Alumni game Saturday

December 20, 2012 

The Yosemite High School girls and boys fundraising alumni basketball games will be played Saturday at the school gym.

The girls game is at 2:30 p.m. and the boys game starts at 4 p.m.

Many of the participating players and no longer boys and girls, but parents of YHS students, such as 80s graduates Steve Lopez (current boys varsity coach), Dane Baldwin and Joe Thacker.

This year's boys game will feature a number of former point guards from past Badger teams. The last Boys League Champion was the 1999 team with point guard Mac Blate at the helm. Most of Blate's assists landed in the hands of the 1999 league player of the year Charlie Medley. Charlie's brother, Joey Medley, (2001) took over the point guard chores for the first few years of the 2000 decade followed by Jake Dodderidge (2004) and Brad Wilkinson (2007), all of whom are expected to play in the game.

Former all-league player and Washington State decathalete David Turpin (2000) is also expected to play as is 1,000 Point Club member Travis Ressler (2002). Larry Ramirez (2007 - Reedley College) and Chris Warder will also play.

On the girls side, the Badgers' tradition of success and league championships since 2003 will result in many of the players returning for the game and an opportunity to meet up with 'old' teammates.

All time career leading scorer (2,235) Katie Menton (2007) is now able to play after finishing her successful career at Pepperdine University with more than 1,000 points.

Ashley Stearns (2006 - Fresno City College) and Karras Blate (2005 - Reedley College, Hawaii Pacific) are in the Yosemite 1,000 Point Club and both are expected to play along with other CIF Championship team members who went on to play college ball: Sonya Eggleston (2006 - FCC), Emily Richie (2007 - FCC), current girls JV coach Tricia O'Neill (2007 - Merced College, William Penn), Ashley Nichols (2007 - Merced College).

These and many other former players should make for exciting games Saturday.

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

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