Gregg Dodderidge

Gregg Dodderidge

The Badger version of ‘The Drive’

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.

Gregg Dodderidge

Emotional basketball season

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.

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Section rankings

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.

Gregg Dodderidge

A super game

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.

Gregg Dodderidge

Varsity boys could break league title drought

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.

Gregg Dodderidge

Remember Shania

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?

Gregg Dodderidge

Incredible Badger turnaround

I know we are just getting started with basketball season but with all the bowl games, I just can’t put football out of my mind. Some final thoughts about the recently concluded Yosemite season - its first after withdrawing from the North Sequoia League and playing as an independent.

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Badgers - Mustangs

It finally happened. After years of hemming and hawing, bickering, and push-back, the Mustangs and Badgers met for the first time in the regular season of football. This is something the players, parents, and football fans have wanted for years. The hopes and dreams of the players finally came to fruition.

Gregg Dodderidge

Plenty of offensive options for Badgers

Yosemite High School’s 5-foot-5, 140 pound senior running back Johnny “Boi” Varian, in only his second year of organized football, put on a show last Friday at the Mariposa Fairgrounds, carrying the ball 23 times for 332 yards (14.4 yards per carry average).

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