Many Advance to CIF; XC Wins

Graydon Leongkaye, Writer

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When the fall season of athletics began drawing to a close, many teams began preparing for the annual CIF playoffs.

This is an opportunity for teams from all sports to prove themselves and end the season.

Boys’ water polo this year have had a great season. Unfortunately, they lost the first round of playoffs to Foothill. The team that placed first in CIF.

Sophomore Williams Criley said, “As the season progressed we began to lose a few games because the teams that we played were better than previous teams.”

Criley added, “Having most of the hard games at the end of the season slow [the] team’s progression an diminished [their] morale.”

Criley thinks that this may have been one of the reasons they lost against Foothill.

Boys’ football also had a successful season, winning first place in Bay League overall.

Senior Varsity player Dustin Wescott said that, “The team has definitely improved because as the season progressed we began trusting each other more which helped us play together and win games.”

Barely losing the championship game against Lawndale, they managed to get second place in CIF.

Wescott said that, “We were prepared for playoffs and the intensity of it because of our hard practice schedule.”

Girls’ volleyball won their first CIF game against Los Osos, three sets to zero sets.

In the second round of CIF, girls volleyball was tied two sets to two sets against Corona Del Mar.

They barely lost the last set 13-15.

Senior Varsity player Saki Kishimoto says, “Going into CIF we knew we needed to get out of certain rotations quickly, so  we practiced a lot of it in practice.”

Girls tennis’ lost 8-10 against Corona Del Mar during the first round of CIF.

Both boys’ and girls’ cross country won CIF.

They also both moved onto state with girls placing second and boys placing fifth.

Meg Yoshida and Keira Wang represented girls’ golf at the CIF/SCGA as well.

In regards to their season, junior Megan Gormley said, “The team practiced for CIF by playing a lot, whether it was in one of our individual tournaments on the weekend or just for fun with each other.”

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