Exeter Union inducts five into athletic Hall of Fame for 2019

Corinne and Jaykob Acosta headline Monarchs’ class of 2019 inductees

By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN

EXETER – Exeter Union High School’s class of 2019 inducted five of their student-athletes into the Hall of Fame. Corinne Acosta was the only multiple sport inductee.

Corinne Acosta
Corinne was the only Monarch to be inducted into the multiple sport category for volleyball and softball.

“I am speechless honestly,” Corinne said.

Corinne was a major factor in the Monarchs making three straight Division II Valley Championship appearances, and winning back-to-back tiles in 2017, and 2018. As an outside hitter she hit 557 kills during her senior season which led the team. A team leading 71 aces belong to her as well.

Corinne realized a dream when her name was called for volleyball. Her name now resides with her sister Amanda, who was inducted in 2016.

“It has been my dream ever since I saw her get inducted,” Corinne said.

On the softball field Corinne was a part of the Monarchs winning the Division IV title in 2018. She broke the single season record for hits with 73.

She scored a total of 56 runs from the lead off spot during her senior season.

In the fall, she will attend and compete on the Fresno Pacific University Sunbird’s volleyball team. She will be studying kinesiology to become a physical therapist. 

Jaykob Acosta
Jaykob emerged to be one of the Monarchs’ more prolific pitchers during his junior and senior seasons, and earned a Division I scholarship to CSU Bakersfield. A huge accomplishment, considering he had never been a full-time pitcher before entering high school. He joins a laundry list of star pitchers who have worn the blue and gold of Exeter. One of the names belongs to Tyler Rumbaugh, who currently pitches at Fresno Pacific University.

“I am thankful, grateful to being inducted,” Jaykob said. “I am hoping that I can follow in the footsteps of all the great pitchers who have come before me, and prove I deserve to compete at the next level.”

Jaykob led the Monarchs to one Division IV Valley Championship appearance in 2018. Exeter lost 4-0 to the Fowler Redcats. He posted a career record of 9-10, and a 1.24 ERA. He struck out a total of 169 batters, and only allowed 41 walks.

At the plate, Jaykob was just as lethal. He finished a career batting average of .360 with 59 runs scored and 49 RBIs driven in.

Chad Hilvers
Hilvers was a three-year member of the Monarchs’ varsity track and field team after transferring in from Central Valley Christian the summer before his sophomore year. Now his name will be forever engraved along side his mentor Josh Outten.

“It is an honor,” Hilvers said. “This is something that I’ve worked hard for.”

Hilvers’ senior season was one to remember as he broke the school record in the High Jump just two years after Outten broke the 42-year-old record. Hilvers’ jumped 6 feet, 6 inches during a Central Sequoia League tri-meet. Then at the CSL Championship later in the month, Hilvers beat his own mark a couple weeks later by clearing 6 feet, 7 inches to win the individual title.

Hilvers did not have the end of the season he wanted as he failed to clear a height higher than 6’5” during the East Area Qualifier, or the Valley Championships.

However, Hilvers will remember the night his name was called to joy the best to ever compete in the sport as his best memory while at Exeter Union.

In the fall Hilvers plans on attending College of the Sequoias and compete on their football and track and field teams.

Isabel Martinez Magallon
In a season which Exeter’s lineup changed from game to game there was one constant. Magallon started every game on the middle to the defensive side of the field, and now her name will be constant as one of Exeter’s greats.

“I didn’t expect it,” Magallon said. “I know this a huge thing, so I am very happy.”

The Monarchs advanced to the Division IV Valley Championship game, and their defense was a big part of it. They held Central Sequoia League opponents to a total of six goals scored. They had seven shutouts.

Magallon will be attending College of the Sequoias this fall where she will be studying nursing before transferring to Fresno State. She has been in contact with the Giant’s coaching staff, but is unsure if she will continue her playing career.

Jaime Lara
Lara’s goal in the first overtime period of the Division VI Valley Championship game last winter propelled the Monarchs to victory. Now his name will ring forever in Exeter’s Smith Gym.

“I would like to thank coach Pete for everything he does for helping us,” Lara said.

The last time Exeter made it to the title game in 2015 Lara was in the stands. An eighth grader at the time he watched as Exeter lost 3-0 to the Avenal Buccaneers. Afterwards his late mother, Esmeralda, told him that he was going to win a valley championship. In his four years on the varsity team that has been the goal.

Lara will be heading to CSU Bakersfield in the fall. He has not yet decided if he will walk-on to play soccer for the Roadrunners.

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