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Physicals Night Draws Steady Stream Of Student Athletes
Long lines greeted Escalon physician Dr. Bob Peterson and chiropractor Dr. John Bystrom on Tuesday night, but neither was offering special evening office hours ... the two were on hand at the annual Escalon High School 'Physicals Night' on Aug. 12.

"This is the community stepping up to do this and we appreciate the donation of time and services," said Escalon High School Athletic Director and varsity football coach Mark Loureiro. "Dr. Peterson has done this for us for many years and Dr. Bystrom made contact with many of his friends, doctors in the Sacramento area that came and assisted."

Students planning to play on any sports teams at Escalon High must have the physicals before participating. Three paramedics and four EMTs from Escalon Community Ambulance were also there, according to ECA Chief Mike Pitassi.

All health care professionals donated their time and the $20 fee charged to the students for the physicals goes back to the school, benefiting the Escalon High athletic programs.

Some 230 potential student athletes turned out, with physicals including such station stops as the height and weight check, blood pressure, temperature, heart check and more.

The bulk of Escalon High's sports teams officially got their practices under way on Monday, Aug. 18. Only conditioning work and training in the weight room had been permitted before that time.

Fall sports teams for the Cougars include volleyball, cross country, boys soccer, girls golf and football.