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Homecoming week is always a special one here at Garces. With a campus so rich in tradition, it’s a wonderful time to look back at the wonderful times from years past.

Also, it’s a fun time on campus presently. 

With the varsity boys and girls cross country teams getting into action for the first time over the weekend, all of our fall sports teams are deep into competition, including girls tennis and volleyball opening up Southwest Yosemite League play.

Let’s take a look ahead at another big week for Garces athletics.

Cross country: In his first race of the season, sophomore Fletcher Bank led the way for Garces at the Ojai Invitational last Saturday. Banks’ time of 17 minutes, 6.35 seconds was good for 13th in the 3-mile varsity race. In the girls varsity race, senior Natalina Antongiovanni finished in 64th (22:41.41) to lead the Rams. Also earning medals for Garces were Nicolas Gargan, Alexis Garcia and Allison Barker.

Up next: Garces is a the BC Classic on Friday at the Kern County Soccer Park.

Girls golf: The Rams were out of competition last week, but start back up again in the fourth SWYL meet on Thursday at Sundale Country Club beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Football: What a great way for Paul Golla to get his first win as the Garces football coach. The Rams defeated Tehachapi 63-0 on Friday. That’s the most points scored in a game for Garces in four years and the largest margin of victory in 23 years for the Rams. Jalen Smith rushed for four touchdowns and the defense scored three touchdowns on fumble recoveries by Phillip Bradford and Isaiah Bell and an interception return by Eli Garcia.

Up next: Homecoming on Friday will be against Santa Maria-Pioneer Valley with the JV game at 5 p.m. and varsity set for a 7:30 start. The F/S game is at Pioneer Valley at 4 p.m. Please be advised of the change of start time on Thursday. 

Girls tennis: The varsity team opened up league play with a 9-0 victory over Frontier on the road while the JV squad beat the Titans at home 8-1.

Up next: Varsity is on the road at Bakersfield High at 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday with JV at home against the Drillers. On Thursday, varsity will host Centennial with JV on the road at Centennial. 

Volleyball: In the lone competition last week, Garces defeated Tulare-Mission Oak in four sets to improve to 12-8 overall this season. The home win also marked the first all levels sweep for the Rams. 

Up next: SWYL play begins tonight at Frontier and will be on the road again on Thursday at Bakersfield High. 

Boys water polo: For the second week in a row, the Rams are not in competition but will kick off East Yosemite League action at home next Monday against Tulare Western.

Girls water polo: In another tough preseason tournament, the Rams went out to Arroyo Grande over the weekend and finished in sixth place. The Rams defeated Visalia-Redwood 10-2 in the final match where Garces went 3-2 to improve to 7-3 overall. Sophomore Logan Wimbish led the way with 13 goals for the Rams in tournament play and junior Ellie Waguespack had 43 saves. 

Up next: The varsity team is in tournament play on Friday and Saturday at Clovis-Buchanan while the JV team is also in tournament play at Dinuba. 

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