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Coaches, Athletes, Families Gather For Sports Awards
Runners for both the JV and varsity cross country teams picked up honors for their efforts this season. In front from left, JV honorees Gino Stern, most inspirational; Andres Cornejo, MVP. Varsity honors went to, back row from left, Juan Lopez, most dedicated; Gabriel Romero, All Trans-Valley League; Eddy Calderon, MVP, All-TVL; Rex Robbins, most improved; Zack Gardner, most inspirational, All-TVL.

Mark the calendar for Saturday, Dec. 3 and plan to make it out to the Escalon High School Sports Boosters annual parking lot sale. The Boosters will have a wide variety of merchandise available for holiday gift giving, with the sales booth set up in the parking lot off Escalon Avenue near the tennis courts from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

New sweatshirts, vintage style Cougar gear, scarves, hats, long sleeve T-shirts and more will all be available.

The sale, along with the Boosters annual Dinner Dance in March, are the organization’s primary fundraisers, in addition to running the snack bar during the football season.

“Our Boosters Club does a great job,” Escalon Athletic Director Mark Loureiro said in announcing the upcoming sale at Thursday evening’s Fall Sports Awards Night at EHS.

For this school year, he added, the Boosters came to the school and asked coaches for a ‘wish list’ of items that would help make their programs better, items that weren’t included in the school sports program budget.

“We were able to ask for some things and they came to our aid,” Loureiro said. “They do a great job spreading the wealth, helping make all our programs special.”

With five home varsity football games this season, the snack bar brought in over $11,000 and those funds will help all sports as well. The Dinner-Dance is planned for March 11, 2017 and Loureiro said it was funds raised through that effort last year that helped finance many of the coaches’ wish list items.

“That’s a great time and a great fundraiser for us,” Loureiro said.

New EHS principal Eric Simoni also addressed the crowd gathered in the EHS gym for Thursday night’s awards program.

“These coaches really care about the young people here,” Simoni said.

A former coach and athletic director himself, Simoni said he appreciates the time and dedication that goes in to coaching sports at the high school level.

“This is a great night to celebrate the achievements of our athletes,” Simoni added.

The fall sports program featured football, volleyball, cross country and girls golf, with honors on Thursday also presented to the fall season Trans-Valley League scholar athletes.

The winter season has started with practices and a couple of scrimmages, featuring boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer and boys and girls wrestling. Trans-Valley League play won’t begin in those sports until after the start of the New Year.



Times Photos By Marg Jackson