Following a day of unusually warm weather, Outlook photo staffer Kore Chan brings us these photos of an eventful day at the Crystal Springs Cross Country Course in Belmont, California.
The girl’s golf team had their last game in the PAL against Menlo-Atherton on October 20. Despite the loss, they earned enough victories to be PAL Champions. With 14 wins and 1 loss, the women’s golf team earned first place for the second year in a row.
Dedication to the team brought them together. Practice and hard work brought them success. The Aragon water polo season was much different this year. With renovations to the new pool, the varsity teams practiced at CSM and played their home games at Burlingame High School’s pool.
To accommodate more players this year, coaches have created the first Aragon freshman football team in 35 years. The primary purpose of the freshman team is to allow many more students to participate in what Coach Ed Larios recognizes as “something you can only experience in high school.”
We are a school of athletes. In the halls, sports bags are as abundant as silly bands. Dribbling a soccer ball, shooting a free throw, swimming a fifty meter race, or smashing a volley ball comes second nature to many of the students who strut through the Aragon halls. But while running non-stop for ten miles or sinking a half-court shot is impressive, they are not as surprising as seeing a boy casually back-flipping over the pavement.
“Intramural basketball is like an orange. Just peel back the sweat and hard work, and you can get to the sweet friendship,” says junior Robert Konopka, a regular participant in intramural basketball.
With an all new Freshman team coached by Aragon graduate Kelsey Stiles, and a promising Varsity and JV team with a series of victories under their belts, volleyball is the sport to watch this season. While volleyball may not be the most known sport at Aragon it certainly has the attention of the world. It is the seventh most popular sport in the world it also enjoys the title of the national sport of Sri Lanka.
The Portland to Coast Relay, an annual 127-mile-long relay event, takes a considerable amount of perseverance and determination. The race starts in downtown Portland where the runners run west and cross the beautiful rural lands of Oregon, eventually finishing at the coastal city of Seaside, Oregon. Eight runners from the Aragon cross country team drove for ten hours, participated in this long race and finished with third place.
The opposing team has secured a 40-love lead. Just one more point and the other team would win the match. But with the encouragement of teammates, Aragon advances to a duece score. The advantage is now Aragon’s. A long suspenseful rally goes on for the last point, and the Aragon girls’ tennis team wins the match. Cheers all around ensue for this amazing come-from-behind victory.
The new season has brought some changes for Aragon’s water polo team, with a different pool being but one of them. Due to Aragon’s ongoing pool renovation, the water polo team has been practicing at CSM. Though its distance from Aragon causes some inconvenience, the pool at CSM has been for the most part a benefit. “CSM’s [large] pool is nice, and is helping us with spacing. It gives us a lot more to work with,” says junior Aaron Kim.
In the best performance of the season since it began, the Aragon varsity football team dealt a decisive blow to the visiting Capuchino Mustangs last Friday night. The Dons dominated the line of scrimmage on both offense and defense and their success at the point of attack was evident by gaining 441 yards of total offense with 272 yards on the ground. The victory brought a renewed sense of confidence to the team after suffering losses to San Mateo and Carlmont in the weeks before.
After a resounding 30-20 victory at Lincoln-San Jose last Friday, the Dons were on the road again this time facing Carlmont High School in Belmont. The Scots were coming off a 14-7 loss last week against the San Mateo Bearcats and both teams came in to the contest hoping to further prove themselves as contenders for playoff contention.