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Fitzgerald Tapped For Lacky Award
Escalon High School senior Ian Fitzgerald has been selected as one of the award winners for the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section A. Dale Lacky/CSEA Scholarships.

The Section will provide $35,800 in scholarships, awarded to 50 winners for outstanding athletic performance, community service and academic success during their four years of high school.

Fitzgerald is a four-year football player at Escalon. He also played tennis for two seasons and baseball his freshman year. In all seven of his sports seasons, his team won the league title. He was an all-TVL selection in tennis for both seasons as well as football his senior year. His junior year, Escalon won the CIF State Division III Championship Bowl Game. He is the student body secretary, Interact Club President, Friends Helping Friends Club President, a member of the Peer Interaction Team and he was in the school's recent spring play.

He's a city lifeguard and swim instructor, a volunteer youth league basketball and baseball coach and he's participated in several local Rotary fundraisers. Fitzgerald has a 4.0 GPA, and he will attend the University of Arizona. He plans on majoring in physiology with the hopes of becoming a physician or physician's assistant.

The Section award, named after former Section and State CIF President, A. Dale Lacky, recognizes the top male and female student-athletes within the Section. Fitzgerald was among the recipients chosen to receive a $600 scholarship from the Section.

All schools were allowed to play one extra volleyball game and an extra boys and girls basketball game with 50 percent of the gate going directly to the foundation for the scholarships. More than $24,000 was generated through the foundation games. The balance of money came through California School Employees Association.

All of the winners will be recognized at the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Breakfast Awards Ceremony, which will take place on Tuesday, April 17 at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi. The program will start at 9 a.m. The Section will also be honoring three male and three female model coach winners at this breakfast as well. Sacramento State athletic director Terry Wanless will be the keynote speaker.

CIF Sac-Joaquin Section oversees high school athletics for 194 schools and 225,000 students. Its geographic boundaries stretch from Merced in the south, Grass Valley in the North, Napa to the west and the Nevada state line to the east. The Section is the second largest of California's 10 athletic sections.