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.