Sports

Athletes of the month: April

MIKAELA TOPPER

STAFF WRITER

   A new addition to the girls varsity softball team who has proven to be a huge asset to is sophomore pitcher Aisley Njissang. She transferred from Castro Valley High School, and is the niece of softball coach Michele Isaac. Njissang has been playing softball for six years. She was not eligible to play softball until April 1 due to CCS transfer rules, but since then she has been pitching incredibly. In the non-league game against Fremont High School on April 20th, she pitched 13 strikeouts with four walks. She has also had great success batting third in the lineup.

   “I love playing for the name on the front of my jersey, not the name on the back,” Njissang said, when asked about playing for Pinewood softball.

   
    Co-captain of the track and field team, junior Chloe Eackles has done no less than the best this whole year in high-jump.

   This is her third year of track and field, but she has been practicing high jump since sixth grade. She has made it to the CCS qualifiers each of the past two years.

   . In the last two meets of this year, she has won for the girls high school division, jumping five feet two inches. Pinewood students can look forward to seeing this multi-sport athlete the rest of this year, and next year as well.

A junior that has been making a difference on the Pinewood swim team is
Andrei Volkov.

   Although he has never been part of a swim team outside of school, he shows natural talent in the water.

   He  was on the Pinewood swim team for two years,  both his freshman and his junior years, and has only shown
improvement. His overall best time is 26 seconds for the fifty-
meter freestyle.

   “I just love being in the pool,” Volkov said about swimming for Pinewood.

Another Pinewood athlete that has proven himself immensely this season is senior pitcher Travis Jones for the boys varsity baseball team. He is, as many Pinewood athletes are, a multiple sport athlete, as he played on the varsity boys basketball team this year as well.

   Jones has been playing baseball ever since he can remember. He started playing baseball for Pinewood in sixth grade, and has continued all the way through
high school.

   In Pinewood’s latest game against St. Lawrence Academy, Jones struck out nine batters, but his highest this season is seventeen strikeouts. He leads the league in ERA, or earned run average, as well
as strikeouts.

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