Sports Briefs for 12/19/13 edition of the Sierra Star

December 17, 2013 

Soliz takes first at wrestling tourny

Yosemite High 139 pound senior wrestler Issac Soliz won three matches to take first place at last Saturday's Caruthers Wrestling Tournament.

Two Badgers placed second in the tournament — Braveheart Sauceda (183 pounds), and Leo Meza (196 pounds).

Ellen Saunders (121 pounds) placed third.

The Yosemite team placed fourth in the event.

All league volleyball

Three members of the Yosemite High volleyball team have been named to the North Sequoia All League team.

Taylor Burrall and Lauren Ecklund were selected for the second team and Katie Sikora received honorable mention.

Yosemite soccer

The Yosemite High boys soccer team's season got off to a slow start as three games were canceled due to weather. The season got underway this last weekend at the Lemoore Tournament. With two starters out due to illness and an injury, the team lost to Kerman, 4-1.

"We played very well most of the game, but had about 10 minutes of poor play where Kerman scored three goals," said coach Rick Lemberg.

In the next game, the Badgers lost to Monache 2-0.

In game three, Yosemite lost to Mission Oak High School 2-0.

"Although we lost three games, I am nonetheless, pretty pleased with how we played," Lemberg said. "We need to score more goals, but when we get our full team back it will be much easier to do that. Once January comes and we hit league play, I am hoping that we will have everyone back at full strength."

Yosemite third in soccer tournament

The Yosemite High girls soccer team (1-4-2) lost two games and won one to finish third in their division at last weekends Corcoran Tournament.

The Badgers were beat by Fowler 4-3, and Riverdale 2-0. The team's win came against the tournament host Corcoran, 6-0.

The team hosts Minarets at 5 p.m., Jan. 9 and open North Sequoia League play at 6 p.m., Jan. 14 in Chowchilla.

Minarets soccer

The Minarets Mustangs varsity boys soccer team (0-5) lost a couple of tough games last week beginning with a non-league 2-1 loss to the Caruthers Blue Raiders (4-5), in which the Mustangs tied the game going into the final period only to lose. It was the second game the Blue Raiders have won against the Mustangs, the first, a 3-0 win Dec. 6.

On Dec.10, the Mustangs lost 3-1 to the Tranquillity Tigers (5-2).

The Mustangs, sporting a roster of 23 players, are led by first year head coach Mike Vaughn.

Team captains are Chance Carter and Cedar Robertson, two of 10 seniors on the team which also features 10 juniors.

The team opens league play at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 14, at home, against the Fowler Red Cats. Fowler finished fourth in league play last season, just above the Mustangs.

Minarets beats Kerman

Minarets High girls coach Mary Pearson has seen enough tie games to last the season — The Mustangs (2-2-4) have had tied games with Riverdale, 1-1, Washington Union, 1-1, and two ties against Firebaugh. Last year her squad finished with a 4-8-3 overall record. This year the team is expected to have a good season with a predominantly senior squad.

Dec. 7th the Mustangs won in dramatic fashion off a game ending penalty kick, for a 1-0 win against Kerman in the Fowler Tournament. two hours later the team lost a close 1-0 game to the host Red Cats.

December 10th the Mustangs concluded play in the Fowler Invitational with a 6-0 win against Tranquillity. The team went 2-2-1 in tournament play, scoring 8 goals, while surrendering 3 goals.

The Mustangs will play the Chowchilla Redskins (3-4) at 6 p.m., Dec. 19 at home.

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