Sports Briefs 2/14/13 Edition

February 13, 2013 

Reyna and Waybright win NSL wrestling titles

Yosemite High School wrestlers won titles in their weight divisions at the North Sequoia League championship meet Feb. 9 at Liberty High in Madera Ranchos.

PJ Reyna (140 pounds) pined Kyle Barkus of Sierra in the championship match.

Mike Waybright (120 pounds) defeated Alex Ferrer of Washington Union with a 2-0 decision in finals.

Yosemite's Cameron Simonsen (170 pounds) placed third at the league match after defeating Christian Cunningham of Sierra by a 7-0 decision.

Other Badgers placing at the league meet were Matt Springer (128 pounds), third, and James Connal (108 pounds), fourth place.

Washington Union won the league team title with Kerman taking second, followed by Sierra, Liberty and Yosemite.

The top four from each weight division advance to the Sierra-Sequoia Championship meet at Shafter High School on Feb. 15 and 16. The top four from that meet go to the Masters Championship Feb. 23 at Mt. Whitney High in Visalia.

YHS soccer team splits games last week

The Yosemite High School boys soccer team (9-11-4, 4-4-2 NSL) defeated Liberty 5-3 on Feb. 5 and were defeated by Washington Union 2-1 on Feb. 7.

Zack Voltmer had two goals (one on a direct kick) against Liberty and Dylan Taylor, Alex Mello and Chandler Haas each had a goal. Coach Rick Lemberg name goalkeeper Tristan Webb Player of the Game. Liberty got three penalty kicks and Webb blocked two of the three.

"Tristan not only blocked two penalty kicks, but in both cases the ball bounced out and the Liberty player got off another shot from point blank range and Tristan blocked both of them," Lemberg said. "They were two outstanding plays".

Against Union, Yosemite scored a goal off an indirect kick in the penalty box. Chris Grant took the shot and it bounced off a Union defender and then Mello tapped the rebound in for a goal. The badgers were up 1-0 at halftime, but Washington Union scored two goals in the second half.

Registration forms available for June 1 Bass Lake Triathlon

Registration forms are now available for the third annual Bass Lake Classic Triathlon that will be held Saturday, June 1.

Bass Lake served as the site for the first ever United States Triathlon Association's national championship race in 1983 and 1984. The race continued into the 1990's until the producer retired and the event was revived in 2011 by the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau and Tucson Racing.

About 300 athletes took part in the revived competition in 2011, and 500 raced in 2012. Race organizers are expecting a sell out of 750 entries this year.

While the venue could handle more, race organizers want event quality over quantity of entrants.

In addition to the race, the Michelob Ultra Awards Party featuring a barbecue and entertainment will return this year.

"The athletes really had fun at the party, as did the community who came out to support the racers," Jonathan Grinder, owner of Tucson Racing.

Grinder said it's the community support, combined with the scenic beauty of the race course, that has helped give the Bass Lake Classic Triathlon the quick resurgence that it has enjoyed.

Details and registration forms are at

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