After a successful fall, Leigh’s athletics move to winter sports, where more experienced teams hope to improve on last year’s seasons.
Starting with the top dogs, Girls’ Varsity Soccer went to the CCS championship last season with an extremely young team. The team is even more talented this year, lead by starters Emily Smith, junior, and Senior Erin McCoy who received a 2nd team all CCS selection last season.
” I think the experience definitely helped. Being in a division with private schools is rough but since we had so many returners we knew how to handle it and were able to hang with them,” said McCoy.
As far as the boys’ team, Coach Mario Farfan replaced Head Coach Frank Von Rassler, hoping to improve on last season’s 6-6-5 record. “He’s a very good coach, He always knows what he’s doing. He’ll lead us to victory,” said four-year varsity player Neil Auon, senior.
On to wrestling, where a plethora of talent makes Leigh, and several individuals a threat in CCS. Such wrestlers include Brendan Liou, senior; Leland Ledger, junior; and the sophomore Kaiser twins Grant and Trevor. Leigh’s team is a powerful threat every year due to their intense conditioning.
“We do a mixture of running and weightlifting, as well as practicing on the mat. It’s very hard to catch your breathe on the mat, and so it makes us prepared”, said Brendan Liou, senior.
In girls’ basketball Coach Ed Harris returns from coaching basketball at Whittier, hoping to improve a team that has a lot of chemistry.
“He’s (Harris) a great coach, and he’s hilarious. He brings a confidence to the team and makes it fun to play too,” said Stacie Moore, senior. The team has developed chemistry from several years of playing together and looks to rely on that this season.
Finally, boys’ basketball hopes to do what the football team did, a complete turnaround based on a more experienced team than last season. Basketball has an excellent Coach in Patrick Judge, who returns to Leigh for his seventh season. Basketball was affected greatly by lack of experience last year going 9-16, with a starting lineup that consisted of three sophomores, Ken Williams, Colin Hill, and Kyle Johnson. A year later Leigh now looks to build upon that experience and use their outstanding athletes to excel in an offense in which ball movement and teamwork are key.