49ers Show Hope For The Year to Come


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The San Francisco 49ers start the 2017 NFL season with hardly any hope. With a season midpoint record of 0 wins, and 8 losses. The 9th week into the season the 49ers make a trade with the New England Patriots to bring their backup Quarter back to the 49ers. Jimmy Garoppolo was brought to the 49ers and sat the bench for two games which they lost. Hope was fulfilled when Garoppolo helped the Niners win their first game. Five games later Garoppolo won out the rest of the season winning each games he started with the 49ers. The 49ers ended the season with a 6-10 record. Giving the fans hope for the year to come.

The Miners Shoot Their Way Past the Rangers



By:Zachariah McCorvey

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The El Diamante Miners took on the Redwood Rangers In a WYL matchup at the Mine Shaft on January,9th. The Miners shot was unstoppable in the second half, as they went from a tight two point game to winning by almost fifteen points. The Miners won 88-77, late in the game they decided to turn up the heat. The Miners guards, Seth Hall and Lorenzo Quintana both came clutch late seeming as they would score bucket after bucket to put the game in the bag. El Diamante took their defense to the next level in the third quarter, as the Rangers only scored 7 points in the quarter, as the miners tripled it with 21.

The Miners will take on the Lemoore Tigers at home on January 11th in a Wyl match up at the Mine Shaft. The Miners look to improve to even their league record which is at (1-2) at the moment, the Lemoore Tigers are (1-2) as well in league. The Miners have found their turnaround in a season which has started out shakey.

Preview of the 2018 Miner Soccer Season


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The boys soccer team has hit the ground in a dead sprint to kick off 2018.  The boys have eclipsed an overall record of 11-4 and currently have the most wins in the WYL.  However, West Yosemite League standings are decided on league records, not overall.  So with the Miners standing at 1-1 in league play, they sit in 4th place at the moment.  But that’s a very deceiving fact because these boys are winners, and they want revenge at the heartbreak they suffered in last year’s semi final against Golden West.  The boys in green have tallied 48 goals just 15 matches in the season (3.7 goals per match).  That’s by far the most in WYL, another reason why I believe 4th place isn’t an accurate representation of this team.  They’re good, they’re aggressive, and they’re experienced.  That’s a great formula for a championship-contending team.  


They’re anchored by seniors Andrew Garcia (last year’s WYL MVP, Forward), Tyler Esteves (Defender), Connor Lawton (Defender), Bradley Kampen (Defender), Grant Cahill (Goalkeeper), Jacob Perez (Forward), and Alex Saldana (Forward).  Junior forward Dakotah Ybarra is also the team’s leader with 14 goals.  


That’s a lineup right there.  The Miners are flooded with threats up front to compliment the brick wall they have with the big boys on defense.  Personally, I’ve played with a few of these kids back in my soccer days.  And let me say, they’re some animals.  But don’t let my biased opinion do the talking, let the numbers do that.  Numbers never lie, and the numbers are pointing at this team being a real contender.  


But the boys aren’t the only ones making El Diamante soccer look good.  Right there alongside them are the girls, and they too show some signs of greatness.  They sit with a respectable record of 7-4-2 and a league record of 1-1-1.  Just like the boys, they sit at 4th place in WYL.  Although the season is still very early, this is another team that is capable of going on a tear towards the postseason.  We’ve seen stretches like this from El Diamante athletics before, especially this year.  


Brianna Gomez (SR, Forward) and Carli Gordon (SO, Forward) are the teams leading scorers with a combined total of 18 goals.  One thing that will be fun to watch will be the Dwelle sisters.  Makayla has been a proven leader and has had lots of success back in the Fall during volleyball.  And now with soccer, she’s partnered up with her little sister, Maddy.  Although Maddy is just a freshman, she’s tallied 3 assists as a midfielder and has played in all 13 games.  


Maddy Dwelle and Carli Gordon are both two pieces of young talent that will be huge for the Green Sea in upcoming years.  Gordon already proved herself with a strong freshman season on varsity, and with the Dwelle now being given the same opportunity; the Lady Miners have the opportunity to make deep runs for a long time.  With the combination of Gomez, Gordon, and now the Dwelle’s, they can be awfully dangerous.

Girls Soccer: January 9th


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On Tuesday, the 9th, the El Diamante girls soccer team hosted a home game against Lemoore high school. Going into this league game, the El Diamante Miners held a record of 1-1: the Lemoore Tigers were 2-0.


As the game started, the Miners tried to score fast and early because they knew the Tigers had a great defense. The Miners had many opportunities to score in the first half, but the Tigers gave all they had to keep the score 0-0.


Throughout this game there were many chances missed to get ahead for the Miner offense. During the second half the Miners scored in  the last 15 minutes of the game to take the lead.


Just when the Miners thought it was over, the Tigers came back and put one in: making the score 1-1. Since it was a league game, the Miners had to go into two 10 minute overtimes.


No one scored so the game was recorded as a tie. This makes the Miners record 1-1-1 and the Tigers 2-0-1.

Saints Vs Panthers

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By: Marcus Garcia

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The Saints took on the Panthers in the Wild Card matchup this past Sunday. The Saints won the match up 31-26, and it was a nail biter the whole way. Cam Newton, the Panthers starting quarterback, took a nasty hit late in the game and was almost taken out due to the concussion protocol. Even though Cam came back there was some controversy over the Panthers putting him back in after such a scary hit. The Saints held on and the next round of the playoffs is going to be all about Brees as they focus on going on the road as they play the Minnesota Vikings.

How Much Does Aaron Rodgers Mean to Green Bay?


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Aaron Rodgers has been the Packers’ quarterback since 2008, and ever since Rodgers took over as the starting quarterback, the team has been a consistent playoff contender. Sadly, Rodgers went down with a severe collarbone injury and the Packers have completely fallen apart. Rodgers went down and their record without him has been 0-5. The Packers have placed Rodgers on IR and he is not set to return until week 15. The Packers are experiencing a significant struggle and hopefully Rodgers’ return can save them.

Cowboys Vs. Falcons


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Week ten in the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys took on the Atlanta Falcons at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. It did not go well for Dallas since they were missing their star running back Ezekiel Elliott due to suspension. The Falcons trampled the Cowboys with the final score being 27-7, the cowboys worst loss in three games. The star player of this game was most definitely Adrian Clayborn, who had a whopping six sacks. It did not go too well for the Dallas Cowboys with Adrian Clayborn on the other side of the ball causing two forced fumbles and recovering one of them. To seal the win against the Cowboys, Matt Ryan had a 24-yard pass to Julio Jones to get the Falcons into the Cowboys red zone then, on third on three, the Falcon’s running back put six on the board for his team. The Cowboys’ hope faded away as the replacement kicker for Dan Bailey missed his 38-yard field goal. The Falcons marched right down the field again, bulldozing right through the Cowboys defense to secure the win. The Cowboys will go back home to play the Philadelphia Eagles while the Falcons will travel to Seattle to play the battle of the birds against the Seahawks.

Jimmy G. Traded to 49ers


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Patriots backup quarterback, 2nd round pick Jimmy Garoppolo, has been dealt to the San Francisco 49ers for a second round pick. This trade has sent waves through the NFL as it is apparent that Tom Brady will continue to be the Patriots quarterback for years to come. Coming into the season many speculated that Garoppolo would be Brady’s successor after he retires, or after he was traded. After showing promise in the first two games of Brady’s “deflategate” suspension a Montana to Young or Favre to Rodgers situation was in the mix. For the Patriots, trading away all your backup quarterbacks and going all in on your 40 year old does not seem like the brightest idea, but Belichick has done crazier things and had them prevail.


The current Washington Professional Football Team’s quarterback, Kirk Cousins, seemed to be a lock to sign with the 49ers in the offseason and reconnect with his former OC and current 49er head coach, Kyle Shanahan. Now, this is more than likely not going to happen unless Garoppolo is traded for assets after the season. Captain Kirk returning to the market has NFL teams licking their lips to pick him up. The destination that makes the most sense is Denver. After experiencing the failure of Siemian, Osweiler, and Lynch within less than a year’s time Elway needs to address the gaping hole at QB and sign the Michigan St alum.

Eric Bledsoe Trade


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Twitter has become a world of communication for sports. This was the case for Eric Bledsoe when he tweeted “I don’t wanna be here”. Eric Bledsoe, was the point guard for the Phoenix Suns. After the bad start to the Suns season, It became clear that Bledsoe did not want to be in Phoenix anymore. When confronted about his tweet, Eric said it was about a hair salon. Everyone knew it was not true and the Suns took care of the situation trading him to the Milwaukee Bucks for Greg Monroe and a 1st round pick. Hopefully Bledsoe finds a hair salon he likes in Milwaukee.

Miners Defeat the Rangers in a Rivalry Playoff Rematch


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On Thursday 9th, November 2017, the El Diamanté Miners took on the Redwood Rangers in a Rematch that was highly anticipated. The Rangers were after blood being broken not only after losing to the Miners once this season already, but losing their great Cowhide after 4 consecutive years with the iconic Visalia tradition piece. The Rangers failed to do so, after a loss with a score of 16-7. Nine points of which coming from senior kicker Alex Saldana, who has pulled for the Miners in some huge situations over the course of league play. Devontae Freeman scored the Miners only touchdown on a red zone rush. The Miners defense shut down the Rangers allowing only twenty one yards of offense and having two picks. Alex Rivera accounted for Redwoods lone touchdown.

  The third seeded Miners will advance to the Central Section Semi-Finals playing the Dinuba Emperors who are the second seed. The Emperors are going to have a handful, this is not the same El D from before. This El D team is HOT and they are looking to go to the title game this year. The Miners will play Dinuba in Dinuba this Friday, November 17th.