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On the Cover Clockwise From Left: Chloe Buckenhahl (Rancho Buena Vista), Maddie Rudnick (La Costa Canyon), Samantha Cash (Canyon Crest Academy), Taylor Milton (Cathedral Catholic), and Lauren Birks (La Jolla Country Day). Not pictured: Joy Reinke (Tri-City Christian).

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SPOTLIGHT ON Daniel Hinkel Sport Cross Country Height 5'10" Weight 155 Grade 11 GPA 3.8

n Greatest sports memory? Sophomore year Invitational at Woodbridge High School. This race would determine who would race at Stanford. Only the top six would qualify. I was nervous but at the same time itching with anticipation. The first mile I was struggling to not fall behind in the dense herd of stampeding humans. By the second mile I was able to finally get my pace right. But it was in the last mile when something welled up inside of me. I don’t know whether it was a sudden burst of adrenaline or a realization that it was time to sacrifice every fiber of my body in order to earn my spot on the Stanford team. Next thing I know I’m holding a medal. I received 48th place in the race and, as I found out later, 6th spot on the team heading to Stanford. I’d like to thank my coach Matt Large for giving me the confidence to formulate my goals and the opportunities to achieve them. I also want to acknowledge Lita Espisito, my other coach, who built me from a middle school kid into what I am today. n What’s the best aspect of your sport? The

physical part helps keep me in shape but it’s the mental aspect that intrigues me the most; how a runner has to be able to keep focus and have a strong will to push themself to the point of exhaustion. I think of how it relates to everything I do; sports, school, band, and my social life. You start on the starting line and you try to get to the end and finish. But it’s not all about finishing. It’s about the journey, course, the race itself. Setting small goals to achieve while progressing toward the ultimate one, challenging one’s self to take risks, to succeed and fail whilst keeping your will strong and your mind unhampered. In my race that I described earlier, it wasn’t the #48 on the medal that I was proud of, it was what the medal represented, my sweat and determination that I poured into the race for which I received it.

Jeff Austin is an AP student who enjoys the non-traditional sport.

Kelsey credits Mani Santos for mentoring her throughout her volleyball career. PHOTO: DEB HELLMAN

SPOTLIGHT ON Kelsey Jindra Sport Volleyball Height 6' Grade 121 GPA 4.8 ACHIEVEMENTS Union Tribune All Academic Team ’07,’08 and ‘09; Scholar Athlete ’07,’08 and ‘09; AP Scholar with Honors; National Honor Society; Team Captain ’09,’10

n Greatest sports memory? The summation of four years of playing volleyball creates one massive greatest sports memory n Do you want to play in college? Yes, at Mass Institute of Technology (MIT) n Career after sports? Engineering or Natural Sciences n If you could start high school over what would you do different? I regret absolutely nothing

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John Cotoia is one of the main forces driving this year’s team.

Coach’s Perspective Varsity Water Polo Coach Santiago Thompson


After watching his siblings play water polo for four years John Cotoia decided water polo was for him. Currently a senior at El Camino, John was part of last year’s playoff team, and is one of the main forces driving this year’s team towards the goal of a playoff appearance. He exhibits all the positive characteristics of a successful student athlete, earning a 4.3 GPA while taking advanced placement classes and participating in school clubs. John’s adaptable nature is his strongest skill that he lends to his teammates. In the past two seasons John has played every position. John’s attitude towards his teammates is exceptional; he is always positive and encouraging. This positive support is a foundation for the success of the team. Upon graduating, John aspires to gain acceptance to a University to study Pre-Med, and pursue work in the Bio Medical research field.

Senior Jeff Austin “was looking for something new, a non-traditional sport to play”. With an arm that’s as strong as a leg and a shot that could sink a battleship, Jeff’s ability has contributed greatly to the team’s success this year. In the classroom Jeff has distinguished himself by taking AP classes and is continuously selected to the honor roll. In addition to his cannon-like arm, Jeff can best be described as a loyal teammate. His role in the pool has been to facilitate offense and to get his teammates involved. Upon graduating Jeff plans to attend UC Berkley and study business. When his teammates were asked to describe Jeff, two things where consistent, “Jeff is a hard worker” and “He is dependable”. Both these qualities continue to contribute to the team’s goals and ability to succeed this year. VO l. 2 No. 2





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Sport and Position Football, DB and WR Height 6’1” Weight 190 lbs Grade 12th GPA 4.0 awards 2010 Team Captain 4 year Scholar-Athlete 3 years varsity; 2009 Palomar League All League 2nd Team Defense                                                                          

Brianna Miller

n Favorite local restaurant? The California Burrito at Mexico Viejo of course n Greatest sports memory? In Pop Warner my team beat a team from the older division n Do you want to play in college? Yes. Harvard Other favorite sport? Dodgeball. I just won an Intramural Championship

coach’s perspective

n Favorite spot to vacation? Troncones, Mexico

Cross Country Coach Katie Culley

n If you got $1000 right now what would you do with it? Save it. I know I will need it later

“On the ladies side, we have Sophomore Brianna Miller. This is her first cross country season. She came out last fall and ran some great times for a young runner. She ran 5:14 for the 1600m and 11:38 for the 3200m. She burst onto the scene this season with a fifth place finish at the Bronco Round Up running a Carlsbad Course Shattering Record of 11:29. She followed that up with a second place finish at the Mt. Carmel Invitational recently. She completed the 2.7 mile course in 15:44, bettering the Carlsbad Course record by 27 seconds. Brianna is extremely motivated and seems to really enjoy the sport.  She is pushing her teammates in work outs and helping the entire team improve.”


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n Career after sports? Sports Agent


“On the boys side we have Andrew Richardson. Last year he was our top runner placing 9th at leagues and improving throughout the spring. He is finally out of Mike Goodger’s shadow and thriving in the team spotlight. He was fifth in the Bronco Round up this year with a new Carlsbad course record of 10:01. He followed that up recently with a sixth place finish in the senior boys D-1 race at Mt. Carmel with another Carlsbad Course Record of 15:30. Andrew is also developing excellent leadership skills and starting to look at colleges for next fall.  It’s been great to watch him grow as a runner and a person the past three years. I think as he builds confidence and learns how to get himself ready for races he is going to really surprise some people this year.

The Smartest Tennis Team in the County Takes Another Swing at CIF By Mingxi Zheng Last year, Carlsbad High School Varsity Tennis team earned the CIF Academic State Championship for having a collective GPA of 3.91, the highest in the state. This year, playing in the newly aligned Avocado League West, the team hopes to win the league title, something that has escaped their grasp for 25 years. Although receiving the scholastic award is an accomplishment they want to repeat, the team is focusing on improving their game for CIFs this year. Geegee Garvin will return for her sixth year as varsity coach at Carlsbad. Seven new players will join the five returning seniors, Ashlee Hanson, Lauren Hard, Jennifer Kan, Jacqueline Ramsay and Erin Seger. Doubles, a vulnerability in past years for Carlsbad, have been given more focus. Doubles are essential to winning high school matches, but often the most difficult element, as creating the perfect balance and chemistry among partners is a challenge for the coach. “Seniors graduate, which means teams break up,” Hanson said. Fortunately, the outlook for this year is positive. “This year, the doubles teams are close on and off the court,” Kan said. “They know how to work together and feel comfortable motivating each other during matches.” “This is a team that really gets along,” Coach Garvin said. “They’re all on the same page.”


La Costa Canyon Mavericks coach’s Perspective Head Football Coach Sean Sovacool

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“Wade is a two-way player for us. He’s a great practice player that will do anything for the team. The ultimate team guy. He works very hard in the weight room and is the type of player that has made LCC successful in the recent past. Wade does what you ask him to do and doesn’t ask any questions about it.”

SPOTLIGHT ON Wade barthholme Sport Football Position Defensive End Height 6'3" Weight 225 Grade 12 GPA 3.5

n Favorite local restaurant and what do you order? Board-n-Brew – Piggy Grinder Extra Meat w/Jalapeños n Greatest sports memory? Playing at Qualcomm my sophomore year stadium was amazing. n If you got $1000 right now what would you do with it? Use the money to fix up my 1965 mustang

Four Sports, Three Seasons –One Year!

Last year as a freshman, Kelly Lawson achieved a rare feat. She lettered in four varsity sports: cross country, water polo, track and swimming. She has plans to repeat this for all four years. Said Athletic Director John Labeta, “We’ve had athletes participate on two teams during the same season before but there are no records kept that I know of within the county. Quite a hectic pace and balancing act but she did a great job on all teams.” Despite the hectic schedule, Kelly competed at a high level while also maintaining a lofty 3.8 GPA. She was All-CIF and All-Avocado in both cross country and track as a freshman. She finished 4th overall at CIF and 14th at State in cross country. At the State Track Championships, Kelly finished 8th in the 1600 meters and set the school record of 4:50 her freshman year. In swimming last year, Kelly qualified for the CIF finals in the 100 and 50 Freestyle but finals for track and swimming were on the same day and she would not have been able to make it to the pool in time. She recently won the Mt. Carmel Invite Sophomore race equaling Rancho Bernardo senior Molly Grabill’s record of 15:00. Cross Country Coach Bill Vice has high praise. “Not only is she one of the best runners I’ve been blessed to work with, she is also an outstanding person. She always has a positive attitude and makes coaching fun. I appreciated that at the Mt. Carmel meet when I told her to smile, she turned to me in the middle of the race and flashed a big one,” he said.

n What career do you want to pursue? Something with engineering or be an officer in the Navy. n What’s the best thing about your sport? It’s one of the only sports where it’s acceptable to hit someone as hard you can and be rewarded for it. n Typical pre-game routine and meal? Listening to my music helps me get in the zone, and eating a good breakfast like eggs and oatmeal.

SPOTLIGHT ON Natalie Bausback Sport Volleyball Position Middle Blocker/ Outside Hitter Height 6'2" Grade 11 GPA 3.9

n Favorite athlete? Ray Lewis n Favorite food? An Italian pasta my grandma calls “Sewer Pipes” n Favorite TV show? Shark Week



n Favorite actor? Russell Crowe

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Junior Natalie Bausback has already amassed an impressive list of accomplishments playing for the Mavericks – CIF Division I Champions the past six years. Last year, Natalie was named CIF Finals MVP, and received the “Team Maverick” Award. She was also named First-team All-League, All-Academic Team, and First-team Division I. This year Natalie serves as team captain, was named All-Tournament for the Durango Classic in Las Vegas, and excels in the classroom, maintaining a 3.9 GPA.

n Favorite local restaurant and what do you order? Islands – I either order the China Coast Salad or the Big Wave Burger depending on how hungry I am.

n What motivates you? My passion and love for volleyball. Every time I walk onto the court, I always strive to get better and stronger because I want to be the best I can be.

n Greatest sports memory? Defeating Torrey Pines in CIF finals last year

n Favorite athlete? My older brother Luke and my dad. My dad was in the Olympics so he knows what it’s like to be a true athlete, so everyday he is always pushing me to be the best. My brother is an all-around athletic guy; he has played practically ever sport and is incredibly good in all. I look up to him with everything I do and he is always at my games cheering me on and being my number one fan.

n What career do you want to pursue after sports? First off, sports will never end with me since I enjoy them so much. When I start my career, I either want to be a physical therapist or go into food science. n What’s the best thing about your sport? The teamwork, the adrenaline rush I get when I play in a big match, and making best friends that I will cherish forever. n What made you pick up vollyball? My mom – she’s been playing beach volleyball throughout my childhood.

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For the Love of Friday Nights photos: aaron jaffe

By Brad Hollingsworth


hen it comes to the suit of responsibility, Vista High’s Dan Williams wears it very well. The Panthers’ coach feels an obligation to carry on the tradition set by the late Dick Haines who brought his Midwestern values of hard work and discipline to North County and revolutionized the way people viewed prep football. “There is a certain amount of pressure here because it’s about Big Red football…Dick Haines football,” said Williams, who is in his seventh year as head coach. “People expect a good product on the field and it is up to us to uphold the tradition that Dick Haines put here.” Williams, who graduated from Vista in 1983, can handle the whispers and awkward glances at the supermarket. He can even take the ribbing he gets from former players and teammates when the Panthers are slightly off their game. But when Williams sees Haines’ widow, Martha, that suit of responsibility gets a little snug. “Whenever I see Martha is when I feel the pressure the most,” Williams said. “Because when I see her I know I have to be on my toes.” The Panthers have been putting everyone else on their heels when it comes to their play on the field. Vista, which lost in the CIF Division I finals in 2009, is taking aim at the Panthers’ sixth county championship. Williams knows what has been written in the record books about Vista, but he doesn’t dwell on it. In fact, the Panthers don’t bother to look at any rankings. “It doesn’t matter to us,” Williams said. “The rankings don’t matter until the final one in December. We don’t address it with the kids. We just look forward to the next game.”

Resurrecting the Black Shirt Defense However, Williams never really wanted to be the man patrolling the sidelines in Dick Haines Stadium on Friday nights. He started coaching at Vista in 1990 and then bounced around to Carlsbad and Rancho Buena Vista before returning to his alma mater as a receivers coach in 1998. He was then promoted to defensive coordinator in 2001 where he helped resurrect the Panthers’ infamous Black Shirt defense, and then was named head coach in 2004. If Williams has a hard time believing that he is Vista’s head coach even after seven years, you wouldn’t want to ask Dick Haines if he were alive today. “If coach was still around he’d be rolling over laughing,” Williams explained. “I never wanted to be a head coach.


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Vista Football Coach Dan Williams Keeps the Tradition Alive

“I never wanted to be a head coach. After I saw what it took for all those head coaches to win CIF, I didn’t want to do it. But when the time came, I felt a responsibility to carry on the tradition.”

Not doing what you want to do in life?

After I saw what it took for all those head coaches to win CIF, I didn’t want to do it. But when the time came, I felt a responsibility to carry on the tradition.” Williams, who made his mark as a fiery defensive coordinator, has definitely grown comfortable in his position at Vista, where on Friday nights you are more recognized and criticized than any politician or school board member. The intensity that drove Williams for most of his coaching career still burns, but not as hot. “I am definitely not as intense as I was in my youth,” Williams said. “But the kids know when I raise my voice, that it is a tell-tale sign that coach is getting a little irritated. I have been fortunate to surround myself with good coaches because it can be bothersome to be the hammer all the time.”

There is a better way!

The Real Reward While coaching one of the top programs in the state may be rewarding, Williams believes his time spent as a varsity softball coach at Vista and Carlsbad in the mid-to late-nineties may have made him a better coach. “I believe coaching softball has helped me in many ways,” he said. “It may be easier to coach girls because they listen and there isn’t as much media and they aren’t looking for the cameras and trying to showboat. The intensity level isn’t the same, but in some cases it can be as rewarding as football.” In either sport, the most rewarding part, according to Williams, is his relationship with his players. When he receives a wedding invitation or birth announcement from a former player, Williams knows all the trials and tribulations are worth it. “When you inherit 200 to 300 kids and you have to be their father and throw in the expectations of the community, the fundraising, and booster club meetings, the magnitude of the job can be unbearable,” Williams said. “But in the end, it is not about wins and losses, you want to build good citizens and you want them to be successful. That becomes the reward.” Still, on Friday nights, the burden of being a Vista High football coach brings a swarm of butterflies to Williams’ stomach because he knows how much it meant to him as a player and what it means to the community. So, Williams finds a place to himself and dials up some Tim McGraw on his IPod to get himself ready. “I still do get nervous and it doesn’t matter who or where we are playing,” Williams said. “I have a set routine and I follow it every week.” And somewhere Dick Haines must be smiling at his former player who has kept the tradition alive on Friday nights.

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vista panthers SPOTLIGHT SPORTS on Naomi Tilford Sport Volleyball position Outside Hitter Height 6' Grade 12

n Greatest sports memory? When I played softball and our team went to nationals in Missouri and placed 10th NOTABLE VHS Athlete of the Week four times n Other favorite sport? Basketball n Favorite spot to vacation? San Francisco photos: DEB Hellman

n Career after sports? Possibly in Journalism n What’s the best aspect of your sport? I always have to move and think. I am never bored on the court.

SPOTLIGHT ON Stefan McClure Sport Football Position safety, corner, receiver Height 5'10-½" Weight 173 Grade 12 GPA 3.2 (4.0 SR. yr.)

Team captain and four-star recruit Stefan McClure is one of the best defensive backs on the West Coast. He was an all-state underclass pick in 2009 after helping Vista to the CIF-San Diego Section D-I title game. He was selected All-CIF, All-league, and All- tournament team Grid Iron Kings. Stefan’s services are in much demand. He is considering Washington, Colorado, Cal, Oregon and UCLA.

n Greatest sports memory? Winning CIF in Triple Jump last year n Best football memory? Throwing a touchdown pass against LCC in our semi-final game last year n Career after sports? I want to do something with sports medicine, and do sports broadcasting.

Coach’s Perspective Coach Julie Kaiser “Naomi is a three-year starter on the varsity team and is an accomplished setter, middle, and pin hitter. She leads the team in 66 kills and 23 blocks. These numbers, among division 1 schools in San Diego County, rank as 7th and 11th for most kills and blocks respectively, so far this season. Naomi is one of the hardest working versatile players we’ve had at Vista High. She is highly respected by, and close to her team mates.”

SPOTLIGHT ON Brittany Scism Sport Tennis Height 5'5" Grade 12 GPA 3.5 Accomplishments 1St Team All League; Captain; Four Years On Varsity; Final 16 In Cif; Palomar Singles League Champion; Made CIF 07, ‘08, ‘09

n Greatest sports memory? Winning the title of Palomar League Champion for singles my sophomore year n Do you want to play in college? Yes, my first choice is and always has been Cal State Fullerton.

n Other favorite sport? Soccer n If you got $1,000 right now what would you do with it? I would get a personal shopper and get an entire new wardrobe. n Career after sports? I want to hopefully become a nurse or something in the medical field.


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n What’s the best aspect of your sport? Not only is it an individual sport, but a team sport as well. I love that it is a sport that you can play for the rest of your life. n If you could start high school over what would you differently? I would have played soccer in addition to playing tennis. I also wish I would have taken part in more community service hours.

n If you got $1000 right now what would you do with it? I would give my 10% to God then the rest I would give to my parents to help out because they have done so much for me. n What’s the best thing about your sport? Being a corner there is a lot of one on one competition but the best part is that all 11 guys have to do their job and have trust in one another for us to be successful. n What inspires or motivates you? Just to be the best that I can be and live a life that glorifies God and my parents. photo: deb Hellman

n Favorite local restaurant and what do you order? In-n-Out – I get a double-double with animal fries and pink lemonade.


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Kassidy Teare’s it up on the Links Field Hockey Champs Aim to Repeat By Coach Kaci Bronson We were Palomar League champs for 2008 and 2009. Only losing three seniors last year, I expect us to have another strong season this year. I have a great core of athletes returning to varsity this year that will keep us at the top of our game again this year. Here are some of my returners and their stats: Sandy Kramer, center midfield/ senior. She earned 1st team Palomar league and 2nd team for all DI schools last year. She has great stick work, confidence, and works well under pressure. Lydia Zdeb, goalie/senior. She earned 2nd team Palomar league last year. She is an amazing goalie with great quickness in the goal and the capability to make quick, smart decisions. Erika Jasso, forward/senior. She earned 2nd team Palomar league last year. She’s a very aggressive and scrappy player on the field. Shelby Byer, forward/senior. She earned Honorable Mention in Palomar league last year. She has great stick work and an ability to really see the field. Kali Pugh, center defense/sophomore. Kali will lead our defensive team this year. She is extremely strong and fast. Cheyenne Garcia, midfield/junior. Very quick on the field with great stick work. Honorable Mention Meghan Marinac, defense/junior. Honorable Mention last year. She and Kali are part of the dynamic duo that will control our defense. Kelly Smith, midfield/junior. Honorable Mention last year. Kelly has speed and endurance that keep her running until the very last second of the game. 12 SPOTLIGHT SPORT S

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Kassidy Teare is a three-year varsity letter winner in golf. She has also received varsity letters in softball as a freshman and sophomore as the starting catcher/centerfielder. Her current overall GPA is 3.74 Currently ranked 3rd in the San Diego Junior Golf Association, Kassidy qualified and competed in the Junior World Tournament at Torrey Pines Golf Course and is the winner of the Craig Stadler SDJGA tournament. A first team All-League selection in both her freshman and sophomore years and a first team All-CIF selection her sophomore year and second

team her freshman year, Kassidy is currently of the top prep golfers in San Diego and one of my Captains. Says her coach Kathryn George, “Kassidy is one of my captains. She’s our leader, both through words and actions. She’s done a tremendous amount of work on her mental game to become the player she is this year. She understands that the other players admire her abilities and has been able to embrace that. Kassidy has made a decision to attempt to make golf her career and has taken the necessary steps to bring this dream to reality.”

Coach’s Perspective Coach LeAnne DeBora

#10 Tori Rodriguez, 5'10" Senior, Middle

“We are really fortunate to have a wonderful group of student athletes this year! Check out our GPA’s! This year we have an outstanding, dedicated group of girls. This team is also unique (and special to me) because most of the starting line-up has been with me since their sophomore year. I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to share in this special part of their lives.” League Champions in 2009 season; Division I CIF Semi-finalists in 2009 season

Starting Line-up Information: #12 Alyssa Nelson, 5'7" Senior, Libero GPA 4.8 Achievements 3 years Varsity volleyball and soccer

Goals Would love to play volleyball and attend college in Texas

#7 Marenna Disbro, 5'9" Junior, Outside Hitter GPA 4.0 Goals Attend Cal Poly after graduation

#8 Carley Halsey , 5'9" Sophomore, Middle Blocker GPA 4.13 Achievements First year varsity player

#2 Kayla Abeyta, 5'4" Senior, Setter GPA 4.6 Goals Play volleyball in college and major in physical therapy

#4 Chloe Buckendahl, 6' Senior, Outside Hitter GPA 3.8 Achievements Among others, 2009 Palomar League player of the year and 1st team all CIF. She is committed to play volleyball at the University of Oregon in the fall

#5 Tori McRae, 6'1" Junior, Opposite/Middle GPA 4.8 Achievements 3-year varsity starter. 2nd team all league (2009)


tri-city christian SPOTLIGHT ON McKenna Hollingsworth Sport Volleyball Position Setter/Opposite grade 9 Height 6'

n Greatest sports memory? In my first varsity

SPOTLIGHT ON Garrett Bauer Sport and Position Football, Defensive Back and Slot back Height 5’ 7” Weight 145 lbs Grade 12

“I was the “holder” for the Kicker of the Year….I joke and call myself the “Holder of the Year”" – Garrett Bauer

game when I hit a ball on the 10-foot line and the team screamed, “She’s a freshman! She’s a freshman!”

n Favorite local restaurant and what do you order? I love Islands and I order their Big Wave w/cheese!

n What do you like most about volleyball? Working as a team to accomplish a challenge

n Greatest sports memory? Spending 5 days, 24 hours a day with my teammates during Heaven Week

n What is your favorite song to listen to before a match? Outta Your Mind” by Lil’ Jon

n Career after sports? I want to become an Officer in the United States Military

n What are you goals this season? Win state as a team

n If you could start high school over what would you do different? Stay

n What is your favorite food? Gyros

away from silly drama that distracts from far more important things

n Favorite TV show? CSI, Flipping Out, Biggest Loser n Hobbies? Taking pictures and listening to music n Favorite activity outside of volleyball? Hanging out with friends n Favorite subject in school? Math n Favorite music artist? Taylor Swift

Coach’s Perspective Volleyball Coach Kristen Wright McKenna is one of the best all-around freshmen in the county. She is our leading setter right now as well as our second best attacker. Her fire and passion for the game is contagious. She is a great volleyball player already and has a lot of room for growth. The thing that sets McKenna apart from most players is her desire and will to win. Although her game needs technical work, she tactically understands the game and is a very savvy player. I am excited to see her connect the technical side of the game with her common court sense. When she connects those two aspects with her innate qualities of passion and fire, she will be hard to stop.

SPOTLIGHT ON Kaylin Hicks Sport Tennis #1 singles Height 5'4" Grade 9 GPA 3.8

n Favorite local restaurant and what do you order? P.F. Changs Orange Chicken n Greatest sports memory? When I was losing

to my Santa Fe Christian opponent 5-2, I came back to tie the match 6-6 and won by 2 points in a tiebreaker.

n Do you want to play in college? Yes I would love to play in college – Point Loma Nazarene, Azusa Pacific, or Westmont. n Favorite spot to vacation? Fiji n Career after sports? I’m not sure yet because I love two completely opposite things… the medical field, and design… so I’m unsure at the moment n What’s the best thing about your sport? Tennis is a sport you can play the rest of your life. All you need is one other person and anywhere you go in the world you can find tennis courts n Anything else you want us to know that we didn’t ask???? I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when I was 8 years old, I will never let diabetes stop me from trying new things or doing the things I love… it is an inconvenience but I don’t let it define me.

coach’s perspective Football Coach Rick Brown “As a senior, Garrett is a captain and our “Spiritual Leader”. He has a deep love for Jesus and it is contagious among all who know him. He plays with an incredible amount of “Heart”! He is 5’8” - 150 lbs, plays slot back and free safety.  While leading our team in tackles he is also a scholar athlete with a 4.13 G.P.A. Garrett is a great example of a Christian Athlete and we are blessed to have him at Tri-City Christian.”

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Green bay packer BRANDON CHILLAR


Carlsbad High Alum Shines Brightly in His Seventh NFL Season By JIM SCHWAB From Carlsbad Pop Warner to the National Football League, Brandon Chillar has traveled many roads during his career. Chillar, who starred at Carlsbad High School before receiving a scholarship to UCLA, is now in his seventh professional season playing linebacker for the Green Bay Packers, one of the storied NFL franchises. While playing for the Lancers, Chillar, who had his number retired a few years ago, was a three-year letterman in football earning CIF Defensive Player of the Year honors as a senior. Then at UCLA, Chillar started 35 of 49 games while leading the team in tackles. During his senior season in 2003, he led the Pac 10 Conference with 133 tackles, the most by a Bruin since 1989. In 2004, Chillar was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the 4th round. “The biggest adjustment for me was mental,” he said. “New coaches. New playbook. But the main thing was being on my own for the first

time, and living in the Midwest. So much more is expected of you at that level.” He lived up to those prospects during his four years with the Rams. During his first season, Chillar had 31 tackles playing 16 games at outside linebacker. In his final season with the Rams in 2007, he played in 15 games with 85 tackles. Then, the Packers signed Chillar to a $22.65 million contract with $7 million guaranteed. As a primary inside linebacker in the Packers’ 3-4 nickel scheme, Chillar is considered the Packers’ best cover man on passing downs. Packer defensive coordinator Dom Capers has high praise for Chillar’s athleticism and flexibility. “He has good football instincts and he can make adjustments and he is an athletic guy who is very good at playing in pass coverage, but he can rush the passer. He’s one of those guys with his athletic ability it makes him very valuable and gives us more flexibility defensively,” said Capers.

School. It was a big game. I think I had five sacks and a touchdown. I got after Mende a lot. I was in the backfield the whole time.


BC: (Laughing) No. Clay and AJ had their hair long already. But then Nick Barnett and I started growing our hair long a couple years ago. I just feel like it fits out here. I think it looked good out of the helmet. I thought… it’s gonna be real cold... to have the mane coming out of the back of my helmet and a beard… blowing that cold air out… man it’s gonna look good.

Sports recently had the opportunity to speak with Brandon Chillar to reflect on his high school days and his professional career in the NFL. potlight

Spotlight Sports: How did high school

and North County football in general prepare you for college and pro football? Brandon Chillar: I think they did a good job. In Carlsbad Pop Warner we actually played the same offense as Carlsbad High School so we were running the same stuff all the way up. Also, in high school, under Coach McAllister our schedule was pretty typical to a college practice. One of the biggest transitions from high school to college and professional football is the speed. The game is so fast now — speed and strength are so much greater. SS: Even at Carlsbad, you were known as a big

time hitter. One in particular was a hit on John Mende where you absolutely buried him. BC: It was a great game I had my senior year. Mende was a quarterback at Oceanside. Both of us were 3-0. The game was at Oceanside High

SS: What’s it like playing for such a storied

football team in Green Bay? BC: It’s been amazing. What makes it so fun is

the support you receive from the community. Everybody is into the Packers. You can really feel it when you are out there. I know they say it everywhere, but they really do look forward to it every Sunday every week, just so they can watch their Packers play. The cold weather is part of the whole glamour of Lambeau Field. It’s actually fun and I’ve go to tell you… it’s everything. It’s the cold weather games and all the fans still out there. It’s Lambeau Field… the frozen tundra. SS: Are the fans in Green Bay different? More

passionate? BC: I would say so. It’s a lot of fun to play out here. I was a little worried coming out here. I didn’t know what to expect but then when you get here training camp is packed and they just want to watch the packers. SS: What’s up with the hair? Is there a

competition between you, Clay Matthews, and AJ Hawk to see who can grow their hair the longest?

SS: People are saying the game is becoming

more violent, the hitting harder, more injuries and concussions. What do you think? Does it worry you? BC: I would think the only reason it would get harder is because players are just getting bigger, faster and stronger. The way people are getting ready for these NFL seasons and how calculated their training has become… it has become a science. Players are getting in really good shape, really big, really strong and fast. Obviously if you are bigger and you are faster you’re gonna hit harder. I’ve had my fair share of concussion and injuries. But it’s just part of the game and it’s been the risk since being kids and playing it for fun so I don’t see why it’s any different now.

You mentioned your new contract. Congratulations on that. Did you buy anything big to celebrate?


BC: I actually didn’t. You work so hard and once I got it that was the gift to myself… because I really felt like that was my goal in the NFL… to get that security so that I could take care of my family and help out. That was a big goal for me so just to accomplish that was a gift to myself within. SS: How about a car? BC: Believe it or not up here right now I’ve got a ’98 Tacoma. I have a nice car back in California but up here you just need a work truck. SS: What will it take for the Packers to make a run for the Super Bowl? BC: We got hit with an injury bug earlier in the

season but if we can stay healthy and continue to grow as a team the sky’s the limit. I feel like as a team we can play with any team in the NFL and that s good feeling so really if we can stay focused and take it week by week I feel we’ll end up ok. I don’t want to make any predictions but I think we’ll win some games. SS: In your seven years in the league, who’s

been your toughest team or opponent you’ve personally faced?

PHOTO: jim biever/green bay packers

BC: You know it’s crazy because the NFL changes every year. One year a team is good and then free agency hits them and then they’re not good the next year. I don’t think there’s been one team that’s been good every single time I’ve played them. But I’ve got to say when I was younger, and even this year, Michael Vick is one of the toughest guys to deal with. I chased him in my rookie year when he was running around, and even this year in the first game, he’s just a tough guy and you’ve got to game plan for him. SS: Did you have to slim down for Dom Capers

3-4 scheme to play cover linebacker? BC: In college and throughout the pros I’ve

I was there. He also coached my cousin Matt Fredericks. He played at Stanford. He got to coach both of us for a little bit.

weighed anywhere from 230 to 245 lbs. I have slimmed down a little just because all the stuff I’ve learned about diet and how to exercise correctly. I’ve kept the weight but just look slimmer. Last year and this year I’ve mostly been rotating with AJ Hawk between nickel defenses. This year I’ve been playing more passing downs so far.

SS: What do you remember about your senior


SS: How cool is it to have two guys on the

SS: Saw your jersey hanging up in Coach Dan

same NFL team both hailing from the same high school?

BC: Yes, he was an assistant at Carlsbad when

BC: It’s awesome to have (receiver) Brett Swain on the team. It worked out good since I had 4 or 5 years in the league already when he came in so I was able to look out for him and kind of steer him in the right direction but he’s a good kid and he’s a smart guy, and he figured things out and picked things up pretty quick. Whenever I can help him out I try but he’s doing good on his own. SS: Did you know him beforehand? BC: A little bit at Carslbad. I was a senior and he was a freshman. He was a little younger but now we hang out a lot, work out a lot now, and basically do everything together.

Williams’ (Vista High School) office?

year at CHS? BC: It was a fun year. We played together as a team and I’m still friends with a lot of those guys. We had a close group and we made our run and played in the CIF Finals. EL Camino was just too tough that year. They had some good players over there and they got us in Qualcomm. SS: This is your seventh year in the league. How

much longer do you see yourself playing?

SS: Any other guys you keep in touch with locally?

BC: The contract I just signed last year, if I finish

BC: Many on the Carlsbad staff that I played for I still hang out with them a lot. I speak at the high school a couple times a year and coach them up a couple times. And I still keep up with Coach McAllister and Miguel Perez through text messages.

that out, will give me 10 years. When I started out that was the number that I was shooting for but I think I’m gonna have to cross that path when I get there because these years do fly by, and like I spoke about earlier, injuries do happen, so you just have to take it week by week and see where it leads you.

What’s the difference between experiences at St. Louis vs. Green Bay?


BC: It was tough. We went to the playoffs my rookie year but St. Louis has since gone through some rough times. It was hard to come by a win down there. With the Packers, it’s the whole organization… the way its set up where it expects to win… so I think it’s a better environment for me. Not to say anything bad about the Rams, but I enjoy playing for the Packers more. SS: Have you thought about your plans after your football career is over? BC: Not exactly sure, but it’s gonna involve a lot of beach and a lot of coaching. I’m proud to be from Carlsbad and I love San Diego living so I’ll end up somewhere out there.

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mission hills grizzlies SPOTLIGHT on Aaron Salas Sport Football position Wide Receiver Height 5'8" Weight 154 Grade 12 GPA 3.0

n Greatest sports memory? It’s when we played La Costa Canyon for baseball last season at home. In extra innings I came up to the plate with 1 out and a man in scoring position. My coach told me to fake bunt and pull the bat back and swing away and I did just that and hit a line shot over the left fielders head to score the winning run n Do you want to play in college? Yes I want to play both baseball and football in college if I get that chance. n Favorite spot to vacation? My favorite spot to vacation would have to be in Colorado. Steamboat Springs to be exact n If you got $1000 right now what would you do with it? I would save that money for college. n Career after sports? Possibly an athletic trainer


n If you could start high school over what would you do differently? I would change what I did my freshmen and be better in the class room

Coach’s Perspective Cross Country Coach Ryan Sharp Stephanie Curnow has been an exceptional runner for a long time. However, she gets overlooked a lot because she’s had her share of injuries. The thing that impresses me most about her is that she’s there to fill whatever role we ask of her. Some kids when they were the number one and then get hurt and are the number 5 or 6 runner, just quit. Stephanie embraces whatever roll she plays to try and make the team better… If she’s recovering from an injury and can’t be the team’s number 1 or 2, then she will be the best number 5 anyone could ask for. She quite simply is in the sport for the enjoyment of running and to help her team anyway possible. Cross country is often viewed as an individual sport. Stephanie exemplifies the true “team” nature of the sport. She has worked herself back to the top of our pack by matching or besting her top marks in High School. She is a true comeback story and she has done it by attending every practice, running every mile she can, and wanting to do whatever it takes to help her sisters in training.

SPOTLIGHT on Olivia Yvellez Sport Volleyball Height 5'5" Grade 11th GPA 4.6 Heart of the Grizzly Spirit Award

n Greatest sports memory? My greatest sports memory is during last year’s club volleyball season. My team was playing against a rival club and I had three great covers in a row. A cover is when the hitter hits a ball into the blocker and you are able to get it back up. Anyway it was one of the most intense games n Do you want to play in college? Yes I do. My dream is to play for Brown University Stephanie Curnow




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n Favorite spot to vacation? My favorite vacations spot is Big Bear. I love to go snowboarding in the winter and wakeboarding in the summer and it just gives off a super relaxed vibe. n What kind of career do you want to pursue? When sports are overwith I really would like to go to med school and become a doctor. I eventually want to work with Doctors Without Borders. My cousin is in the Navy and has told me about some of the great work you can do abroad and helping people while seeing the world sounds perfect to me n If you could start high school over what would you do differently? I would definitely have doubled up on my sciences freshman year taking biology and chemistry. One of my greatest regrets is not being able to fit chemistry into my schedule.

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san marcos knights

SPOTLIGHT ON Christian Abbott photo: greg jackson

Sport Football Position Linebacker Height 5'9" Weight 160 Grade 12 GPA 3.0

n Favorite local restaurant and what do you order? San Marcos Brewery. I love to order the Buffalo Wings.

SPOTLIGHT ON Drasko Bogdanovich Sport Water Polo Height 5'11" Weight 170

Grade 12 GPA 3.4

n Greatest sports memory? Freshman Year football, going 9-1 during the season, but the best memory was beating Mission Hills

n If you got $1000 right now what would you do with it? Let’s make it $10,000 and we’ll talk.

n Do you want to play in college? I would love to play sports in college, but mainly want to further my education. As of now, I have no clue which college to attend.

n What’s the best aspect of your sport? You don’t need water breaks or bathroom breaks.

n Other favorite sport? Lacrosse

n If you could start high school over what would you do different? I think everything happens for a reason

n Favorite spot to vacation? Anywhere where I can get away

Drasko, who was born in Serbia, has made himself quite at home in southern California. When asked about his favorite vacation spot he replied, “Southern California is a vacation in itself.” He has really made an impact on the SMHS water polo program. As a freshman he was the Rookie of the Year, received Most Improved his sophomore year and finally was MVP his junior season. He has mentioned that he would like to play in college and is applying to Long Beach and Santa Barbara to name a few. Other sporting passions for Drasko are swimming and wrestling which, if you put the two together, shows you why water polo is a pefect fit for him.

n When sports are done what kind of career do you want to pursue? I always wanted to pursue the world of animation, graphic design, or any sort of entertainment along those lines.

n Favorite local restaurant? All Mexican food in San Marcos is good. I usually go for a carne asada burrito

so I wouldn’t really change anything.

SPOTLIGHT on Kelsey Peters

n What’s the best aspect of your sport? Other than the physical contact, the great support from the school and parents at every Friday home game n If you could start high school over what would you do different? Probably focus a little bit more on my grades than sports.

Sport Girl’s Golf, Varsity Captain Height 5'6" Grade 12 GPA 3.9 NOTABLES 1st team All-league 08 and 09; CIF qualifier (08 and 09); Two-time winner of Escondido City Cup

n Favorite local restaurant and what do you order? Loveboat Sushi, Crunchy Shrimp Roll n Greatest sports memory? Shooting my low round as a sophomore year in CIF (80) n Do you want to play in college? Yes, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo photo: brian tierney

n Other favorite sport? Snow Skiing


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n Favorite spot to vacation? Mammoth Mountain n Career after sports? A career within sales and marketing n If you could start high school over what would you do different? Get more involved sooner with clubs, other sports, and ASB

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fallbrook warriors SPOTLIGHT ON Lauren Hughey Sport Field Hockey position Center/Forward Height 5'5" Grade 12 GPA 3.8 achievements Captain 2010; All Avocado League 2008/09; All-CIF 2009; All North County Team 2009; All Academic 2009; Most Outstanding Offensive Player at Serra Invitational Tournament 2010; Serra Invitational All-Tournament Team 2009/10

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n Favorite local restaurant and what do you order? Pedro’s Tacos, bean and cheese burrito

Athletic Director Patrick Walker

n Greatest sports memory? Winning CIF semifinals against Torrey Pines, then advancing to the CIF Finals n Do you want to play in college? Yes, Stanford or Miami University (Ohio) n Other favorite sport? Football n Favorite spot to vacation? Hawaii

PHOTO: deb hellman

n Career after sports? I want to be a forensic psychologist. n If you could start high school over what would you do different? Not play club soccer my freshman year, so I wouldn’t have torn my ACL


SPOTLIGHT ON Jahna Jordan Sport Field Hockey Position Goalie Height 5'6" Grade 12 GPA 3.1 Achievements 2010 Varsity co-captain; Sierra Tournament All Tournament Team 2009/10; Most Outstanding Goalie, Sierra tournament 2010; 2009/10 Athlete of the Week, North County Times; 2nd team All-CIF, 2nd team All-Avocado League;voted most inspirational in 2009; 2008 Team Co-MVP

n Favorite local restaurant and what do you order? La Caseta and I love the fried ice cream there even though it is super fattening.

Coach’s Perspective Cross Country Coach Marco Arias “When Michael first stepped

n Greatest sports memory? This is sort of a silly one, but in one game I saved a ball by lunging and then the rebound went in between my legs so I bent backwards and saved it with my glove. Everyone laughed because it looked like I was doing a dance move.

on campus he was an impressionable freshman who was intimidated by all of the great runners that were in place at the time. He never saw himself as being one of those guys, and now through hard work and determination he is leading our team into what could be a very successful season. He developed a will to push the workouts to a higher level and he is bringing his teammates along for a great ride. What is remarkable about Michael is that he still does not know how good he can be and that is exciting. He has great plans for his future which include running at the next level. I truly believe that newfound drive he has developed will enable him to achieve all of the goals he has set for himself.”

n Do you want to play in college? Of course I want to play

in college. I haven’t decided where exactly I want to go though...anywhere that wants me really.

n Other favorite sport? I like to play soccer and autocross. I don’t know if auto-crossing is considered a sport though. n Favorite spot to vacation? I love New Zealand and Australia they are just so different yet they have some similarities with the USA. I had the best burger in New Zealand believe it or not. n If you got $1000 right now what would you do with it? I would pay my mom back for my IPod Touch, then I would save some of it and then the rest would go into my baby (my car aka Growler).

n If you could start high school over what would you do different? I wouldn’t take my personal problems out on my grades. I would also be myself more and not be so afraid to take risks of being made fun of or being called weird.

PHOTO: deb hellman

n When sports are done what kind of career do you want to pursue? I would really like to take over my mom’s company which is called Minx Nails. It’s a fast paced company that will keep me on my toes. n What’s the best aspect of your sport? It is always changing. There are always new rules coming out or new equipment. It is amazing how much it has changed in just 10 years.

Cross Country Runner Michael Frobose

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SPOTLIGHT ON Hannah Rey Sport Volleyball Position Outside hitter Height 5’10” Grade 12 GPA 3.5

Senior outside hitter Hannah Rey was Second-team All-Avocado league in 2009 and was recently named to the All Tournament Team at the Scripps Ranch Volleyball Tournament. She has been the Escondido Athlete of the Month, as well as being named Best Defensive Player. Hannah was also a member of the track team competing in the high jump.

n Favorite local restaurant and what do you order? In-n-Out Burger

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n Greatest sports memory? The last game of my club season last year. It was one of the most intense games and I felt like I played well. I had a college coach approach me after the game…it was unexpected and great all at the same time. n Do you want to play in college? Yes, of course. I’m not sure where… yet. But I’m interested in University of Redlands (the coach is great) but I’m also open to what life has to offer. PHOTO: greg jackson

n What kind of career do you want to pursue? Criminal Justice n What’s the best aspect of your sport? I love the intensity of volleyball. With only six players on the court you can shine as an individual but you can’t win without your team. n What are your goals this season? Personal: To

make a smart decision where I’ll play for the next 4 years. As a Team: To play to our potential – consistently

n If you could start high school over what would you do different? Be a more disciplined student. n Favorite thing to do when you are not playing sports? I love to do spontaneous things…I love to go on adventures. I like to spend time with my friends at the beach, around a bonfire or wherever. n What motivates you? Actually, it’s bettering myself. I’m super critical of my own abilities, strengths and weaknesses – so it’s always a challenge.

SPOTLIGHT ON Cristal Favela Sport Cross Country Height 5’ 5” Weight 110 Grade 12 GPA 4.00 Accomplishments: 1st Team All-league last two years; Scholar Athlete; Team Captain; Placed 21st in CIF Finals

n Favorite local restaurant and what do you order? Jilbertos’s Carne Asada fries without the carne asada; I am a vegetarian n Do you want to run in college? Yes, for UCSD or SDSU n Other favorite sport? Soccer

n Favorite Athlete? Honestly, Shaquille O’Neal

n Favorite spot to vacation? Walt Disney World. It is the happiest place on Earth.

n Favorite Food? Sushi, ribs, and all things Thanksgiving

n If you got $1000 right now what would you do with it? Use it on my college applications

n Favorite TV show? Law & Order SVU, That 70s Show, and anything scary!

n What kind of career do you want to pursue? A Biomedical Engineer career n What’s the best aspect of your sport? Being able to test my limits and all the people I meet n Favorite thing to do when not playing sports? Movie night with my friends n What motivates you? My parents and my sisters n Favorite athlete? Yoann Gourcuff n Favorite food? Cheese Pizza. My favorite junk food is Hot Cheetos. n Favorite TV show? Invader Zim

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Coach’s perspective Field Hockey Coach Kelly Ladendorf Boden “Austyn Ukrainetz is a 4-year Varisty field hockey player at Escondido High School. She always demonstrates the sportsmanship traits that every coach is looking for by working hard every day to improve her personal performance on the field and always has words of encouragement for her fellow players. She also has great game vision: as she observes the events of the game unfolding, she can quickly analyze what she needs to do for the success of the team. Her team has repeatedly awarded her the title of Most Inspirational and Best Defensive player. In addition to her success on the field, Austyn is a successful student thus making her a great model for all her fellow student-athletes.”

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“Boom! Bo now?” T

Big hitter Samantha Cash of Canyon Crest Academy winds up for the kill. PHOTO: SIDELINESTUDIOS.COM

he distinctive sights and sounds of girls’ volleyball permeate

gymnasiums throughout San Diego County like a heavy-metal concert. When you walk into a multi-day tournament or key league match, the referee’s whistle pierces your brain like a lead singer’s high-pitched vocals. Then, the teams cheer and scream as if they are in the front row of a concert. Every move on the court draws a reaction that could keep even the most jaded fan fired up. However, the sound that reverberates like a pounding bass guitar or thundering drum beat is when a player rises high above the net. The county’s best seemingly hang in the air for a split-second longer than everyone else before they slam the ball to the floor with the same power, precision and, most noticeably, sound… THUD. The kill (formerly known as the spike) is the most commanding play in the sport and draws the most attention from fellow players, coaches and fans. A great kill brings spectators to their feet wanting an encore. Leading their respective bands (teams) is a collection of outside hitters

that are worth the price of admission. Lauren Birks (La Jolla Country Day), Chloe Buckendahl (Rancho Buena Vista), Samantha Cash (Canyon Crest), Taylor Milton (Cathedral Catholic), Joy Reinke (Tri-City Christian) and Maddie Rudnick (La Costa Canyon) are some of the best players in the nation and have (or will earn) college scholarships to some of the finest universities in the land. Here’s a closer look at how these players approach the game and interact with their teammates to play a fine tune on the court.

Lauren Birks What makes Birks such a threat on the court is that defenses don’t know what’s coming. The Stanford-bound senior can mix-and-match her shots giving the Torreys a threat most teams simply cannot figure out until Birks and her teammates are back on the bus heading home. “I am comfortable with a lot of different shots and have a fast approach and quick arm swing,” Birks explained. “Most top competitive teams will scout their opponents and chart where hitters tend to hit. I have been told many times that I am hard to defend since I can hit different locations and at different velocities. Every kill is a point, but my favorites are when I not only hit the ball hard but also place the hit well. By high

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oom! school, all good hitters can hit hard, but many times the hard hits are easiest to dig. A great kill consists of not only power, but also smart ball placement.” Such intelligence and power has paid off for Birks and her teammates. La Jolla Country Day is the defending Division IV state champion and is currently ranked among the top teams in the country, according to Prep Having won the school’s first state title doesn’t add any additional pressure to Birks, who is hoping to add another banner in the gym. “We try hard not to think about it and focus on winning our league in San Diego and aiming for

La Jolla Country Day’s Lauren Birks

another state championship,” Birks said. “I actually play better in the toughest matches where a lot is on the line. It requires me to focus and I just don’t like to lose. I try to forget the pressure of the win or who might be watching and focus on myself and my teammates.” Middle blockers always have an eye on Birks. The threat of having the ball stuffed in your face is always lurking, yet she enjoys the challenge of trying to beat two or three of the other teams’ best defenders. “Since I started as a middle hitter, I think I have some advantage in reading the block and trying to work around or sometimes just powering through it,” Birks said. “Of course, I am never happy when I get blocked, but it does happen and I never try to be afraid when I’m up swinging my hardest.” Torreys coach Peter Ogle believes Birks’ intelligence and work ethic on the court allow her to rise above just about any other player. “She is very gifted,” Ogle said. “Not many players have her physical talents. She understands the game and has a high volleyball IQ. “ Perhaps what has aided Birks, who has missed part of the season because of a high ankle sprain, is her athleticism. Although she began playing volleyball at ten years old, Birks participated in soccer and softball. That continued until she was thirteen and simply outgrew the other two sports. “It (volleyball) probably fits my athletic skills,” Birks said. “I like having my opponents on the other side of the net and not trying to collide with me.” Birks believes Stanford is the perfect fit for her and her club teammate McKenzie Gilbert of Santa Fe Christian. Having been born at Stanford hospital, Birks has come full circle. “Stanford has been my dream school from the beginning,” Birks said. “It is unique in its combination of top academics and a top athletic program!”

Chloe Buckendahl Excuse Rancho Buena Vista coach LeAnn DeBora if she gets a little sentimental when talking about Buckendahl. The 6' senior is perhaps the best player ever to wear a Longhorn uniform, and she has helped propel her team to one of the elite programs in San Diego County. A four-year starter with a tremendous skill set, Buckendahl has certainly left her mark on the court and in the minds of anyone who has watched her play. “It will be very strange to not have Chloe in her No. 4 jersey,” DeBora said. “She has set such a wonderful example for all the girls who come through our program. It is not only as an exceptional athlete, but also for her hard work, sacrifice, focus and determination it took for her to get there. I still can’t believe she is a senior.” Buckendahl, who will be attending the University of Oregon on a Photos: Danny heilprin

Chloe Buckendahl of Rancho Buena Vista


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scholarship, has always shouldered a heavy load for RBV, and she has gotten used to it with smoldering intensity and a clear mind. “I’m always in a pressure situation, so I try to picture the Oregon coaches across the gym and focus on the next play,” she said. “I want to win so badly that I will do anything to do it.” And while Buckendahl contemplated transferring to powerhouses La Costa Canyon or Torrey Pines, she decided that relationships are more important than wins and losses. “I love my coach and she is one of my best friends,” Buckendahl said. “I have so many relationships with the people that I have played with at Rancho that I just relax and enjoy my time on the court.” DeBora knows that replacing Buckendahl on the court will be nearly impossible, but finding someone with her attitude could be a tougher task. “Chloe has an amazing personality… it is contagious,” DeBora said. “She brings an incredible enthusiasm to our program and to life. She is such a compassionate individual who genuinely cares about her teammates.” However, Buckendahl has no sympathy for the volleyball or her opponents when she rises up from her customary left-side hitting position. Buckendahl believes a crushing kill is a culmination of teamwork and execution. “For me a good kill starts with an unbelievable pass to the setter who puts it in just the right place and I can just crush it, and shove it down their throats,” Buckendahl explained. “It doesn’t have to be a down ball. It just has to finish a point.” But Buckendahl is not just a front-row specialist. DeBora has the luxury of having her star senior on the court in attack mode at all times. “She is outstanding in all six rotations,” DeBora said. “She passes, plays incredible defense, communicates with her teammates and attacks out of the back row. She is always there to give words of encouragement to her teammates. She has a way of bringing the team together that is truly invaluable.” (Continued on next page) VO l. 2 No. 2




Samantha Cash Canyon Crest coach Ariel Haas has a simple response to what Cash’s strengths are on the court. “Her presence on the court and her flat out ability to score at the net,” he said. And it doesn’t hurt when you stand 6'3" and the ball explodes off your hand like a keg of dynamite. Cash, who has accepted a scholarship to Pepperdine, has moved from her comfort zone, middle blocker, to the outside where teams now have little chance of stopping her. While most hitters are looking for a seam between blockers or an open spot on the court, Cash is going over the top of blockers and whizzing the ball past helpless defenders. “I am now a more versatile player,” Cash said. “I can pass and play defense better as well as being able to hit a high ball better. As an outside hitter, my favorite shot is when I smash as hard as I can and hit the line. As a middle hitter, I like to hit over the block and straight down inside the 10-foot line.” In the past year, Cash has crushed volleyballs in a few countries and a different continent. She played on the U.S. junior national team that won a gold medal at the NORCECA tournament in Tijuana. Then, she helped the United States win a silver medal at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. “It is just an honor to represent your country in an international competition,” Cash said. “I feel more connected to the world. I now have friends from all over America and the planet. I also think it helped me to be a more mature player and leader on and off the court. Plus, it feels so good

Samantha Cash



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when they place a medal around your neck.” Haas, who has led the Ravens to their best season in school history, leans on Cash to help with not only leadership, but also some technical aspects of the game. “Sam is an amazingly helpful teammate who tries to pass on her knowledge and experience to her teammates to make them better,” Haas said. “Sam is funny, quirky, passionate, driven, caring and a sheer pleasure to be around, learn from and coach. She is the prototype leader.” It’s easy to tell that Cash truly enjoys what she is doing on the court. With her trademark headband, Cash is completely involved in every point whether she is the focal point or not. “I am very happy and competitive when I am playing volleyball,” Cash said. “I keep my plan simple. I keep doing what is working until they stop me or we win.” Haas knows that Cash has played an important role in the development of the Canyon Crest program, and her play and personality will leave a lasting impression. “While Sam is not the only reason for our growth and success, her presence shows young players all around the county that Canyon Crest Academy is a great volleyball program that will continue to develop top-notch talent in the years to come just like Sam.”

Taylor Milton Milton’s offensive game is only limited by her imagination. During the Beach Cities Invitational at La Jolla High School, Milton showed why she is considered one of the top players in America. Prep ranks the outside hitter/ opposite No. 57 among all seniors and she is headed to Santa Clara on scholarship. Milton proved worthy of such accolades leading Cathedral Catholic to the finals against Orange Lutheran. The left-hander can take any set and turn it into points for the Dons. She can take a set off the net and crank up a topspin shot that leaves defenders falling over each other. Other times, she pushes the ball in the deep corner. Then, she will reach high above the net and gently drop the ball at the feet of the opposition. Yet, when the set is just right, Milton unleashes some power that is rarely seen at the high school level. The ball blasts off her hand and either pounds the floor or hits a confused back-row player right in the face. To add insult, Milton can do it with either hand. “An open net or a clear seam or sight line makes for a good kill,” she said. “This is so the ball is pounded straight down in front of all the defenders. Success in hitting is a reward for placing great shots in a game. The straight down kills are only occasional. When you are able to consistently put a down ball for your team, that is when you know your hitting is successful.” Cathedral coach Kelly Drobeck believes Milton’s experience on the beach has helped her hitting, which gives Milton weapons from 2010


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Taylor Milton of Cathedral Catholic virtually all places on the court. “When you play on the beach, you have to have all the shots,” she said. “She knows she is our go-to hitter and is going to face a double block all the time, so she has to be creative.” Milton developed that imagination during her freshman year when she suffered a compound fracture of her left arm. That wasn’t a problem for her because she just taught herself to approach and hit with her right hand. Although she is relatively short for a hitter at just 5'10", Milton makes up for it in other ways. “She plays a lot bigger than she is,” Drobeck said. “She has a great vertical and long arms. Taylor is one of those shorter players that just plays bigger.” And Milton has had plenty of success at Cathedral. The Dons are looking for a third consecutive Division III state title and while she feels a certain amount of pressure, Milton is concentrating on making teammates better. “I want to be remembered as the captain that most successfully helped encourage and taught through example to all the girls on my school team and helped them to grow into better players,” Milton said. Milton has done her best to make her future very bright. Aside from her indoor play, Milton represented the United States in its High Performance beach program. Toss in a Junior Olympic title, and she is going to have an immediate impact at the college level. So, the expectations of another state championship run, doesn’t seem to affect Milton. “I handle pressure by blocking out noise, people, crowds and the score by breathing,” she said. “I used my mind and body to imagine the court and no one and nothing around it. As a player, I am focused and closed emotionally. I share and received my energy through my teammates on the court. I am very competitive and willing to do and work to make sure I am giving 100 percent.” Despite all the preparation, Milton knows that failure is something one must deal with and she has worked hard to minimize it. “I do not fear getting blocked as long as I trust my teammates to do their best to surround and cover me,” Milton said. “You just have to know

that blocking happens. I have played with many different setters and styles of setting. From this, I have developed a way to be most successful in giving them feedback and adjusting to their style. This not only makes me more versatile, but a more successful hitter.”

Tri City Christian’s Joy Reinke

blocked, Rudnick realizes that it is part of the game and uses it to her advantage. “Most of the time I swing for the block to get a tool rather than trying to avoid it. I try to use the block to my advantage,” she said. “When I am struggling, I just try to hit it as hard as I can and not be timid. I know my team is behind me covering and I trust that we’ll score the point if I just keep it in play if it is an off set.” Aside from the technical part of hitting, Rudnick likes to bring a shot of enthusiasm when she is on the court. “Celebration is a huge part of volleyball because it is a game of momentum,” Rudnick said. “So when I get a kill I try to celebrate so my team can acquire more momentum. I’ve learned that I’m competitive and always want to win, but I handle my competitive spirit by always staying positive and never getting down on my team.” McDougall had plans of using Rudnick as the Mavericks’ libero this season, but when the team was struggling with ball control and consistent hitting, he moved Rudnick back to her outside hitting position. “So, we moved Maddie to outside hitter where she is always on the court as a hitter or blocker in the front row, or passer in the back row,” McDougall said. “She also has a great jump serve, mixing it up between deep serves and very short serves which keeps opponents on their toes.” And with hitters like Birks, Buckendahl, Cash, Milton, Reinke and Rudnick, opponents spend more time on their heels, because they may not have the courage to stand in and take these girls’ best shots.

Joy Reinke

fire burns inside, according to Wright. “Joy is pretty steady emotionally and mentally,” she said. “She loves the game and works hard to meet her own standards to help the team win.”

Maddie Rudnick It should come as no surprise that Rudnick became a volleyball player. The 5'9" senior tagged along with her sister, Lydia, who is now playing at Princeton, and her parents and when they pulled the volleyball out, Rudnick just began passing the ball with anyone who was around. That early preparation must have worked because when she was just nine-years old, she played on a club team with players three years older. Her teammates were thinking of high school, while Rudnick had her mind on recess. Now, all that court time has paid off as Rudnick is front and center with La Costa Canyon, trying to lead the Mavericks to a seventh consecutive CIF Division I title. “The pressure doesn’t necessarily make me a better player, but it makes me want to win that much more because I don’t want to be the team to break the tradition of winning CIF,” Rudnick said. La Costa Canyon coach Pat McDougall knows that Rudnick will be there when the CIF banners are at stake. “She is a veteran senior player who you can absolutely count on in a tight spot,” he said. “She is physically stronger now and has learned to play her best under pressure.” Rudnick put in extra time in the offseason to make herself a more effective hitter. The reason is because Rudnick, who will play at Yale next season, is a libero or defensive specialist at the next level. “I believe her best skills are defensive because she is so quick” McDougall said. “However, she is 5'9" with a very good vertical jump so she is a good hitter. She knows the game well and makes smart decisions on the court.” Because of her back row experience, Rudnick knows what makes a good hitter, and she uses her knowledge to be an effective offensive weapon. “A good kill would be when the ball hits the ground without anyone touching it,” Rudnick explained. “I would describe myself as smart. I’m not the most physical nor am I the tallest, so I have to know spots on the court where the ball will go down.” While many hitters fear or loathe getting

Maddie Rudnick from La Costa Canyon


A shrewd financial move proved to pay great dividends for Reinke. When the Tri-City Christian junior was just 11 years old, she began playing club volleyball which is normal for girls her age, but her father, Jeff, got a deal he couldn’t refuse. “My dad was a college coach and he had a friend who had a volleyball club and they had an extra spot,” Reinke said. “They told him that I could play for free and that was it.” Reinke’s investment in the sport has paid off for the Eagles, who have won four consecutive CIF-San Diego Section Division V championships and two appearances in the state finals. The 5-foot10 Reinke will conclude her career as the school’s all-time kill leader with a style that is as much based on technique as power. “Joy is very gifted athletically,” said Eagles coach Kristen Wright. “She jumps well and has good technique and training in her position. She understands the game to a higher degree than most players. Joy does not appear to be strong, but because of her technique, her arm is like a whip, which creates a tremendous amount of power.” Perhaps what helps Reinke more than her athleticism is her mental toughness. Opponents know that sets are coming her way, but Reinke acknowledges it and does her best to score points. “I accept the pressure and try not to think about it,” she said. “If I am in a pressure-filled moment, I focus on something else. I try to stay consistent and encourage other people. I want to make the others around me better.” With such a burden, Reinke knows that middle blockers are lining up in front of her as if they are at the DMV. However, she tries to be creative with a variety of shots. “I hate getting blocked because I hold myself to a real high standard, but it still bothers me,” Reinke said. “I just try to put the ball in an open spot.” Wright has worked with Reinke to improve her offensive arsenal. As a freshman, Reinke was a “safe” player who was consistent and kept the ball in play. Last season, she was more of a “go-to” player who put the ball away at a high percentage. Now, Wright and Reinke have teamed to find more ways for her to score from a variety of positions on the floor. “Joy has to be able to consistently execute and score around a released block and sometimes with an imperfect set,” Wright said. “We are working on having her attack the block instead of hitting into it, throw in more off-speeds and run different offensive plays to open things up for her on the pin.” While others must wait their turn at bigger schools, Reinke has been able to learn on the court, instead of practice, and is grateful for the chance. “Tri-City is the right place for me,” Reinke said. “I have had more of an opportunity to play and be a leader.” Reinke’s leadership style is one of understated control. A clinched fist in celebration may be the most emotion one will see, but the competitive

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san pasqual eagles SPOTLIGHT ON Ali Bonar

Sport Volleyball Height 5'6" Grade 12 GPA 4.2

Ali went 17-1 with her club volleyball team and placed 4th at Phoenix Volleyball Festival last July among 91 club teams. She is currently the “digs per game” leader in San Diego County with over 9 digs per set. Additionally, she has been awarded as a scholarathlete each season thus far.

n Favorite local restaurant? Nordstrom Café, tomato basil soup n Greatest sports memory? Beating the Canadian Jr. National team at the Volleyball Festival in Reno n Do you want to play in college? Yes, Cornell n Other favorite sport? Watching college football…Go Trojans! PHOTO: bill reilly

n If you got $1000 right now what would you do? Mega Shopping Spree n Career after sports? Nutritional Sciences/Medicine

SPOTLIGHT on Jereke Armstrong, Jr. Sport Football Position Strong safety and kick returner Height 5'10" Weight 160 Grade 11 GPA 3.3 notables Second Team All Avocado League; Scholar Athlete; Skull Hit vs. Mt. Carmel

n Favorite local restaurant? Chito’s Taco Shop. I order the Carne Asada Quesadilla n Greatest sports memory? Ending our 21-game losing streak by beating San Marcos 34-0 n Do you want to play in college? would love to play college football wherever I am blessed with the opportunity to do so. PHOTO: deb hellman

n Other favorite sport? Track & Field n If you got $1000 right now what would you do? I would treat the football team to burritos and deposit the rest. n Career after sports? I would like to have a career in sports management or kinesiology. n If you could start high school over what would you do different? I would become more proactive and do my assignments ahead of their due dates.

SPOTLIGHT ON Caelyn Hartley

n Anything else you want us

n Do you want to play in college? Yes. I will be playing in college I have offers from both Ohio University and Central Michigan. I am going on visits in October and hope to know where I’m going by the end of my school season

Sport? Field Hockey Height 5'5" Grade 12 GPA 4.3 notables All-League: Honorable Mention ‘08; 2nd Team ‘09; Coach’s Award ‘09 and Tournament MVP for Cal Cup

n Greatest sports memory? Winning CIF and League last year

to know that we didn’t ask? My mother is the greatest blessing god has bestowed upon me. If it was not for her and God’s mercy I would not be where I am today.

n Career after sports? I hope to be a broadcast journalist. I did a local broadcast on the Prep Pigskin Review(PPR) and I realized it was the career for me.

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Coach’s Perspective Field Hockey Coach Kelly Gannon “This is my third year coaching Caelyn and she is the epitome of a team player. She’s well-rounded between school, friends, family, and athletics. She always gives 110% on the field, as well as in her studies.  She’s the first to reflect and critique herself if she has an off-day, wishing she had given it her best. Those are characteristics of a truly great athlete. Caelyn has been an integral part of our team and has developed her field hockey skills to a point to where she will be furthering her hockey career into college. Caelyn has the competitive drive to be the best and nothing less, which will get her very far in athletics and in life.  She also has an extremely high energy level and positive attitude that is contagious to others, including myself. We’ll miss her when she moves on to college next year.” VO l . 2 No. 2






After graduating four starters from last year’s team, we are currently 16-9 overall and 5-3 after the first round of our league games. In addition this will also be the first year SFC aquatics will be in a league having been added to the Avocado West League. We hope to be competitive in the league and have a good first year showing. Led by team captain Angus Walker, our main center forward, he leads the team with goals (50) and ejections drawn (25) and is one of the most dedicated players I have ever coached. The boys are aiming to improve on the three-year run of quarterfinal appearances in CIF and hope to take another step in that CIF tournament. A lot of this will depend on the development of many of the younger and newer varsity players.

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Coach’s Perspective Boys Water Polo Coach Shaun Kennard

The SFC water polo team became an official part of the Avocado League this year. The team is experiencing a winning season with an overall 16-9 record; in league play, the Eagles are 5-3.

SPOTLIGHT ON MacKenzie gilberT Sport volleyball Position libero Height 5'7" Grade 12 GPA 4.3

MacKenzie played club volleyball for seven years and was selected as All Tournament at the Junior Olympics for two years. A “lifer” at SFC (she’s attended since Kindergarten), she was part of the State CIF 2007 and 2008 Championship teams. Initially an outside hitter, MacKenzie switched to libero a few years ago, and was heavily recruited; she chose Stanford and committed in May of 2010. She was the 2010 League Player of the Year and made DIV All State.

SPOTLIGHT ON Andy Kramer Sport cross country, track Height 6'1" weight 155 Grade 12 GPA 4.43 notables 1st Team All Coastal League 2008; 1st Team All Division IV CIF 2009; Union-Tribune Academic Team; Cross Country MVP 2 Years; State Qualifier

n Favorite local restaurant and what do you order? Pacifica, the Salmon

n Favorite local restaurant and what do you order?

n Greatest sports memory? Winning State my sophomore year

Santana’s (now called “Fresh Mxn Food”). I usually order the Carne Asada burrito combo.

n If you got $1000 right now what would you do with it? Take a nice relaxing vacation

n Greatest sports memory? Last year at Coastal


track championship meet, I was seeded 2nd in the 2-mile behind a runner who was 20 seconds faster than me. My goal was to beat him and go to CIF Prelims, but that meant I had to break a 10-minute 2-mile. After the first mile the clock read 5:06, which was too slow. I was in the lead group of four, and then with only a hundred meters left, I was third, but knew I had to finish second or first to qualify. With one final push, I beat the second runner and only lost to the first runner by .7 seconds. My time was 9:58! It was an amazing feeling beating someone in the last stretch, knowing that I just took his spot at CIF.

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n Favorite thing to do when you are not playing sports? Go to the beach, hang out with my friends, watch football (preferrably the Chargers), read a good book (NOT Twilight), go to open houses along the coast n If you could start high school over, what would you do differently? Read a lot more! It helps with everything. n Best thing about your sport? The competition, my friends n What career will you pursue? Real estate or architecture

n If you got $1000 right now what would you do with it? I would probably get my car a new paint job. (It was keyed the night before I bought it so its paint is wearing off…) n Favorite vacation spot? Fiji – I went on a missions trip there last summer and I loved it! The landscape, the people, everything about it. n Best aspect of your sport? The best thing about running is the natural high I get when I finish… In cross country, there are many decisions that a runner needs to make and if the runner chooses wisely, he will be mentally and physically unbeatable. n What career will you pursue? I am deciding between medicine and becoming a thoracic surgeon or going into environmental studies and researching new forms of renwable, earthfriendly energy. n Other favorite sport? Basically cross country on a track – Track & Field. Two seasons of running is the best for improving my times and speed.

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Andy will run in college, but he is still in the decisionmaking process.

n Favorite vacation spot? Mammoth and Lake Tahoe, for snowboarding

MacKenzie was the 2010 League Player of the Year


torrey pines falcons Protecting the Falcons’ Blindside

Daniel Murray is heading to University of Cincinnati on a full-ride scholarship. the Big East next fall and ultimately chose this school over others because he “he liked the coaches and its friendly atmosphere.” With plenty games left in Murray’s last high school football season, he and the Falcons hope to continue their undefeated record and become CIF Champions.

SPOTLIGHT ON Alli Billmeyer Sport Cross Country/ Track Position Captain Height 5'7" Grade 12 GPA 4.1

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n Greatest sports memory? Standing on

the podium as the 2009 State Champion for Div. 1 cross country meet last cross country season! Socially, Stanford Invite, every year at the end of September, when we all go up as a team, Varsity boys and girls, to Palo Alto and San Francisco for the weekend


n If you could start high school over what

would you do different? I would not stress out as much over races, not get so nervous and just relax instead. It is so much more enjoyable now going into races with more confidence.

n When kind of career do you want to pursue? I definitely want to be a doctor or go into sports medicine

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The Torrey Pines football team is off to one of their best starts in school history, and thirdyear returning starter Daniel Murray has done nothing but help. The 6'3", 230-pound senior is a relentless defender as well as a physical tackle. The offensive lineman plays low with hard charges, making him a powerful player with exceptional leverage. Only playing football since his freshman year, Daniel has transformed into an aggressive and quick player under the coaching of Scott Ashby. “Daniel has improved dramatically over the past four years and has a tremendous work ethic,” head coach Ashby said. “He has improved beyond reproach and is dedicated to football and learning techniques that make him a better football player.” Along with Ashby, Daniel is privately coached by former Eagles’ center, Mark Nordquist. Lifting weights is a big aspect of his training, along with frequent conditioning and speed and footwork drills during practice. Murray’s personal lifting records currently stand at 575 pounds in the squat and can bench press 350 pounds. This dedication has paid off for Daniel who has a 3.55 GPA and received a full athletic scholarship to the University of Cincinnati. Murray will join

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Cross Country Captain Alli Billmeyer already has accomplishments stacked up worth noticing. Still with her senior year to go Alli has set school record in the 800m, 1600m and 3200m races, been the Division I CIF 1600m champion in 2009 and set the all time meet record at the Bronco Invite. In addition, she has been a scholar athlete since freshman year and competed in the 2008 Nike Cross Champions. Between 2007 and 2010, Alli was named All-League in Track and Field each year. Recently committing to Stanford University, Alli hopes to continue her success and enjoy her favorite part of running—the team aspect. “Everyone is motivated to go faster, but at the same time it is individual in that the harder you push yourself the faster you will go,” she said.

spotlight on Sarah Baek Sport Golf Position Captain Height 5'3" Grade 12 GPA 4.14

For senior Sarah Baek, the challenges of golf don’t frustrate her, but motivate her to work even harder. Golf is a game of elements, all of which add to its complicated nature, but Sarah thinks that is the best thing about the game. Sarah made her mark as a serious golfer since freshman year, when she was named All-CIF, All-Palomar League, and Rookie of the Year for the Torrey Pines golf team. She collected an impressive second All-CIF in 2008 and All-Avocado League in 2009. Also with an AP Scholar Award to her name, Sarah plays in tournaments organized with the American Junior Golf Association, San Diego Junior Golf Association and has participated in the Futures Championships Golf Tour.

n Do you want to play in college? I verbally committed UC Irvine and will join the women’s golf program there. n When did you start golfing? I started golfing

competitively around the end of 8th grade. But the first time I grabbed a golf club (or rather a mini-putt putter) was when I was around six.

n Greatest sports memory? It was the first time I played at the State Championships. I was both thrilled and anxious. I ended up shooting two over; but it was one of my greatest sports memories because of the last hole. I hit my ball about five feet from the hole – a makeable birdie putt. I never had so many spectators watch me. My hands were shaking nonstop and I didn’t know if I would be able to hold my putter. All I remember was clinking of the ball going into the hole. My team was shouting jubilantly and there was a wave of applause from the crowd. The emotions I felt before and after are unforgettable. After that, my pursuit to become a better golfer, and hopefully a professional golfer, has become more passionate. VO l . 2 No. 2





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CATHEDRAL CATHOLIC DONS Joyce Kim is a four-year varsity starter and defending City Conference champion.

By Dan Geiger, Head Coach

The Cathedral Catholic boy’s and girl’s cross country teams, despite a tragic beginning, have set lofty goals for themselves this season. Coming off a successful 2009, which saw both team’s claim league titles and finish second at CIF, the Dons were happy with their accomplishments. However, their sights are now on even greater achievements such as improving on their 4th and 8th place finishes at State for the girls and boys respectively. Each team returns five of the top seven runners from last year and a number of other athletes who are challenging for varsity spots this year. The girls are led by 2009 individual Western League and CIF D3 champion Caitlin Krol, as well as senior captain Katrina Mecklenburg, an All League and CIF performer from 2009. A strong pack of 4 runners, including sophomore Kelly Bieraugel, juniors Christine Kent and Kelsey Jess, and newcomer Kristyn Berretta, has developed to solidify the top six. The boys will be led by senior captain Thomas Valente, an All League and All CIF runner from last year. A tight pack has developed behind Valente including sophomore Patrick Bourke, juniors Jarron Helbock and Nick Grubiss, and seniors Ben Horvath, Jack Wilson and Dan Connell. With a time gap of only 30 seconds, the boy’s team should fare well in large meets.

“Cathedral Catholic has a strong women’s golf team with one member who has become a true stand out and worthy of recognition. Joyce Kim is a four-year varsity starter and defending City Conference champion. She plays a cerebral game with excellent short game skills. Joyce currently hold several team records, and she is making an assault on several others, including most rounds par or better for a season and career. Likewise, she is an accomplished junior golfer. She ranks in the top five in her class academically, and will be attending Yale next year.”

SPOTLIGHT ON Eric Sapp Sport Football, Baseball Position Free Safety Height 6'2" Grade 12 GPA 3.4

A two-sport athlete, Eric was All-League as a junior in both football and baseball. Last year he played first base and batted .395 and with 3 home runs. He has committed to play baseball at the University of Oregon.

n Favorite local restaurant and what do you order? Board & Brew, Turkey Club

n Greatest sports memory? Winning CIF as a


n Why did you choose to play baseball at Oregon? I have played both sports since I was little and it was a really tough choice. I always envisioned myself playing college baseball. Ideally, if I could play both sports in college I would, but I feel like in the long run playing baseball will be better for me. I visited the Oregon campus and they have amazing facilities and I was impressed by the coaches. It is also a great academic school and is in a beautiful area. n If you got $1000 right now what would you do with it? Invest it in the open market.

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Cross Country Team Sets Sights High

coacH’s Perspective Golf Coach Chris Grazier

n What career do you want to pursue? I would like to become a Veterinarian. n What’s the best aspect of your sport? Creating lifetime bonds with my teammates and coaches What inspires or motivates you? My teammates and coaches


n Favorite thing to do when you are not playing

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Spotlight U college readiness resource Lessons Learned from a Practicing Principal

By Nicole M.Wahab, Ed.D


ost nights I can sleep knowing that I

have done my best to make sure every kid understands how to get to college, however, what keeps me up at night is not which kids go to college, but which kids don’t go to college. According to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, seventy percent of high school graduates went to some type of college or university. At first glance that number seems quite impressive, but let me break this down for you. In our California high schools most students are required to take the fifteen course sequence of UC/CSU admission requirements, known as “A-G”. This in theory means all graduates are eligible for college. So why are eligible graduates not going to college? I believe the largest group of eligible students that are not going to college are “caught in the middle” and don’t have any guidance to lead them in one direction or another.

caught in the middle: WHY ELIGIBLE HIGH SCHOOL GRADS DON’T GO TO COLLEGE Can the playing field be leveled for kids who are “caught in the middle”?

Yes, recognizing that you fit the profile is half the battle. Leveraging yourself and using that knowledge is how you will overcome being “caught in the middle” and being the “norm.”

Identify what type of student you are. Think in terms of being the most competitive, competitive, or not competitive, when it comes to highly selective colleges. Know your stats. If you have a 3.6 GPA and a low SAT or ACT score, and there is nothing in your background that will make you stand out, you MUST be honest with yourself about which colleges would deem you to be competitive. If you honestly assess that you lack the competitive edge, then you must find a way to level the playing field.

Use the following two methods to effectively level the playing field: 1. Research colleges and universities that match your goal and passions. You may find that these are not as highly selective as the best ones in the country. For example, if you are caught in the middle and want to be a veterinarian, you may not be a perfect candidate for UC Davis where average freshman admission GPA is 4.03. But you may be a perfect fit for the University of Tennessee where the average is 3.7.

A Profile of Students Who are “Caught in the Middle:” • Students who are not in any special categorical program, not in GATE or special education. • Students who may or may not have an outstanding GPA. Average GPA’s range between 3.5 – 3.8. • Students who may or may not have outstanding SAT or ACT scores. Average SAT scores range from 1500 – 1800 and average ACT scores are 20 – 28. • Students who may or may not have: –– a special or recognized talent –– played sports –– been recognized nationally or locally –– completed enough community service hours or projects –– spent a lot of time planning their road-map to college –– had mentors If this profile sounds like most kids in our schools then you are correct. The average high school student matches this profile to a “t”. In fact, the mass majority of students that are “caught in the middle” are there because they don’t have any one thing that makes them stand out. The most important factor preventing these students from getting to college is that they are average or the “norm”. 32 SPOTLIGHT SPORT S

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2. Bolster your self-esteem. Have someone other than a family member, but someone who still knows you well, write up a list of qualities that they find extraordinary about you. Then take that list and research those qualities and see if they match up to a specific career or occupation. For example, if you are found to be extraordinarily compassionate, you might think about a college or university that is looking for compassionate students who will grow personally and professionally into the best health care professionals. I recognize that it is sometimes hard to be “caught in the middle”, but if you are eligible to go to college, then make the most of the opportunity, and GO. You have worked hard so far, so don’t deprive yourself of that college degree to jump-start your future.

Nicole Wahab, Ed.D, is the CEO of Stellar Scholar, the premier college planning academy. She can be reached at 800-960-7724 or via email nicole@


la jolla country day torreys Athletes Serve

Last year Jake Mack, a junior and recent graduate Dennis Roth worked with their coach Scott Sanders (left) to create a St. Jude’s Running Club tee shirt. The shirts were sold on the La Jolla campus with a two for one approach: Buy a shirt for yourself and one for a member of the newly formed St. Jude’s Running Club. Sanders traveled to Arusha, Tanzania during the summer and delivered 42 shirts to the St. Jude’s coach and team.

Sports Teams Help with Service Projects

Community Service at La Jolla Country Day is unique. From the very beginning the program has been created by the students. Two years ago, current senior Rebecca Ottinger approached Susie Nordenger, the coordinator of the Community Service program with an idea to involve the school’s sports teams in creating their own specific service projects. For years our student athletes have been involved with coaching our younger teams and tutoring on campus – working with Pop Warner and Little League teams and community sports programs. The students met with Jeff Hutzler, Athletic Director and Head Football Coach, to work on expanding that concept and allowing the teams to make an impact throughout San Diego and beyond. Our Athletic Department’s goal of helping our athletes realize that they are a part of something bigger than themselves goes hand-in-hand with the mission of our community service program which endeavors to instill in the all of us the lifetime habit of service

Dig for the Cure Last year Mollie Rogers, a community service board member and a varsity volleyball player, worked with her team to put on a “Dig for the Cure” night. The students literally turned the campus pink for a day and that night’s volleyball game became a fundraiser and awareness builder for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Dig for the Cure raised $1,700 the first year and $1,600 this year. The first year Dig for the Cure was held on the night of a game against rival Bishop’s and this year it was a match with Cathedral Catholic. A very special component of the evening is that the competing teams worked together in the fight against breast cancer. Both teams and families arrived in pink and ready to support the cause. The Country Day Community Service Board is hoping to expand Dig for the Cure next year to Pink Week, allowing all of our teams to ‘do something’ to eradicate breast cancer from their generation.

Football Players Serve Special Olympics For the last 13 years our students have hosted the Special Olympics/Sports for Exceptional Athletes Bocce Ball Tournament. Three years ago the tournament was expanded and added a flag football component. The Torrey football team has now taken that on as their service project. Every football player arrived early on Sunday morning, wearing their football jersey, ready to coach, play, referee and spend their day sharing their love of football with the S4EA participants. Led this year by senior David Janus, the event was even more successful than last year.

Outreach to St. Jude’s Country Day has been working with the School of St. Jude in Tanzania since 2006. That includes sponsorship of two children there. Country Day built St. Jude’s music room, provided all of their instruments and have had their assistant head of school visit La Jolla for the last three years. The mission of St. Jude’s is to eradicate poverty through education. By teaching the very poorest of their region, they are hoping to break the cycle of poverty and allow young Tanzanians the finest education – through university. Two groups of Country Day students have visited Tanzania. When students here heard from the St. Jude’s staff that the school was hoping to create a running club, Country Day’s cross country team entered the picture. Last year Jake Mack, a junior and recent graduate Dennis Roth worked with their coach to create a St. Jude’s Running Club tee shirt. The shirts were sold on the La Jolla campus with a two for one approach: Buy a shirt for yourself and one for a member of the newly formed St. Jude’s Running Club. Scott Sanders, the cross country coach, traveled to Arusha, Tanzania this summer and delivered 42 shirts to the St. Jude’s coach and team.

Blowing the Whistle on Cancer Country Day’s boys’ basketball team has embraced Blow the Whistle on Cancer night, working with the Referees Association to bring awareness and raise funds for the Jimmy V. Foundation. Our girls’

basketball team held an AIDS Awareness evening on World AIDS Day to raise funds for the Until There’s a Cure Foundation. Country Day alum Candice Wiggins, now a WNBA star, is a national spokesperson for this foundation. Country Day’s baseball team has participated with Kids Gear for Baseball for the last two years, collecting used baseball equipment for baseball programs throughout San Diego County.

Orphanage Outreach

For the last two years, members of our sophomore class have traveled to the Dominican Republic with Orphanage Outreach. Both years, head baseball coach, John Edman has accompanied the group. A special added component to the first year’s trip was spending two afternoons playing baseball with the boys of Monte Cristi. This year 34 of our sophomores and three teachers joined forces with Kids Gear. They each took a second duffle bag to the Dominican. They spent three afternoons playing baseball and interacting with the Monte Cristi boys. The student/athletes sorted and separated all the gear and on the last day of our trip, we did a huge distribution. It was Christmas and the Fourth of July all rolled into one! Every boy in town received a new mitt and a ball. The coaches received bats, catcher’s gear, uniforms and cleats to share with other programs. Edman is LA JOLLA COUNTRY DAY TORREYS 9490 Genesee Avenue now working with Orphanage La Jolla, CA 92037 Outreach to create a service 858-453-3440 program just for the baseball ATHLETIC DIRECTOR team. Jeff Hutzler VO l . 2 No. 2




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Sport Field Hockey Height 5'5" Grade 11 GPA 4.29 notables captain ‘08, ‘09; MVP ‘09

Season Highlight: Kiana had two goals and three assists during back-to-back 5-0 shutouts of Bishop’s and Del Norte.

Photo: Kathryn Stevens


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n Greatest sports memory? Beating Helix in overtime of the first round of CIF n Other favorite sport? I have played soccer since I was four and love it. I also enjoy Lacrosse n If you got $1000 right now what would you do with it? Buy a new field hockey stick and save the rest n Career after sports? Mechanical Engineer n If you could start high school over what would you do different? I would have gotten some harder classes out of the way freshman year to make my schedules easier my sophomore and junior years. Other than that I would not change anything.

Coach’s Perspective Tennis Coach Christopher Black

SPOTLIGHT ON Samantha Cash Sport Volley ball Height 6'3" Grade 12 GPA 3.73 Athletic Achievements Silver Medal Recipient and Captain of USA Youth National Team at Youth Olympic Games in Singapore; Member of USA Women’s Junior National Team; Gold Medal NORCECA Women’s Junior Continental Championships; Fall Classic All Tournament Team; Beach Cities Invitational All Tournament Team; First-team All-Coastal League; First-Team All-CIF Division 3

n Favorite local restaurant? Spices Thai – Pad Thai with Chicken Lunch Special (spice scale 3) n Greatest sports memory? Being Captain of the USA Youth National Team at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore this summer and having the Silver medal placed around my neck n Do you want to play in college? YES! I am committed to play at Pepperdine University. n Other favorite sport? Soccer, I used to play goalkeeper and lettered my freshman year, and my club team won the State Championship.

n Career after sports? After college graduation I want to play on USA national teams and also play professionally in Europe for a couple of years. After Competing on national and international teams I plan to be a Division 1 college coach, starting as a recruiter and working my way up to head coach. I will major in math or physics with a film minor. At the end of my coaching career I want to be a humanitarian engineer designing basic resources for third world countries.

Photo: danny heilprin

n If you got $1000 right now what would you do? Save it. I am a miser; I do not like to spend money.

In just her second year, Erica Nesses has amassed a sparkling 22-1 record this season for Canyon Crest Academy. In doing so, our sophomore sensation has led the Ravens to an 11-0 record where they are poised to win the first girls’ tennis league championship in school history. I think the most impressive thing about Erica’s run this year is that she’s proven to be as tough mentally as she is physically. She’s really matured as a player and a competitor. There have been several matches this season where Erica was not playing her best tennis against talented players who demand just that. But somehow, she has managed to adjust, adapt and ultimately prevail when it seemed a longshot. Her ability to win when she’s not playing her A-game has been astounding. She’s a thinker on the court. She plays chess out there, and it’s been really fun to watch.

n What’s the best thing about your sport? I LOVE the feeling when you spike and block the ball. I also love the true family aspect that a volleyball team needs to have in order to succeed. You really need your entire team to win n If you could start high school over what would you do different? Nothing! I really like my high school experience. I am who I am because of the choices I have made


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westview wolverines SPOTLIGHT on maddi rasmus Sport Volleyball Height 6' Grade 12 GPA 4.19

n Greatest sports memory? Serving eight serves in a row to come back and beat Mt. Carmel on our Senior Night last year n Do you want to play in college? Yes. Occidental College, Cal Lutheran University, or Claremont Mckenna College Photo: danny heilprin

n If you got $1000 right now what would you do with it? Buy a pet teacup pig. They are so cute! n Career after sports? Possibly either economics or some sort of engineering

n If you could start high

school over what would you do differently? I would have gotten more involved in school clubs. Some of them are so cool and I wish I joined them sooner!

Coach’s Perspective Photo: danny heilprin

n What’s the best aspect of your sport? There’s never a dull moment. The playing is always fast and intense!

Water Polo Coach Ian McKercher

SPOTLIGHT ON Malia Robertson Sport Field Hockey Height 5'3" Grade 12 GPA 3.5


NOTABLES Field Hockey Team Captain, Fall 2010; Fall 2009 Student-Athlete All Academic Team; Field Hockey Team MVP, Fall 2009

During the off season Malia is involved in the USA Field Hockey Futures Program and plays on an Indoor Field Hockey Team. She is also passionate about animals and volunteers her time at a local animal shelter where she enjoys walking and playing with the dogs.

n Favorite local restaurant? Wings&Things. I get the Five-strip meal.

Seniors Garrett Rhodes and Conner Reilly are two of the top players in the county and are averaging a combined 10 goals per game. Conner is a 6'5" 240 lb. hole set who uses a combination of power and finesse. Garrett Rhodes is a 6'2" 155 lb. utility driver and attacker with post up ability. Garrett also is a defensive nightmare for other teams, leading our team in steals. Both of these players induce multiple ejections a game which allows our team’s 6x5 offense to flourish. Last year Rhodes was second on our team with 94 goals and first on the team with an amazing 107 steals. Reilly last rear had an impressive 79 goals and 29 ejections drawn. Both players are on track this year to surpass last year’s totals and are looking to lead Westview to its first CIF Division II title!

Perspective Volleyball Coach Nancy Ros “Maddi Rasmus has been a standout for our team thus far this season. She leads the team in kills as our starting right side hitter and is 2nd in blocking. She is a team captain and was honored last year to the All Valley League team. Last year she also received All Tournament Honors at the Varsity Fall Classic.”

n Do you want to play in college? Yes, I would love to play in college. Specifically for UC Davis or University of Pacific n Other favorite sport? Gymnastics n Favorite spot to vacation? Although I’ve never actually been to Greece, I feel like that would be my favorite place to vacation. n Career after sports? I want to major in Nutrition and Athletic Training. I love to exercise and eat healthy.

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n Greatest sports memory? Beating Rancho Bernardo in the last few minutes of overtime in 2008

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n Favorite local restaurant and what do you order? Oggi’s Pizza – Extra cheese and pepperoni

PHOTO: aaron jaffe

n Greatest sports memory? My greatest sports memory was the first time I beat a really good player in a tournament. It was the first time I had faith that my game was good enough to win, and after I pulled it out, it game me so much confidence n What career do you want to pursue after sports? I want to be a doctor n If you could start high school over what would you do differently? I would start over by focusing more on my academics and less on my social life

SPOTLIGHT ON Alex Godina Sport Field Hockey Height 5'3" Grade 10 GPA 4.0

coacH’s Perspective Head Tennis Coach Brandon Sieh

n Greatest sports memory? My greatest memory was when I made it into the Futures program. It’s a Junior Olympic training program that helped a lot with tricks and skills

“Kylie went undefeated in singles last year playing #1 Singles. She also currently plays #1 singles and to date has lost only 4 matches on the season. She is the captain and the hardest working player on the team. She is the tallest player I have ever coached nearing 6 feet tall. She plays competitive tournaments with her dad when she is not playing for Del Norte. She is a great student and influence on our team.”

n Do you want to play in college? Yes, UC Davis n Other favorite sports? Lacrosse and Softball n Favorite spot to vacation? Cabo n Career after sports? Civil Engineering n What’s the best aspect of your sport? The team, we are like a family. They keep my spirits up when I’m down. They are supportive and we have fun all the time

coacH’s Perspective Field Hockey Coach Meghan McMurtry “Alex has started all our games this season and has recorded three goals and one assist. She scored two game-winning goals at the Otay Ranch Invitational Tournament, once against Eastlake in the 1-0 victory and once against Valhalla in the 1-0 victory. These victories propelled the Nighthawks to the playoff weekend of the tournament. Alex also scored a stroke in double overtime to defeat Granite Hills 2-1 in a nonleague match-up.”

SPOTLIGHT ON Lexi Reddick Sport Volleyball Height 6'1" Grade 10 GPA 3.6

Lexi is averaging over 15 kills per match, including 30 kills in her first-ever varsity match (a win over Ramona).  

n Greatest sports memory? Defeating Rancho Bernardo n Do you want to play in college? Yes, University of Texas or Arizona State n Other favorite sports? Basketball n Favorite spot to vacation? Anywhere that has a beach n Career after sports? When I am done with volleyball, I would like to pursue being a physical education teacher.

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n If you could start high school over what would you do differently? I would be just as committed to basketball as I am to volleyball

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n What’s the best aspect of your sport? The feeling you get when you get a good kill


Sport Girls Tennis, #1 SINGLES Height 5'11" Grade 10 GPA 3.4


rancho bernardo broncos Geoff’s Track Personal Records: 800m – 1:59

SPOTLIGHT on Madi Mendiola Sport Golf Height 5' Grade 12 GPA 4.06

n Favorite local restaurant and what do you order?

1600m – 4:18

Surati Farsan Mart in Mira Mesa. I love spicy food!

3200m – 9:27

n Greatest sports memory? Making state as a sophomore n If you got $1000 right now what would you do with it? I would donate it to The First Tee of San Diego.

COACH’S PERSPECTIVE Coach Tim Steigerwald

Sport Cross Country/ Track & Field Height 5’9” Weight 123 Grade 12 GPA 2.6 (“my freshman year wasn’t so hot”)

n Favorite local restaurant and

what do you order? Los Primos, and the Monster California Burrito. I could live on those!

n Do you want to run in college? Yes I plan to run in college next year; as to which college, that is undecided. n If you got $1000 right now what would you do with it?Buy an iphone. Iphones are really cool, and I got my phone at Rite Aid for like ten bucks, or something crazy cheap like that. Needless to say I want a new phone n Career after sports? Probably something to do with advertising, I don’t really know why. It just seems cool, and I feel like I could be good at promoting things n If you could start high school over what would you do different? I would take my freshman year more seriously, I also never would have played soccer, I hate soccer now.

coach’s persepctive Coach Terry Dockery “Geoff is an athlete who has made tremendous progress in the last year-and-a-half because he was willing to listen to and take advice from his coaches. He is willing to work as hard as necessary to reach the goals he has set for himself. He is very enthusiastic in his approach which can’t help but be contagious among the team. The team is doing very well and it is in large part due to Geoff’s contributions, not only as a runner, but as a leader.”

“On the skill side, Madi has been the team leader in every meaningful statistical category for the past three years. Recently, she was invited to play in the Champions First Tee Open at Pebble Beach where she finished in 14th place with playing partner Scott Simpson. Also this season she travelled to Australia while representing the United States playing against the Australians.”

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SPOTLIGHT ON Melinda Chu Sport Girls Tennis, #1 singles and occasionally placed in doubles Height 5'6" Grade 12th GPA 3.6

Melinda’s achievements on the tennis court: 1st Team All-League, 2nd Team All-CIF, Athlete of the Week (North County Times), Scholar Athlete, 2009 team MVP, Captain (junior & senior years), All-Academic. She was a key component to the team reaching the CIF Finals in 2007 and 2008. Melinda also reached the CIF doubles quarterfinals the past two seasons.

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SPOTLIGHT on Geoffrey Bogan

“Madi is simply a special person. Ask her about Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones, or any important historical fact about the game of golf, and she can speak to it. EVERY drive, iron shot, pitch, chip, or putt over the past 4 years has been the most important shot to Madi. Her respect for the game – both the difficulty and the integrity of it – has made Madi require of herself that she ALWAYS gives maximum effort and dedication. Speaking of integrity, I’m aware of several occasions when Madi called penalties on herself even though it would be impossible for anyone to have known she made an infraction.

n Favorite local restaurant and what do you order? Any Thai restaurant. I order Yellow Curry or Pad Thai. Always ordered with Thai Iced Tea. n Greatest sports memory? Tied 9-9 against Poway and winning in a tie-breaker by a few games to win the League Championship in 2008. n Do you want to play in college? Yes, planning to go to Marist College in New York next fall. n Other favorite sport? Track n Favorite spot to vacation? Cancun. I would love to go to Europe. n If you got $1000 right now what would you do with it? Road trip with friends, and use some for shopping of course. VO l . 2 No. 2





21st consecutive CIF Division I title, the Torrey Pines High School girl’s tennis team has been unstoppable, and there’s no end in sight. Anchored by team captains Karen Forman and Tory Parravi, the Falcons expect nothing less than to dominate once again this season. “Our plan is to do what we’ve always done, and focus on the match at hand,” Karen said. Seniors Karen and Tory are both nationally ranked by the USTA, and are 36th and 14th respectively in Southern California. After being sought out by several schools, Karen has committed to Wake Forest, and Tory is still undecided between Loyola Marymount University and UC Irvine. With plenty of experience under their belts, the girls are well prepared to lead their team and defend their upcoming CIF title. “We have a bunch of great players on our team, and we have good team bonding going on. We all just want to for


help each other win, and everyone puts in their own effort,” Tory said. When asked for the secret to the team’s success, Karen got down to the crux of the issue. “It would have to be the cookies and the junk food at the matches,” Karen said. Both girls also credited a lot of their success to their coach, Anne Meigs. “She’s great and laid back, but she also knows when it’s time to focus,” Karen said. Tory added, “She knows when to talk to you, what to do, and when not to talk to you. If you’re down, she knows exactly what to say and she’ll turn you around,” said Tory. In practice, Meigs takes a counter-intuitive approach to coaching. “She’s not aggressive and she gets along with everyone,” Tory says. Tory is especially eager to help defend the upcoming CIF title. She was out for the majority of last season after having a 20-pound cyst removed from her midsection. Despite the surgery, Tory came back to help her team capture

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With 20 Consecutive CIF Championships, the Falcons are in a League of Their Own By Elizabeth Marks 38 SPOTLIGHT SPORT S

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Torrey Pines senior Karen Foreman, above, is ranked 36th in Southern California and has committed to Wake Forest. Tory Parravi, right, is ranked 14th, and has offers from Loyola Marymount and UC Irvine.

their 20th CIF title, and she is looking forward to doing it again as a captain. Both Karen and Tory assume leadership roles for the Falcons and take their responsibilities seriously. “I try to keep everyone motivated,” Karen said. “Much of the team’s success can be attributed to the fact that we all are really supportive of one another and we get along really well.” Tory wants to be sure to reach out and make the underclassmen feel welcome. “I remember when I was a freshman,” she said. “It was really tough, so I want to remember what the captains did when I was new, and help guide my teammates.” In order to keep the tennis team dominant, Tory leaves her teammates with a few last words of wisdom. “Continue doing what you’re doing, and have that team spirit. Always believe that you can keep winning, and it’ll happen.”

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poway titans SPOTLIGHT ON Laina Matsuda Sport Tennis Position #1 Singles Height 5 feet Weight 92 lbs. Grade 12 GPA 3.1

Good things come in small packages. Although just 5 feet and 92 pounds, the reigning CIF Doubles Champion is a heavyweight on the tennis court. As a junior, Laina was named Firstteam All-CIF, First-team All-Palomar League, Palomar League Team Champions, and received the Pursuing Victory with Honor Award. As a sophomore, Laina was Second-team All-CIF.

n Favorite local restaurant? I love eating at Capri Blu. I order beef carpaccio and rigatoni with meat sauce. n Greatest sports memory? Winning CIF championship with Kaley Schultz last year. n Do you want to play in college? Definitely. I’m still looking at a lot of colleges, but I want to stay in California. n Other favorite sports? Basketball. I’m a huge Lakers fan. I also really enjoy surfing. n If you got $1000 right now what would you do with it? I would buy a mixing board so that I could edit my piano and guitar recordings easier!

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n Career after sports? I’m going into college with

my major undeclared, and I am not sure what field I want to pursue, but I’m not the type of person who can sit inside and work in a cubicle all day!

2009 Track: Team MVP girl’s shot-put, 1st team AllLeague, League Champ shot-put 2010 Track: Team MVP girl’s shot-put, 1st team All-CIF, CIF Champ shot-put, PHS shot-put record

Sport Field Hockey Height 5'6" Grade 12 GPA 3.3

n Favorite local restaurant? Sushihana in

Penasquitos. I love their California rolls.

2010 Volleyball: Fall Classic MVP, co-captain POWAY TITANS

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n Favorite local restaurant? Chipotle. I love the Barbacoa Burrito. n Greatest sports memory? Beating RBV last year at home to take co-champion for league. There were tons of fans and they went crazy. It was awesome. n Favorite spot to vacation? Australia. I went two summers ago and loved it.

memory?After a five-year losing streak against our rival LCC, my varsity team beat them in our 2009 season.

n Other favorite sports? love to throw shot put If you got $1000 right now what would you do with it? I have always said that if I had a bunch of excess money I would buy 10 rectangular trampolines, line them end to end on a slight hill and jump the whole length.

n Do you want to play in college? I just accepted an offer to play Lacrosse for the Linwood Lions, a Div II school in St. Charles, MO.

n Career after sports? Possibly teach, 1st graders I think

n Favorite spot to vacation? I haven’t

been yet but I am sure anywhere in Europe would be my favorite.

n If you got $1000 right now what would you do with it? Buy two plane Tickets to Florida for me and a friend. We would celebrate the end of our senior year by going to the Harry Potter Theme Park.


Sport Volleyball Height 5'8" Grade 12 GPA 3.2 achievements 2009 Volleyball: Team MVP, 1st team All-League, 2nd team All-CIF

SPOTLIGHT on Danielle Budde achievements 2009 All-League Honorable (Lacrosse and Field Hockey); All-Academic 2009 (Lacrosse and Field Hockey); 2009 Coach Award – Field Hockey; 2010 Field Hockey Varsity team captain

SPOTLIGHT ON Mariah Counts

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SPOTLIGHT on Shyan Vaziri Sport Cross Country Height 5'8" Weight 125 Grade 12 GPA 3.33 achievements Varsity XC all 4 years; Capitan of both cross country and track team; President of Scripps Ranch High School Varsity Club; Received Scripps Ranch High School Falcon Pride Award for exploratory ambassador for sport & youth in 2009

n Do you want to play in college? Yes, I plan to run track next year at either a Division I or II school n Other favorite sport? Martial arts, football, and surfing n Favorite spot to vacation? Paradise Island, Bahamas n Career after sports? I’d like to be in research and possibly pursue a career in the medical field n If you could start high school over what would you do different? I would improve my grades.

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SPOTLIGHT ON Olivia Krivanek Sport Golf Height 5'7" Grade 12 GPA 3.79

n Do you want to play in college? Yes. I am interested in Indiana, Oregon and the University of Denver. n Favorite spot to vacation? Anywhere... but Sevilla and St. Barts have been my favorites

spotlight on Sarah Meister

n If you could start high school over what would you

do different? Take Spanish and French

Olivia has been playing golf for 8 years and has come to love and appreciate the game. She has been recognized as a Student Athlete as well as team captain. Other interests of hers include piano, which she’s been playing for 11 years, and girl scouts where she is currently working on her Gold Award. Her passions are golf, traveling, and languages. Olivia is looking forward to going to college and playing golf there while continuing her studies of languages and international relations.

Sport Volleyball Height 5'9" GPA 3.96

n Favorite local restaurant? Watami Sushi, Yummy Roll and Miso soup SCRIPPS RANCH Falcons 10410 Treena Street San Diego, CA 92131 858-621-9020

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SPOTLIGHTon Jake Fish Sport Football Position QB Height 6'1" Weight 195 Grade 12 GPA 4.5 ACHIEVMENTS Football captain senior year; Lacrosse captain junior and senior years; scholar athlete for both sports junior year; 2nd team AllLeague for lacrosse junior year

Coach Joe Meyer says,“Jake is a leader both on and off the field. He is a guy that we can count on at practice and to lead by example around campus.”

n Favorite local restaurant? Chez Nous, spicy chicken sandwich photo: danny heilprin

Grade 12

n Greatest sports memory? Beating Lincoln last year after losing to them in the regular season n Do you want to play in college? Yes I want to play at Stanford, Harvard, Princeton or UCLA if possible n Career after sports? Undecided but possibly an architect

n Greatest sports memory? Making it to the 2010 Junior Nationals with my 17-1 club volleyball team and competing at the highest level I have ever experienced n If you got $1000 right now what would you do with it? Use it to buy airline tickets to visit my 87 year-old grandma and take my friends to front row seats at a Taylor Swift concert Sarah is one of the most well-rounded athletes we’ve seen combining athleticism with academics with a ton of community service for good measure. During her tenure at SRHS she played Softball, Soccer and Volleyball on the varsity level with volleyball as her main passion. As captain of the volleyball team she has experienced a 1st and 2nd place finish in CIF competition. Sarah will be attending U of Missouri next fall where she hopes to capitalize on her passion for broadcast journalism. Sarah has been a National Honor Society recipient. When she isn’t hanging out with friends or traveling with her family she is heavily involved in her community at the San Diego Food Bank, Women’s Shelter, Meals on Wheels and other organizations. VO l . 2 No. 2




How do I know when or if it’s ok to play through pain or soreness?


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If you experience delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) that appears about 24-48 hours after a hard practice or game, this is part of the muscle-building process. You may temporarily experience stiffness, reduced range of motion and some loss of muscle strength. However these symptoms should subside in about 2-3 days as your muscles repair themselves and become stronger. Continue to practice as much as your body will allow. But be aware that altered movement patterns put you at increased risk of injury. Stretching, massage and antiinflammatory drugs may help. It’s important to stay hydrated as this will also help your muscles recover and prevent cramping. If muscle soreness is severe and limiting your ability to play or it is not getting better, then it could be more serious and should be evaluated. Bottom line: If you’re not sure whether or not you should play ask your athletic trainer or team physician. A bad injury can take even longer to heal if you play on it too soon.

Q. What ingredients or benefits should I be looking for in a sports drink? Sports drinks contain three critical components: • Water (to help replenish fluid lost in sweat), • Carbohydrates (to give your muscles a continuous source of extra energy) • Electrolytes such as sodium, chloride and potassium (can be lost in sweat and affect fluid balance in the body). There are many different sports drinks available with a slightly different balance of these elements. Most sports drinks are formulated with an optimal amount of carbohydrate for absorption during exercise: 6-8% carbohydrate. When the concentration is higher, carbohydrate doesn’t get into the bloodstream as fast. When you’re competing or training, you need energy now! If you’re performing moderate exercise for just 30-60 minutes, water is fine. However, if you’re exercising for longer periods or participating in a weekend tournament, or exercising in the heat or at high intensities, choose a sports drink. A sports drink will help prevent the loss of energy and performance that comes with dehydration or depleting your blood glucose/muscle glycogen stores. Don’t make the mistake of using an energy drink or recovery drink in place of a sports drink. They’re formulated very differently. Energy drinks definitely don’t provide adequate fluid for hydration and are loaded with caffeine and other stimulants. Although there is some evidence that small amounts of caffeine may play a role in improved performance, it’s easy to ingest too much through an energy drink and experience detrimental effects. Recovery drinks contain protein for muscle recovery and a higher percentage of carbohydrate than sports drinks. These carbs are absorbed well by the body at rest, but not during exercise. Read the label of the sports drink you choose and make sure it doesn’t contain extra ingredients that may be harmful to your body. Remember that you just need basic electrolytes and carbohydrates for a sports drink to do its job. Other herbals or supplements are generally not needed and can have side effects.

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ometimes it’s hard to tell when to play with pain/injury and when to stop and rest. However, there are some general rules to follow. Stop exercise and be evaluated by a sports medicine physician if you experience: • Swelling • Limping • A change in the shape or contour of a joint. • You can’t move the limb (arm, leg, knee, etc) • Instability in your knee or ankle (feels like it’s going to give way) Occasional aches and pains are common in sports, especially in contact sports such as football. Bruises and scrapes can improve fairly quickly with a short break and icing. If you are bleeding, the bleeding needs to be stopped and covered before you can go back in and play. If you have a headache after a head injury, this is serious and you need to step out of the game and get examined.

Q. I play soccer and my friend plays basketball.We’ve heard that girls have higher rates of knee injuries in these sports and we want to make sure we don’t end up on the bench. Any suggestions? You’re right. Girls do seem to suffer from more knee injuries, particularly ACL tears, while playing basketball and soccer. There are many theories about this, and there’s good news. Research has shown that incorporating specific exercises into your training can significantly reduce these injuries. Specific exercises help to promote functional strength in the muscles around the knee and hip. You can learn to develop protective movement patterns that allow you to activate your muscles properly to keep your knees in optimal alignment. The PEP program (Prevent Injury, Enhance Performance), developed by a research team in southern California, involves a 15-20 minute soccer warm-up program and can be found at Sportsmetrics Basketball and Soccer Injury Prevention/Training DVDs are available from the team at Cincinnati Sportsmedicine and Research Foundation at Your coach or athletic trainer may be familiar with some of these programs and can incorporate a mix of exercises into your preseason conditioning program. When out on the court/field, always jump, land and cut with your knees directly over your feet. Do NOT let your knees collapse inward. Land softly on the balls of your feet with your knees slightly bent. Practice technique drills with good knee alignment until the movement patterns are second nature and you don’t have to think about it. Focus first on proper technique, not reps or speed. “We believe that, with a little effort on perfecting your technique in jumping and landing, you can reduce your chances of a bad knee injury and be able to stay fit and active,” says Dr. Natalie Voskanian with the UC San Diego Medical Center Women’s Sports Medicine program. VO l . 2 No. 2





mt. carmel sundevils SPOTLIGHT ON Matthew Rochelle Sport Football Position QB, DB Height 5'10" Grade 12 GPA 3.7

Two-year varsity starter Matt Rochelle is having a standout season running Mt Carmel’s triple option offense. In a game against Poway earlier in the season he rushed for 220 yards and four touchdowns. In 2009, he was named All Academic and Mr. Sun Devil.

n Favorite local restaurant and what do you order? Islands. I order there cheesy fries with bacon and scallions n Greatest sports memory? Playing in the game last year against WestView where Ken James broke the CIF rushing record (424 yards) n Do you want to play in college? Yes, SDSU, Hawaii, or ASU n Other favorite sport? Basketball Favorite spot to vacation? Cancun, Mexico

n If you got $1000 right now what would you do with it? Put it in my bank account for college


n Career after sports? Something to do with

Sports Medicine or Business

What inspires or motivates you? My family, and

SPOTLIGHT ON Bella Genkina              Sport Tennis Position #1 Singles Height 5'9" Grade 12 GPA 3.5

Bella led the Sun Devil’s to three consecutive Division II CIF championships, the first of which was Mt. Carmel’s first CIF victory in 33 years. She was named 1st team All-CIF and 1st Team All-League. The past three seasons she reached the doubles semifinals where she lost to the eventual winners. Bella has also won the doubles for Valley league the last two seasons. Her high school tennis career also includes the Athlete of the Week for the Union Tribune and team MVP.

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n Favorite local restaurant? IN n OUT! n Do you want to play in college? Which college? Yes, still deciding. n Greatest sports memory? Looking back, probably playing doubles with Sharon in CIF’s my freshman year. n If you got $1000 right now what would you do with

it? Go to every concert this month.

n What’s the best aspect of your sport? Learning to be mentally tough n What’s the strongest part of your game? My versatility and ability to change spins, speed and depth


n What are your goals this season? Win CIF Division II as a team for the fourth consecutive year!

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n If you could start high school over what would you do different? Join more sports and clubs



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Sophomore Year (‘08-’09) Most Improved Varsity Cross Country Runner Award; Most Improved Varsity Track Runner Award; ran at cif State Championships Junior Year (‘09’10) 1st team Valley League; All Academic Union Tribune; ran at cif State Championships Senior Year (‘10) Varsity Cross Country Captain

SPOTLIGHT ON Brandon Latifi Sport Cross Country / Team Captain Height 5'10" Weight 120 Grade 12 GPA 3.9

n Greatest sports memory? It was when our team won CIF Division II my sophomore year and the team gave me the plague and lifted me up in the air. n Do you want to play in college? Yes I would love to continue to run in college and my first choice is UCLA n Other favorite sport? Track and Field n Favorite spot to vacation? Anywhere in Hawaii n Career after sports? I would like to work in the biotech industry doing research n If you could start high school over what would you do different? I would join Key Club my freshman year because I enjoy the volunteer work we do for our community.

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