The Yucaipa High School girls basketball team topped another successful season by having six players named All-Citrus Belt League. Four-year varsity starters Tori Guzman and Julianne LeClair were selected all-league first team. Another senior, Kateland Peters was also a first team pick. Junior's Leanne Cuevas and Grace Estrada were voted to the second team and Macy McKibban made honorable mention. Guzman was CBL-MVP last year.
YHS, the defending two-time CBL title holder lost its crown this season after two close defeats to new CBL champion Cajon, finishing second with a 8-2 record and 17-9 overall. YHS coach Jeremy Hoch said Cuevas, Estrada, and McKibban were members of both his CBL championship teams and will return next season “with a good amount of playoff experience.”
He expects guard Rachael Peters to comeback for her junior year and has a breakout season.
Hoch expressed optimism about his program going forward yet was direct in summing up the 2019 season. He explained the two losses to Cajon and subsequent 60-59 playoff loss in overtime to Pasadena were the result of missed open shots and too many turnovers. “At Pasadena, we had a one-point lead in overtime. With 35 seconds left we missed a couple shots at the end. We played really hard. Kateland Peters controlled the ball well and Julianne LeClair had double digits in rebounds.” Guzman led the Thunderbirds with 16 points and Estrada added 14 points. Peters scored 11 from the point.
Along with his large group of battle-tested players returning next season, Hoch said a number of new sophomores and freshmen will be worked into the system next season. “I have high expectations for our program over the next seven years.”
YHS Baseball Team season opener at Newport Elk’s Tournament
Every player in the lineup contributed to the Yucaipa High School baseball team’s 8-1 win on the road over Tesoro at the Newport Elk's Tournament last Saturday. Tyson Heaton picked up where he left off as a junior last season by earning the win and hitting a home run. Heaton allowed one hit and a run in five innings. Ryan Bersamin pitched a final two scoreless innings in his varsity debut. Keyton Dawson tripled and doubled and drove in two. Jordan Andrade was the game's leading hitter, going 3-for-4. Senior catcher Michael Carpentier drove in two runs. Yucaipa totaled ten hits and did not commit an error.
The Thunderbirds had four games rained out this season.