Badgers win four NSL championships

Boys and girls swim, boys track and golf clinch titles

Brian WilkinsonMay 9, 2013 

Last week proved to be a week of celebration for Yosemite High School athletics, as four teams won North Sequoia League Championships.

The boys and girls swimming teams won their consecutive eighth and sixth league titles, the boys track and field team claimed its second straight title and the boys golf team won their fifth championship in the last six years.


Swim teams continue dominance of NSL

Once the Baker Swim Complex opened 10 years ago at Yosemite High, 26 years after the school opened in 1977, a swim program was born under the direction of coach Chad Houck with Bandon Brokaw serving as JV coach. Brokaw became the head coach the next year, and the program quickly turned into what is now the premier program in the North Sequoia League.

Talented Yosemite boys and girls varsity teams again proved they are the best in the NSL by winning the league meet at home last Friday - The boys team by 42 points over Kerman (494 to 452) and the girls by nearly 100 points over Kerman (545 to 447).

For the boys team, it was the eighth consecutive league title and the sixth for the girls team.

Brokaw told his team after the meet that he was more proud of them than any other team he's coached at Yosemite High School.

"We took care of business all day long and had a lot of personal best times today," Brokaw said.

"This is probably the strongest girls team that we have had here," Brokaw said. "We have a lot of depth and we have really good sprinters. The sprinters helped us break all three relay records already this season and we are hoping to have our fastest times as the CIF Championships coming up in a couple weeks."

Brokaw said the boys team had to work hard to win.

"Kerman had a lot more boys than us which gives a big advantage at the league meet," Brokaw said. "We were able to beat them though because our boys swam many personal best times today and our two divers, Augie Kleist and Jordan Monahan, gave us a lot of points. We also have several first year swimmers that scored for us at the league meet including Chance Bendz, Trevor Wood, Travis Wood, Timmy Conley and Patrick Diaz.

"Everyone was prepared both physically and mentally today," Brokaw said only moments before being thrown in the pool by team members in celebration of the league titles. "The team knew they were going to be fast today and they were."

Double winners for the boys were sophomore Phillip Kudela in the 200 freestyle (1:55.97) and the 500 freestyle (5:25.12) and junior Jeff Foster in the 200 individual medley (2:11.66) and the 100 butterfly (55.65). Both Foster and Kudela were on the winning 200 freestyle relay team (1:37.53) along with Bendz and Wood.

Senior Molly Casey, who has been close to her school record in the 100 backstroke all season, waited for the league meet to break her record with a time of 1:04.46. She also won the 200 individual medley with a personal best time of 2:31.85. Casey was also a member of the winning 200 medley relay team (2:02.09) with Savannah Wagner, Kayla Davis and Nicole Tapia.

Sophomore Julia McConville, broke the school record in the 100 yard freestyle in 57.38. The old record of 57.97 was set in 2010 by Kainani Taylor.

In just her second year of swimming, McConville also won the 50 freestyle in 26.29 and swam a leg on two winning relay team -- the 400 freestyle (4:03.96) with teammates Savannah Wagner, Tori Ellsworth and Kayla Davis -- and the 200 freestyle (1:50.96) along with Emma Madsen, Ellsworth and Haley Clark.

McConville, who lives with her grandparents Dick and Connie West of Cedar Valley, credits her early success to a lot of practice and determination. At the start of the season she set two goals for herself -- to break a school record and to beat her mom's times when she swam at Logan High High School in the Bay Area -- the second goal being accomplished earlier in the season.

Other top performers were Emma Madsen winning the 500 freestyle (6:00.25) and Wagner taking second in the 100 breaststroke (1:18.40). 2

NSL Championship Meet - team scores

Boys
1. Yosemite - 494
2. Kerman - 452
3. Chowchilla - 349
4. Firebaugh - 181
5. Sierra - 134
6. Dos Palos - 126

Girls
1. Yosemite - 545
2. Kerman - 447
3. Chowchilla 345
4. Sierra - 152
5. Firebaugh - 144

Dos Palos - 85


Boys track team wins back-to-back titles

Gregg Dodderidge

editorial@sierrastar.com

The Yosemite Badger varsity boys track team took their second straight North Sequoia League title last Wednesday at Badger Stadium.

The Badger boys had won the three previous NSL practice meets. All wins were by wide margins.

The YHS girls placed third in the league meet behind Liberty and Sierra.

"Our boys team dominated this year," said coach Walker Vaughn. "I am proud of our team. Most the team will move to the Sierra/Sequoia area event."

The championship gives the Badgers boys nine titles in Vaughn's 16-year tenure.

Between the boys and girls, Badger track has won 11 of the last 13 NSL league titles.

The YHS boys won seven of 16 events in the league meet. Other than the 100 meters and relays, Yosemite won every race. Nick Adelizi won the 200 and 400 and Alek Simpson won the 1600 and 3200.

Freshman Jayson Lee won the 110 high hurdles and Christian Cambrelen placed first in the 300 low hurdles.

In the field, Brian Tenorio's pole vault of 11-0 is now No. 4 all-time at Yosemite.

Yosemite has a small roster this season with most of the athletes competing in four events. Virtually all contributed to the Badgers second straight title.


Boys NSL meet team results:
1. Yosemite - 139
2. Liberty - 94
3.Washington Union - 36
4. Sierra - 33.5
5. Chowchilla 23


Girls place third

The Badgers girls team placed third in the meet behind Liberty and Sierra.

"Our girls had a solid season," said Vaughn. "I am happy with third. We faced teams with many more athletes. We did a lot with a few."

Nevertheless, the girl's title was fairly close. Sierra took first with 109 points and Liberty edged out Yosemite by just five points for second.

The Badger girls, with only nine team members participating in four events each, won five events.

The lack of numbers hurt this team all year, yet they made a strong showing. Sierra led the championships with eight event winners.

Brittney Hughey did all she could for the Badgers. Hughey was the only triple winner of the meet.

Hughey won the brutal distance triple: the 800, 1600 and 3200. Hughey scored 24 of Yosemite's 77 points. Hughey's 800 time of 2:33.7 now ranks No. 5 all-time. Hughey, a junior, is already ranked No. 3 in the 1600 and No. 5 in the 3200.

Taylor Burrall captured both the100 (17.89) and 300m (49.52) hurdles in a difficult double. Burrall's performances placed her in the YHS top 10 in both events. Burrall also took third in the high jump and fifth in the 200 m. Overall, Burrall's efforts scored 21 points.

Christen Cogdell placed in four events: 100 m hurdles, pole vault, and discus for a total of 10 points.

Scoring:
1. Sierra - 109
2. Liberty - 82
3. Yosemite - 77
4. Washington Union - 46
5. Chowchilla - 12.

Golf team wins NSL title

The Yosemite High golf team, for the fifth time in six years, won the North Sequoia League golf championship May 1 at the Madera Municipal Golf Course.

Junior Kevin Lauterbach was medalist with a three over par 75 and won his second league Most Valuable Player award following the match.

Ben Avena, also a junior, had his best tournament of the season shooting a 76 for second place.

Senior Chris Wick completed the one, two, three finish for the Badgers with his 79.

Sophomore Ryan Emerick shot an 85 which was good enough to keep him in second for the league MVP points. Juniors Matt Moneymaker and Eddie Nixon completed the Badger's scoring on the day with an 85 and 89.


Kerman placed second.

"The success of our season can truly be attributed to a team effort," said coach Reg Turner. "Strong contributions have come from every player on this team."

Laurterbach has had a great season, winning five of the league's seven tournaments.

Nixon won a tournament and Wick finished second in three tournaments.

"Steady play from Emerick, Moneymaker and Avena insured that every player on the team finished in the top nine or better in every tournament we played in," Turner said.

After winning the league, the team advanced to the North Area Championships on Monday at Riverside Golf Course in Fresno, where Wick shot a 78 and was the only Badger to advance to the May 21 Central Section Championship tournament in Madera.

-- Yosemite High School correspondent


2013 North Sequoia League Championship Meet – Yosemite High School Swim – May 3

Girls team points
1. Yosemite, 545
2. Kerman, 447
3. Chowchilla, 345
4 Sierra, 152
5. Firebaugh, 144
6. Dos Palos, 85

Boys team points
1. Yosemite, 494
2. Kerman, 452
3 Chowchilla, 349
4 Firebaugh, 181
5 Sierra, 134
6 Dos Palos,

Girls 200 Yard Medley Relay
1 Yosemite, 2:02.09
Casey, Molly, Wagner, Savannah, Tapia, Nicole, Davis, Kayla
2 Chowchilla, 2:05.78
3 Kerman, 2:06.17

Boys 200 Yard Medley Relay
1 Yosemite, 1:48.26, Wood, Jared, Kudela, Phillip, Foster, Jeff, Bendz, Chance
2 Kerman, 1:48.80
3 Chowchilla, 1:55.24

Girls 200 Yard Freestyle
1 Madsen, Emma, YHS, 2:12.79 20
2 Dykstra, Brook, Chow, 2:16.11
3 Clark, Haley, YHS, 2:17.97
5 Curley, Rose, YHS, 2:18.60

Boys 200 Yard Freestyle
Name Age School Seed Time Finals Time Points
1 Kudela, Phillip, YHS, 1:55.97
2 Eye, Jacob, Chowchilla 1:57.53 17
3 Clay, Cody Chowchilla, 1:59.13
4 Mears, Alex , YHS, 2:08.80
5 Haggard, Fletcher, YHS, 2:17.90

Girls 200 Yard IM
1 Casey, Molly, YHS, 2:31.85
2 Escamilla, Emi, Kerman, 2:33.78
3 Pratt, Emily, Chowchilla, 2:37.79
5 Smith, Shane, YHS, 2:42.62
8 Johnson, Kylie, YHS, 2:50.62

Boys 200 Yard IM
1 Foster, Jeff, YHS, 2:11.66
2 Nomincos, Christopher, Chowchilla, 2:23.25
3 Hughes, Mason, Chowchilla, 2:28.44
4 Gragnani, Brandon, Kerman, 2:38.99
5 Wood, Travis, YHS, 2:39.22
6 Murphy, Hunter, YHS, 2:40.85
7 Wood, Trevor, YHS, 2:42.82

Girls 50 Yard Freestyle
1 McConville, Julia, YHS, 26.29
2 Davis, Kayla, YHS, 26.33
3 Ellsworth, Tori, YHS, 27.84
10 DiFiore, Brooke, YHS, 30.08

Boys 50 Yard Freestyle
1 Scott, Bobby, Kerman, 22.81
2 Bendz, Chance, YHS, 24.83
3 Mendrin, Michael, Kerman, 25.15
11 McLean, Phillip, YHS, YHS, 26.686

Girls 100 Yard Butterfly
1 Wagner, Savannah, YHS, 1:08.84
2 Hernandez, Mariah, Kerman, 1:12.19
3 Tapia, Nicole , YHS, 1:12.62
4 Ellsworth, Tori, YHS, 1:14.35

Boys 100 Yard Butterfly
1 Foster, Jeff, YHS, 55.65
2 Fernanadez, Humberto, Kerman, 1:01.23
3 Vlot, Cole, Chowchilla, 1:01.26
5 Wood, Trevor, YHS 1:08.13
7 Murphy, Hunter, YHS, 1:16.40

Boys 100 Yard Freestyle
1 Furtado, Chase, Kerman, 52.89
2 Eye, Jacob, Chowchilla, 53.01
3 Mendrin, Michae, Kerman, 56.28
4 Bendz, Chance, YHS, 57.11
5 Wood, Jared, YHS, 57.67

Girls 500 Yard Freestyle
1 Madsen, Emm, YHS, 6:00.25
2 Dykstra, Brook, Chowchilla, 6::03.10
3 Clark, Haley, YHS, 6:22.14
6 Koellish, Shanelle, YHS, 6:58.56
7 DiFiore, Brooke, YHS, 7:03.05

Boys 500 Yard Freestyle
1 Kudela, Phillip, YHS, 5:25.12
2 Clay, Cody, Chowchilla , 5:46.86
3 Mears, Alex, YHS, 5:56.61
5 Conley, Tim, YHS, 6:53.88
7 Diaz, Patrick, YHS, 7:22.246

Girls 200 Yard Freestyle Relay
1 Yosemite, 1:50.96 - Clark, Haley, Ellsworth, Tori, Madsen, Emma, McConville, Julia
2 Chowchilla, 1:52.96
3 Sierra, 2:01.99

Boys 200 Yard Freestyle Relay
1 Yosemite, 1:37.53 - Wood, Jared, Bendz, Chance, Kudela, Phillip, Foster, Jeff
2 Chowchilla, 1:39.01
3 Kerman, 1:51.11

Girls 100 Yard Backstroke
1 Casey, Molly, YHS, 1:04.46
2 Wilson, Grace, Sierra, 1:06.62
3 Hansen, Kandace, Kerman,1:07.22
6 Tapia, Nicole , YHS, 1:15.55
10 Meiss, Malory, YHS, 1:22.41

Boys 100 Yard Backstroke
1 Scott, Bobby Kerman , 59.80 20
2 Wood, Jared, YHS, 1:06.81
3 Wood, Travis, YHS, 1:08.77
5 Haggard, Fletcher , YHS, 1:12.08
10 Gragnani, Brandon, Kerman, 1:40.81 7

Girls 100 Yard Breaststroke
1 Faust, Macey, Chowchilla, 1:16.61 20
2 Wagner, Savannah, YHS, 1:18.40 17
3 Pratt, Emily, Chowchilla, 1:19.53
6 Curley, Rose, YHS, 1:22.04
7 Smith, Kimiko, YHS, 1:23.80
11 Clark, Angelina, YHS, 1:32.236

Boys 100 Yard Breaststroke
1 Furtado, Chase Kerman, 1:10.14
2 Nomincos, Christophe, Chowchilla, 1:12.00
3 Lawrence, Ben, Chowchilla, 1:16.02
5 McLean, Phillip, YHS, 1:18.70

Girls 400 Yard Freestyle Relay
1 Yosemite, 4:03.96 - Davis, Kayla, Ellsworth, Tori, Wagner, Savannah, McConville, Julia
2 Kerman, 4:25.05
3 Chowchilla, 4:39.37


Boys 400 Yard Freestyle Relay
1 Kerman, 3:41.68
2 Chowchilla, 4:02.97
3 Yosemite, 4:03.21 - McLean, Phillip, Wood, Trevor, Wood, Travis, Mears, Alex

Boys 1 meter Diving
1 Kleist, Augie, YHS, 313.80
2 Monohan, Jordan, YHS, 159.80


2013 North Sequoia League Championship Meet – Yosemite High School Track – May 1

Boys 100 meter dash:
1. Wade Wallace, Liberty, 11.73
2. Cody Sanders, Liberty, 11.78
3. Eddie Green, Liberty, 12.14

Boys 200 meter:
1. Nick Adelizi, YHS, 23.33
2. Chad Wallace, Liberty, 23.4
3. Cody Sanders, Liberty, 23.5
6. Alex Mello, YHS, 25.01

Boys 400 meter:
1. Nick Adelizi, YHS, 52.89
2. James Juhrend, Liberty, 53.60
3. Jimmy Polk, Chowchilla, 56.52
4. Alex Mello, YHS, 57.98
5. Andrew Lassos, YHS, 58.30

Boys 800 meter:
1. Liam Womack, YHS, 2:07.2
2. Alek Simpson, YHS, 2:08.6
3. Joshua McClure, Liberty, 2:09.4
5. Brian Tenorio, YHS, 2:18.06

Boys 1600 meter:
1. Alek Simpson, YHS, 4:51.6
2. Liam Womack, YHS, 4:52.7
3. Antonio Santos, Union, 5:02.7

Boys 3200 meter:
1. Alek Simpson, YHS, 11:17.76
2. Maxx Lopez, Liberty, 11.27.50
3. Liam Womack, YHS, 11:32.77
6. Nicholas Bayt, YHS, 12:06.45

Boys 110 high hurdles:
1. Jayson Lee, YHS, 17.29
2. Christian Cambrelen, YHS, 17.45
3. David Nobles, YHS, 19.46

Boys 300 hurdles:
1. Christian Cambrelen, YHS, 43.5
2. Sean Smith, Liberty, 45.7
3. Bobby Jackson, Liberty, 46.0
4. Jayson Lee, YHS, 46.45
7. David Nobles, YHS, 48.38

Boys 4x100 relay:
1. Liberty, 45.98
2. Sierra, 47.15
3. Yosemite, 48.27

Boys `4x400 relay:
1. Liberty, 3:46.35
2. Yosemite, 4:03.55
3. Chow, 4:06.62

Boys Shot Put:
1. Anthony Cerrato, Uunin, 40-11
2. Leonardo Meza, YHS, 39-4
3. Edward Ramirez, Union, 38-5
7. Cameron Monahan, YHS, 32-3
9. Pedro Villa, YHS, 31-6

Boys Discus:
1. Robert De La Cruz, Union, 115-11
2. Leonardo Meza, YHS, 111-1
3. Edward Ramirez, Union, 108-1
4. Brian Tenorio, YHS, 107-4
6. Hugh Reid, YHS, 96-6

Boys High Jump:
1. Caleb Tripp, Chowchilla, 5-4
2. Christian Cambrelen, YHS, 5-2;
3. Chris Elizondo, Sierra, 5-2

Boys Long Jump:
1. Chris Elizondo, Sierra, 20-5
2. Jayson Lee, YHS, 19-2
3. Christian Cambrelen, YHS, 18-6

Boys Triple Jump:
1. Abraham Thorne, Liberty, 39-0
2. Victor Gonzalez, Liberty, 36-0
3. Clay Cullins, Liberty, 35-3
4. Andrew Lassos, YHS, 35-0
5. David Nobles, YHS, 27-7

Boys Pole Vault:
1. Forrest Barcus, Sierra, 13-0
2. Brian Tenorio, YHS, 11-0
3. John Douglas, Sierra, 9-6
5. Andrew Lassos, YHS, 10-6


Girls 100 meter:
1. Hali Kemp, Sierra, 12.67;
2. Tatiyana Bowlin, Union, 13.55
3. Madison Polster, Liberty, 13.65
8. Emma Reda, YHS, 15.11

Girls 200 meter:
1. Hali Kemp, Sierra, 26.63
2. Joely Bawcum, Liberty, 28.32
3. Jocelyn Wilson, Liberty, 28.83
5. Taylor Burrall, YHS, 30.69
6. Kailei Gould, YHS, 31.41

Girls 400 meter:
1. Sydney Horanic, Liberty, 1:08.3
2. Alexia Smith, Sierra, 1:09.3
3. Angela Santamaria, Chow, 1:10.8
4. Kailei Gould, YHS, 1:11.5
5. Rowland, S, 1:11.6.

Girls 800 meter:
1. Brittney Hughey, YHS, 2:33.79
2. Grace Hall, Liberty, 2:38.36
3. Emma Horanic, Liberty, 2:49.56

Girls 1600 meter:
1. Brittney Hughey, YHS, 5:56.78
2. Maysoon Suleiman, Chowchilla, 6:15.69
3. Samantha Smith, Liberty, 6:17.14

Girls 3200 meter:
1. Brittney Hughey, YHS, 13.25.64
2. Cassandra Garibay, Liberty, 13:41.96
3. Sylvia Flores, Union, 15:08.93

Girls 300 Hurdles
1. Taylor Burrall, YHS, 49.52
2. Sydney Horanic, Liberty, 50.75
3. Jordan Falk, Sierra, 52.92
4. Jessica Rudd, YHS, 54.60

Girls 4X100 Relay:
1. Sierra, 52.89
2. Liberty, 54.25

Girls High Jump:
1. Kacy Falk, Sierra, 5-2
2. Brooke Poore, Sierra, 4-10
3. Taylor Burrall, YHS, 4-8

Girls Pole Vault:
1. Jordan Falk, Sierra, 10-0
2. Gabriela, Sierra, 10-0
3. Christen Cogdell, YHS, 8-6
5. Emma Reda, YHS, 7-0

Girls Long Jump:
1. Morgan Vandenack, Sierra, 15-5
2. Gabriela Gibeault, Sierra, 15.4
3. Tatiyana Bowlin, Union, 15-0
7. Jessica Rudd, YHS, 13-7

Girls Triple Jump:
1. Kacy Falk, Sierra, 30.0
2. Jessica Rudd, YHS, 29.10
3. Morgan Vandenack, Sierra, 29-1
7. Victoria Glanzer, YHS, 27-4

Girls Shot Put:
1. Maria Salazar, Union, 30-7
2. Kinlee Rix, Sierra, 30-6
3. Mattaya Brown, YHS, 30-5
6. Christen Cogdell, YHS, 26-9
7. Emma Reda, YHS, 23-4

Girls Discus:
1. Maria Salazar, Union, 85-11
2. Kinlee Rix, Sierra, 83-0
3. Tanya Ramirez, Liberty, 81-9
4. Christen Cogdell, YHS, 76-2
5. Kailey Wynn, YHS, 69-9

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