It looks like another great season for Yosemite High cross country. Yosemite (about 720 students) is ranked No. 22 overall in the Central Section by the Fresno Bee. Head coach Ellen Peterson has recruited nearly 80 runners. Combined, that is more than both JV and varsity football.
Running for Peterson is described by most of her former runners as a "a joy," "fun" and an "honor to run for."
To me, Peterson is a warrior at heart. She makes you better.
Peterson used to take students and parents post-graduation, on a hike to the top of Yosemite's Half Dome and back prior to the new lottery system imposed by the National Park Service. I participated in 2003.
I never thought I could hike Half Dome due to my fear of heights. Hiking with Peterson changed that. When you get to the base of Half Dome, you just stare up at the massive granite face. Many hikers just stay at the base. Not an option hiking with Ellen.
Ellen and her husband John led our group to the top. They led the pack and set the pace. We all made it to the top and coach made sure we were all safe. Then it was back down the mountain. By the time I got back to my car Ellen and John had made it home and had finished dinner. An 18-mile round trip, no problem for the Petersons.
Coach Peterson helped me achieve one of my greatest athletic feats as well as an item off my bucket list at the age of 43. You can't help but give it your all for n Peterson.
Mustangs again No. 1 in D-V
Congratulations to Coach Karen Zamora and her Minarets volleyball team. As reported last week, Minarets recently defeated Yosemite in three straight sets. The young school has a dominant program. Zamora and the Mustangs are again ranked No. 1 by the Bee in D-V. A win over the Badgers is a strong statement. As far as CIF titles go, no program in YHS history has more than volleyball (six). This looks like the start of a great rivalry.
Huge win for Bulldogs
It was a close game but a huge win for our beloved Fresno State Bulldogs last week against Boise State.
The 41-40 victory keeps FSU in the top 25. Derek Carr has to be viewed as one of the best quarterbacks in the country. Not that you hear much about Carr from what I fondly call the "Eastern Sports Programming Network."
What I am afraid of is losing coach Tim DeRuyter. Unlike ESPN and Carr, DeRuyter and his staff have not gone unnoticed by athletic directors across the country. There are always big time openings every year and DeRuyter is a big time coach. Great hire by Fresno State athletic director Thomas Boeh. Let's hope Boeh and the Bulldog Foundation can keep the coach in the valley for a long time to come.