Raymond Garcia didn’t have much free time during his senior year at Bret Harte High School. In the fall, he was one of the top water polo players in the Mother Lode League. In the winter, he ran up and down the basketball court. And in the spring, he threw shot put and discus for the track and field team.
Garcia was very hard to slow down in the pool. He was Bret Harte’s main scorer and had one of his best games in a road victory over Calaveras High School, when he scored nine goals in the 10-8 game. Garcia was placed on the Mother Lode League’s first-team. On the basketball court, he was one of the more physical players on the floor. He scored 13 points in a home loss to Hughson and had no problem fighting for rebounds.
In the spring, Garcia took third in the Mother Lode League finals in both the shot put and discus. He advanced to the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section finals in each, and he set a personal record in the shot put with his sixth-place throw of 44 feet. In the discus, he threw 114 feet, 8 inches.
“I would say one of Raymond’s biggest strengths is just that – his strength,” Bret Harte head water polo coach Dave Hoselton said. “As you know, water polo is really simple – score goals and keep the opponent from scoring goals. On defense, Raymond’s basketball coaches taught him to guard his player closely without committing a foul. In water polo, the center is not just the tallest player like in basketball so much, as it is also the physically strongest player. You will face your opponent’s strongest defender, and the refs give a lot of leeway to the physical contact between those positions. Raymond played center and usually came out on top.”