Merced duo following family path

04/11/2013 11:11 PM

04/11/2013 11:16 PM

Attending the Air Force Academy has been a longtime dream for Merced senior Brett Fogelberg.

The dream will become a reality for Fogelberg this fall when he attends and plays water polo at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

"I'm pretty excited,” Fogelberg said. "I've wanted to go there for a long time and playing college water polo was a childhood dream. The Air Force is a big deal. It's a great school and a great environment."

Fogelberg isn't the only Merced player moving on to play water polo at a service academy. Teammate Patrick Roberts will be playing for the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

The Naval Academy jumped to the top of Roberts' list of schools after he spent a week in Annapolis last summer.

"It's a very historic campus," Roberts said. "Unlike other colleges, the Naval Academy doesn't have a modern feel. The architecture reflects the long standing tradition of the academy and it hits you when you walk around campus."

The Roberts' family has a long military lineage that dates back to the Revolutionary War. His father, James, who served in the U.S. Air Force and his grandfather, also named James, served in the U.S. Army.

Fogelberg's family also has a military background with his grandfather Benjamin Walton serving in the U.S. Air Corps in World War II and his other grandfather, former Sun-Star editor Bert Fogelberg, serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Brett’s older brother, Tony, is also enlisting in the Air Force.

The fact that Brett has a GPA of 4.20 and Patrick has a GPA of 4.28 really helped them get into their respective academies.

Both Roberts and Fogelberg helped the Merced boys win the Central California Conference water polo championship this past fall.

Now they’re trying to lead the Bears to a fifth straight swimming CCC title.

Merced has won 28 straight conference dual meets. The girls aren't far behind with three straight league championships and 21 straight conference dual meet wins.

Merced will travel to Johansen High on Saturday for the Stanislaus County Championships, where both the Bears boys and girls will try to win there for the fourth straight year.

"It's always exciting to have the opportunity to compete outside of our league," Roberts said. “It will have a semi-section feel to it with some teams outside of our area.

"We train all season in preparation for these bigger meets."

Atwater High will be including it’s fourth Hall of Fame class on Saturday.

Forty-six athletes, coaches and contributors will be honored at a dinner at the APC Hall in Atwater at 6 p.m.

The list includes three professional athletes, six All-Americans and and eight athletes who received full-ride scholarships.

Included in this year’s class is former baseball coach Bill Brown and former baseball player Larry Howard, who played for the Houston Colt 45s and Astros.

Tickets for the dinner can still be purchased at the Student Body Office on campus or at the door on Saturday night.

Buhach Colony head football coach Kevin Swartwood has been selected to coach the South team in the 40th annual Central California Lions All-Star Football game, which will be played on June 15 at Modesto Junior College at 6 p.m.

Swartwood will coach a South team that features local players such as Los

Banos’ James Sams, Merced’s Bradley Adamson, Atwater’s Trevor Coleman and Buhach Colony’s Stefon Gold.

The players will be honored at a banquet on Saturday at the Stockton Italian Athletic Club. The guest speaker will be former Merced High head coach Mark Speckman, who was recently named the running backs coach for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.

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