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YHS Lady Badgers soccer players celebrate their seniors (Clara Briley)

O’s Badger Sports Bulletin: Seeking Playoff Berths

YHS Athletics 2016 Issue 4 Senior Jordan Berg

YHS senior soccer player Jordan Berg stops the competition (Oetinger)

O’s Badger Sports Bulletin, Vol. 1, Issue 4, by Yosemite High School Athletic Director Rusty Oetinger —

Last week the Badger sports teams played their rivals over in Auberry. The week got off to a rousing start with the girls Soccer and Basketball teams visiting Sierra.

The girls Soccer team played a very strange game that ended in a tie, even after an additional 20 minutes extra time added. The Lady Badgers dominated the time played in the opposing end of the field, but just could only put the ball in for one goal. Badgers led from the beginning by starting with an early goal, but after defender Maddie Noonkester was sent to the hospital with an injury, the girls came out emotionally flat and allowed a strange corner kick to get in the goal. They had a few opportunities in the extra time, but couldn’t capitalize. Despite the tie, the team actually completed the first season in a long time in which they were not beaten by Sierra. They did this with their starting defense completely on the sidelines with injuries.

Later in the week, the girls played the two-time-section-champion Liberty Hawks, performing much better than a week ago when they were defeated by a score of 5-1. The Hawks only had three goals, but showed their dominance by not allowing the Badgers a single goal. The girls are looking forward to meeting Liberty in the playoffs.

YHS Athletics Issue 4 Hailey Rich

Lady Badgers freshman Hailey Rich (Oetinger)

In the gym, the girls Basketball team was busy avenging the loss to their rival from earlier in the season. With the win against Sierra last week, the Lady Badgers have put themselves in a position to grab a share of the league championship. With a win against Washington Union this week, they will share for a tie with Washington Union and Sierra.

To cap off their week, the Lady Badger Basketball team routed Chowchilla on their home court later.

The boys Soccer team played well this week, but were edged out by Sierra in a game that ended 1-0.

Following the loss to Sierra the boys took on a very good Liberty team and lost to them on Friday evening. This boys soccer team has a lot of heart and doesn’t give up; they are just playing in a very good league with some of the best soccer teams in the valley.

YHS Athletics Issue 4 Tristan Eames

Badgers basketball junior Tristan Eames

The boys Basketball team played very well and continued to roll. They pulled off an amazing win in overtime at Sierra and then followed it up with a win against Liberty on Friday night. This team has 17 wins and is continuing to gain momentum as they approach playoffs. This will be the first time in a few years the boys have played in the post season, and we are all looking forward to seeing how they will do.

To cap off the dominance of Yosemite’s rival, the wrestling team traveled to Sierra and competed in their only dual match. They came home with a win, despite only having six wrestlers. The wrestling team has a few athletes that have the potential to go deep into post season.

YHS Athletics 2016 Eric-Johnson courtesy Rusty Oetinger

Wrestling team’s senior Eric Johnson (Oetinger)

This week is Senior night for all of the teams. On Monday, the seniors on the boys Soccer team were recognized: 13 players are leaving to go onto other things next year. Many of the boys will be at colleges throughout the country. One boy is even planning to attend school in Toronto, Canada.

Tuesday evening, the Girls Soccer and Basketball teams recognize their seniors, including many who will also head out of town for school next year. Finally, the boys basketball team will recognize a couple of their players. The home games will start at 5:30 and 7:00 pm.

A note to Kellie:
Eric Johnson and Jordan Berg are Seniors. Hailey Rich is a Freshman and Tristan is a Junior.

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