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ALEXIS TANASE

STAFF WRITER

   At Pinewood, fall sports have kicked off with the start of football, volleyball, cross country, and girls tennis. All teams should have a very competitive season filled with lots of victories at their games, meets,
and matches.

Football

   The football season has started off strong at 2-1 with star performances from a young team featuring sophomores Jaeden Bailey, Alex Dagman, Connor Riches, Bo Fick, and Jackson Haun. While these sophomores figure to become the core of the team, many upperclassmen should contribute this season as well.

   “[Cornerback junior] Alex Banning and [linebacker/kicker junior] Cole Bramlett tend to be quiet at practice and during games, but I think they both have a ton more to offer the team,” assistant coach Jackee Bruno said.

   With the sophomores being the present and the future of the team, starting quarterback Bailey should continue the season with keeping the team afloat. He has exceeded expectations in his first three games at the position, throwing for 445 yards and nine touchdowns already this season.

With the current competition in the league, Pinewood should have a winning season, even though the team’s star running back senior Aidan Lucero will have to sit out the rest of his senior year season due to a dislocated shoulder. The other two seniors, Kyle Murphy and Dominick Twombly, hope to lead Pinewood to a successful season. The Panthers face Alma Heights in Pacifica Friday, Oct. 2 at 3:30 p.m.

Volleyball

   Pinewood girls volleyball  has kicked off the season with a new coach and new hope. Making it to the CCS semi-finals in the past two years shows the amount of pure talent the team has; they have lots of potential to win again this year. With new head coach Amber Biddle at the helm, the team has experienced a more strict environment and lots of motivation.

   “[Biddle] is definitely pushing for a lot of players to get better,” senior outside hitter Mehra den Braven said.

   All of the girls are striving to make it to the finals this year after being cut short at the semi-finals for two years in a row.Athletic director Matt Stimson also shares eagerness about the upcoming season.

   “I’m excited about volleyball with our new coaching staff, the coaches are great. The players seem active and enthusiastic,” Stimson said.

   The girls travel to Alma Heights in Pacifica at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2.

Cross Country

   Cross country has developed a very powerful team this year with the guidance of head coach Larry Williams, and a lot of new freshman and skilled upperclassmen that are developing immensely.

   The Pinewood cross country team lost two very accomplished and skilled runners from last year: Nicole Colonna and Helena Merk. Colonna, who graduated last year, received a scholarship to University of Nebraska-Lincoln, while Merk is currently sidelined by a leg injury.

   Williams is expecting seniors Erik Dabagian, George Shi and Rania Rubaie, junior Michael Bodine and freshman Hitsch Daines to have solid seasons and help lead Pinewood to success.

   “[They] should be big threats to other teams this year, especially the bigger schools like Saint Francis and Bellarmine,” freshman Lucas Chao said.

Tennis

   Girls tennis has been slamming other schools with their talent. They recently placed second in a tournament at Santa Catalina School, and have an overall record of 5-1.

   “I think that [senior] Jessica Hanks and [sophomore] Julia Owens are very good, along with a lot of other people on the team because they’ve been playing for a while and have lots of potential,” freshman Nika Kozlov said.

   Owens has been dominating ever since freshman year and is continuing her streak. Hanks and junior Kendall Cook have taken leadership roles as well.

   The girls tennis team faces Menlo at 3:30 p.m. next Tuesday, Oct 6.

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