Escalon tennis players are getting in as much time on the court as possible to prepare for the Trans-Valley League season.
On Feb. 26, they had their first preseason match at Escalon against Orestimba.
“We were able to finish only a few matches before the rain opened up, leading to a cancelation. We were ahead 3-0 in matches,” said first year head coach Jackey Stokes. “February 28, at Escalon we played against Ripon Christian, winning every match leaving the score 9-0.”
Friday, March 1 saw the squad traveling to neighboring Riverbank to take part in the Riverbank Doubles Tournament, which Stokes called her ‘personal favorite’ event.
“Our team took first overall and took a way a very nice ‘Conquerors of the Court’ Team Plaque. We also had our number one boys doubles, Jack Fitzgerald and Wyatt McCune, and our number one girls doubles Mya Beary and Elizabeth Shelley win their whole bracket and come home with their own personal trophies.”
Stokes said she is looking forward to the season, as the team is putting in a lot of hard work on the court.
“I am very proud of every single one of our players,” she said. “It is an honor to be their coach.”
The first match for the Cougar golf boys was at the John Montano Invitational Tournament.
“We played respectfully. Out of 17 teams, we finished fourth,” said first year head coach Ron Gutierrez.
Nathan Sarkozy led the way with a team low 85. He was followed by Dan Bava 88, Mathew Spurgeon 90, Steven Gately 98, and James Wentzell 107.
“It’s a great start to our season,” Gutierrez said. “Our goal is to show improvement, over the remainder of this golf season.”