This year, Mesa has been introduced to many new coaches. Several have left and new faces are coming in. With new swim, football, and now tennis coaches, Mesa sports teams are changing for the better. This year, both tennis coaches, Ina Go and Benito Quinonez, decided to go on with their lives and unfortunately leave coaching. This led to having no coaches for 2nd semester, which meant there would be no boys season. But in May, after many interviews and rumors of who would be the new coach, Brian Ricker had been confirmed the new tennis coach for the boys and girls teams at Mesa.
Brian Ricker has coached at both Laguna Beach High School as well as Corona Del Mar High School. Ricker had just recently resigned from CDM after over a decade of coaching, and now he hopes to bring his level of expertise to Mesa. Ricker was well respected at both schools while coaching and was named Coach of the Year several times each by the OC Register and LA Times. Brian Ricker is not new to tennis; he has coached hundreds of the best tennis players.
Ricker lived in Chicago and grew up there, but moved to California because he says the Chicago weather wasn’t ideal for tennis. He is dedicated to coaching and cannot wait to turn our school’s tennis team around. Coach Ricker values good sportsmanship and respect towards each other. In his first five weeks at Mesa, he has already cleaned up the tennis courts, re-strung the nets, and bought new tools and equipment that the team has never had the luxury of having. He aims to make the tennis program a well known one around school and he wants the team to be able to walk around school with great confidence.
In his little time here, he has already set so many goals for the future tennis teams. Mesa has had its fair share of rotating coaches especially in tennis. Brian Ricker is eager to help the tennis team with his coaching and he hopes to have a big influence on them, just like he’s had in his past several years of coaching at other schools. The tennis program is turning itself around and the team is ready to learn what Coach Brian Ricker has to teach them about the sport and more.
Written and photographed by Crystal Henriquez
The CIF match versus Capa Valley High School last Tuesday concluded this year's new record season. The CMHS boys’ volleyball team has taken many wins throughout their season leading them to CIF, something they haven't done for six years. It seems this year was our time to shine with wins against many schools such as our crosstown rival, Estancia, as well as Calvary Chapel. Junior Mason Tufuga also seems to be the star of the show, with his powerful kills and spikes at every game this season. At the CIF game against Capa Valley last Tuesday, the Mesa boys, even Tufuga, struggled a bit in the first game, but got their heads in the game for the next three games. Sadly our team’s efforts just weren’t enough and Capa Valley took the win. Mesa has finished 13-5 overall and 2nd in league this year.
Written by Crystal Henriquez