The spring boys’ tennis season is just getting started, and Aragon is making great headway in their wins over other schools. Aragon has won three out of four league games so far, only getting beaten by Carlmont 6-1. In the non-league games, Aragon won against Riordan 7-0, but lost against both Serra 1-6, and Palo Alto 2-5. Despite these losses, the Aragon boys’ tennis team has a promising outlook for this year.
On April 15, while most other students were prepping for the Prom, the Aragon Varsity Baseball team met the Menlo Atherton Bears for the second time this season. The Dons have had a difficult season so far, with their PAL record of 1 win, 5 losses, and 0 ties (1-5-0). In the past three years the Dons have always made it to CCS; however, this year, loss of player Sam Tuivailala, who was recruited by the St. Louis Cardinals, seems to have changed the team dynamics.
Undefeated thus far in the season, Aragon’s badminton team continued their winning streak in a 14-1 victory in their match against Jefferson High School on Tuesday, April 12. Put simply, “[the match] wasn’t a huge challenge,” says sophomore Nicky Tao.
Winning the match against Menlo-Atherton was a big deal for Aragon’s boys golf team because Menlo-Atherton is ranked second in the league and Aragon is behind them in third place. Aragon Boys Golf Coach Guy Oling said, “I was so proud of the way they played and came together that day.”
With 16 games, six wins and 10 losses, the varsity girls’ softball team has endured a rough start to the season. On April 12, following a 3-2 win over Capuchino, the Dons faced a 0-10 defeat against Hillsdale. From the last few games, coach Bill Laskey said “Our biggest problems were errors; there were a lot of missed balls. Two games were lost because of errors, but we’re getting better.”
Last month, with a roster virtually unchanged from last year, the boy’s golf team kicked off a new season with their first league match on February 28. Golf is primarily an individual sport. However, players compete for a team score, with six golfers aiming to finish a nine-hole course (18 holes in championships) in fewer total strokes than the other team. “You may have an outstanding player, but if you don’t have a balanced squad, you’re not going to win the match,” says coach Guy Oling.
Aragon badminton coach Linda Brown is feeling confident about the upcoming season. Her goal is to repeat the same feat as last year- win the PAL championship. Brown says, “The players are very competitive and we have a big group this year.” The tryouts were extremely competitive because there were around 90 people, and after the first tryouts, Brown cut down the number to 63.
As the Aragon varsity baseball team prepares for its season, it faces a drastically changed roster, including the loss of senior Sam Tuivailala, who signed with the St. Louis Cardinals over the offseason. The team, however, seems more than ready to approach the season with a positive mindset. “People will have to work hard to fill those spots”, sophomore Ian Barrie admits. “You try not to think about the losses, and more of the impact that the sophomores and other new players have on the team,” head coach Lenny Souza says.
As the seventh period bell rings and students leave school, members of the track and field team begin slowly filtering onto the field, ready for a hard day’s workout. Although the track and field meets have not begun yet, students are training hard for the upcoming season. “This year we have over 160 students on the team. It is a lot, but many of them are veterans so we know their ability level. Those who are new, we have yet to see,” says head coach Bill Daskarolis. “Most of the team is back and I am looking forward to a really good year.”
With the winter season ending, a few choice teams received the opportunity to compete in the Central Coast Section (CCS). Others, due to several contributing factors in their season, were not able to make it. After pushing forward to CCS Quarterfinals last year, this season was the first time the Varsity Girls Basketball Team did not go to CCS since 2001. The Varsity Girls Basketball Team capped off their season with a league record of 1-8-0 and an overall record of 4-16-0.
The swimming team continues to prepare for their upcoming meets and improve their standing at the PAL championship. Despite beginning the season with some obstacles, the team is ready to face Woodside on Mar. 17. While the pool was under construction, the swimming team went to the College of San Mateo for their practices. Junior Ivette Gonzales says, “For us it was harder because we have seventh period and we had to be there as quickly as possible.”
With returning varsity players and many newcomers, varsity softball coach Bill Laskey is confident in his team. “They’re older, more experienced, and with the nucleus of the young girls coming up, we feel we’re going to have the potential team to win the league,” says Laskey. “I was really blessed because the majority of my good players were sophomores last year, so now they’re juniors,” he says. “They played as freshmen for me so they know the drills.”