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Congrats to Bronco Cross Country Team – Go On To State

Congratulations to Bronco sophomore Ashley Fitt for placing third out of 113 runners in the CIF Central Section Cross Country Championships Divisional IV race.
Ashley ran a Personal Record time of 20:01 over the 5000 Meter course.  Ashley’s third-place finish qualifies her to compete at the CIF State Championships on Saturday, November 27.
Congratulations to Diego Honda for his fifth-place finish out of 166 runners in the Division IV race in a Personal Record time of 16:44 over the 5000-meter course. Diego’s finish also qualifies him to run at the CIF State Championships.
The Boys team placed third in the Division IV race out of 22 teams. Kyle Schaniel placed 14 in a Personal Record time of 17:22,
Ezra Spoonhunter placed 27 in a Personal Record time of 18:05.
Alexander Adkins placed 31 in a time of 18:11,
Denzel Gomez placed 42 in a time of 19:05
Steven Veenker placed 67 in a PR time of 19:30.
The meet was held on Thursday, November 18 at Woodward Park in Fresno.
Coach Michael thanks the school and the community for support of  Bishop Union Cross-Country and all High School sports.
Photo: Courtesy of Brandon Fitt. Pictured Ashley Fitt (l) and Diego Honda (r)

BUSD Covid Policy Will Help Student-Athletes Play

This week, the BUSD School Board voted unanimously to adopt a “Test to Play” policy, allowing students and staff who have been identified as close contacts due to a school-based COVID exposure to continue to participate in extracurricular activities given that they are:
– Asymptomatic, and
– Testing [negative] twice-weekly during modified quarantine per CDPH guidelines or have proof of vaccination.
This policy will go into effect immediately in order to support students to stay engaged, connected, and playing alongside their teammates and peers.

Recently, we have experienced a decline in Covid infection active cases, (down 75% in last four weeks) compared to the spike in cases during the month of October.  Hopefully this trend continues and helps to alleviate the challenges that have been put upon schools to operate safely and smoothly.

Thank you to the students, staff, and our community as a whole for doing what it takes to make this possible; we know it hasn’t been easy.  We will continue to make decisions that support all students to be in class, learning and growing together.

Mammoth Huskies End Road To Championship

Unfortunately the Mammoth Huskies fell to the Mojave High School Mustangs last Friday in the semi-final match for the 8-man “Freelance League” for Central California CIF Division.

The Huskies remained scoreless at the end of the first half. Final score was 42 -19 Mojave.

Going into last Friday’s game the Mustangs were tied as champs in the 8-man Hi Lo Desert League, along with the Lone Pine Eagles and the Trona  High School Tornados. Both teams lost their bid for the league championship in prior games,

Mojave went on to represent the rest of 8-man football in Central California. They will now compete for the championship on Friday, Nov. 19, in Mojave, against the Fresno Christian Eagles.

Hawthorne Little League Will Play in 2022

With  the threat of shutting down next year, due to lack of parent participation, in what was to be the last Board meeting, the Mineral County Little League got a shot in the arm when 12 people showed up on November 2, willing to help..

Originally, no parent volunteers showed up to the Board of Directors nomination meeting on October 25. League leaders said the program would have to shut down.

Outgoing Board President Sarah Dillard stated, “The meeting went fantastic.” She stated people even joined in on Zoom to volunteer.

About 125 players will now be able to join the 2022 Hawthorne Little League.

(Thanks to our media partner the Mineral County Independent-News for follow up on this story. Thank you to our Hawthorne listeners on 102.3 KIBS)

 

Bronco Cross County Boys Team Crowned League Champs

Congratulations to The Bishop Union Boy’s Cross-Country team for finishing the 2021 season undefeated and being crowned the High Desert League Champions.
The league finals were held at Boron and run across a very steep and rocky 5K course. The boy’s team was also without their team captain and best runner Diego Honda due to an injury the day before the meet.
This meant the team had to run just that much harder to secure the victory.
Kyle Schaniel finished in second place in a time of 22:44,
Alexander Adkins finished third in a time of 23:27,
Ezra Spoonhunter finished fourth in a time of 23:42,
Denzel Gomez, finished in 10th with a time of 25:21,
Steven Veenker, finished 11th in a time of 25:47,
Alex Eide finished in 34th with a time of 31:54,
Josh Wilson finished in 40th with a time of 34:05.
Elias Downard finished in 43rd with a time of 36:50.
Congratulations also to sophomore Ashley Fitt for being crowned the High Desert League Champion capping an undefeated season with a strong performance over the difficult Boron course.
She won the girls varsity race in a time of 25:14,  one minute and fifty seconds ahead of the second place runner.
The Boy’s team and Ashley Fitt will travel to Woodward Park in Fresno next Thursday to compete in the Central Section Divisional Championships and pursue an opportunity to qualify for the CIF State Meet held on Saturday, November 28th at Woodward Park, Fresno.
(Photo: Courtesy of Coach Michael Walsh)

Bishop Bronco Football Ends Stellar Season

(STORY UPDATE 11-10 @ 8:00 a.m.) Broncos Head Coach Arnie Palu added that as a long-standing tradition, the seniors were honored for their incredible season. Recognized were seniors Kennedy Batchelder, Uriah Benally,  Haidon Brooks,  Tristan Cooper,  Jake Frigerio, Hector Martinez, Colt Matteson, Zach Mojarro, Joseph Morales, Shane Norris, Joseph Red Owl,  Jakob Redmond, Walker Rost Kruger, Andrew Steedle. and Austin Van Nest,

 

The Bishop Union High School Broncos team fell in their first playoff game last Friday ( 11-5)  to the Tehachapi High School Warriors  28 – 14.

The Broncos were ahead until the last four minutes of the game, posting two TD’s prior to the 4th quarter. Both teams posted one TD during the start of the 4th quarter.

The Warriors came back and scored two more TD’s in the final four minutes of the game.

Prior to the playoff game, the Broncos ended up undefeated in the High Desert League – ending 4-0, with an overall 8-2 season.

 

According to several fans, unfortunately the Broncos played so well during the season, the Central Section of CIF moved the team up into Division IV for the playoffs, where they were scheduled against higher ranked teams with larger rosters.

Coach Arnie Palu, and we Bronco fans, are very proud of our team. They represented Bishop as good sportsmen, talented players, and great community servants, raising some $400+ for Eastern Sierra Cancer Alliance every time the team scored and sacked an opposing quarterback in October.

Photos by Gary Young

BISHOP TAKES CARE OF BUSINESS IN KERN VALLEY

The Bishop Broncos traveled to Kern Valley Friday night and completely dominated the Kern Valley Broncs with the final score 54-0.

The first half was one of the strangest we have seen. The Kern Valley Broncs were doing their best to cheap shot the Broncos, to throw them off their game and it seemed to be working for a while. There were multiple personal fouls on both sides. There was one KV player finally ejected for collecting a few personal fouls by himself. It looked like it took the Bishop boys a ton of self restraint to not let the foul play of KV to get the best of them. The Broncos went into halftime with a 18-0 lead.

Then the second half started.

Coach Palu and the staff made sure their team knew that these cheap tactics would not work and the Broncos responded with one of the best defensive effort of the season. Kern Valleys offense never got going…all game!

The entire Bishop defense was on point. 7 sacks and 2 interceptions for the Bronco defense. The defensive line dominated KV all night. Cheap shots and hostile territory didn’t faze these boys. KV never had good field position during the entire game with many drives going backwards. That would allow the Bishop offense some of the best field position all year.

Senior QB Jakob Redmond was solid completing 15 of 20 passes for 322 yards with 5 touchdowns. Kruger, Frigerio (2), Omohundro and Arndal all catching TD’s from Redmond. Bishop Broncos and an excellent passing game just sounds so strange! Years of just pounding the football is what Bishop does and now they have both passing and running.

It’s a great day to be a Bronco fan!!!

Bronco stats at Maxpreps!!

https://www.maxpreps.com/games/10-15-2021/football-fall-21/bishop-union-vs-kern-valley.htm?c=GA3UbdXTBUeFMMro4jny4g#tab=box-score&schoolid=11128c05-a8be-4bca-ac63-b48c620a7cd7

Next up, Rosamond comes to Bishop for Homecoming

Friday, October 22nd at 7pm.

 

Photos courtesy of Gary Young Photography

Broncos Roll On- Beat Ridgecrest Burros

The Broncos move to 4-0 with a 68-0 win in the High Sierra Classic.
Bishop Union sprinted out to a 61-0 lead at the half over Ridgecrest Burroughs. Senior running back Zach Mojarro ran for 240 yards on just 9 carries.

Mojarro scored 4 rushing touchdowns in the first half. All of Mojarro’s rushing stats came in the first half. Ridgecrest requested a running clock in the second half.
Senior Quarterback Jakob Redmond had another strong game rushing for a touchdown and connecting with Matteson for a score. Sophomore quarterback Boden St. Marie entered the game in the second quarter and threw his first varsity touchdown pass to Cheveyo Marquez.

The Broncos defense notched their second shutout of the season scoring three times on interceptions. Senior Captain Colt Matteson, Cheveyo Marquez, and Jason Mullner all scored on interception returns. Cain Omohundro also had an interception for the Bronco Defense. Senior defensive lineman Uriah Benally had a big night with 3 tackles for a loss.
Kennedy Batchelder had 6 total tackles. Austin Van Nest, Carson Schmidt and Reese Dondero each finished the night with 5 total tackles.
Colt Matteson was named the games MVP. Colt had a touchdown reception and the pick six. Mojarro earned offensive MVP honors for his half of work. Marquez was named defensive MVP as he pulled down two interceptions and made 7 total tackles. Senior Tristan Cooper drilled 6 extra points to be named special teams MVP.

 

Final Score 68-0
– Courtesy of MaxPreps – Broncos Coach Arnie Palu.
Photos by KIBS’ Gary Young.
Next up for the Broncos is a bye week before hosting Rim of the World Fighting Scots from Lake Arrowhead on Friday September 24th. Game time 7:00 p.m. Rock Baker will be offering AM 1230 KBOV’s Play-by-play broadcast.

 

 

 

 

Tonopah Muckers ride the Carlin Railroaders Out Of Town

The KIBS High School Football Game of the Week saw Head Coach Duffy Otteson and his 2021 Tonopah Football Muckers handle the Carline Railroaders 58-14.

Tonopah would find themselves in early fight with a 14-8 lead at the end of the 1st quarter. From there, Coach Otteson would unleash his defense, shutting down Carlin for the rest of the game,  allowing only six points the next three quarters.

Junior Josh Reid would cause havoc on the opposing QB with two  sacks, eight  tackles and one punt block. Sophomore Cody Pippen showed great lockdown defense at the corner picking off the Carlin QB two times on the night to go with six tackles. Eric Reid would play solid on both sides of the ball with pass protection, three tackles and one sack, Thomas Newell also chipped in with 26 receiving yards and three tackles. Anthony Gromis would play lights out on both sides of the ball starting on defense with a game high 11 tackles and one sack.

Head Coach Duffy Otteson’s offense would capitalize on several fumbled center-to-quarterback exchanges helping the Muckers

Out scoring Carlin 44-6 over the final three quarters, the young gunner senior QB Anthony Gromis would lead the offense going 10-13 for 112 yards and two TD passes.

Gromis would add 107 yards on the ground and three TDs for a total of five touchdowns on the night.

  • Adam Gonalez – KIBS Tonopah Sports

The next KIBS Game of the Week will be The Mucker Bowl – Tonopah, NV Muckers vs. Virginia City, NV Muckers. Adam Gonzalez will being doing the play-by-play on KIBS 101.7.

Destruction Derby Delights, Dings Up, and Destroy’s

Sunday nights close out event of the Tri County Fair was a “smashing” success. The Destruction Derby’s sold-out crowd cheered every time a “connection” was made by the car participants.

Results: 

Heat # 1 Winner – Car # 00 Joe David

Heat # 2 Winner – Car # 6E Doug Emery

Mini- Car Winner – Car #8 Arron Pation

Lance Chance Winner (Wild card entry into main event) – Car #95 Robert Vance

Powder Puff Winner – Car # 95 Rylie Cotteriez

Main Event Winners – 1st Place Car # 6E Doug Emery, 2nd Place Car # 01 Bret Metcalf, 3rd Place Car #00 Joe David, 4th Place Car #2 Cap Aubrey

Hooligan Run – an all out grudge smash ’em and bash ’em match – the last car standing . . . Winner Car # 6E Doug Emery.

Hosted each year by the Bishop Volunteer Fire Department, the Derby’s 50/50 Opportunity Drawing netted one lucky fan $9,042 take home, and BVFD drew an extra $200 and $100 winning tickets. Kammi Ellis, winner of the $200 draw donated hers back to the BVFD.

 

 

 

BRONCOS RULE ON THE HOME OPENER

Recap by Bradford Evans

Photos by Gary Young

After nearly two years of no high school football in Bishop, the Broncos took the field against a familiar foe. The Lindsay Cardinals arrived in the Eastern Sierra looking for revenge after losing 22-16 in the CIF Central Section Division 6 semifinals in 2019.

A few days before the game, sixth year head coach, Arnie Palu reflected back on the semifinal game against the Cardinals saying, “That semifinal game against Lindsay was without a doubt the toughest game we had in 2019. However, we made necessary adjustments after falling down at the half and we were able to come away with a victory.”

However, the Broncos didn’t have much trouble this time around against Lindsay. From the start, Bishop was able to establish the run and scored on their first drive of the season. Senior running back, Zach Mojarro was the star of the night and got his first touchdown after he ran the ball to the outside for a five-yard touchdown.

The Broncos took the lead 6-0 and then missed the point after attempt.

 

Turnovers were a big problem for both teams on the night, but more so for Lindsay, who gave the ball away seven times on the night. The first turnover came when the snap went over the head of Cardinals quarterback, Samual Reyes. Bishop recovered the ball and picked up where they left off with another Zach Mojarro run to the outside. Bishop led 13-0 after the first quarter.

The Broncos weren’t as dominant in the second quarter, but still were able to score another touchdown thanks to another Mojarro run. Bishop took a 19-0 lead going into the half.

 

Bishop struggled at the beginning of the second half. They turned the ball over multiple times during the first portion of the second half. By the midway point of the third quarter, the Cardinals were able to pull within three points after senior quarterback, Jakob Redmond threw a pick six to Lindsay safety, Leonardo Duran. The score was 19-16 and the home crowd began to get a little bit nervous. However, Bishop responded well and fed their star running back, Zach Mojarro who was able to cruise up field for another touchdown to give the Broncos a bit of breathing room. The score after the touchdown was 25-16.

Bishop took over in the fourth quarter and dominated the rest of the affair. Zach Mojarro got two more touchdowns and Jakob Redmond scored off of a quarterback keeper. Mojarro’s second touchdown of the fourth quarter came late when Redmond found the running back unmarked on the far side of the endzone for a twenty-yard receiving touchdown.

Overall, it was a solid performance for the Broncos. Jakob Redmond was able to make some good plays with his feet, while Zach Mojarro was electric the entire night and is essentially the reason why the Broncos won the game on Friday. Other players who stood out included Cain Omohundro, who was able to make a few good plays both defensively and offensively. The star of the night on defense was defensive lineman Reese Dondero, who plugged up the middle of the trenches and did an effective job of generating pressure.

Individual stats for the Broncos

Passing

Team Totals 9 24 99 .375 11.0 2 2 23 43.6
1 Jakob Redmond (Sr) 9 24 99 .375 11.0 2 2 23 43.6
Team Totals 9 24 99 .375 11.0 2 2 23 43.6

Rushing

# Athlete Name Car Yds Avg Lng TD
Team Totals 41 384 9.4 57 5
1 Jakob Redmond (Sr) 9 104 11.6 27
2 Cheveyo Marquez (Jr) 2 0 0.0 1
7 W. Rost kruger (Sr) 1 1 1.0 1
22 Zach Mojarro (Sr) 21 223 10.6 57 4
23 Isaac Reno (Jr) 1 9 9.0 9
24 Cain Omohundro (Jr) 3 31 10.3 24 1
31 K. Batchelder (Sr) 4 16 4.0 8

Receiving

# Athlete Name Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
Team Totals 9 99 11.0 23 2
7 W. Rost kruger (Sr) 2 7 3.5 7
8 Tristan Cooper (Sr) 1 10 10.0 10
22 Zach Mojarro (Sr) 3 54 18.0 23 2
23 Isaac Reno (Jr) 1 7 7.0 7
24 Cain Omohundro (Jr) 2 21 10.5 14

Total Yards

# Athlete Name Pass Rush Rec Total
Team Totals 99 384 99 483
1 Jakob Redmond (Sr) 99 104 203
7 W. Rost kruger (Sr) 1 7 8
8 Tristan Cooper (Sr) 10 10
22 Zach Mojarro (Sr) 223 54 277
23 Isaac Reno (Jr) 9 7 16
24 Cain Omohundro (Jr) 31 21 52
31 K. atchelder (Sr) 16  

 

Tackles

# Athlete Name Solo Asst Tot Tckls TFL
Team Totals 38 22 60 7.0
1 Jakob Redmond (Sr) 2 2
2 Cheveyo Marquez (Jr) 1 1
3 Hector Martinez (Sr) 1 1
7 W. Rost kruger (Sr) 2 2
8 Tristan Cooper (Sr) 1 1 2
11 Carson Schmidt (Jr) 6 6
17 Austin Van nest (Sr) 1 2 3
22 Zach Mojarro (Sr) 2 2 1.0
23 Isaac Reno (Jr) 1 1 2
24 Cain Omohundro (Jr) 2 3 5 1.0
31 K. Batchelder (Sr) 4 5 9
33 Aden Arndal (Jr) 1 1
42 Colt Matteson (Sr) 3 2 5 1.0
50 Kaelan Smith (Jr) 1 1
52 Wyatt Douda (Jr) 5 1 6 1.0
65 Reese Dondero (Jr) 4 2 6 2.0
66 Shane Norris (Sr) 1 1
67 Michael Boothe (Sr) 2

 

 

First Look at High School Football

The Tonopah High School Football Program has come out of the gates in record numbers. Head Coach Duffy Otteson has concluded his teams first week of practice with 30 kids starting the 3-hour-day practice week which included a Friday two-a-day.

“In my 13 years, this the biggest turn out we have ever had,” Coach Otteson said. By the time assistant Coach Bobby Murray released the team, he had 30 hungry boys in line waiting to chow down.

Like previous first week of Tonopah Muckers football practice, it is truly unique to watch these young men struggle through drills, soreness, fatigue and heat, only to dig deep by weeks end and find that extra something in themselves these young men never thought they had. A hard week of practice would conclude on Saturday with a bus ride to Mammoth to scrimmage against the Huskies.

Both JV &Varsity took there turns at the line of scrimmage on both offense and defense.   While everyone on both Tonopah and Mammoth saw their share of playing time, its was the coaches who finally got glimpses of what is their respective team’s potential.

Touchdowns were scored, mistakes were made, and the field saw its share of yellow flags, but by the end, sportsmanship was shown on both sidelines – kids helped each other up and shook hands by the end of the scrimmage.

These two teams run it back at it again on Friday, August 27at   7 p.m. on the season premiere of the “KIBS 107 FM High School Football game of the week”

  • Adam Gonzalez Reporting

Adam Gonzalez will be broadcasting the play-by-play action  for this game, LIVE on 100.7 FM in Mammoth and 101.7 FM in Tonopah, NV.