Sports Briefs 4/18/13 Edition

April 17, 2013 

Yosemite grad earns top scholar athlete award at Fresno Pacific

Sienna Gonzales, a 2010 Yosemite High School graduate and girls basketball player, was awarded the Fresno Pacific University 2012-2013 Athletic Scholar of the Year. Sienna, a junior at FPU, played on the Sunbirds womens basketball team and appeared in all 25 games. The award covered all sports at the university.

The Sunbirds struggled this season as an early season injury to their third year starting point guard Jenay Herring, another 2010 YHS graduate, caused her to miss the remainder of the season after playing in just the first four games of the season.

Gonzales' role on the team was to defend on the perimeter and provide long range shooting for which she was known for at Yosemite. She maintained high academic standards despite having practices scheduled early in the morning and a demanding travel schedule at the end of the first and beginning of the second grading periods.

Her traits of focus and determination were developed at Yosemite High School as she transformed into a four year college player, improving each year. In her senior season at YHS, the team had a 31-4 record and advanced in the state playoffs to the Southern California Regional semi-finals losing to a team which ranked in the national top 10 high school teams.

Marlins registration

The Marlins Swim Team will be holding early season registration and swimmer evaluations on the following days:

Friday, April 19 and 26, 4:30 p.m. -- Sunday, April 21 and 28, 3 p.m. -- Wednesday, April 24, 4:30 p.m. at the Baker Swim Complex on the Yosemite High School campus.

New members must bring original birth certificates to register for the team.

A parent informational meeting for returning and new members will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 21, at the Baker Swim Complex on the YHS campus

The seasonal recreational team is lead by head coach Tammy Kudela, and adult assistant coaches who are all trained and certified through the American Swim Coaches Association and USA Swimming.

Details: (559) 213-3304,,

Bass Lake fishing Derby May 4 and 5

The 32nd Annual Bass Lake Fishing Derby, sponsored by the Bass Lake Chamber of Commerce, will be held May 4 and 5 and will feature 1,000 tagged trout worth a total of $55,000 in prize money. Three tagged fish are worth a total of $25,000 if caught by a registered fisherman during the two-day derby. There will be 150 trout tagged for $100 and 849 worth $20 each.

Registration fee $25 per individual or $60 family. Forms and rules for the derby can be found at

Friant trout fest Saturday May 11

As the trout season opener approaches, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife invites all to Trout Fest, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 11, at the San Joaquin Hatchery in Friant.

Trout Fest is a free community event that introduces families to the low-cost outdoor sport of trout fishing, as well as offering a view of California's unique hatchery system and the role of native trout in California's rich natural history.

"Beginner, novice and experienced anglers alike will find that this activity-filled day features something for everyone," said Kirsten McIntyre, fish and wildlife education and outreach director. " If you are looking for an enjoyable activity for the whole family, Trout Fest is a great place to start."

Fish and wildlife staff and volunteers will be on hand to teach attendees the basics of trout fishing, including how to rig a fishing pole, handle fish and clean and cook a fish. Pan-frying and grilling demonstrations will feature free recipes and samples. Fly-fishing groups will demonstrate the art of fly-tying, casting and catch and release techniques.

Minarets softball

The Minarets High softball team were defeated by Hoover (6-4), Caruthers (10-0) and Riverdale (1-0) last week.

Baily Avina hit her second home run of the season for the Mustangs in the Hoover game.

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