State

04/17/08

LARGE SCHOOLS

BROOKE FULLER

Johansen swimming

The sophomore was one of four swimmers to take home two individual victories at Saturday's Stanislaus County Invitational at Johansen High School.

Fuller was a winner in the 100 freestyle, then followed that up with a win in the 200 freestyle. While she swam to an easy victory in the 200 free, she was pushed by Merced's Becca Gallery in the 100. Fuller barely defeated Gallery in an exciting finish.

"Brooke is a pure joy to coach," Johansen coach Brent Bohlender said. "She's very receptive to suggestions, and a person who is full of desire to be the best."

And Bohlender said he has few athletes as competitive as Fuller -- who was an all-District swimmer as a freshman.

" I don't think I have ever coached an athlete who loves to race as much as she does," he said.

— WILL DeBOARD

DAVID LaFLAMME

Beyer swimming

The junior is in his first year at Beyer after two years at Big Valley Christian. While LaFlamme's swimming times have always been impressive, he really opened eyes at Saturday's Stanislaus County Invitational at Johansen High.

LaFlamme won the 100 butterfly in a meet-record time of 50.83 seconds, and he nearly broke the record in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:41.69, as he swam both events in times that were fast enough to be considered automatic All-American times.

"It's his first year here, but he's already become a team leader," Beyer coach Kirk Lindsay said. "He brings a lot to this team; not just in the individual races but with the relays as well."

Yes, both of Beyer's relay teams won, giving LaFlamme a 4-0 record against the best of the Stanislaus District on Saturday.

— WILL DeBOARD
SMALL SCHOOLS

MEREDITH PERKINS

Ripon soccer

With two teammates on the sideline, Perkins made sure Ripon High's soccer team didn't stumble, scoring a goal and providing the game-winning assist in a 3-2 win over Trans-Valley League rival Escalon. She finished the week with four goals and four assists as Ripon won its three matches to stay in the TVL title hunt.

She's the top scorer in TVL games with 11 goals, second with eight assists and first with 30 points (a goal is worth two, an assist one).

"Meredith is a crafty ballhandler, stop-dead trapper and an accurate passer," said assistant coach Bryce Perkins, noting she scored twice in a 2-1 win over rival Modesto Christian. "Her largest contribution is in transition and attack development, capturing balls near the midfield, then creating open space with precise short passes. Her crossing passes to the box wreak havoc on opposing defenses."

— RICHARD T. ESTRADA

DYLAN WERNER

Denair baseball

If Denair High earns a trip to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI playoffs, a good share of the credit will go to Werner, a junior pitcher-shortstop who led the Coyotes to two victories last week.

Werner was 2 for 3 with a double, home run, three RBIs and three runs scored during a 10-6 win over Waterford. Then he fired a four-hitter, striking out 12 and walking none, and allowed one earned run in a 10-2 victory over Delhi.

It's Werner's first year on varsity, coach Ron Cornell said, and he bats fifth in the lineup because of his ability to make contact and drive in runs. He is batting .370 with three homers and 16 RBIs, as well as five doubles and four stolen bases. On the mound, Cornell said, Werner can throw a "good fastball, as well as a curve. He has good command of both."

Werner raised his record to 5-0 and lowered his ERA to 3.54, and now has 34 strikeouts in 30 innings.

— RICHARD T. ESTRADA
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