Sports Briefs 12/6/12 Edition

December 5, 2012 

Yosemite alumni basketball game

Former Yosemite High School boys and girls basketball players are being sought to participate in the alumni games which will be held on Saturday, Dec. 22.

The games are open to any boy or girl YHS graduates who are interested in playing. The format is a girls game at 2:30 p.m. followed by the boys game.

According to YHS girls varsity coach Gary Blate, if enough players are interested, additional games may be added. The cost is $10 per player.

"We have had some great basketball players at Yosemite High and I hope the community will help get the word out to some of the players so they can return to Oakhurst to play in this fun event," Blate said.

Details: Gary Blate, (559) 760-3641,

Yosemite Youth Basketball registration continues Sunday

Youth basketball signups with clinics and games will take place Sunday in the lower Yosemite High School gym. The schedule is as follows:

Boys and girls in grades K-2 at 1 p.m. -- 3-4 graders, 2 p.m. -- 5-6 graders, 3 p.m. -- 7-8 graders, 4 p.m.

All games are on Sunday and there are no practices. The cost is $40 per player.

Details: Gary Blate, (559) 760-3641,

Mustang JV team wins Liberty tournament

The Minarets High Mustangs JV girls basketball team won four straight games to take the championship at the Liberty High JV tournament last week.

The Mustangs opened the tourney with a lopsided 42-8 win over Tranquility. Parlier, a team the Mustangs will face in the West Sequoia League, found themselves on the short end of a 21-5 loss to the Mustangs.

The host Liberty Hawks was the next team to face the Mustangs tough full court press that smothered the Hawks and gave the Mustangs a commanding 32-5 after three periods.Coach JeanAnn Ward began to empty her bench in the fourth quarter and the Mustangs got their third win, 39-23.

The Mustangs then defeated the Kerman Lions 27-19.

The Mustangs chance at a tournament championship came against the Blue Raiders of Caruthers. The Mustangs stymied the Blue Raiders, holding them to 30% shooting from the field and coming away with tournament championship with a 37-25 win.

Thomasian and Johnson were named to the All-Tournament Team.

Youth football banquet

The Minarets Youth Football Program held their first annual awards dinner last week. In their first year in the Central Valley Youth Football League, the Mustangs had plenty to celebrate as they broke into the youth football scene. both the Senior and Junior teams advanced through the playoffs to play in the Superbowl.

After winning the regular season with a 8-2 record the Mustangs Seniors lost to Fowler 28-14 in the championship game and the Juniors fell to Riverdale Caruthers 44-6. The Mustangs also started their youth cheerleading squads for all three levels of play. Participates were recognized for their hard work and dedication

The league treated players and parents to a tri-tip/chicken dinner and awarded each player with a Mustangs Football sweatshirt with the teams rosters on the back. Sponsor appreciation plaques were given to the Gold, Silver, and Bronze sponsors that helped get the first year program off the ground in only four months. Minarets Athletic Director Don Watkins and Chawanakee Superintendent Bob Nelson were awarded appreciation plaques for their support.

The youth and High School programs worked side by side to make the dream a reality and both programs supported one another throughout the season. The High School Varsity and Junior Varsity teams filled the stands to cheer on their youth programs as the team played through playoffs.Todd Westfall, program president, thanked each and every coaches and board members for their dedication to the program. Westfall was elected to coach the Pee Wees at the Superbowl exhibition game.

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