Soccer, Wrestling Teams Receive CIF Rings
BY ALFREDO GUZMAN
The Holtville High School CIF Ring Presentations Banquet occurred at the Swiss Club, June 3. The Green and Gold Hall of Fame put on the event honoring the HHS 2017 Soccer Team Division IV CIF Champions and the HHS 2017 CIF Wrestling Team Division IV CIF Dual Meet Champions. The event began with the HHS Viking Band of Pride playing the Fight Song, followed by a brief introduction by Holtville High School Principal Mario Garcia, Margie Stacey representing the Green and Gold Hall of Fame and finally an invocation by Ralph Garcia of Christ Community Church.
Dinner was served afterward which consisted of tri-tip, cheesy potatoes and green beans. HHS cheerleaders served dinner as a silent auction was held to raise funds to help offset the cost of the CIF rings provided by the Green and Gold Hall of Fame. A video highlighting the winning seasons of the 2017 HHS Soccer team and 2017 HHS Wrestling team titled “Remembering the Champions” played as dinner was being enjoyed by everyone in attendance.
Marv Wood of the Green and Gold Hall of Fame Committee quoted Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi before presenting the CIF rings to the coaches, “All the rings, all the accolades and all the display, they linger only in memory. The spirit, the will to win and the will to excel , these are the qualities that are so much more important than any of the events that occasion them.” After the coaches were given their rings, player representatives from each team spoke about their coaches with Nick Torres representing the 2017 Soccer team and Jack Grizzle representing the 2017 Wrestling team. The song “We Are the Champions” played as the teams and coaches went to their places.
The head coaches of each team presented the CIF Championship Rings to their players. The 2017 CIF Championship Soccer Team includes Carlos Chavez, Andy Pascual, Luis Estrada, Omar Quevedo, Angel Garcia, Christian Queriapa, Ricardo Iniguez, John Rodriguez, Luisandree Loranca, Jesus Sanchez, Jorge Mendoza, Saul Sanchez, Oscar Montano, Jose Sierra, Martin Morales, Mario Tamayo, Erik Moreno, Nicholas Torres, Francisco Navarro.
The head Coach of the 2017 CIF Soccer Team is Juan Arroyo and the assistant coaches are Felipe Romero, Refugio Torres and Ramiro Urias.
The 2017 CIF Champion Wrestling team includes Ethan Hernandez, Andrew Camacho, Richie Garcia, Sean McLaughlin, Ethan Strahm, Brian Graham, Julian Martinez, Andy Pascual, Caleb Chambers, Edward Rubin, Domeniq Garnett, David Ascencio, Tino Burfield, Michael Toten, Omar Lopez, Ernesto Vitela, Jack Grizzle, Josh Arvizu, Joseph Soto and Louie Vargas.
The head coach of the 2017 CIF Wrestling Team is C.J Johnston and the assistant coaches are Fred Morgan, Preston Claverie, Phillip Gutierrez, Austin Hawk, Ruben Acosta and Kekoa Gonsalves.