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CIF Postpones All Sports Until Winter

Release from CIF:

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. – The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) has determined, in collaboration with our 10 Sections, that education-based athletics for the 2020-2021 school year will begin with a modified season of sport schedule (see below for 2020-21 sports calendar). Our calendar reflects the season for each CIF sport and the last date for Section Championships and Regional/State Championships in those sports where a Regional/State Championship is currently offered. Following this announcement, each CIF Section Office will release their own calendar to reflect regular season starting and ending dates and Section playoffs. It is anticipated that most Section start dates will commence in December 2020 or January 2021.

We are continuously monitoring the directives and guidelines released from the Governor’s Office, the California Department of Education, the California Department of Public Health, and local county health departments and agencies as these directives and guidelines are followed by our member schools/school districts with student health and safety at the forefront. As these guidelines change, CIF Sections may allow for athletic activity to potentially resume under the summer period rules of the local Section. Also, given this calendar change, the CIF has temporarily suspended Bylaws 600-605 (Outside Competition) in all sports for the 2020-21 school year (see below for more specific information related to these changes).

Bishop Knock Off Local Rivals in Inyo County Showdown

The Bishop Broncos took care of business against the Lone Pine Golden Eagles Tuesday afternoon, beating their local rivals 11-0 in five innings.

Just like so many times last year, the first inning for Bishop was fantastic. Steve Omohundro’s team scored eight runs. Lone Pine Pitcher, Kris Nelson started the inning out walking a few batters. The senior was missing his pitches high early in the inning. Bishop quickly took advantage of the walks, driving in multiple runs.

Nelson didn’t receive much help from his defense in the bottom of the first. In total, Lone Pine committed five errors on plays that should have been routine in just one inning. The Eagle outfielders were having trouble fielding fly balls, which would have gotten Mike Button’s team out of trouble before it was too late.

Ace Selters, who started the game for Bishop on the mound, pitched just two innings. It was quite apparent that Selters is poised to have a breakout year in his Junior campaign. The pitcher struck out five batters in two innings of work.

Billy Mckinze took over pitching duties in the third inning, and had quite an impressive showcase. The lefty threw for two innings, giving up just two hits, and striking out three batters.

Going in to the bottom of the fourth inning, Bishop were up 9-0 against the Eagles. Manager, Steve Omohundro put in some of the reserves to give them some game experience. One of the standout hitters was Andrew Steedle, who did not register any hits going in to Tuesday’s game. Steedle saw a pitch from Nelson and ripped it into left field, driving in two runs, and giving Bishop an 11-0 lead.

 

Jake Frigerio closed out the game for Bishop, and struck out one batter in the fifth inning to ensure the game did not go the distance.

From a batting perspective, one thing is very clear: Braeden Gillem is now a power hitter. Last year, Gillem got on base mostly through ways of finesse. He did a nice job of getting walked or putting the ball into gaps between the infielders last season. However, if Tuesday’s game is anything to judge Gillem’s season on, he will have a good chance to hit a few balls out of the park. During two of his at bats, the Junior drove the ball deep into the outfield.

Bishop get High Desert League play started next week against a tough Rosamond opponent, who are considered to be one of the favorites to win the league.

Broncos Survive Scare to Advance to Second Round

The Bishop Broncos advanced to the second round of the CIF Central Section Division 5 Playoffs last night. Robert Chavez’s team beat the Mojave Mustangs 65-56 in a game that got a little too close for comfort for Bishop.

Mojave jumped out to an early lead, doing a nice job of stuffing the ball inside and scoring off of fast breaks. One player who really stood out for Mojave during the first eight minutes was Senior, Rae’Kwon Alvez, who seemed like he couldn’t be stopped when he had the ball in the paint.

The Mustangs played well for most of the first half, but Bishop assumed control of the game at the midway point in the second quarter. One standout player Tuesday night was Luke McClean, who played lock down defense. The senior had five steals on the night to go along with a couple of blocks.

McClean set up quite a few of his teammates with his excellent vision as well. One such play came off of an inbound pass where McClean dished it to a wide open Tristan Valle, who scored the easy bucket.

When the third quarter came, Bishop began to pile it on, extending their lead to as much as fourteen points.

After a good third period, Bishop began to step off the gas a little bit. That large lead got cut down all the way to just two points. Luckily for the Broncos, Mojave could not take the lead due to a plethora of mistakes. One example of a miscue was when Mustang guard, Tyree Bullard took the ball to the right side of mid-court and inexplicably tried to thread a pass in between two Bronco defenders inside the paint. If Bullard had been able to pull off the pass, Steve Nash would have been envious.

Mojave would turn the ball over a few more times with the game on the line. They also had a poor shot selection down the stretch. Instead of getting the ball inside and taking advantage of their height, the Mustangs settled for low percentage looks.

Credit must be given to Bishop though. The team’s stifling defense and breakneck tempo proved to be the Mustang’s downfall.

Two other players who performed particularly well include Kenyan Piper and Jaydan Brathwaite.

Piper was the best shooter on the floor, and he was able to finish at the cup when opportunities came about.

As for Braithwaite, he probably would have won a game of HORSE against anyone Tuesday evening. One crazy shot happened in the second half, when Braithwaite got the ball from the elbow, and without even looking at the basket beforehand, let off a turnaround jumper that swished through the net.

Bishop will match up against the #2 overall seed, Fresno Christian in the playoffs tomorrow night at 7 pm away from home.

Bishop Lose Pivotal Game Against Kern Valley

Last night was a heart breaker. In a must win game against Bishop’s bitter rival, Kern Valley, Robert Chavez’s team came up short.

When play began, Bishop got off to a torrid start. The Broncos quickly scored eight points, forcing Kern Valley Head Coach, Brian Christianson to burn a timeout.

The timeout didn’t help too much, as the Broncos added to their lead until it reached double-digits.

Throughout the first quarter and midway into the second, Bishop dominated the game. Both Kenyan Piper and Clay Omohundro were hot from deep, combining for four three pointers in the first half.

However, the fun didn’t last long for Bishop. Coach Christianson’s team rallied back to cut the deficit.

With about four minutes to go in the second quarter, Kern Valley trailed by eleven. A combination of Shelton Alley, Davin Lee, and Kaden Preston fought back to tie the ball game up right before halftime.

Bishop went into the third quarter and held onto the lead for a couple of minutes. The game turned into a back and fourth affair until the start of the fourth quarter.

Kern Valley blew the game open in the final portion of the game. Three pointers rained down on the Broncos defense, and the team was unable to cope with the onslaught. Kaden Preston, Shelton Alley, and Ryan Walker were sinking nearly every shot the three of them put up.

The final score finished 77-62. Bishop will finish fourth place in the High Desert League.

Clay Omohundro received player of the game honors for his excellent shooting. The Junior has really made strides this past month of the season, especially when it comes to creating his own shot.

Jaydan Braithwaite also had a good game against Kern Valley. The senior knocked down two three point shots, and swished a couple of mid-range jumpers as well.

Bishop Snap Losing Streak Against Boron

The Bishop Broncos blew out the Boron Bobcats for the second time this season Friday evening. The first meeting was a forty-one point route for Bishop. The final score of the game played a month ago was 69-28. Robert Chavez’s team put up 69 points in the second game as well. However, the final score in this game was a little bit closer with the match up ending 69-42.

Both teams played evenly throughout most of the first half. However, Bishop led the entire time, doing a nice job of sharing the ball and knocking down open looks.

Bishop’s standout player in the first quarter was Junior, Clay Omohundro, who drained back to back three pointers toward the start of the game. He scored eight points inside the first three minutes of the game.

The first half ended with Bishop holding on to a small lead. When the second half began, Bishop came out guns blazing. The Bronco’s lead quickly ballooned to a double-digit advantage early in the third quarter.

The star of the second half was undoubtedly Sophomore, Kenyan Piper, who was scoring at will inside the paint. There were many instances where Piper would receive the ball at the top of the arc and explode into the paint past the Boron rim protectors.

Bishop snapped a three-game losing streak with their victory against Boron. Up next for the Broncos, a pivotal match up against Kern Valley, who are one spot ahead of Bishop for third place in the High Desert League. If Bishop want any chance of hosting a home playoff game, they have to win tomorrow night.

Bishop Fall to California City, But it Wasn’t Because They Lacked Effort

Bishop dropped their third straight game against California City last night. The final score was 67-64.

Moral victories aren’t something the Broncos basketball team wants to hear about, but that’s exactly what this game was.

The past two games, the Broncos looked lackadaisical at times, however, that was not the case Tuesday evening. Robert Chavez’s team worked hard on both ends of the floor and could have easily won the game.

Luke McClean did a nice job in all facets of the game, demonstrating magical footwork inside the paint, stout defense, and excellent rebounding. McClean took home player of the game honors thanks to his performance.

Another player who stood out was Tristan Valle. The big fella has struggled the past few games. He had a lot of trouble scoring easy baskets against Desert and Rosamond, but yesterday was a different story. Valle was able to move off of the ball well in order to score easy points. The senior also demonstrated a magnificent ability to find open players beneath the basket. At times Valle demonstrated his inner Nikola Jokic. One such play that was reminiscent of Jokic came in the second quarter when he had the ball on the short left corner and rifled a ball inside to a streaking Johnny Torres, who cashed in on the easy bucket.

The game was back and fourth. When California City would go on a run and take the lead, Bishop would do the same just minutes later. Cal City would take the lead heading into half time. However, Bishop stormed right back at the beginning of the third quarter and held onto the lead for the entire third quarter. Bishop lost the lead in the fourth quarter with about 5 minutes to go. After that, the lead shifted back and fourth for the rest of the game.

With about a minute and a half left, Jaydan Braithwaite was fouled. The senior had a chance to tie the ball game. Unfortunately, he missed the first free throw attempt, but would sink the second. Bishop trailed by one point. With the Broncos down 62-63, Kelvin Bowen received the ball from the top of the arc. Bowen pump faked, and stepped into an elbow jumper to add two points to the Raven’s lead.

With thirty seconds left, Bishop threw the ball down court to Clay Omohundro, who found Jaydan Braithwaite beneath the basket to pull the Broncos within one.

Cal City’s best player, Kelvin Bowen had the ball in his hands with a chance to wrap up the game. From the right front court, Bowen called for an isolation with Omohundro guarding. The Raven’s star man crossed up Omohundro, drove inside and ended the Bronco’s hopes of pulling off the upset.

The final score was 67-64. Bishop now fall to 5-4 in High Desert League play. The team will look to bounce back against Boron this Friday.

Struggling Broncos Drop Second Straight Game Against Desert

The Bishop Broncos suffered their second straight loss last night against the Desert Scorpions losing 62-45. Unfortunately for Bishop, the loss all but eliminates them from having a chance to win the High Desert League.

Bishop got out to an early lead, hitting their first few shots. However, the advantage did not last for long. Desert took control of the game in the second quarter and never looked back.

The reason Bishop’s opponent was able to get out to a big lead in the first half was because of Desert’s shooting. Senior, Javier Elliot hit back to back three pointers in the second quarter, and continued his effective shooting throughout the quarter hitting a total of four three-pointers in the first half.

When Elliot wasn’t hitting shots beyond the arc, he was driving inside the paint whenever he pleased. There were many times throughout the game where Elliot had the ball on the left wing and would slash into the paint to create an easy layup for himself.

Another player who was hitting shots throughout the game was Marquis Morris. The Desert guard was the recipient of quite a few wide-open looks from three thanks to Elliott’s penetration which collapsed the defense.

The Broncos did a good job on Desert’s best player in the first half. Emil Rogers, who is averaging a double-double, was a non-factor inside thanks to Luke McClean and Tristan Valle’s interior defense. The Scorpions would often throw the ball inside to Rogers to try an get easy looks. However, every time he got the ball inside, McClean and Valle were there to stave off the big fella’s efforts.

Bishop’s stout interior defense fell apart in the second half. Emil Rogers was able to score three straight buckets to start off the third quarter. The senior continued to dominate inside in the second half.

Although Bishop did not have the best game, there were still some positives. Luke McClean, who had a bad night from beyond the arc was able to make up for it on the defensive side of the ball. There was a span where McClean had three straight steals on three possessions. A few plays later, McClean had two blocks in one sequence.

Jaydan Braithwaite had a good game defensively as well. The senior was a pesky presence with his excellent perimeter defense. He won player of the game honors thanks to his hustle.

Clay Omohundro performed well in the game. The young Junior came off of a rough game against Rosamond on Tuesday in which he had difficulty connecting on his shots. This time, Omohundro hit jumpers and did a nice job creating baskets for himself off of the dribble.

Bishop will face California City on Tuesday for their next game in the High Desert League.

Bishop Wrestling Wins Meet Against Desert

The Bishop Bronco Wrestling Team competed at home against Desert High School. The Bronco wrestlers competing were: Freshmen Will Hennarty, Carson Schmidt, John Drew, Riley Powers and Zayn Crockett Sophomores Renee Ashworth and Billy McKinzey and Senior Alonso Ahumada.

The Desert wrestling program has changed completely from previous years. Their coaches all left and they had no returning wrestlers, so their coach and all their wrestlers are in their first year.

Three Bronco wrestlers – Riley Powers at 162 pounds, Alonso Ahumada at 172 pounds and Zayn Crockett at 222 pounds – received forfeits. There were five official matches, all won with pins by Broncos, making the final score Broncos 48, Desert 0.

Coach Mark Hodges said, “All Bronco wrestlers are in their first or second year of wrestling and Coach Costello and I are very pleased with how they wrestled. Several years ago, when the Bishop wrestling program needed help, the Desert coach helped keep our program running. We hope to return the favor by helping them this year, where and when we can.”

Last Saturday, the Bronco Wrestling Team traveled to El Monte in Southern California to compete in the Last Chance Tournament at Arroyo High School.

Competing were:

Freshmen: Will Hennarty, Carson Schmidt, John Drew, Riley Powers, Zayn Crockett and Joseph Red Owl.

Sophomores: Renee Ashworth, Jacob Lomantewa and Billy McKinzey.

Senior: Alonso Ahumada.

Coach Mark Hodges said, “With 37 teams competing, this was a big tournament for us. Carson Schmidt, wrestling at 124 pounds, had 2 wins and 2 losses, finishing just out of the medals. Heavyweight Joseph Red Owl also went 2 and 2, and finished in 8th place. The only Bronco to medal was Jacob Lomantewa at 156 pounds where he earned a 3rd place medal after winning 3 matches and losing only one match. Overall, the team won 12 and lost 19 matches. The level of competition was good as everyone was competitive in almost every match.”

The next action for the Broncos will be Thursday, January 23rd when the Broncos will travel for a dual meet against Rosamond.

 

Written by Bishop Wrestling Coach, Mark Hodges.

Bishop Destroy Boron for Eighth Win of the Season

The Bishop Broncos cruised to a 69-28 victory over the Boron Bobcats last night in the fourth High Desert League game of the season.

Bishop led the game from the start and never looked back.

Within five seconds, the Broncos were able to score two points thanks to a Johnny Torres steal and score. About ten seconds later, Bishop added to their lead when Sophomore, Kenyan Piper snatched the ball and took it all the way to the basket for an easy pair of points.

The early lead would set the tone for the rest of the night.

Boron made many mistakes when trying to set up their offense. It seemed as though every time the Bobcats tried to send the ball inside, a Bronco was there to either deflect the ball or steal it. The careless passing on the part of the Bobcats allowed Bishop to push the tempo quickly and finish on the break after forcing turnovers.

One major point of concern for the Broncos going in to tonight’s game related to the absence of Blaine Spoonhunter, the team’s best defender, who is no longer with the team. Spoonhunter’s length and hustle will definitely be missed, but if yesterday’s game is a sample of what is to come defensively, the team may end up being able to handle the loss of such a quality player.

The two best defensive players yesterday were Luke McClean and Jaydan Braithwaite. McClean did a nice job of altering shots inside the paint, while Braithwaite demonstrated his quickness, cutting off passing lanes and poking the ball away from the Boron ball handlers.

Offensively, the best player on the court was Kenyan Piper, who has been tremendous all season long. Piper hit four three pointers on the night, and had quite a few nice plays driving inside the paint and finishing.

Another player who stepped up, was Johnny Torres, who made his first start of the season. Torres demonstrated an ability to knock down the mid range jumper all evening. If Bishop have a weakness, it is shooting. Torres will need to continue to show that he can hit his jumper in order to supplement the team’s lack of shooting for the rest of the year.

Up next for the Broncos, a rivalry game against the Kern Valley Broncs, who have a 2-2 High Desert League record. The game will be an away game on Friday at 7:30.

Bishop Fall Short in State Championship

The ride was fun while it lasted. In the final game of the season, Bishop ended up losing 37-19 to the CIF Northern Coast Division 7 Champion Selesian Pride. The loss is the first for the Broncos since the third game of the season against Rim of the World.

One thing was quite apparent while watching the 6-A California State Championship on Saturday. Salesian were fast and strong. They were perhaps fastest and strongest team Bishop had faced all season.

Speaking of that speed, it was on display during the Pride’s first drive. Quarterback, Ronald Robertson efficiently marched his team all the way down to the one yard line. That’s when Salesian’s strength was demonstrated. Bishop did a solid job of stopping the first two Salesian attempts in the red zone. However, the third time was the charm as Salesian scored off of a 1 yard sweep to Running Back, Kareem Sullivan.

Later on in the first quarter, Bishop responded with a touchdown of their own. Quarterback, Luke McClean marched his offense all the way inside Salesian’s five yard-line. McClean called his own number and scored on a keeper. The PAT was missed by Dan Sudki. The Broncos trailed 7-6.

Midway into the second quarter, Salesian added to their lead. The Pride were running an overload offense the entire drive leading up to the score. That’s when the team from Richmond decided to throw the ball in a traditionally run-based formation. Robertson found standout wide-out, Kailan Chang over the middle of the field for a 30 yard touchdown. Bishop trailed 14-6.

Shortly after the touchdown, Salesian got the ball back and marched deep into Bronco territory. It appeared as though the Pride were going to score again; that’s when Kennedy Bachelder came up with a huge interception. Robertson, who was facing pressure threw it right to the young sophomore. The ball was spotted at the 2 yard-line.

Unfortunately for Bishop, the momentum from the turnover was short lived. That speed and power mentioned earlier was on display, when UC Davis commit, Princeton Toki tackled McClean for a safety. Bishop would go into the half trailing 16-6.

Bishop had possession to start the final half of their season. After a nice run up the middle to start the drive by Steven Paco, the Broncos turned the ball over resulting in the second fumble of the game. Unfortunately, McClean was pressured on a run up the middle and lost the ball.

Robertson subsequently found Chang for another receiving touchdown making it 22-6 Salesian.

The 22 points given up by the third quarter were the most points Bishop had surrendered since the game against Rim of the World in mid September.

Instead of folding, the Broncos demonstrated that resilience, which has served them so well throughout the entirety of the year. Running back, Steven Paco got Bishop within nine points when he scored off of a 15 yard sweep. Paco, who grew up playing as a slot receiver but switched to running back his sophomore year got the ball from the slot for the touchdown.

Salesian scored yet again in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach. Robertson hooked up with Chang for the third time on the day. The Pride converted the two point try, which made the score 30-13.

Luke McClean scored a few moments later off of another quarterback keeper, but it was a little bit too late for Bishop pull off a comeback.

Bishop finish their season with a 12-3 record, which is the best year Arnie Palu has had as a coach. The team finished as the CIF Central Section Champions for Division 6. Bishop will miss key contributors such as Luke McClean, Tristan Valle, Jaydan Braithwaite, and Joey Molina next year. However, the cupboard is not empty. Returning players include Kennedy Bachelder, Steven Paco, Joe Weaver, Clay Omohundro and Trevin Moose.