Sports

BUHS swamped by the Serpents

BUHS opens the Christmas Classic vs Mineral County

By Arnie Palu

Bishop Union opened their 38th Annual Christmas Classic with a disappointing 53-47 loss.  Mineral County High school from Hawthorne Nevada used an amazing 19-point 4th quarter from Junior Andre Davis to complete their comeback victory.  Bishop Union held a 34-31 lead heading into the final quarter, but MCHS roared back thanks to Davis’s 19-point effort that included four, 3-point baskets and 5 of 6 shots from the free throw line.  Freshman Robert McFalls joined Davis with 19 points, including a clutch, 4th quarter 3-point play.  Bishop was led by sophomore Mike Molina with 13 points.  Dru Allen chipped in with 12 points, all from behind the 3-point arc.

BUHS Scoring
Mike Molina 13.
Dru Allen 12.
Ziggy Armitage 10.
Sean Brown 7.
Daniel Olsen 3.
Tommy Ruelas 2.

In other action from Monday, Rio Hondo Prep clipped Mammoth 65-31 and Rio Hondo Prep topped Mineral County 62-54.

The Bishop Union Christmas classic continues on today (Tuesday, December 29th) with a trio of games.  Mammoth plays MCHS at 2:30, Bishop Union takes on Mammoth at 4pm, and Rio Hondo Prep squares off with Bishop Union in the night cap at 7pm.

Wednesday Schedule will include three games, the #1 seed and #4 seed will play at 9am.  The #2 and #3 seeds will square off at 10:30 with the winners playing for the championship at 1pm.  All varsity games are played in Bishop Union High’s Gus Klekas Gym.

cover photo, meeting of the captains. Photo by Arnie Palu

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38th Annual Bishop Union Christmas Classic

Bishop Union Christmas Classic Basketball Tournament

by Arnie Palu

The Varsity version of the annual Bishop Union Christmas Classic will feature four teams.  Host Bishop Union, Mineral County, Mammoth and Rio Hondo Prep will face off in the 38th edition of the Bishop Basketball Tournament.
The 9th annual JV Tournament will include Bishop Union, Immanuel Christian, Rio Hondo Prep, Lee Vining, Lone Pine, and Mineral County.

Varsity Schedule
Monday, December 28th
Game 1, Bishop Union vs. Mineral County. 2pm
Game 2, Mammoth vs. Rio Hondo Prep. 3:30pm
Game 3, Mineral County vs. Rio Hondo Prep. 6:30pm

Tuesday, December 29th
Game 4, Mammoth vs. Mineral County. 2:30pm
Game 5, Bishop Union vs. Mammoth. 4pm
Game 6, Rio Hondo vs. Bishop Union. 7pm.

Wednesday, December 30th
Game 7, #1 seed vs. #4 seed. 9am
Game 8, #2 seed vs. #3 seed. 10:30am
Game 9, Championship Game. 1pm

JV Schedule
Monday, December 28th
Game 1, MCHS vs. IC. 2pm
Game 2, LV vs. LP. 3:30pm
Game 3, BUHS vs RHP 5pm (west gym)

Tuesday, December 29th
Game 4, BUHS vs. MCHS. 9am
Game 5, IC vs. LP. 10:30am
Game 6, RHP vs. LV. 12:00 noon

Game 7-12, Bracket Play begins.
JV games will be played in the East Gym, unless noted.

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Bishop Sweeps the Serpents

Bishop Union Takes 4 games from Mineral County

by Arnie Palu

Bishop Union High School enjoyed the home court advantage Tuesday night sweeping Mineral County High School.  Bishop Union basketball won four games and now digs in for final exams.  The Bronco student athletes have finals this week and enjoy a Christmas break that will run from Monday December 21st through January 1st.  Classes resume on Monday, January 4th.  That break will be interrupted by the Christmas Classic basketball tournament (December 28-30) for the boys and girls home games with Strathmore (December 29th).

Varsity Boys
Mineral County 59
Bishop Union    73

Scoring
Andrew Allen, 17.
Daniel Olsen,  12.
Ziggy Armitage,  8.
Sean Brown,  7.
Mike Molina,  6.
Anthony Vega,  6.
Anthony Miller,  4.
Tommy Ruelas,  4.
Gene Dondero, 4.
Brandon Forrest,  2.
Chucky Keller,  2.

Varsity Girls
Mineral County 22
Bishop Union    59

Team Statistics
Little Eva Lent: 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Maria Jimenez: 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Cienna Martinez: 8 points.
Topah Scherer: 6 points.
Sophia Thomas: 5 points.
Sabrina Barlow: 3 points.
Drew Dondero: 3 points.
Kassidie Duckey: 2 points.
Rosalind Cardenas: 2 points.

Coaches Comments, “This victory was a real team win with everyone on the team participating and scoring! I am so proud of my team’s focus and determination with this long stretch of games we just completed.  We continue to grow as a club and I can’t wait to see what is yet to come continuing to build this camaraderie.”  Coach Tara Auld

Boys Junior Varsity
Mineral County 49
Bishop Union      56

Statistics
Trace Sapp, 21 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assist.
Moran West,  8 points,  3 rebounds,  4-4 free throws.
Kanyon Martinez,  12 points,  5 rebounds,  4 assist, 4-4 free throws. Izaak Morgenstein, 7 points,  6 rebounds,  1 assist.
Carson Eldridge,  4 points,  4 rebounds.
Sam Moose,  2 points,  4 rebounds.
Edward Piper,  2 points,  2 rebounds.

Coaches Comments, “Good win tonight over a skilled Hawthorne team. Everyone gave great effort and battled back from a first quarter deficit 8-4, and we were down 23-21 at half.   We out scored Mineral County in the 3rd quarter 26-12, taking the lead by 11. Lost the 4th quarter 9-6.”  Coach Steve Omohundro

Girls Junior Varsity
Mineral County 19
Bishop Union     21

Individual Scoring
Liza Joya – 1 point.
Gracie Soto – 2 points.
Morningstar Lent – 9 points.
Falicity Lopez – 5 points.
Darline Haro- 4 points.
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Lone Pine Football Awards

Lone Pine Golden Eagle Football Awards

by Arnie Palu

The Lone Pine High School Golden Eagles football team placed five student athletes on the Hi-Lo League first team and senior Doug Moore made All-CIF. Coach Jone Kane’s Lone Pine Football team finished 2015 with a 6-3 record.

Senior running-back and linebacker Doug Moore was named to the All-CIF eight man football team by the Eight-Man football Coaches Association. Coach Kane notes that Moore rushed for over 1,000 yards, scored 15 touchdowns, and was also the team leader in total tackles. Moore is joined on the All-CIF team by a pair of Hi-Lo league rivals, Trona’s Gunnar Cartmell and Malik Evans, both juniors.

Moore leads a group of five Golden Eagles who were named to the Hi-Lo League first team. In addition to Moore, seniors Kyler Francone (linebacker/tightend) and Eddy Ivey (offensive/defensive line) were named to the first team. Junior receiver Adrian Gonzales and sophomore quarterback Dylan Noland earned 1st team honors.

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Bishop Union Wrestling

Bishop Bronco Wrestling

Submitted by assistant coach Dr. Mark Hodges

Saturday, December 12th, two members of the Bishop Bronco Wrestling team competed in a tournament at Lancaster High School. The Broncos attending were the Mayhugh brothers:
Junior Joseph Mayhugh at 160 lbs
Freshman Mark Mayhugh at 106 lbs

In his first match, freshman Mark Mayhugh started strong by defeating his opponent in a 14-1 major decision. Although he wrestled hard, he ended up losing his next two matches, one against the #2 seeded wrestler in the tournament.

Junior Joseph Mayhugh started the tournament against a wrestler who beat him in last week’s tournament. Joe moved well on his feet, was aggressive, but was caught in a throw and pinned. During the match, he reinjured his knee, so had to call it a day.

Coach Joseph said, “It wasn’t our best day. We are concerned about Joe’s health and although Mark continues to improve, he really needs a partner close to his weight in the wrestling room.”

The Bronco with the best record this season is freshman Mark Mayhugh with a record of 4-4 with 3 wins by pin.

The Broncos next action will be in January at Millikan High School in Long Beach.

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Bishop Union Basketball

Bishop Union Basketball takes 2nd and 5th at Weekend Tournaments

by Arnie Palu
December 14

Bishop Union Bronco Basketball played weekend tournaments in the central valley this past weekend. The Bronco boys finished as runners up in the Corcoran Tournament while the Bronco girls finished in 5th place in the George Glover Memorial Tournament held in Strathmore.

Boys Basketball
Bishop Union High School’s boys basketball team lost in the small-school championship game of the Corcoran tournament. The Broncos fell to rival Kern Valley in the championship game, 65-53. Bishop Union will get two more chances with Kern Valley during High Desert League play.
The Broncos opened the tournament with a 68-50 win over Corcoran. Bishop Union then downed Farmersville 70-61 with Andrew Allen leading the way with 18 points. The wins over Corcoran and Farmersville placed Bishop Union in the small schools championship game with Kern Valley.

Game 1
Bishop Union 68
Corcoran 50

Game 2
Bishop Union 70
Farmersville 61
Scoring, Andrew Allen, 18. Mike Molina, 13. Tommy Ruelas, 13. Anthony Vega, 11. Sean Brown, 8. Ziggy Armitage, 3. Daniel Olsen, 2. Joel Talamontes 2.

Game 3
Bishop Union 65
Kern Valley 53
Scoring, Sean Brown, 17. Mike Molina, 12. Andrew Allen, 10. Ziggy Armitage, 6. Daniel Olsen, 5. Tommy Ruelas, 2. Anthony Vega, 2.

Bishop Union High School Girls Basketball
The Bronco varsity Girls were on the road to Strathmore this weekend. Strathmore is located just to the south-east of Visaila. Bishop Union’s girls finished 2-1 in the George Glover Memorial Basketball Tournament bringing home 5th place. Maria Jimenez was named to the All-Tournament team.

Game 1
Bishop Union 35
Strathmore 42
Scoring, Maria Jimenez, 12. Cienna Martinez, 8. Liitle Eva Lent, 5. Topah Scherer, 5. Sabrina Barlow, 4. Drew Dondero, 1.

Game 2
Bishop Union 35
Porterville 28
Scoring, Topah Scherer, 12. Cienna Martinez, 11. Little Eva Lent, 6. Maria Jimenez, 4. Sabrina Barlow, 2.

Game 3
Bishop Union 49
Ceasar Chavez 41
Scoring, Little Eva Lent, 18. Topah Scherer, 10. Sabrina Barlow, 9. Maria Jimenez, 8. Cienna Martinez, 3. Drew Dondero, 1.

Bishop Union High School basketball will play host to Mineral County High School Tuesday (December 15th). JV girls and boys at 3pm and 4:30 with the varsity girls and boys to follow at 6pm and 7:30 in Gus Klekas Gymnasium.
AM 1230 KBOV will broadcast the varsity boys High Desert League games starting with Rosamond on Friday, January 15th.

cover photo Gary Young, #44 Sean Brown

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Bishop Union Volleyball Awards

Broncos Volleyball Awards Banquet

submitted by Coach Steve Park

The Broncos volleyball team and families met on Monday, December 7th to celebrate a successful season. While both the varsity and JV teams were young, varsity finished 2nd in league and were extremely competitive in the first round of CIF Playoffs. JV finished with a 5-3 record and showed great potential for future varsity teams.

The following varsity players received High Desert League (HDL) honors.
Of the 7 players selected for first team in the league, an impressive three were Broncos.
First Team All League: Maria Jimenez, Rachel Turner, and Kiara Cox
Second Team All League: Sydney Frigerio
Honorable Mention All League: Carly Todd
Academic All League: Maria Jimenez

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L to R, Rachel Turner, Carly Todd, Maria Jimenez, Sydney Frigerio, Kiara Cox. Photo by Dana Todd

Many of the Broncos also won local honors. Keeping with CIF philosophy that high schools train scholar athletes, almost half of the Broncos’ squad received awards for GPA’s of 3.5 or higher. Varsity players receiving this award were Kiara Cox, Sydney Frigerio, Maria Jimenez, Little Eva Lent, Rebeka Riesen, Romina Solorio, Carly Todd, and Rachel Turner. From the JV team, Jenna Andersen, Sofia Baiano, Liza Joya, Samantha Marcinko, and Danica Thornburg earned this award.

Varsity team awards included:
Rachel Turner, MVP offense
Maria Jimenez, MVP defense
Romina Solorio, Coach’s award
Rachel Turner, Golden Horseshoe award
Haley Hersley, Bronco Award

JV team awards included:
Sofia Baiano, MVP offense
Morningstar Lent, MVP defense
Cassidy Moffett and Danica Thornburg, Coach’s award
Liza Joya, Bronco award
Jade Whiteside, Horseshoe award

cover photo by Steve Dutcher

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Wednesday Basketball Report

Local High School Basketball Teams Compete

by Arnie Palu

Bishop Union High School Junior Varsity teams won a pair of close games with Lee Vining High School and Big Pine High School clipped Lone Pine High School’s Junior Varsity Wednesday night.

Bishop Union vs. Lee Vining
Boys
Lee Vining 37
Bishop Un. 40

Bishop Scoring
Trace Sapp, 14. Canyon Martinez, 9. Moran West, 5. Ed Piper, 4. Sam Moose, 4. Izaak Morgenstein, 2. Carson Eldridge, 2.
Coach Steve Omohundro, “Tough game the whole way, we played very undisciplined, we need to tighten up on a few different things.”

Girls
Lee Vining 23
Bishop Un. 29

Bishop Scoring
Morningstar Lent, 13. Julie Cepeda, 11. Darline Haro, 2. Gracie Soto, 2. Liza Joya 1.
Coach Tammy Spoonhunter, “Another close game, Lee Vining is a good team but we fought hard and didn’t give up.  We were able to pull out another win.”

Big Pine vs. Lone Pine JV
Boys
Lone Pine 15
Big  Pine   57

Big Pine Statistics
Jacob Bacoch, 17 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals.
Kelby Chirrick, 16 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 blocks.
Moses Davis, 13 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals.
Dominic Santiago, 9 points, 7 assists, 4 steals.

Girls
submitted by Big Pine coach Bob Church

…………………………………….Final         Q1       Q2       Q3       Q4       FINAL
Big Pine Girl’s Varsity     35           9          6          8        12           35
Lone Pine Girl’s JV            34           6          7         17        4            34

The BP Lady Warriors held on to win the Wednesday night rematch, after defeating the Lady Eagle JV by 20 two nights earlier. Lone Pine outscored BP 17-8 in the 3rd quarter, as the Lady Warriors ran their full court press for the first time this season. The press was not effective and LP capitalized by getting many uncontested layups. Starting the 4th quarter down by 7, 30-23, the Lady Warriors went back to their regular trap defense and got back in the game.

With just 19 seconds left in the game and the Warriors up by 2, an intentional foul was called on BP. Lone Pine still had a chance to win the game after 1 free throw was made and then given the ball out of bounds. However, after several shots attempts, BP was able to secure the rebound and close out the win.

BP Coach Bob Church- “This game was exactly what I feared. We beat them two nights earlier and I knew Liz Stewart was a good coach and would work them hard, going over our trap. LP improved tremendously, were much more scrappy than earlier and hit shots they weren’t able to hit Monday night.”

“I tell the girls it’s a team game and they’re all important to the team. It certainly showed tonight, as all 8 girls scored at least one point, with each point needed in this one. I have to say that I was certainly not proud of the way we played, but I was very proud of all of our girls for not giving up, when we could have easily just packed it in. I believe our girls learned a lesson- just not a hard lesson.”

BP Stats——-all 8 girls suited up scored
                                                    Pts.       Rebs.       Asst.       Steals
Lauren Simpson               10            5              1              3
AnahKee Mason               8            9               2             4
Cassie Meza                        6            5               2             4
Gena Lewis                          4            4               2             4
Gabby Meza                        2             4               2             4
Raven Duckey                      2             1               –              –
Aurora Toledo                       2             3               1             2
Kaylee Simpson                   1             4               –              2

LP Scoring
Shelby Chavez———————12
Juliann Jones————————9
Jaye Eaton—————————8
Bernice Gutierrez——————4
Mariah Button———————–1

Big Pine Girl’s return to action this Friday night at 6:30 PM, as they host Le Lycee, from Los Angeles. The two teams will again play Saturday morning at 9:30. Both games will be hosted by the Lady Warriors.

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Mammoth Booster Club Christmas Tree Sale

ANNUAL MHS BOOSTER CHRISTMAS TREE SALE!

submitted by the Mammoth High School Booster Club

Magnificent Christmas Trees from Oregon and Washington are now on sale in the MHS Booster Christmas Tree Lot at Vons (Minaret Village Mall).

This is the major Mammoth High School Booster fundraiser for the season so please consider supporting a local and worthy cause. Proceeds benefit the College Book Awards, MHS Sport Teams, ASB/NHS, Fishing, Drama and Band clubs, teacher special projects and requests, teacher appreciation luncheons, assembles and the new gym floor capital campaign.

Details…
Douglas, Noble and Grand Firs are for sale ranging in size from 4-9 feet, starting from as low as $50. Wooden tree stands and Christmas Tree lights will also be available for sale at the lot. Cash, checks, credit cards accepted.

Hours… (weather permitting)
Saturday & Sunday                            11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Monday-Friday                                   3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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Battle for the Owens Valley, basketball edition

Bishop Union takes 3 of 4 from Lone Pine

by Arnie Palu

The Lone Pine Golden Eagles varsity boys basketball team held off a Bronco outside shooting attack winning 71-57 Tuesday night.  The Golden Eagle Varsity Boys victory kept Bishop Union from sweeping the series of games at Bishop’s Gus Klekas Gym.   Lone Pine’s Ryan Cappello scored 11 of his game high 24 points in the Golden Eagle’s 29 point 4th quarter.   Bishop was paced by junior Sean Brown who connected on seven three point baskets.  The Broncos hit fourteen 3’s on the night.

Varsity Boys
.     .               .    1st        2nd       3rd         4th      final
Lone Pine      16        16          10          29           71
Bishop Un.    10        10          20          17          57

Great free-throw shooting and clutch play by senior Ryan Cappello were key in Lone Pine’s 71-57 win.  Cappello hit 10 of 12 from the line including 5 of 6 in the Golden Eagles big 4th quarter.  Cappello had the look of a senior who would not be denied in the games final minutes.  Ryan finished with a game high 25 points, 11 in the fourth quarter.
Lone Pine led 32-20 at the half, but that lead quickly evaporated as the Broncos heated up from long range.  Sean Brown connected on a trio of three point shots in the third quarter giving Bishop the lead.  The Broncos doubled up Lone Pine in the third, outscoring the Golden Eagles 20-10.  A Brad Greene three point play with 30 seconds left in the 3rd quarter kept Lone Pine on top, 42-40.
In the forth quarter Bishop’s Sean Brown and Andrew Allen both hit a pair of three’s keeping Bishop close, and senior Ziggy Armitage drilled a three to tie the game at 52-52 with 5 minutes to play.  But with the game on the line Lone Pine’s stars stole the show.  Brad Greene, Ryan Cappello, and Garrett Sullivan saved their best for last.  Sullivan completed a three-point play early in the quarter, Greene cleared the boards while scoring seven of his 23 points, and Cappello took over the game pouring in 11 points.  The trio combined to connect on 9 of 10 fourth quarter free-throws.

Individual Scoring
Lone Pine
Ryan Cappello, 24. Brad Greene, 23. Garrett Sullivan, 14. Kishan Bhakta, 6. Adrian Gonzalez, 4.
Bishop Union
Sean Brown, 23. Andrew Allen, 9. Ziggy Armitage, 7. Mike Molina,7. Tommy Ruelas, 6. Anthony Vega, 3. Daniel Olsen, 2.

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Varsity Girls
                              1st        2nd       3rd         4th      final
Lone Pine      6                5             4            0             15
Bishop Un.    15           10          11          11          47

The Bishop Union varsity girls used a strong defensive effort winning 47-15.  The Bronco “D” held Lone Pine to 4 points in the 3rd quarter and shut them out in the games final 8 minutes.  Senior Maria Jimenez was high point with 16.

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Individual Scoring
Bishop Union
Maria Jimenez, 16. LIitle Eva Lent, 10. Topah Scherer, 9. Sabrina Barlow, 5.  Drew Dondero, 4.  Cienna Martinez, 3.
Lone Pine
Katelyn Button, 5 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals. Lena Cariou, 3 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals. Katie Lacy, 3 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals. Shyann Padilla, 2 points, 4 blocks. Niki Martinez, 1 point, 4 rebounds. Jessianne Joiner, 1 point, 2 rebounds, 3 blocks. Celia Ray, 1 assist, 3 steals.

Lone Pine Coach Clint Quilter, “While the ladies still struggled to score. They gave excellent effort the entire game. I was very proud of the fact that they reduced committed 51% fewer turnovers as compared to their first game against Paraclete ”

Junior Varsity Boys
Lone Pine    20
Bishop Un.  66

Bishop Union Individual statistics.
Trace Sapp, 13 points, 4 rebounds, 9 assist. Moran West,  12 points, 2 rebounds, 6 assist. Izaak Morganstein, 12 points,  2 rebounds 2 assist. Canyon Martinez,  7points, 2 assists. Sam Moose, 8 points,  2 rebounds. Ed Piper,  8 points,  3 rebounds, 1 assist. Jalen Watterson,  2 points,  5 rebounds 3 assist. Carson Eldridge 4 points,  9 rebounds. Cal Omohundro, 4 rebounds.

Junior Varsity Girls
Lone Pine    27
Bishop Un.  34

Bishop Union Coach Tammy Spoonhunter, “The girls did very well, they were able to stay in a tight game all the way through to the 4th quarter, then they started to attack the basket and pulled away in the 4th quarter.  They never gave up. The defense was working very well and we were able to stop the eagles from scoring.  Overall they played a really great game.”

Bishop Individual Scoring
Julie Cepeda, 13 points. Darline Haro,  4 points. Morningstar Lent 9 points. Gracie Soto, 8 points.

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