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Escalon Closes Out Sensational School Year In Sports
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In what was arguably the best year ever for Escalon High School sports, the Cougars came away with a dozen Trans-Valley League titles, three California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Section titles and put nine teams in the CIF playoffs.

There were seven varsity and five frosh/soph league titles during the course of the year, starting with the fall sports, on through the winter and into the spring campaign.

"We had a tremendous spring and a tremendous school year," Escalon High Athletic Director and head varsity football coach Mark Loureiro told the crowd assembled for the recent spring sports awards night program. "We'd like to thank our coaches, our parents, our athletes ... we had some amazing numbers this year."

All the Section crowns came in the spring, with varsity softball, boys golf and the tennis team all winning the coveted blue banner.

The school also had 71 first team All-TVL athletes, seven coaches were honored as Head Coaches of the Year in the Trans-Valley League and the school also had seven Most Valuable Player honorees in the TVL as well. There were 12 All-District Players recognized, four State CIF qualifiers and an incredible 319 students out of 569 involved in sports that were classified as 'scholar athletes' by maintaining a grade point average of 3.0 or above.

With spring season honors recently announced, the following Escalon High athletes and coaches were recognized:


Danny Thompson and Kaitlyn Brayton, TVL MVPs; coach Dan Thompson, Coach of the Year; All-TVL Vince Aufdermaur, Robbie Hoile, Jon Segale, Katie Aprile, Presli Pilati, Julia Thompson.


Caitlin Brooks, MVP; Kattie Schmidig, defensive MVP; coach Dianne Teixeira, Coach of the Year; All-TVL Breanna Brodie, Jordon Costa, Rachel Frasier, Lounette Jackson.


Leighton Pangilinan, co-MVP; Spencer Franceschetti, co-defensive MVP; John Lopez, Outstanding Pitcher of the Year; Greg Largent, Coach of the Year; All-TVL Nick Largent, Charlie McDonald, Josh Miguel, Patrick Mulry, Aaron Pangilinan; Honorable Mention Derrick DeFreitas, Justin Martinez.


Adam Zolezzi, co-MVP; coach Rusty Fachner, Coach of the Year; All TVL Donovan Gardner, Jimmy Morris.


Amanda Franklin, co-Offensive MVP; All-TVL Annie Gallego, Taylor Morrow, Melanie Winkler; Honorable Mention Esmeralda Gomez, Flor Gomez, Alex Gonzales, Kara McKee, Jaqueline Serpa.

In addition, some Cougar athletes will represent their school one more time, with Charlie McDonald tapped to play in the annual Lion's All-Star Football Game at UOP on Saturday, June 20, suiting up for the North team and baseball players John Lopez and Leighton Pangilinan, softball players Kattie Schmidig and Jordon Costa selected for the San Joaquin County United Way All-Stars contests, slated at Delta College on Saturday, June 20.