Fall sports highlights

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Fall sports highlights

Erin Baquiran, Photography Editor

Football

The football team currently stands at 3-1 in SJAA and 5-4 overall.

The varsity team’s emphasis on teamwork has paid off: for the first time in their history the team is in a three-way tie with McNair and Stagg high schools for first place in league.

The team held a five-win streak against Vallejo, Lodi, Edison, Stagg and Franklin high schools until Chavez beat them last weekend. Wide receiver Tre Wortham has scored 11 touchdowns this season, leading the team in points scored.

“We honestly started really rocky at the beginning, but as the season is going through we are getting back our original objective to win games,” junior linebacker Payton Rios said.

“As a whole they’ve gotten a whole lot better,” Asst. Coach Anthony Martinez said. “They’re starting to play together and I’m happy with the result.”

Girls Tennis

The tennis team currently stands at 5-4 in SJAA and overall.

Coach Gayle Litz remains focused on helping the team reach its goal of winning a championship.

“I would love for us to win a championship, but we still have some work to do, so [other goals would be] to have a good time and learn more about the game and its fundamentals,” Litz said.

The tennis courts were recently resurfaced in September to prevent further damage to the court and possibilities of injury. However, the resurfacing also created scheduling conflicts.

“We usually have 3:30 to 5:30, [but when they were resurfacing] the top twelve players had to practice at one time and the rest had practice later,” junior Nicole Lam said. “We couldn’t have home games either so we had to pay for In-Shape’s courts for two games.”

Junior Angela Lu and senior Jasmin Tran qualified to play in the tennis semifinals this season but failed to qualify for the finals.

Volleyball

The volleyball team currently stands at 9-1 in SJAA and 12-9 overall. They are tied for first in the league with Chavez.
The team is bound for playoffs after league is over.

The team beat Edison in their home game on September 26, winning the first three sets. Junior Carlyn Ryan and senior Destiny Williams led the team in total kills throughout the season with 127 and 102 kills respectively. Coach Kirk Klucznik said he hopes to get far in playoffs despite some minor injuries that arose in the beginning of the season.

“It think it’s been a good season… but there have been a lot of injuries, including myself… I know that we are much stronger [as a whole team],” junior Hallie Briscoe said.

“Our goal, like always, is to win and be league champion and do good in playoffs,” Klucznik said. “I feel that our team is doing well, but we haven’t tapped our full potential yet.”

Water Polo

The girls water polo team currently stands at 8-0 in SJAA and 8-7 overall. The boys water polo team currently stands at 8-0 in SJAA and 9-5 overall.
Both teams are undefeated in league. The boys won against River City, their first game, 12-4. The girls won five games in league, including those against Edison and Stagg.

“I like our team this year because it is one big unit and we work together very well,” senior Leilani Lim said.

“[I feel] pretty good [about the season],” junior Richard Jerue said. “Our team is tightly knit together and that is one of the things that helps us win.”

Cross Country

The boys cross country team stands at 25-0 and girls cross country stands at 24-1 in SJAA and overall.

The cross country team started its season with new head coach Eric Vallecillo and 13 successful meets. Both varsity teams are first in league.

“It’d be great [to have] more kids in sections and more importantly for a lot of our younger runners having them get [personal records in] running this season,” Vallecillo said.

“I feel like it is going to be a very tough season with a lot of hardships… it has been tough and very hard but it’s been very fun,” junior Jordan Ota said.

Girls Golf

The girls golf team stands at 15-0 in SJAA and overall.

The team has become the SJAA champion for the second year in a row under guidance of coach Annie Mar. Senior Shelby Bartlett was featured in “The Record” for being tied for third best score of any golfer in the match against Lodi on Monday, October 17. Bartlett also qualified to compete in SJSCIF Masters. Due to her four year of experience on the girls golf team, her best scores in a match are 40 strokes on 9 holes and 83 strokes on 18 holes.

“It was one of the best seasons I had and I couldn’t have asked for a better team,” Bartlett said.

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