CMAC meet brings Panthers, Tigers and Knights to Dodson Field
Most of the Sanger crowd that drove down to Tulare Union’s Bob Mathias Stadium remained long after home team Tulare Western celebrated winning the California Interscholastic Federation Central Section Division II Championship on Feb. 22.
Cameron Stanley knelt down and touched the oversized arrowhead logo painted on the newly refurbished hardwood at center court in the Coach Dean Nicholson Gym.
Sanger’s boys varsity soccer team kicked the ball around the field as officials temporarily delayed the second-round playoff game against visiting Righetti High of Santa Mara.
No matter the scoreboard read 79-41 in a win for the San Joaquin Memorial Panthers on Feb. 5 and the home crowd cheered the Fresno private school team like they had accomplished something like a playoff victory.
Near the start of the second half against San Joaquin Memorial, junior guard Jesse Piceno attempted a rebound at the Panthers’ basket, leaping so high it looked more like a block.
On Jan. 12-13, the Apache Boys Volleyball Club 17’s Team, a group comprised of 10 Sanger students ranging from eighth to 12th grades, traveled to San Mateo to participate in the Northern California Volleyball Association’s Far Westerns Bid Tournament.
Apaches Audrey Reyna and Jasmine Guardado ignored the fog that swirled about Tom Flores Stadium so thick that a player on one end of the field couldn’t see the other.
With the first game of the regular season completed just minutes earlier and an unsatisfactory 2-1 loss on their record, Sanger’s Apaches got a stark piece of advice from their head coach.
Alyssa Samorano traveled to Los Angeles for her big amateur fight and returned with a medal that on the back reads, “California State Silver Gloves Champion.”
As the sun dropped Dec. 11, the Apache girls varsity soccer team battled a Timberwolves squad that, like visiting Sanger, desperately wanted to break the 1-1 tie.
Maybe the proximity of the annual Electrical Farm Equipment Parade staging just over the fence at Reedley High’s Sal Gonzalez Field spurred the Pirates varsity boys soccer team to play their best.
Redwood High’s varsity girls soccer team on Nov. 27 traveled up to Tom Flores Stadium for another shot at the team it beat in the 2017 California Interscholastic Federation Central Section Division II championship game.
Rotary’s 40th Annual Christmas Senior Luncheon is planned at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 7 at the Sanger Community Center, 730 Recreation Ave. Free lunch is available to all senior citizens and there will be raffle prizes. Mariachi Juan Martinez will perform.
As Emanuel Salas neared the finish line at the California Interscholastic Federation Central Section Cross Country Championship, he spotted teammate Danny De Loera about 50 yards ahead.
The next generation of Apaches made it look easy, defeating Tenaya Middle School’s Braves in the championship eighth-grade football game Nov. 3 on Dodson Field.
At mile one in the girls varsity cross country County Metro Athletic Conference championship Nov. 9, Apache freshman Nia Lamas ran in lockstep with Madera junior Unique Ford.
The first couple minutes of the opening playoff round resulted in churning water, furious swimming and missed opportunities for no score by either the Apaches or visiting Bearcats from Paso Robles.
With 50 seconds remaining in the first quarter, Sanger quarterback Noel Collazo connected on a pass to wide receiver Jake Boust for a first down against a punishing Arroyo Grande defensive line.
After the game in a stadium long-timers say hasn’t changed in decades, a couple members of the victorious Panthers team visited the trainers’ tent where Tahj Webb nursed an injury he’d gotten midway through the fourth quarter.