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Escalon Spring Sports Teams Seeing Plenty Of Action
Varsity soccer player Natalie Titsworth, 24, at left works the ball up the field against her Manteca opponent on April 28. Trailing the play is Lady Cougar Analise Silveira, 17. Marg Jackson/The Times

Another hectic week of sports competition for Escalon High School has included volleyball, softball, tennis, golf, track and field, and both boys and girls soccer, among other events.

Here is a wrap of recent contests.



“We have started off the season with a bang,” said head coach Teresa Williamson. “Our first match (Big Valley) was a very tough match. These girls fought hard to pull off the win. We were down 2-0 to come back and win the match in five. The girls showed so much heart and determination.”

April 21, Escalon 3 Big Valley 2 – Scores were 24-26; 17-25; 25-22; 26-24; 15-12.

Rylie Lattig 40 Assists; Emily Vickers 22 Kills; Bella Cormack 18 Kills; Grace Ferreira and Emily Vickers both with 18 digs; Elise Gonzales 5 Blocks; Emily Vickers 7 Aces.

April 22, Escalon 3 Linden 0 – Scores were 25-11; 25-16; 25-10.

Rylie Lattig 21 Assists; Emily Vickers 17 Kills; Rylie Lattig 10 Digs; Bella Cormack 3 Blocks; Emily Vickers 8 Aces.

April 26, Escalon 3 Sierra 0; Scores were 25-17; 25-17; 25-17.

No stats available.

April 27, Escalon 3 Central Catholic 0 – Scores were 27-25; 25-19; 25-11.

Rylie Lattig 18 Assists; Emily Vickers and Bella Cormack both with 10 Kills; Koren Rodriguez 13 Digs; Elise Gonzales 3 Blocks; Rylie Lattig and Grace Ferreira both with 5 Aces.



A Wednesday, April 28 contest at Ripon was a 7-2 win for the varsity Lady Cougars. Brooke Davis was the winning pitcher.

“Soleil Gouzenne made some great plays in left field and Bri Vazquez threw a runner trying to score out from right field,” said head coach Jeff Borden. “Macie Vickers helped defensively, throwing base runners out at second and third.”

Tulsa Carnes paced the offense with two hits.

On Friday, the JV girls welcomed Ripon Christian to town and came away with a 7-5 victory.

“Tulsa Carnes and Madison Hagglund combined for the win,” Borden said of the two sharing the pitcher’s circle.

Shelby Wilder was 2-for-4 with three RBI and Alyssa Herrera also had two hits.

This week, the JV is scheduled to play at Weston Ranch on May 5 and varsity will be home Friday, May 7 to host Sierra.



Visiting Oakdale narrowly edged out Escalon in a 4-3 decision on April 28. Taking wins off the court for the Lady Cougars were singles players Madelyn Page 6-2, 6-1; Isabella Nalbandian, 6-4, 7-5; and Maddie Faria, 7-6, 6-4. Singles losses came for Rylie Lattig and Lily McCracken, while the doubles teams of Ella Adams and Sophia Martin lost in a tiebreaker and Laura Thompson and Faith Reyes lost in straight sets.

Defeating Ripon 4-1, the lone loss of the day came for Page in girls singles, while singles winners were Faria, 6-3, 6-1; Lattig, 6-1, 6-0; McCracken, 6-0, 6-1. Makayla Wentzell and Adams teamed for doubles, winning 8-5.



The varsity soccer girts fell in a close 2-1 match to Ripon Christian on April 26 and then were defeated by Manteca in a 7-1 contest on April 28. The JV girls fell in a 9-0 decision to Manteca on Wednesday in their lone game of the week.



Winning a 4-2 contest against Manteca on April 27, Luis Flores netted all four goals for the varsity soccer boys in the home match. Alexiz Rodriguez had two assists. Keepers Aldo Yepiz and Brayan Barrientos each saw time in net, Yepiz with five saves, Barrientos with three.

Thursday against East Union the boys lost a 5-2 decision. Brandon Granda and Andres Beltran had the goals, Rodriguez had one assist.

The JV boys lost to East Union on Thursday, 2-1.



Tuesday at Escalon Golf Course, par 31 the Cougars hosted Manteca High. Escalon had all five boys in the thirties with scores of: TJ McNeil 32, Bryce McKenzie 33, Kaden Schrotenboer 34, Jacob Dugo 35, Ben Millard 39, and the sixth man Matt Smith 44. The team had an impressive total of 173 which tied their best score of the season. They came away with a win, defeating Manteca with a total of 233. Dugo and Smith shot their personal bests and it was also a great round for McNeil with 32, which after a triple bogey on the sixth hole, came back with birdies on holes seven and eight.

Wednesday at Escalon with Ripon Christian, the boys were well prepared for the match knowing RC was a top contender to win the VOL. Scores were Kaden Schrotenboer 33, TJ McNeil 35, Jacob Dugo 37, Ben Millard 38, Bryce McKenzie 41, and the sixth Austin Schweickert 47. Escalon came up short with a total of 184 to RC’s 176. The match was very tight throughout the round but the team couldn’t close it out, but coaches said they were proud of the boys and how hard they played.



Specific times and scores were not officially kept at the competition hosted in Oakdale on April 28.

However, some notable performances provided by Escalon coaches included: Grady Fugett ran 6:18 in the mile and 13:49 in the 2 mile, with the 2-mile time a personal record.

In the throws, Preston Ball and Stephen Percey had some PR’s in the discus. Ball threw 113'2" and Percey 111' 11.5".They placed 1st and 2nd. In the shot put, first and second went to Ball and Chase Pacheco, Ball threw 36'6" and Pacheco threw 34'4".

Turning in a time of 6:18 here in the mile, Escalon’s Grady Fugett also set a personal best of 13:49 in the 2-mile in the April 28 meet. Dennis D. Cruz/The Times