Elementary schools compete in wrestling, soccer

On Friday, Dec 13 and Saturday, Dec. 14 the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District held their Elementary District Championships for their winter sports. On Friday afternoon, the six elementary schools Bauer Speck, Georgia Brown, Kermit King, Virginia Peterson, Winifred Piefer and Pat Butler, brought their teams of fourth and fifth graders and squared off at Barney Schwartz Park. Saturday morning, the same schools filled up Gil Asa Gymnasium at Paso Robles High School for and grappled for the wrestling championships.

Each season the fourth and fifth grade students of PRJUSD are given the opportunity to play free public sports and at the end of each season comes a tournament for and a chance to named champion. The students play against the other schools individually throughout the season before meeting them one final time at the venue’s they will hopefully grow into as future Bearcats. 

The fourth grade Kermit King girls celebrate after winning the Championship on Dec. 13 (Contributed photo)

Friday’s soccer matchup’s featured two games to get into the championship and one game under the lights and only two schools went home with plaques as Kermit King won both the fourth and fifth grade girls titles while the Georgia Brown won for both of the boys. 

Not only does the program help the kids and provide them with opportunities they might not get elsewhere but the parents also appreciate it. 

“I love the program,” Norma Hoguin said while watching her daughter Arabela Soto play for Georgia Brown. “Because I get a little time to myself and she also keeps busy.”

The fourth grade Georgia Brown boys team takes a photo together after winning the Elementary District Championship. (Contributed photo)

Not only does the program all kids to play sports they already love but it also allows them to try new sports.

“She has been playing soccer with AYSO since she was four, so she likes soccer,” Hoguin said. “But the other games are new to her, volleyball and basketball, and she likes them and she likes being with her friends and meeting the other girls from the other schools.”

On Saturday morning the athletes made their way to PRHS and wrestled into the afternoon and the Kermit King Frogs dominated on the mat just as they did on the field and won both the fourth and fifth grade championships.