Another great year for the Lady Badgers

February 13, 2013 

A great win at home for the Lady Badgers last week against Sierra. The win broke a three-way tie in the North Sequoia League. Currently, Yosemite is tied with Chowchilla at 6-1. The Badgers lost at Chowchilla on Jan. 25 but were looking forward to last night's (Wednesday) rematch at home -- a game that will probably decide the league title. Results were not available at press time but can be found on Sierra Star's Facebook page. Just another successful year for Badger coach Gary Blate, who has led his team to 10 straight shared or stand alone league titles.

This is a young team with only one senior on the squad, that is getting better each week. No one player dominates, which is fine with the coach. There are eight contributors. Sierra Dominici leads in scoring (10 poiunts oper game) and is second in steals (3.2 per game). She is followed by Riley McConnell with 8.7 points per game. McConnell also leads the Badgers with 48 steals.

Senior Dahlia Lopez averages 8.5 points per game and is second in rebounding with 7.2 boards per game.

Veronica Miller scores 7.2 per game and is leading the Badgers with 8.1 boards per game.

Looks like Blate has this team ready for another playoff run.

Minarets 11-8

Paul Varner and the Minarets boy's basketball team (11-8, 5-3 WSL) is having a good season. The Mustangs, after five weeks at the No. 1 spot, have slipped to No. 2 in D-V by the Fresno Bee two weeks ago after losing to Fowler for the second time this season, 71-59. Tranquility now has the No. 1 ranking. For now, Caruthers is pacing the WSL at 7-1, but the D-V playoffs still loom for Minarets. Most of the WSL is in D-IV, including Fowler, so the Mustangs will avoid the Redcats.

Mustang point guard Austin Pimentel is averaging 15.2 per game and is currently rtankied No. 20 in the section.

Congrats to Grant

Congratulations to Minarets junior Katie Grant who has been named an "honorable mention" selection to the Bee's girls Volleyball All-Stars. This is a great tribute to Grant and the D-V CIF Volleyball Champion Mustangs.

Super Bowl blues

What a great Super Bowl, although not the result most of us Niner fans had hoped for. San Francisco dug a huge hole being down 28-6 but could not pull it off. after having four chances to score within the 10-yard line. Poor play calling in my opinion from one of the best offensive coaching staffs in football.

The game will be something these young 49er's will think about the entire off-season.

Paint the Valley Red

You may have read the Fresno Bee's Robert Kuwada's recent article detailing the potential recruiting class of 2013 for Fresno State.

Of the 24 possible signees only five are from Pat Hill's "Paint the Valley Red" area high schools. Fresno State head coach Tim DeRuyter heavily recruited Southern California and also brought in national recruits.

Coach Hill realized the potential of Central Valley football. How about this? Two of the top 10 quarterbacks in the National Football League are from the Valley: Chico's Aaron Rodgers and Turlock's Colin Kaepernick.

Yes, Colin is now a top 10 NFL QB.

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