Garces Athletes of the Week: A new traditions begins

 A new tradition is here at Garces.

This marks the first Athletes of the Week segment for the 2019-20 school year just in time for league openers for water polo, football and cross country.

Each week during the school year, we will honor one athlete from each varsity team participating during the season of sport.

Football

Offense

Phillip Bradford, senior: Bradford tied a school record for receptions in a game with 12 that went for a total of 175 yards in the 35-0 win on Friday against Santa Maria-Pioneer Valley. Bradford was also a force on defense with three tackles, one for loss. 

Defense

J.J. Uphold, junior: Uphold had four tackles and one for loss as the Garces defense shut out an opponent for the second consecutive week. Uphold helped the defense to yield just 166 total yards to Pioneer Valley.

Cross Country

Boys

Palmer Bank, sophomore: Set a personal-best time at the BC Invite at Kern County Soccer Park on Friday and has helped the varsity team hold a scoring position in two consecutive races for the Rams.

Girls

Kathryn Orozco, sophomore: Has been a team scorer in all four meets this season, including earning a medal at the BC Invite last week. 

Girls Golf

Julianna Escobedo, junior: Last week at the fourth Southwest Yosemite League tournament, Escobedo shot an eve-par-73 at Sundale Country Club. The lowest round in recent memory for Garces girls golfer.

Girls Tennis

Matea Thomas, junior: Much of the reason the Rams have not given up a point in three SWYL matches is because of Thomas. Won both of her No. 5 matches last week, 6-1, 6-0.

Volleyball

Luisa Dulcich, senior: The six-rotation starter for the Rams led the team last week with seven kills, two aces, 14 digs, five blocks and 26 serves received. Dulcich has 91 kills and 128 digs this season. 

Water polo

Girls

Logan Wimbish, sophomore: Scored 11 goals in four games as the Rams won the Buchanan Tournament over the weekend. Played lock-down defense on each opponents leading scorer. 

Boys

Josh Marderosian, junior: Despite being on hiatus for the last two weeks leading up to the league opener tonight at home against Tulare Western, Marderosian has a perfect practice attendance through the month of September for the Rams.