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By Jeff Tully | March 14, 2009
BELLARMINE-JEFFERSON HIGH — With two of its starters and leading scorers knocked sidelined with injuries, it would have been a perfect time for the Bellarmine-Jefferson High girls’ basketball team to fold. It had a legitimate excuse. However, instead of packing it in, the Guards battled and held down the fort until the injured players were able to return. The effort helped No. 1-seeded Bell-Jeff notch a 66-59 victory against No. 5 Fresno Christian Thursday in a regional semifinal game of the CIF State Basketball Division V Championships.
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By Jeff Tully | March 11, 2009
BELLARMINE-JEFFESRON HIGH — The Bellarmine- Jefferson High girls’ basketball team found itself in an unfamiliar situation Tuesday in the CIF State Basketball Division V Championships. The Guards, who haven’t played many games in which they had such a slim lead so late, had just a one-point advantage going into the fourth quarter against Sierra Canyon, something the team hadn’t experienced throughout the postseason. However, a big run to begin the fourth quarter and a huge effort from Margeaux Gupilan helped the Guards earn a 79-65 victory at home.
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By Jeff Tully | March 14, 2009
Don’t call Rishonda Napier a freshman. The word often congers up images of an athlete who is inexperienced, maybe naive and even a little wet behind the ears. Although she is in her first season with the Bellarmine- Jefferson High girls’ basketball team, Napier is anything but a typical freshman. “I don’t even consider myself a freshman,” said Napier, a 5-foot-6 point guard. “I like to call myself a ninth-grader instead.” Although she admits she gets butterflies before every game, Napier has proven to have nerves of steel this season for the Guards.
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By Story by Jeff Tully??Photo by Scott Smeltzer | April 22, 2009
Shelley Gupilan doesn’t fist pump after a key play or pop her jersey when she makes a big basket. She never yells at teammates or taunts opponents. She also never hangs her head or sulks when she makes a mistake. Gupilan’s lack of emotion on the basketball court doesn’t mean she’s complacent when it comes to her dedication to the game — or her teammates. While many players wear their emotions on their sleave, the Bellarmine-Jefferson High senior keeps hers tucked neatly inside her Guards jersey.
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By Jeff Tully | March 14, 2009
Don’t call Rishonda Napier a freshman. The word often congers up images of an athlete who is inexperienced, maybe naive and even a little wet behind the ears. Although she is in her first season with the Bellarmine- Jefferson High girls’ basketball team, Napier is anything but a typical freshman. “I don’t even consider myself a freshman,” said Napier, a 5-foot-6 point guard. “I like to call myself a ninth-grader instead.” Although she admits she gets butterflies before every game, Napier has proven to have nerves of steel this season for the Guards.
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By Jeff Tully | March 14, 2009
BELLARMINE-JEFFERSON HIGH — With two of its starters and leading scorers knocked sidelined with injuries, it would have been a perfect time for the Bellarmine-Jefferson High girls’ basketball team to fold. It had a legitimate excuse. However, instead of packing it in, the Guards battled and held down the fort until the injured players were able to return. The effort helped No. 1-seeded Bell-Jeff notch a 66-59 victory against No. 5 Fresno Christian Thursday in a regional semifinal game of the CIF State Basketball Division V Championships.
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By Jeff Tully | March 11, 2009
BELLARMINE-JEFFESRON HIGH — The Bellarmine- Jefferson High girls’ basketball team found itself in an unfamiliar situation Tuesday in the CIF State Basketball Division V Championships. The Guards, who haven’t played many games in which they had such a slim lead so late, had just a one-point advantage going into the fourth quarter against Sierra Canyon, something the team hadn’t experienced throughout the postseason. However, a big run to begin the fourth quarter and a huge effort from Margeaux Gupilan helped the Guards earn a 79-65 victory at home.
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