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Volleyball Team: State Power

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The School’s women’s volleyball team, which has an overall record of 17-2 and an undefeated league record, is ranked as the fortieth best team in California and two hundred twenty in the nation. Considering the vast number of high schools in the state and in the country, these ranking is a huge accomplishment in the School’s athletic history. Throughout the season, the Jayhawks have beaten numerous powerhouses such as Saint Joseph Notre Dame twice and University, solidifying their already high ranking. What’s even more outstanding is that the team is reaching so high with only seven players (six players can only be on the court per team). Despite the lack of depth, everyone on the team has been forced to provide a big contribution and it has been fruitful. Making greater news even sound sweeter, the Jayhawks are set to loose only one player due to graduation, returning six of the seven players. It seems as if the Jayhawks are only scratching the surface of their full potential as a team and if 17-2 is simply scratching, this team looks to be scary good in future years.

Jayhawks with some great teamwork!

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Jayhawks with some great teamwork!

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The Little Recognized Athletes of HRS

Math teacher Chris Davies in his ice-hockey heyday.

Math teacher Chris Davies in his ice-hockey heyday.

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A number of Head Royce students participate in atypical sports on club teams outside of school. For example, Sophomore Charlie Sohn has participated in ice hockey for eleven years. Sohn practices four times a week and typically plays one or two games each weekend.
Senior Spirit Master Clayton Hill competes in rugby, another extremely physical sport. After hearing about the sport freshman year from a friend and signing up to play, Hill has been hooked on the sport ever since. The Senior plays from October to May and during late June through July. Like Sohn, he plays five times a week including one game when he is not hitting the weights. During the spring of 2015, Hill will travel to Northern England and Scotland with his team on a ten day tour against local teams.
Nationally recognized for her prodigious skill and athletic abilities, Sophomore Nina Schank has done gymnastics for the last twelve years. Incredibly, she practices from four p.m. to eight p.m. every weekday and 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. each Saturday while still managing to complete all her schoolwork.
In addition to these three athletes, many students at the School including Sophomore Abby Pratt, Junior Jesse Stuart, and Junior Abby Garrett participate in horseback riding. Although not commonly recognized as a sport, dance is extremely popular at the School. Many students in the Upper School partake in either dance class, FADE, or Salsa Club. An aerobic activity, dancing requires a great deal of strength, body control, coordination, and time commitment. For these reasons, dance can absolutely be classified as a sport.
As a consequence of playing on teams unassociated with the School, many club players receive little recognition other than P.E. credit for their athletic pursuits and accomplishments. Nonetheless, these players work just as hard or often times even harder than players on School teams and deserve just as much credit and appreciation.

Varsity Men’s Soccer Team On the Road to NCS

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Senior Aaron Godinez jumps up to attempt a header.

Senior Aaron Godinez jumps up to attempt a header.

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Senior Aaron Godinez jumps up to attempt a header.

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No matter which season it may be, the Men’s Varsity Soccer Team always remains one of the most competitive and hardworking teams at the School. This season has been no exception, as they currently stand at an overall 7-6 record, with an outstanding 6-1 record in league play. Although the team’s league record indicates that this season has been going well for the most part, a recent surge of determined team play has brought the team their much desired results.
After opening up the season with a 2-5 record, including a very disappointing 0-2 loss against the College Preparatory School, head coach John Miottel’s team seemingly had enough of being on the bad end of results. Following their crucial league loss against College Prep, the Jayhawks earned an inspiring win at Athenian, led by amazing set piece goals from Senior Captain Max De Wit and Junior Alberto Garcia. The team seemed to step up as a whole following their win against Athenian, as they have won four of the next five of their games. In their run of good form, the team has defeated key league opponents like Bentley, College Prep, and Athenian. This great run of form has propelled the team to first place in their league.
When asked what to credit the great play of the team recently, Junior Daniel Lee said that “the team’s chemistry has really improved as the season has progressed.” The team can only be excited to see if they continue to play well in their upcoming games.
Update: On Tuesday, October 7th, the team had a great win against Bentley, with a final score of 3-0. If they win at the end of the week versus the Oakland Military Institute they will secure their place as league champions. Lets go Jayhawks!

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Women’s Tennis vs. University

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Coming off a heartbreaking 3-4 loss, the women’s tennis team looks to rebound against University High Red Devils this upcoming Friday. A win would be huge as the Red Devils are an extremely tough team that easily dispatched CPS last week. After such a close loss, the team knows that win was within reach and look forward to achieving that Friday to prove that their loss was just a fluke.

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Fantasy Football Advice

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Must Start: Doug Martin. A leg injury in week one sidelined Martin for the majority of the game, but reports say that he’s ready to go for week two. Last week St. Louis gave up 185 yards on the ground and 160 through the air. The Rams’s pash rush is on point, headed by Robert Quinn and Chris Long, but their run defense leaves a lot to be desired. Combined with Josh McCown’s hilariously middle-school esque interceptions, Buccaneers Head Coach Lovie Smith will be looking to ram the ball down the Rams’ throats.

Solid Start: Michael Floyd. The Giant’s defense gave up 342 yards in the air last week and in general are just pitiful. No pass rush and a secondary made up of little children. Floyd, across from All-Pro Larry Fitzgerald,

50/50: Alshon Jeffery. Although Jeffery was one of the biggest point getters at the WR position last year, he is going up against a stout 49ers defense this weekend. People have been criticizing the 49ers debilitated secondary, but this is a true game time decision. Go with your gut on this one.

Sit: Philip Rivers. The Seahawk’s Legion of Boom is terrifying at home and scary away. Rivers, who struggled last week against an injured Cardinal’s defense will have his hands full against Seattle. In fact, if you have anyone on the San Diego offense, sit them unless you have absolutely no alternative.

Must Sit: Zac Stacy. The Ram’s are onto their 3rd string Quarterback, which means that Stacy should bear the majority of the work load. Lavonte David (who should have been an pro-bowler last year) and Gerald McCoy are run stopping machines, locked in on Stacy and any other St. Louis running backs.

Sleeper:

Sleeper Start: Colin Kaepernick. Despite all of the negative premonitions following the 49ers offense after a dismal preseason, the team answered the bell by silencing a sold out crowd in Dallas last Sunday against the Cowboys. After putting up a solid game with 200 pass yards and a couple of touchdowns, Colin Kaepernick could be a short term answer for your QB doldrums.

Boom or Bust: TY Hilton. Every week. The Eagles gave up 250 yards last week to Chad Henne. Chad Henne. Yes that Chad Henne. If “checkdown Chad” can put up that much, then Andrew Luck should have no issue exploiting that secondary for some deep bombs.

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Soccer Game Preview

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The school’s Men’s varsity soccer team is set to play Division powerhouse Lick-Wilmerding Tigers later this afternoon.  After playing some very challenging teams in their preseason, our soccer team faces yet another tough test today against the Tigers.  Senior Clayton Hill has stressed, “This game definitely will not be an easy test.  They’re a very skilled team and their undefeated record shows that.  However, over this past week, I think that our team chemistry has grown much stronger and I’m confident that we are ready for today.”  The game is an away game at SF City College at 4:00.

 

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Spring Sports Wrap Up

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Abraham Wordsworth at the head of the pack

Abraham Wordsworth at the head of the pack

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Abraham Wordsworth at the head of the pack

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With this School year coming to an end, spring sports are winding down. Some sports have already ended. Varsity Women’s Soccer finished their season with a tough loss against Bentley in the BCL East Tournament. On the bright side, with so many underclasssmen, women’s soccer surely improved as the season carried and will look to improve their record as a more experienced team. Likewise, Varsity Men’s Tennis has come to an successful end, finishing second place to College Preparatory School in the BCL East. Varsity Tennis Players Young Lee and Adam Pratt finished the season successfully, placing fourth place in the NCS DoublesTournament.  In addition, the swim team’s season has officially come to a close.  Junior Donovan Redd was the only swimmer to qualify for NCS and competed in the 100 meter breastroke.

On the diamond, the baseball and softball teams hope to make huge runs in the NCS tournament.  The baseball team has achieved a one seed and could potentially play CPS in the second round in a showdown.  The softball team composed of players who have improved greatly, have worked hard to achieve a number three seed out of sixteen teams in their bracket.  After a rebuilding year last year, their rise to the top three is a huge accomplishment and it should continue due to their wealth of underclassmen.

The Varsity Track and Field Team continues to run on with their star athletes. Even with Prom in the way, star runners, such as Varsity Track and Field Captain Aida Julien, who was named athlete of the meet, Junior Jade Hardy, Junior Jasmine Hardy, and Freshman Maddie Thayer all worked together as a team, winning the 4×400 relay race. The girls team won league championships for the first time in the School’s track history and will look to continue their success in NCS and hopefully the state championship.  Like the girls team, our boys team has achieved just as much success and earned a second place finish in BCL East.  Also, they sent many individuals runners to NCS.  The 4×100 team consisting of Senior Greg Hui, Juniors Abraham Wordsworth and George Umbegboh, and Sophomore Junior Luna.  In addition, Juniors Chris Boranian and Adam Teucher have qualified for the 1600 meter race,  a type of distance suited for long distance runners.  Setting new records and new titles to the School’s name, the Spring Sports team had a great season. With the 2014 year coming to an end, we wish all of the spring sports luck and a good finish to their season.

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The Ultimate Goodbye: Next Year’s Frisbee Team

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As the Spring sports season comes to a close, the School must say goodbye to the Senior founders of its first-ever Ultimate Frisbee Team. With a 75% Senior composition, the Ultimate Frisbee Team looks to its five returning players next year to attract enough new players to maintain a functioning team. Senior player Ryan Kim commented, “They’re good players, whether they believe it or not. In fact, if they continue to keep playing and recruiting, I’m sure they’ll leave behind a legacy that’s more prominent than our current one.” This year, the team finished fourth in the state after dropping down from third place due to a tough loss.

The current Senior players are very passionate about Ultimate Frisbee, and plan to continue to pursue it even after leaving the School. Kim enthusiastically stated, “[Ultimate] is the bomb.com. [Of course] I’m continuing in college!” This year the Ultimate Frisbee team says farewell to Seniors Walter Stuart, Max Duesberg, Sam Scherer, Asher Wolf, Julian Early, Brian Call, Lex Nunno, Ramah Ali, Oba Seward, Alejandro Lara, Glenn VanWinkle, Jordan Perteet, Kendrick Baker, and Noah Martin-Ruben, and leaves Junior Ethan Cassel-Mace, Sophomores Caleb Rosen and Sol Zitter, and Freshmen Daniel Enderle and Ashkan Vafai to take over next year. The 15 leaving Senior Ultimate Frisbee players will be missed greatly next year, but hopefully the few returning players will be able to step up their game and lead the new team to victory.

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Spring Sports Update

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With the School’s spring sports teams passing the half way point of their seasons, most of them are looking for that final push to position themselves for successful playoff runs.

 

Baseball:

As usual the baseball team is once again playing their normal level of exciting baseball.  They are currently 12-4 and are in the midst of league play.  After taking a loss to their rival Valley Christian earlier this month, the Jayhawks stormed back to win their last four games by nearly an average of ten runs.  The Jayhawks look to avenge their loss to their rival in the upcoming BCL East playoffs.

 

Softball:

Although this team was filled with players who just starting playing softball last year, these players’ improvement has been critical to their current 6-6 record.  In addition, the team has benefited from outstanding play for their freshman.  The future looks bright for this team filled with young players who will improve over the next three years.

Women’s Soccer:

Due to majority of last year’s lineup lost to graduation, growing pains were to be expected for this team.  The Jayhawks are a very young team with only three seniors.  Despite their age, the team has managed to compete in their games but have often come up short.  Nearly half of their losses have been by two goals or less.  In addition, two of their matches ended up as draws, solidifying their ability to hang in games.

 

Tennis:

Like the women’s soccer team, the School’s tennis team also lost majority of their better players due to graduation, thus, the team was comprised of only two seniors.  On the contrary, the team has achieved great success during their season and in BCL East they placed second.  This upcoming week, captains Young Lee and Adam Pratt hope to extend their seasons by hoping to qualify for the NCS tournament.

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HRS Baseball vs. More

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Olympics Athletes to Look Out For

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1. Julia Lipnitskaia is a Russian figure skater. She is currently 15 years old and is incredibly advanced for her age…clearly. She is only 27 days older than the eligible Olympic age limit. She shocked the world, with her technically perfect routine, and amazing spins. Lipnitskaia has had no falls in any competition throughout both the 2011 and 2012 seasons. She competed in both the short and the free programs for the ice skating team event, where she won both competitions. Russia received a gold medal for the team ice-skating and so Lipnitskaia became the youngest Olympic gold medalists in ladies singles figure skating in history.

2. Mark McMorris is a 20 year old Canadian snowboarder who specializes in slope style and big air events. He was the first ever to complete a backside triple cork 1440 in competition, and won back-to-back gold medals in the 2012 and 2013 Winter X Games in the Slopestyle event. He received a bronze medal in the Slopestyle event at the Sochi Olympics, but is still considered one of the best snowboarders in the world. With the bronze medal, he was the first person to win a medal for Canada this Olympics. He is still very young, and will most likely be seen in future Olympics. He’s also quite a looker ladies 😉

3. Mikaela Shiffrin competes in skiing for the United States. She is only 18 and has already become the face of American women’s skiing, alongside Lindsey Vonn. She’s a favorite to win the gold medal in slalom and also has the potential to medal in giant slalom in her first Olympics.

4. Gracie Gold is 18 years old and is back for revenge in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. After failing to medal in the 2012 Vancouver Olympics, she has dedicated her past four years to figure skating with an Olympic medal in mind. At Sochi she won a bronze medal for the team ice-skating.

5. Last but not least, Sean White is competing at another Olympics, and not only is he competing, but he is tough competition. Most commonly known as the “flying tomato,” he has cut his hair for the 2014 Olympics, and not only is coming with short hair, but also new tricks. Sean White is a two time defending gold medalist in the half pipe and is going for the record of three in the Olympic event. He is known as the best snowboarder in the world.

Update: White has competed in his Half Pipe event and, unfortunately, only came in 4th place, not receiving an Olympic medal for his only event.

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Baseball Team: Reliant on Freshman More This Year Than Past Years?

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There are a larger amount of freshmen trying out this year than past years. This may be good since the baseball team might have to rely on the freshmen class to step up. With Steven Farinaro, the School’s starting pitcher last year, gone to play in the minor leagues for the St. Louis Cardinals, the team may look to use freshmen pitchers more than usual. The two pitchers in the freshmen class are Reuben Drogin and Jake Patterson-Kohout. They both play on the same travel ball team and are skilled pitchers.

Patterson-Kohout and Drogin agree: “We think the baseball team will be more reliant on freshmen this year than years past because there are a lot of good freshmen trying out this year.” When asked if they thought they would be relied on to pitch a lot they said, “It depends on who else is pitching and what the coaches are looking for in their pitchers.”

According to a Sophomore on the team, Gavin Lituchy, “The team is never that reliant on the freshmen class and I don’t think it will be any different this year.”

Every two years for the past six years the School has had one outstanding pitcher get a college scholarship or get drafted to the minor leagues. Starting six years ago with Spencer Linney, drafted by Stanford, two years later Steven Farinaro was drafted by the Cardinals’ minor league, and two years after that Nico Hoerner was drafted by Stanford. Two years later brings us to the current freshmen class. Will either Jake or Reuben be able to step up and be the next outstanding pitcher for the School’s baseball team?

When asked whether or not the team would rely on this year’s freshmen class, Mike Talps responded, “I don’t think we will necessarily have to rely on the freshmen more this year than previous years, but the freshmen will get opportunities to prove themselves, especially the pitchers. There will be a number of opportunities for freshmen to pitch at the high school level. If they do well and prove that they can pitch at this level, then they will get more chances to pitch. The team won’t have to rely on the freshmen this year, but since there is a large number of freshmen trying out, in future years we may rely on this current freshmen class to step up.”

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