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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).

Top of the ladder: Monache's Sotelo went up against area's best and qualified for Area

Being the No. 1 for Monache High School’s girls tennis program is a lot for any Marauder to undertake, however senior Abigail Sotelo rose to the occasion.

Shouldering the load of the team’s top spot in this season’s highly competitive East Yosemite League, Sotelo was one of just four local players to advance to the Central Section Central Area Championship tournament in singles, and the only one to win a match.

Finishing with a 13-8 singles record, she is The Recorder’s 2019 Orange Belt Girls Tennis Player of the Year.

Taking over the No. 1 spot from three-time EYL singles champion and two-time Orange Belt POY, Maddie Giannetto, Sotelo said she felt pressure especially in her first match.

Fifteen others make first, second teams from PHS, MHS

A total of 17 local players made this season’s All-East Yosemite League football first and second team lists with Porterville High School’s Hector Nava Jr. and Larry Duran Jr. finishing on top as the co-Offensive Player of the Year and Lineman of the Year, respectively.

During EYL, Nava Jr. led the league in both passing yards (1,395) and passing touchdowns (12). His eight rushing touchdowns in league was only second to co-Offensive Player of the Year, running back Tairyn Johnson of Tulare Western, who had nine.

Porterville tops Monache 297-324

With a squad full of returners, Porterville High School girls golf has all but cruised through the first round of East Yosemite League play.

Porterville finished the first half of league in second with a 4-1 league record after defeating rival Monache 297-324 in their final nine-hole match of the season Thursday at River Island Country Club. The Panthers trail only first-place Mission Oak while the Marauders (3-2 EYL) are in third.

“I think that's why are team is pretty strong this year,” PHS head coach David Herrera said about having multiple returners. “We're winning most of our matches just because the girls have been in the program. Golf is just something that takes time to pick up and learn.”

Against Monache, Porterville's No. 1 Angela Eugene was the low medalist with a score of 54. Teammate, No. 3 Gemma Gasco, had the second lowest score of the match with a 59. Also for the Panthers No. 2 Aunika Marquez and No. 5 Catherine Entenman shot a 60, No. 4 Uniese Carrillo a 65 and No. 6 Jasmine a 64.