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The storybook career for the greatest girls wrestler in Monache High School history is beginning a new chapter.

Senior Charlotte Kouyoumtjian signed on to the women’s wrestling program at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, Minn., during a small signing ceremony Tuesday at Monache. The Auggies of Augsburg are an NCAA Division III program.

Kouyoumtjian said she had wanted to go to Augsburg and knew it was the right place when she visited, then committed, last November. 

“Everybody was really nice, and they kept coming up to me and talking to me and telling me stuff,” she said. “I’m just really shy, so I was like, I’m scared to go here because I’m not going to be good at making conversations with people. But they came to me, so it was easier.”


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 soccer shut out Strathmore 2-0 in a non-league game Friday on the road. 

Ivan Suarez scored the first goal on a nice cross from Kevin Gil while Jimmy Alvarado scored the second.

“It was a good game,” PHS head coach Eddie Gutierrez said in a text. “They made the second half tough for us but we were able to keep the shutout. The defense was solid today and Eli Guzman had some really good saves in goal! Very happy with the performance from the boys!”

Monache High School’s Ana Rivas pitched a one-hit gem in the Marauders’ 13-0 shutout of Orange Cove in a non-league softball game Monday on the road.

Rivas finished with nine strikeouts and only gave up one walk. At the plate, Rivas also went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored.

“Did an excellent job,” MHS head coach Dave Koontz said. “Just an excellent job pitching. She was hitting her spots. Just did an excellent, excellent job. Very proud of her.”

Rivas’ sister, Alexandria “Mia” Rivas, went 1-for-3 with a triple, sacrifice and three RBIs. Kailyn Castle was 3-for-4 and “crushed the ball”, according to Koontz.

“The girls really played well,” Koontz said. “Orange Cove was missing a couple of good players but basically our girls really played well, they just keep getting better. And I’m very, very pleased with them so far.”

Monache hosts San Joaquin Memorial today at 3:30 p.m.

After not being able to host their annual plant sale in person last year, instead hosting it online, the Monache High School (MHS) Agriculture…