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Garza Slides Into Home

Linda Garza pictured at the Christina M. Hixson Softball Park at the University of Nevada, Reno. (Photo/Courtesy of Linda Garza)

Linda Garza, Fresno City College’s new softball coach, is returning to Fresno after coaching at the University of Nevada, Reno.

She said when the opportunity of coaching softball at FCC came along, she knew it was time for a change.

“I don’t know if it will ever be open again, and if I want a chance to come back home. This is the chance to come back home,” Garza said.

Transitioning from coaching at a university to a community college is challenging, but Graza believes she more than prepared for the role.

When Garza graduated from Hoover High School, she wanted to get out of Fresno. She went to live in Ohio and Arkansas, but never forgot where she came from.

“No matter how far you go, and what you do, there’s just something about the Valley for some of us, that it’s home and you want to go back,” Garza said.

With more than half of the players on the team returning this year, Garza is happy to have that foundation that most new coaches wouldn’t get. But she also knows that since most of her players are graduating this semester, next year’s team may not be as seasoned.

She hopes to not only get her players to where they want to be as athletes, but also to to learn different skill sets that will help them in life in general.

Like any other coach, Garza wants to win as a team, but knows that winning it isn’t always the important outcome.

“I’m not going to lose sight that at the end of the day, I am an educator,” Garza said. “I don’t have a job unless I have student athletes.”

Throughout her journey as a coach and in her education, Garza was able to have support from her family. At the press conference where her position was announced, most of the support was from her friends and family.

Although Garza knows her family may not be perfect, they are still her backbone and what keeps her together.

“My parents have put me in positions to be successful, and I’ve taken advantage of all of those opportunities,” Garza said.

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Fabio Saravia
Fabio Saravia, Sports Editor
Fabio Saravia is a 21-year-old journalism major at Fresno City College. Born in Fairfield, California, but raised in Vallejo, California. He now resides in Fresno, California and has been living there for about seven years and counting. He has hopes of one day becoming a lawyer in immigration. Look most students that attend Fresno City College, he comes from a family of immigrants. He knows the many hardships they face and hopes to one day be able to alleviate the pain. Fabio graduated from Central West High School as part of the class of 2019. When joining Fresno City College, he was able to join two clubs. The two clubs being PUENTE and the Law Pathways Club. He also was a part in creating the club IGNITE for a Fresno City College chapter, but the process was halted due to the pandemic. Fabio was able to work as a canvasser for nearly two years for the nonprofit organization called Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability. At LCJA he was able to learn one-on-one communications skills as well as phone banking. He also had the opportunity to attack the problem of COVID-19 head on. For his work he was able to set up COVID-19 vaccine clinics and participate in them. He was also one of the main people to register people to get their vaccine in Fresno, Madera, and Tulare County. Fabio always had in interest in writing. His dream goal is to one day be a writer or actor/director along his friends who share the same passion.
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Josiah Poynter is a 21-year-old journalism major in his fourth semester at Fresno City College and his third in the Rampage. He was born and raised in Camarillo, CA (go PVCS Lions) but has lived in Chicago and now lives in Fresno. Josiah previously held the positions of both the Entertainment and Sports Editor and is now the Managing Editor. He loves journalism and has excelled at writing, even winning a writing contest in second grade against high school students. He has been a part of a newsroom since 2020 going all the way back to his high school in Downers Grove, IL. Moving forward into the future, Josiah knows journalism is calling. He takes pride in knowing his voice and his writing can shape the news landscape and be the voice for people for many years to come. He wants to do something like political reporting, courtroom reporting, or taking on bigger issues that affect local communities but is ultimately unsure where journalism will take him. When he’s not in the newsroom, Josiah is enjoying life and taking it easy as he sees no need to rush when the world has so much to enjoy. He takes one day at a time and prefers relaxing and going out with friends than anything. Some of his hobbies include watching movies (especially those up for award-season), being a nerd about things whether it be comic book media or breaking down the ins and outs of sports, and constantly trying to convince his girlfriend he’s Batman.  

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