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Matt Graef earns All Conference Honors

Mammoth Graduate Matt Graef named 2nd team All-Conference

by Arnie Palu

Mammoth High School Graduate Matt Graef is a sophomore linebacker at Illinois College, a NCAA division III school in Jacksonville Illinois.  The Blueboys compete in the Midwest Conference.  This week the Midwest Conference announced their All-Conference selections and Matt Graef earned 2nd team honors.  Graef had a standout sophomore season leading the Blueboys in tackles in route to a 5-5 record.

Midwest Conference Announcement:

GRINNELL, Iowa – The Illinois College football team – fresh off its 30-27 overtime victory over Carroll University in the No. 2 matchup of the Midwest Conference Championship Weekend – put nine members on the All-MWC South Division teams on Wednesday. Dinari Ellis, Austin Ellsworth, Brady Huber, Kyle Nance, Brody Pogue, Meeko Reddick and Logan Uyetake were First Team selections, while Matt Graef and Dylan Schuler made it onto the Second Team.

On the second team for the Blueboys were the linebacker tandem of sophomore Matt Graef and senior Dylan Schuler. Graef led Illinois College with 78 tackles (47 solo) and had four tackles for loss and a pair of fumble recoveries.

“Matt has the potential to be an unbelievable player and I’m hoping that this is just the beginning for him,” said Head Coach Garrett Campbell. “He has the work ethic, athleticism and ability to do some great things here and be a leader for us in the years to come.

Illinois College wrapped up the 2015 season with a 5-5 record, including a 3-2 mark in the MWC South that tied for second and left the Blueboys with the No. 2 spot thanks to holding the tiebreaker against Cornell and Lake Forest. It was the seventh straight season under Coach Campbell that the Blueboys ended with a record of .500 or better.

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Bishop Youth Football claims Championships

Bishop Division 1 and 2 win titles

by Arnie Palu

Bishop Youth Football played host to the Antelope Valley Youth Football Championship games Saturday.  Bishop not only hosted, but had a team in each of the three division championship games.  The Broncos won titles in both Division 1 and Division 2 recording wins over Kern Valley and Boron.  Bishop’s Division 3 team fell to rival Kern Valley in the Division 3 title game.

Division 1

Bishop 40
Kern Valley 19

Coach Jim Reynolds guided the Division 1 Broncos to a championship Saturday finishing off a undefeated season.  The Broncos were paced by standout Elijah Reynolds.  Elijah’s big day included 5 rushing touchdowns on just 14 carries.  Reynolds rolled up 302-yards scoring on runs of  35, 18, 50, 70, and  40 yards.  Elijah also racked up a team high  7 tackles.   Vinney Begay had a strong game with 6 rushes for 20-yards scoring 2 extra points and collecting 5 tackles.  Damon Terrazas rushed 5 times for 40-yards including a 30-yard touchdown and made 3 tackles.  Carlos Suarez Jr scored an extra point and made a tackle.  Justin Pettet made 3 tackles, Chucky Delgado had a tackle, Ishia Lee made 3 tackles including a tackle for a 8-yard loss.  Richie Talevera collected 5 tackles, Preston Pool-Harjo 3, and Darrick Cortez 2 stops.

Coach Jim Reynolds Comments, ” I would like to thank all the coaches that helped this year, (James Pettet, Mike Harjo, Aaron Berkovatz, Jon Torres, and Team Manager Leslie Harjo), they helped in the success of this team.  We went undefeated (11-0).  I am extremely proud of each one of these kids.  I have seen them grow and learn the game of football. I was so excited for the kids to win a Super Bowl and experience the feeling.”   Thanks Jim Reynolds

Division 2

Bishop 22
Boron 19

The Division 2 game featured the top seed, undefeated Boron Wildcats and the underdog Bishop Broncos.  Boron entered the game with a 10-0 record including a pair of regular season wins over the Broncos, 30-12 and 43-14.
Bishop got on the board first with a clutch 3rd down touchdown pass from Jakob Redman to Colt Matteson.  Bishop’s 6-0 lead quickly became a 19-6 Boron lead at the close of the first half.  The Bronco defense shut down the wildcats in the second half allowing the team to mount a strong comeback.  Cain Omohundro keyed the defensive effort including a forced fumble.  Jakob Redman connected with Austin Halfen and Kenyan Piper for second half touchdown passes.  Reece Marsh drilled 2 point after kicks giving the Broncos at 22-19 win.
Coaches Comments, “Big rushing efforts from Chevyo Marquez and Kenyan Piper kept the drives alive for the Broncos. The offense line played the best game they have played all year against the bigger Bobcat lineman. It was a huge team effort to win this game.”

The Bishop Division 2 team is coached by Head Coach Will Lyons, Assistant coaches Chris Matteson, Thom Batchelder, Steve Omohundro, Ronny Georgeson and Chuck Steedle.

bronco Div II champs
Division 2 celebration. Photo Submitted
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Bishop Union XC competes in CIF

Bishop Union High School Cross Country competes in CIF central section championships

Reid Brothers advancing to State

by Arnie Palu

Coaches Heidi Eldridge, Katie Kress and the Bishop Union High School Cross Country team traveled to Fresno for the Central Section CIF finals.  The Girls team finished 5th out of 17 teams while the boys finished 7th in the field of 32 teams.  Both Duncan Reid and Carson Reid qualified for the CIF State meet back in Fresno on November 28th.  Duncan finished 3rd with Carson bringing home 7th place.  The Bronco girls were paced by a pair of Freshman, Ariana Pope finished 10th with Emma Place in 13th.  The teams are coached by Heidi Eldridge and Katie Kress.

Boys Team Results
Team scores:
1. Kerman 49
2. Avenal 84
3. Rosamond 129
4. Coalinga 160
5. Taft 174
6. Kennedy 201
7. Bishop Union 210

Girls Team Results
DIVISION IV Team scores:
1. Central Valley Christian 20
2. Rosamond 96
3. Corcoran 129
4. Liberty-Madera Ranchos 134
5. Bishop Union 156

Team results courtesy of the Fresno Bee

Boys Individual Places
3. Duncan Reid, Jr.
7. Carson Reid, Sr.
61. Jordan Kost, Sr.
68. Nathan Gardea, So.
71. Dylan Fitt, So.
109. Jonathan Tait, Fr.
128. Sam Omondi, So.

Girls Individual Places
10. Ariana Pope, Fr.
13. Emma Place, Fr.
37. Jamie Shultz, Sr.
41. Chloe Almeida, So.
55. Kristen Lamb, So.
78. Aidana Lanane, Sr.
100. Catalina Alonso, Sr.

Photo provided by Coach Eldridge. BUHS cross country team stopped at McFarland home to the school and team that inspired the movie, “McFarland USA”.
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Tonopah Wrestling is ready for the season

Tonopah High School Wrestling team

by Arnie Palu

The 2015-2016 Tonopah High School Wrestling team has announced is roster.  Mucker wrestling is under the direction of Head Coach Duffy Otteson.  Coach Otteson is set to begin his 5th season.  The Muckers line up features a nice blend of youth and experience with top athletes returning from a successful 2014-2015 season.  Top returners include, Junior Tanner Otteson, Sernior Tristan Otteson, Senior. Kekoa Elliot, and Senior Jamaree Earl.

Tonopah Muckers 2015 Wrestling Roster

1. Austin Leach Fr 106
2. John Shiflet Fr 113
3. Bretton Otteson Fr 120
4. Mathew Malendrez Fr 126
5. Tanner Otteson Jr 132
6. Tristan Otteson Sr 138
7. Jamaree Earl Sr 145
8. Chris Mccollough Fr 152
9. Kekoa Elliott Sr 160
10. Paul McMillan So 160
11. Jaden Six So 170
12. Kevin Pope Fr 182
13. David Ramsey Sr 195
14. Max Swansan Fr 220

Two additional Freshman have been added to the Muckers team:
Braden Tissue Fr 106
Brandon Scobey Fr 113

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Youth Football Super Saturday

Bishop Youth football hosting Championships

by Arnie Palu

Three championship football games will be play Saturday at Bishop Union High Schools John Schwab field.  Bishop Youth football will have a team in each division championship game.  The Cheerleading competition will take place in advance of the football games.  The Cheer competition will begin at 8am.

Division 1 football
The undefeated Bishop Youth football team coached by Jim Reynolds will host Kern Valley at 1pm Saturday.  The D-1 team shut out Boron in the Semi-finals last weekend 26-0.  Elijah Reynolds had a big game rushing for 181-yards on just 6 carries.  Reynolds scored 3 touchdowns and made 10 tackles for the D-1 defense.  Vinney Begay ran for 36-yards and a touchdown while making 9 tackles on defense.
Individual Statistics vs. Boron:
Damon Terrazas,  1 tackle  5 carries for 35 yards.
Elijah Reynolds, 10 tackles 6 carries for 181 yards and 3 touchdowns and a extra point.
Vinney Begay, 9 tackles 3 carries for 36 yards and 1 touchdown, fumble recovery.
Richie Talavera, 7 tackles.
Carlos Sualez Jr, 7 tackles.
Ishia Lee, 3 Tackles.
Preston Pool-Harjo, 4 tackles and 2 carries for 16 yards.
Kano Graves, 3 tackles.
Chucky Delgado, 1 tackle and 1 carry for 5 yards.
Derrick Cortez, 4 tackles.
Michael Spratt, 2 tackles.
Justin Pettet, 2 tackles.
Devaun Mitchel, 2 tackles.

Division 2 football
The Bishop D-2 team topped Big Bear 25-6 earning their birth into Saturdays Championship game.  Chevyo Marquez and Colt Matteson each found the endzone twice.  Quarterback Jakob Redman connected with Matteson for a 30-yard score.  The D-2 defense was led by Albert Cano with a team high 17-tackles and Cain Omohundro with 14-tackles.
The Bishop Youth D-2 team will battle Boron at 3pm Saturday.

Photo by Jo Barlow. #34 Kenyan Piper, #24 Colt Matteson
Photo by Jo Barlow, #10 Jakob Redman, #34 Kenyan Piper.

Division 3 football
Coach Nate Morgenstein’s D-3 team defeated Rim of the World 14-6 in the semifinals punching their ticket to Saturdays championship game.  The D-3 Broncos will host Kern Valley, kickoff is set for 5pm.
In the semifinal win over Rim, Luke McClean was named MVP.  McClean scored on a long run and also pulled down 4 receptions.  Defensively McClean also recorded a quarterback sack at a pivotal point in the game.

photo by Jo Barlow. McClean breaks away.

Coach Morgenstein notes that Wes Pettet had a fantastic game dominating on the defensive side of the ball.  Wes led the team in tackles for the 8th time this season.  The D-3 team also had great play from Jayden Braithwaite and Tristan Valle.  Coach also credited the offensive line of Joey Molina, Todd Dowers, Cole Smith, Jason Vanmeter, Justin Brooks, and Darren Dondero.  Morgenstein also credited the work of quarterback Clay Omohundro and the effort and attitudes of Jordan Cooper, Jonathan Torres, Ian Murphy, Carson Evangelist, and Steven Paco.

D-3 at Boron prior to Semifinals. photo submitted.
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Mammoth Volleyball playoff run ends

Mammoth High School Volleyball falls to Summit

submitted by coach John Morris

The Mammoth Huskies girls volleyball team’s 2015 playoff run ended last Saturday with a heart breaking 5 set loss to Summit High School Skyhawks in the CIF-SS 4A quarter finals.

The Huskies traveled to Katella (Anaheim) on Thursday where they defeated the 9th ranked Knights in straight sets 25-18, 25-12, 25-16 in the second round of the playoffs. Taylor Sanders had 11 kills, Callie Mowat added 6 kills and 8 blocks, Kira Shultz had 4 aces and 11 digs, and McKenna Smith had 20 assists.

Mammoth then hosted Summit on Saturday night in front of a frenzied crowd at Mammoth High School. The match was a tight see saw battle from the beginning with the Huskies winning the first set 28-26. The teams then traded sets with Summit winning the second 25-21 and Mammoth winning the third 25-18. With the Huskies on the verge of advancing, the Skyhawks made a big push to take the fourth set 25-17. Mammoth could not seem to get going in the final set losing 15-5.

For the match Kira Shultz had 11 digs,  3 kills, and 16 passes,  Caitlin Young had 13 passes and 5 digs, Hayley Moss had 2 aces, 11 passes and 10 digs, McKenna Smith had 39 assists, Taylor Sanders had 19 kills, 9 digs and 5 blocks, Callie Mowat had 14 kills, 12 blocks and 8 digs, and Tatum Sandvigen had 2 kills, 8 blocks and 2 digs.

The Huskies end their season with an overall record of 26-10.

Coaches Comments:
“Our team had an absolutely memorable season. In general, the best team by far in my 4 years as head coach. It would be hard to describe how proud I am of these girls. They fought hard in all 36 matches this year. In the end we beat at team with 2400 kids (Katella) and lost to a team with 2700 (Summit), 10 times our size. David does not always win but we gave Goliath a good scare! I want to thanks my seniors Taylor Sanders, Kira Shultz, Callie Mowat and Tatum Sandvigen for many years of great play and leadership. May the 4 winds blow you safely home. ”

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Sunsets on Bronco Football 2015

Bishop Union falls to Mendota in CIF playoffs

by Arnie Palu

Mendota used a quick start and a strong finish downing the Bishop Broncos 41-14 in the CIF Central Section Division 5 playoffs.  The Aztecs (7-4) jumped out to at 12-0 lead and outscored the Broncos (4-7) 21-0 in the second half.  Mendota will now face #2 seed Fowler High School in Fridays second round.

Scoring Recap
1st Quarter
8:49, Junior Cardenas 17-yard pass to Julian Cardenas. 6-0 MHS.
3:01, Christian Quintanar 64-yard run. 12-0 MHS.
0:17, Ryan Graves 15-yard run. PAT kick Ethan Lamb. 12-7 MHS.

2nd Quarter
8:46, Junior Cardenas 25-yard pass to Luis Mojarro, 2pt conv. 20-7 MHS.
0:32, Ryan Graves 5-yard pass to Hunter Kampmoyer, PAT, Lamb. 20-14 MHS.

3rd Quarter
8:32, Erick Segura 46-yard run, 2 pt conv. 28-14 MHS.
4:27, Rasmussen 3-yard run, PAT by Felipe Aguilar, 35-14 MHS.

4th Quarter
11:35, Luis Mojarro 42-yard run.  41-14 MHS.

The Broncos end the season with a 4-7 record and say goodbye to ten seniors.
#8 Hunter Kampmoyer
#12 Austin Jones
#18 Bryce Ketchum
#20 Ethan Lamb
#28 Logan Stephenson
#31 Angel Santana
#32 Marty Tiernan
#53 Brandon Forrest
#63 Wallace Eddy
Andy Watt, student manager.

Pregame National Anthem. Photo by Jimmy T.
Coin Flip. Bishop Captains, #32 Marty Tiernan, #12 Austin Jones, #8 Hunter Kampmoyer. Photo by Jimmy T.
Coach Bill Egan, staff and players prepare for the senior send off. “Once a Bronco, always a Bronco!” Photo by Jimmy T.

cover photo by Arnie Palu, sunset in Mendota

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Brad Greene Signs with UC Irvine

Lone Pine Star Signs with UC Irvine

by Arnie Palu

Brad Greene can’t help but stand out.  At 6 feet 11 inches the Lone Pine High School Senior is often head and shoulders above his classmates.  On the basketball court the center has dominated the Desert Mountain League drawing attention from colleges and universities nationwide.  Wednesday was the first day basketball players could sign national letters of intent, and Greene wasted no time signing on to play basketball with the University of California Irvine.

Greene took time Wednesday to speak about signing with UC Irvine…

cover photo by Gary Young. Greene vs. Bishop Union in 2014.

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Tough Tuesday for Area Volleyball

3 of 4 local teams fall in Tuesday’s Opening round

by Arnie Palu

Bishop Union, Mammoth, Lone Pine, and Big Pine volleyball all opened play Tuesday in their respective playoff brackets, only Mammoth survives to play in round two.  All three losing teams hit the road Tuesday while Mammoth used their home court advantage advancing to Thursdays second round.

Mammoth Huskies

Coach John Morris reports that the Huskies defeated St. Bernard 25-6, 25-9, 25-19 and advance to the 2nd round of the CIF Southern Section 4A tournament on Thursday.   Mammoth is awaiting the winner of Katella and Ramona Convent.

Indivdiual Statistics:
Callie Mowat 2 aces, 4 blocks, 13 kills.
Taylor Sanders 8 kills.
Kira Shultz 2 aces, 3 kills.
McKenna Smith 3 aces, 25 assists.

Bishop Union Broncos

The Broncos fell in five games to Taft high school Tuesday.  Coach Linda Frigerio’s comments, “Going in ranked #9, we were prepared to battle the #8 ranked Wildcats.  Based on playing them in playoffs round 2 last year, we knew we again would be neck and neck and would have to have to play their best to have a chance at victory. After 5 grueling games with scores of 19-25, 25-23,27-29,9-5 Taft came up on top and we wrapped up our season going down swinging. I am incredibly proud of every single girl on this volleyball team for a season that exceeded my expectations.  I believed going in to the season that we would be rebuilding because we are so young.  With only 2 seniors I anticipated the lack of experience would be a detriment.  Instead, they played hard, fought hard and  powered through every match, many of which went 5 games, and lost with character and won with dignity every time.”

Lone Pine Golden Eagles

Coach Mel Joseph’s 1st round report:
Lone Pine traveled to Panorama City on Tuesday to take on St. Genevieve in the First Round of the CIF SS 4-A girls volleyball playoffs.  The Lady Eagles ended their season falling in three games to the number 9 ranked Valiants 18-25, 13-25, 19-25. “ We played well, this team was definitely beatable, we just make some key errors at crucial times that allowed St. Genevieve to create separation.  Having competed in the tough DML against teams like Desert and Mammoth, the girls were well prepared for post season play.  Having competed all season long with only seven players, I am proud of what we accomplished, we met every goal that was set from making the Gold Bracket at the Cal City Tournament to qualifying for post season”.  Coach Joseph did bring up Jessianne Joiner, Celia Ray, and Juliann Jones from the DML Champion JV squad noting that all three had positive touches on the ball in this post season match.  Coach Joseph would like to thank all the fans for their support throughout this season including to 40 plus that made the trip south on Tuesday. Coach Joseph would also like to thank first year assistant and JV Coach Courtnie Hunter for her work this season. LPHS says farewell to six seniors (Niki Martinez, Abby Southey, Lena Cariou, Katelyn Button, Lacie Jones, and Katie Lacey) and wishes them good luck in their endeavors.  Coach Joseph looks forward to his 25th season as the Lady Eagles Skipper.

Individual Statistics:
Setter Niki Martinez 16/16 Serving, 1 Ace, 10 Assists, and 10 Digs.
Outside Hitter Abby Southey 15/15 Serving, 1 Ace, 3 Kills, and 9 Digs.
Opposite Hitter Lena Cariou 6/6 Serving, 3 Kills, 1 Assist, and 5 Digs.
Middle Hitter Taylor Corona 2 Blocks.
Outside Hitter Katelyn Button 5/5 Serving, 4 Kills, and 9 Digs.
Libero Lacie Jones 3/4 Serving, and 16 Digs.
Middle Hitter Katie Lacey 4/6 Serving, 1 Ace, 2 Kills, 2 Blocks, and 7 Digs.

Big Pine Warriors

Big Pine traveled to Hawthorne Tuesday falling in straight games to Da Vinci Design, 25-16, 25-20, 25-18.

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Sam Adams Keys KV comeback

Kern Valley wins third straight HDL football title

by Arnie Palu

Bishop Union High school football took a 14-3 halftime lead into the locker room Friday Night.  In the second Kern Valley Senior Sammy Adams started the KV revolution.  Adams founded the Kern Valley comeback with a series of big plays starting with returning the second half kickoff 85-yards for a touchdown.  Adams second half heroics included jarring a would be touchdown pass from a Bronco receiver, scoring the go-ahead touchdown with 3:42 to play, and picking off a broncos pass in the final seconds putting the game on ice.  Kern Valley wins the HDL title with a 17-14 win.  Football is a team game, but Sammy Adams owned the second half of this rivalry game.   Kern Valley fans will surely be toasting Sam Adams for years to come when they remember their 2015 High Desert League Championship.

Bishop Union now must turn the page and get ready for the postseason.  The Broncos finish the regular season with a 4-6 record including a 2-2 mark in the High Desert League, good for third place behind KV and runner up California City. The Broncos are the #10 seed in the CIF Central Section Division 5 Championships. BUHS will travel to #7 Mendota High School Friday, November 13th.  Fowler High School, the #2 seed, has a bye into the second round. The winner of the BUHS-Mendota game will travel to Fowler for the Quarterfinals Friday, November 20th. Friday’s opening round game will be broadcast live on AM 1230 KBOV, and streamed live at through the listen live link, kickoff is set for 6pm. Mendota has a 6-4 record and tied for 2nd in the West Sierra League. Mendota is located west of Fresno just 368 miles from Bishop.

Bishop Union-Kern Valley photo gallery by Gary Young

#55 Joe Mayhugh blocks for #32 Marty Tiernan. Marty’s 30 yard run set up a 1-yard Ryan Graves 2nd quarter TD run.
#70 Ryan Rennie and #31 Angel Santana close in on #12 Jacob Lightner.
#31 Santana and #32 Tiernan wrap up #12 Lightner
#11 Izaak Morgenstein avoids #50 Blake Lanterman
#55 Joe Mayhugh blocks for #4 Ryan Graves. KV’s #32 Austin Hurley closes in.
#8 Hunter Kampmoyer scores a 1st quarter TD.
#22 Sean Brown returns the opening kickoff.
#24 Mike Molina tracking down #12 Jacob Lightner.
#2 Zach Bushling
Mike Molina runs behind blocks from #8 Kampmoyer, #55 Mayhugh and #68 Alex Romero
KV’s Jacob Lightner tackled by a quartet of Broncos
#25 Sammy Adams delivers a big hit on 4th down. #12 Austin Jones is the intended receiver.
#25 Sammy Adams pulls away for the game winning touchdown.
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