If league is anything like their pre-season game against Leuzinger High School, the varsity boy’s volleyball team is looking at a very successful season. Mesa won the first game 25-7, the second game 25-13, and the third game 25-12.
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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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