Sports Briefs 3/14/13 Edition

March 14, 2013 

Yosemite golf team starts strong

On March 5 the Yosemite High golf team traveled to Riverside Golf Course in Fresno and defeated Fresno Christian in stroke play 213 to 231.

Chris Wick was medalist with a 40. Ryan Emerick shot a 41, Kevin Lauterbach 43, Matt Moneymaker scored 44 and Eddie Nixon 45.

Yesterday (Wednesday), the team opened North Sequoia League tournaments at Madera Municipal Golf Course. Each league team will host a 36 man tournament at 2 p.m. every Wednesday.

Yosemite hopes to repeat as the NSL champions having lost only one player off last year's team.

"We are playing steady golf," said coach Reg Turner. "No one is hitting on all cylinders right now but it is still early in the season. Our 213 at Riverside would translate into a pretty good effort at Madera. We felt last year if we scored 160 in the Stableford scoring format we would have a very good opportunity to win that tournament. The 213 was a 168 in that format and we have already scored 181 at Sierra Meadows in a practice round.

Softball team 2-2 at tournament

The Yosemite High softball team won two and lost two at last weekend's 14th Annual Jackson Lions Club Softball Classic Tournament.

In the its opening tournament game on March 8, the Badgers lost to Bear River High of Grass Valley 2-0, with both Bear River runs coming from Yosemite errors.

The badgers then played large-school Stagg of Stockton, losing 7-1.

On March 9 Yosemite bounced back with two lopsided wins -- beating Amador High 15-3 and Sonora High 10-1.

The Lady Badgers record now stands at 4-4 on the season. The team travels to Fowler March 21 for a 3:30 game.

Mustangs softball team drops opener

Dee Kamalani's Minarets Mustang softball team lost 8-5 to the Mariposa Grizzles in their first game of the season.

Freshman Bailey Avina pitched for the Mustangs.

Errors put the Mustangs in the loss column as they committed five in the game. The young team consist primarily of underclass girls. The team has two strong pitchers in freshman Avina and coach Kamalani's daughter, Kelea. Last years team MVP, junior Christina Kieffer anchors third base and fellow junior Kylinn Gunderson catches.

This will be the first season the lady Mustangs will field a JV team coached by Eric Ward, long time Yosemite girls softball league president.

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