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Youth Movement

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7 College Spotlight SDSU and former RBV soccer player, Soledad Gomez 15 Five

Nutritional Habits of Highly Successful Student Athletes by Alex Hoffmann, Activ8 Athleticism

The College Decision: Finding that “Perfect Fit” by Anthony V. Ybarra, Veritas 16

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Coach’s Spotlight: RBV’s Paul Gomes by Brad Hollingsworth

Above and Cover: Oceanside’s Christina Settles and Carlsbad’s Hannah Keogh both sophomores are part of the youth movement of talent on local varsity teams. Photos by Deb Hellman

Athlete Spotlights

22 Wrestling Cameron Chavez, Cathedral Catholic


9 Volleyball Caterina Rosander, Canyon Crest 10 Basketball Morgan Matteson, Vista 14 Volleyball Lauren Miller, Cathedral Catholic 16 Soccer Hannah Keogh, Carlsbad 19 Football Jake Bailey, Santa Fe Christian by Jeffrey Miles


20 Soccer Christina Settles, Oceanside by Brad Hollingsworth


23 Cross-Country/Track Bryn Rohner, RBV

Departments 5 The Heart of a Champion by Donnie Dee Playing with Confidence! 11 Ask the Jock Doc Recovery time on ankle sprains and considering minimalist shoes by the sports medicine experts at UC San Diego Health System - Sports Medicine

The Heart of a Champion

Playing With Confidence!


ALENT + HARD WORK + COACHING + CONFIDENCE * opportunity to compete at a high level.

Every athlete has God-given talent. Obviously, some athletes have more talent than others. If you add to talent the ingredients of hard work and coaching, then skill is developed. A skilled athlete who plays with confidence can do great things in competition. We have seen the results of playing with confidence from athletes like Aaron Rodgers, Kobe Bryant and Justin Verlander. They want the opportunity to compete when the game is on the line, and there seems to be no fear of losing or making a mistake. So, what is confidence? Webster’s Dictionary defines confidence as, “a state of mind in which one is free from doubt.” There is no room for doubt when you are competing for the victory. It is at this moment that an athlete needs to be confident in his or her ability, teammates and coaching. Imagine wanting the ball when the game hangs in the balance. Confidence is developed over time and requires the right environment to grow in the heart and mind of the athlete. Here are three ways to develop confidence: • Hard work—Are you working hard at sharpening your skill? Someone is the hardest worker at

practice, is it you? Confidence is developed when an athlete first puts forth the effort in practice. Jack Nicklaus, one of the greatest professional golfers of all time, says, “Confidence is the most important single factor and no matter how great your natural talent, there is only one way to obtain it and sustain it: work at it.” • Encouragement—With all the ups and downs of a season, athletes need to be surrounded by those who believe in them. They need constant encouragement from their coaches and their parents to develop a confident mindset. • The right motivation—There is only one primary reason to play sports; to see how good you can be with the ability God has given you. The championships, the stats, the college scholarships are the result of playing well for the right reasons. The Bible says, as “each one has received a special gift, use it as good stewards of the grace of God” (1 Peter 4:10). Then there are ways to destroy confidence: • People pleasing – If an athlete is more concerned about playing well to please his or her parents or even the coach, then he or she will miss the freedom to compete with confidence. Be pleased with yourself! Be pleased with the character, effort and intelligence in which you play the game. • Afraid of losing or making a mistake – Every athlete loses and every athlete makes mistakes. Learn to deal with this reality. It’s what you learn from those situations and how you respond that matters most.

Donnie Dee has been with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for 19 years and now serves as FCA’s Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer at the Home Office in Kansas City, Mo. As a Kansas City native, Dee played football and basketball for Oak Park High School and was a four-year letterman in football at the University of Tulsa. He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts and played in the NFL for two years. Today, Dee directs the daily ministry of FCA’s Home Office, which serves more than 400 local and regional offices that annually impact more than two million people across the country.

As you prepare for your next competition I want to encourage you to thank God for the gift He has given you as an athlete. Then I want you to work hard, listen to your coaches and compete with confidence to show you are ready for the opportunity.


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Soledad Gomez San Diego State University



>> COLLEGE SPOTLIGHT soccer star Soledad Gomez, now a junior forward for the Aztecs, was a four-year varsity letter winner at RBV, and as a senior in 2010 helped the Longhorns defeat top-seeded Torrey Pines to advance to the CIF final. This year, Soledad helped the Aztecs win the Mountain West Conference Championship, earn the number two seed in the NCAA tournament, and advance to the Sweet 16 for just the second time in program history.

As a key contributor to the San Diego State women’s soccer team’s 21-2-1 record in 2012, and No. 7 finish in the final National Soccer Coaches Association of America rankings, we thought you would find it fascinating to read about what it was like for Soledad to play youth soccer in the North County and her thoughtful perspective on what it took to get to the level of success she currently enjoys.

Why did you choose to play soccer at SDSU? The soccer program is all about family and academics; it was also close to home. When choosing to come to SDSU, I felt I contributed to the team while in other programs I felt l was just going to be another uniform, and for that reason my choice was very clear. What was the recruiting process like? I was new to the recruiting process because my family didn’t know much about colleges and soccer thus I relied on my friends’ families and one coach in specific who guided me through it all. I was a little late in visiting SDSU and meeting the coaches, but once I met them and saw the beautiful campus, I was astonished and had to make a decision soon. At what point did you realize you had the talent to play for a major college program? It was always a dream of mine to play in college and I tried to prepare myself to go as far as I could with soccer. When I was a freshman in high school I knew I wanted to continue to play soccer until I could no more. What was your club experience like when you were younger? Because my family didn’t have much money, I had to work hard to get into clubs and play soccer. Because I worked hard, parents and club directors would help me out. Many things I did, I did alone but it was all worth it. Why were you and the team so successful this season? The reason we were so successful this year was because the team came together more

than any year I have been here. We all wanted the same thing and that was to go as far as we could while believing ourselves. We began to be a family that wanted the same thing and wanted to give it all we could in every game we played. What individual skills or team development helped you prepare to play at the D1 level? Many times I would go out and kick the ball at a wall for hours and juggle for hours just for fun. I practiced with clubs even after I wasn’t part of them anymore. I love the game and enjoy just dribbling and shooting for fun. I practice a lot on my own for self-fulfillment. Playing at a higher club level also helped, having support and encouragement from friends and their families definitely helped make the decision to play at my highest potential. I didn’t want to settle for D2 I wanted and still want to be challenged thus had to play for a D1. What is your fondest athletic memory of high school? My senor night, having all my friends and all the families there, supporting my fellow seniors and me was a great experience. I felt the love from the fans that wanted to see me grow up and move towards the next step. If you could meet one person, either living or dead, who would you want to meet and why? Messi, I admire his passion for the game. Reading his story helped me relate, he is shorter than many players and out showed those who didn’t believe in him. His dribbling skill is remarkable. I would want to meet him to find out more about his struggles and how he came to be. What workout or exercise routine is your favorite/least favorite? I love to do weights; there are far too many routines but usually squats and pushup/ pull-ups. I’m not a fan of continuous sprints. How old were you when you first started playing your sport and what was the reason you started? I began playing soccer when I was ten. I’m the only one in my family who plays sports and one day my brother in law told me to put a shirt and shorts on. I didn’t know what was going on, but once I got to a field he told me I was going to play soccer with a team and see if I wanted to continue playing. In the last year, what have you done that you are most proud of? My perspective on life and how soccer







has taught me so much about growing up and maturing. Fighting through adversity both in my personal life and in soccer. What is your major? Criminal Justice, I have always been a fan of justice. Many people deserve justice and are unseen because they don’t have the means to get help or have a voice; therefore I would love to help those who can’t help themselves by bringing justice to them. What are your plans after your sports career is over? I’m going to tryout for the Mexican national team and see where that takes me and if not I would love to travel to a different country and explore other cultures and see other perspective from different worlds. Greatest sports memory? First time actually playing for a team and stepping on the field as I watch the fans reaction to my ability to actually play. Superstition? Never step on the Aztecs logo because, not stepping on it shows respect for our program and team. Favorite pro team? Barcelona

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Canyon Crest’s middle blocker, Caterina Rosander at the net during a Fall 2012 game.

HE 6.’4’’MIDDLE BLOCKER led Canyon Crest Academy this year to the CIF Division II finals, before falling in a close match to La Costa Canyon 3-2, and advanced to the second round of the CIF State championship. Caterina will take her vast volleyball skills to Northeastern University where she recently committed with a full-ride scholarship. Her career at CCA comes to a close after several stellar seasons both at the high school and club level with the Coast Volleyball program. Her many achievements include being named All-league, All-CIF, and to multiple all-tournament teams. “I really do hope more girls become aware of the opportunity sports can bring them. Volleyball has brought me a sense of belonging and I’ll always have a community because of it,” said Caterina.

What individual skills or team development help you? After playing International teams in Europe this past summer, I really grew as a player on and off the court. I learned a lot about interacting with different cultures, media, as well as my team. During the end of my high school season our team was very successful due to our determination and concentration on the opponents’ tendencies.

What is your fondest athletic memory of high school so far? Sam Cash, captain my Sophomore year, taught me something I will never forget, positive reinforcement and how one must say “I’ll get that next time” instead of saying “my bad” or “I’m sorry” in order to be a successful athlete. What would you like to be remembered for at your school 10 years from now? That no matter what, if you are determined and follow that determination with hard work and dedication, you can accomplish your dreams. If you could meet one person, who would you want to meet? FDR because he was just one man and managed to be so influential that he changed the U.S for generations. I also would really like to know where he derived his inspiration to spark the New Deal. What is the one material object in your life that you could absolutely not live without? My Phone with Internet access. What workout or exercise routine is your favorite/least favorite? My favorite is definitely planks and least would have to be long-distance running. What is the most difficult and most enjoyable class you have had? Most difficult was AP Statistics and the most enjoyable was Chemistry partly because the teacher was a huge Redskins fan. How old were you when you first started playing your sport and what was the reason you started? 12, I was so tall that my mom insisted I play volleyball; good thing too! I couldn’t imagine not playing volleyball, it’s my passion. In the last year, what have you done that you are most proud of? Doing something every day to build my physical as well as my mental skills, so that I would be prepared to be an asset to any team in college. Favorite local restaurant and what do you order? Board & Brew– Turkado Sub What are you looking forward to the most about graduating? COLLEGE!!! Future career? International something or another, possibly a Foreign Service officer What do you miss most about being a little kid? Being able to play in the mud Which professional athlete would you like to be compared to? Kerry Walsh – Friendly, Driven, Successful.

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Morgan Matteson


AL STATE SAN MARCOS bound senior forward Morgan Matteson holds the Vista school record of seven 3-point field goals in a game, is currently sixth career all-time with 115 3-point field goals made, and will finish her career at either number one or two in that category. She is fourth in school history for blocked shots at 169, second all time for blocked shots in a game with 12, which is also in the top ten in CIF history. Morgan was also the Avocado East League Long Jump Champion and CIF finalist in 2012. “Morgan has developed into a fantastic leader and role model for our school and youth leagues. She has a great sense of humor, gets along with her peers and has a very strong work ethic. She serves our community extremely well volunteering at the City Park ‘n’ Rec tryouts, helps run a youth basketball clinic, serves volunteer hours at the Boys & Girls Club and has volunteered at Brother Benno’s soup kitchen,” said head coach Pat Moramarco.

What individual skills or team development have helped you this year? This pre-season really got me ready mentally and physically with all of the different workouts I did. What is your fondest athletic memory of high school so far? It’s a tie between hitting the winning 3-point shot against Oceanside or winning league for Long Jump. What would you like to be remembered for at your school 10 years from now? I would like to be remembered for setting the highest 3-pointers scored in a game and/or season. What is the one material object in your life that you could absolutely not live without? My IPod What workout or exercise routine is your favorite/least favorite? Working out with the boys’ basketball coach, Charlie Mercado, would be my favorite and least favorite because he really pushes me beyond my limits. What is the most difficult and most enjoyable class you have had? My most difficult class by far is AP Calculus with Mr. Davis. He is the best teacher ever but math is definitely my weakness. How old were you when you first started playing your sport and did you play other sports? I was 5 years old when I first started playing basketball. But growing up I also played sand volleyball and I just recently started doing track and field. In the last year, what have you done that you are most proud of? Volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club of Carlsbad all summer. Future career? Law Enforcement/ Criminal Justice


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HEIGHT 5'10" GRADE 12 GPA 3.44 Which professional athlete would you like to be compared to? Kobe Bryant because he is an incredible basketball player. Favorite local restaurant and what do you order? The Love Boat, Playboy rolls are the best Favorite food? California Burrito Ultimate dream car? 1969 Camaro Favorite cartoon as a youngster? The Rug Rats Favorite Movie? 21 Jump Street Favorite actor? Channing Tatum Favorite sportscaster? Charles Barkley

Any advice for younger athletes? Always work your hardest and never give attitude to any coach.

Favorite place to shop? Pacsun

Greatest sports memory? When the Lakers beat the Celtics for the NBA Championship in 2010.

Nickname? Mo

What’s the best thing about your sport? I love the intensity and how fast a game can change. What do you miss most about being a little kid? How simple life was.

Favorite pro team? LA Lakers

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• performing daily stretches • strengthening the muscles around the ankle • warming-up prior to activities • wearing shoes that fit properly.

Q. Everybody seems to be running in minimalist shoes these days. I’d like to try them out. Is there anything I should know before I buy a pair? A. Minimalist shoes are meant to simulate “going barefoot” while providing a protective wrap around the foot. Research is inconclusive regarding whether minimalist shoes have an effect (either way) on injury risk or running performance. Some data suggest that barefoot running shortens stride length and promotes a more natural forefoot/ midfoot strike. This may reduce vertical impact forces, minimize abnormal torque at the knee, hip, and foot, and improve running economy. However, many athletes who switch to minimalist shoes limp into their doctor’s office because a new type of foot strike changes gait biomechanics and alters the loading pattern on the body. Some people transition to minimalist shoes too quickly and others need more support than that provided by minimalist shoes. If you want to know if barefoot running is a good idea for you and your feet, find a sports medicine specialist who can evaluate you and discuss your options.

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sprained your ankle…which occurs commonly in basketball because of the twisting, pivoting, quick changes of speed, and continual landing from jumps. A sprain occurs when a ligament, the elastic structure connecting two bones, is stretched or torn. “Inversion” sprains (where the foot turns inward) are the most common, injuring the ligaments on the outside of the ankle. Athletic Trainer and Physician Assistant at UCSD Sports Medicine, Suzanne Wahl cautions, “Not all ankle sprains are the same and some serious injuries, like ankle fractures, can look and feel like ankle sprains. It’s important to be evaluated by a healthcare professional, particularly if it’s too painful to walk or if the ankle feels unstable”. The best initial treatment for any ankle injury includes: • Limit the amount of weight put on your ankle when walking or standing. • Ice your ankle immediately after the injury and then for 20 minutes, 3-4 times a day. • Control swelling and provide support with an ace-wrap. • Elevate your foot above the level of the heart to decrease swelling. Ankle sprains can take 4 to 8 weeks to heal, but this varies depending on the severity of sprain. A physical therapist or certified athletic trainer can help you safely return to activity through a customized rehabilitation program, and make recommendations to your coach regarding return-to-play. Suzanne Wahl notes, “If you don’t allow for enough healing time by returning to activities too quickly, then you are at high risk of re-spraining your ankle in the future”. The best ways to avoid re-injury include: • allowing for a slow and full recovery



Lauren Miller


ENIOR SETTER Lauren Miller completed a stellar season helping the Dons capture both the CIF section championship and CIF state championship, while amassing 1060 assists and 210 digs. She was named Under Armour All- American (Honorable Mention), first-team AllCIF, California State Championship All-Tournament Team, California Challenge All-Tournament team, and the Fall Classic Tournament All-tournament team. Lauren will be taking her volleyball and academic skills to Princeton University, where she has verbally committed.

Why are you so successful this season? I played with a handful of these girls the past couple of years and we are all really close friends and great teammates. There was not one star on this team but a lot of great players. What individual skills or team development help you? I am a student of the game and have a calm demeanor. I keep my teammates relaxed during stressful times. What is your fondest athletic memory of high school so far? Winning the State Championship this year with my closest friends as seniors. What would you like to be remembered for at your school ten years from now? Four-year starter on a top tier team that played in four state championships (winning 3). Favorite local restaurant and what do you order? Tony Jacal’s- Tortilla soup and carne asada taco.


If you could meet one person, either living or dead, who would you want to meet and why? Taylor Swift because she is not only an incredible singer but also a great role model.


What workout or exercise routine is your favorite/least favorite? Favorite workout is spin class. Least favorite is running stairs. What is the most difficult class the most enjoyable class you have had? Difficult- Spanish 3. Most enjoyablePhysics How old were you when you first started playing your sport and what was the reason you started? Eight years old.

I got hooked on volleyball when I was young because my dad always peppered with me on the beach. In the last year, what have you done that you are most proud of? Working extra hard to apply and to get into the college of my dreams, Princeton. Favorite place to shop? Bloomingdales. Top played song on your iPod right now? I Don’t Want This Night To End by Luke Bryan. Favorite cartoon as a youngster? Spongebob. Greatest sports memory? Winning State as a senior and beating the team that beat us when I was a sophomore. What is the best thing about your sport? The high speed of the game and the mental aspect as a setter. What do you miss most about being a little kid? Being able to eat anything I want. Which professional athlete would you like to be compared to? Misty MayTreanor because she is one of the best volleyball players despite her height. Any advise for younger athletes? It’s impossible to succeed without dedication and determination. Favorite food? Mexican Food.




Ultimate dream car? Range Rover.

Cathedral Catholic’s Lauren Miller sets the ball during a Fall 2012 game.


The Five Nutritional Habits of Highly Successful Student Athletes 4. Where are the carbs?

1. When did you last eat?

There is a need of some fat from animal foods, olive oil, mixed nuts, and flaxseeds/flaxseed oil or fish oil. Spread the consumption of these fats throughout the day, but make sure to add them in at each feeding. These fats are essential to hormonal balance and brain function.

If it’s been longer than 2-4 hours, it’s time to eat. Eating often throughout the day helps ensure the body is never lacking vital nutrients.

2. Where is the protein? Are you about to eat at least one serving (20-30 g) of complete protein at this meal? Ladies get one serving and gentlemen get two servings. Protein is the building block of muscle in our body and healthy protein sources can be found in lean red meat, poultry, fish, nuts, dairy, and eggs. Research and see how many grams of protein each of your favorite protein sources provide.

3. Where are the veggies? Are you about to eat at least two servings of vegetables at this meal? Our parents were right when they demanded we eat vegetables! Vegetables provide nutrients which aid in immune function as well as many other bodily functions. Skipping out on veggies is one of the worst things an athlete can do. Prepare them any way you like, but eat them with every meal or snack (One serving is ½-1 cup and your target is 5-10 cups per day).

A growing high school athlete needs carbohydrates at every meal. While carbs get a bad rap from the media, they are important nutrients to have as they are the fuel for the body and the brain. Aim for two servings of carbohydrates at breakfast and meals that are within 2 hours before or after exercise. Also, it is important to be getting your carbohydrates from healthy sources which include whole grain breads, pastas, brown rice, and sweet potatoes. Stay away from white breads, white pastas, and white rice. Determine what healthy carb you will choose with each meal. 5. Where are your fats coming from?

After looking at these habits I hope it’s clear to you that high school athletes should be eating a lot! Our bodies are meant to be fed and to be fed often. Making healthy choices at these feedings can be the difference between wins and losses, scholarship offers, and good health. Eat well!

Alex Hoffmann, CSCS is a Certified Sports Nutritionist and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist at Activ8 Athleticism. He has a in B.A. in exercise science/strength and conditioning from Central College (Pella, IA) where he played collegiate baseball and is currently finishing up his M.S. in kinesiology at California State University, Fullerton. For more information regarding nutrition and sports performance training, contact info@; facebook. com/Activ8Athleticism; 760-4761532; or

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ROPER NUTRITION for athletes at all levels can be a game changer. When it comes to high school athletes, proper nutrition becomes vital, not only for performance, but also for health, growth and development. Unfortunately, a high school athlete may not have access to the necessary, specific nutritional information needed to help improve performance. A busy high school athlete has needs that are very different from your average adult. If the goal is to maintain or gain muscle mass, below is a simple cheat sheet of five questions one can ask themselves before each meal. Remembering these questions daily will assist the high school athlete in developing the appropriate habits regarding food choices that will improve performance.






Hannah Keogh


S A FRSHMAN LAST YEAR, defender Hannah Keogh was a key reason the Lancers won their first CIF and league championship in the 57-year history of the school with a stifling defense that saw 15 of their wins coming from shutouts. Hannah is no stranger to winning. Her club team, DMCV Sharks Elite, won the Cal South National Cup and the Nike Manchester Premier Cup, which sent her to Sweden to represent the United States in the Gothia Cup.

What skills or team development help you the most? We have great coaches and all of the girls work well together which creates good chemistry on and off the field. What is your fondest athletic memory of high school so far? Winning CIF last year for the first time in school history. Favorite local restaurant and what do you order? Spiritos, pepperoni pizza What is the one material object in your life that you could absolutely not live without? My iPhone Where do you train and which exercises do you find most beneficial? I train at Activ8 Athleticism. I do Activ8 to help with my short distance speed and agility as well as to help prevent injury. I also do a lot of distance running outside of practice to keep me in game shape. I find running and keeping good core

strength to be most beneficial because soccer is played with the ball but if you can’t win the ball and keep it you won’t succeed. What is the most difficult class and most enjoyable class you have had? My most enjoyable class was PE with Mr. Feaster, the most difficult class I have had is English 2H with Mrs. Padilla. How old were you when you first started playing your sport and what was the reason you started? I was six and I started playing because my mom signed me up and then I ended up loving it. In the last year, what have you done that you are most proud of? I got through my freshman year with a 4.0 Greatest sports memory? Playing in Sweden in the Gothia Cup Future career? Architecture What’s the best thing about your sport? The physicality of it. What do you miss most about being a little kid? Napping Any advice for younger athletes? It’s not about how many times you fall; it’s about how many times you get back up. Favorite food? Strawberries Favorite place to shop? Urban Outfitters Favorite pro team? Manchester United Ultimate dream car? Black convertible Audi Favorite TV show and/or Movie? Crazy Stupid Love Favorite actor? Ryan Gosling Nickname? Stitches







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THE COLLEGE DECISION: Finding that “Perfect Fit”



S A FORMER COLLEGE ADMISSIONS OFFICER, the most important piece of advice I can give to an athlete or high school student starting the college planning process is to start as soon as possible. The optimum time to start the college planning process is the eighth grade, as that is when you choose your track of courses for high school. Depending on the types of colleges you could be applying to in the future, class selection and the level can be critical. Since there are many different types of colleges with varying degrees of criteria in what they look for in prospective students, it is important to start the college planning process early to find that “perfect fit” for your student or student-athlete. Often, I am amazed on how little thought or research goes into school selection. I hear parents comment that “whatever or wherever our son/ daughter wants to go is fine with us” or that in “trying to be supportive” they are letting their son/daughter handle everything. To me selecting a car is not much different and I doubt that most parents would let their children purchase a vehicle simply to be “supportive”. For the students, in most cases, this is the first time that they will have had the opportunity to select their future school, so they should take the proper steps to identify schools that fit them best. With my clients, the first step is to go through a laundry list of items that a student should consider during the college planning process. For example, school size, academic programs, school spirit/athletic teams, study abroad destinations, on-campus activi-


ties, etc. From these parameters, a semi-final list of schools should emerge and be composed of colleges that would be great fits for the student with or without their sport. Personally, I am a huge proponent of campus visits. There are some who subscribe to the thought of visiting schools after a student has been accepted. However, the problem with this is what happens if the student finds that he/she does not like most of the schools that they are accepted to? Don’t you think it would have been better for the student to apply to schools that they already know are going to be good fits for them? Many of my client’s remark on how different the schools they visited were in comparison to what they thought. On the flip side, they will also excitedly share how they stumbled onto a school that “they can see and feel themselves attending”. I think many would be surprised how often many of my clients change their minds on schools during this process. For me, this is a great thing, as it tells me that the student has given this process much more thought and that we are one step closer to finding a school that is a fit. In my opinion, I can not stress how important this step is in the college planning process. Having more options at the end of this process is what you want and if you know that all of those options from the beginning, then the chances of your student attending a school that is a “perfect fit” is a good one! Anthony V. Ybarra has come to be known as one of the nation’s leading college admissions consultants and was called the “Admissions Secret Weapon” by Fox Television. Mr. Ybarra possesses a rare combination of experience and credentials that few in this country have attained. In addition to his recent college admissions experience, he also earned a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Southern California. He can be reached at


Jake Bailey by Jeffery Miles


ROWING UP, most kids dream of being the quarterback who throws the winning touchdown to win the Superbowl, or a batter who hits a home run to win the World Series. In San Diego many kids might even dream of sinking a putt to win the Masters or dominate the halfpipe to win a gold medal as two of our famous residents have done. Very few kids dream of being the kicker who is able to routinely force a touchback or nail a field goal from over 50 yards out.






where most starting players play both offense and defense, it would have been logical to expect Jake to be a star running back or even a quarterback. Instead, in the middle of his freshman year, Jake found out he had a special talent as a kicker. Playing for the Eagles, Jake regularly eliminates any option for returns by kicking through the end zone on kickoffs and has shown the ability in practice to hit field goals of over 50 yards. Jake began his football career as a freshman focused on playing wide receiver or running back hoping to lead the team in scoring game-winning touchdowns. Midway through the year he started kicking for the freshman team and realized he had a real talent for it. SFC coaches realized it as well and by the end of the 2011 season Jake was called up to the varsity team to kick during the playoffs. This year he was the mainstay as the kicker for the Eagles in another successful season in the coastal league, helping lead them into the playoffs yet again. Jake is a fan of the Chargers, but his favorite player is the rookie kicker for the St. Louis Rams, Greg Zuerlein. Quite interesting for Jake to select a player who played at a small division II school in Nebraska setting records and finding his way into the NFL. Playing for SFC is quite a parallel track for Jake given the fact that SFC has less than 400 students. When asked why Zuerlein is his favorite player, he cited it as an inspiration that Zuerlein reached the NFL from such a small unknown school.

In his own life, Jake felt one of the most influential moments in his athletic career was playing for his little league team that made it past the district level in all-stars. He felt the experience helped him realize how special it felt to play sports at a higher level. Jake knows that kicking might be the opportunity he needs to participate in sports at the next level and would love to see if college athletics might be in his future as a kicker. Who knows? Then again we do know that the long snapper from SFC Reed Miller is now at Stanford as a starter for the Cardinal so there is a precedent for special teams excellence at SFC.

Jeffery Miles, a sophomore at Santa Fe Christian High School, maintains a GPA of 4.14, plays lacrosse, is the announcer for SFC JV football games, a spotter and occasional announcer for the varsity, and also announces SFC JV basketball. He has attended the Ian Eagle/Bruce Beck Sports Broadcasting Camp at Montclair University, has attended NHL games in over 13 different stadiums, seven different MLB stadiums, NFL games in three stadiums and one winter Olympics.

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Jake Bailey from Santa Fe Christian is a kid who has adopted that dream of playing kicker for the Eagles Varsity football team as a sophomore. At 6’1� and 165 pounds, playing for a division IV school



Christina Settles by Brad Hollingsworth




ATCHING Christina Settles play soccer is similar to watching Saturday morning cartoons from yesteryear. That’s because the rest of San Diego County is Wile E. Coyote and Settles plays the role of the Roadrunner. Perhaps the only thing missing from the Oceanside High sophomore is the subtle sound of “Beep! Beep!” Couple it with a slight click of her heels and a sly grin and Settles leaves a vapor trail all over the soccer field. Settles and her teammates are poised to put the Pirates on the soccer map with a vicious offensive attack and stingy defense that allowed them to advance to the second round of the CIF playoffs last season. The 5-foot-6 sophomore forward knows that defenders’ eyes will be solely focused on her whenever she nears the goal. “I do get pushed around a lot, but I just push them back,” said Settles, who plays on the highly regarded West Coast Futbol Club in southern Orange County. “Anything that is done to me on the field doesn’t outweigh the feeling of scoring goals.” However, what separates Settles from other elite players is her skill to never stop running and compete for every ball, which is rare according to longtime club coach Frank Zimmerman, who coaches the boys team at OHS. “It starts with her motor and ability to get out of tight spaces,” Zimmerman said. “She puts on a clinic out there. She does whatever it takes on the field and has put in a tremendous amount of work. “She is motivated to succeed and has a commitment to hard work and that is the reason she will not accept failure. She is the best player we have had her since (Division II All-American) Kristen Jones.” Yet, Settles wasn’t always some maniac on the field chasing down the ball like a golden retriever fetches a Frisbee. In fact, she was anything but a runner in her younger days. “I used to hate running and was in the very back when I first started playing,”

Settles remembered. “Then, one of my coaches challenged me and I have never been in the back again.” Settles, who has been involved in the Olympic Development program for a number of years, would like to play college soccer on the west coast and hopes to make that decision before the school year is completed. She is a five-star athlete who ranks in the top ten in Southern California and in the top 20 in the nation. No matter how much adulation Settles receives, she has broken the game down into one simple sentence. “I like scoring goals.”

Favorite local restaurant and what do you order? IHOP, the Breakfast Sampler Favorite place to shop: Forever 21 Person you’d most like to meet: Christiano Ronaldo Favorite cartoon as a youngster: Sponge Bob Greatest sports memory: Scoring goals Which professional athlete would you like to be compared to? Alex Morgan, because she scores goals. What kind of career do you want to pursue? Professional soccer player What is the best thing about your sport? Being on a team What do you miss most about being a little kid? Naps Favorite food: Carne Asada fries








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Cameron Chavez

If you could meet one person, who would you want to meet and why? I would like to meet Albert Einstein because he was a funny inspirational guy.


What is the one material object in your life that you could not live without? I could not live without my iPod; I love all sorts of music.

AMERON IS A SENIOR TEAM CAPTAIN , three-time undefeated Western League champion, three-time Masters qualifier, and defending San Diego City champion. A Union-Tribune scholar athlete, he is on pace to break the career wins record at Cathedral (current record 108). “Cameron balances the demands of not only wrestling but also the rigorous curriculum at Cathedral Catholic High School. A leader with a great attitude and sportsmanship, he is an excellent example to the underclassmen,” said head wrestling coach Jason Gigliotti.

What individual skills or team development have helped you? This season I have been training harder than ever. I have always had the technique needed for wrestling but as I started lifting weights with the help of my coaches I am now physically stronger than most of my opponents. Another great aspect of my performance comes from my smart thinking on the mat. Growing up in the sport, it had become second nature for me to know what to do at exactly the right time. What colleges are you considering at this point? University of San Francisco, Cal State Fullerton, Northridge, Cal Poly Pomona, among others. What is your fondest athletic memory of high school so far? My very first CIF tournament, the year CCHS was runner up. With the best team I have been a part of yet we started out with pin after pin, the atmosphere was amazing around my team.


What would you like to be remembered for at your school 10 years from now? I would like to be remembered as a genuine person.


What is the most difficult and most enjoyable class you have had? Mr. Grazier’s English 1 class was by far the toughest class I have ever taken. My current favorite class is physics with Mr. Anderson. What workout or exercise routine is your favorite/least favorite? My favorite workout is an ironman wrestling workout. I like the diversity of wrestling three different people in a short period of time.

Greatest sports memory? Challenging my school rival Saint Augustine’s team captain at the dual meet my freshman year and pulling out a victory in the last seconds of the match. What are you looking forward to the most about graduating? Being finished with high school finally and not having a dress code anymore. How old were you when you first started playing your sport and what was the reason you started? My dad got me started with wrestling when I was 6 years old. Future career? I want to have a career in physics and engineering. Superstition? My lucky throw back singlet rarely lets me down. Favorite local restaurant and what do you order? Lightning Jack’s Barbecue. Beef brisket sandwich. Favorite place to shop? Clairemont Surf Shop Top played song on your Ipod right now? Not your fault by AWOLNATION









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Favorite cartoon as a youngster? Calvin and Hobbs What’s the best thing about your sport? The solidarity of each individual during their match but the brotherly camaraderie of the team.

Cathedral Catholic’s wrestler Cameron Chavez during a match in the Fall 2012 season.



YU BOUND SENIOR Bryn Rohner was a key reason the RBV girls cross country team captured the San Diego Section Division I title and finished a strong sixth at the state championships. Her time of 16:40 in the section final gave her a fourth place finish in Division I. Despite being a bit overshadowed by a dominance of talented runners in the North County and under the shadow of an older sibling Brooke (now running at BYU), Bryn made her own mark with outstanding running achievements of her own and by demonstrating exemplary leadership as a young group of freshman girls joined the team this year. This year she was named AllCIF, All-league, and RBV’s Most Valuable Varsity Athlete for cross country. In track, she also has posted an impressive time of 5:06 in the 1600 meters.

Why are you so successful this season? My coach, Tom Lux, had me on a really great training plan this past summer, which consisted of more mileage than I had been running during the previous summers. He also had me doing a lot of core work and double runs 3x’s a week. This year my team consisted of four new freshman girls who are really fast. This pushed me to run faster! What colleges are you considering at this point? Brigham Young University What is your fondest athletic memory of high school so far? Winning the CIF championship this season with my team. For my past three years of high school we have come in either 2nd or 3rd to Torrey Pines. I really wanted to help my team win this year. It was a great moment for us when they announced we had won. My coach cried! It was pretty amazing! What would you like to be remembered for at your school ten years from now? I would like to be remembered as being a good example to my teammates, fun, hardworking, and adventurous. If you could meet one person, either living or dead, who would you want to meet and why? I would want to meet Marilyn Monroe. I love to watch all of her films with my sister. What is the one material object in your life that you could absolutely not live without? I know this isn’t a material object, but I definitely could not live without my Mom! She’s awesome. What workout or exercise routine is your favorite/least favorite? Favorite: speed workouts; least favorite: long runs, ab workouts, and cool downs. What is the most difficult class and most enjoyable class you have had? The hardest class I have had was also my most favorite class! It was AP US History my junior year. I loved my teacher, Mr. Sanchez and I learned so much in that class! What are you looking forward to the most about graduating? I am really looking forward to having a summer without homework! How old were you when you first started playing your sport and what was the reason you started? I was 13 when I first started running and I hated it at first. I guess it’s something I had to grow to love. I









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really love it now! Greatest sports memory? I have great memories from my recruiting trip to BYU this past fall. I loved meeting the girls on the team and the coach of the team. Future career? I love art and painting so I definitely want to pursue that. I would also love to be a fashion designer. What’s the best thing about your sport? I can eat as much as I want knowing that “I’ll run it off later.” Favorite local restaurant and what do you order? I love stopping by Albertacos on the way home from school. I always order a breakfast burrito. Favorite place to shop? I love shopping at Free People! Also, I love shopping at the candy store at the mall. Top played song on your Ipod right now? “There is a light that never goes out” by The Smiths. Favorite cartoon as a youngster? SpongeBob. So hilarious, I actually still watch it. What do you miss most about being a little kid? When I was little my mom always bought my family year passes at Disneyland. I remember going almost every weekend. I definitely miss that! Which professional athlete would you like to be compared to? Why? Steve Young, because he always had good values and was true to his faith, and, through persistence, was still able to reach the highest level of competition in his sport.

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Bryn Rohner



Turnaround at RBV: Head Football Coach Paul Gomes by Brad Hollingsworth



was tumbling wildly into an athletic abyss, Rancho Buena Vista reached out to Paul Gomes to pull

the Longhorns back toward relevancy.

Gomes did more than that. He and his staff made RBV more than an overmatched squad that coincidentally was the homecoming opponent throughout North County. Gone was the 18-game losing streak that hung around the players’ neck like a rotten fish and so was the six-year drubbing at the hands of archrival Vista High. Now, Rancho Buena Vista is thrusting out its collective chins and ready to take on all comers with a renewed sense of pride and purpose. “The season was one of the most satisfying that I have ever had,” said Gomes who led RBV to a 6-6 season and a playoff victory. “We took a program that was at the lowest of any program around and watched them change their perception of not only the football program but of themselves, too. As a coach, you could not ask for anymore than that.


“Seeing young men who worked harder than they ever expected and watching them become so proud in what they were doing cannot be explained unless you have done it before yourself. They truly became men this year.”


RBV head football coach Paul Gomes talks to the team during a Fall 2012 game.

Gomes left the Cougars for Orange County power Santa Margarita, where he was an assistant coach to his mentor Henry Welch. The move was more introspective for Gomes, who wanted more than just a chance to work at perhaps the highest level of prep football. “With this chance, I truly could evaluate where I was with my understanding of the program that I wanted to have and at the same time work with a top coaching staff with the great kids at Santa Margarita,” said Gomes, who helped the Eagles with the Pac-5 CIF and state Division I state titles. “As a coach, it was the perfect move for me and Santa Margarita gave me the chance to really evaluate where I was as a coach and an educator.” The success Santa Margarita had wasn’t the same about 80 miles south at Rancho Buena Vista. The Longhorns had struggled with abysmal teams that didn’t resemble the squads that competed deep into the postseason. While fans were imitating empty seats at home games, Gomes saw hope and a turnaround were just around the corner.

Gomes, along with his top assistant Shane Graham, did the same thing at Escondido High, where they took over a proud program that was tarnished with defeat and shined it up like new. In his tenure with the Cougars, Gomes compiled a 59-46-3 record in nine years at the school, reaching the CIF Division I finals in 2008.

“For me, RBV was the perfect situation to turn around another struggling football program and to be at a school that I felt can be once again one of the top programs in San Diego football,” Gomes said. “I was totally impressed with the players. I knew from over the years that RBV was once at the top and they still had some quality players and I felt that I could tap into that.

In a surprise move two years ago,

“We told them right away that this was

not a rebuilding year and that I did not have a five-year plan except that we would win this year and they better prepare themselves for that mind-set. I think that our kids were shocked with the changes being made and they knew we meant business.” And no one benefitted more than running back Daviante Sayles, who rushed for 1,164 yards and 15 touchdowns, before having his season ended prematurely with a knee injury. However, his good friend Niko Cortez took over and helped carry the Longhorns into the playoffs, where they lost to Mira Mesa in the quarterfinals. “Those seniors really set the stage for years to come for our program,” Gomes said. “The momentum is just a starting point for next year for us. We are already in the weight room, running, and preparing once again to push ourselves past our comfort level.” Which, in turn, will make RBV’s opponents next year very uncomfortable.

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