Two Winter Sports Set To Compete In State Matchups 

Conor McGill and The PAW news Staff

The winter sports season has been a productive one for Hughson High Athletics. Two sports, Wrestling and Girl’s Basketball, will be represented this year at state competitions. 

 

Senior wrestler Carson Hatch will be attending the CIF State Wrestling Championships Thursday at the Mechanics Bank Arena in Bakersfield, CA, after finishing 6th in the CIF SJS Masters 220 weight class last weekend. 

 

“These past couple of weeks have been pretty crazy,” said Hatch. “It’s only my second year wrestling, but I contribute my success to my two coaches Tony Bargas and Phil Tubera and my training partner Garrett Hicks. I look forward to representing Hughson Thursday at the State meet.” 

 

The last time the wrestling program sent a wrestler to State dates back to 2014 when the team sent Chase Herrin.  

 

“The program I have been building these past years is finally starting to produce,” said Hughson High wrestling head coach Tony Bargas. “Carson is a great athlete and we are very confident that he will do well at State.” 

 

On the other side of things the Lady Huskies basketball team suffered a minimal loss last night against No. 1 Argonaut, 69-58, the team will compete in the NorCal State Tournament next week having secured their spot as one of the final four in the CIF SJS D IV playoffs. 

 

Hughson girls basketball head coach Tim May expressed his gratefulness in making a far Section playoff run addressing Husky fans last night on the team’s Facebook page saying, “Thank you all that came out to support us tonight! It does mean the world to us for all of you to travel and support us. We gave the No. 1 seed all they could handle but came up a little short. We start the NorCal State tournament next week and know you all will be rooting for us.”  

 

The last time the Girls Basketball program made this far of a playoff run dates back to 1996 when the team went all the way to the CIF SJS D IV Section Championships to beat the St. Mary Rams 57-45. The feat had many on the team excited that they were bringing back some history. 

 

“It’s been nice bringing back some history in our playoff run this season,” said Giana Martella. “Although we did not pull out the win last night I am still super proud of my team and how we have played this season. We still have the state tournament to look forward too and even though we lost, we definitely left it all out there on our court.” 

 

The NorCal State tournament bracket is set to be released Sunday afternoon on the CIF State website.