Holy Bowl caps busy week for Garces athletics

This week may culminate with the annual Holy Bowl against San Joaquin Memorial, but there is a ton of action for Garces athletics over the next six days.

It all begins Tuesday with all three volleyball teams hosting Mira Monte beginning with the frosh/soph game at 4 p.m.

The varsity team overcame an early loss to Tehachapi to finish 4-2 overall and championship match appearance at the Highland Tournament over the weekend. The Rams lost 27-26, 25-15 in the finals to Frazier Mountain. The volleyball team is also on the road at Bakersfield Christian on Thursday and Saturday at SJM with frosh/soph at 11 a.m., JV at 12:15 p.m. and varsity at 1:45.

The girls golf team is playing in the third Southwest Yosemite League tournament on Wednesday at Rio Bravo. The Rams cut 44 strokes off the teams score from the first to second league tournament and junior Julianna Escobedo was one of the top performers. A week after posting the top score at the first SWYL tournament, Escobedo’s 80 tied for the second-best score. The Rams also are in a dual meet against SJM on Saturday at noon at Riverside Golf Course in Fresno.

Girls tennis is back home on Thursday against Clovis West after the Rams finished fifth out of 96 teams at the Cal Classic in Clovis over the weekend.

The Rams went 3-2, including wins over Arroyo Grande, Santa Barbara and Mill Valley-Tamalpias, but fell to Clovis North and Las Vegas-Faith Lutheran. 

The varsity tennis team will also play SJM in the Holy Bowl at Fresno City College at 1 p.m. while the JV team will be in split-squad action with half the team going to Fresno and the rest staying in town and hosting two matches in the JV Burrell Cup on Friday and Saturday. 

Because of a scheduling, the varsity boys water polo team will not be competing in the Holy Bowl, rather, the Rams are at another prestigious tournament in the Bay Area at Mountain View-St. Francis on Friday and Saturday.

Last weekend in Santa Barbara, the varsity boys water polo team went 3-2, finishing 19th of 24 of the top teams from Southern California. Joe Starr led the way with 13 goals over the weekend while George Rice scored 11 times and Rory Begin had eight goals.

The boys JV water polo team is in a tournament in Dinuba on Friday and Saturday.

The varsity cross country teams will open the season for the first time on Saturday at the Morro Bay Invitational. 

On Saturday at the Central Coast Challenge in Santa Maria, senior Ethan Gandola finished second in the boys JV race in a time of 18 minutes, 4.76 seconds. 

The Holy Bowl will conclude on Saturday night with the JV and varsity football games at SJM.

The JV game is slated for 5 p.m. and varsity is set for a 7:30 kickoff.

The frosh/soph team is back home on Thursday at 5 p.m. against Kennedy. The Rams are 2-0 this season after beating Visalia-Golden West, 15-7 at home last week. 

More on the football matchup later this week here on Garces.org.

Holy Bowl schedule

Saturday, Sept. 14

Volleyball

at SJM

F/S at 11 a.m.; JV at 12:15 p.m. and varsity at 1:45

Girls golf

At Riverside Golf Course, Fresno

Noon

Girls tennis

At Fresno City College

1 p.m.

Football

At SJM

JV at 5 p.m., varsity at 7:30 p.m.