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Feature: Marco Gutierrez hopes to bring enthusiasm and passion back to Farmersville football

By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN FARMERSVILLE – Most new head coaches are hired the spring before the start of their first season and have months to prepare and build a relationship with their players. That is not the case for Farmersville’s new interim head coach Marco Gutierrez after he was given that position on Monday, Sept. 4. […]

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Feature: Duplantier, MLB Pipeline Pitcher of the Year

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – One of the best upcoming pitchers in the minor leagues can be found right here in Visalia. The Rawhides right handed pitcher Jon Duplantier was named Major League Baseball’s Pipeline Pitcher of the Year this past week. A third-round selection for the Arizona Diamondback, Visalia’s big club, in 2016 out of Rice, […]

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Girls Water Polo: Weldon, Monarchs hold off Tribe

By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN TULARE – There are stretches of games that define a team’s season. Usually, that happens in league competition but for the Exeter Monarchs, they find themselves in the midst of a four game road stretch that could set a precedent for the D-II playoffs. Already, clinching a win over the Hanford […]

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Football: Cavaliers clip Cardinals’ wings

By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN LINDSAY – Lindsay head coach Matt Mendonca felt like his Cardinals were as prepared as they could have been heading into their matchup with the Central Valley Christian Cavaliers last Friday night. Having already played two big, physical teams during the first two weeks of the season in the Exeter Monarchs and […]

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Boys Water Polo: Monarchs struggle in 18-5 loss to the Tribe

By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN TULARE – The new season may still be young but the Exeter Monarchs (0-5) are not yet where they want to be. That was made apparent last Wednesday night when the Tulare Union Tribe (6-1) defeated the Monarchs 18-5. “I think Tulare Union may be in the running for a valley […]

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Football: Anger and work ethic of Gonzalo Rodriguez translates to huge production on field

By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN VISALIA – Golden West head coach Paul Preheim has had some talented thousand-yard running backs show off their talent in his wing-T offense in his seven years. In 2015 and 2016, Cristian Canales rushed for 1,329 and 1,042 yards respectively. Sheldon White also rushed for 1,241 yards in 2015. This season, however, […]

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Football: Aztecs lose 43-0 to Granite Hills, FHS and Coach Crews part ways

By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN PORTERVILLE –So far this season the Farmersville Aztecs (0-2) have shown little to no form of the team that won the East Sierra League title in 2016. The Aztecs have been outscored 85-6 with their most recent loss coming against the Granite Hills Grizzlies (1-0) last Friday night 43-0. “This was terribly […]

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VOLLEYBALL: Wins over Sanger and El Diamante give Exeter the edge in seeding come playoff time

By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN VISALIA – It may be a little early to begin talking about playoffs being that it is only two weeks into the season, but the Monarchs made a big statement toward their future D-II seeding this past week by sweeping fellow division competitors the Sanger Apaches 3-0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-15) on Tuesday, […]

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Football: Exeter keeps Valencia Cup for 15th consecutive season after defeating the Woodlake Tigers 35-7

By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN WOODLAKE – The longest winning streak of any high school football team against one opponent in the foothills area is alive and well. For the 15th straight season, the Exeter Monarchs were victorious over the Woodlake Tigers in their annual Valencia Cup rivalry game, this time 35-7. “The streak is something that […]

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