High School Sports

Buchanan High receives biggest state honor for athletic accomplishments

State championships in boys wrestlin and girls track and field propelled Buchanan High to Cal-Hi Sports State School of the Year for the second time in school history.

“The magnitude of being recognized as the No. 1 high school athletic program in the state of California is both a huge honor and humbling,” Buchanan athletic director James Gambrell said. “Truthfully this honor belongs to our amazing student-athletes, coaches, administration and community.”

Buchanan also won the award in 2005-06. It’s the fifth time a Clovis Unified School District was honored.

Cal-Hi’s Mark Tennis took notice of the Bears’ accomplishments including:

A fourth straight boys wrestling title despite what was expected to be a rebuilding year under coach Troy Tirapelle. Plus, a state individual championship for Buchanan freshman Cristelle Rodriguez.

A 50-point state meet by the girls track and field team in its home stadium. Shelby Daniele was a state champion in the 200-meter dash. Meagen Lowe placed second in the 1,600-meter run and third in 3,200 behind teammate Corie Smith. Lowe was second in the state cross country championships and the Bears finished sixth.

The Bears boys track and field team finished finished 10th in the state behind second- and third-place finishes in the discus by Christian Johnson and Kyler Van Grouw.

Tennis noted that the football, girls volleyball, baseball and softball teams were all ranked in the state.

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Anthony Galaviz writes about sports for The Fresno Bee. He covers the Oakland Raiders, high schools, boxing, MMA and junior colleges. He’s been with The Bee since 1997 and attended Fresno City College before graduating from Fresno State with a major in journalism and a minor in criminology.