Skip to main content

Broncos football, volleyball sneak peak

August 26, 2014

Desmond Frank (50) was in on a lot of action during the Broncos 2013 season and should be a big factor in the team’s defense for 2014. Photo by Greg Lippincott

The Bishop Broncos football squads will start their season this Friday under a new program, one that similar sized schools have used for a while.
Both the varsity and junior varsity teams will be practicing together and partially sharing the coaching staff. “It brings the teams closer,” said head coach Bill Egan. “Schools like Sierra Canyon and Paraclete have been using this program; it puts the emphasis on consistency and experience.”
One major motivation to meld the teams is the simple fact that half of Bishop’s High Desert League schools did not have JV squads last year, resulting in a lack of play-time for the Broncos JVs.
Arnie Palu returns as head coach for the JVs and will also serve as Egan’s assistant head coach. Egan will be involved closely in the JV program. The end result will be future varsity squads who already know the drill and have the on-field experience to step seamlessly into the varsity program.
“We have a lot of juniors, good kids, who deserve the playing time,” said Egan. They will be able to get more experience playing on the JV team.
“We have some sophomores who need to be on the varsity,” he added.
Both squads participated in a four-school scrimmage this past Friday at California City, facing the Ravens, Knight and Desert high schools. “It went pretty well,” said Egan of the scrimmage. “I’m happy with the effort. We flew to the ball, were able to sustain our blocking. We did a great job.”
So far, the Broncos haven’t had a lot of contact in practices, Egan said. “We’re too small to have a lot of contact;” too small in numbers to risk losing players to injuries so early in the season.
“Some of our experienced players will have to play both offense and defense,” Egan said, but he hopes to only play kids on one side of the ball as much as possible.
In terms of leadership, Egan is looking at third-year starting lineman Cross DeLamora. “He’s doing a good job stepping into a leadership position,” Egan said.
“We’ve got a lot of talent in the backfield,” he said. “They just need more experience.”
Sophomore Ryan Graves will start as quarterback, following a strong showing on JV last year, with Clyde McCoy in as back-up.
Hunter Kampmoyer was a one-man demolition crew as a sophomore last year. “Hunter will be a leader this year on both sides of the ball,” Egan said.
Desmond Frank returns to the defensive line following a phenomenal 2013 season. Other players Egan is looking to are J.J. Cammarata, Thomas Montoya and Colin Batchelder.
“It’s too early to say how the High Desert League will look,” Egan said. “Kern Valley’s quarterback is back, they will be very strong.” Rosamond’s Roadrunners “should be better;” Frazier has a “good coaching staff and a good line” and Cal City has “a lot of coaching talent and speed.”
Bishop starts the pre-league action at 7 p.m. this Friday at Whittier Christian; the game will be broadcast on KBOV, 12:30 a.m.
For Southern Inyo, the Lone Pine Golden Eagles pre-league opens Friday against the Mineral County Serpents at Hawthorne, Nev. The game will be broadcast on KIBS, 100.7 FM at 7 p.m.

Lady Broncos Volleyball
Bishop’s volleyball coach, Linda Frigerio, describes the 2014 team’s strategy in “Survivor” terms. “We have to out work, out think and out play our opponents,” she said.
The Lady Broncos have been on a roll for the last four years, ending in a shared High Desert League championship title in 2013. The starters in 2013 had been in the program, many on varsity as freshmen, four straight years. Now they’re graduated. “Every team is different,” said Frigerio, “based on their needs. These girls are not intimidated; they’re excited and passionate. Our style will be different this year, but our passion is the same.”
Last year’s team motto was “We will” take the HDL championship and they did. “This year it’s ‘All Out,’” Frigerio said. “That means, all hustle, all heart, all the time.”
While last year’s height and skill put games away with frightening efficiency, this year, that height and experience will be replaced with a different style. “We’ll keep the ball in play longer,” said Frigerio. “We’ll fight for every point. We’ll be exciting to watch.”
Last year, the Broncos fell to McFarland in round one of the CIF playoffs. Frigerio described the Lady Cougars as “scrappy” with an unconventional playing style. That’s what Bronco Boosters can expect from this year’s Bishop Lady Broncos.
The Broncos head east for the Yerington Tournament Sept. 5-6.

View more articles in:
Premium Drupal Themes by Adaptivethemes