The Foresthill Wildfires have started their season 4-0. After a road win at Cristo Rey opened the season the Wildfires hosted the 9th Annual Wildfire Classic. Opening night of the tournament saw Foresthill race out to 80 points against John Adams Academy. The team wasn't satisfied with their 23 point win. Senior Nick Lechner exploded for 24 points and 8 assists while Sophomore Jason Ensey and Senior Kaiden Pennington had 17 and 16 points respectively. Coach James Kuykendall knows he has to get contributions from his entire roster every night since there is only 7 varsity players. "We have 6 Seniors who have played a lot of basketball in this program. They understand how to play together and they know the uniqueness of their roster". A second round match-up seemed intriguing to most as the Wildfires were in a close game with Golden Sierra just two weeks ago. The Wildfires were in no mood to keep this gae as close as they came out with a swarming defense and found each other for easy looks on the offensive side. The result was a 23-6 first quarter and a 69-22 final score. Lechner again led the team in scoring (16) and once again he had plenty of help. Pennington (15), Senior Jaycie Zapata (12) and Senior Ben Worton (11) all scored in double digits. Colfax survived a close game on the other side of the bracket to set up an exciting back and forth battle in the championship game. The Wildfires raced to an early 9-2 lead before Colfax stormed right back to tie it. The rest of the game followed a similar pattern with neither team being up by more than 6 points. Senior Caleb Medrano had 8 huge 4th quarter points plus a clutch block in the final moments to help secure the Wildfires a 55-52 victory and it's first ever Wildfire Classic championship. Medrano ended the game with 15 points on a stellar 70% shooting night. Zapata (14), Pennington (13) and Lechner (12) again reached double digits in points. It was a total team effort with all 7 guys contributing to the team winning all 3 games. At the conclusion of the tournament both Pennington and Zapata were named to the all-tournament team and Lechner was named the 2019 Wildfire Classic MVP.

James Kuykendall

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