Kern Valley claims piece of HDL title pie

 

Submitted Photo – The Kern Valley Broncs jayvee boys basketball team were the 2018-19 High Desert League champions, sharing the title with Rosamond and Cal City.

By Ray Conner
Sports Editor

It turns out that three ‘teams’ really is a charm.

The Broncs jayvee basketball squad, after completing its regular season, had to wait to see where they would finish in the High Desert League standings.

The Broncs, playing at home, took care of their rival Bishop to give them a chance at the league title. Kern Valley was 10-2 in the HDL, having lost to both the Cal City and Rosamond squads.

With one game left between Cal City and Rosamond, the Broncs needed some help.

The Roadrunners came into the game sitting at 9-2 having lost to Cal City and Kern Valley. The Ravens of Cal City had their own fate in their hands as they were 10-1. A win meant the Ravens would be outright HDL champs. A loss gave those same three teams a slice of the title. A Cal City win would put the Broncs in second and drop Rosamond to third.

Fortunately, the Roadrunners playing on their home court upset the Ravens to create a three way championship in the HDL.

The three teams split their games with each other to create the logjam at the top of the standings.

Each team finished the league season at 10-2.

Kern Valley head coach Aaron LaFarga said, “We beat them at our place, but failed to finish the job on the road. We were relying on Rosamond to come through at home and they did. With all of us at least losing to each other once, we came away with a piece of the title. It’s been a few years since the Kern Valley boys basketball has had a league title. I am very proud of my boys. We had to fight through a lot of adversity this year losing three good players to grades. We stepped up the second half and won the games we absolutely needed to win. I am very proud and looking forward to having the title to ourselves next year.”

It seems a shame to have to wait a year to find out if the Broncs and their head coach can live up to the prediction for his team.