Yosemite High School is in the running to win the Erwin C. Ginsburg Cup, presented to the most successful athletic program in the North Sequoia League.
Yosemite has won the cup 19 of the past 30 years, and the past 11 consecutive years.
Yosemite has compiled points for the award this year by winning NSL Championships in girls golf and track and field, and boys tennis and swimming.
North Sequoia League officials are expected to announce the winner soon.
Underclassman play big role on varsity teams
A total of 120 freshman and sophomores at YHS played at the varsity level this past school year, possibly more than any other previous year in the school’s 40-year history.
Forty-one freshman and 79 sophomores contributed to the success of the school’s 16 varsity teams this school year, with a good number being starters.
Many of those athletes were moved to the varsity teams due to their talents, combined with the need for additional players on the varsity teams.
The three varsity teams that benefited the most with the addition of freshman and sophomores on rosters were cross country (27), water polo (23), and track & field (15).
Three freshman, Natalie Lawrence, Sophia McGoldrick, and Grace Fries played on two varsity teams this year - cross country and soccer for Lawrence, and water polo and basketball for McGoldrick and Fries.
Additionally, six sophomores played on three varsity teams - Cannon Eames (football, basketball, tennis), Ty Peterson (football, basketball, track), Peyton Garner (soccer, golf, track), Sarah Meeks (soccer, golf, softball), Gabrielle Stegge (cross country, soccer, track), Russell Zelazo (cross country, soccer, track). Another eight sophomores played on two varsity teams.
These freshman and sophomore athletes gained valuable experience this year competing at the varsity level and will play major roles on YHS varsity teams over the next two to three years.