RAIKA KIM AND MIKAELA TOPPER
As the boys varsity basketball team goes for their fifth CCS championship this year, one player has really stepped us his game: junior Ryan Knotts. After the loss of two valuable seniors, the team needed younger players to rise up this season, and Knotts has met the challenge. Knotts is a great defensive threat on the boards, standing 6-feet 3-inches tall. So far this season, he has averaged seven points per game, but that number is only rising. In the boys’ game versus Crystal Springs Uplands School, Knotts led the team as leading scorer to a 76-52 win, ending with a booming 17 points.
Another junior that has really stepped up her game lately is Jordan Berke, on the girls varsity soccer team. She has played on the team for three years now, and according to coach Whitney Wood, this is her best year yet.
“Jordan is a quieter captain, but she leads by example. She always works hard, and she has been playing with much more confidence this year,” Wood said.
Berke plays forward for Pinewood, recently leading the team to a 3-1 victory against Mercy Burlingame. She scored all three goals for the team.
A rising varsity basketball star, freshman Stella Kailahi had a monster game against East Side Prep, earning the spot as Palo Alto Weekly’s “Athlete of the Week.” Despite the fact that this is her first year playing on varsity, Kailahi has been a big asset to the team. In just one week, the 5-feet 11-inches player stacked up 35 points, 22 rebounds, and three assists.
“[Being a post] could help a lot, since Pinewood is all about shooting threes,” Kailahi said. “I can score easily on the inside because of my height.”
Pinewood’s fans have a very important player to look forward to; the degree of Kailahi’s skill improvement by her senior year is simply unimaginable.
With only about two months of experience, senior Oscar Fick has shown great skills as the boys soccer goalie. A natural leader, the star never ceases to encourage his teammates, while, at the same time, making numerous saves. He is never quiet, and when another player makes a mistake, he is the first one to get back on his feet and shake it off.
“Oscar makes some ridiculous saves that even his idol, Manuel Neuer, would be proud to make,” junior Matt Kuo said. “The fact that this is only his first year is just absurd.”
Fick particularly showed off his competence as a goalie during a game against Menlo, where, although the team did not pull through in the end, he kept the team in the game the entire time.