Escalon High School will have several teams suiting up for competition this spring with many of those squads already with a handful of practices under their belts.
Baseball, softball, track and field, tennis and boys golf will all be in action over the next couple of months.
Varsity head coach Greg Largent returns for another season with the Cougars, and JV head coach Ken Baptista will also be back in the dugout. Both teams are scheduled to be on the road for a game at Ceres on Friday, Feb. 22 at 3:30 p.m., with Calaveras scheduled to come to Escalon for JV and varsity games at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23. On Wednesday, Feb. 27 the Cougar squads head to Manteca to face off with Sierra in a 3:30 p.m. contest.
Trans-Valley League play starts on Tuesday, March 19 as Escalon hosts Riverbank in a 4 p.m. contest.
The Lady Cougars will start their non-league campaign on the road, scheduled to play at Ceres on Friday, Feb. 22. Varsity head coach Art Brooks is back for another season, with former EHS player Kristin Beckman taking over as head coach for the JV team this year. The girls will play at 3:30 p.m. against Ceres, then will host Linden on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 3:30 p.m. and welcome Orestimba to town for a 3:30 p.m. game on Wednesday, Feb. 27.
Action in the Trans-Valley League begins for Escalon teams on Friday, March 15 when they go to Ripon for a 4 p.m. contest.
Track and Field
There aren’t any home meets for the Cougars as the facility is not up to code to host events. They are scheduled to start their season at the Los Gatos All Comers meet in Los Gatos at noon on Saturday, Feb. 23. Head coach Carrie Nash is back to lead the team, with assistants Paul Anserlian and Michael Bower. The Oakdale practice meet will see the teams head to nearby Oakdale on Wednesday, March 6 for a 3 p.m. start, then they will take part in the TVL relays at Riverbank on Thursday, March 14 at 4 p.m.
First dual meet in Trans-Valley League action for Escalon will be at Hughson on March 20 at 3:30 p.m.
A new head coach will be at the helm for the Cougar tennis team, with Jackey Stokes named to the position. First action will be Tuesday, Feb. 26 when the team hosts Orestimba at 3:30 p.m.
Ripon Christian will come to Escalon for a 3:30 p.m. match on Thursday, Feb. 28 and then Escalon heads to Riverbank for that school’s annual Doubles Tournament on Friday, March 1.
The first Trans-Valley League match for the Cougars is scheduled on Friday, March 15 at Ripon with a 3:30 p.m. start.
Ron Gutierrez takes over the reins of the boys golf program this season at Escalon High School and the team was slated to be at Greenhorn Creek on Tuesday, Feb. 19 for a scrimmage with Bret Harte. They head to Manteca Golf Course for a scrimmage on Wednesday, Feb. 20 against East Union. A busy preseason slate continues with a trip to the Hughson Rules Clinic at River Oaks Golf Course on Thursday, Feb. 21 and then it’s off to the Merced Country Club for the all-day Merced Tournament on Monday, Feb. 25. On Tuesday, Feb. 26, the Cougars will host Orestimba at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club and on Wednesday, Feb. 27, they will play Ripon Christian at Spring Creek Golf and Country Club.
Trans-Valley League play starts for Escalon with a home match hosting Ripon on Wednesday, March 6 at 2:30 p.m.