2013 proved to be another successful year for Yosemite High School athletics as North Sequoia League Championships were clinched by the girls basketball, boys and girls swimming, boys track & field, boys and girls golf, and boys and girls frosh/soph and varsity cross country teams. The following is a look at the Mountain Area world of sports during 2013:
Yosemite High School graduate Riley Cooks was named Questa College volleyball team's Most Valuable Player. Cooks was also named All-Western State Conference first team and finished the season ranked No. 7 in kills in the 13-team conference.
Yosemite wrestlers Cameron Simonson, PJ Reyna and Michael Waybright took home gold medals at the True Wrestler Tournament at Mission Oaks in Tulare. On top of winning gold, Reyna was named the tournaments True Wrestler from among 16 teams and more than 200 wrestlers.
Yosemite High girls basketball team (15-9, 9-1) won their 11th consecutive North Sequoia League title. Sophomore Veronica Miller led the team in rebounds (221), and was second on the team in blocked shots (20) and field goals (84).
Yosemite's sophomore varsity pitcher Joey Woolsey threw a five inning no-hitter against Kingsburg, although Yosemite lost the game 2-1.
Yosemite boys golf team won their second league tournament beating out second place Kerman 182-178.
Mountaineers tennis team won the 20th annual Paribas Open 3.5 Senior Championship Cup held in Palm Desert. The team is made up of George Walden, 81, Bob Pope, 76, Mariposa's Joe Lodge, 68, Russ Duncanson, 60, Fresno's Mike Fowler, 66, Kim Chenowith, 55, and Alan Cheah, 64.
Sixteen Yosemite High School basketball and soccer players were named to North Sequoia League All league teams by league coaches. The list of athletes includes nine soccer and seven basketball players, with eight of the 17 receiving first team honors.
Senior Dahlia Lopez and junior Sierra Dominici were named to the offensive all league first team and junior Kaley Mumm and sophomore Veronica Miller made the defensive all league first team for girls' basketball.
Pete Antonino, 83, of Fresno caught the $10,000 trout during the 30th Annual Bass Lake Fishing Derby May 4. Antonino was fishing from a boat with fishing buddy Anthony Donato between Miller's Landing Resort and the dam.
The Yosemite High boys and girls swimming teams won their eighth and sixth consecutive North Sequoia League titles. Sophomore Julia McConville, broke the school record at the championship meet in the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 57.97.
Yosemite High junior Brittney Hughey won all three distance races 800, 1600, and 3200 meters at the May 1 North Sequoia League championship meet held at Yosemite High School.
The Yosemite Badger varsity boys track team took their second straight North Sequoia League title at Badger Stadium. 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 good enough for No. 4 all-time at Yosemite High.
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 a medalist with a three over par 75 and won his second league Most Valuable Player award. 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.
Yosemite High School distance runner Brittney Hughey was the highest Badger finisher at the May 18 Central Section Masters Championships at Fresno's Buchanan High School, placing eighth in the 1,600 meter run. Hughey was ranked No. 11 going into the race.
The junior qualified for the Masters with a second place finish in the 1600 at the May 8, Sierra-Sequoia small school meet in Exeter.
Yosemite High School's 5-foot-11 senior, Molly Casey, led the Badger girl's swim team to a third place finish at the May 18 Central Section Division II Swimming and Diving Championships held at Tulare Union High School. There were 33 teams in the meet
Yosemite High School (7-19, 4-11) junior catcher Stewart Carlson has been named to the North Sequoia League first team and senior pitcher Dillon Moran was selected for the second team. Freshman Evan Diehl was selected as Underclassman of the Year for the league.
Yosemite High alum Riley Cooks placed second in the seven-event heptathlon at the State Community College Track & Field Championships May 17 and 18 at San Mateo Community College. Cooks posted personal best in five of her seven events and broke her own school record in the heptathlon by more than 300 points. Her personal best came in the shot put (35-5.5), high jump (4-10.25), 100 high hurdles (15.08), javelin (106-2.5) and 800 meters (2:34.62).
Yosemite High School seniors Chris Grant and Dahila Lopez were named the school's male and female Athletes of the Year.
Grant played soccer and ran cross country for the Badgers, being named to the North Sequoia League All League first team in soccer both his junior and senior year. The Badgers were 9-12-4 on the season this year and 4-4-2 in league, finishing in third place. Grant was co-captain of the team and scored nine goals on the season.
Lopez was a three year varsity letterman in both volleyball and basketball for the Badgers. She was a first team All-League NSL selection in volleyball in her junior and senior year and basketball in her senior year.
Nathan Hodges entered the elite class of loggers July 7 by winning his 6th "All-Around Logger" title at the 54th Annual Loggers Jamboree in North Fork.
Yosemite Swim Club member Claire Tuggle, 8, broke three league final records and took home gold in all three events. She now owns the records in the 25-yard freestyle, 25-yard backstroke and 25-yard butterfly.
Yosemite High School junior Phillip Kudela, 15, finished second in the 1500 meter freestyle during the July 25-28 Central California Swimming Junior Olympics Championship meet in Fresno with a time of 18:34.44.
Bass Lake hosted the Children's Educational Foundation sponsored inaugural My-Tri Triathlon. More than 100 children, aged five to 17, entered the event that raised funds for North Fork Elementary School.
Maria Rivera won the Sept. 28 Smokey Bear 10K race at Bass Lake women's division with a time of 36:46. The closest competitor was Ashlee Drady of Santa Rosa who crossed the finish line at Recreation Point five minutes behind her. Katherine Botterill of Fresno finished third with a time of 43:08.
Winning the men's 10K was former Fresno State standout distance runner Sean Marzolf, 29, of Fresno, with a time of 32:25. Placing second was Jesus Campos of Tulare (33:23) with Samuel Silva of Los Angeles crossing the finish line in third place (33:52).
Yosemite High School girls golf team clinched their ninth consecutive North Sequoia League title Oct. 9, at Sierra Meadows.
The Badgers finished with the first five places, led by Kelsey Stieler and Jordan Ahrens, respectively. Jessica Rudd finished third, Libby Haggard placed fourth, and Hannah McMechan earned the fifth spot. On top of winning the league title, the Lady Badgers finished with the first five places overall for league Most Valuable Player honors.
Yosemite High School sophomores Jessica Fine and Rose Curley placed first and third Oct. 25 in the sophomore D-III division of the largest high school cross country meet in the county the Mount San Antonio College Invitational in Walnut.
Close to 200 sophomore runners from schools throughout California were in the three-mile race and Fine captured the first place medal with a time of 20:53. Teammate Curley placed third, just 24 seconds behind Fine in 21:17.
Yosemite High School cross country team made a sweep at the North Sequoia League Championship meet, winning all four titles the boys varsity and frosh/soph and the girls varsity and frosh/soph, a feat accomplished only three previous times in the 37-year history of the school
In the boys varsity three mile race, it was Yosemite's seniors Alek Simpson (17:12), Liam Womack (17:27), and sophomore Jonathan Mulkey (17:47) placing first, second, and third, respectively.
The Minarets High School girls volleyball team (28-3, 10-0 WSL) won the CIF Central Section D-V championship, beating Frazier Mountain High School (20-10-2, 7-1) of Lebec.
The Mustangs were ranked No. 14 in the state and No. 1 in the Central Section by Maxpreps.com in Division V prior to the championship game.
Yosemite's Alek Simpson beat out 165 competitors to win the CIF Central Section Championship at Fresno's Woodward Park. It was Simpson's best time on the 3.1 mile course, shaving 21 seconds off his previous best finish. Simpson then placed 11th at the Nov. 30 State Cross Country meet at Woodward Park. Simpson ran a personal best time of 15:46 to come in at 11th place amongst nearly 200 D-III runners from all over the state of California.
Ted Lilly, the most prominent athlete to ever come out of Eastern Madera County and play at the professional level, retired after 15 seasons in Major League Baseball. The 37-year-old left-hander graduated from Yosemite High in 1994 and played two seasons at Fresno City College before being drafted in the 23rd round of the 1996 draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He made his first major league appearance on May 14, 1999 for the Montreal Expos.
Lilly went on to pitch a successful career in the big leagues including 331 starts, 130 total wins, 1,681 strikeouts, three complete game shutouts, two post-season starts and nearly 2,000 total innings pitched.