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November 2013: Sports teams finish strong, ready for final matches

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Cross Country

The cross country team hopes to use its momentum and finish just as strong as it started. As the team moved forward, one of its goals was to do well in Santa Clara Valley Athletic Leagues (SCVAL).

“During practice, we worked out and ran everyday,” freshman Tone Lee said. “We really wanted to prove ourselves as a strong team at SCVAL.”

On Nov. 5, the team competed in SCVAL with the girls’ varsity team taking first and the boys’ varsity team taking third. Both varsity teams also qualified for CCS. “I feel proud of us for doing so well in SCVAL,” Lee said. “The whole team put a lot of effort into preparing and our results clearly show it.”

The team’s next meet will be on Nov. 16 at Crystal Springs.

—Alvin Wang

Boys’ Water Polo

The boys’ water polo team is off to a terrific start this year in the SCVAL league with an overall record of 13-4 and a league record of 12-0. “The season is going great. After placing 6th in leagues this year, we are currently in first place and undefeated in our league,” senior Coby Wayne said.

Wayne has high hopes for the rest of the season considering the level of play that the team has been at this year. “Our biggest goal right now is to win the league tournament, which would be the first time for Gunn since 2005,” Wayne said. “After that, we hope to go on and win CCS.”

—Lawrence Chen

Girls’  Tennis

With the end of the season approaching, girls’ tennis has begun to reflect on its performance over the past two months. “Our players all have become stronger individually and our doubles teams have gained more teamwork,” said senior Jenny Yoon.

According to Yoon, the team has made up for the loss of last year’s seniors with strong players who moved up from JV. New on the varsity team this season was freshman Quinn McGannon. The team’s biggest successes in the season included victories in competitive non-league matches and its win against Mountain View in the De Anza league.

—Rachel Lew

Girls’ Golf

The girls’ golf team finished

its season last Monday, Nov. 4 after placing fifth in Northern California Regionals. “We only missed qualifying for [the state tournament] by five strokes,” senior Jayshree Sarathy said. “We are still happy that we got so far.”

The girls finished their season this year as co-champions of the SVCAL division and third in California Coast Sectionals (CCS). “We have definitely made a lot of improvements this year. You can clearly see this from our scoring averages,” Sarathy said. “I think that this is one the reasons we were so successful this year.”

Coach Chris Redfield is also proud of the team as a whole. “Golf is a sport that takes a lot of perseverance,” he said. “The girls certainly have that.”

—Pooja Belur

Girls’ Water Polo

As the season comes to a close, girls’ water polo remains on top of its game.  Undefeated in the league, the team has a shot to play at the CCS finals. This would be t

he first time in history that the team has qualified. It hopes to keep up its streak in its third league championship.

According to senior Rachel Wong, the team is pumped for CCS. At the Northern California Regional tournament last weekend the girls beat Clovis, a team two seeds above them. “Right now, we are at the peak of our season,” Wong said.

—Elinor Aspegren










The football team has been working hard to keep up with the opposition, but it is struggling to do so. Senior Sean Lydster reports that the small team size and accumulative injuries are damaging the team at the end of the season. On Nov. 1, the  team played Monta Vista, who is its league rival, and lost with a score of 7-48. Currently, the record stands 0-4 in the El Camino division and 1-7 overall. “The players who are stepping up have worked hard in practice and to learn their responsibilities,” Lydster said. The last game of the season is at Gunn on Nov. 15 against Lynbrook.

—Shireen Ahsan



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November 2013: Sports teams finish strong, ready for final matches