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Winter Sports Roundup

ALEXIS TANASE

STAFF WRITER

Boys Varsity Basketball

   With an intense season on its way, the boys varsity basketball team has faced adversity and measurable challenges. Taking over for Ola Dean, who was recently fired, Jason Peery, former boys varsity coach, has shown admiral leadership and has done a good job getting the team back in rhythm.

   “I think I had to help the kids remember how good they were and then install a system that fits their abilities. This is a fast, athletic, experienced team, with a lot of high-character guys that I really admire,” Peery said. Seniors Nathan Beak and Kyle Murphy lead the team by hustle and example, and junior Matthew Peery has shown extreme fortitude so far throughout the season. As of press time, the Panthers have an overall record of 8-7, and are 5-1 in league.

Girls Varsity Basketball

   Coach Doc Scheppler has turned a crop of raw talent into a well-oiled winning machine yet again this year. Freshman Hannah Jump and sophomore Brianna Claros have shown tremendous performances on the court. With a current league record of 4-0 and an overall record of 13-3 as of press time, playoffs are definitely in the picture. “I think that our outside shooting percentage and key defensive skills will lead us to the playoffs for sure, and possibly a state title,” junior Aisley Njissang said.

Girls Varsity Soccer

   With a strong start to the season already with an overall record of 5-5-1, the girls varsity soccer team is bound to continue their unstoppable season. A highly anticipated game versus rivals Crystal Springs has been postponed but will soon be rematched. “[Senior] Amrita [Mecker] has definitely been a key player on the field playing center mid, her and [seniors] Jordan Berke and Olivia Biggs control the game for us and will be missed next year,” sophomore Arielle Beak said. The postseason is definitely within sight, but it will take beating some challenging teams and rematching
Crystal Springs.

Boys Varsity Soccer

   The boys soccer team is looking as good as it has in recent years, with new talent like freshman Neel Khattri and skillful upperclassmen such as seniors Jack Prescott, Dominick Twombly, and David Brodkey along with juniors Cole Bramlett and Clayton Hodgett. Unfortunately, injuries have held a few players back, as Bramlett, Khattri and senior Matt Kuo have all missed significant time. With no other major losses this season and nine seniors coach Daniel Aregai is optimistic. “I think we’re going to shock some people,” Aregai said. So far the team has earned a 4-3-2 overall record.w

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