Memorable run for boys volleyball team
Portola High School
For a team that had never reached the CIF playoffs, the Portola High boys volleyball team made quite a run, reaching the semifinals before losing to Capistrano Valley Christian. The Bulldogs finished 24-11. “Last year we were 0-12, so we’ve really made a turnaround here. I owe a lot of it to the senior class,” Coach Eric Graham says. Among the top players were Kian Wojtowich, Kevin Gong and Eugene Jung.
Softball team makes strides
Woodbridge High School
Woodbridge High’s softball team took some big steps forward this season under first-year coach Kim Wojciechowski. The team finished second in the Pacific Coast League and captured a CIF playoff victory over Anaheim before losing to top-seeded Moorpark.“The season overall was really good,” Wojciechowski says. “We had 17 wins, and we had five last year, so definitely a big improvement,” she says.
Boys capture 13th CIF title
University High School
Coach John Kessler’s University High boys tennis team captured the 13th CIF title for the program when the top-seeded Trojans defeated Corona del Mar 12-6 in the open division finals.
“For me, winning the 10th title is extremely rewarding,” Kessler says. University captain Conrad Brown recorded the opening point with a 6-1 win at first singles for Uni. Omar Khayat and Champion Okey fought back from a 1-5 deficit to win 7-5 at first doubles. Junior Ani Gupta came back from a 4-5 deficit to win 7-6 to give Uni a 5-1 lead. The Trojans never looked back.
Division crown for tennis team
Beckman High School
Beckman High’s boys tennis team won its first CIF title, defeating Los Alamitos 10-8 in the Division 2 title match at the Claremont Club.
“I’m grateful to Coach Nick Friendt and his staff for their leadership, and I’m extremely proud of this team for what they’ve accomplished and how they’ve represented our school,” Beckman Athletic Director Steve Fischel says.