Bishop Union and Big Pine Girls Basketball Seasons Close
By Arnie Palu February 25, 2016
A pair of league champion girls basketball teams had their seasons wrap up Wednesday night. High Desert League Champion Bishop Union lost a CIF Central Section opening round game at McFarland and Hi-Lo League Champ Big Pine lost in the CIF Southern Section Quarterfinals.
Bishop Union High School
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The Broncos lost in the opening round of the CIF Central Section Division 4 championships Wednesday night. #7 seed McFarland knocking the Broncos out 58-36. Five Seniors played their final game for the Broncos. Maria Jimenez, Sabrina Barlow, Cienna Martinez, Sophia Thomas, and Rosalind Cardenas. Coaches Tara Auld and Alice Bruck led the Broncos to a perfect 8-0 High Desert League record in their first years at the helm.
“It was a great season and I saw so much improvement throughout; individual skills, discipline and the way this team worked together was truly an inspiration to all. I am proud of my team and it was truly an honor to coach these girls this season!”
Coach Tara Auld
Big Pine Warriors
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Big Pine traveled to #1 seed Price in the CIF Southern Section Division 6 championships Wednesday. Big Pine put up a good fight, but the top ranked Price team advances to the Division 6 final four with a 84-30 win. It has been an impressive playoff run for Price. The Knights beat La Verne Lutheran in the first round 100-17 and Cornerstone Christian Wildomar 95-12 in the second round.
Big Pine will return a majority of their team next season. Big Pine was a perfect 8-0 in Hi-Lo League play. Big Pine is coached by Bob Church.
Cover Photo by Steve Dutcher, BUHS Seniors
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Big Pine High Schools Girls claim Hi-Lo League Title
by Arnie Palu
February 9, 2016
The Big Pine High School Girls basketball team wrapped up the Hi-Lo league title with a 47-17 win at Trona on Friday, February 5th. Coach Bob Church is quick to credit the Warriors great team defense as Big Pine limited Trona to just 4 second half points. The win improves Big Pine’s record to 11-4 overall and 7-0 in the Hi-Lo League.
“The girls played with a lot of heart and didn’t get caught up in Trona’s rough play. Also, again our girls had great fan support from the Big Pine locals making the trip. We really want to thank them!”
Big Pine is #9 in this weeks Division 6, CIF-Southern Section Girls Basketball rankings. Big Pine celebrates senior night tonight (Tuesday, February 9th) hosting Immanuel Christian. The Girls game tips off at 5pm with the boys following at 6:30.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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Anthony Vega, 12.
Sean Brown, 9.
Mike Molina, 9.
Tommy Ruelas, 8.
Joel Talamantes, 6.
Mike Molina, 14.
Sean Brown, 12.
Tommy Ruelas, 8.
Anthony Vega, 7.
Ziggy Armitage, 4.
Andrew Allen, 4.
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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.
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.
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.
Maria Jimenez- 26.
Cienna Martinez- 11.
Little Eva Lent- 8.
Sabrina Barlow- 6.
Topah Scherer- 6.
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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The Bishop Union High School Girls are the #3 seed in the CIF Central Section division 5 championships. Bishop will take on the winner of Tuesdays match between Washington Union and Lindsay. The Bishop girls, champs of the High Desert League, will play on Thursday in the second round.
The Bronco boys are the #9 seed in the CIF central section division 5 championships. Bishop will travel to Delano on Wednesday to play #8 seed Cesar Chavez. A Bishop win would have the Broncos playing #1 McFarland Friday.
Both Bishop teams will be on the road in the Central Section playoff unless they face a HDL team in the finals.
Mammoth girls soccer will host Bloomington in the opening round of the CIF southern section division 6 championships. The Mammoth girls won the desert mountain league championship. The Huskies will host Bloomington on Thursday.
The Mammoth boys will travel in the opening round of the CIF southern section division 7 championships. Mammoth, runners up in the desert mountain league, will travel to Riverside Prep in 1st round action Friday.
Lone Pine boys basketball will open play in the CIF southern section division 5A championships Wednesday hosting Bloomington Christian. Lone Pine won the Desert Mountain League Championships and is the #8 seed in the division 5A bracket. A win for Lone Pine would have them most likely on the road Friday vs. #9 seed Bishop Diego. Bishop Diego is favored in their opening round match up with un-ranked Coast Union.
The Lee Vining Boys won the Hi-Lo league earning the #12 seed in the CIF southern section division 6 championships. Lee Vining will host Summit View Wednesday night.
In girls basketball Big Pine will host Apple Valley Christian Thursday. Big Pine’s girls finished as runners up in the Hi-Lo earning the #16 seed. A win for Big Pine in the opening round would set up a second round game with #1 seed Price High School.
The Bishop High School girls basketball team will make the playoff in the central section, with the central section hoops playoffs starting next week. The Bishop boys basketball team is battling for a playoff spot. The Bishop boys are currently on the bubble with two games to go.
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