A winter wonderland of successful sports seasons


Photo courtesy of Sierra Vaglica

Junior Alissa Niewiadomski rushes down the court during a recent game.

Winter sports had a successful run, with both boys soccer and girls basketball capturing league titles. Now it is time to look back at some of the highlights of the season.


Senior Darron Petit captained Wrestling (1-4) this season
“We were better than our record. We lost two [matches] because we didn’t have enough wrestlers,” Petit said.

Petit praised freshmen wrestlers Chris Hernandez and Armando Lopez and stressed the need for new wrestlers to add to the team next year.

Boys Soccer

Boys soccer (7-3-2) finished an incredible season in the second round of CIF after being defeated 3-0 by eventual finalists, Chaffey High. This was coach Luis Barahona’s first season in charge of the team, which proved to be a successful one, as the team became Pacific Coast League champions for the second time in three years.

“I loved how close we were all together, and coach Barahona has helped us grow on-and-off the field,” senior and co-captain Brantford Park said.

Girls Basketball

Girls basketball (9-3) also won the Pacific Coast League but fell to Norco High in the second round of CIF. Coach Eric Bangs managed to bring the best out of his players as the team only lost two games in the regular season.

“This season was a battle [in] every game,” junior Sierra Vaglica said. “Next year, if we play like a team, we [can] go far in CIF.”

Boys Basketball

Boys basketball (7-5) finished second place in the Pacific Coast League but managed to advance to the second round of CIF where the team was defeated by Glendora High. Captain Jack Calhoun and coach John Halagan led the team with zero returning starters from last season.

“One big piece of advice I would give [next year’s team] is to play as a team and [not] be selfish,” Calhoun said. “Playing together will get the team further than [if] one player tries to do it all.”

Girls Water Polo

Girls water polo (2-8) had a difficult season but looks to come back stronger next year. With many seniors leaving, the team looks to its lowerclassmen to help the team get back on track in the coming seasons.

“The team has some really big shoes to fill, and I know they will step up their game to the competition,” senior and captain Keely Hamilton said.

Girls Soccer

Girls soccer (4-4-2) barely missed out on CIF qualification after drawing 0-0 against Beckman High. The team beat Irvine High 3-1 in the second-to-last match of the season, but was unable to earn a spot in CIF.

“We all supported each other, and I think support is a big factor,” senior and captain Ariel Bruss said.

The strong finish to the regular season appears promising for a better one next year.