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Bishop, Big Pine Girls Basketball seasons end

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
Bishop Union 36
McFarland     58

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.

Individual Statistics
Maria Jiminez: 5 points, 13 rebounds, 1 assists, 2 steals, 3 blocks.
Topah Scherer: 4 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal.
Sabrina Barlow: 6 points, 11rebounds, 1 assist,
Cienna Martinez: 6 points, 1 assist.
Little Eva Lent: 11 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist.
Drew Dondero: 4 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal.

Coaches Comments:
“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
Big Pine 30
Price  84

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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Bishop Union battles Rosamond

Bishop Union travels to Rosamond

By Arnie Palu
February 3, 2016

High Desert League basketball’s second half began Tuesday night in Rosamond.  Bishop Union will be road warriors in the second half playing 3 of 4 games away from Gus Klekas Gym.  Bishop Union’s girls teams picked up wins Tuesday night while the Bronco boys returned home 0-2.

Varsity Girls
Bishop Union 44
Rosamond   30

Coaches Tara Auld and Alice Bruck have the Bronco Varsity girls atop the High Desert League standings.  The Broncos improve to 5-0 in HDL play with a 44-30 win over Rosamond.  Bishop Union opened a 18-3 lead at the close of the 1st quarter and cruised to the easy road win.

Bishop Union will now prep for their final regular season home game set for Wednesday, February 10th.  The senior night game has been shifted to a rare Wednesday night to accommodate California City.  The Ravens requested the change due to transportation issues.  The Wednesday night game will be senior night at Bishop Union.  The Varsity Girls game is schedule for a 6pm tip.  Following senior night the Broncos will hit the road for the final two HDL games with trips to Fraizer Mt on Friday, February 12th and rival Kern Valley Tuesday, February 16th.

Individual Statistics
Little Eval Lent – 13 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals and 1 block.
Maria Jimenez – 12 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals.
Topah Scherer- 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, 1 block.
Sabrina Barlow – 9 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block.
Cienna Martinez – 8 points, 2 rebounds.
Sophia Thomas – 1 rebound.
Kassidie Duckey – 1 rebound and 1 steal.
Rosalind Cardenas – 2 points.
Drew Dondero – 2 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals.

JV Girls
Bishop Union 29
Rosamond   18

Coach Tammy Spoonhunter’s Broncos picked up a key HDL win Tuesday.  Freshman Morningstar Lent led all scorers with 17 points.

Individual Statistics
Morningstar Lent – 17 pts.
Gracie Soto – 7 pts.
Julie Cepeda – 2 pts.
Paige Martinez – 2 pts.
Liza Joya – 1 pt.

Coaches Comments, “I’m very proud of how the girls are playing hard and working together. Keep up the good work ladies, let’s finish strong! ”  Tammy Spoonhunter

Varsity Boys
Bishop Union 66
Rosamond   69

Rosamond almost ran Bishop off their own court back on January 15th in route to a 80-58 win, round two was a much different ball game.  Bishop Union played inspired basketball Tuesday night taking a 55-52 lead into the 4th quarter.  Rosamond outscored the Broncos 17-11 in the final 8 minutes winning 69-66.  The loss slides Bishop Union’s HDL record to 2-3.

Bishop played tough defense Tuesday holding Rosamond’s 6-5 center DaMorea Green scoreless through 3 quarters.  Green awoke in the pivotal 4th quarter scoring 8 big points.  Rosamond took a lead in the 4th quarter thanks to the clutch play of Darion Wilson (32 points) and Caleb Roney (17 points).  Bishop had several good looks at the basket in the final minute, but the shots would not fall.

The Broncos are currently in 3rd place in the HDL behind unbeaten Kern Valley (4-0) and Rosamond (4-1).  The Broncos will be off until  they celebrate senior night Wednesday, February 10th when California City comes to town.  All Bronco varsity HDL boys games are broadcast live on AM 1230 KBOV and streamed live here at kibskbov.com through the listen live link.

Individual Scoring
Dru Allen, 16.
Sean Brown, 13.
Ziggy Armitage, 11.
Tommy Ruelas, 10.
Mike Molina, 9
Daniel Olsen, 5.
Moran West, 2.

JV Boys
Bishop Union 36
Rosamond  48

Individual Scoring
Trace Sapp, 24 points.
Edward Piper, 6 points.
Izzak Morgenstein, 4 points.
Jalen Waterson, 2 points.

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Strong Night for Area Basketball

Local High Schools dominate Tuesday Night

By Arnie Palu
January 27, 2016
(corrected to reflect Big Pine boys Score)

Owens Valley basketball had a very good Tuesday night.  Bishop Union, Big Pine and Lone Pine high school basketball teams compiled a 6-1 record.  Bishop Union swept three games from Frazier Mt, Lone Pine’s varsity teams traveled to Lancaster winning big over Desert Christian, and Big Pine one of two games over Trona Tornadoes.

Bishop Union

Varsity Boys
Frazier Mt 48
Bishop Union 110

Individual Scoring
Daniel Olsen, 27 points.
Ziggy Armitage, 25 points.
Mike Molina, 16 points.
Gene Dondero, 10 points.
Tommy Ruelas, 9 points.
Moran West, 9 points.
Andrew Allen, 8 points.
Brandon Forrest, 3 points.
Joel Talamantes, 3 points.

The Bronco Varsity boys improve to 2-1 in High Desert League play.  Bishop Union now hosts rival Kern Valley Friday.  KV is 3-0 and atop the HDL standings.  7:30 scheduled tip on AM 1230 KBOV and streamed live here at kibskbov.com through the listen live link.

Varsity Girls
Frazier Mt  6
Bishop Union 65

Individual Scoring
Maria Jimenez- 18
Sabrina Barlow- 14
Drew Dondero- 14
Topah Scherer- 13
Cienna Martinez- 5
Kassidie Duckey- 2

The Bronco Girls improve to 3-0 in the HDL.  Key game Friday with rival Kern Valley who is also 3-0.  6pm scheduled tip off Friday night at Gus Klekas Gym.

JV Boys
Frazier Mt. 12
Bishop Union 65

Individual Scoring
Trace Sapp, 22
Izaak Morgenstein, 9
Kanyan Martinez, 8
Jalen Waterson, 6
Cal Omohundro, 5
Carson Eldridge, 2
Matt Thomson, 2

Lone Pine Varsity Boys
Lone Pine 73
Desert Christian 46

Individual Statistics
Ryan Cappello, 24 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists.
Brad Greene, 17 points, 16 rebounds, 8 blocks.
Garrett Sullivan, 13 points, 4 assists.
Kishan Bhakta, 7 points, 4 rebounds.
Adrian Gonzalez, 4 points.
Bryce Scott, 3 points.
Doug Moore, 2 points

Lone Pine Varsity Girls
Lone Pine 42
Desert Christian 16

Individual Statistics
Lena Cariou, 14 points, 7 rebounds.
Katelyn Button, 11 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists.
Katie Lacey, 8 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks.
Shelby Chavez, 5 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals.
Niki Martinez, 4 points, 5 rebounds.
Celia Ray, 3 rebounds, 2 assists.
Ronni Siddall, 2 rebounds.

Big Pine Varsity Boys
Trona  76
Big Pine 60

Individual Statistics
Jacob Bacoch, 22 points, 11 rebounds, 10 steals.
Dominic Santiago, 12 points, 10 assists, 7 steals.
Moses Davis, 8 points, 8 rebounds.
Darian Robinson, 6 points, 7 rebounds.
Cesar Rico, 6 points.
Ben Truelson, 2 points.

Big Pine Varsity Girls
Trona 36
Big Pine 55

Individual Statistics
BP SCORING              Points     Rebs.     Assists     Steals
Lauren Simpson              20          10             3             7
AnahKee Mason               9           4              2             3
Cassie Meza                        8           4              1             3
Gabby Meza                        8           2              3            4
Paaku’u Dewey                 5           9              3            9
Gena Lewis                          3           4              4            3
Kaylee Simpson               2           4              0            1
Aurora Toledo                   0            3             1             1
Raven Duckey                  0            4              1            2

Coaches Comments, Bob Church, “Both Trona and Big Pine came into last night’s game undefeated in Hi-Lo League play, so the winner would put themselves in the driver’s seat for Hi-Lo League Champions, with three league games to play. The Lady Warriors half court trap was too much for Trona early on with all nine Lady Warriors playing in the first period. The Lady Warriors lead after one period was12-6.  The Lady Warriors stepped up the defense, again creating numerous turnovers and then capitalizing as they scored 19 in the quarter to Trona’s zero (0).At half, Lady Warrios point guard Lauren Simpson had 14 points to lead the way, but tight defense, especially by Paaku’u Dewey, who had 7 first half steals, was certainly key. Halftime score was 31-6 in favor of Big Pine. In the third and fourth quarter, Big Pine tried some different rotations with people in unfamiliar roles and the Tornadoes outscored Big Pine 30-24. At one point in the third period, Big Pine led by as many as 27 points.  Obviously, I was very happy with our play in the first half, especially on “D”.  We still missed several easy shots, but overall, we ran the offense and defensive scheme well. It was a nice win and all 9 girls definitely had a hand in it. We’ll just need to convert more of our transition opportunities. Also I was happy with the improvement in free throw shooting, as we made five out of eleven on the night.”
Big Pine improves to 5-0 in Hi-Lo league play.

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Final Day of the Christmas Classic

BUHS Christmas Classic wraps up today

By Arnie Palu

The 38th annual Bishop Union High School Christmas Classic basketball tournament is in it’s final day.  The varsity bracket is set with #1 seed Rio Hondo Prep (3-0) playing #4 Mammoth (0-3) at 9am.  #2 Mineral County High (2-1) plays #3 Bishop Union (1-2) at 10:30.  The Varsity final tips off at 1pm in Gus Klekas Gymnasium.

The Junior Varsity bracket is also set.  Lone Pine and Rio Hondo Prep are playing in the consolation game at 8am.  Bishop Union (#2 seed) takes on Mineral County at 9:30 in one semifinal game and Lee Vining (#1 seed) faces off with Immanuel Christian in the second semifinal game at 11am.  The JV final will begin at 1pm in the East Gym.

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Bronco Basketball @ Rosamond

Bishop Union High School Basketball at Rosamond

The Bishop Bronco basketball teams opened  High Desert League on the road at Rosamond Tuesday, January 20th.  Bishop split the 4 game set with the roadrunners.  The BUHS varsity Girls and JV boys were victorious while the varsity Boys and JV girls fell to Rosamond.

Varsity Boys
BUHS 59
Rosamond 77
Scoring, Thomas Montoya 20, Sean Brown 13, River Mallory 9, Ty Tucker 7, Ryan Lent 4, Dru Allen 4, Jake Traynor 2.

Varsity Girls
BUHS  59
Rosamond 46
Scoring, Maria Jimenez 15, Little Eva Lent 12, Cienna Martinez 11, Topah Scherer 8, Tamia Shoshone 7, Sabrina Barlow 6.

JV Boys
BUHS  61
Rosamond 46
Scoring, Trace Sapp 22, Anthony Vega 15, Mike Molina 9, Moran West 8, Carlson Eldridge 5, Tommy Ruelas 2.

JV Girls
BUHS 14
Rosamond 27
Scoring, Kassidie Duckey 4, Julie Cepeda 4, Gracie Soto 4, Michelle Toledo 2, Rosalind Cardenas 2 rebounds, Faith Manriquez 3 rebounds.

The Broncos will resume HDL play on Tuesday, January 27th hosting California City.  All Bronco Boys varsity games are broadcast live on AM 1230 KBOV and streamed online at kibskbov.com.

Photo:  BUHS JV boys at Rosamond.

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Broncos vs Muckers

Bishop Basketball travels to Tonopah

The Bishop Union High School Basketball teams traveled to Tonopah Nevada Monday night (January 12th) for a full set of games with the Muckers.  Bishop returns home with three wins picking up victories in both boys games and girls varsity.

The Varsity Boys used a great second half defensive effort winning 60-41.  Head Coach Mark Olsen indicates the Broncos led 16-9, after the 1st quarter and 35-23 at the half.   Olsen says, ” The Bronco defense came together out scoring the Muckers 17-4 in the 3rd quarter taking a 52-27 lead heading into the 4th quarter.  All eleven Broncos that made the trip saw playing time.”

Individual Scoring for Bishop
Sean Brown 17 points
Druw Allen 13 points
Thomas Montoya 9 points
Ryan Lent 8 points,
River Mallory 5 points
Anthony Miller 4 points,
Daniel Olsen 3 points
Jake Traynor 2 points
Ty Tucker 2 points

The Bishop JV boys notched another impressive win 69-27.

Individual scoring for the JV boys
Trace Sapp 13
Moran West 10
Tommy Ruelas 10
Mike Molena 10
Anthony Vega 10
Carson Eldridge 7
Gene Dondero  4
Kanyon Martinez 4
Ed Piper and Sam Moose 1

The Bishop Girls Varsity won 51-19.  The Bronco girls opened up a 37-14 halftime lead and cruised to victory.

Individual stats for the varsity Girls
Maria Jimenez 10points, 5 rebounds, 5 steals
Tamia Shoshone 9 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists
Little Eva Lent 9 points, 5 rebounds, 5 blocks
Sabrina Barlow 9 points, 3 assists
Cienna Martinez 5 points
Topah Scherer 5 points, 3 rebounds
Rosalind Cardenas and Sophia Thomas 2 points

The Bronco JV girls fell to Tonopah 36-18.

Individual scoring for the Bishop JV girls
Kassidie Duckey 6 points
Julie Cepeda 6 points
Gracie Soto 4 points
Faith Manriquez 2 points

Photo Courtesy Gary Young Photogrphy
Sean Brown vs. Lone Pine during the Christmas Classic

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Bronco Hoops downs Liberty

BUHS Boys Basketball clips the Hawks

The Bronco Boys basketball teams wrapped up a two year home and away series with Liberty Madera High School with a pair of home wins Friday.  The Broncos won two very tight games last year in Madera, and wrapped up the series with two big wins at Gus Klekas gymnasium Friday afternoon.  The JV shot the lights out in the early game, while the varsity used a late rally to win.

In the varsity match up Bishop won by a final score of 76-71.  The Broncos trailed after a high scoring first quarter 22-19.  Liberty led 40-33 at the half.  The Liberty Hawks led 59-53 after 3.  Bishop coach Mark Olsen says, “The Broncos played hard and outlasted Liberty in the forth and final quarter.  Out scoring Liberty 23-12 in the 4th.”

Individual Stats for the Bishop Varsity:
Thomas Montoya 26 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists
Ty Tucker 11 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, 5 assists
Druw Allen 11 points, 3 rebounds,  2 assists
River Mallory 8 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assist
Daniel Olsen 8 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal 2 assist
Ryan Lent 2 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 4 assists
Jake Traynor 4 points  1 rebound
Sean Brown 6 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist

The Bronco JV used excellent outside shooting and great team speed winning 74-48.   Freshman Trace Sapp scored several baskets in transition and fellow freshman Tommy Ruelas dazzled at the point guard position.   Ruelas, a remarkable ball handler, commands the high scoring JV offense with a calm demeanor rarely seen in a 9th grader.  Ruelas scored 11 points in the win while freshman Mike Molina added 14.  Sophomore Anthony Vega chipped in with 14 including a couple long range 3-point baskets.  Freshman Moran West added 10 points and great hustle while Kelby Cherrick came of the bench with 5 points.  Kanyon Martinez added 3 points for the JV.

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Final Day at the Classic

Results from Day 3 at the BUHS Christmas Classic

Game 13  Lee Vining 34  –  Rio Hondo 58
Game 14.  ICHS 52  –  MCHS 66
Game 15  Bishop  55 – Lone Pine 75
Lone Pine wrapped up an unbeaten Christmas Classic with an impressive 20 point win.  The Golden Eagles “Big Three” of Sullivan, Cappello and Greene dominated the Broncos earning their second win of the season over Bishop High.   While Sullivan and Cappello both went over 20 points Brad Greene was held to just 5, but the Lone Pine center dominated the glass.  Greene and Cappello combined to give the Golden Eagles a major rebounding advantage while completely closing down any hopes Bishop had for an inside game.  Bishop will now gear up for High Desert League play with a two final non-league contests.  Bishop will host Liberty on Friday, January 9th then travel to Hanford on Saturday January 17th.  Bishop will open HDL play on Tuesday, January 20th with trip to Rosamond.  All Bronco boys varsity boys basketball games will be broadcast live on AM 1230 KBOV.

Individual Stats for Lone Pine
Garrett Sullivan 27 points
Mike Cappello 22 points
Preston Huerta 10  points
Brad Greene 5 points

Individual Stats for Bishop
Ty Tucker 11 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assist
River Mallory 10 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 assist
Thomas Montoya 9 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists
Daniel Olsen 7 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, 3 assist
Druw Allen 7  points, 1 rebounds, 1 steal
Sean Brown 4 points, 11 rebounds
Chucky Keller  3 points, 1 steal
Ryan Lent  2 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steal, 1 assists
Jake Traynor 2 points, 2 rebounds
Anthony Miller , 1 rebound, 1 steal

Photo By Gary Young.  Lone Pine’s Brad Greene (left) blocks the shot of Bishop’s Daniel Olsen.

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