March 29th, 2011
Ila Bessie Connell (Haslam)
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 2 at the First Baptist Church in Big Pine for Ila Bessie Connell (Haslam).
Born Aug. 13, 1922 in Palos Verdes to Warren B Haslam and Edna D. Robinson Haslam, Ila, a beloved grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend, died March 20, 2011.
Ila was the last survivor of seven children.
John Shirly Allred
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 26 at the East Line Street Cemetery in Bishop for 45-year Bishop resident John Shirly Allred. Winnedumah Masonic Lodge No. 827 will officiate. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. at Seventh Day Adventist Church in Bishop with Pastor Randy Skoretz officiating. Visitation will be from noon-5 p.m. Friday, March 25 at Brune Mortuary in Bishop.
Eastern Sierra Sliders Host Reining Clinic
Sandy Day will be conducting reining clinics at the Indian Creek Ranch, April 9-10.
Day has raised, trained and taken horses to the finals in major NRCHA and NRHA events and will share her knowledge with locals. Morning and afternoon sessions will be limited to five riders each for a total of 20 slots over the two days. Riders fee is $60 per session; auditors $20 a day.
For more information and sign-ups, call Happy Nelson (760) 872-2034 or Cory Buffington (760) 937-1781.
City of Bishop
In an effort to get as many games under the Lady Broncosâ€™ belts before the High Desert League softball matches start April 5, Broncos coach Stacy Van Nest contacted Burroughs to set up a game for last Friday.
The outcome was valuable experience but a 3-11 loss to the tough Ridgecrest team.
â€śWe put the ball in play,â€ť said Van Nest, â€śbut just needed to string more hits together and be more solid on defense.â€ť
The game went a full seven innings. Burroughs held Bishop to one run through five innings.
Murphyâ€™s Law could be applied to the Bishop Broncosâ€™ match-up with the Burroughs Burros Saturday. With the exception of a few moments of great Broncos baseball, everything that could go wrong â€¦ you know the rest.
Too many Broncos stranded on base, too many errors, too many walks, but coach Tim Reid found the silver lining in the 8-5 loss. â€śI was proud of the way the team battled,â€ť said Reid. â€śWe shouldnâ€™t have even been in the game,â€ť he said in reference to the tough Burros, a team that had leveled Rosamond 20-4 in a pre-league game March 22.
After a 25-year absence, the Return of a Classic Event will make its debut in California City with the running of the California City Gran Prix, April 15-17.
This event was once a major attraction in the deserts of Southern California, but then it went away. The then promoter decided to retire and requirements surrounding the desert became even more difficult to meet.
in CIF All-Star Game
Christian Hernandez, representing the Bishop soccer team in the All-Star CIF senior game, scored the only goal for the Div. 6/7 squad as they took on the Div. 5 All Stars.
Hernandezâ€™s finish was a beautifully placed header from the penalty spot over the keeper late in the first half. The Div. 5 team ended up winning 3-1 but Hernandez played well in his last game as a high school student.
Big Pine Warrior Marissa Lemus and Lone Pine Golden Eagle Nicole Tweedy were named All-CIF in girls basketball in their respective divisions.
The Bishop High track teams got a split decision at their first dual meet at California City, March 10. The girls pulled off a decisive 61-33 win over 10 events. The Cal City Ravensâ€™ boys team snuck past the Broncos, winning the meet 68-59.
The Lady Broncos recorded a win in each of their events.
The Broncos took firsts in the 400-meter, 300-meter and 100-meter hurdles, long jump and shot put.
1st: Michelle Case, Natalia Gonzalez, Katie Shipkey, Mandy Fuller, 56.12
1st: Dana Grevenkamp, Mandy Fuller, Katie Shipkey, Shelby Dolim, 4:56.0
Bishopâ€™s snow sport teams came back from the state finals at Northstar with South Division II championship banners.
The California Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation brought together 32 teams to the Lake Tahoe ski area, March 7-11.
Bishop was on top of league standings at the end of the four-meet season at Mammoth Mountain; the Division II championships were the icing on that cake.
Four Broncos snowboarders competed in the menâ€™s championship slalom and giant slalom races.
â€śShow Big Pine home is where the heart is,â€ť Sherri Newman of Jakeâ€™s Saloon said in a press release announcing its own benefit fundraiser for victims of the Center Fire. â€śThe time is now to show our support at home. Bring it in, bring it big, bring it for Big Pine.â€ť
Relief efforts for victims of the blaze continue to be organized, locally and throughout the state. There are fundraisers and clean-ups of all sorts planned for the days and weeks ahead.