The Bucs, under head coach Gebel Anderson, come into the week with a mark of 13-4. The team has been led to date by sophomore Andy Knight and senior Aydan Lopresti.
“This is by far the most competitive team in the last decade,” Anderson remarked. “We actually have a shot to go to the CIF tournament in May as a team. Andy is currently ranked No. 17 in the county and ranked No. 2 in City schools.”
Head coach Brandon Rhodes’ team came into play this week at 7-2 overall (4-0 league).
According to Rhodes, key players to date have included junior midfielder Carson Wells, senior midfielder Deshaun Bailey, sophomore attack man Keegan Kroeger, senior attack man Dylan Upton, senior defenseman Nick Tropio and junior defenseman Jaron Fuentes.
“We are off to a great start, playing very well as a team, led by junior, face-off midfielder and captain Wells,” Rhodes noted. “Carson has been dominant at face-offs this year, winning more than 75 percent of attempts.
“Kroeger and Upton have been great on the offensive side of the ball, with Bailey playing great on both sides of the ball as a middie. As well as great defensive work from Tropio and Fuentes holding opposing teams to less than five goals per game on average. It’s been a great first half of the season and the Bucs will look to continue to have success and grow together as a team,” Rhodes said.
Girls sand volleyball
The Bucs, under head coach Brittany Johnson, come into action this week at 5-1. Mission Bay’s loss was to Our Lady of Peace.
“The whole team is strong and phenomenal, but our consistent top players are juniors Juliette Castner and Chloe Gallego,” Johnson remarked.
According to Johnson, the season is going great. “I really couldn't have asked for a better group of talented, dedicated athletes,” Johnson said. “They have all made significant improvements to their games, and I'm looking forward to a strong finish.”
Head coach Danny Perez says the teams are battling for another win as the regular season winds down. The boys head into the week at 1-4, while the girls sit at 0-5.
According to Perez, key members to date include Gina Queck (league leader in the 3200m, and second in the 1600m and 800m), Nick Archer (top jumper with a triple jump of 43'0.50 and second in the league) and TK Berhe (lifetime best of 4:36 at the Elmer Runge Classic back in March and ran 10:09 at the Jim Cerveny Invite this month).
“This season been a tougher challenge with stiffer competition, our league has very talented athletes in it and we been plagued with the injury bug,” Perez commented. “Rather than forcing athletes to compete to win, we rested them in preparation for our league finals. We are looking to finish the season strong with many of our athletes qualifying for CIFs at Mt. Carmel May 11.”
The Bucs swept league rivals Morse High and Lincoln High with 3-0 wins and included a win by the junior varsity team versus Morse last week. The Bucs are 7-0 in league and in first place, ranked in the top six in Division III.
Junior outside hitter Ian Briski leads the team in kills and hitting percentage. Against Lincoln High, Briski had 22 kills and hit almost .800. Senior outside hitter Zander Caufield is second on the team in kills, digs and passing percentage. Senior middle blocker Josh Leon is second in hitting percentage and third in kills and leads the team in blocks. Junior libero Ryan Derry leads the team in passing percentage and digs.
"We are excited about being in first place in league and just need to finish out with wins against San Diego, Crawford and Kearney to secure the league title,” head coach Nikki Caufield stated. “We have a freshman setter Aric Johnson that is still learning as we go but improving every week.
“If we play consistent the boys are a lot of fun to watch. We have a good group of players like junior Jackson Priest and some freshmen and sophomores that are also playing really well and could be amazing in the future. With only two seniors on the roster, our team is young and still learning but we are excited about the level of play we are seeing," Caufield said.
Mission Bay headed into action this week with a record of 10-2 overall (8-1 league play) for head coach Trong Tong.
“While Jacob Price (No. 3 singles) is coming into his own, our top two singles players Jake Stone and Nicolas Guevara are truly the anchors of our team,” Tong stated. “Jake is one of most dominant players in our league as he only has a handful of losses out of almost three dozen matches.”
Although Nicolas has predominantly been our doubles player prior to this season, he has successfully transitioned into a strong singles player with great confidence this season.
“As our doubles teams (led by Sebastian Medina, Terrence McClaron and Darin Robinson) still need to improve in consistency, their sporadic flashes of brilliance have greatly helped to put us in a favorable position for a Team CIF run,” Tong said.
According to Tong, in order to topple the team’s dominant league rival and leader in Serra High, the Bucs will need to execute almost flawlessly across the board on April 16 (after press time).
“Regardless of the outcomes in this last week of our regular season play, our performance this season has already exceeded my expectations, but it will be icing on the cake if we could make the postseason as a team,” Tong added.
The boys and girls entered the week with records of 1-6 for head coach Lyndsay Sutterley. According to Sutterley, top swimmers to date have included Kyle Baker, Forrest Wells, Sita Antel and Mckenzie Grohn.
“We are currently developing our swimmers,” Sutterley noted. “Athletes have dropped time drastically; we are very happy with their progression. We have two relays (boys and girls) who have qualified for CIF.”