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Swim & dive, track & field state meets canceled too

The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) announced Wednesday that state championships for wrestling, swim and dive, and track and field are canceled.

“Due to the limited number of Sections in Northern California conducting championships, coupled with potential logistical/travel issues, the State CIF will not be hosting State Championships in swim & dive, track & field, and wrestling,” the CIF stated in a press release.

Along with the state’s decision, the Central Section also announced it would not have section championships either.

A decision on whether or not Lindsay High School football will have a season comes today. 

The Cardinals, who haven’t donned pads since the 2019 season, started practicing this week hoping that they would have a season when Tulare County met the criteria to play. According to the new California Department of Public Health guidelines, that criteria is an “adjusted case rate equal to or less than 14 per 100,000." The county met that criteria on Tuesday with an adjusted COVID-19 rate of 11.

Lindsay athletic director, John Caesar, said he was meeting with the school’s principal and superintendent to present a plan for football to play.

“I’ve put together a plan that I think might be able to get us out on the field, but really the holdups right now is testing,” Caesar said. “That’s the big deal right now, is the protocol for testing.”

Under the new guidelines, high-contact sports like football must test weekly, with results made available 24 hours before a game. 

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The Transfer: Porterville guard won EYL title, All-EYL co-MVP

Nash Wobrock wearing the orange and green of Porterville High School was a sight to behold this season.

And not just because he was a top transfer from crosstown rival Monache, but because of how well he handled the consequences of his move and excelled for the best season of his high school career.

Wobrock thrived with the Panthers (19-11, 8-2 EYL), leading them to an East Yosemite League title and proving himself to be one of the best players in the area with an All-EYL co-MVP selection, as well as being named The Recorder’s 2019-20 Orange Belt Boys Basketball Player of the Year.

At Monache, Wobrock won an EYL title as a sophomore and was one of the team’s top players junior year. But even so, he knew since sophomore year that he really wanted to transfer to Porterville.

Freshman forward, Isabella Duran, earned the top spot in postseason honors with an All-East Sequoia League Most Valuable Player selection.

The Lindsay High School girls soccer player was one of two Cardinals to receive high honors with teammate, junior Nicole Barriento, being named the league’s Best Goalie. High honors also went to Strathmore’s Izabella Baez (Best Offensive Player), Sierra Pacific’s Makayla Cawley (Best Defensive Player) and Christa Smith (Coach of the Year). 

Ten players from Lindsay (14-9-3, 10-2 ESL), Strathmore (11-9-1, 6-4-1 ESL) and Granite Hills (10-14-2, 4-7-1 ESL) also made the All-ESL first and second teams.

Six players from Porterville and Monache High School girls soccer programs made All-East Yosemite League first and second teams this season.

The MVP of the league was Jaci Maze of EYL champion Tulare Union (23-5-1, 8-1-1 EYL). Maze led the league in scoring and assists with seven goals and five assists. She had 29 goals and 19 assists for the overall season. The Tribe were also the CIF Central Section Division II runner-ups.

MONACHE (12-9-3, 4-6 EYL)

Making the All-EYL first team for Monache (12-9-3, 4-6 EYL) were senior forward Zoe Rios and junior forward Jiselle Batres. 

On top of winning the East Yosemite League title with Porterville High School boys basketball, Nash Wobrock capped off his final season with an All-EYL, co-Most Valuable Player selection as well.

Wobrock shared the MVP title with Mikey Ficher, a junior from Tulare Western (22-8, 7-3 EYL). Five other players from the area -- two from Porterville (19-11, 8-2 EYL) and three from Monache (22-8, 7-3 EYL) -- also made EYL first and second teams.

Six others make all-league team from PHS, MHS

Jazlynne Medrano and Jewelia Maniss.

The two seniors were the heart and soul of Porterville High School girls basketball and their contributions to bring the Panthers' back-to-back, undefeated East Yosemite League titles was recognized with the two being named the All-EYL co-Most Valuable Players.

Along with Medrano and Maniss, three other Porterville (31-3, 10-0 EYL) players and three Monache Marauders (18-7, 7-3 EYL) were selected to All-EYL teams.

Six locals receive all-league honors

A total of six area boys basketball players made the All-East Sequoia League list this season with Lindsay High's Issac Munoz and Mohamed Kourain, and Strathmore's Owen Patterson, making the first team.

Senior guards Munoz and Kourain were the team's leading scorers and instrumental in leading the Cardinals (21-9, 9-3 ESL) to a shared second-place finish in league with Sierra Pacific (13-15, 9-3 ESL).