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Season starts with YHS football win, Minarets in unusual opener and Badgers beating Mustangs

The Badgers opened the season Aug. 23 with a 31-6 victory over visiting Riverdale to extend their domination in non-league games.
The Badgers opened the season Aug. 23 with a 31-6 victory over visiting Riverdale to extend their domination in non-league games. Special to the Sierra Star

The Yosemite High football team hits the road for the first time this season when it plays Friday night, Aug. 30 at Parlier.

The Badgers opened the season Aug. 23 with a 31-6 victory over visiting Riverdale to extend their domination in non-league games.

Since the start of the 2016 season, Yosemite is 21-4 in non-league regular-season games. That includes two seasons playing as an independent.

Since 2017, the Badgers’ only non-league regular-season loss came last year against McLane coached by former YHS coach JD Burnett.

Junior Holden Eames had a big game against Riverdale including a 47-yard punt return for a touchdown, a 12-yard TD pass reception and three interceptions.

Yosemite led 24-0 at halftime. Riverdale averted a shutout with a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter.

Riverdale won the JV game 14-0.

This week, Parlier comes in off a 33-7 victory over Tranquillity in its season-opener. That puts Parlier on par with last season’s 1-9 that included a 52-34 loss at Oakhurst in the second game of the season.

Minarets football

After a bye opening week, Minarets starts its 2019 football season Thursday night, Aug. 29 against Mariposa County. The game will be played at Yosemite High, JV at 5 p.m. and varsity at 7:15.

Coach Becher Marr’s senior-laden team went 4-7 last year playing in the competitive West Sequoia League.

The Mustangs are back at Yosemite High on Sept. 6 for a game against the Badgers, then are scheduled to play their first game in their own stadium Sept. 13 against Tranquillity.

Mariposa County comes into Thursday’s game against Minarets off a 30-24 win over Summerville.

Girls volleyball

Yosemite, last year’s Central Section Division III champion, started the 2019 season Aug. 22 with a four-set victory over visiting Minarets. The scores were 25-14, 15-25, 25-19, 25-15.

The Badgers had a home match Tuesday night against Clovis North then are set to play Friday-Saturday in the Clovis Varsity Volleyball Challenge.

Before the Yosemite match, Minarets got its season started with a sweep of Liberty on the road in Madera Ranchos.

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