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Shooting for the Playoffs

CALEIGH PAGE

STAFF WRITER

   Pinewood’s long-awaited basketball season has started up again, and both the girls and boys teams have had the bar set high by last years’ teams. Luckily, both teams are off to impressive starts.

   The girls team, led by head coach Doc Scheppler, are undefeated in league, with an overall season record of 12-2. After losing three seniors last year, the new freshmen, Brianna Claros and Stella Kailahi, have done an incredible job of stepping up. The team is looking to win league and go back to the State Championship, as they did last year.

   “There were a lot of factors involved with winning state last year. There was preparing your team to play well in a big game, having your players in the right mindset, and coaching,” Scheppler said.

   This season Scheppler is training his players to be tougher athletically,
embrace their challenges, and be more responsible. His leadership has been an impact on everyone, especially the freshmen.

   “I feel very lucky to be able to be a part of the team, it has been really fun,” Kailahi said.

   With the girls’ incredible bond and amazing teamwork, they are working hard to reach their goals of traveling to Sacramento again.

   The boys varsity team has also had an impressive start to their season, with a 5-1 league record. The team’s top scorers include seniors Ryan Brice and Jordan Riches, junior Nathan Beak, and sophomore Matthew Peery. The team and Head Coach Mani Messi is looking to win another League Championship and build off of the success they had
last season.

   After facing their all-time rivals, the Sacred Heart Gators, the team fought hard but unfortunately did not come out on top, losing
60-46.

   With this tight loss, the boys’ upcoming game will be another tension filled one. With the rest of league still ahead of them, the boys are going to continue to work hard in order to obtain
their goal.    

   (The boys varsity basketball team played Menlo at home on Tuesday, January 27th. Results of this game were not available at press time.)

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