Fall sports Q&A

A Q&A with leaders in fall sports.

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Cross Country

Boys Cross Country

Q: What has been the biggest change due to COVID-19, and how did your team adjust?

Lukas Hepinger, captain: The biggest change was having to practice on our own instead of with teammates. We adjusted by setting individual goals and training plans so we’d be in shape when sports opened up.

Emmanuel Bulalacao, captain: The biggest change to me was mainly training on my own I’ve been incorporating lifting along with my running

Q: What are your plans for this upcoming season?

Hepinger: Our plans are to race a typical season and compete in CIF if the season doesn’t get restricted or cancelled. If not we’re going to host smaller meets and time trials to try and run personal bests.

Girls Cross Country

Q: What are your plans for this upcoming season?

Alyssa Banawa, captain: I want the team to feel the same comradery that we’ve had in past years despite the “run and leave” type of mindset at practices. By the end of the season I want to know that I gave it my all and improved as much as I could have; breaking my personal record for three miles would mean the world to me.

Q: What did you do over summer, and did that help you guys in the present?

Banawa: We usually run together all summer in cross country, which means that we already have some running experience prior to the season. The team adapted by running on our own, and now we have camp after school until we start running during seventh and eight period. I am impressed by the freshmen who stuck around and had the self discipline and initiative to run—I don’t know I would have been able to do that when I first started running. It is a new experience to run preseason during the fall, though I believe that the cooler weather will help everyone later when we start racing.

Football

Q: What has been the biggest change due to COVID-19, and how did your team adjust?

Beck Moss: The biggest adjustment is that we have had to make it work in small groups of ten with a mix of people. We haven’t been able to see everyone and get that team bonding from conditioning and practice. We have handled it pretty well and we are hoping to get back to somewhat normal soon

Q: Were there any significant difficulties because of the new regulations?

Moss: There were at first. We were not even allowed to have footballs so our practices consisted of conditioning and agility so until we got them back it was pretty monotonous.

Volleyball

Boys Volleyball

Q: What has been the biggest change due to COVID-19, and how did your team adjust?

Daniel Chao: The biggest change would be having to wear face masks, which limit us physically. We also used to practice every day of the week; however, because of the new schedule, we only have practices once a week. With limited practices, we have to work even harder and hone our skills outside of school as well. We have not been told about any new regulations to follow during matches, but we are prepared to make quick changes.

Girls Volleyball

Q: Were there any significant difficulties because of the new regulations?

Rory Dudley: Playing with masks on isn’t ideal, especially because it gets really hot in the gym, so it can get hard to breathe and very sweaty under the mask. Also when we first started we couldn’t pass to each other, so that made things quite difficult since a primary aspect of volleyball is having everyone touch the one ball. Thankfully, we are able to pass to one person now, which means we can practice passing and digging with someone else. This makes practices much easier and more like an actual volleyball practice.

Q: What has been the biggest change due to COVID-19, and how did your team adjust?

Dudley: I think the biggest change would’ve been that our entire season was pushed back. We weren’t allowed to have camp or try outs over the summer, which is when we usually start playing. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to do anything over the summer and for a while until about two weeks ago. We had been practicing and exercising on our own until very recently, but we still had to adjust to the rules set for our sport. For example, we just got to start passing to one person and so we’ve had to change our practices in order to fit these requirements.

Water Polo

Boys Water Polo

Q: What has been the biggest change due to COVID-19, and how did your team adjust?

Ryan Verzani: We have not been able to practice drills with contact so we’ve been focusing more on conditioning and shooting. For the upcoming season we plan to adjust as quickly as possible to contact water polo and be able to compete despite the loss of our impactful seniors.

Girls Water Polo

Q: What has been the biggest change due to COVID-19, and how did your team adjust?

Arianna Carter, captain: The coronavirus has affected the way we practice drastically, but adapting has been really easy and organized. I would say that the greatest change would be the two cohorts practicing at different times though. Despite being unable to all be together, we have been much more organized and communicative because of it.

Q: Were there any significant difficulties because of the new regulations?

Carter: Even though there are many new restrictions that everyone has to adapt to, it has allowed all of us to become more responsible for ourselves. The polo team also sees it as a huge privilege to be able to practice even with restrictions.