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LHS athletics has a fall success

by William Braker, sports staff

For the first time in years, 4 of the 5 fall sports qualified for the CCS playoffs. The Longhorn coaching staffs in the gym, on the coarse, and on the field all excelled this past season. Some say that you can use the past as a motivator for the future, and the Longhorns have done just that. After a dismal 2-8 season last year the Longhorn football team, led by Coach Padia and 14 seniors have had a story-book ending, finishing the season 8-2 and 3rd in the Blossom Valley Athletic League. With an offense led by Junior Quarterback Jared King, they entered the Division 1 playoffs as the 5 seed away from home against Santa Clara powerhouse; Wilcox. The football team had a rough road ahead of them considering their myriad of injuries, but Coach Padia’s “next man up” mantra was to be put to the test, when they lost a shootout with a final score of 56-34 behind 4 touchdowns by King.

The Lady Longhorns of the Leigh Field Hockey team ended their regular season 9-6-1, and entered the CCS playoffs as the 9th seed. In the first round, the Lady Longhorns upset the 8 seed Cupertino Pioneers behind Cassidy Ballard’s goal. Their big win made them eligible to take on the 1 seed; the Mitty Monarchs. They tied them earlier in the season, however with four starters gone, they lost a close game with a score of 1-0, ending their season.

“It has been a great season and our tough regular season really prepared us for the playoffs. Next year will obviously be a lot different with 11 seniors leaving, but I am ready! ” said star Junior Mia Maminski.

The Lady Longhorns of the Volleyball team ended the season 18-10 and entered the Division 2 bracket as the 7 seed playing the 10 seed, Lynbrook Vikings. They lost 3 sets to 1

“It was really fun to be one of the two juniors to go on this ride. It was upset losing, but we could have beat them. I think we will still be okay next year though, we have strong underclassmen coming up so I am excited for a great year,” said Junior sensation, Hannah Mapes

Lastly, the cross country team qualified for CCS as a team for the for the first time in five years. The Boys team finished 14th out of the 16 teams, who were led by Alec Reynolds. The two girls who qualified for CCS individually were Sierra Serrati, sophomore, and Rachel Hyoung, freshman, who finished 28th overall at the race.

“Well I wouldn’t say it was best race actually. I have been experiencing a lot of dizziness after races, so I’m sure that played a role. I loved racing with Sierra. Cross country is the hardest sport I have done, even harder than swimming, which is my main sport. I think what helped me a lot is taking practice seriously, I really try to be the first girl back,” said the fastest girl country runner, sophomore Rachel Hyoung

Having the class of 2016 leave will obviously make things harder next year considering they led 4 sports to CCS bids, but the Longhorn coaching staff is nothing short of incredible, so next year will be just as exciting!