Steve Eccles and his voice will be missed. As a water polo and swimming coach at Merced High the past 19 years, Eccles' booming voice is easily recognizable. Eccles surprised people in the water polo and swimming community when he made it known he was retiring from coaching after this year. Saturday's Sac-Joaquin Section Championships at Tokay High in Lodi will be his last swim meet.
LOS BANOS After this season's first two meetings between Los Banos and Ceres softball were decided by one run each, it would be safe to assume the third, a seeding game prior to the playoffs, would be equally close.
STOCKTON Alyssa Ruiz turned in one final moment of brilliance for the Atwater girls soccer team. The senior striker used her speed to beat the last defender to the outside and then fired a blast to the far post from about 16 yards out to give Atwater a fighting chance with 20-plus minutes to go on Tuesday afternoon.
ATWATER Catrina Wilson didn't want to overthink her at-bat. Wilson belted an Aliyah Ricks pitch to right field, just glancing off of the tip of the right fielder's glove for a walk-off double. The 3-2 victory over Atwater gives BC sole possession of second place and the Central California Conference's second seed in the playoffs.
MERCED Chelsea Evans had to battle the heat and the Atwater High softball team on Thursday afternoon.Despite the soaring temperatures, the Merced pitcher wasnt seeking a shady spot in the dugout in between innings.
TURLOCK Ryan Sanchez was flat on the grass as his legs started cramping after the game. The Atwater pitcher had given everything he had for seven innings in the hot sun.His teammates were silent as they gathered their gear in the dugout.
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TURLOCK Not many people are frustrated after a record-setting swim. Merced's Brett Fogelberg, however, was shooting for a better time in the 50-yard freestyle at Saturday's Central California Conference Swimming Championships at Pitman High.
The pair of No. 1 singles get together during the offseason to train and push each other.Nava said the results have almost always been even. The same hasn't held true for their high school matchups.