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Recap: Big weekend for Garces athletics resulted in high marks for Rams

It was a busy weekend for Garces athletics as teams were spread across the Central Section. 

Let’s take a look back at the action.

Boys basketball – The Rams opened up the season at the HIT Tournament at Morro Bay High School and came away with a 3-1 record. Garces opened up the season and tournament play with a 73-54 win over Morro Bay. JJ Uphold led the Rams with 18 points in that Thursday night game. On Friday, the Rams lost to Arroyo Grande 72-56. The Eagles, who advanced to the Division I semifinals last season, made 13 3-pointer and led throughout despite another dominating game by Uphold, who record a double-double with 18 points and Dom D’Amato (13) and Ipreye Egbe (11) both scored in double figures. Saturday, the Rams blew out both opponents with a 65-25 win over Orcutt Academy and a 59-29 victory over Atascadero. Nathaniel St. Claire chipped in with double-digit scoring performances off the bench, including 16 against Orcutt. Garces is in action again this weekend beginning Thursday at the Father Berry Classic in Sacramento. 

The boys JV team finished third at the Liberty Tournament. 

Boys soccer – The Rams finished in third place in the Rebel Winter Classic. Garces opened up Friday with a resounding 4-1 win over Mira Monte. Moises Cisneros led the way with two goals as Elijah Toppila and Alexander Halevy both recorded a goal and an assist over the Lions. Garces also beat Mojave 5-0 as Cisneros again scored twice and Abraham Gonzalez recorded two assists. That win set Garces up with a semifinal match against Foothill on the back field at Golden Valley. With five starters out due to SATs, a family funeral and injuries, the short-handed Rams lost in double overtime, 3-1. Fletcher Bank’s goal gave Garces an early 1-0 lead, but a penalty kick goal for the Trojans forced overtime and Foothill scored twice in the second overtime to advance. Garces beat South’s JV team 3-0 in the third-place match. Halevy scored twice and Fletcher Bank scored one goal for Garces.

The Rams are back in action at home against East on Tuesday before the big Garces Soccer Festival on Friday and Saturday. 

Boys wrestling – With just four wrestlers in competition at the 11th annual Chukchansi Invitational at Madera South High School, Garces finished 14th out of 24 schools in competition. Freshman Tye Monteiro made a splash in his first tournament with a fourth place finish at 152 pounds. The signature win for Montiero was a first period pin in the consolation bracket over state-ranked No. 25 Vincent Stafford from Sanger. Junior Jalen Smith also medaled at 220 pounds with a sixth place finish. Smith, who will wrestle at 195 most of the season, was able to hold his own against heavier opponents over the weekend. Both Montiero and Smith came into the tournament unseeded. Alejandro Lopez went 1-2 at 138 pounds and Aiden Meek finished 0-2 at 285.

Girls wrestling – History was made on Saturday in Porterville as junior Sarah Machado. At the RM Parks Invitational at Monache High School, Machado placed fifth at 189 pounds, becoming the first Garces girls wrestler to earn a tournament medal in program history. 

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