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Garces Memorial teams are some of the most competitive in California.  Our student-athletes work smart, play hard, and achieve greatly, contributing to the strong tradition of Garces Athletics, since 1947.

VALLEY BOUND: Garces boys soccer beats Chavez 3-1 in D-IV semifinals, headed to finals

A year ago, getting to a Central Section boys soccer championship was something brand new for Garces Memorial. This time around, it seems like a new-found tradition for the Rams. No. 1 Garces, led by two goals from Alexander Halevy, defeated No. 4 Chavez 3-1 in the Division IV semifinals on Wednesday at Sam Tobias…

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No. 2 Garces holds off West, advances to D-III quarterfinals

Sometimes playoff basketball is all about surviving and advancing. That pretty much sums up the opening round of the Central Section Division III boys basketball playoffs for Garces Memorial. The second-seeded Rams, thanks to a 15-0 run in the second half, held off No. 15 West 58-48 at home on Tuesday. The Rams will host…

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Garces boys basketball earns 2-seed in D-III playoffs, host West on Tuesday

The Central Section Division III boys basketball playoffs were announced on Saturday, and Garces Memorial was rewarded handsomely for winning the inaugural South Yosemite Conference title. The Rams are the No. 2 seed and will host No. 15 West on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The 57-54 overtime win over Bakersfield High (the No. 1 seed…

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Historical day for the Garces wrestling program on Saturday

In just year No. 6 for the Garces wrestling program, Saturday was the best day yet. Two big firsts happened at the Central Section Division IV boys tournament in Visalia and another first for the Rams at the Central Section Southeast Area tournament just 20 minutes away in Tulare. In the boys tournament at Golden…

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Picar’s incredible run at boys wrestling divisionals has storybook ending

VISALIA – Darius Picar nearly made Garces wrestling coach Robert Fowler speechless, a feat that doesn’t come around very often. But after Picar pinned his opponent in the third place match at the Central Section Division IV championships at Visalia-Golden West on Saturday, both Picar and Fowler let out primal screams of elation as the…

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Monteiro, Beldo lead seven Garces wrestlers still alive at divisionals

Heading into the championship day at the Central Section Division IV boys wrestling divisional tournament at Golden West High in Visalia, Garces is in ninth with both top seeds in the semifinals. Freshman Tye Monteiro (152 pounds) and junior DeAndre Beldo (220) are two of the seven Rams still in competition beginning at 10 a.m.…

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Garces boys soccer open D-IV playoffs with win over Arvin

Being the top seed and defending state champions tends to put a big target on a team’s back. The Garces boys soccer team knows that feeling all too well and felt it again on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Central Section Division IV playoffs at home at Sam Tobias Field. The No. 1 Rams…

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KINGS OF BAKERSFIELD: Garces beats BHS in OT in SYC finals

In a matter of four days, the Garces boys basketball team made a very loud and clear statement how good this team can be. In the championship game of the inaugural South Yosemite Conference tournament, the Rams defeated Bakersfield High 57-54 in overtime for the tournament title and put the Central Section Division III seedings…

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PREVIEW: Garces boys wrestling gears up for D-IV championships

The Garces boys wrestling team is as strong as ever and geared up for a postseason push. In a possible 14 weight classes, the Rams are sending 13 athletes to the Central Section Division IV championships this Friday and Saturday at Visalia-Golden West. Led by freshman Tye Monteiro, ranked No. 24 in the state at…

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RAMS REVENGE: Garces boys hoops beats BCHS, advances to SYC finals

It was nearly deja vu for the Garces boys basketball team, but this time the Rams prevailed. Two months removed from losing to Bakersfield Christian on the road after letting go of a 17-point lead, Garces defeated the Eagles 49-43 in the semifinals of the South Yosemite Conference tournament semifinals. The Rams will play the…

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Victory With Honor

Participation by students, families, and all Rams fans is highly encouraged. We stress competition consistent with the C.I.F. standards of pursuing “Victory with Honor" and we are guided by the greater Mission of our school, to develop students Spiritually, Academically, and Socially.

Additionally, we encourage all athletes, coaches, and fans to “PICKUP” our athletic core values.

  • Passion... choices, why we are here, and our love of sports.
  • Integrity... words, actions, and soul are worthy of leadership.
  • Courage... be fearless, act and work when times are hard.
  • Knowledge... consume information and think critically, to maximize efficiency.
  • Unity... brotherhood/sisterhood, family, and faith, are greater than our individual desires.
  • Prayer... we don’t have all the answers, give thanks, ask for guidance, and forgiveness.

We’re proud to have Garces Memorial Student-Athletes on our teams—and so are some of the best college athletic programs in the country.

REQUIREMENT OF ALL ATHLETES: Please follow this link to the required athletic paperwork for the 2019/2020 school year. Every student/parent of any athlete needs to fill this paperwork out each year their student is participating in a sport. --> Athletic Clearance Packet, 2019/2020

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Scholars & Champions since 1947

Garces is ranked 4th all-time in the history of the CIF Central Section with 124 team championships, most recently in boys’ water polo last fall and baseball in the spring.  An additional 63 teams have finished section runners-up and dozens of Ram athletes have won individual Valley titles.  Garces has also won nearly 500 league championships over the past 70 years.

The boys’ and girls’ programs have shared near equally in the school’s success, even though the girls’ programs weren’t started until the 1970s.  Cal-Hi-Sports chose Garces state medium school of the year in 1988 and 2003.  In 1987 they honored the football team and John Fanucchi as state team and coach of the year.  Softball was also chosen state team of the year in 2004.

Alumni have played professionally in eight sports and competed on U.S. national teams in men’s rugby and swimming, and women’s track and volleyball.  Some have participated in the Summer Olympics, Super Bowl, Wimbledon, the College World Series and numerous college bowl games.

Nearly 2/3 of the student body has participated in athletics over the decades, making it possible for a school of hundreds to compete successfully against schools with thousands.  It’s not hyperbole when we call ourselves ‘school of scholars & champions.’

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