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Seeking Recognition in Silence

Photo by: Devin Taing
Fresno City College women’s water polo and swim and dive, Head Coach Hilary Boos, and her players doing laps in the pool at their practice on Mar. 14, 2024.

The water polo team at Fresno City College swims tirelessly in the shadows, their achievements obscured by the glare of more popular sports. Despite all their dedication and talent in the pool, they remain overlooked and unrecognized by the college and local media.

Disheartened, the team feels a sense of disappointment as their efforts go unnoticed, yearning for the recognition they rightfully deserve. Sometimes when women’s sports are mentioned, it’s dismissed by someone saying, “I don’t watch women play sports.”

At FCC, there are many sports teams on campus. Some receive attention more than others:the water polo team is among those that do not.

Water polo does not attract a large audience and lacks the discussion it deserves.

Hilary Boos, the head coach of the water polo team and swim and dive, has over 20 years of coaching experience and 17 years in education. This is her third year coaching at FCC.

For the members of the FCC water polo team, the discouragement of their unnoticed efforts is appreciable as they reflect on the glaring absence of coverage and recognition they receive.

“We don’t get any coverage,” Boos said. “I don’t see anybody at our games at the school, and I get it because we’re not on campus. Nobody knows who we are. Nobody knows who I am.”

FCC women’s water polo team practices at high schools because the pool at FCC isn’t adequate to play, causing them to practice late so they don’t conflict with any of the high school teams.

“You know, it’s hard when you’re not on campus, and people don’t see you,” Boos said.

Tori Valdez is a player on the FCC water polo team and plays utility, which is a versatile secondary member but can take the lead if need be.

Valdez faced certain obstacles while playing this sport, like how getting through practices can be challenging and building that team chemistry between one another.

“I think in the Central Valley it gets a good amount of publicity because of how good the Fresno State water polo team is but I think it could be talked about more to high school students who want to play,” Valdez said.

So if you are thinking about joining water polo or want to see them play in action, go watch and support the FCC water polo team

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Ashleigh Contreras
Ashleigh Contreras, Reporter
Ashleigh Contreras is a student at Fresno City College who is studying journalism and wants to be a screenwriter in the future. She is 21 years old and was raised and born in Fresno, CA. She enjoys watching movies, her favorite movies of all time are 13 Going on 30, Crazy Stupid Love, and Perks of Being a Wallflower. She is very passionate about writing; she writes poetry in her free time and likes to read about any genre of books. Her favorite books are The Summer I Turned Pretty series and Percy Jackson series and Turtles All the Way Down. Her favorite food is pasta, any kind of pasta really, and any form of potatoes, like hash browns, French fries, etc. She loves art, and creating art. She was studying studio arts till she decided to change it to journalism due to her passion for writing. A screenwriter and a director are something she dreams about becoming. Able to create something for people to watch means so much to her. She’s a person with big dreams and goals. She’s the kind of person who wants it, she will go get it. She’s also very family-orientated. Everything she does is to make her family proud. She also just wants to make herself proud and happy. Putting yourself first is something she has always believed in. There is this one saying that Ashleigh reminds herself whenever she is in her head too much, “At the end of the day, all you got is yourself.”
Devin Taing
Devin Taing, Multimedia Editor
Devin Taing is the Multimedia Editor of the Rampage. He is 21-years-old and is majoring in mass communications journalism. He is born and raised in Fresno California his entire life and attended Sunnyside High. There he attended the "Video Production Academy" (VPA) program and took three years of video production. There he learned everything behind videography, editing, audio, and design. With this multimedia background, he was a perfect fit for the multimedia editor position in the Rampage. He has been a part of the Rampage for three semesters now and provided lots of help with the social media website as well as helping students with their cover photos. Other than being the multimedia editor, Devin loves to game on his downtime. He enjoys a variety of genres like combat, rhythm, strategies, and RPG. Some other interesting hobbies he enjoys is solving Rubik's cubes and photography. He started solving Rubik's cubes in middle school and ever since then he's been hooked. He can solve one in under a minute and enjoys other types of twisty puzzles as well. He didn't get into photography until he started college because he prioritized video as a profession instead. However, he feels like editing videos can take up to hours at a time and he eventually gets burnt out. Photography was a new and refreshing way for him to still apply his skills without spending hours on end in the editing process.

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