Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening, Eastern Sierra. I’m Seth Conners and you’re listening to Eastern Sierra NOW Sports Daily Monday edition.
Let’s get started with a quick look at the weekend in high school football. There’s a couple of games to talk about. First up, the Bishop Broncos opened up their season on the road in Nevada to take on the Fernley Vaqueros. Leaning heavily on a stingy defense, the Broncos were able to come away happy, as with time running out in the first half, senior nose guard Wesley Jorgensen forced a fumble that was scooped up by junior safety Nello Dondero and returned for a 30-yard touchdown. Fernley was mounting one of its best drives of the night when it happened, and it would prove to be the game’s only score as the Broncos defeat the Vaqueros 7-0.
Jorgensen, who was the Broncos player of the game, was a mainstay in the middle all night. He racked up 11 tackles and two sacks for a defense that had four sacks and forced two turnovers en route to the shutout. Senior linebacker Jason Mullner had seven tackles and a sack of his own. Nello Dondero had five tackles, and the before mentioned fumble recovered for the winning TD.
Sophomores Ritchie Talavera and Malachi Orrich made their marks on the game. Orrich had five tackles and a sack, and Talavera’s second half interception helped preserve the the shutout for the Broncos.
Offensively for the Broncos it was like trudging through quicksand all night. According to head coach Arnie Palu, the Fernley defense was admittedly quote unquote “very stout”.
Senior quarterback and offensive captain Bodin St. Marie led the team with 73 yards rushing. Passing he was five for 11, with the five completions going to five different receivers. The highlight: a 30-yard completion to senior running back Austin Powell on one of the first plays of the game.
Again final score in this one 7-0 broncos.
Things don’t get get any easier this Friday as the 1-0 Broncos will head over the hill to take on the Yosemite Badgers. The Badgers beat Mariposa County in their opener by a score of 32-0. Kickoff for Broncos-Badgers is at 7pm.
The Mammoth Huskies opened on the road as well but were handed the loss by two-time defending eight-man CIF champs Fresno Christian by a score of 34-6. The Huskies were dealt some bad news before the game when they found out senior star Matt Toomey was out due to illness. Already down Toomey, who represents the top pass defender as well as the Huskies’ top pass receiving option, Mammoth was dealt more bad news. Here’s head coach Jess Worden who I spoke to after the game with the word on that.
He went on to express without making excuses that the loss of those key players significantly impacted the Huskies’ ability to compete, and he really hopes they get a chance to play Fresno Christian again in the CIF tourney.
All that said, the general consensus was the Huskies looked pretty good in their opener. And the Huskies got much much better as the game went on, giving up only 6 points in the second half to the heavily favored Fresno team. Worden spoke more after the game and he admits the team will have to take its lumps, but is happy with with his team’s resolve, and knows what they have to do to remain the program that went 18-3 over the last 2 seasons.
The back-to-back CIF third-place finisher will look to even out its record as the Huskies play their first home game this Friday as they host Hesperia Christian. Kickoff is at 7pm.
In high school volleyball, the Bishop Broncos played five matches over the weekend at the annual Yerington volleyball tournament. And after a slow start losing to 2-1 to Lowry and 2-0 to Yerington on Friday, the lady Broncos playing in the tournament’s silver bracket would turn up the heat, defeating Round Mountain in the late game on Friday by a score of 2-0. Elizabeth Ellsworth had six kills, and sophomore Sophie Dishion had 10 digs in that one. On Saturday they beat Eureka 2-1, and Portola 2-0 to advance to the silver bracket final, where their hopes and dreams would come to an end, losing to a really good Fernley team in two straight games 25-22, 25-17, good enough for a silver medal in the silver bracket. Delany Kalk and Evie Carter combined for seven kills and Sophie Dishion had eight digs in the loss. Next up for the lady Broncos, a home match against Immanuel Christian on Friday at 4pm.
The Mammoth lady Huskies were also in Yerington this weekend competing in the much tougher gold division. On Friday they opened against Rite of Passage out of Rancho Cucamonga. Star senior setter Madeline Le Francois’ serve was unstoppable in this one as at one point she took over the match with 24 straight serves, 8 of them skipping in for aces. Mammoth would dominate the tournament opener, winning in straight games 25-0 25-8. They would go on to win the remaining two matches on Friday, defeating Oasis and Dayton, both by a score of two game to none. They played well on Saturday as well defeating North Valley out of Reno by a score of two games to zip. The senior trio of Jennifer Cecena, Mila Knight, and Olivia Tenadora combined for 21 kills in this one. Later on Saturday the lady Huskies’ run would come to an end, however, as they lost two games to nothing to both Smith Valley and Carson.
Up next for the lady Huskies, a trip to Lone Pine tomorrow to take on the lady Eagles. That one is scheduled for 4pm.
In big league baseball, the Dodgers season long win streak came to an end at 11 games on Friday. Tony Gonsolin, who’s been a bit of a disappointment this year, gave up 10 runs over 3 and a third innings as the Dodgers dropped this one to the Florida Marlins by a score of 11-3, the three runs for the Dodgers coming on solo homers by Max Muncy, Mookie Betts, and James Outman.
The Dodgers had a double header on Saturday against the Marlins as Sunday’s game was moved up a day due to the weather caused by Hurricane Hilary, and with the double header came the start of another win streak for the Dodgers. They beat the Marlins in the early game on the coattails of a two run single in the bottom of the eighth by Mookie Betts. Final score Dodgers 3 Marlins 1.
It was 3-1 Dodgers again in the late game as Julio Urias went 7 strong, giving up just one run on five hits, and Mookie Betts hit his 33rd and 34th homers of the year for the boys in blue, who just like that have now won two in a row and have exploded to an 11.5 game lead in the west.
The Dodgers get the day off today. They’ll start a six-game road trip tomorrow in Cleveland. On the mound it’ll be Dodger rookie Bobby Miller taking on former Dodger Noah Syndegaard. First pitch is at 4:10.
And that’s a look at sports on Eastern Sierra NOW Sports Daily, monday edition. I’m Seth Conners. Thank for listening.