The 2015- 2016 school year will go down as one of Corcoran High School’s most productive, having crowned seven team league champions and a host of individual league champions.
The fall season of sport produced three league championship teams. The CHS Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams dominated the East Sequoia League this year, winning all three mini-meets and the championship meet. Leading the way for the girls cross-country squad were Dulce Beas and Roxana Lule.
For the boys, Jonathon Matson, Pedro Perez, Cesar Angulo, Carl Inac and Arnoldo Villanueva led the team to an undefeated league season. The Panthers were well represented at the valley cross-country meet as Matson placed second in the Division – III race.
Joining the fall season of sport victory parade was the CHS Girls Tennis Team. The Panthers fourth league title in the past five years included an overall record of 16 wins and 2 losses and a valley semifinals finish.
The winter season of sport saw the emergence of one of CHS best wrestling teams in decades. The Panthers powered to an undefeated league title that included an astounding nine individual league champions. Winning league titles were: Jonah Hernandez, Joseph Price, Brock Rogers, Aaron Panduro, Joe Romero, Leonard Rodriguez, Jose Gonzalez, Manuel Madrid and Edgar Hernandez. Critical components to this year’s squad were also CHS Senior, Eulogio Vargas and CHS Freshmen, Gabriel Salcedo.
Junior, Aaron Panduro became CHS’ sole individual valley champion as he claimed a title in the 126-pound weight class. In addition, Brock Rogers became only the second freshman in school history to qualify for the state-wrestling tournament.
Several of the aforementioned Panthers won and placed at some of the toughest wrestling tournaments in the section, considered the toughest in the entire state of California.
The spring season of sport ended with the Panthers claiming three more league team titles and a host of individual titles. The CHS Boys Tennis Team won a share of the ESL, and nipped fellow county school Sierra Pacific, for the school’s first ever Boys Tennis Valley Title. Claiming individual league titles in tennis were Everardo Ramirez, the 2016 ESL Singles Champion and doubles tandem, Gabriel Zepeda and Gilbert Martinez, the 2016 ESL Doubles Champions.
The CHS Boys Track Team also raced to an undefeated league title in 2016. Winning individual titles were: Marvin Machado (Shot Put), Jacob Martinez-Guerrero (Long Jump), Nicholas Munoz (Triple Jump) & Jonathon Matson, (800, 1600 & 3200 Meters).
The Panthers sole female individual champion was Maria Martin (Pole Vault.)
In swimming, the CHS Boys Swim Team claimed a share of the 2016 campaign, winning all of their dual meets and ending tied with Strathmore for the league team title.
Winning individual gold were three-time champion Seth Gregory (200 Free and 100 Back), three-time champion Jonathan Granada (200 IM and 100 Butterfly), two-time champion, Morgan Meik (100 Free), and the relay team of Vance Frey, Granada, Meik and Gregory (200 Free Relay).
Winning league titles in the ESL Girls League Championships were two-time champion Giselle Martinez (200 IM and 500 Free), along with Savannah Nolan (100 Breast).
Most CHS athletic programs will begin summer preparation for the coming year in early June. All current student-athletes, and incoming freshmen, whether they have played sports or not, are encouraged to contact the athletic office at (559) 992 – 8888 Ext. 6213 for summer athletic practice schedules and a copy of a physical form that needs to be filled out by a licensed physician before practicing and playing sports this coming August.
Those forms can also be obtained in the activities office of CHS. Students should try to make it to as many summer practices as possible.