By Nicole Maneatis
Photo by Annika Duan
As winter seasons come to an end, multiple Pinewood teams are playoff-bound. After three months of hard work, dedication, and skillfulness, the winter sports season is coming to an end. Despite facing challenges and adding new members, each of the six teams has achieved success in their respective seasons.
The girls varsity basketball team has been able to maintain a high standard for excellence this past season. Among their accomplishments, the team is currently ranked 10th in the state and 29th in the nation.
“I can’t single anyone out because they’ve all done a really admirable job. We’re excited about our postseason. I am the most proud of the returning players for continuously working hard and welcoming our transfers and incoming freshman and [to make] the team a tight group,” girls basketball coach Doc Scheppler said.
The boys varsity basketball team won 11-10 in the regular season, with three wins and eight losses in league games. Some key players to the success of the team include seniors Tyler Riches, Austin Farhoudi and juniors Gabe Santos and Kiki Bailey.
Shifting to soccer, the boys varsity team worked hard this season not only adapting to new players but new coaches as well. This hard work paid off, with the team going 3-4-2.
“I am really proud of the team this year because they worked so hard on and off the field. I not only saw a team effort but a personal effort to do well [for themselves],” soccer coach Connor McGoldrick said.
After having almost doubled in size, the girls soccer team gained support from several new players, including senior Natasha Thompson, sophomore Mia Pistelak and freshman Rachel Farhoudi. Senior Olivia Page also returned from an injury that prevented her from playing last season. Even as they faced injuries and losses, the team was ranked fifth out of seven in the league and won two more games than last year.
All in all, Pinewood had a successful winter season with many wins and said goodbye to many talented seniors.
The boys and girls basketball teams each have games after the publication deadline.