In mountain area high school baseball, Alex Burgeno leads Yosemite Badger hitters with a .423 average. Burgeno also has the highest batting average in the North Sequoia League. Burgeno is 11-26 with four doubles in 22 games.
Prior to the Chowchilla game, Tyler Clayton led the Central Section and NSL in ERA at .037.
Minarets sophomore pitchers' shortstop Conly Biglione is tearing it up. According to MaxPreps.com he is batting .483, No.13 in the Central Section. Biglione is 29-60 with nine doubles, three triples and a home run in 22 games to date. Don Watson's team is currently 10-12 for the season.
Speaking of the NSL, many coaches feel it could be one of the best baseball leagues in the Central Section. According to the Fresno Bee, dated April 17, Kerman was No. 1 in D-IV with Chowchilla No. 3. Sierra is No. 3 in D-V. Washington Union and Yosemite have defeated all the above and round out a very tough and under rated league.
Yosemite softball is also producing some outstanding numbers. To date, Emily Moe leads the team with a .469 BA (15-32) including three doubles and Kandice Slocum is right behind at .462 (18-39) with two home runs and four RBIs. Moe is ranked No. 30 in the Central Section in batting average while Slocum is No. 38.
Moe and Slocum are second and third respectively behind Demaree Rodriguez of Washington Union (.526) in the North Sequoia League. Rodriguez is No. 12 in the section according to MaxPreps.
Kudela to Arizona
Congratulations to Yosemite High swimmer Wesley Kudela for being awarded a partial academic scholarship to Arizona State University. I'm not sure any YHS athlete in any sport has had the opportunity to participate in athletics at a Pac-12 school. What an great accomplishment. Last weekend Kudela also took part in the prestigious Clovis West Invitational taking third in the 100 Butterfly in a school record time of 54.35 against some of the top swimmers in the state.
Simpson keeps getting better
How about Yosemite distance runner Alek Simpson -- he just keeps getting better.
Simpson took first in the frosh / soph 3,200 meters at the Sanger Metric Classic. Simpson ran 9:59.5. Simpson, with a best of 9:54 is second all-time in Badger history in that event next to Scott Cole (9:07 in 1987). Simpson is ranked in the area top 10 in the Sequoia / Sierra Division in the 800, 1,600, and 3,200 meter races.
Simpson is No. 5 all-time in the 800 and No. 3 all-time in the 1,600 at YHS.
And he's only a sophomore. Scary to think what he will do as a senior. At this pace, Simpson will own all three of these varsity records as a junior.