Well, football season is officially over. It went out with a bang. The Super Bowl was a great game. Eli and the Giants had an amazing run. Yes, I'm still bummed over the Niners loss, but you have to give it to the G-Men. Eli is Elite. Both Eli and coach Coughlin can plan a trip to Canton once they retire.
Four former Fresno State Bulldogs were on the Giants or Pats roster. Tight end Bear Pascoe, who caught four passes for 33 yards, and David Carr will pick up rings. It will be Carr's second. Mariposa's Logan Mankins and Ryan Wendell played for the Pats.
The Yosemite Varsity Boys Basketball team had a rough stretch the last couple of weeks. The Badgers lost to some big time D-IV teams. Sierra and Chowchilla are each ranked in the Bee's top 20 D-IV group. Union is Union and always a tough game. The Badgers have nothing to hang their heads over. While winning the North Sequoia League would take a miracle at this point, YHS has a shot at a .500 season and playoffs are looming.
This has been a solid turnaround for coach Aaron Eames and assistant coach Steve Lopez.
The Badger varsity girls basketball team is currently 12-11 overall and tied with Sierra at 5-1 for the NSL lead. It is really a total team effort. No one starter averages double digits. The girls play hard and are not selfish with the ball. The following stats prove the point:
Rylie McConnell leads the team with nine points per game and is second in steals with 46. Sierra Dominici is second in scoring with 7.9 points per game and leads the team in steals with 51. Sierra is tied for the lead in assists with Julia Walsh. Kaley Mumm is third in points with 7.1 and second in rebounds with 116. The team's future is bright as all four of the girls are only sophomores.
Finally, Dahlia Lopez, a junior, is fourth in points with 6.2 per game and leads the team in rebounds with 128.
Kudos to Badger point-guard Cory Skerce. The senior is No. #11 in the Central Section with an average of 3.7 assists per game, according to MaxPreps.com.
A huge thank you to former Badger and current Dodger Ted Lilly. The golf tournament last weekend at Sierra Meadows Golf Course that he allowed his name to be attached to was a huge success, raising nearly $50,000 for youth baseball in the Mountain Area.
A big thanks also to the Yosemite Baseball Boosters who spent endless hours organizing the golf tournament and the Yosemite High School Alumni Baseball Game the following day.
Ted put a lot of time and effort into the golf tournament and then turns around and pitches three innings the next in the baseball game. Now that's a home town hero.