The Ferguson Fire has kept Yosemite High coaches and athletes scrambling, forcing some practices to be canceled and others to move indoors.
It also forced the program to postpone its 12th Man Dinner fundraiser that had been scheduled for Aug. 4.
“Due to the Ferguson Fire and the Braden Varney Memorial Dinner, Yosemite Football Boosters is postponing our 12th Man Dinner to a future date TBA,” the program posted on its Facebook page. “We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes, however we feel that it is the best decision for our community.”
New coach Chance Sigala and the Badgers are set to open the season Friday, Aug. 17 at Riverdale. Yosemite is coming off a 9-1 season that saw it reach the Central Section Division V semifinals. That 27-player squad featured 11 seniors including Cannon Eames (who played in two summer all-star games), Austen Burgeno, Chris Ricciardi, Ben Negley and Ty Peterson.
Back this year at quarterback is Tyson Mansfield. The 26-man 2018 roster also has junior Nicholas Harper back at running back and linebacker. The Badgers will be younger: eight seniors on the preseason roster as well as 11 sophomores.
Last year ended the Badgers’ cycle as a football independent; this season, Yosemite returns to the North Sequoia League. (Interestingly, the Badgers’ Mountain Bowl rival Sierra Chieftains have jumped out of the NSL to independent status this year.)
Another change: the California Interscholastic Federation has moved up sports seasons one week, creating the earlier-than-ever start to the fall campaign.
Other fall openers
YHS volleyball – The Badgers volleyball team gets started Tuesday, Aug. 14 with a nonleague match at Reedley. Last year the Badgers went 34-6 and reached the state playoffs.
Minarets football – The Mustangs open the football season Aug. 17 at home against Mariposa.
Minarets volleyball – The Mustangs, coming off an undefeated West Sequoia League/section D-III semifinal season, open Tuesday, Aug. 14 at home against Immanuel.
2018 YHS football schedule
Aug. 17 at Riverdale, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 24 vs. Parlier, 7 p.m.
Aug. 31 at Minarets, 7 p.m.
Sept. 7 at Mariposa, 7:15 p.m.
Sept. 14 vs. McLane, 7 p.m.
Sept. 21 bye
Sept. 28 vs. Liberty*, 7 p.m.
Oct. 5 vs. Kerman*, 7 p.m.
Oct.. 12 at Chowchilla*, 7 p.m.
Oct. 19 at Washington Union*, 7 p.m.
Oct. 26 vs. Sierra, 7 p.m.
* North Sequoia League game
2018 Minarets football schedule
Aug. 17 vs. Mariposa, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 24 bye
Aug. 31 vs. Yosemite, 7 p.m.
Sept. 7 at Tranquillity, 7 p.m.
Sept. 14 at Fowler*, 7 p.m.
Sept. 21 vs. Orange Cove*, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 28 at Parlier*, 7 p.m.
Oct. 5 at Caruthers*, 7 p.m.
Oct. 12 Orosi*, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 19 at Sierra, 7 p.m.
Oct. 26 Riverdale*, 7 p.m.
* West Sequoia League game