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Cougar Golf Boys, Tennis Team See Limited Action

Amidst the spring raindrops, Escalon’s golf boys were able to fit in a match on their home course and the tennis team also got in one contest this week.

First year head coach Ron Gutierrez said his golfers faced off again Livingston, hosting the Wolves at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club. Escalon carded the victory, 222-326.

“We played our best match of the year, as a team, shooting a team score of 222,” Gutierrez said. “We were led by two seniors, Nathan Sarkozy and Daniel Bava, who both shot 40. Mathew Spurgeon had his best round with a 42. Steven Gately and James Wentzell rounded off the scoring with 50s. Ian Gregg also finished with a 54.”

The game, played in pouring rain, brought some tough conditions but Gutierrez said the Cougars played well, toughing it out for the win.

This week was scheduled to include multiple matches for the golf boys, slated to see action Monday at Diablo Grande in the Yellowjacket Invitational; Tuesday at Modesto Muni for a league match with Modesto Christian; Wednesday at Spring Creek against Ripon and Thursday, March 14 hosting Hughson at Oakdale Golf and Country Club.

For the co-ed tennis team, the Cougars were in action on Monday, March 4 on the road against Argonaut.

“It was a very close match and the final score was 4-5 overall,” first year head coach Jackey Stokes said of taking the non-league loss. “The matches that were lost, were fought very well and were very close. This was the first away match our team has played together and they did very well.”

Tuesday, March 5 the Cougars were supposed to play away at Amador but that match got rained out.

“Thursday, March 7 we were supposed to play Calaveras but due to their weather conditions this year they canceled the match the week prior,” Stokes noted. “We had practices each day to continue to build our team up.”

They were slated to host Linden on Tuesday, March 12 after The Times went to press, closing out preseason action.

“Friday, March 15 we have our first season (Trans-Valley League) match against Ripon High School at Ripon,” said Stokes. “I am very proud of my players, they continue to work hard at every practice and match and I cannot wait to see what this season has in store for us.”