Clovis East Puts on a Show

Boys water polo traveled to Sanger Tuesday after splitting their two games last week. From the opening sprint it was obvious that the Timberwolves were well oiled machines. After the end of the first quarter, the score was 8-2 in favor of Clovis East. They wouldn’t stop there. With their foot on the gas, the Wolfpack imposed their will on the Apaches, grabbing their third win of the season, 18-3. A quick turnaround would challenge Clovis East for on Wednesday they made the long bus ride to Merced to take on the El Capitan Gauchos. This game would not be as easy as the previous, however the Timberwolves pulled away, winning 13-9. The Wolfpack would improve to 4-1 on the season and will take part in the Fresno High Varsity Tournament this weekend.

Girls volleyball held their home opener this Tuesday against the Frontier Titans. After sweeping both opponents last week, the Wolfpack faced a very good Frontier team. Every single set was close but in the end, CE swept the Titans 3-0, improving to 3-0 in their early season. Leading the way was senior Taylor Dilley with 14 kills, 3 aces, and a block. Brooklyn Lopez was also a key player with 14 kills, 6 aces, and 2 blocks.

27 games. Two and a half years. That was the last time a Clovis East football team won a game. And it all came to an end last Friday against Wood-Vacaville. This was a back and forth contest and kept everyone on the edge of their seats. The Timberwolves tied the game at 20 on a rushing touchdown by senior Ryan Hunt and an extra point by sophomore Bryant Thao put the Wolfpack ahead. However, if it weren’t for senior Justice Cantu, the Wolfpack would have never taken the lead. The game was tied at 14 and Wood scored, grabbing a 20-14 lead. On the extra point attempt, Cantu rushed around the corner, blocking the kick, and stealing momentum. Following the CE score, players, coaches, and fans waited for the moment where the clock read 0:00. But Wood had other plans. Plans of spoiling this event and breaking the hearts of the Timberwolves. A feeling far too well known. As the Wildcats were driving down the field, one mistake would cost them the game. That came when junior Chandler Hamilton intercepted the ball and sealed the win. At that moment players burst into tears, coaches jumped with joy, and students yelled so loud that they lost their voices. It was all over. The streak was broken. The celebration was similar to that of a valley championship win. But to Clovis East fans, this was their valley championship. To see the football team win a game was a hope for fans and students, not to mention players. This was a historic night and the Wolfpack will hope to build on their momentum. This Friday the Timberwolves will travel to Sanger to take on the Apaches in the Battle for the Silver Spear. Kickoff is at 7:30pm, and the game will be aired on Channel 59 as part of their Friday Night Rivals series.



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