Big Week for Clovis East Athletics
The Clovis East Timberwolves had a big week in athletics this past week and it all started
with Girl’s Volleyball traveling to Pitman of Turlock last Thursday.
The Girl’s Volleyball team has had some struggles against the Pride in recent years. This time the Wolfpack fell behind 2 sets to none and it seemed like their struggles would continue. However, they bounced back in the third winning the set 25-21. Still on the verge of defeat, they dominated the fourth set winning 25-15 and forcing a fifth set. The Timberwolves win a nail-biter 15-13 and defeat the Pitman Pride in their season opener, and what a great way to open their season! The Lady Timberwolves hosted the Hoover Patriots on Tuesday in their home opener. The Timberwolves started their dominance by sweeping the Patriots with scores of 25-15, 25-11, and 25-15. Leading the charge was sophomore Brooklyn Lopez with 11 kills, followed by Kayla Thor with 7 aces and 17 assists. The girls looked very good and had great team chemistry throughout the whole game. Wednesday night the Wolfpack hosted Golden Valley of Merced. The Timberwolves swept the Cougars, making their record 3-0 to begin their season!
Boy’s and Girl’s Water Polo were in action as well last Thursday. The Boys pulled out a close one against Monache with junior Logan Ward leading the way with 3 goals, senior Joseph Larson with 2 goals, and senior goalie Ashton Valdez with 11 saves.
However, with the game tied 7-7 and about 10 seconds left in the game it was Cameron Frazier who scored the go-ahead goal and shutting down any chances Monache had in the game. Michael Fernandez also contributed with a goal, 2 assists, and a steal. The Boys did look a little rusty but found a way to pull off a win! The Girls, on the other hand, dominated the whole game. They looked very good and Head Coach Lee Stronsnider feels very good about their chances this year. They have a good combination of upper and lower classmen on the team. They worked very well together and it showed in their 12-5 win over Monache. The Girls were also in action on Monday against the Madera Coyotes. Again, they looked very strong from the opening sprint. However, this game was not completed due to the air quality. The game will continue at a later date with the Timberwolves leading 10-2 with a little less than a minute left in the third quarter.
Last but not least is the Clovis East football team. Home opener, Pack Pride Night, Reyburn Night, what more could you ask for some good high school football? The Timberwolves were pumped and everyone could tell. That “different vibe” was visible to everyone at Lamonica Stadium on Friday night. The T-Wolves played a great game and it was a completely different team from last season. This team did not stop fighting until the end of the game. The main concern for Wolfpack fans this season was ”how was that awful defense from last season going to turn around?”. Well, they did just that. After giving up an embarrassing 56 points last season to St. Ignatius, the Timberwolves defense only allowed 7 points to the Wildcats on Friday. The only main concern for Clovis East following the loss was the offensive efficiency. Although they did move the ball well in Coach Reynolds’ new offense, they just couldn’t get into the endzone. However, the Timberwolves should gain some confidence from this game and it seemed like the entire student body was at the game with the student section taking up 2 FULL sections at Lamonica, not even counting the number of parents. It was an amazing atmosphere and all the players acknowledged that saying the electric Wolfpack students kept them in the game. Clovis East will travel to Redwood to take on the Rangers this Friday at 7:30.
- Cross Country race in the Dennis DeWitt Invitational Saturday(9/2) at 8:00
- Boy’s Water Polo takes part in the Fresno Varsity Tournament Friday and Saturday(9/1-9/2); vs Porterville Tuesday(9/5) at 6:30; beginning TRAC play Wednesday(9/6) vs Clovis at 5:00
- Girl’s Water Polo vs Porterville Tuesday(9/5) at 4:30; opening TRAC vs Clovis at 6:15 Wednesday(9/6)
- Girl’s Volleyball @ Frontier Tuesday(9/5) beginning at 6:00
- Girl’s Golf plays 18-holes in the Helen Langford Tournament Tuesday(9/5)
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