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Lone Pine Wins DML title

Greene and Cappello Power Lone Pine to Championship

By Arnie Palu
February 12, 2016

Lone Pine boys basketball traveled to Yermo Thursday evening for a winner take all Desert Mountain League championship game.  The Golden Eagles won 76-55 claiming the League title.  The much celebrated senior class added another crown to their impressive resume.  Ryan Cappello and UC Irvine bound Brad Greene both logged double-doubles in the championship game.  Lone Pine improves to 19-5 overall and 13-1 in Desert Mountain League play.  The Golden Eagles will now set their sights on a CIF southern section playoff run.  The Brackets will be posted this weekend.

Individual Statistics
Ryan Cappello, 27 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals.
Brad Greene, 23 points, 22 rebounds, 4 blocks.
Kishan Bhakta, 9 points, 8 rebounds.
Adrian Gonzales, 9 points.
Garrett Sullivan, 7 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds.
Bryce Scott, 2 points.
Eddy Ivey, 1 point.

Varsity Girls
Lone Pine 30
Silver Valley 53

Individual Statistics
Katie Lacey, 11 points, 4 rebounds.
Lena Cariou, 9 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists.
Niki Martinez, 4 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists.
Katelyn Button, 4 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists.
Shelby Chavez, 2 points, 4 rebounds.
Celia Ray, 2 rebounds, 2 assists.

Cover Photo from Brad Greene’s Instagram account

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Lone Pine Wins DML

Lone Pine Boys basketball wins the league title

The Golden Eagles magical season continues with a championship clinching win over Desert High School.  The 58-44 win at Edwards Air Force Base moves Lone Pine to 13-0 in Desert Mountain League play and 22-2 overall.  Center Brad Greene returned from injury providing a huge lift.  Greene scored a team high 26 points and pulled down 19 rebounds including 8 offensive boards.  Greene had been out with injury, but now rejoins the team at this pivotal time.   Lone Pine wraps up the regular seasons Thursday at Silver Valley then begins the post season the following week.  This week Lone Pine is ranked #8 in the CIF Southern Section Division 5A poll.  Lone Pine is the top public school in the top 16 poll….and the only public school in the poll.

Lone Pine  58
Desert 44

INDIVIDUAL STATS
Brad Greene 26 points, 19 rebounds, 6 blocks, Garrett Sullivan 11 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals. Preston Huerta 8 points, 3 rebounds.  Ryan Cappello 7 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 steals.  Kishan Bhakta 2 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, Bryce Scott 2 points.  Adrian Gonzalez 2 points.

#55 Brad Greene at the Bishop Christmas classic
#55 Brad Greene at the Bishop Christmas classic

Photo by Gary Young

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Lone Pine Basketball is Rolling

Lone Pine High School hoops update

The Lone Pine High School boys basketball team notched win number 20 Wednesday night with a 65-43 victory over the Mammoth Huskies.  The win moves Lone Pine’s overall record to 20-2 and a perfect 11-0 in Desert Mountain League play.  Ryan Cappello continues his magical season with 25 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists, and 6 blocks.  Garrett Sullivan also continues to stuff the stat columns with 19 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and three blocked shots.  Adrian Gonzalez added 8 points and 4 steals.  Bryce Scott chipped in with 6 points, Kishan Bhakta 3 points 4 rebounds, and Coltan Martin and Eddy Ivey each had 2 points.  Lone Pine picked up the win playing without injured center Brad Greene.  Coach Scott Kemp is hoping to have Greene back next week.  Lone Pine returns to action Friday hosting Boron.
The Mammoth Huskies were led by Mario Rios with 22 points and Christian Orrick added 6.

Garrett Sullivan in action vs Bishop in the Christmas Classic
Garrett Sullivan in action vs Bishop in the Christmas Classic

Photo by Gary Young.

The Lone Pine varsity girls defeated Mammoth 38-23 Wednesday.  Individual statistics for Lone Pine:
Jessianne Joiner 12 points, 8 Rebs, 3 assists, 4 steals, 1 block
Nora Bergeum 8 points, 7 rebs, 1 assist, 7 steals
Emma Howe 6 points, 8 Rebs,
Katelyn Button 5 points, 6 Rebs, 5 steals, 1 assist
Lena Cariou 5 points, 17 Rebs, 4 steals, 1 assist
Emily Faircloth 2 points, 6 Rebs, 1 steal

Coach Elizabeth Stweart, “A good game against Mammoth who kept creeping up and keeping the score close. Arguably our second best game of the season as far as passing, beating the press, and running an offense with the intent to score. Also arguably our worst night of free throw shooting… Would like to acknowledge the exceptional sportsmanship demonstrated by mammoth coaching staff and players.”

On Monday the Golden Eagle girls topped  Vasquez 39-24.
Individual Statistics:
Nora Bergeum 9 points, 6 steals,
Katelyn button 7 points, 5 Rebs, 5 steals
Niki Martinez 6 points, 5 Rebs, 2 steals
Lena Cariou 6 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals
Jessianne Joiner  5 points, 2 Rebs, 4 steals
Shyann Padilla 2 points, 3 Rebs, 3 steals
Cianni Benson 4 points

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Lone Pine Boys Down Vasquez

Lone Pine stays perfect in the Desert Mountain League

The Lone Pine Golden Eagles continue their march toward a DML title with a 64-53 win over Vasquez Monday.  Lone Pine had to play another game without Center Brade Greene who is out due to injury.  Coach Scott Kemp is hopeful to have the 6-8 Greene back next week.  With Greene out, fellow Juniors Garrett Sullivan and Ryan Cappello stepped up their games.  Sullivan scored a team high 27 points while grabbing 5 rebounds and dishing out 4 assists.  Cappello had a monster double double with 18 points and 19 rebounds.  Cappello added 4 blocked shots.  Kishan Bhakta added 9 points and 8 rebounds.  With the win the Golden Eagles improve to 19-2 overall and 10-0 in Desert Mountain League play.

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Boron Football

CIF Commissioner Reflects on Boron Football

CIF Southern Section Commission Rob Wigod’s message focuses in  on Boron High School Football.  Bishop Union High School faced the Bobcats in the 2010 section championship game, a 30-22 Bronco win.

FROM TRAGEDY TO TRIUMPH
One of the greatest aspects of working for the CIF Southern Section is the opportunity to meet, work with and connect with so many outstanding people throughout the vast expanse of our section.
An example of one of those strong connections I have made over the years is with Boron High School. I first became aware of Boron High School, a school of 150 students that is located in one of our more remote areas of the section, when I began working as an Assistant Commissioner in charge of football for our section 14 years ago. The Boron Bobcats were one of the strongest football programs among
our smaller schools at that time and had made quite a name for themselves through their performance in that sport. However, being a small school, there were many challenges facing them in trying to field an 11-Man Football program and in September, 2002, Boron High School had to drop Varsity Football due to a lack of players that year. It was a very sad time for their school and their community, but they were able to reinstate Varsity Football soon after. Little did anyone know that not having a Varsity Football team were not the saddest days facing Boron High School.
On September 12, 2008, tragedy struck Boron High School and the CIF Southern Section. Sophomore Vinnie Rodriguez suffered a severe head injury during Boron’s football game that night. Vinnie spent the next few days in the hospital fighting for his life, but unfortunately, he passed away four days later. Principal
Paul Kostopoulos, Athletic Director Jim Boghosian, Head Football Coach Todd Fink, the Boron Bobcat Football Team and their entire community were completely devastated by this horrific loss and were faced with the huge task of trying to pick up the pieces and go on. In speaking with the Boron administration throughout that week, it was clearly evident to me that their sense of loss was overwhelming. However, somehow they were able to persevere as the Boron High School Football players voted to play their upcoming game on Friday, September 19 at Kern Valley High School in
Lake Isabella, in memory of their fallen teammate. Once I heard that decision, I had no doubt where I would be that night and what I witnessed during and after that game will stay with me forever.
On that Friday afternoon, the Boron Bobcats boarded their bus and headed for Kern Valley High School. While on the way, Coach Fink’s cell phone rang. On the other end of the line was University of Southern California Head Football Coach Pete Carroll. Coach Carroll called to offer his condolences and his support to Coach Fink and the Boron players on behalf of the entire USC Trojan Football program. What a classy move that was on his part.
Boron got off to a slow start that night and fell behind early. Kern Valley led 21-14 at the end of 3 quarters and extended their lead to 35-21 with 2 minutes left. What happened next was remarkable. Boron scored a touchdown and went for a 2 point conversion, which was successful. Then, the Bobcats got the ball back, scored another touchdown and kicked the extra point to win the game 36-35. In a truly courageous and inspiring performance, there was no way that Boron was going to be denied that night. Once the game was over, both schools met at midfield and released black and gold balloons, Boron’s school colors, into the sky in memory of Vinnie Rodriguez. It was one of the most emotional and stirring scenes I have ever seen as both schools and communities came together to support each other in such a meaningful way. These two schools truly exemplified and defined what high school athletics is all about: courage, perseverance, competition and compassion.
Now, we fast forward to this week when the Boron High School football players and coaches will board a bus once again. This week, that bus will be headed to University of Phoenix Stadium in
Glendale, Arizona, the site of Super Bowl XLIX. Boron’s football team has won a nationwide contest sponsored by the National Football League called Together We Make Football in which they were selected to receive a 5-day, 4-night all expenses paid trip to see the Super Bowl and participate in several activities leading up to the game. My understanding is they are going to have an opportunity
to be on the field before the game starts and wouldn’t it be ironic if they get to see Seattle Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll on Super Sunday?
The question asked for this contest was, “Why do we love football?”
Answers were judged on whether your story would stir passion for the game of football along with your explanation of why football was so important to your school and your community. Under the
current leadership of Principal Nat Adams, Athletic Director Rob Kostopoulos and Head Football Coach Tim Seaman, Boron High School articulated their story very well and as you can imagine, Boron’s story moved people from all over the country who sent in their votes to help them win. Another reason why Boron won this contest is because Muroc Joint Unified School District Director
of Instruction and Assessment Paul Kostopolous, now a member of the CIF Southern Section Executive Committee as Desert Area Representative, reached out to our office and his fellow Executive Committee members to help get the word out that people needed to vote for Boron to win. We reached out to the CIF State Office and the other 9 CIF Sections and they got on board as well, galvanizing the State of California in support of the Bobcats.
This is a story that reminds all of us how valuable and important the role of high school athletics is to our schools and our communities. The lessons that are learned through these experiences will
last a lifetime. Sometimes those lessons can be incredibly difficult and painful, but through that adversity, we can overcome and triumph over it. Boron High School has certainly shown us how to do
so. I know you all join me in expressing how proud we are of Boron High School as they represent their school, their community, the CIF Southern Section and the state of California on the biggest football stage in our nation this Sunday.
Go Bobcats!
All the best,

Rob Wigod
Commissioner of Athletics, CIF Southern Section

boron

Photo by Gary Young Photography.  #30 Deandre Golden vs Bishop Union in the 2010 CIF SS Championship game.  Bishop won 30-22.

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Cappello reaches 1,000

Lone Pine Junior hits 1,000 point mark

The Lone Pine golden eagles downed Silver Valley Wednesday night 58-43 and Ryan Cappello had 22 points putting him over 1,000 points in his career.   Lone Pine head coach Scott Kemp says Cappello is the first player to hit the historic mark during his Junior season.  The win moves Lone Pine to 7-0 in Desert Mountain League play and 16-2 overall.
It was not only a special night for Cappello, but fellow Junior Brad Greene notched the seasons first triple double with 20 points, 22 rebounds and 12 blocked shots.  The third amigo in Lone Pines “Big Three”, Garrett Sullivan added 11 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists.  Adrian Gonzales chipped in with 3 points and Preston Huerta added 2.
Lone Pine will start the second half of their DML schedule on Tuesday, January 27th with a trip to Mojave.

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Golden Eagles down Desert

Lone Pine Boys top Desert

The Lone Pine Varsity boys stay unbeaten in Desert Mountain league play with an impressive 69-47 win Tuesday night.   Junior Brad Greene scored a game high 24 points with 11 blocks and 5 rebounds.  Ryan Cappello scored 20 points grabbing 7 rebounds and dishing out 5 assists.  Garrett Sullivan chipped in with 14 points, 3 assists, 4 steals and got in on the block party with 5 rejections.  Adrian Gonzalez had 7 points, Eddie Ivey 4 points and Kishan Bhakta pulled down 7 rebounds.  Coach Scott Kemp praised Bhakta’s great defensive play.   The victory moves Lone Pine’s overall record to 15-2 and 6-0 in Desert Mountain League Play.

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Photo by Gary Young Photography.  Ryan Cappello blocks a shot vs. Bishop in the Christmas Classic