By: MARCUS GARCIA
The Cleveland Cavaliers took on the Indiana Pacers in a seven game series playoff matchup. The Cavs swept the Pacers in a 4-0 series. The Pacers had a chance to win every game against them, but the Cavs proved to be the team that wanted it more.
Lebron James led the stacked Cavs past Paul George’s Pacers. In what may be Paul George’s final game as a Pacer, he did all he could to save the Pacers season. Lebron took the 2nd seeded Cavs to the second round of the places, and the Pacers headed home to start on next season. The Cavs look to be the favorite in the east, and made a strong statement in the opening round of the playoffs.
by COOPER ROSS
In game three of the series with the Warriors and Trail Blazers the Warriors were missing their former coach of the yea,r Steve Kerr, and the 2014 league MVP, Kevin Durant. Even with this major disadvantage the Dubs still pulled out the win.
Leading the charge for the Warriors was their star two time MVP point guard Stephen Curry scoring 34 points and dishing out 8 assists while also picking up 6 rebounds. The biggest factor for the Warriors on defense is obviously their power forward Draymond Green who picked up 8 boards with 2 steals and 1 block.
For the Trail Blazers leading the team was shooting guard CJ McCollum with 32 points while shooting 10/23 and 6/9 from three. This sadly was not enough to pull out the win when they sadly fell apart at the end of the game and Steph Curry took over.
By: Chris Nava-Romero
It’s playoff time and both MVP candidates are at it showing everyone who’s better and who deserves the MVP. The Thunder having Russell Westbrook, who made history averaging a triple double for the season, is still doing what he does best and the Rockets have James Harden who is having the best year of his career so far. He is scoring more than most players in the NBA averaging almost 30 points a game. It’s game 4 round 1 of the playoffs and the series is 2-1 Rockets lead but the Thunder winning game 3 seem to be back and playing good again. The first half the Thunder came out ready to play leading the whole time and not letting the Rockets get easy buckets. James Harden only had 4 points at the end of the first half while Westbrook already had a triple double with 17 points, 10 assists, 10 rebounds and leading by four 58-54. It would be a close game the whole second half going back and forth all the way until those last seconds. Both teams fought hard trying to get this win to either tie the series or making the series 3-1. The Thunder at the end just couldn’t get good looks and the Rockets took over making free throws and wrapping game 4. The Rockets made the series 3-1 winning game 4 113-109.
By ZACHARIAH MCCORVEY
The Redwood Rangers battled a hard fought high scoring offensive game, winning 12-6 through 7 innings.The game was a duel of the sophomores as the Redwood Rangers pitched sophomore Sam Bower. Sam gave up 6 runs to the Miners as Brent Vasquez hit a 3 run shot in left field for an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first. Parker Boswell pitched for the Miners and the Rangers came right back in the game answering back with 3 also, so at the end of the first it was tied up. The Rangers came back with 4 in the second and the Miners could not capitalize any more as the Rangers seemed to hit every strike the Miners had. Nolan Montgomery also had a home run late in the game. The Miners need to win one and have Redwood lose to win WYL. The Miners are now 3-2 in league and play The Lemoore Tigers on Wednesday, April 26 at El Diamante.
by JUSTIN RIVERA
The El Diamante baseball team beat the Redwood Rangers for their first loss in WYL and the second loss of their entire season.
The Miners pitched senior ace Mason Garispe in the win. His ERA for the game was 3.32 giving him his first win in WYL. Garispe also struck out 3 batters pitching the majority of the game through 6 innings. The Rangers Ace Vincent Pratti pitched a total of 4 innings and Vincent Cervantes closed for the Rangers.
Sophomore third baseman, Parker Boswell, had a batting average of 1.000 as well as having 2 runs batted in. Another sophomore with the name of Brent Vasquez also had 2 RBIs in the game.
With this win the Miners have a record of (5-1) in WYL and the defending Valley Champs have a record of (6-1) in WYL.
On Wednesday, March 22, 2017, El Diamante Track and Field took on a dual meet against Mt. Whitney and Hanford. Overall, both El Diamante boys and girls teams snatched first place, gaining points from almost all events. In addition, approximately seventy participants PR’d and ten others received season records. Even throughout the afternoon storm, the Miners crossed the finish line.
Some highlights include El Diamante seniors Daniel Arias winning first place in the 200 meters, Larissa Alejandro winning first place in shot put, and Jessie Bennett winning first place in the 100 meters.
by: SETH HALL
This sweet sixteen game between two top teams with two top coaches in the NCAA all-time, was on for the ages. Many games throughout the tournament end on crazy buzzer-beaters or big stops to get the win, and that is exactly what happened thursday night. Through the whole game Gonzaga and West Virginia were going back and forth basically every possession. In the first half Gonzaga was winning the tough matchup to be up by two with Mathews and Williams-Gross dominating the game. Yet, in the second half West Virginia would not go away, Carter and Miles started hitting the shots they always hit to keep them in the game. Miles made a huge three to put West Virginia up by 1, and then they found a way to get a stop. All they needed was one big bucket to seal the deal with a potential dunk. Yet, as west virginia’s forward, Adrian, went up for a dunk three Gonzaga players came flying in to get a big block. Williams-Gross quickly got the rebound and pushed the ball to find a wide open Mathews with a huge three pointer to put them up by two. West Virginia came down the court with no play in hand and just dribbled and dribbled to end up getting off a ridiculous shot that was not even close. With adding a free throw West Virginia came up short in a tough rugged matchup losing 61-58. Gonzaga is starting to silence all the doubters.
by JAKE GONZALEZ
On Sunday, March 19, the second seeded Kentucky Wildcats and the tenth seeded Wichita State Shockers faced off in the round of 32 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Wichita State, coming off of an upset against upset victory against seventh seeded Dayton, hoped to pull off another remarkable upset. Leading the Wildcats were freshman standouts Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox. For Wichita State, freshman Landry Shamet was a key contributor.
Throughout the first half, the Wildcats and the Shockers were back and forth. They displayed what March Madness is all about by giving 110 percent effort on every possession. The first half ended with a score of 26-24 with the Wildcats on top. The defensive ability of both teams was a major part of the first half, as they combined for only 50 points in the first half.
The second half continued with the same high intensity. Lead changes and ties were consistently happening. Wichita State’s largest lead was four points and Kentucky’s largest lead was seven. The ballgame came down to the final possession. The ball was in Landry Shamet’s hands with the clock ticking down. Shamet shot a desperation three to force the game to overtime, but it was blocked by Kentucky’s Edrice Adebayo. This sealed the game for Kentucky with a 65-62 thrilling victory.
Kentucky’s next game is in the sweet sixteen against third seeded UCLA and star freshman point guard Lonzo Ball. They previously played on December third and UCLA came out on top with a 97-92 win.
by JUSTIN RIVERA
Seventh seeded South Carolina upsets second seeded Duke which was a top contender for the National Championship. The Blue Devils fell to the Gamecocks 81-88 on March 20.
After the first half Duke was up 30-23, with South Carolina shooting a mere 20 percent from the field. However they quickly turned it around in the second half converting on over 70 percent of their shots.
South Carolinas’ defense held Dukes’ top scorer, Luke Kennard, to only 11 points the entire game. They also held Grayson Allen to 5-13 from the field.
Sindarius Thornwell of South Carolina contributed a game high 24 points to their offensive attack. Chris Silva recorded a double-double scoring 17 points and gathering 10 rebounds.
With Dukes loss South Carolina moves onto the Sweet 16 and leaving only the University of North Carolina from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in the whole tournament.
The Gamecocks will play against the third seeded Baylor Bears for a chance of advancing to the Elite Eight.
by ZACHARIAH MCCORVEY
On Saturday, March 4th, the El Diamante Miners took on the Clovis North Broncos at home in a Coca-Cola Classic matchup. The Miners came into the game off a huge win over San Joaquin Memorial winning 13-2. The Miners started out strong as they battled hard throughout the first 6 innings with the game being tied 2-2. The game went downhill in the 7th as it was walk after walk and many errors were made. Parker Boswell started on the bump for the Miners, giving up only one hit against the Broncos. Zachariah McCorvey came in to relieve to strike out 4 and have two ground outs. Things were looking up for the Miners heading into the 7th. The Miners were not playing to their fullest in the last inning as they watched the Broncos score 4 in the top of the 7th.