Great job by both the Badgers boys and girls basketball teams last week. Both are rounding into shape, at the right time. As of this writing, both teams are even at 9-9. Both are playing well, just in time for North Sequoia League play.
Both teams came off solid pre-league schedules to get two huge wins against Sierra Jan. 17 and 18 in the North Sequoia League opener for both teams. Really, it's all about how you are playing at the end of the year that counts the most.
Unfortunately, just the opposite is going on at Minarets High. Last week, at a meeting for basketball parents only, Principal Mike Niehoff announced a parting of ways with first year varsity head coach Beau Campbell. During the meeting Niehoff stated that "both parties could not come to an agreement ... on specific things ... and at this time it is what I needed to do."
Beyond the specifics of this decision, you have to feel for the players. It is highly unusual to replace a coach in mid-season. To date, Minarets had won twice as many games vs. 2010/2011 (4) and were 2-0 in league.
Don Watkins, last year's coach and current baseball head coach will guide the team in the interim. Coach Watkins will devote "99% of his time to help the program finish strong," and will rely on his baseball assistant Corky Arneson to run the baseball practices until he can return full-time. It is probable that Minarets will seek a new varsity coach for the 2012/2013 season. Overall, Watkins is the fourth coaching change in the last four years.
What a great set of NFC championship games last weekend. Former Mariposa, Fresno State and New England Patriots guard Logan Mankins will make his second trip to the Super Bowl. Yes, I am still brooding about my 49ers. It was a heartbreaking loss. But kudos to former Granite Hills High (Porterville), Fresno State and Giants tight end Bear Pascoe, who was originally drafted by the 49er's during Mike Singletary's tenure.
Pascoe came back to haunt the Niners with his first TD catch of his career in the first quarter of the NFC title game. Along with backup QB David Carr, the Fresno State Bulldogs will be well represented at Super Bowl XLVI (46) in Indianapolis on Feb. 5.