CMHS boys' volleyball took another win against Estancia on Thursday, April 23rd. After the close 3-2 win at Estancia, the Mustangs took the Eagles on their home territory and won three games out of four. Mason Tufuga's strong offense and libero Andres Ramirez's defensive plays lead the team to victory. The seniors were happy that they won their final year against their rivals.
The boys worked together in the first game, winning 25-13. However, Estancia made a comeback and the Mustangs were defeated at 21-25 in the second game. The third game started out close, but with the crowd's encouragement, the Mustangs took over again and won 25-14. They remained strong in the last game, securing the victory at 25-16.
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Mesa shuts down the hit from Estancia
Mesa blocks another hit
Mustang swim defeated Saddleback High School in the meet on Wednesday, April 22nd. Both JV and Varsity competed in this league meet. Both teams swept the opponent, with the lady mustangs winning 121 - 42 and the boys winning 129 - 37.
Photos and Stats by Yesennia Villa
Mustang swim took the win in the meet on Wednesday, April 15th against Godinez High School. Both JV and Varsity competed in this league meet.
It seemed like a pretty tough meet at first, but the team pushed through and dominated. Boys Varsity won 112-49. The girls had a little more difficulty winning this meat, but they were determined to succeed. Girl’s Varsity ended being victorious, winning 96-74.
Written by Karlee Kistler
Coach Fisher: An Overview
Coach Fisher has been coaching football for 26 years, but football is not the only sport in which he has experience. He has led teams in softball, baseball, and—early in his career—wrestling. His career consists not only of coaching, but also of teaching. The new coach has taught a variety of social science classes, such as AP Government (for 16 years), economics, U.S history, psychology, and sociology. Coach Fisher has worked at CMHS for only three weeks, but he has already made a close connection with the football players. “They work really hard, they’re hungry to get better, and [they] seem like a bunch of great kids—hopefully we get a whole bunch more out. I think once we see, or [the school sees] what’s going on, what we’re doing, and how hard we’re working, and the goals we’re trying to reach, I think we’ll get more guys out. But so far we’re very happy.”
“Well, we were kind of nervous ’cause it’s a new coach, so, like, different programs.” -Will Grijalva, Junior
“He has a good program. I like how he pushes us and like how he’s really strict. You know that’s a good coach right there.” -Terence Johnson, Junior
“I felt bad ’cause I really liked Coach Grant; I [felt] like he was a great coach. Hopefully [Fisher]’s like Coach Grant.” -Michael Dias, Junior
Tennis seemed to have fallen apart as both coaches resigned earlier this year. As college students, they had their own hectic schedules and other priorities. All tennis players took up other sports, such as volleyball, or moved into other activities to fill in their sixth period. After a lengthy search, it appears that the athletics department has found a potential new coach for the sport. Tennis may start up by the next school year if not by May of this year.
After the resignation of co-coaches Postiff and Taylor, Kyle Thorsness stepped up to the plate to take over the swim teams. However, swimmers didn’t have to worry about being assigned a new coach of whom they had no prior knowledge; Thorsness was already the assistant coach for both aquatics programs for two years, working alongside Postiff and Taylor.
“I like all of them. Yeah, they’re all a great bunch of kids; we got a lot of young athletes that are really talented. So [I’m] looking forward to the next couple of years,” he said.
“I was alright at first—like I kind of wanted to try him out and see if he was good, and right now he’s been proving that he’s really good.”
“I want to see people go to CIF. This year I want to make it to CIF as a freshman, and I think he has the capability of getting me there.”
Written by Veronica Thai and Madeline Villanueva
Photos by Yessenia Villa
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The first game stretched on for quite a while though, because the JV boys did not know how to properly keep score in the book yet. The referee had to keep pausing the game in order to teach them how to do so. The last two games went by relatively quick. One minute you would look at the score board and the next minute we’d be up by several more points. Although they played some very successful games, the team was down several players. Many of the boys were not yet cleared to play because they haven't gotten all their paperwork in and their physicals done. A couple starters were missing because of this. Additionally, both of the setters were injured and unable to play, so Mason Tufuga, the strongest hitter, had to be moved over to set because nobody else could set. But even after losing their strongest hitter to set the boys pulled through and played great games. “All the guys stepped up and played really well… everybody contributed and I was really proud of the guys that were on the court,” said head coach Todd Hanson after the game.
Going into league, the coach thinks the boys need to work on consistency on their passing and location of setting. Also, they need their setters to get healthy as fast as possible because if they’re not back in time for league, the team will be hurting.
Although Leuzinger was a fairly easy win, the game proved that it is possible for our team to be successful in league, as long as everyone gets their physicals done and the setters get healthy.
Written by Emma Chapel
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As the season continues to go on there is no stopping these mustangs. Freshmen, Tony Shin swam a .52 minute 100 (4 laps), followed by sophomore Jacob Petersen (.53m), and Auggie Cunningham (.55m). These times are that of the first swim meet, against Tustin and Foothill.
The swim team has many meets approaching and with Coach Kyle Thorsness behind the wheel. This is Thorsness' first year as head coach; past co-coaches Justin Taylor and Tim Postiff both resigned, though Thorsness was their assistant coach. There are about 50 members enrolled in the program and about half are all freshmen or are new to the program.
Sophomore Lauren Kiefer says, “Kyle is always pushes me to try my hardest and is always motivating me to pull through. I couldn’t achieve my dreams of swimming at four-year university without the effort he puts into the program. I couldn’t swim hard with out the support I get from my teammates and coaches.”
Last Tuesday Mesa took on Katella both boys (93-72) and girls (89-67) teams took first. Scoring for a swim meet consists of using the intercollegiate scoring system -- the team having the greatest number of points shall be declared the winner of the swim meet.
With the Estancia meet coming up on March 23, Mesa has a lot to prep for and doesn't plan on slowing down.
Written by Cassidy Crandall
Photos by Yesennia Villa
The dodgeball tradition started back in 2006 and every year the program gets more and more successful. ASB director Carey Delzer says, “We love the tradition of dodgeball! A lot of schools have moved away from dodgeball because of the fierceness of it, but we've stuck with it for school spirit and we always make sure it stays fun and fair!”
The dodgeball tournament, organized by tournament commissioners Paige LaBare and Andres Ramirez, lasts for a week, with the finals being on Friday. There are a total of eight teams each year. The final two teams playing on Friday are fighting for bragging rights, a taco bell gift card, candy, trophies and a special spot on the dodgeball plaque kept in the ASB room with their team name written on it.
Each team takes the tournament very seriously and will do all they can to win. Students this year filled the bleachers on the final day of the tournament to watch The Savages and Tool Shed play off. Alumni Luke Daley and Justin Murata refereed. The game began, and both teams had some trouble throughout it all but they both recovered quickly and kept fighting for that win. Tool Shed came in first with huge smiles on all of their faces. Their name would fill the 10th and last slot on the “Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive DODGE” plaque. The dodgeball tournament is one of Mesa’s most favorite lunchtime tournaments because of the action, participation and overall school spirit.
Written by Crystal Henriquez
Photos by Cassidy Crandall
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Over a thousand Orange County female high school athletes gathered at Mariners Church in Irvine to discuss the hardships of female athletes in sports from the past and presently. Multiple athletes from all fall, winter, and spring sports attend the fifteenth annual OC Women in Sports Conference. Three out of the four speakers were former successfully ranked softball players and the other was a successful WNBA player that now coaches at Concordia University.
The first speaker was a former Berkeley basketball player, WNBA player, and current coach at Concordia University. Trish-Stafford Odom related her topics of hardships in sports to her faith and her two sons, relating her speech to everyone in the room.
Another speaker, Suzy Branzey was in attendance as well. Mrs. Uhl, who chaperoned the event, was thrilled about all the softball speakers. She said, “Back when I played softball I had the opportunity to play against her." Mrs. Uhl's daughter was also in attendance supporting her own school, Trabuco Hills High School.
Karlee Kistler, an athlete who participates in two CMHS sports and attended the event said, "It was great listening to all of the speakers’ stories. I think that it was really inspiring to all women athletes and it motivates me to try my best and to reach my goals and dreams!"
Amanda Freed, another softball player, brought along two guests that participate in the Special Olympics.
The final speaker was Jen Schroder. Brenna Alvis, a three-sport athlete said, "My favorite person was Jen Schroeder because she was at the top of her game and…she never gave up hope [despite facing many challenges].”
Written by Cassidy Crandall
Pictures by Makena Seal