestling Tournament in Bakersfield. Competing at 162 pounds, Barfield entered the tournament as the 7 th seed, meaning that she was ranked 7 th in the state.

In her first match, Tia pinned her opponent in 1:27. In her second match, which was against the 10 th ranked wrestler in the state, Tia won by a 6-2 decision. Her next match was against the #2 wrestler in the state, Jerzie Estrada from Birmingham High School. Although she wrestled hard, Tia lost 14-4, which put her into the consolation bracket.

Tia came back and won the next 3 matches, putting her into the match for 3rd place against Estrada again. In an exciting match, Tia got an early lead and nearly pinned her opponent. However, just before the end of the 2nd period, her opponent used a throw and pinned her.

In her quest for a state championship, Tia wrestled against the 2 nd , 6 th , 8 th and 10 th ranked wrestlers in the state, defeating them all except for the 2 nd ranked wrestler.

Coach Mark Hodges said, “This was a great accomplishment and I am very happy for Tia. Her 4 th place was a big improvement over last year’s 8 th place finish. Tia’s accomplishments this year include:

  • A record of 30 wins and only 3 losses
  • CIF Champion – 1 st girl ever for Bishop. The only other Bishop Bronco wrestlers to become CIF Wrestling Champions are: Randy Rogers in 1985, Jaime Ruelas in 2012 and this year Mark Mayhugh
  • Master’s Champion – 1st girl ever for Bishop. The only other Bishop Bronco wrestler to become a Master’s Champion was Randy Rogers in 1985
  • 4th place at the State Tournament – 1st ever girl (or boy) to place at the state wrestling tournament

“There is an old adage in wrestling that you will never be a good wrestler without having a good wrestling partner. So part of Tia’s success goes to senior Mark Mayhugh who wrestled with Tia in the wrestling room and before every match at the state tournament.” Said Mark Hodges.

Tia Barfield Dominates Master’s Wrestling Tournament

Last week, two of the five wrestlers on the Bronco wrestling team competed in 2-day Master’s tournaments in Lemoore. In Master’s tournaments, the top wrestlers qualify for the state tournaments, which are this week.

Senior Mark Mayhugh wrestled in a very tough weight class at 128 pounds, where there were 10 ranked wrestlers, including the top two ranked wrestlers in the state. Mark got a tough draw right off the bat, facing the Number 2 ranked wrestler and although he
wrestled well, he lost. In the consolation bracket, Mark won a match and then faced another tough wrestler and lost by a score of 0-2.

Coach Hodges said, “Mark went out there and wrestled his best. He is a great kid and one of the best wrestlers Bishop has ever had. He is planning on wrestling in college, which will be a first for Bishop as we have never had someone continue wrestling at college.”

Senior Tia Barfield, wrestling at 162 pounds, stormed through her Master’s tournament with no points scored against her. On the first day, Tia pinned her first two opponents in 29 and 44 seconds respectively. On the second day, Tia met the same two girls she saw
last week at the CIF tournament. She scored pins in both matches, finishing off her opponent in the finals in just 45 seconds. Tia becomes the second Master’s Champion wrestler from Bishop; the first was Randy Rogers back in 1985.

Coach Mark Hodges said, “Tia became eligible only in late December. Even so, she has a record of 25 wins and 1 loss. Tia impresses everyone with her wrestling prowess. Unlike many wrestlers, her goal is not to ‘make it to state’, but rather to win the state championship. Tia will be competing in the State Tournament in Bakersfield starting Thursday, where she is currently seeded #4 in the state. Tia and Mark become just the 5th and 6th Bronco wrestlers to ever make it to a Master’s tournament, which is testament to how good they are.”

Broncos Streak Past the Scorpions in the First Round of CIF-CS Play

The Bishop Broncos Boys Basketball team have advance to the second round of the CIF Playoffs for Division 5. Bishop beat the Desert Scorpions in their third meeting of the year against the team from Edwards Airforce Base. It was a battle between the second and third placed teams in the High Desert League, with the lower seeded team upsetting the Scorpions 68-62.

Bishop’s Boys Team played perhaps their best game of the season last night. The main concepts that Bishop executed well yesterday were passing, movement off the ball, defense, and scoring off of turnovers. One player who epitomized all of those traits in the first round of CIF was Blaine Spoonhunter, who was constantly in motion, active on the defensive end, and set up his teammates for assists during all four quarters.

Perhaps Spoonhunter’s best play of the night came when he turned the ball over on a pass to the left wing, and sprinted back to block a clear-cut layup. After the rejection, the ball was quickly thrown down to the offensive end, and Spoonhunter scored on a layup from the right side.

Bishop began to pull away at the beginning of the third quarter, getting their lead up to fourteen at one point. The Broncos were able to capitalize off of some bad Scorpion passes, which led to easy buckets.

The large lead slowly dwindled as the Broncos were scoring two pointers, and the Scorpions were answering with three pointers. About midway through the fourth quarter, Bishop lost the lead, and trailed 56-55. The Broncos lost their lead because of Desert point guard, Jaleel Walker, who hit back to back three pointers. On Walker’s second three point attempt, he had enough focus to drain a three from the right wing while being run off the line by a charging Bronco player. The Junior point guard converted the four point play, and the game was tied up. The Broncos then lost the lead a few plays later, but ended up assuming control of the game late thanks to Cal Omohundro’s clutch free-throws.

Bishop will now head to Firebaugh to take on the Eagles in the seocond round of CIF Central Section play. We will have the coverage of this game on 1230 AM KBOV at 7:00 PM Friday night.