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VOL. LXVIII       COUGAR ATHLETIC CLUB NEWSLETTER      Jan. 13th, 2018

 

Cougar Athletic Alumni Board of Directors is very excited to welcome our guest speaker, Cary Weiler. Weiler, a local realtor with Highpoint Realty, is the Cougar’s longtime softball coach, a position he has held for 23 years. His program has been one of the most successful at EHS. His teams have won 12 League Champions, 3 CIF Champions and were Runner up 4 times. Several players matriculated to college softball. Former Cougar players have participated in 5 NCAA College World Series, with 2 being on World Series Champions teams! He coached a 2-time softball All-American, Ashley Lane as well. His own daughters were athletes at EHS and in college; Erin at UCLA where her 1999 softball team won a NCAA Championship, Kelly who played volleyball at the University of South Alabama, and Jayme a volleyball player at Cal State Monterey Bay and now the volleyball coach at Hartnell Community College.

 

Weiler is a decorated fast pitch softball player himself. He is a left-handed pitcher who continued to play until two years ago. His teams finished 2nd and 3rd in the world, while also garnering top 10 finishes in the world 7 or 8 times. In the world! EHS is fortunate to have such a great person and coach in charge of its softball program.

 

Per Board policy, today we will hold the Election of Board members for the following year.

 

The Annual Cougar Athletic Club Scholarship Golf Tournament took place September 16th. The club cleared around $2900 for this event. This money will be used to fund scholarships for EHS student athletes who apply and are selected for their college. Longtime Chairperson of this event, Sal Garcia, is stepping down. Tom Garcia will take helm of the planning for next year’s event which is scheduled for Saturday, September 15th at Reidy Creek Golf Club. We appreciate Sal’s dedication and commitment to this fund-raising event. He spent a great deal of his time securing the golf course, supplies, gifts for the raffle, recruiting participants and rectifying the accounts for several years. I’m sure Tom will be asking members for help in the upcoming months as he plans for our main fundraiser for Cougar Scholarships.

 

Speaking of scholarships, the club is still accepting donations for the Coach Embrey Endowment Fund. We are making our final push and believe we will make our final goal by the April meeting. Thank you to all who have donated to this point.

Escondido High School Hall of Fame Class of 2018 will be inducted into the Cougar Hall of Fame Friday, January 26th. The event will start in the school’s Performing Arts Center (PAC) (the old cafeteria) at 5:30 with a casual reception with light hors d’oeuvres, followed by the Induction Ceremony at 6:30. At 7:30 everyone will proceed to the gym for recognition of the newest HOF members during halftime of the Cougar basketball game. New inductees are: Jim Adkins, Donny Anderson, Brady Clay, Dave Graves, Hannah Turner Siberksy, and Art Warren.  Hope to see you there! (admission to the game for the people who attend the ceremonies in the PAC will be free).

 

The annual Cougar Warmup, an EHS athletic department fundraising event where the proceeds are used to purchase new uniforms for all Cougar athletic teams in need, is scheduled for May 12th. More on the particulars will be forthcoming as we get closer to the springtime.

 

Our 2018 meeting dates have been finalized. Please calendar the following: April 14, July 14, and October 13, 2018. We are working on the speaker(s) for April. July will bring us Cal State University Track and Cross-Country Coach Steve Scott. October’s meeting does not have a scheduled speaker yet.

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