Fall athletes triumph in CIF
December 2, 2021
Athletes and coaches of Football, Girls Volleyball and Boys Water Polo all advanced to California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) for the first time.
“I believe that we will win” echoed through the stands at the beginning of each game. It is evident from their 10-0-0 league record that our football players believed it as well. The football team makes their mark by being the second team in Irvine High history to have an undefeated record. During their last league game against Laguna Hills, senior Cameron Goods scored his 30th touchdown and broke the previous school record of most points scored in a season. Football then qualified for CIF where they played as a Division 4 team and lost against St. Francis High School 20-45 on Nov 11.
“Best part of the season was winning that final game that completed the 10-0 record. The seniors did a great job and they set the precedent about where [Irvine] football should be.” – Tom Ricci, head varsity coach
“It was amazing to make CIF. We’ve been waiting for so long since we didn’t get a chance last year. We finally got to show our talent at a more competitive level and we were all happy that we were able to make it together.” – Jack Condon, Quarterback
After a successful serve, a good set and a strong strike, the ball lands untouched on the opposing team’s side and our girls volleyball team rejoice. The team had a league record of 4-8-0, which placed them in the top three and they qualified for CIF for the first time since 2013. They won two rounds of CIF and advanced to the semifinal sectionals, where they lost but continued to the CIF state championships. They won against St. Monica High 3-1 their first state championship game and lost in the second. The Lady Vaqueros ended their season becoming the first team after two decades to play in the state championships.
“I really appreciate the seniors for being role models in my first year as head coach. They worked with me to make changes. Their senior year wasn’t the easiest but they really responded to the extra responsibilities of being leaders and I’m grateful for them. Our younger players were also able to gather together and achieve something that was greater than the sum of its parts. I also want to thank the school admin, teachers, and staff for their support. We wouldn’t be able to make it this far without the whole school standing behind us.” – Noel Nguyen, head varsity coach
“I think the team made it to CIF because of our relentless effort and hardwork throughout the season. Additionally, our willingness to take the advice of our coaches and try new techniques allowed us to improve very quickly. Our team also never gives up and continues to fight until the game is over.” – Nikki Chen, Outside hitter and Team Captain
With one hand on the ball and a goal in mind, the boys Water Polo team swam along season, ultimately becoming third in league. The Vaqueros secured their spot in CIF after their final league game against Northwood on Oct. 25 as they placed third in league. The Vaqueros then advanced to CIF for the first time since 2013 where they concluded their season after losing to Santiago High School 14-16 on Nov. 2.
“The best part of this season was the flow we got in about halfway through. We started the season without any expectations besides improving every day and once we got in a flow, we really got better every day. We didn’t stop getting better. We kept improving, all the way up to our CIF game.” – Tijmen Egtberts, head varsity coach
“Our team has really talented young players, and we have really good communication and work well together. We’ve also gotten really good at playing team defense.” – Ethan MacVicar, left wing