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Posted: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 3:59 pm

Just as students begin a new school year, fall sports are already back in action. Coronado High School has six fall sports: cross country, football, women’s volleyball, women’s tennis, women’s golf, and men’s water polo. These student-athletes train beginning in August until November. Some of the teams have rising freshman and sophomores looking to make their mark, and some have a senior-heavy squad excited to finish their last season out on top. All the teams are optimistic about the upcoming season.

Cross Country

Cross country was fortunate in that they only lost one senior on the women’s team, so the team is looking strong and ready for a competitive season. Aeron Yim and Hannah Downey are the senior captains, as well as four-year varsity returners. Senior Erik Armes will be leading the men’s team. The cross country team will officially begin season this month with the annual Cougar Relay, a four-person, six-mile run where each teammate runs a mile and a half. Last year, the women’s varsity team took second place, falling short behind Cathedral Catholic. “This is our year and we plan on doing everything we can to win that race,” said Downey. The event took place at UC San Marcos on August 30th. This time last year, Erik Armes ended with the fastest overall men’s time. Big things are on the horizon for the Islander cross country team.

Women’s Volleyball

Women’s volleyball starting preparing for their upcoming at the beginning of August. Eleven players made the varsity squad, including ten returners and eight seniors. Many of the girls have been playing together for years, so team unity and togetherness are aspects already in place. Last year, the team made it to the quarterfinals but ended up losing to Otay Ranch 3-0. Sophomore Julia Holden is the only underclassmen on the team and is a returning varsity player. “The team is looking very good and we have a solid chance of winning league,” she said. The biggest game to look out for this season is the match against Coronado’s rival, Our Lady of Peace. This school has been the only team standing in the way of Coronado’s attempt to clinch the league title. With this women’s team on the court, Coronado’s amazing volleyball program is looking stronger than ever.

Men’s Waterpolo

Men’s water polo is one of the few Coronado sport teams that practices year-round. Whether they have 4:45 am weight training or laps in the frigid pool, water polo players prove their dedication to their sport every day. Over the summer, their schedule was quite intense. Monday through Thursday, the boys had regular practice, followed by weight training and conditioning Tuesday and Thursday. They spent the bulk of their weekends at games and tournaments. In August, the team travled to Hawaii and played in the Hawaii Invitational. Both the boys and the girls competed and the Islanders ended up winning the men’s under 16 bracket and second in the men’s under 18 bracket. The Coronado team also trained with the local coaches and did swim runs during their time in Weimea. Sophomore Austin Dozier really loved the experience of traveling with the team and is looking forward to the upcoming season.

Women’s Tennis

Returning to the court is the women’s tennis team, which includes several longtime returners as well as a few new faces. According to senior Bri Lehr, OLP and Cathedral Catholic High School are the team’s biggest rivals. “Considering the size of Coronado High compared to some of the other high schools in San Diego, we are doing extremely well,” she said. Coach Rob Moore loves sharing his passion for the sport through his enthusiasm and high expectations for his players. In 2012, the tennis team made it all the way to the CIF finals but unfortunately lost in an extremely tough match. “This season, I’m looking forward to playing doubles with my new partner Chrissy Seggerman,” said senior Emily Breay. “I know we’re going to play well together.” Teamwork and dedication will be strong factors in determining how far the team will go this year, but the upcoming season is guaranteed to be a competitive one.

Women’s Golf

Out on the course, women’s golf rounds out fall sports. The team started out strong: they have already won one match each against Patrick Henry High School and San Diego High School. The Islanders are now focusing on an upcoming game against their biggest rival, Cathedral Catholic High School. Team captain Neyla Buil Macarty is entering her fourth and final golf season and said that she is most excited about creating a strong foundation for the golf program that will last for years to come. “My teammates and I are all very close,” said Buil Macarty, who spent hours practicing her game over the summer. “We have a lot of fun together, but we manage to stay competitive and help one another improve.” The team was fortunate to not lose many seniors in June, so the golfers are looking to play well and come out strong.

Football

One of the staples of fall sports in Coronado is football. Our athletes live for Friday night games packed with cheering fans. “The team has been working extremely hard for the past few weeks, including multiple ‘two a days,’” said senior Alex Burke, referring to twice-daily practices. The football team attended an intensive summer training camp at the University of San Diego. “We’ve made tremendous progress since camp and we’re ready to build a foundation upon which this program can thrive for years to come,” said Burke, who is especially excited to compete in the four scheduled home games this season. They’ve prevailed in a scrimmage against Santa Fe Christian on August 22 and the team hopes to see a great turnout at the CHS Homecoming game against University City High School on October 24. The football games are going to be full of action and heart; good luck Islanders!

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