The African lion in due course will be listed in the U.S. as an endangered species, which will make it illegal for American big game hunters to continue to slay lions and bring their mounted heads back into the states as trophies, which they have been doing for many years.
Meanwhile, the Lions in the Coast Valley League — the Valley Christian Academy Lions — appear headed for a trophy as league champions. Those Lions are 9-0, two games in front of the 7-2 Coast Union boys, and the Lady Lions (6-0) are in front of the (6-2) Lady Broncos.
Both league losses by the Bronco boys and by the girls resulted from the roar of the Valley Christian Lions. Last season the boys from Coast Union split two games with the Lions, losing 50-42 and nipping the Lions 56-51. The Lady Broncos lost both games with the Lions in 2011-2012.
How do the two boys’ teams match up in games against similar rivals this season? Coast Union’s boys defeated Cuyama Valley 67-23 on Jan. 11; the Lions’ boys pounced on Cuyama Valley 93-16. The Bronco boys beat Maricopa 57-27; the Lions ripped Maricopa 78-15.
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As for the Lady Broncos’ stats, Roxy Mertens continues to lead the team in scoring; according to MaxPreps, Mertens is averaging 14.8 points a game and has hauled down 60 rebounds. Crystal Nunez is second in scoring with 46 total points and she has 57 rebounds coming into this week.
The Lady Broncos — having won four of their last five coming into this week — entertain Shandon (0-3) at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1. The Bronco boys defeated Orcutt Academy 50-43 Tuesday, Jan. 29. The Lady Broncos lost to Orcutt, 44-38.