Archive - Sep 2013 - Sports Article
â€śWe went into the Cal City Tournament with high expectations of being competitive,â€ť Bishop Lady Broncosâ€™ varsity volleyball coach Linda Frigerio said.
Not only was this expectation met, but also exceeded, when the Broncos went undefeated both for the Friday pool games and the tournament itself on Saturday.
The Big Pine Lady Warriors volleyball squad headed over the mountain Tuesday and came home with a win over the Beatty Hornets.
â€śBoth teams played really well,â€ť said Big Pine coach Shelly Snoderly. â€śThe Warriors just wanted it more.â€ť
Gena Lewis started the Warriors out with a 4-point lead and 1 ace in game one. The lead went to 8-5 with Sienna Gutierrez at the service line.
The Hornets tried to hang in, according to Snoderly, but Erin Lind and Anna Huston were serving aces. The Warriors were ahead 17-10 when Gutierrez laid down 4 more points for Big Pine.
Tuesday night in Lone Pine was a total scream-fest. The Lone Pine Lady Golden Eagles took on the Silver Valley Trojans in a marathon volleyball match that went down to the fifth and final tie-breaking game.
The Eagles lost, by a hair, in a match that should bode well for this season. Lone Pine hit 90 of its 94 serves with 14 aces; the teamâ€™s passing kept the Trojans scrambling throughout the match.
â€śWe played a great overall match, team-wise,â€ť said coach Mel Joseph. â€śAt times our hesitation and communication getting to balls allowed the opposition to stay in the match.â€ť
The Lone Pine Eagles and head football coach John Kane learned a lot about the team in Tonopah, Nev. last Friday.
They learned they could play hard for nearly four hours.
They figured out the younger players could step up when two of the seniors were sidelined with injuries.
They now know theyâ€™ve got an offensive line to be reckoned with.
OK, the Eagles fell to the Tonopah Muckers, 65-45, in an epic game that was prolonged in the final minutes by penalty calls by meticulous referees. But those bright spots Kane saw in the teamâ€™s season opening loss were amplified in game two.
Last Sunday night, the Tri-County Fairgrounds main arena was not the place to be if you were a telephone pole. Drivers at this yearâ€™s Destruction Derby, the climax of the 2013 Fair, showed no respect for the barriers that defined the crash zone. The poles were sent flying, powered over, used as a wedge for a spectacular near roll-over, served as a fulcrum to trap cars and generally abused. During the Powder Puff heat, Trica Weatherford blasted sideways over the poles, circled the track to re-enter at the west end and went on to win the heat.
The Bishop Broncosâ€™ football squad looks to maintain its phenomenal run of big games, taking the Whittier Christian Heralds apart with a 41-6 win.
â€śOverall this was a solid game to start the season,â€ť said coach Arnie Palu. â€śSeveral sophomores have not missed a workout or practice since closing out the 2012 season. The freshmen have come on board following the sophomores leadership. As a staff we are blessed to coach this very dedicated group that is seeing their hard work and disciple pay off on the field.â€ť
When a team loses its season opener, the initial response is to look at the what-ifs. What if Whittier Christian kicker, Derek Bush, hadnâ€™t made 4 field goals, and the score would have been 29-20 instead of 41-20, a much more palatable points spread. There are probably a dozen more â€śwhat-ifsâ€ť to be analyzed, but itâ€™s all fairly pointless. The Bishop Broncos lost to the very strong, seasoned Heralds Friday night.
Change some of the names and numbers and the Lone Pine Golden Eagles season opener against the Mineral County Serpents would sound a whole lot like the Broncos football opener against the Heralds. The Eagles fell 56-30 to the Serpents, but there is cause for hope in south county.