Athletes of the Week

Valerie Ruiz, Atwater; Josh Fluetsch, Merced

Valerie Ruiz

School: Atwater

Sport: Soccer

Class: Sophomore

Position: Striker

The Week: Ruiz scored the Falcons lone goal in a 1-0 victory over Golden Valley. She also scored a key goal in a 2-1 upset of Merced.

Josh Fluetsch

School: Merced

Sport: Swimming

Class: Junior

Events: Fluetsch won the 200 and 500 freestyle events to lead the Bears to a victory at the Stanislaus County Championships for the fifth consecutive year on Saturday. Fluetsch also came back to win the medley relay on the final leg.

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