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Sports Shorts 3-11-20
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Van Ryn Rolls 211

Action recently on the lanes for the El Portal Bowling League saw a 211 bowled by Ali Van Ryn, racking up a number of strikes. The longtime bowler competes in the Thursday morning league and is 89 years old, looking forward to her 90th birthday in October. Van Ryn is on the Bartelink Dairy team for the El Portal League.


Track Team Scrimmage

Escalon High School’s cross country team headed to nearby Oakdale for a practice meet in late February. “We didn’t score it, it was just a meet to teach the new kids and refresh our returners about the order of events, reporting to events on time, and a chance to shake off the rust and try out competing on a 'real track,” said head coach Carrie Nash. “We took two full buses of athletes and represented well. It was a beautiful day and the buzz for track and field was definitely ignited.” Next up for the Cougars will be TVL Relays March 18 at Hughson.


Softball Season Starts

The first softball games of the season saw action for the varsity and JV squads. Escalon’s varsity Lady Cougars opened up with a 14-2 win on the road at Orestimba on Monday, March 2. They rapped out 11 hits in the victory. Thursday, they earned a 12-3 win over Wooster out of Reno in an opening round game at the Rainbow Fields Tournament but that was the only score reported as of presstime. The JV girls had a pair of back-to-back losses to open their season, falling to Orestimba by an 11-0 final on March 2 and then losing by a 14-1 final to East Union at the Rainbow Fields tourney in their opener.


Hoop Sign-Ups

One more tryout date is coming up for the new Escalon Elite Basketball Club, a sixth through eighth grade Boys Spring AAU Basketball Team. The next tryout will be Sunday, March 15 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Those planning to attend are asked to arrive 15 minutes early to register. The evaluations/tryouts will be hosted in the new gym at Escalon High School and there is no fee to try out. For more information on the team and this new AAU program, contact Nate Bartelink by email,


Wrestling Club Fundraiser

Escalon Wrestling Club will host its 15th annual Rib and Oyster Dinner and Dance on Saturday, April 18 at the Escalon Community Center. Tickets are $50 in advance, $55 at the door. Menu features baby back ribs, BBQ oysters, bread, salad and baked potato, along with full bar and there will also be a silent auction offered. Happy Hour is from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., dinner from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., auction from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., followed by dancing from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. For tickets or more information, contact Derek Scott at 499-3941 or Brianne Cerasi at 404-6217. To go orders will be available form 6 7 p.m.