By Yosemite High School Athletic Director Rusty Oetinger
This week the YHS Basketball and Soccer teams took on their closest rivals. In the past, the Sierra rivalry has been a storied one with a lot of rich history, but this generation of Badgers are writing a new chapter with their Minarets rivalry. As well as playing our rivals, the Girls Soccer team dominated Chowchilla and the Boys Soccer team lost to Kerman.
The Sierra rivalry tends to resonate with parents and staff. The Chieftens are still the team to beat in league. In the fall, Sierra beat our Football team and Volleyball team, but fell short in competitions with our Golf, Tennis, Water Polo and Cross Country teams. That put Yosemite up 4-2 in head to head matchups. After this past week, Yosemite added wins from the Girls Soccer team and the Boys Basketball team. Wrestling will compete later in the month. This still leaves Yosemite with a 6 – 4 lead thus far.
In the newer Minarets rivalry, which the kids tend to focus on more, the Mustangs have not faired as well. In the fall, they were defeated by our Lady Badgers Volleyball team and had a difficult time with the football team during the scrimmage. The Mustangs do not have Girls Golf, Water Polo, or Tennis and did not compete against our Cross Country Team.
As for the past couple of weeks, the Mustangs did not fair well against the Badgers. The Girls Soccer team beat them 3-0 during the break and the boys Basketball team won by nearly 30 in their meeting at Mustang gym. The shining spot for the Mustangs came during they break, when they beat the Yosemite Boys Soccer team 2-0. That win prevented the Mustangs from being swept thus far this season.
The official tally for head to head matchups this season is 3-1. The Mustangs will have an opportunity to add to their total, when they meet the Softball team later this year. The head to head matchups that have been counted were Varsity. The tally would have been much higher with the JV teams added.
A few of our stand out Athletes for the week were Riley Ashton, Peter McLane and Cade Cross. Riley scored six goals this week in wins vs. Chowchilla and Sierra. Peter McLane set the single game rebounding record vs. Minarets. Cade Cross set the career rebounding record and is very close to reaching the career 1000 point mark. Both boys were instrumental in victories against Minarets and Sierra.
This week, Tuesday – Girls Soccer at Liberty 4 @ 5:30, Girls BB @ 6pm. Wednesday – Boys Soccer and Boys BB at Liberty, games start at 4:00 pm. Thursday – Girls Soccer and Wrestling at Washington Union. Games start at 4 pm. Friday – Girls and Boys BB and Boys Soccer at Washington Union, starts at 2:30 pm