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Lady Linksters Card Solid Rounds In VFL Wins
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The Escalon High School Girl's Golf Team continued to roll along this week, winning two more Valley-Foothill League contests while also putting in a quality showing at the Yellowjacket Invitational.

Monday, Sept. 26 the Lady Cougar linksters traveled to Stevinson Ranch to take part in the Yellowjacket Invitational. The tournament is a good one for Escalon for several reasons. It was played at Stevinson Ranch where the Section tournament will be held, it has some excellent teams in the field and Escalon gets a chance to see how they fare in a 5-score format over 18 holes. Overall, Coach Rusty Fachner was pleased with the efforts of his troops.

"We played well, finishing sixth in a field that included several Division 1 teams as well as the best teams in our division. It was good barometer, because we got to see how much we need to improve to be a factor in this year's sections. We discovered we still have some work to do. Our fifth score will have to be in the low 120's or lower for us to be competitive."

For the Lady Cougars, Parker Pilati took home low score honors with a 92. Nickey Homen shot a solid 99, while Sabrina Luque added a 112 and Alex Peters checked in with a 114. The important fifth score was shot by Breq Bedell with a 130, while Piper Rockwell added a 134.

On Tuesday the Lady Cougars resumed Valley-Foothill League play with a 159-168 victory over Riverbank. Luque bounced back to shoot a 38 and Homen added a 39 to lead Escalon to the victory. Pilati followed up with a 40 and Peters added a 42. Molly Landon's 46 and Bedell's 53 rounded out the scoring.

"It was a big win for us because Riverbank plays very well at home," Fachner commented. "Sabrina was clutch and Nickey has been very consistent lately. We really leaned on those two and they came through big time. We need them to play this way the rest of the year. It was a tough match and certainly one we couldn't afford to lose."

Thursday, Escalon took on the Lady Indians of Ripon and defeated them 148-176, shooting their lowest team score of the year. But this day really belonged to Alex Peters. The junior shot her best round ever, notching an even-par 32 on the day.

"She was incredible," Fachner stated. "Alex has really improved and now she's set the bar for herself at a new level. I had the privilege of playing in front of her, and I got to watch her hit excellent shot after excellent shot. I have a feeling that we will see more efforts like this out of Alex."

Lost on the day were outstanding rounds by Pilati, who shot a 36, and Homen who carded a 37.

"Both of those girls shot great rounds, but it says a lot about both of them," added Fachner. "They were more excited about Alex's round then they were their own. It was pretty cool."

Finishing out the scoring on the day for Escalon, were Luque with a 43, Rockwell with a 44 and Landon with a 56. Fachner was very excited about the round shot by Rockwell.

"Piper has been working very hard and she's improving all the time. Maybe she can improve to the point where she'll be the fifth score that we're looking for. Her 44 is a big step in the right direction."

The Lady Cougars were slated to play in the Bulldog Invitational in Tracy on Monday, Oct. 3, they take on Ripon Christian Tuesday, Oct. 4 and then travel to Lockeford Springs for an important VFL match against Linden. A win at Lockeford would be a big step in the Lady Cougars securing the league title.