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Bishop Hold Off Desert’s Late Surge to Clinch Victory

After losing against Rosamond High School last Friday, the Bishop Broncos Boys basketball team responded with a much needed victory against the Desert Scorpions. The victory has revitalized the team’s hopes of finishing second in the High Desert League.

Bishop were able to fend off a Desert team who nearly overcame a sixteen point deficit, cutting the Bronco’s lead all the way down to one point with 1:30 remaining in the game. However, the Broncos hunkered down on the defensive end, forcing a late turnover which sealed the game in favor of Bishop. The game finished 52-49.

The game between the two teams was quite different from the away game at Edwards Air Force Base, where the Scorpions were hitting their threes and scoring inside the paint.

This time around, Bishop clogged up the lane, forcing Desert into shooting threes. A stroke of luck was on the side of the team from the Owens Valley, as Desert’s jumpers were not falling.

Additionally, Desert’s inability to take care of the ball was a big reason why Bishop won. The Scorpions often moved the ball around lazily, with many passes flat and ill-advised. These poor passes were often stolen and finished in transition for easy baskets. Junior, Blaine Spoonhunter played inspired on the defensive end, with three blocks, key defensive rebounds, and steals.

Luke McClean did a solid job distributing the ball into the Denny’s Bronco Slam Player of the Game, Cal Omohundro, who positioned himself in the right areas for easy points. Not only did Omohundro do a good job scoring, he was excellent when it came to boxing out and snagging rebounds.

Bishop’s next game is this Friday against Cal City, who are undefeated in the High Desert League.

Costly Turnovers Lose the Game for the Broncos

The Bishop Union Boys team lost a pivotal match up against Rosamond on Friday, losing 68-54. Friday’s loss can be attributed to two things: turnovers and fouls.

Things started out well for the Broncos in the first half. Junior, Blaine Spoonhunter scored the team’s first four points, and the team ended up leading by double digits at the end of the first quarter.

Junior, Luke McClean was able to penetrate at will, attacking the basket whenever the opportunity arose. The game started out much like the first meeting between the two teams, where Bishop got out to an early lead and cruised to a 63-44 victory because of transition baskets.

However, the game plan started to go awry with about five minutes left in the first half. Rosamond made some adjustments and did not allow point guard, Luke McClean any space when it came to penetration. McClean was forced into making bad passes by a Roadrunner team who clogged up the paint.

The turnovers provided Rosamond with a spark offensively, and the team from the Antelope Valley were able to finish in transition on multiple occasions, cutting the lead down to one moments before halftime.

Momentum kept teetering in favor of the Roadrunners, until eventually momentum swung completely away from the Broncos. Three pointers started falling, and what started out as a one point lead blossomed into double digits. Rosamond shooting guard, Alex Cervantes started to catch fire from beyond the arc, and ended up hitting four threes in the game.

Bishop promptly stormed back, thanks to a couple of threes from Luke McClean and Cal Omohundro. However, the Broncos found themselves in the bonus early in both the third and fourth quarters, which provided the Roadrunners with frequent trips to the stripe.

Rosamond made the most of their trips to the line, making 14 out of 18 free throw attempts.

The Broncos now have three High Desert League losses, and trail Desert for second place by two games. Bishop have an opportunity to gain ground on the Scorpions, who they play this Tuesday at 7:30 PM on 1230 AM KBOV.

Bishop Crush Boron, Setting Up a Shot at High Desert League Championship

The Bishop Broncos continued their winning ways Friday, extending their winning streak to six games.  Bishop ended up beating Boron 40-15.

Fumbles occurred frequently in this game, with Boron coughing the ball up five times on the evening. The first one happened on the opening kickoff, when Boron captain, Kade Garrett lost the ball inside his own twenty.

Bishop started their first drive inside the Bobcat 20, but were unable to score inside the red zone, and turned the ball over on downs. Boron took over from their own 20 and ended up scoring off a run to the outside by Kade Garrett. The Bobcats then scored a two-point conversion thanks to a pass to the left side to Kade Garrett once again.

Arnie Palu’s team started their drive with good field position, but were not able to score, turning it over on downs once again.

The first score of the game for Bishop came after a Boron fumble, which provided the Broncos a short field. Bishop were able to score thanks to quarterback, Luke McClean’s athletic prowess. McClean weaved his way up the middle on a read-option and ended up scoring the first Broncos touchdown of the game.

After McClean’s touchdown,  the team began to impose their will on the ground with both Steven Paco and Wesley Pettet scoring one-yard touchdowns.

Luke McClean ended up with player of the game honors, scoring three touchdowns with 81 yards rushing. McClean now has back to back games with three touchdowns.

The Broncos will have an extremely tough matchup against Cal-City. The upcoming game will decide who the High Desert League champion will be. Both teams are undefeated in league. The High Desert League championship game will take place at 7:00 PM at Bishop Union High School next Friday.

2018 Haunted Swamp Set for October 13th and 20th

The 2018 Haunted Swamp is on the October 13th, and 20th from 7-10 pm. Attending this event is the perfect opportunity to get ready for Halloween! The Haunted Swamp is located at the Bishop High School Farm on Sunland Road.

The event is put on annually by the Bishop Union High School Future Farmers of America. Attending the Haunted Swamp will undoubtedly lead to it’s fair share thrills and chills. More importantly though, all of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to a good cause that benefits the Bishop community.

The money received from this event will go to the Bishop FFA Program, which provides aspiring farmers with a chance to grow in the farming industry.

Tickets are eight dollars for adults, thirty dollars for groups of four adults, and five dollars for children under twelve years of age.

Please come out to the Haunted Swamp and support your local community!

Alta One announces year end scholarship winners

Maria Jimenez wins top honors at the Alta One year end scholarship ceremony

June 22, 2016
By Seth Conners

The Alta One Federal Credit Union held its annual scholarship awards ceremony on Tuesday June 14th at the Alta One member service center.  The ceremony was held to honor and award this years Bishop High School scholarship nominees and winners.  Finalists from each season were awarded a $1,000 scholarship with the overall winner receiving an extra $750 dollars.

FALL SPORTS
Maria Jimenez…Basketball/Volleyball…OVERALL WINNER ($1,000 Dollars)
Jamie Schultz…Cross Country/Swim Team/ Volleyball
Martin Tievnan…Football
Katrina Biehl…Tennis
Carson Reid…Cross Country

WINTER SPORTS
Sabrina Barlow…Basketball/Softball…FINALIST ($1,000 Dollars)
Marryanne Stone…Snowboard Team
Lawrence Joey Havey…Soccer

SPRING SPORTS
Bailee Piper…Softball…FINALIST ($1,000 Dollars)
Elizabeth Bignam…Swim Team
Selena Duenas…Dance/ Track and Field
Brian Jones…Golf
Logan Stephenson…Football/Track and Field
Chance Womack…Baseball

cover photo by Gary Young

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BUHS Football Fundraiser

Bronco Football Concludes Spring  Practice

Bishop Union High School Football will wrap up Spring Practice Friday, June 3rd with an open practice, BBQ, parent meeting and pie auction.

All Bronco Football parents, fans and supporters are welcome to attend.  The “Blue and White” practice will begin at 5pm.  Following the practice you can enjoy a complementary hot dog while meeting the coaching staff.

Summer and fall schedules will be available and you can participate in the Pie Auction Fundraiser.   All proceeds will benefit Bishop Union High School Football.

5pm start at John Schwab Field.

cover photo by Lorenzo Parra.

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Bishop Union Splits with Rosamond

Bishop Union Softball wins, Baseball falls to Rosamond

May 2, 2016
By Arnie Palu

The Bronco softball teams dominated Rosamond Friday while the baseball teams fell hard.  Bishop Union will wrap up their home High Desert League schedule this Friday hosting California City.

Varsity Baseball
Rosamond 13
Bishop Union 5

Bishop Union varsity baseball found themselves down 13-1 Friday afternoon.  Bishop was staring down a second consecutive 10-run mercy rule home loss.  The Broncos scratched out 3-runs in the bottom of the fifth inning avoiding a mercy rule loss.  Rosamond starting pitcher Jose DeLaRosa put together another strong effort picking up the win.  DeLaRosa worked 6 and 2/3rds innings striking out 13 broncos.  Bishop Union slides to 2-3 in HDL play with three games to go.  Rosamond is now 5-0 with Kern Valley at 3-1.

Offensive Statistics
Patrick Mitton, 1 for 3, single, walk, run.
Brodie Maloney, 3 for 4, Home run, 2 singles, 2 RBI, 2 Runs.
Michael Kubiak, 1 for 3, single, 2 RBI, walk.
Zack DeLeo, 1 for 4, single.
Ryan Graves, reached on error, hit by pitch, stolen base.
Cal Omohundro, walk.
Lorenzo Parra, walk.
Aaron Chinzi, walk, Run.
Joe Mayhugh, walk, Run.

JV Baseball
Rosamond 13
Bishop Union 1

Offensive Statistics
Lukas DiAngelo, 1 for 2, Double, RBI, Walk
Justin Yates, 1 for 2, Single, Stolen Base.
Cade Pascale, 1 for 2, Single, Stolen Base.
Christian Landaverde, 1 for 2, Single.
Odie DeMoss, 1 for 1, Single.
Mark Mayhugh, 1 for 1, Single, Run, hit by pitch.

Bishop Union JV will travel to Mammoth Tuesday (May 3rd) for a 4pm first pitch with the Huskies.

Varsity Softball
Rosamond 6
Bishop Union 12

Pitching
Little Eva Lent pitched 7 innings, 9 hits, 6 K’s, 2 BB.

Offensive Statistics
Little Eva Lent 3 for 4
Peyton Tetrick 3 for 5 with 1 RBI
Sabrina Barlow 2 for 4 with a double and triple and 1 RBI
Katrina Biehl 2 for 4
Destiny Frank 2 for 4
Ashley Worley 1 for 4 with 2 RB
Bailee Piper 1 for 3 with triple and 2 RBI
Hannah Waasdorp 1 for 3 with 2 RBI

Coaches Comments, “The coaching staff was very pleased with the offense and coming back strong after a league loss. Our goals are to finish the second half of league stronger than the first. We are now 4-1 in league play and next up is Cal City at home on the 6th.”  Coach Stacy Van Nest

JV softball
Rosamond 7
Bishop Union 23

Offensive Statistics
Selia Amisone, 2 for 3 with a home run.
Drew Dondero, 1 for 3.
Faith Manriquez, 2 for 2.
Gracie Soto,  1 for 1 with 2 RBI
Jeanine Lomaintewa 1 for 1.

winning pitcher, Selia Amisone, 6 strikeouts.

cover photo, Brodie Maloney heading home on his 7th inning home run.  Photo by Jim Tyler

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Bushling, Broncs Blast Bishop

Kern Valley Varsity teams top Bishop Union

April 27, 2016
by Arnie Palu

Rival Kern Valley got the best of the Bishop Broncos Tuesday.  Kern Valley’s varsity baseball and softball teams topped Bishop via the 10-run mercy rule.  Bishop exacted a measure of revenge by winning both JV games.  Bishop Union will continue their home stand Friday hosting Rosamond.  The varsity boys game will be live on AM 1230 KBOV and streamed live here on the listen live link.

Varsity Baseball
Kern Valley 15
Bishop Union 3  (5 innings)

Kern Valley’s Zack Bushling hit a 1st inning breaking ball into the trees outside right field,the rest of his day would be a walk in the park.  Bushling’s 2-run home run started a 3-run first inning and set the stage for a KV win.  After allowing Bushling to rattle the tree limbs in the opening inning the Broncos walked him three times, twice walking Zack intentionally…with the bases loaded.  In a move of ultimate respect, or perhaps fear of property damage, the Broncos choose to walk in a run rather then allow the Kern Valley junior a chance to knock in multiple runs.   Following their 3-run first inning KV scored a single run in the 2nd, three more in the 3rd and blew the game open with a 8-run 4th inning effort.

Statitics
Pitching
Justin Yates, 4 innings pitched, 15 runs, 8 hits, 4 walks, 2 strikeouts.
Zack Deleo, 1 inning pitched, 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 strikeout.

Offense
Patrick Mitton, 1 for 2, single, hit by pitch, run.
Brodie Maloney, 1 for 3, double, RBI, run.
Michael Kubiak, 2 for 3, 2 singles, RBI, 2 run.
Zack Deleo, 1 for 3, single.
Ryan Graves, 1 for 3, single.
Cal Omohundro, 2 for 3, 2 singles, RBI.
Lorenzo Parra, 1 for 2, single.
Peyton Wagoner, hit by pitch.
Aaron Chinzi, walk.

HDL Varsity Baseball Standings
Rosamond 4-0
Kern Valley 3-1
Bishop Union 2-2
California City 1-3
Frazier Mt.  0-4

Varsity Softball
Kern Valley 15
Bishop Union 0 (5 innings)

The Bronco Varsity Girls played with just 9 Tuesday.  Coach Stacy Van Nest indicates the Broncos played well early, but the hard-hitting Broncs pulled away late.

Statistics
Pitching
Little Eva Lent, 5 innings pitched, 10 hits, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts.
Offense
Peyton Tetrick 1 for 2.

Coaches Comments, “We played with 9 again and had three innings of great ball. We were simply out hit today but I know we can adjust and come back stronger the next time we play.  We are now 8-9 overall and 3-1 in league play. Next up Rosamond at home on Friday.”  Stacy Van Nest

JV Softball
Kern Valley 16
Bishop Union 17

Coach Patty Cummings reports that the Bronco JV jumped on top 16-9 and held off a tough KV team 17-16.  Bishop held KV with the potential game tying run on 3rd base.

Winning Pitcher
Selia Amisone
Offensive Statistics
Julie Cepeda,  3 for 3, 2 runs.
Alondra Ojeda,  1 for 2, 2 runs.
Corie Campbell, 1 for 3, 3 runs.
Selia Amisone, 1 for 2, 2 runs.
Drew Dondero, 2 for 3, double, run.
Gracie Soto,  2 runs.
Jasmine Romero, run.
Jenna Andersen, 1 for 1.

Coaches Comments,”It was such a great team effort again by these girls.  Everyone added something to get the win, I’m  so proud of them for their great attitudes and sportsmanship.  The standouts offensively for the day were Julie cepeda going 3 for 3 at the plate and Jenna Andersen driving in the go-ahead run.

JV Baseball
Kern Valley 6
Bishop Union 7

Bishop scored 4 runs in the 5th inning and then the go ahead runs in the 6th.  A Trace Sapp Sacrifice Fly scoring Lukas DiAngelo put the Broncos on top.

Pitching
Trace Sapp, 3 1/3 innings pitched, 3 runs, 4 strikeouts.
Cade Pascale, 2 and 2/3 innings pitched, 2 runs, 4 strikeouts. (Win)
Hunter Beal, 1 inning pitched. 0 runs. (Save)

Offense
Lukas DiAngelo, walk, reached on error, stolen base, 2 runs.
Matt Rosga, 2 walks, 2 runs.
Trace Sapp, 2 for 3, single, double, sacrifice fly, 2 RBI, 3 stolen bases.
Jalen Watterson, 1 for 4, RBI.
Hunter Beall, reached on error, run.
Cade Pascale, reached on error, run.
Christian Landeverde, 2 walks, 2 stolen bases.
Chance Villar, walk.
Odie DeMoss, run scored.

Bronco Catcher Brady Womack had a great game defensively.

Cover Photo, Kern Valley’s Zack Bushling. Photo by Gary Young.

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Bishop Union hires Palu

Palu accepts teaching position at Bishop High

April 27, 2016

Bishop Unified School District Statement

The Bishop Unified School District is pleased to announce that Mr. Arnie Palu has been hired as a teacher at Bishop Union High School.  Mr. Palu will be working in the Career Technical Education department at BUHS teaching classes related to the Arts, Media and Entertainment and marketing industry sectors.  His position will include journalism, media production, and student leadership.  Mr. Palu will also take the helm as Head Varsity Football Coach for the Broncos. 

Principal Randy Cook believes, “Arnie Palu will have a tremendous positive impact on our students both in the classroom and on the football field for years to come.”

Mr. Palu shared, “”I’m beyond excited for this new opportunity at Bishop Union High School. Covering BUHS athletics for 15 years at KIBS/KBOV and being a part of the Bronco football program has allowed me to build strong relationships with students and now this move will enable me to focus my full attention on working with young people. Leaving KIBS/KBOV is not easy, but joining the staff at BUHS will allow me the opportunity to pass along my passion for journalism. As we begin this new adventure I would like to thank my friends and family for their support.  This transition would not be possible without the love and encouragement of my wife.  Kelliann and I are in this together to help make a positive impact.  We are eager to get started. Go Broncos!”

We are extremely excited to begin working with Arnie Palu here at Bishop Unified and we know he will be a great addition to an already outstanding staff at BUHS.  Go Broncos!

Barry Simpson
Superintendent

Palu, a native of Nebraska, is a graduate of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and has served as news and sports director at KIBS/KBOV since September of 2001.  Palu has been a member of the JV football staff at Bishop Union for 8 seasons including 5 seasons as head coach.

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Charter Bus Crashes near Little Lake

BUHS Charter Bus goes off highway 395

April 25th, 2016 (edited at 10:30am to include school statement)
By Arnie Palu

A Charter Bus traveling northbound on Highway 395 drove off the roadway sending the driver and several passengers to area hospitals.  The Charter bus was returning to Bishop after a weekend trip to San Diego.  Bishop Union High School Avid students and chaperons were passengers on the northbound bus.  A total of 9 students and 2 chaperons were transported to medical facilities for treatment.  The driver, 38 year old Edgar Perez of Moreno Valley, was transported to Ridgecrest Regional Hospital with minor injuries.  The collision remains under investigation.

CHP Collision Report
“On April 23, 2016, at approximately 3:38pm, Edgar Perez was driving a charter bus, occupied by five adults and 45 juvenile students, northbound on U.S. 395, approaching Little Lake Road, in the #2 lane at approximately 65 mile per hour.  Due to an unknown reason, Perez allowed the bus to drift to the right, traversing the asphalt shoulder and driving down a dirt embankment.  The bus struck a wooden support beam and a barbed wire fence.  This collision resulted in minor injuries to several of the occupants, who were transported to nearby hospitals for treatment.  This collision is still under investigation by the CHP.” 

Statement from BUHS

On Saturday, April 23, 2016 a charter bus carrying approximately 44 BUHS students and five chaperones and staff members was involved in an accident on HWY 395, approximately 10 north of Pearsonville, California near Little Lake. My office has been in contact with representatives from the charter bus company. According to  officials from the Tour Coach Company, the driver of the bus was experiencing a medical emergency and blacked-out. The bus went off the road and eventually came to an abrupt stop after hitting an anchor cable off of the highway. The driver has undergone surgery for issues related to the symptoms he experienced while driving the bus.
Following the accident nine of our students were transported to the Lone Pine and Ridgecrest Hospitals as precautionary measures for minor injuries and were released that evening. Two BUHS employees were also transported to the hospital for treatment one was released that evening and the other was admitted.
The Bishop Unified School District occasionally uses charter bus companies to transport students for special events. The students on this bus were part of the AVID program at BUHS and were returning from an annual trip visiting college campuses in Southern California. The students had fund-raised the money that was used to contract with the charter bus company.
We are extremely grateful that there were no serious student or staff injuries. My office is working directly with the Tour Coach Company which has already set up an accident claim. We will work with each of our families to insure that all claims are filed properly. Again, we are very thankful that all of our students and staff  members are safely home.
Any further questions can be directed to my office at 760-872-3680.
Barry D. Simpson
Superintendent
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