I had a lot of fun attending the second annual Yosemite Shootout this past weekend. The tournament included 8 girls basketball teams, mostly from this area but one came from as far away as Colfax, north of Sacramento near Auburn.
The Yosemite High girls basketball team is off to a fast start this season with a 10-3 record, including going 4-0 twice to win the Hoover and Madera tournaments. The Badgers, who started off 0-3, have now won 10 in a row.
It has been an exciting fall season for Yosemite High sports with Badger volleyball, girls golf, and girls water polo all took home league titles and then some. The Badger football program while independent made it to the D-V semi-finals.
For those who made the long trip to Bishop, and there were quite a few, it was so worth it. The sights of Yosemite and Tioga Pass made for a beautiful drive. Getting to Highway 395 was great, and on the way I summoned my inner Tony Krizan and hiked the Mono Pass Trail - great for the soul.
The 2016-2017 Yosemite basketball season has to be one of the more emotional and tumultuous basketball seasons in recent memory. The boys season wrapped up with Yosemite losing their first round D-IV contest to eventual finalist Madera South 64-52 on Feb. 22. The team finished with a respectable 16-11 record and 7-3 in the North Sequoia League, good third place. It was the second straight playoff appearance for YHS.
This has been a strong year for individual basketball players, both boys and girls, at Minarets and Yosemite High. A number of mountain basketball players maintain significant rankings in the entire Central Section and not just their individual divisions.
My wife Christy and I got to spend Super Bowl Sunday with our awesome neighbors Scott McGhee and Julie Truelove. It’s a very loving home with a strong emphasis on sports. Julie’s daughters Amanda and Kayla are Badger JV volleyball players.
The Yosemite High varsity boys basketball team (11-7, 2-0 North Sequoia League) coached by Aaron Eames and assistant Erik Peterson have a legitimate shot at a league title this year, a feat that has not been accomplished since 1999. That is because Yosemite has played in the same league as Washington Union, perhaps one of the best basketball programs in Central Section history.
I had something completely different in mind for this week’s column instead of what you are about to read. I am still in emotional shock at the tragic accident and death of Shania Costella Saturday night. As I write this, I cannot stop wiping away my tears. Why did this happen?
Despite the odds, Peyton Garner and Grace Fries, rank statewide and nationally for soccer and basketball. Hailing from a small rural school these two female athletes are making Yosemite High School proud.
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