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.”
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.
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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.
Last year, the girls’ varsity team (14-3-6) tied for the CCS Championship. This year, they are focused on maintaining the standard that last year’s team set. According to coach Will Colglazier, “Last year’s team put Aragon on the map. The team knows they have a target on their back.”
The Aragon varsity wrestling team’s new season is underway, and the squad is looking to carry on momentum from last year’s major accomplishments. Last year then senior William Eleazar won the title of Aragon’s first individual wrestling champion in over 25 years. Along with this win, the Aragon wrestling team lost a close match and allowed Menlo-Atherton High School to win the PAL Ocean Division.
In preparation for the new season, the boys and girls varsity basketball teams played teams of Aragon alumni in the second annual Aragon alumni basketball game on Nov. 27. Though the current Dons played competitively, in both instances the alumni won by one-point with girls’ alumni ending at 51-50 and boys’ alumni culminating with a score of 59-58.
As the fall sports season draws to a close, some of Aragon’s teams finished their season with one last push in the CCS playoffs. Six of Aragon’s top female golfers went to the CCS tournament on Nov. 2. With their win at PALs, they ended their season with a combined team score of 579on the Rancho Canada Golf Club in Carmel Valley, leaving them in tenth place.
“It was really exciting when the Warriors made the playoffs for the first time in a while. I hadn’t really paid much attention to them before, but in the sixth grade [once they made the playoffs] I got really into the spirit and started following the players,” says sophomore Sam Bunarjo. “Since then I haven’t been following them as closely because they haven’t been doing as well. But I’m still definitely a fan.”