This week in Garces athletics: League openers for water polo, football, XC coming up

It’s a full-slate of action this week for Garces athletics with events happening all five days.

It all starts off with the East Yosemite League opener for the water polo teams tonight at home against Tulare Western.

The action begins with the JV girls at 4:30 p.m. against the Mustangs before the varsity girls jump into the pool at 5:30 p.m.

It’s an exciting time for the varsity girls water polo team after the Rams defeated league rival Porterville 10-2 on Saturday for the title at the Buchanan Tournament in Clovis.

The varsity boys will play at 6:30 p.m. after a two-week hiatus. The Rams competed in one of the toughest non-league tournament schedules in the Central Section and are geared up to defend the EYL title this season. The water polo teams are back at home on the same schedule Wednesday against Tulare Union. 

On Tuesday, the girls tennis team looks to stay unbeaten in Southwest Yosemite League play at home against Liberty. The Rams are 3-0 in league play, beating Frontier, Bakersfield and Centennial by combined scores of 27-0. Then the big one looms on Thursday at home against Stockdale. The Rams and the Mustangs are both undefeated in league play and are the top-two programs in Kern County this season.

JV girls tennis is on the road Tuesday at Liberty and on the road at Stockdale on Thursday.

Also on Tuesday, the varsity volleyball team seeks its first SWYL win at Centennial. Like the Rams (11-10, 0-2), the Golden Hawks (12-11, 0-2) also dropped both league matches last week heading into tomorrow’s match. The Rams are back in action on Thursday at Liberty. 

The first SWYL cross country meet is Wednesday at the Kern County Soccer Park. 

On Friday at KCSP in the BC Invite, the varsity boys finished fifth overall and the varsity girls took fourth.

Allie Arretche, Natalina Antongiovanni, Sophia Elturk, Kathryn Orozco, Alexis Garcia, Fletcher Bank, Palmer Bank, Ethan Gondola, Abraham Gonzalez and Alvaro Lopez all earned medals last week while Fletcher Bank finished fifth overall. 

The cross country teams will also be in Visalia on Friday at the Golden West Invite. 

And finally on Friday night, it’s the SWYL opener for the football team at Frontier.
The Rams are on a two-game winning streak after beating Santa Maria-St. Joseph during homecoming on Friday, 35-0 and have outscored the last two opponents 98-0. 

Joseph Campbell broke a 33-year-old record for career passing completions on the opening drive of the second half on Friday. Mike Lewis had the previous record of 332 competitions. Campbell now has 338 and counting. 

After passing for 264 yards on Friday, Campbell is just 269 yards from breaking another career team record set by Lewis in 1986. Lewis holds the record for career passing yards with 4,531 yards in his three years. Campbell is at 4,263 and has a completion percentage of  73.8 percent (59 for 80) in his three games since returning from injury.

Garces is 6-2 all-time against Frontier (3-2) and have beaten the Titans five consecutive times. 

The freshman football team plays at 5 p.m. on Thursday at Frontier and the JV team plays at 5 p.m. on Friday before the varsity game at 7:30 p.m., which happens to be homecoming for Frontier. 

The only fall sports team out of action this week is the girls golf team. The Rams are back in action Oct. 9 in the fifth of six SWYL tournaments at North Kern Golf Course at noon. Julianna Escobedo shot an even-par-73 last week for second place at the league tournament at Sundale Country Club.