By Krissy Hetherington Special to the Sun-Gazette
VISALIA – Redwood head coach Jason Vieira led the Rangers to their eighth West Yosemite League (WYL) Championship under his command. After a key 3-2 win against Hanford on Tuesday, the Rangers (17-6-2; 8-1) sealed the deal on Thursday against El Diamante 2-1. The clinching win only added to the emotional night for four-year varsity member Jill Nelsen, Brianna Lopez, and Megan James as they played in their final home game.
The win over Hanford needed overtime to be decided. Ashley Wainwright scored in the 90th minute off a pass from Alondra Sanchez. The game started out with a goal by Hanford’s Sheyenne Hodge assisted by Breauna Mello. Redwood answered with a goal by Jill Nelsen assisted by Payton Basso. Followed closely by another Redwood goal by Ashley Wainwright with the pass from Savanna Saesee. But later on, off a corner kick, Darienne Dunn assisted Samantha Bustamante for the last goal for Hanford to tie it up. Clearly a hard-fought game by both teams but Rangers were able to pull off this win despite their first round loss.
Redwoods’ win over El Diamante put them ahead in the standings by one game. Evan House had an unassisted goal early on and Ashley Wainwright had a later goal with the pass from Gabby Bridges. In a team full of sophomores and a few from the other classes, Redwood is looking strong for the next few seasons also. Now, 8-1 in league, the girls look to finish off their season playing Mt. Whitney on Wednesday before heading into playoffs at 6:00 p.m. at Mt. Whitney.
Ranger boys basketball looking good heading into playoffs
After a rocky start, the boys have bounced back in league and finishing out the season strong with two wins in this second to last week of WYL play. Their first game this week was on Tuesday at home against Hanford where they won 52-49. Then they won on Thursday for their senior night against El Diamante, 71-51. They are now in third pace behind first place, Lemoore (9-0) and second place Mt. Whitney (7-2). Redwood will finish off playing against the Pioneers on Wednesday, February 6, away to finish off the regular season. Playoff brackets and schedules will be released after all regular season games are done.
Redwood boys soccer earns big win
The varsity boys won both games against first place Hanford last Tuesday, Jan. 29, 6-1, then in a hard fought battle with El Diamante, 2-1, on Thursday. Alexis Cabrera leads the team with 15 total goals this season and Christian Roldan follows with 11 total goals. They show great depth throughout all classes and enter playoffs looking strong. They have their last regular season game tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 6 as their senior night before going into playoffs starting Feb. 13.