The 2018-19 high school sports season has come and gone.
The year began on July 23, 2018, as the Bret Harte High School football team held a midnight practice at Dorroh Field in Angels Camp. The year came to an end on May 25, 2019, with the Calaveras High School softball team falling in the section championship game.
In 10 months of sporting events, there were plenty of moments, individual performances and memories that were created. Here are some of those moments from that time.
Miguel sets new Bullfrog rushing record, Sept. 21, 2018
Bret Harte High School senior Ryan Miguel didn’t just have the best game of his football career in a 48-28 road victory over the Linden Lions. Miguel had the best day running the ball in the history of the school. Miguel set a new single-game rushing record with 334 yards and three touchdowns on 34 attempts for an average of 9.8 yards per carry. The previous record of 313 yards was set in 2014. One of Miguel’s three touchdowns came from 79 yards out.
Miguel finished his senior season with 870 yards rushing on 125 attempts for an average of 7 yards per carry. He rushed for seven touchdowns and two receiving scores.
Arbuckle runs wild on Bret Harte, Oct. 26, 2018
In his final “Big Game” against the Bret Harte Bullfrogs, Calaveras High School senior John Arbuckle left a lasting impression. Arbuckle touched the ball just 17 times. But of those 17 carries, he found the end zone four times and rushed for 312 yards. Arbuckle averaged 18.4 yards per carry.
Behind Arbuckle’s stellar performance, Calaveras beat Bret Harte 47-27 for its 19th consecutive victory over the Bullfrogs. Arbuckle’s touchdowns weren’t cheap ones. He scored on runs of 31, 64, 29 and 94 yards.
Arbuckle finished his senior season with 1,001 yards rushing and 95 yards receiving. He was a perfect 16 for 16 in PATs and recorded 109 total tackles from his linebacker position. Arbuckle was named the co-Most Valuable Player of the Mother Lode League.
Calaveras’ Celli and Hesser record hat trick, Dec. 15, 2018
The Calaveras High School boys’ soccer team needed a shot in the arm early in the season. It got it with outstanding play from the junior duo of Andrew Celli and Bennie Hesser. The two stars each scored three goals in Calaveras’ 7-0 victory over Ripon at Frank Meyer Field in San Andreas.
After a 0-0 first half, Hesser gave Calaveras its first goal of the night with a penalty kick. Less than a minute later, Hesser scored again. With 32:15 to play, Celli scored three goals in five minutes to give Calaveras a 5-0 lead. Hesser scored his third of the game with 6:04 remaining with another penalty kick.
Costa lights it up against Argonaut, Feb. 5, 2019
The 2018-19 season was not a kind one to the Bret Harte High School boys’ basketball team. Heading into a clash with second-place Argonaut, Bret Harte had lost nine in a row, including eight straight league games.
With only two games left in the season, Bret Harte was running out of chances to capture a league win. Senior Michael Costa made sure to change that. Costa shocked the Mustangs and took over the game. Behind Costa’s 32 points and five rebounds, the Bullfrogs stunned Argonaut 57-53.
Costa finished the season on the Mother Lode League’s first team.
DeLeon sends Calaveras to section title game, June 23, 2019
Calaveras High School sophomore Angelina DeLeon not only kept Calaveras’ section title softball dream alive once, but twice. In an elimination playoff game against Liberty Ranch with a trip to the section title game on the line, DeLeon came up clutch twice.
Trailing 7-5 with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, DeLeon tied the game with one swing of the bat. One inning later, the sophomore sent her team to the section championship with a two-out single to plate two runners. Calaveras beat Liberty Ranch 11-10. In that game, DeLeon went 3 for 4 with a home run, four RBIs, with one run scored and one stolen base.
DeLeon finished the year on the Mother Lode League’s second team. She hit .507 with 38 hits, 27 RBIs, scored 22 runs, had 10 doubles, three home runs, walked eight times, stole 10 bags and ended the season on an 11-game hitting streak.