By Andrea Camarena

Boys, let the girls show you how it's done.

In an unprecedented year, female athletes at Exeter Union High School made history by collectively bringing home six league titles, two divisional Valley titles and two individual Valley titles. It's been the most successful year for female athletics ever in Exeter.

The successes were garnered across the board. Batters, runners, swimmers, spikers, dribblers and servers earned their way into the highest seeds in Division II through Division IV competition by taking the biggest wins in the East Sequoia League.

Six of the nine girls teams won the East Sequoia League in the 2004-2005 school year. Cross country, volleyball, basketball, softball, track and swimming all finished first in league. Each team did it in an individually extraordinary way. Of the teams that didn't take first in league both the girls soccer team and tennis team came in at a close second place while water polo finished in sixth place.

It all started off with a bang for the Exeter Monarchs athletic program in the fall when the tennis team took the Division III Valley title. The team benefited from consistent play throughout the lineup. The top doubles spot for the Monarchs was occupied by junior Hannah Haeur and senior Stephanie Ford while the No. 1 singles player was Eva Rodriguez. Rodriguez went nearly the entire season undefeated.

In that same season, girls cross country and girls volleyball both took their respective East Sequoia League titles. The fall sports season set a trend for what has become the most successful year of female athletics in the school's history.

The tennis team fell short of a co-championship when they fell to Immanuel in their second round of league play. But the team came back with full force in the post season to storm past Yosemite, Selma and finally Sierra to take the school's first Valley Championship in tennis as a team. In fact, it was the team's first ever appearance in the semi-finals round of competition.

The girls basketball team was the star team in the winter season tying for first place in the league with the usual front-runner Corcoran. Exeter coach Linda Wachter led the girls to a 13-1 season bringing down the East Sequoia League powerhouse Panthers in their second meeting. The Monarchs broke Corcoran’s five-year winning streak with a 55-47 victory on January 28. Top ballers for Exeter's basketball squad included juniors Tiffany Marinos and Jody Williamson along with breakout freshman Abby Bloetscher.

In the spring the Monarchs continued to churn out wins, championship medals and plaques. The softball team played their way into their first ESL championship in nine years with a near perfect 13-1 record. They then went on to win two post season games and take second place in the Division III Valley Championship game.

The Girls swim team also took an ESL title that accompanied their Division II Valley Championship. Individual swimmers continued even further to medal in the Valley meet. Freshman Goates took first place in both the 100-yard backstroke and 50-yard freestyle for individual valley titles.

The track team went on to follow the same path taking first place in league as well as second place in the Divsional Valley meet. Though the team took second, two runners, Allison Gonzales and Rachell Mitchell took Individual Division II Valley titles in three events, the 1600-meter, 3200-meter and 800-meter runs.

All together, the Monarchs had 213 girls compete in athletics over the past year and of them less than five percent were graduating seniors. Cross country will lose just one top runner while tennis will lose three players. Volleyball will lose two starters and basketball will lose just one. Two swimmers will graduate along with four track athletes. Softball will lose two starters as well.

Between the limited number of outgoing seniors and the up and coming freshman standouts from the past season, Monarch athletics looks to be promising for the girls in 2005 and 2006.

The Exeter boys did bring in one league title. Boys golf took first place with coach Jim Mitchell.

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