Congratulations to Yosemite senior offensive lineman Jonathan Zohos. He was recently selected to two football all-star games and will play on the defensive line for the County at the City/County All-Star game Friday, June 19 at Darrell Lamonica Stadium in Clovis. Game time will be at 7:30 p.m.
Zohos was also selected to play in the 30th annual North-South Rotary All-Star game. The game will be held Friday, June 26, at Veterans Stadium in Merced. Game time is 7:45 p.m.
The game was held for many years at Chowchilla but it moved recently to Merced. The game will invite players from 56 schools. The game pits high school football all-stars from the Sac-Joaquin and Central Sections.
It’s a gratifying ending for Zohos who endured a winless season at YHS. The Mariposa transfer plans on continuing his football career at Feather River Community College in Quincy.
The Golden Eagles, under former head coach Bart Andrus, were 2-8 this last season, and play in the Golden Valley Conference.
The City/County game will also feature two other mountain football players - one current and one former. Jake Blankenship, offensive and defensive lineman from Minarets was selected to play, and former Yosemite great and current Madera High head coach Bonner Cunnings will coach the county squad.
Cunnings, a 1991 YHS grad, coached the D-II Coyotes to a 9-4 season culminating with a 35-14 loss to Hanford in the CIF D-III title game in 2014. Cunnings, in his second season at Madera, is 13-12 overall.
Cunnings has guided Madera to two straight playoff appearances. It is the third team (Fresno Christian and Lemoore) that Cunnings has guided to the playoffs.
This is a well-deserved honor for Coach Cunnings, who has built a solid foundation at Madera and enjoys the support of his administration, boosters and community. The sky’s the limit for the Coyotes.
YHS girls finish second Sequoia-Sierra meet
The YHS girl’s track and field program continued their outstanding 2015 season by placing second at the Central Section Sequoia-Sierra track meet. The meet, held on May 13 at Exeter High School is for D-II and below. The top three placements will move on to the Central Section CIF Masters meet to be held this Saturday at Buchanan High School.
Overall, YHS finished with 47 points, well behind Central Valley Christian with 117 points. North Sequoia rival Sierra was third with 43 points. The Yosemite girls were fresh off a NSL title, their first since 2010.
As usual, the Badgers were led by another outstanding performance from senior Taylor Burrall. Burrall took first in the triple jump (34-3), second in the 100 meter hurdles (16.80), third in the high jump (5-0), and seventh in the 300m hurdles (49.55).
Sophomore Elyse Espe took second place in the 300m hurdles with a personal best 47.25. Seniors Christy Halbert and Christen Cogdell placed fourth and sixth respectively in the pole vault. Both jumped 8-0, but Halbert had fewer misses.
Sophomore Lauren Peterson was fifth in the 100m hurdles with a time of 17.33. Junior Kailei Gould was eighth in the high jump at 4-6. Senior distance runner Ellen Saunders closed out a solid YHS career placing ninth in the 3200m run.
Former mountain baseball players help Fresno City
The Fresno City College Rams are having another solid season. The perennial California JC powerhouse Rams find themselves in a deep state playoff run. Fresno City is 35-9 overall and was 21-3 in the Central Valley Conference.
The Rams were the No. 2 seed in the NorCal playoffs. FCC defeated Skyline and Ohlone in the regional playoffs, and defeated Feather River Community College twice to advance to the four-day State Championship play-off tournament that starts this Saturday.
Teams in the tournament are Fresno City and San Joaquin Delta (Stockton) from the north, and Orange Coast, and Palomar junior colleges from the south.
The Rams roster contains two mountain baseball players who have helped FCC to another successful season. Freshman Conly Biglione, former Minarets all-star infielder, has played in 29 games and is batting .333. Biglione has an on-base percentage of .396, one of the best on the Rams.
Former Badger catcher, sophomore Harley Glines, has played in 24 games, batting .172 and carries a .324 on-base percentage. A third player, Keenan Reardon, a freshman catcher from Minarets, saw limited action before a season-ending shoulder injury.
Harley’s brother, Jackson, is having an outstanding senior year at the University of Michigan (33-23, 14-10 Big Ten Conference), and was just named to the All-Big Ten first team. Last Friday, on senior day, the outfielder had a three-run home run to help the Wolverines beat Oklahoma State 6-2. Jackson is batting .348 (.510 slugging percentage) with 71 hits (5 home runs, 3 triples, 12 doubles), and 33 RBIs. He was the Big Ten Player of the Week on March 2, and has 23 multi-hit games this season.
Michigan opened Big Ten Tournament play Wednesday against Indiana.
Connor Brogdon, a sophomore pitcher from Liberty-Madera Ranchos has had an MVP season for Fresno City. Brogdon is the ace of the Ram staff with a record of 10-0 and a 1.79 earned run average.
Lots of former mountain baseball players started their careers at Fresno City with Coach Ron Scott. This includes all-time Badger great Ted Lilly, who was on the mound for four innings at last Saturday’s Yosemite alumni game.
Playing for Scott, one of the greatest JC coaches in California history is quite an honor. Scott is 920-335 in a 27-year career at FCC and has seven major league players to his credit.
The Rams last state title was in 1992. Here’s wishing Scott and the Rams another state title.