LOOKING BACK: Lot of action this weekend for Garces Athletics, including annual Holy Bowl

Saturday was a busy day as seven of the eight fall sports varsity teams were in action, which included the girls tennis, girls golf, volleyball and football teams in the annual Holy Bowl at Fresno-San Joaquin Memorial.

It was not the day the teams hoped for, but the girls tennis team was victorious and the football had their best showing of the season in a 28-21 loss to the Panthers.

Here’s a look back at the action-packed weekend for your Garces Rams.

Cross country: Both the boys and girls varsity teams kicked off the 2019 season on Saturday at the Morro Bay Invitational.

Senior Ethan Gandola led the way on the boys side in a time of 20 minutes, 44 seconds on the 3-mile course at Morro Bay High. Gandola’s time was good for 143rd place in the tough Central Coast meet. Following behind were: Abraham Gonzalez (20:48) and Alvaro Lopez (20:58) in the varsity race.

On the girls side, senior Natalina Antongiovanni had the top time for Garces runners in 24:42, good for 89th place. Also in competition was Allie Arretche (25:13) and Sophia Elturk (28:24).

UP NEXT: All levels will compete at the Ojai Invitational on Saturday at Lake Casitas Cross Country Course. 

Football: After going the first 10 quarters this season without putting points up on the board, the varsity football team did plenty of scoring in the second half in a 28-21 loss to SJM in the 54th Holy Bowl. Jalen Smith punched in a 1-yard run for the first score of the season for the Rams midway through the third quarter to cut the Panthers’ lead to 7-6 and then Joseph Campbell found Phillip Bradford for a pair of 35-yard touchdown passes, but the Panther pulled away late in the fourth quarter for the victory. The F/S team defeated Delano-Kennedy 61-0 last Thursday and the JV fell to SJM, 33-21.

UP NEXT: All three levels are in action this week on the road at Tehachapi in the annual battle for the Ogilvie Trophy with F/S on Thursday at 5 p.m. and JV and varsity scheduled for 5/7:30 p.m. on Friday. 

Girls golf: The Rams played SJM in a 9-hole competition at Riverside Golf Course in Fresno on Saturday. Julianna Escobedo shooting a 39 to finish third overall and tops for Garces. Angelica Stevens came in with a 50 along with Bella Burks (53), Julia Hernandez (54) and Hailey Shaw (61). 

UP NEXT: The Rams are off this week and will be back in action on Sept. 26 in the fourth SWYL tournament. 

Girls tennis: It was a tough day for Garces in Holy Bowl action, but the girls tennis team came away with an 8-1 victory over SJM to move to 8-3 overall this season. The Rams won the top-five singles matches with Alexsia Drulias, Jackie Sala, Kylee Limpias, Matea Thomas and Stephanie Mercado all winnings in straight sets.

UP NEXT: The Rams are seeking an 18th league championship this season and the first since 2014 as Southwest Yosemite League play begins on Thursday at Frontier beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Volleyball: It was a tough afternoon at SJM for the volleyball teams on Saturday. Despite a late rally in the opening set, the Panthers took a 1-0 lead with a 27-25 score and went on to beat the Rams in three sets, 27-25, 25-17, 25-18. SJM also swept the lower level matches earlier in the day in Fresno

UP NEXT: After three matches last week, the Rams only one this week is at home Wednesday against Tulare-Mission Oak beginning with the F/S match at 4 p.m.

Boys water polo: The varsity boys water polo team finished seventh at the St. Francis Tournament  in Mountain View over the weekend. The action began with a 15-6 win over Walnut Creek-Las Lomas behind five goals by Rory Begin and George Rice and ended the tournament with a 2-2 record with a 10-7 victory against Sacramento-Jesuit. The boys JV team won the Dinuba Tournament with a 14-4 win over Dinuba in the championship game.

UP NEXT: Both levels are out of competition until the East Yosemite League opener on Sept. 30 at home against Tulare Western.

Girls water polo: Both levels have been out of competition for a few weeks, but are back in the pool this Thursday-Saturday at the Arroyo Grande Tournament.