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Three locals earn recognition beyond athletics
Three locals earn recognition beyond athletics
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Three local athletes were named recipients of the A. Dale Lacky Scholarships for their contributions in athletics, the classroom and their community, the California Interscholastic Federation Sac-Joaquin Section announced Wednesday. Fifty area student-athletes earned the honor and received scholarships worth $600 to $1,000.
The three local athletes are Pitman High swimmer Stephanie Young, Hilmar High girls soccer player Haylee Bettencourt and Turlock Christian High’s Geoffrey Retemeyer, who participated in football, baseball and basketball — with all of them earning $600 apiece in scholarships.
Some of the highlights from the student-athletes’ bios include:
Retemeyer spent two weeks in the Dominic Republic on a mission trip on top of spearheading annual service projects in Turlock and participating in TC’s Student Council as the rally commissioner.
Young is a volunteer swimming coach who helps out at swimming clinics, carries a 4.41 GPA and is ranked No. 8 out of 470 in her senior class and will swim at South Dakota State after graduation.
Bettencourt helps coach community basketball and soccer teams, carries a 4.2 GPA,  is ranked third in her class and volunteers her time at local charities.
The trio, along with the other 47 recipients, will be recognized April 20 at the CIF SJS Breakfast Awards Ceremony at Elkhorn Country Club in Stockton, with the program starting at 9 a.m.

Hilmar’s Mouro headed off to college
Last fall, Hilmar High’s Daniel Mouro impressed the high school football scene by booting a 54-yard field goal in the 2009 season opener at Denair High, which was the second longest mark in the Sac-Joaquin Section. Now, he will look to make more impressions outside of Hilmar and California.
After two months of deciding, the Western Athletic Conference second-team selection has signed to play for Division II Adams State in Colorado. He made the signing official Thursday.
He was recruited as a punter and kicker.
In his senior season, Mouro accumulated 53 points, secured 41 extra-point kicks and four field goals to help the Yellowjackets to an 8-2 overall record and a playoff berth. But his most memorable score came Sept. 11, 2009, when he nailed a 54-yard FG that put him in the Section record books.

Baseball tournaments
Even though spring break is all next week, there will be plenty of baseball action for the local high schools.
Pitman and Turlock will play in the Windemuth Tournament in Modesto, with the game locations at various high schools. The action starts Monday, with Turlock playing Davis at Davis High at 3:30 p.m. and Pitman facing Enochs at Enochs High, also at 3:30 p.m.
Turlock Christian starts the Orestimba Tournament today against Orestimba at 9 a.m. before playing Gustine at 11:30 a.m. And Hilmar will host the Cantrell Tournament at Hilmar High starting Tuesday, as the Yellowjackets open against Riverbank at 10:30 a.m.
To contact Chhun Sun, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2041.