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Boosters Offer Fundraising Bricks
Escalon teacher and head varsity football coach Mark Loureiro was chosen to give the acceptance speech for the Class of 2014 inducted into the Sac Joaquin Section Hall of Fame. - photo by Contributed

Here’s a chance to help build up Escalon sports.

The Escalon Sports Boosters is hosting a brick fundraiser, with the bricks to be placed in front of the new gym on the EHS campus. The bricks can feature a family name, business, individual or organization and proceeds will benefit all sports at Escalon High School.

Much like the downtown brick fundraiser near the monument to the first fire station hosted by the city’s Historical Society, the bricks are commemorative and will be placed permanently at the school.

The cost is $75 for the brick and orders are being accepted now through Dec. 15.

Boosters Club president Laura Kimble said the bricks would make a great Christmas gift for a Cougar fan and, for an additional $50, the honoree will also get a replica brick to keep at home.

The bricks will be put in during the February break at school and will be placed in the area in front of the new gym as you approach it.

The money raised will help with equipment purchases, field improvements and more.

Michele Nerland is helping coordinate the brick drive and can be reached at 450-6964 for more information.

Boosters Club members will take orders and payment can be in cash, check or credit card. All bricks must be paid for when the order is placed.

Meanwhile, a pair of Cougar teachers and coaches were recently recognized in a special setting of their own, with the father-son team of Bob and Mark Loureiro inducted into the Sac-Joaquin Hall of Fame. The ceremony at SleepTrain Arena in Sacramento saw the induction of Bob for his coaching legacy in baseball and Mark for his continued efforts and success on the football field.

“I knew it was a big honor but until I got there and saw all those people we were going in with, I didn’t realize just how big it was,” Mark said. “It was a great day, lot of family there with us.”

Mark also was the inductee chosen to give the ‘acceptance speech’ on behalf of the Class of 2014.

Dad Bob said the entire ceremony was impressive, from being escorted in to seeing the dignitaries on hand for the festivities.

“It was well done, a huge deal,” he said.

Among those attending were family and friends, in addition to several Escalon Unified School District personnel including Superintendent Ron Costa, Assistant Superintendent Joel Johannsen, High School principal Dave Lattig and former co-Athletic Director Gary Ball.