Los Banos tied for WAC excellence title

By David Witte / sports@losbanosenterprise.comMay 16, 2013 

For the third year in a row, Los Banos High School has taken the Western Athletic Conference Excellence title. This year, though, the Tigers share the honor with Ceres after both tallied 100 points.

Central Catholic was third with 97.5 points.

Each sport contributes points toward the award throughout the school year, with eight points for a league championship, six points for a runner up, five for third place, and on down to a single point for last place.

"We have a great group of student athletes, first and foremost," Los Banos athletic director Joe Barcellos said. "Our coaching staff does a great job with our teams, and we get tremendous support from staff, parents, fans and boosters."

Seven Los Banos teams earned league titles: girls tennis (with a 12-0 league record), girls cross country (5-1), girls water polo (7-1) and volleyball (12-0) in the fall, wrestling (6-0) in the winter, and boys swimming (6-0) and girls swimming (6-0) in the spring, as well as three second-place finishes: football (5-1), softball (8-4) and boys golf (10-2).

Ceres scored league titles in boys water polo (7-1) and boys tennis (12-0), and second-place seasons in girls water polo (6-2), girls basketball (8-4), boys swimming (5-1), girls track (5-1), softball (8-4, tied with LB) and baseball (10-2).

"We ended up at the top more, but they had better standings farther down," Barcellos said.

This is not the first time the award has been shared -- Central Catholic and Patterson tied in 2008. The award was created in 2007, with Patterson taking the first title, followed by the Patterson/CC tie. Central then held it for two more years before Los Banos wrested the award from them in 2011.

Now the question is what will happen with the banner, which currently hangs on the wall in LB's gym.

"We've had it in our gym for two years," Barcellos said. "I don't have a problem with it being in their gym for a while."

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