March Madness Bracket Released

by COOPER ROSS
Staff Writer

 

On Sunday the NCAA Basketball Tournament committee released the sixty-eight teams they selected to have a chance at history. For the first time the selection show was on TBS hosted by Ernie Johnson and Greg Gumbel, but it was met with mixed reviews. Unlike years past, the thirty-four at large bid teams were announced in alphabetical order and the bracket region and seedings were released after. This system took away the thrill that bubble team players and fans would feel when the mid tier seeds were announced. This season one of the major storylines going into the tournament was whether or not the Arizona State Sun Devils would receive a bid into the tournament even though they finished ninth in the Pac 12, but at one point was the last undefeated team in the country and ranked #3 in the AP poll. Instead of the tension building throughout the show to the big reveal, Arizona State was the first at large bid team announced.

 

The one seeds were no surprise with them coming in the order of Virginia, Villanova, Kansas, and Xavier. UNC would have had a chance of stealing that fourth one seed if they won the ACC tournament, but Virginia took care of that. The two seeds were Duke, UNC, Cincinnati, and Purdue. The threes: Michigan State, Michigan, Texas Tech, and Tennessee. To round out the top of the region is Wichita State, Auburn, Arizona, and Gonzaga.

The Browns Are Making Moves

By: MARCUS GARCIA
Staff Writer

 

The Cleveland Browns, the NFL team that went 0-16 last season, is starting to look like an 8-8 team before the draft. The Browns have been the most active team this offseason, pushing every major free agent to sign with them and making trades with every team to improve their team. The Browns have been handing out draft picks and getting players like Tyrod Taylor, Carlos Hyde, Jarvis Landry, and Damarious Randall. Free agency started just one day ago and the Browns have already made a statement for next year. With an entire league of players still available, the Browns may have a playoff run coming.

El Diamante Basketball Season Recap

By:ZACHARIAH MCCORVEY

Staff Writer

 

The 2018 Miner’s Men’s Basketball team sure did make the most of what started as a shaky season. The Miners finished out the 2017-2018 season with a spark of life, edging into the playoffs and pulling off a first round of Central Section Playoff upset against the five seed Monache Marauders.

The Miners started the season kind of rough with a 2-6 start to their campaign.  The Miners although did manage to go even with a (5-5) WYL record, but coming short of .500 in  the record book going (12-17) overall. The Miners had a multiplicity of tough road games and finished (2-7) away.

The Miners are losing a big part of the system,as their four year varsity point guard, Jake Gonzales is done wearing Miner green. He is undecided on his basketball future next  year at the collegiate level, but is more than capable of doing so.The Miners will bring back offensive threat with guard Lorenzo Quintana coming back as a senior next season. The guy was clutch and rose to become a threat in the Miner’s arsenal of three point shooters.

The Miners played great at the end of the year and managed to grind out  some incredible wins and went to the quarterfinals of the DII Central Section Playoffs. Coach Jerome Guzman should be ready for next season, not losing too much and getting his first year as the Miner’s head coach. I am extremely proud of this year’s squad, and excited for what is to come of this up and coming program.

NCAAM Basketball Contenders

by COOPER ROSS

Staff Writer

 

  1. Villanova – For the casual college basketball fan conventional wisdom would say that Duke and Kentucky are the best programs in the country that produce the best teams to win a championship every year. In reality, the best program in the past five years has been Villanova. When scouting, coach Jay Wright looks for leadership ability as well as potential that can be untapped with a couple of years on the team. After winning the NCAA Championship in 2016 and getting bounced early in the 2017 tournament many oddsmakers gave Nova the 8th best odds of winning the NCAA Tournament. So far, star players Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges (best Bridges in college basketball) have proven all doubters wrong.
  2. Virginia – The best defensive team in the country that consistently holds teams to under 20 points has there eyes set higher than just winning the ACC. Coach Tony Bennett has instilled a defensive scheme that fits his players skill sets and leaves opposing teams unable to find many catch and shoot opportunities or easy post ups.
  3. Purdue – This small school in West Lafayette, Indiana dominates its Big Ten opponents with dominant big man play and skilled passers at the point that can also shoot the three. Leading the charge for the Boilermakers are the Edwards brothers, (no actual relation) Carson Edwards and Vincent Edwards. Number one and number two on the team in scoring (17.2 and 14.8 respectively); the tandem is capable of leading their team to a deep run in March.

Thunder Vs Lakers

BY: Marcus Garcia

Staff Writer

 

Russell Westbrook and the Thunder led against the Lonzo-less Lakers in a Wednesday night matchup. The Thunder finished the game off with a 20 point lead and Carmelo Anthony was the leading scorer. Melo had 27 points in the win and the Lakers were led by Julius Randle. After the last meeting between the two teams, where the Thunder won by almost 40, the Lakers had to come out with a new attack to ensure the same embarrassment did not happen again.

 

With tension between the referees and the players rising this year, Carmelo commented about how the relationship between the two was a lot stronger 15 years ago. The refs have been missing a lot of calls the past few years and the players are finally taking a stand.

 

The Thunder now sit at 25-20 and are the 5th seed in the west. The Lakers are not in contention for the playoffs in what is a rebuilding phase for the championship team. The Thunder are looking to keep the small win streak they have going and gain a higher seed in this years playoffs.

Senior Leadership Continues to El Diamante

By Chandler Lucas

Staff Writer

 

SOCCER:

We are midway through January and boy has it never looked so gloomy outside.  The weather has been nothing but fog and clouds, I don’t think Visalia has seen the sun in at least 3 days.  Although this extremely depressing weather has blanketed Visalia, there are a lot of things to be excited about.  With the official end of the very useless “Dead Period” that CIF enforces, baseball is officially right around the corner.  Baseball season usually means a combination of sunshine and blue skies that does not include 105 degree heat.  But as fun and as exciting for some people as that sounds, baseball isn’t here yet.  Plus it’s hard to focus on other sports when you have a soccer team in full contention for a Valley title.  

 

After entering last week with an overall record of 11-4; the El Diamante boys soccer team knocked off Hanford and Hanford West to climb up the WYL standings, and to cement a dominant 13-4 record.  They jumped from 4th to 2nd in the WYL standings and are closing in on the mighty Rangers of Redwood.  The scoring attack the Miners possess this year is one of the main reasons why they’re streaking towards the postseason.  Entering Wednesday, the Miners have posted 25 goals and have let just 5 enter their own net in just 4 games of league play.  Their offense is without a doubt among the best (if not the best) in the WYL and their defense is also cream of the crop.

 

Dakotah Ybarra continues to lead the Miner attack with 17 goals.  He leads the WYL with 42 points and he’s tallied 8 assists along with his high number of goals scored.   

 

Now let’s change the focus to a group of girls who have the opportunity to do the same thing that we saw from our football boys.  

 

As many of you remember, 4 weeks into the football season the El Diamante Miners were 1-3 and looked awful.  Their lone win came against a very under-talented Monache squad and they had gotten destroyed by Tulare Western and Union.  But after that 3rd loss in overtime to Dinuba, a switch flipped.  A big switch, for that matter.  The Miners won every game they played the rest of the season until the Semi-Final game when they lost to, poetically enough, the Dinuba Emperors.  Now it goes without saying that soccer and football are two completely different sports.  But, then again, can they be so different that we won’t see another deep and very surprising surge from an El Diamante team that many people had written off for good?

 

The answer to that question is absolutely not.  

 

15 matches into the season, the Miners have posted an overall record of 8-5-2.  Technically, that really isn’t that bad.  At this pace, the Miners should make the playoffs.  But keeping this pace would be dangerous because that would give the Miners a lower seed, which also means some pretty long bus rides going to face a much higher seed on their field.  And no one likes long bus rides.  However, 15 matches is nothing.  The Miners can be a perfect example of how it’s not about how you start, it’s about how you finish.  They have plenty of young talent complimented by strong senior leadership.  They’ve been given the recipe for success, now all they need to do is mix the ingredients.  If that happens, then it’ll feel like some massive deja-vu from football back in the fall.  

 

BAD BLOOD:

When it comes to standings and statistics, it’s once again no surprise who stands on top; Redwood and El Diamante.  One of the biggest and most fierce rivalries in the Central Valley will add many more chapters before the clock strikes midnight to end 2018.  The Miners and Rangers have been in a gigantic game of “Tug-Of-War” ever since El Diamante opened its doors in 2002.  This doesn’t go with just soccer or baseball or football, it’s literally everything.  With that being said, I bet you can take a wild guess who stands in the top 2 of the boys’ WYL standings.  

 

The Miners and Rangers have met early in the year.  And in the early part of the season, the Rangers have gotten the best of the Green Sea in boys and girls.  But the good news is, one match doesn’t make or break the season.  

 

It’s not a secret, and it’s not a mystery.  There’s a reason why Redwood and El Diamante are usually neck and neck in playoff standings.  That’s what makes these matchups so interesting.  As the playoffs lure closer to a reality, Redwood and El D games carry a lot of meaning.  I mean, they usually do anyways.  Even if it’s not a playoff spot or a top seed on the line, there will always be bragging rights.  No matter the scenario or the outcome, there will always be a lot riding on the backs of El D and Redwood matchups

 

I don’t expect that changing any time soon.  You shouldn’t either.

49ers Show Hope For The Year to Come

by CURTIS ROBERT

Staff Writer

 

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

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By:Zachariah McCorvey

Staff Writer

 

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

By CHANDLER LUCAS

Staff Writer

 

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

by MARIAH MARTINEZ

Staff Writer

 

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.