Winter sports update
Boys Basketball started their season with a win against Orange High School on Nov. 19 and have a current league record of 1-5-0. The Vaqueros, led by seniors Faiz Shaik, Logen Wilson and Nicholas DeLuca, competed in the Rancho Alamitos Tournament. Their next home game is Jan. 21 against Beckman.
“This season, we want to be more focused and driven to win,” Shaik said. We are putting more time and effort into becoming as good as we can to improve everyday in order to win games.”
Girls basketball has an overall record of 8-3-0. They competed in the Savannah Tournament over winter break against teams from across the district, where they won two out of the four games. The team is led by captains and seniors Annette Yuen, Kendy Vargas, Emmeline Law and Haruka Mikuma. Their next home game will be on Jan. 21 against Beckman.
“We have been preparing since the summer and throughout the off-season to make this season the best,” guard Yuen said. “Everyone is committed to playing together and having a successful season. The team is like family to me. We spend almost every day at practice together. I know they will always have my back and I will always have theirs.”
Boys soccer started their season with a tie (2-2) against Northwood on Dec. 3 and have a current league record of 2-3-0. Seniors and captains Arshia Mehraein and Nathan Silva have led the Vaqueros throughout the season. Their next home game will be Jan. 24 against Portola and their senior night will be on Jan. 26.
“Our team represents a group of people with the same goal in mind,” center mid Mehraein said. “Our team is composed of players from each grade level and we are able to build a good relationship while playing with each other.”
Senior Marieta Chavez-Brandeis and Sarah Neddersen and junior Cyann Whitley have been leading the season since their season started on Nov. 30. Our Lady Vaqueros competed in the Newport Harbor Tournament on Dec. 11, where they won two of four games. They have a current league record of 0-3-0. Their next home game is Jan. 19 against Beckman.
“This season is different due to COVID-19 and a new coach but we hope to make it as enjoyable as possible and create more bonds among ourselves,” outside mid Neddersen said. “Our goal for the team is to just try our best for the duration of the season.”
Girls water polo has a current league record of 3-4-0. The Lady Vaqueros competed in the Diamond Bar Tournament on Jan. 14 where they won two out of four games, placing in the top ten for Division 1. The Socal Champs Tournament will be held on Jan. 26-29. The team is led by all senior players. Their next home game will be against Beckman on Jan. 20.
“My goals for the team are to continue to grow as players and people and to keep learning from every game we play,” goalie Lagerlof said. We obviously want to win games, but more importantly, fight to the end in every game we play. We plan on getting the most out of our first full season in a couple of years, and developing our water polo program.”
Seniors Carlos Rodriguez and Emmanuel Bulalacao and Junior Benedek Magyar have led the team through the Andrew Pena Classics where Irvine placed fourth on Dec. 11. Additionally, 11 wrestlers from Irvine also competed at the Ed Springs Classic on Dec. 17 where Magyar placed first and senior Kenny Cutler placed sixth. Their next game is against and at Beckman on Jan. 20. Our Lady Vaquero wrestlers are led by senior Sachi Lakhina. In their last match at Santa Ana, sophomore Alyssa Head placed third and freshman Lily Mendez placed fourth on Dec. 18. They will compete against Laguna Hills on Jan. 22 and have their senior night on Jan. 25.
“The whole team has been working hard during practice and we’re just excited to be wrestling again,” Lakhina said. “It’s also the most girls we’ve ever had on the wrestling team so it’s nice to see the program grow.”