YHS Class of 2018 had a sports Magnificent 7

Sienna Oswald was a standout on state-playoff teams in volleyball and basketball.
Sienna Oswald was a standout on state-playoff teams in volleyball and basketball. Sierra Star archive

The Yosemite High Class of 2018 had a number of special athletes including, but not limited to, YHS athletes of the year Ty Peterson and Sienna Oswald and scholar athletes of the year Isaac Rumohr and Kelsey Montalto. The awards were chosen on a vote among YHS coaches.

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Sienna Oswald – Sienna’s teams won 59 times. In volleyball, the Badgers were 34-6 taking second place in the Central Section and competing in the state tournament. Sienna led YHS with 333 digs.

In basketball, the Badgers were 25-8, went deep into the section playoffs and played in the state tournament. Sienna was the team’s second-leading rebounder.

Ty Peterson – Ty was a three-sport star in football, basketball and golf. As a junior, he was a key player on the baseball team. Ty will go down as one of the great defenders in YHS football history and was selected as the YHS defensive player of the year. He played nine different positions in 2018, including quarterback, and was a big reason why YHS became a Division V power.

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Ty Peterson was a three-sport star. Sierra Star archive

In basketball, Ty did it all. Like football he could played multiple positions and was a three-year varsity starter. Ty was a natural leader and a team captain. He also is an Eagle Scout.

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Kelsey Montalto pushes the ball up court. Sierra Star archive

Kelsey Montalto – Kelsey was a two-sport athlete and a key contributor in basketball and softball. In hoops, Kelsey played in 26 of 33 games. In softball, Kelsey was an outfielder.

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Isaac Ruhmor leaves Yosemite with top-three marks in all three distance events. Sierra Star archive

Isaac Rumohr – Isaac leaves YHS ranked in the top three in the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. Isaac almost single-handedly guided YHS to a tight second-place finish in the 2018 North Sequoia League championships. Isaac also excelled in cross country where he competed for four years.

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Ben Negley skies for a rebound during the 2016-17 basketball season. Sierra Star archive

Ben Negley – Ben was so looking forward to an amazing senior year. He became a starter on the football team and was a key basketball returnee at center. Unfortunately, Ben suffered a season-ending arm injury midway through the football season and proved irreplaceable in basketball.

What stood out for me was Ben’s attitude post-injury. I never saw Ben down. He just focused on school and getting better. Frankly, Ben was a huge example for me. You see, I was laid off and was out of work for 14 months. Ben and his positivity rubbed off on me. And yes, I found a wonderful new career.

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Peyton Garner leaves Yosemite as the Badgers’ career goals leader – and had fun doing it. Sierra Star archive

Peyton Garner – One of the greatest athletes, male or female, to ever come out of YHS. Certainly, Peyton was perhaps the greatest female soccer player at YHS. She accepted a soccer scholarship at Fresno Pacific, but was also recruited by Fresno State. Peyton was also one of the great track and field athletes at YHS. Sayda Taylor got a lot of headlines and deservedly so but Peyton was a huge reason that YHS has won three straight NSL titles. Sayda was hurt for much of the 2017 season and it was Peyton who carried the team.

Unfortunately, Peyton suffered a season-ending injury early in the 2018 track season. Although she could not run, she went to practices and even competed in the shot put at the end of the year just to help the team any way she could. Peyton leaves a huge legacy in track as she is in the top 10 in five events.

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Cannon Eames makes an athletic play to pick up extra yardage. Sierra Star archive

Cannon Eames – He departs as one of the greatest athletes I have ever witnessed at YHS, a four-year starter in basketball and a three-year starter in football where he shattered the YHS career records for receiving yardage and touchdowns plus played defensive back and kicker.

In basketball, Cannon had more career 3-pointers and career steals than anyone in YHS history.

As a junior playing tennis for his dad, Aaron, he played No. 2 singles and helped his team to a section D-III runner-up finish. This year, Cannon was a key starter for the baseball team.

Cannon was selected to play in the City/County and North/South football all-star games as well as the City/County basketball all-star game.

Ultimately, Cannon Eames should be on the YHS football Wall of Fame. He will take his talents to West Hills College to play alongside his brother Tristan. Together, Tristan and Cannon are huge reasons for the resurgence of YHS football and a two-year basketball playoff run.