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Escalon Coaches Ready For Fall Sports Campaign
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Stability is often a key to success, and Escalon High School comes into the Fall 2011 sports campaign with a lot of stability.

All head coaches are returning to their teams for the fall season, with the first of the conditioning sessions hosted on Monday, Aug. 8. Teams could meet for their first official practice that day, and EHS Athletic Director Mark Loureiro - also the varsity head football coach - said all teams were scheduled to have light workouts/conditioning sessions. School starts next week, Monday, Aug. 15 and that's when the more intense practices can begin in earnest.

Fall includes football, volleyball, boys soccer, girls golf and cross country.

Loureiro is back to lead the defending state champion varsity Cougars football team and Randy Northcutt is back as head coach at the JV level. Roger Beeman returns as head coach for the youngest freshman Cougars football team.

Volleyball has Teresa Williamson as head varsity coach, Kayla Kootstra leading the JV girls and Niki (Hoover) Williamson back for another season with the freshman girls.

Paul Silva will be the varsity coach for boys soccer, and Talmage Allen returns to coach the JV boys on the soccer pitch.

Rusty Fachner will be back on the links to lead the golf girls and Rick Heflin will be head coach for cross country, assisted by Malinda Walker.

The district hosted its annual Sports Physicals Night on Tuesday, Aug. 2 and Loureiro said the turnout was a little smaller than anticipated.

"We were down in numbers, probably about 75 kids fewer than last year," Loureiro said.

He wasn't sure whether that was due to kids getting the needed physicals from their own private physicians or if there just won't be as many kids coming out for fall sports.

"We would like to thank the offices of Dr. Peterson and Dr. Bystrom and Travis Bartelink, they did a great job for us," Loureiro said of coordinating the Physicals Night.

Volunteers from Escalon Community Ambulance also routinely help out at the event and physicals given there are good for athletes for the entire school year.