Bronco Wrestling opens the season

Bishop Bronco Wrestling

Submitted by assistant coach Dr. Mark Hodges

Last Saturday, (December 5th) three members of the Bishop Bronco Wrestling team competed in their first tournament of the year at Rim of the World High School. The Broncos attending were
Junior Joseph Mayhugh at 160 lbs
Junior Victor Esquivel at 170 lbs
Freshman Mark Mayhugh at 106 lbs
Freshman Mark Mayhugh, in his first wrestling match ever, started on fire by pinning his opponent after scoring 10 unanswered points. His next match was against a senior wrestler who is ranked #22 in California. Not intimidated, Mark made the first takedown attempt, but unfortunately was quickly pinned. Mark turned things around in his next two matches by winning with pins, placing him in the match for 3rd place. He started the match strong and was leading going into the last period, but lost a hard-fought match on points, finishing in 4th place.
Junior Joseph Mayhugh started the day strong by defeating his first opponent in a 6-4 decision, but lost his next 2 matches.
Junior Victor Esquivel struggled and finished the day going 0-2.

Coach Joseph said, “The level of competition at this tournament was just right for us – our wrestlers had opportunities to score in almost every match. Although we did ok overall, there are several things that we need to work on this week. We were especially pleased to see Mark Mayhugh do well in his first wrestling matches.”

The Bronco with the best record this season is Mark Mayhugh with a record of 3-2 with all 3 wins by pin.

Next Saturday, the wrestling team will be competing in a tournament at Lancaster High School.

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Tonopah Muckers Compete at Ely

Tonopah Wrestling Results

The Muckers traveled to Ely Nevada for the  White Pine Invitational.  Tanner Otteson had a great weekend leading the way for the Tonopah High School Wrestling team.  Tanner won his weight class and was also named the tournaments outstanding wrestler.

Tanner Otteson. Photo by Robert Otteson

Tanner Otteson 138lbs. 6-0 – 1st Champion
Jamaree Earl 145lbs. 4-2 – 3rd Place
Koa Eliott 170lbs. 4-3 – 3rd Place
Austin Leach 106lbs. – 3rd place
Kevin Pope 182lbs – 5th place
Joh Shiflet 126 lbs. – 5th place
Matthew Melendrez 138 – 6th place

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Team Results – 5th place out of 10 schools, Elko was the 1st place finisher.

The Muckers are coached by Duffy Otteson.

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Weekend Basketball Tourney Report

Bishop, Lone Pine, Big Pine Open at Weekend Tournaments

by Arnie Palu

Bishop Union High Schools boys and girls basketball teams traveled to Hawthorne Nevada and Corcoran, Lone Pine’s boys hit the road to Rosamond and Big Pine traveled north to Coleville for season opening tournaments.

Lone Pine Boys
The Golden Eagles finished the Roadrunner classic in Rosamond with a 3-1 record.  Lone Pine opened the tournament with wins over Frazier Mt and Palmdale high schools.  The Golden Eagles then topped eventual tourney champs Paraclete 53-41.  Saturday Lone Pine played a marathon thriller with Tehachapi falling 73-72 in triple overtime.   Lone Pine will travel to Bishop this Tuesday, December 8th for an Owens Valley showdown.  Varsity tip off is set for 7:30pm.
Lone Pine 53
Paraclete 41
Brad Greene, 20 points, 14 rebounds, 4 blocks.
Ryan Cappello, 10 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steal.
Garrett Sullivan, 9 points.
Adrian Gonzalez, 8 points.
Kishan Bhakta, 6 points, 7 rebounds.

Lone Pine 73
Tehachapi 74
Brad Greene, 21 points, 14 rebounds.
Ryan Cappello, 17 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists.
Garrett Sullivan, 17 points, 4 assists.
Doug Moore, 8 points.
Kishan Bhakta, 6 points, 7 rebounds.

Bishop Union High School Boys

The Broncos traveled to Hawthorne Nevada finishing 3-2 in the Mineral County high school serpent classic.  Bishop opened with wins over White Pine, (68-60) Virgina City, (69-40) and Smith Valley (61-16).  The Broncos then fell to Yerington 67-50 and Lovelock Nevada’s Pershing County High School 52-45.  Bronco head coach Gordon Moose said, “The tournament was very good.  It was the first time these boys ran together.  The kids got better every game. We started out with three wins and than lost to Yerington.  They were the toughest team out of the ten. We were tied at half then fell due to their great outside shooters. They (Yerington) were taller than us,  but we still kept them off the boards thanks to Sean Brown and Andrew Allen working very hard as well as Anthony Vega.  We also had a great ruining game led by Daniel Olson and Tommy Ruelas along with Mike Molina.   We also got a lot of help from Ziggy Armitage.   Also Brandon Forrest, Joel Talamantes,  Chucky Keller and Gene Dondero played well off the bench.  All players showed a lot of heart. We are Looking forward to a great season. ”  The Broncos host Lone Pine Tuesday night.

Smith Valley 16
Anthony Vega, 12.
Sean Brown, 9.
Mike Molina, 9.
Tommy Ruelas, 8.
Joel Talamantes, 6.

BUHS  50
Yerinton 67
Mike Molina, 14.
Sean Brown, 12.
Tommy Ruelas, 8.
Anthony Vega, 7.
Ziggy Armitage, 4.
Andrew Allen, 4.

BUHS  45
Pershing County 52

Bishop Union High School Girls

The Bronco girls finished the Corcoran Tournament with a 2-1 record returning home with a 3rd place trophy.  Bishop Union opened play in the Corcoran Tournament Thursday night with a strong win 45-23 over Granite Hills High School, Apple Valley.
Individual Scoring
Little Eva Lent, 12 points.
Sabrina Barlow, 10 points.
Topah Scherer, 8 points.
Cienna Martinez, 7 points.
Maria Jimenez, 6 points.
Sophia Thomas, 2 points.

The Broncos then lost a one point game to Central Valley Christian 33-32.
Individual Scoring
Topah Scherer, 9 points.
Sabrina Barlow, 9 points.
Cienna Martinez,  6 points.
Maria Jimenez,  6 points.
Little Eva Lent,  2 points.

Bishop  won their last game against Hanford West 57-50 and took home the 3rd place trophy for the tournament. Also, Maria Jimenez was awarded All-Tournament Team Honors.
Individual Scoring
Maria Jimenez- 26.
Cienna Martinez- 11.
Little Eva Lent- 8.
Sabrina Barlow- 6.
Topah Scherer- 6.

Corcoran Tourney
BUSH girls with the 3rd place trophy. Photo Submitted

Big Pine Girls At Coleville

Submitted by Coach Bob Church

GAME # 1
Coleville Girl’s Varsity         54
Big Pine Girl’s Varsity         40

Despite having only one Senior (Kaylee Simpson) on the team and facing Coleville with 5 Seniors, the Lady Warriors held their own on the road Friday night in Coleville at the Antelope Valley Lions Club Basketball Tournament.

Big Pine has a young team with 3 freshmen, 3 sophomores, 2 juniors and the one returning senior. BP’s tallest player is 5’5″ tall and two of BP’s players, the Meza twins, are under 5″ tall. The 4 returning players and one of those (Soph. Paaku’u Dewey out with a hand injury) remembered the beating (54-12) they took from Coleville a year ago and knew they would certainly be tested.

The 1st quarter saw Big Pine’s 5’5″ Junior AnahKee Mason battle Coleville’s 5’10” Shaylor McCann on the boards and put in 6 for the Lady Warriors, even tho McCann had 10 of her 21 points in the first quarter.

Sophomore Lauren scored all 6 of BP’s points in the 2nd period, to help keep the Lady Warriors close at half.
A few needed adjustments at half helped limit Coleville’s Top Gun McCann to only 5 second half points, and BP sophomore Lauren Simpson answered with 12 (of her game high 25) in the 3rd to keep BP close.
BP battled Coleville throughout the 4th period, cutting the lead to 6 with 4 minutes to go in the game, but a couple of late Coleville baskets mounted the deficit to the final score of 54-40.
Warrior coach Bob Church, returning to head coach after several years as assistant—” I was very pleased with the efforts of the girls. The girls hard work at passing passing has paid off, as we had 13 assists on 18 baskets. Seven different girls had at least one assist. They were being so unselfish.”

Grade  Big Pine Players                       Pts.    Rebs.    Assts.    Steals
10       Lauren Simpson                         25        6            2            3
11       AnahKee Mason                          8         8            2            2
11       Gena  Lewis                                   4         5            4            5
9       Cassie Meza                                  2         5            1            2
12       Kaylee Simpson                         1         6            1            1
10       Aurora Toledo—didn’t score, but had 5 rebs and an asst, to go with great defense
9        Gabby Meza—didn’t score, but had 4 rebs, 2 assts, and 2 steals
9        Raven Duckey—despite being sick most of the week, contributed on “D” and had 2 rebs

Big Pine Lady Warriors     51
Sage Ridge (Reno)                 23

Disappointed by the score but not by their play the previous night, the Lady Warriors new the game against Sage Ridge was one not to be taken lightly. Last year, BP defeated Sage Ridge by 12 and the girls were ready to even their non-league season record at 1-1.

The 1st quarter saw Sophomore Lauren Simpson keep her hot hand, as she scored 9 of BP’s 15 points. She would end up with a game high 22 points. Gena Lewis added 4 points to go along with her 3 first period assists. Freshman Cassie Meza tossed in 2 points in the first period.

Five different girls scored for BP in the 2nd period and then in the 3rd, Lauren Simpson again scored 9 to lead the Lady Warriors. Cassie Meza contributed 4, Gena Lewis 2 and Freshmen Gabby Meza helping with a free throw in the 3rd for BP’s 16 points.

In the 4th, Junior AnahKee Mason put in 4, Freshmen Raven Duckey 2, Gabby Meza 2 and Lauren Simpson 2 for BP.
Warrior Coach Bob Church— “Again, I was really pleased with the crisp passing the girls showed and I cannot ever remember a game in which a BP girl had 10 or more assists. Gena Lewis had and unbelievable afternoon with 10 assists, while 4 other girls had at least 2. We had 19 assists in our 24 baskets. Also, our three young Freshmen (Cassie Meza, Gabby Meza, and Raven Duckey) scored 15 combined points to go along with 11 rebounds.”

Grade   BP Players                    Pts.    Rebs.     Assts.     Steals
10        Lauren Simpson           22        5             1             3
9           Cassie Meza                    8        5              2            3
11        Gena Lewis                      8        6             10           7
11        AnahKee Mason          6        11             2           2
9        Gabby Meza                     5         4              2           3
9        Raven Duckey                   2         2              –            1
12       Kaylee Simpson—0 pts, but 4 rebs and went to the floor numerous times to tie up the opposition on loose ball possessions 10       Aurora Toledo— 0 points but 4 rebs, and also great hustle on the defensive side

Big Pine goes to 1-1 on the young season and will play Lone Pine Girl’s JV Monday night in Lone Pine, game starting at 5:00 PM.

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Thursday Hoops Recap

Lone Pine takes down Palmdale, Bishop teams open with wins

By Arnie Palu

Lone Pine Boys
The Golden Eagles improve to 2-0 on the season with a win over Palmdale 62-58. Lone Pine will play Paraclete tonight (Friday, December 4th) in pool play at Rosamond High School’s Roadrunner Classic. Lone Pine’s win over Palmdale, a school with an enrollment of 2,600, is certainly an impressive victory. Ryan Cappello (22 points) was the top scorer for the Golden Eagles with UC Irvine bound Brad Greene notching another double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds.

Individual Statistics
Ryan Cappello, 22 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists.
Brad Greene, 21 poitns, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks.
Garrett Sullivan, 6 points, 4 rebounds.
Kishan Bhakta, 6 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals.
Adrian Gonzalez, 5 points.
Brandon Martinez, 5 points.

Bishop Union Boys
The Broncos are opening the 2015-2016 season in Hawthorne Nevada at the Mineral County High School’s Serpent Classic. Bronco Varsity basketball is under the direction of 1st year head coach Gordon Moose. Gordon moves up to the Varsity team after leading the Junior Varsity to an undefeated season a year ago. The Broncos won Thursday night 68-60 over White Pine High School (Ely, Nevada). Dru Allen and sophomore Tommy Ruelas both had a team high 15 points. The Broncos will continue at the Hawthorne tournament this weekend then return home for a Owens Valley showdown with Lone Pine on Tuesday, December 8th. Bishop will host Lone Pine at Gus Klekas Gymnasium.

Individual Statistics
Dru Allen, 15 points.
Tommy Ruelas, 15 points.
Brandon Forrest, 9 points.
Ziggy Armitage, 7 points.
Mike Molina, 7 points.
Anthony Vega, 7 points.
Daniel Olsen, 6 points.
Chucky Keller, 2 points.

Bishop Union Girls
Like the Bronco Boys, the Bishop Union High School Girls Varsity team is under new leadership. Coach Tara Auld is starting her first season as head coach. Bishop Union opened play in the Corcoran Tournament Thursday night with a strong win 45-23 over Granite Hills High School, Apple Valley.

Individual Statistics
Little Eva Lent, 12 points.
Sabrina Barlow, 10 points.
Topah Scherer, 8 points.
Cienna Martinez, 7 points.
Maria Jimenez, 6 points.
Sophia Thomas, 2 points.

cover photo by Gary Young, Bishop Union HS’s #14 Brandon Forrest (file photo)

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Lone Pine Basketball Opens Strong

Lone Pine downs Frazier Mt in opener

by Arnie Palu

The Lone Pine High School Golden Eagles Basketball team started the 2015-2016 season with an impressive 75-24 win over Frazier Mt.  Lone Pine is opening the season in the Rosamond Tournament.  Senior Ryan Cappello had a big opening night with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists.  Adrian Gonzalez, Brad Greene and Garrett Sullivan also contributed double digit points.  The competition gets tougher in the next round of the Rosamond tournament as Lone Pine will face off with Palmdale High School tonight (Thursday, December 3rd)
Lone Pine finished the 2014-2015 season with a 25-3 record, including a 14-0 record in the Desert Mountain league, advancing to the CIF-Southern Section Quarterfinals.  The Golden Eagles are coached by Scott Kemp.

Individual Statistics
Ryan Cappello, 21 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists.
Adrian Gonzalez, 18 points, 3 steals.
Bran Greene, 13 points, 16 rebounds, 7 blocks.
Garrett Sullivan, 12 points, 8 assists, 3 steals.
Brandon Martinez, 5 points.
Coltan Martin, 2 points.
Doug Moore, 2 points.
John Hall, 2 points.

Cover Photo by Gary Young.  #5 Ryan Cappello (file photo)

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Dohnel Leads Bronco Soccer in win over Mammoth

Freshman leads Bishop Union in 13-0 win

by Arnie Palu

A Bronco 9th grader played a role in 9 goals Monday in Bishop Unions 13-0 win over Mammoth.   Freshman Katie Dohnel scored 5 goals and made 4 assists as Bishop Union opened the season with a road win at Mammoth.  Bishop Coach Manny Terrasas reports that Kaylyn Boxley added 3 goals and 1 assist, Brittney Santana had 2 goals, Ritz Garcia, Emeli Mora, and Danica Thornburg each scored once.  Karla Castilla recorded a pair of assists.   Coach Terrasas noted great play by Korie Boxley as well.  The Girls team will travel to the Eagle Cup this weekend.

The Bronco boys fell to Mammoth Monday 4-0.  First year varsity head coach Peter Thomsen noted strong performances turned in by Patrick Mitton on offense with Bryan Gonzales and Alan Torres playing well for the Bronco Defense.

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Brother Duo run at State Cross Country

Bishop Brothers run at State Cross Country

Duncan and Carson Reid made the trip to Fresno this past Saturday representing Bishop Union High School at the State Cross-Country meet.  The Reids qualified for the state meet running in Division 4.  Coach Heidi Eldridge indicates the Bronco Duo were two of the 192 runners racing in Division 4.  Duncan Reid turned in a time of 16:59, good for 105th and Carson Reid finished in 17:14 good for 122nd.

The state finals were held in Fresno at the 5,000 meter Woodward Park course.  JSerra High School’s Andrew Burkhardt won Division 4 with a time of 15:08.   Santa Ynez High School boys won the team title for Division 4.

cover photo by Steve Dutcher Photography.

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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.

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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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