The Owls basketball team knows that each day is an opportunity to get better. After a disappointing three games at the Thacher tournament, the team regrouped and picked up two strong league wins against Grace Brethren and Providence to start 2020 off strong.
Senior captain Christian Branch continues to lead the team through their ups and downs, but knows that the program is ready for a breakthrough. Coach Sal Rodriguez’s message has remained consistent throughout the years: “Play hard, stay aggressive, and the rest will follow.”
With what seems to be a brand new team each season, finding a rhythm amongst each player rotation is no easy task, but the players trust Coach Rodriguez’s message and know that playing for each other will always be effective.Coach Kevin Shertzer is no stranger to producing winning girls soccer teams, no matter the circumstances. This season has proven to be another Owls team faced with the challenge of a young roster.
Senior captain, Christian Branch
“There have been plenty of ups and downs throughout my four years with the basketball program. Coaches and I care deeply about the program and I have taken responsiibility in making sure my teammates share that competitive spirit. We are ready to fight in playoffs and finish this year on a high-note.”
With the leadership of captains Bea Lujan, Julia Gulielmo, and Pisci Abrego, the team is confident about their abilities and competitive with their mentalities. The 1-3 record thus far has not shown the true potential of this squad,
but with league play approaching, the girls will no doubt rise to the occasion, as it is the only way a Coach Shertzer team knows how. The captains know that their responsibilities are vital for the team’s success, and making sure the younger players buy into what the team is trying to accomplish will decide the fate of their season.
Senior captains, Julia Guglielmo (left), Pisci Abrego (right), and junior captain Bea Lujan (middle)
“This season has been going great! We have a large team this year with many new players. Although our team is very young, we have excelled against hard teams and obtained good results. I look forward to the rest of the season and hopefully going to playoffs!” – Julia Guglielmo
The boys soccer team came into this year with a blank slate mentality: after graduating a few key seniors, the team knew that new players would be playing new positions, making it a learning experience for everybody.
Led by senior captains Luca Wahlberg and Suliman Bah, young players have relished in their roles on the team, whether starting or coming off the bench. After starting the year with a 2-1-2 record, it is evident that the team’s chemistry is only getting better after each practice, thanks to Coach Goffin Boyoko and the team captains.
After producing a solid performance against Santa Ynez, Santa Clara, and Foothill Tech, the team is optimistic about continuing the year strong through league play and securing a playoff spot come February.
Senior captains, Luca Wahlberg (left) and Suliman Bah (right)
“The more we gel as a team, the better we become each day. We’re becoming a closer group after each practice and I feel it’s been showing more and more on the field. We can’t wait to compete in league play, get to CIF, and show opponents what we can do.” – Luca Wahlberg