Saying goodbye to our senior athletes

Autumn has always been the most magical time of the year. All of nature comes alive with golden hues, gentle breezes and the fresh smell of rain. As the nights get cooler, the days get shorter, and as the leaves fall off the trees, fall sports for Leigh High School come to a close and we say goodbye to our senior athletes.

Field hockey has so far been rather successful, coming into mid-October with an overall record of  11-2-2 and 8-2-0 in league. The Blossom Valley – Mount Hamilton athletic league is not easy, but after defeating all four WCAL teams, the Lady Longhorns put themselves a win away from a league title.

“That was super exciting,” said senior Cassidy Ballard. “It showed that public schools are just as good as private schools and it all depends on who wants it more.”

They are led by eight senior Lady Longhorns: Mia Maminski, Emily Mandy, Amy Dejung, Brooke Thurman, Cassidy Ballard, Maddie Gibbons-Shapiro, and injury ridden Lauren Fontes and Megan Anderson. The girls’ senior night was on Oct. 18 against Presentation.

The girls varsity tennis team had a rather rocky season, ending the regular season with an overall record of  5-8. The team had a their senior night on Oct. 17 against Leland High School to close out their season. Despite a 7-0 loss against Leland, Senior Ally Lee said it was still a night to remember.

“It was really fun, they (younger teammates) put balloons all over the fence and the theme was princess/queen and our younger teammates brought Sam Pezzola and I Starbucks in the morning, it was great.” said Ally Lee. Ally seemed very pleased with her team and her senior night experience and looks forward to the remainder of her senior season.

Girls varsity volleyball season is rolling to a close as well. With an overall record of 14-15 and a league record of 5-8. Varsity volleyball ended their season soon after with their Senior night on Thursday, Oct. 20. Hannah Mapes and Alexa Checklenis, both seniors, along with the rest of the team went head to head against Del Mar, ending their season with a 3-1 victory. The sophomores and juniors will miss their seniors and will forever cherish the memories with them.

Now with football off to an extremely successful start, They’re very hopeful as well looking ahead into their season. The varsity football senior night is scheduled for Nov. 4 against Santa Teresa High School, the last game of the regular season. The varsity Longhorns with senior quarterback Jared King leading the way are looking to make CCS for a second consecutive year. There are many other seniors on the team, such as cornerback Erick Contreras, running back Michael Brohn, safety/running back Leland Ledger, linebacker CJ Wince, wide receiver Jake Rhine, cornerback/wide receiver Peter Finocchio, slot receiver/safety Jake Hutchinson, quarterback Jared King, and many more. The mighty varsity football Longhorns are hungry and ready to get their first league championship since 2004. Seniors Leland Ledger and Jared King both felt very confident about their team and going into senior night matchup against Santa Teresa.

“Oh I expect us to crush them,” said senior Leland Ledger. “I feel like we have a good team and good players, and if everyone stays healthy, we’ll be fine.”

When King was asked the same question he had somewhat similar thoughts just not as blunt.

“I hope we execute well in the first half and get some points up on the board so we can get all the seniors some playing time for that game and have everyone a fun night.” said King.

Clearly both players very excited and looking forward to a big upcoming night.

The remainder of all fall sports are coming to a close. We hope the seniors enjoy their final season as a Longhorn under the stadium lights.