Spotlight: preview of winter sports

The Oracle takes a look at the upcoming seasons for winter sports.

The Oracle: What are your team’s goals for this season?

Girls’ Soccer: Alyssa Perreault, 12
“As this is the last year for five seniors plus myself, our goals are to advance and go to Central Coast Section (CCS) again. We have the team, the talent and, most definitely, the heart to do it. Although it’s early to say much, when we click, we really click and our play looks great. Each and every one of us have to be both mentally and physically prepared to play a lot of good teams in the De Anza team, but as my coach Damian Cohen said, we have the team to do well in CCS yet again. Overall, my personal goal is to play my absolute best and represent our school to the highest extent. It’s my favorite sport, my life and I’m going to make the most of it. Through my leadership and dedication, I’ll contribute everything I have to the team.”

Boys’ Basketball: Shang Yip, 12
“Our goal this year is to adapt to the coach’s new system and create a solid foundation for the future of Gunn basketball. Our program has always been a rich and successful, and we plan to continue the tradition this year. As a team, we aim to win league and go as deep into CCS playoffs as possible. Though we don’t have any standout stars, we have a solid team, and everyone knows their role. I believe that this, along with tenacity, dedication, belief and the best leadership, will get our team to success. I, and the rest of the members, look forward to a successful season and know that the Gunn Sixth Man Club will always be there to support us and make the games very entertaining.”

Boys’ Soccer: Cameron McElfresh, 12
“Our goal for the season is to finish on the upper half of the league table to qualify for CCS, then go as far as we can in the post-season tournament. Also, with Coach Jill Naylor as the new boys’ head coach, we are trying to build up the Gunn soccer program so that it stays strong in years to come. She wants to help us turn the soccer program into something strong and consistent, rather than sporadic, like it has been in the past.”

Girls’ Basketball: Claire Klausner, 11
“This year, we are definitely hoping to be extremely successful. We didn’t lose any seniors last year and we’ve gained three freshmen on our varsity team. Last year, we made it all the way to CCS championships and this year we plan to do the same. As a team we’ve discussed goals of winning our league, CCS and competing in NorCals. We also plan to beat Paly as many times as we are given the opportunity to do so. The team is so talented and works so well together, so I really believe that we will go far this season.”

Wrestling: Julian Calderon, 12
“Last year, my teammates and I became El Camino League champions, and because of that we have moved up to the De Anza League; this means we will be facing tougher teams. However, our team is definitely looking forward to this challenge and one of our goals will be to dominate the De Anza League and once again become league champions. We are also hoping to qualify a total of 14 guys to compete in the CCS Championships (because there are only 14 weight classes) and then qualify a couple of guys to the state meet in Bakersfield. Our guys are looking great so far and we’re really looking forward to dominating this season.”

Compiled by Erica Lee

 

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