Foresthill’s JV and Varsity Boy squads kicked off their season at the Wildfire Classic held between November 30th and December 2nd in Foresthill. It’s grown into a 16 team event and Coach James Kuykendall sees the next step as getting more members of the community attending games in 2018.
The Varsity team lost their opening round match in the 7th annual event to Sierra Lutheran of Nevada but bounced back in the 2nd game to get a win before falling to Golden Sierra in the Consolation Championship. Coach James Kuykendall is still confident in his team as they continue their season. “It may take us longer than we want but we’re figuring some stuff out and getting everyone healthy for January and February.” Junior Sklyar Tuttle played three solid games earning all-tournament honors as he scored 54 points over the three days. Day one also featured strong games from Junior Elias Estrada (10 points, 6 rebounds) and Senior Thomas Patterson (12 points). Day 2 brought a defensive contest with the Wildfires holding it’s opponent to 27% shooting. Junior Hunter Williams lead the team in scoring on Saturday with 14 points.
The JV team started their successful journey Thursday night at FDS in what turned out to be a fast paced game. They overcame a tough Golden Sierra team 69-53 with Sophomore Nick Lechner leading the way with 10 points, 7 assists, 4 boards and 4 steals. Caleb Medrano lead the team in scoring with 13 points, while Sophomores Ben Worton and Drew Stroup added 8 points a piece and Paul Arnett had 9 points. Coach Jordan Tucker was pleased with the total team effort with Kaiden Pennington and Isaac Davis each playing well. On Friday the Wildfires beat Sierra Lutheran 55-39 with Lechner again having a strong all around game (17 points, 6 assists, 6 rebounds). Caleb Medrano had 15 points and Kaiden Pennington added 8 points and 13 rebounds.
Saturday saw Kaiden Pennington producing a monster game to lead the Wildfires to a championship, defeating Western Sierra 53-39. Pennington finished with 28 points and 17 rebounds. Medrano again played solid with 12 points, and Lechner playing another good all-around game. Nick Lechner earned tournament MVP while Caleb Medrano and Kaiden Pennington was also recognized as all tourney members. Coach Tucker was extremely happy with everyone contributing to the three victories.