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High School Sports Seasons See Plenty Of Cougar Kudos
Taking home honors for their efforts during track and field were Cougar athletes, bottom row from left, Zach Pickett, MVP; Rex Robbins, most inspirational; Jesse Castro, most inspirational. Back row from left, Manny Diaz, coachs award; Juan Lopez, outstanding rookie; Christian Brunetti, MVP; Thaddeus Stern, outstanding growth. Marg Jackson/The Times

The 2016-17 school year, recently completed at Escalon High School, saw several honors for the Cougars, including 48 named to All-Trans-Valley League teams, four league MVP honorees and three Coach of the Year selections.

Also, 358 athletes that participated in at least one sport at EHS maintained a 3.0 grade point average for the entire school year. Achieving a GPA of 3.5 or above while participating in two sports were Yajaira Salinas and Haley Boyd.

Salinas capped her career as a three-time Section champion in the 800 meters and as a four-time Masters qualifier in track and field. Boyd, meanwhile, ended her senior season with a Section title in softball.

Also, the Escalon Sports Boosters organization provided seven $500 scholarships to graduating student-athletes, with the funds coming from the annual Dinner Dance and running the Snack Bar at football games, along with past years hosting a Fireworks booth for the July 4 holiday.

At the final Sports Awards Night for the school year, EHS Athletic Director Mark Loureiro noted the work and support of the Boosters and presented a bouquet of flowers to outgoing president Laura Kimble. She has been involved with the Boosters for nearly a decade and has spent the past few years in the top role.