Many winter sports are well beyond the starting line, yet already there are numerous athletes preparing for their upcoming spring sports. Some of these include track and field, softball, baseball and swimming. Conditioning programs are being run by the coaches and athletic supporters of Aragon. Conditioning is basically training that involves exercises focused on making athletes quicker, stronger and less prone to physical injuries while playing during the season.
Last season, both girls and boys soccer varsity teams made it to CCS and the girls’ varsity team won the CCS Division II title. With these accomplishments in mind, the expectations coming into this season are very high. The girls’ are competing in the tougher PAL Bay Division this year.Their record of 2-2-2 has put them in 5th place. Although there are some returning players from last season’s team, most of the team is new and they have a different focus this year.
Following the trend of new freshman teams in Aragon’s sports, a new freshman boys’ basketball team was created this year. The team hopes to accommodate and nurture rising young athletes at Aragon to becoming experienced veteran players. A rising number of freshman basketball teams in surrounding schools helped to spur the creation of Aragon’s freshman team.
Aragon Outlook features writer Wassim Khemici takes a look back at the last 50 years of Don sports, including the many firsts, triumphs, and close calls during that time. Wassim takes a look at some of the most significant sports successes and follies in Aragon history.
Through the years, the Aragon wrestling team has boasted seasons of success. Coached by three former Aragon wrestlers, the staff is anything but short of experience. This year, the team is fairly balanced between new and returning wrestlers, some of whom have four years of wrestling under their belt. First year wrestler and junior Sam Stukov says, “At first it’s kind of intimidating. There’s some intense conditioning, but then it gets fun.”
As the basketball season draws to a close, the boy’s varsity team picks up its first league win in a face off against South San Francisco. Overall, both the boy’s varsity and girl’s varsity teams have faced a tough season in the Bay division. This year marks the first year Aragon’s boys are playing in the Bay division, and they are certainly feeling the heat. Meanwhile, girls have struggled with a dwindling team plagued with injuries.
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On Wednesday, November 23, Japanese students from Hanasaki Tokuharu High School stirred up roaring applause from their captivated audience during a special concert in the Aragon Memorial Theater. Hanasaki’s third and final performance during their stay, the concert featured the Aragon wind ensemble and the award-winning Hanasaki wind orchestra in a musical exchange.
This year Aragon Leadership certainly is stepping up its game. The group which plans student body activities such as rallies, spirit weeks, dances, and other events is planning an activity-filled spring for Aragon. For the first time in two years, Leadership is hosting five dances. And while there are voices of discontent among the student body, Leadership is looking at an array of changes which are sure to excite the student body.
Students at Aragon are constantly surrounded by the noise of drills, hammers and people walking around on the roof. “Sometimes I feel like it’s kind of going really slowly,” says sophomore Marie Mihara. Construction is progressing, and despite the fact that it seems that it is dragging on forever, students do not need to worry; the noisy construction is going to be done before the end of the school year.
Aragon has over 50 clubs, ranging from the Bike Club to ethnic club. Each club serves a specific purpose and each is unique. Clubs about serious topics like the UNICEF club are about helping people and the planet. They are created for a cause that affects many Aragon students.
The 2010 winter concerts occurred on Tuesday, Dec. 7, and Wednesday, Dec. 8, in the theater. Orchestra and choir, under the direction of David Martin, performed on the first day. It consisted of the string orchestra, chamber orchestra, women’s choir, concert choir and chamber choir. Troy Davis’s concert band, symphonic band and wind ensemble played on the second day.