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Verdejo scores 20 in 53-48 win over MOHS

A slow start couldn’t stop Monache High School girls basketball in Friday evening’s East Yosemite League matchup against Mission Oak.

Playing at home, the Marauders (3-0 EYL) trailed in the first quarter but outscored the Hawks (1-2 EYL) in the next two to take a lead that carried them to a 53-48 victory.

“They just have so much heart,” MHS head coach Junell Garcia said. “They really want to win. I told them that this season was just kind of for fun. We get a season, let’s be happy with that. You’ve been off for a whole year or more, but they really all want to win in their hearts. So they give it their all. That’s just who they are. I love these girls. They’re awesome.”

Leading Monache in scoring with 20 points was freshman Alisha Verdejo. 

Porterville High School boys tennis lost 5-4 to Tulare Union in an East Yosemite League match on the road Monday.

In singles, No. 2 Garin Wallace won 6-2, 6-2 and No. 5 Thomas Medina won 6-4, 5-7, 10-5. In the doubles matches, Wallace and Anthony Chavez won the No. 1 match 8-1. No. 3 Julian Lopez and Vaasu Deswal also won 9-7.

Chavez lost his No. 1 singles match by a close score of 3-6, 6-4, 10-7. No. 3 Daniel Alcantar also lost a close match 7-6, 6-4 while No. 6 Luis Rojas went down 6-2, 7-6.

Porterville girls tennis lost 5-4 at home to Tulare Union.

Marauders top Trailblazers 6-3 in opener

Monache High School girls tennis opened the season with a 6-3 win over Golden West at home Wednesday.

Wearing green scrunchies for St. Patrick’s Day — the only appropriate time to ever wear green as a Marauder — Monache picked up the win in doubles with a clean sweep. 

No. 1 Alexis Baeza and Maria Hernandez won 8-3, No. 2 Azalea Gutierrez and Anayeli Ramirez won 8-6, and No. 3 Elvira Gamboa and Denise Fuentes won 8-1.

Monache High School girls soccer had a successful weekend at the McLane Tournament over the weekend. 

Monache High School boys soccer defeated Coalinga 3-1 in the Lemoore High School tournament Friday.

Fabio Melgar scored twice for the Marauders and Alejandro Ramos had one goal.

Face Mira Monte today at 5:30 p.m. in SHS tourney

When you can get big, clutch play from every member of your team good things are going to happen.

Monache High School girls basketball proved that with their 47-44 opening-round win over Roosevelt High School in the 37th annual George Glover Memorial tournament Thursday at Strathmore High School.

Close game from start to finish, the Marauders (4-1) didn't begin to pull away until the fourth quarter when they started their scoring off with a 3-pointer from Ashlynn Baxter then two free throws from Kailyn Castle to take a 40-36 lead.

Monache girls avenge loss to Western, boys win too

It was the dual of the week and Monache High School cross country came through with a big finish.

The Marauders took on the Mustangs of Tulare Western in Wednesday's East Yosemite League dual at Veteran's Park, and came out on top with both boys and girls teams picking up wins.

The win was sweeter for the girls, who avenged last season's loss and took Western down 26-33. That loss was Monache's first since 2012 and resulted in a shared EYL title.

“Kind of a comeback from EYL last year,” MHS head coach Seth Ishida said. “We had a lot of trouble with them at our EYL championship last year — shared the title — so it was really important to comeback against them this time. We wanted to get it done here, take the pressure off. ... This probably seals up at least a share of the title.”

Monache's Aislin Taylor separated herself from the pack immediately and finished the 3-mile run in first place with a time of 18 minutes, 10 seconds — a season record.

Monache High School volleyball swept Mission Oak at all levels in Monday's East Yosemite League game at home.

The varsity team won their three sets, 25-9, 25-22 and 25-9, respectively, with Gabriella Cox getting 33 kills and six digs. Kristen Watson had 16 digs, four aces and one kill. Tia Jules had eight kills. Morgan Hunter had nine kills and one block. Hally Flynn had eight kills and seven digs. Kailyn Castle had six kills and 13 digs.

The frosh-soph Marauders won 2-0 with 25-13 and 25-15 wins while junior varsity won 25-13 and 25-18.