3 Foothills area coaches lead East and West squads during the annual Central Section All-Star Games this weekend
By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN
LINDSAY – The 11th annual Central Section All-Star Game is happening this Friday and Saturday at Lindsay High School’s sports complex. Friday will feature the girl’s All-Stars with the East versus the West squads playing at 6 p.m. The boys will take the field on Saturday, with the East taking on the West at 6 p.m.
The East vs. West girl’s all-star matchup features two local head coaches. Exeter’s Darin Lasky will coach the East and Golden West’s Kevin Tilley heads the West.
This is Lasky’s first year coaching in the all-star game.
“It is an honor,” Lasky said. “There have been a lot of greater coaches who have come before me.”
In the 2018-2019 season Lasky led the Monarchs to a 12-7-2 record and a second-place finish in the Central Sequoia League behind the Kingsburg Vikings. Exeter met Kingsburg one final time in the Division IV title game, but lost 2-1. They were able to hold the eventual champions scoreless in the first half until Marissa Montelongo broke free with two goals.
The 12 total wins are two less than Exeter has had each of the previous two seasons. However, due to injuries, Lasky had to come up with a new lineup every game. The Monarchs were still contenders in the CSL, and the post season said more about the team than just wins.
“The girls have been successful, and without the girls there is no me,” Lasky said.
Lasky and Tilly have pitted their teams against one another on three separate occasions, and Tilly never lost a game. Last season, Golden West won 6-2. It was Tilly’s second win in the series.
The Golden West Blazers had their own skirt with winning their own championships. They finished in second place in the West Yosemite League behind powerhouse Redwood. The Blazers had a chance to defeat the Ranges in the second round of WYL play when their game went into double overtime. Golden West eventually lost 2-1.
In the Division III playoffs as the No. 3 seed the Blazers lost in the title game 1-0 to the No. 4 Mission Oak Hawks. Golden West upset the No. 2 seed and WYL rival the Hanford Bullpups.
On Saturday, the boy’s East vs. West matchup will feature Strathmore’s Jimmy Madrigal as head coach of the East squad. Madrigal has turned Strathmore into an East Sequoia League contender over the past few years. Before this past season’s fifth place finish, the Spartans had finished in second the previous two years. Strathmore even advanced to their first Section Championship game in program history in the 2017-2018 season, a loss to the Orange Cove Titans.