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Garces athletics gears up for exciting Christmas Break action

The Christmas Break in nearing in just three days for Garces, but there is plenty of winter sports athletics going on around campus. 

Let’s take a look back at the big weekend and what’s ahead for the Rams.

Boys basketball – The Rams have two games this week after going 1-3 at the prestigious Father Berry Classic in Sacramento last weekend. Junior J.J. Uphold was named all-tournament as the Rams beat St. Paul’s from Canada on Friday. 

This week, Garces is on the road at Bakersfield Christian on Wednesday. The boys F/S team plays at 2 p.m. and the JV plays at 3:15 with varsity at 6 p.m. The varsity girls play at 4:30.

The Rams also host Tehachapi on Friday with all three levels playing at 4/ 5:15/ 6:30 p.m.

Girls basketball – The Rams are back in action after nearly three weeks since opening the season on Nov. 30 in the road game on Tuesday at BCHS. Addisyn McMurtrey led the youthful Rams with 22 points in a loss to Ventura-Buena. 

Girls soccer – The Rams are off until the first week in January and are 4-1 this season, going 2-1 in the Garces Holiday Festival. The lost to tournament champions West Hills-Chaminade (7-0-1) 2-0 before beating Santa Maria-St. Joseph 2-1 and Visalia-Central Valley Christian 2-0 for third place. The Rams are back in action on Jan. 3 at home against Highland in a varsity double-header.

Boys soccer – It was a championship weekend for the Rams in the Garces Holiday Festival, taking home gold in the Elite Division. The Rams went 3-0 in tournament play with wins over Wasco (4-2), Porterville (4-1) and Arvin (6-0). Moises Cisneros and Alexander Halevy both scored six goals in the tournament. Halevy had a hat-trick against Arvin. The Rams (8-1) are now ranked No. 12 in the state, according to MaxPreps. 

The Rams are back in action on Thursday at home against Tulare-Mission Oak with JV at 4 p.m. and varsity at 5:45 p.m.

Boys wrestling – At the Coyote Classic at East High on Saturday, the Rams finished eighth overall in a field of 24 teams with three wrestlers winning their weight class championships and one more finishing sixth.

Freshman Tye Monteiro won the 152-pound title with a first period pin over Foothill’s Christian Hernandez. Monteiro won by fall in three of his four wins. 

Junior Jalen Smith won the 220 title with a 4-2 decision over Kern Valley’s Diego Tapia in the finals.

And, DeAndre Beldo won the heavyweight title, with an 8-4 decision over Isaih Elsea of Foothill. Fellow junior Aiden Meek also finished sixth at heavyweight for the Rams.

The Rams are back in action at North High on Saturday in the Kevin Harvick Duals. 

Girls wrestling – In her first year wrestling Sarah Machado continues to impress. The Garces junior finished fourth at the Coyote Classic at 189. Machado advanced to the championship bracket quarterfinals and beat JaMia Thorn from Liberty by fall in the consolation round to advance to the third place match, earning her second consecutive tournament medal. 

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