By Marleld Duran
This season, the Gabrielino High School varsity girls golf team competed in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) playoffs for the sixth year in a row with the players have improved both individually and as a team.
Swanson noted the improvements of juniors Stephanie Foo and Jasmine Lam throughout the season, and the was pleased with the performance of the new freshman addition to the team, Casey Chenh.
Swanson also stated that this year’s most valuable player was the team’s captain, senior May Tang, because of her ability to send the ball flying long distances along with her dedication to the sport over the past four years at Gabrielino.
By Linus Chhun
Sophomore Cassidy Do and senior Skye-Lynn Bojorquez became the first females to attend the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) wrestling playoffs in the history of Gabrielino High School. On Feb. 5, during the CIF qualifying tournament, Do placed sixth while Bojorquez placed second. During the CIF playoffs, Do placed sixth while Bojorquez placed fourth. In March, Do originally entered in the Cadet Division, but lost two matches and was eliminated from the competition. However, after entering the Varsity division afterwards, Do broke to the final round and made history by placing fifth in the entire United States.
On Feb. 11, the boys CIF qualifying tournaments resulted in freshman Donovan Sanin, senior Harry Sanin, senior David Garcia, and Peter Villa all placing first in league in their respective weight classes, while Sean Gallagher and Nathan Manalastas placed second in the league overall. On Feb. 17, the CIF Playoffs resulted in Harry Sanin placing fifth and David Garcia placing eighth out of 32 schools.
By Garrett Gallego
The 2016-2017 season for Gabrielino High School varsity girls soccer was certainly a suspenseful one, with the Eagles facing off against Colony High School in the second round of CIF.
“We knew from the start that they were a great team, but we came together, played our game and kept a strong mentality throughout the entire match,” Caia Rice, senior stated.
The team beat out Colony and eventually fought their way to becoming CIF semifinalists by the end of the season.
When asked how she would describe this season overall, Rice simply said, “It was an incredible season!”
By Christopher Lung
“The team was really supportive of me, pushing me to get stronger and faster every week,” stated Yuta Horii, sophomore.
Although it was just the beginning of the school year, new bonds were already being established within the boys cross country team. Their support and encouragement for each other allowed them to break personal and school records.
The Gabrielino High School cross country team has maintained its position as second in the Mission Valley League for two consecutive years.
New personal records were established during the season. Junior Jayson Espinosa broke the school record for the Rosemead Invitational with a time of 15:34. Skyler Hudson placed first out of 133 runners in the Division III Mount Sac Invitational, which is considered the largest meet in Southern California.
By Raymond Lo
Diligent. Persistence. Perseverance. These words describe how the girls cross country team competed throughout their season.
On Nov. 12, the Lady Eagles competed at CIF Prelims placing 17 out of 19 teams.
On Nov. 2, the varsity squad placed fourth in the league qualifying to CIF Prelims the following week.
During the second league meet cluster at Legg Lake on Oct. 5, the team placed fourth out of seven schools.
On Sept. 15, the girls varsity competed at their first league cluster at Bonelli Regional Park, placing fourth out of the seven schools that competed.
By Deandra Du
Editor in Chief
The game was tied, 60-60, Gabrielino with the ball. Senior Justin Chai put up a three-pointer. The buzzer rang. Seconds later, the gym was roaring and the Eagles were league champions once again.
“Honestly, I didn’t think [the shot] was going to go in,” stated Chai. “I couldn’t believe it […] I had an on and off season but I’m glad I got to end my last league on a high note.”
By hitting the buzzer beater, Chai secured the Mission Valley League (MVL) Championship for his team in the 63-60 win against Rosemead High School on Jan. 25. Although GHS had lost to Mountain View High School prior to the victory, the Panthers defeated the Vikings a few days later, giving the Eagles one more shot at the MVL title.
With blood, sweat, and respect, the seniors ended their high school careers in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF).
By Christopher Lung
“We all had individual and team ups and downs, but the one thing I really learned from this season was to never give up or run away from a challenge,” stated Audrey Kuptz, junior.
During the beginning of the season, the girls volleyball team all helped each other to overcome obstacles and achieve their common goals. Their cooperation has propelled them to break new records.
The team defeated the Gabrielino alumni in a preseason game even though they frequently lose to them.
For the fourth consecutive year, the team earned the Mission Valley League championship title. The team even swept the first round of California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) with a 3-0 record.
The group placed ninth out of 21 schools in the Molten Classic Tournament, which is a competitive invitational matchup. They also won the Garey Tournament for the past three years.
Ultimately, the challenges and tournaments during the season allowed the volleyball team to bond closer than ever
By Jasmine Lam
This year, boys track and field won the Mission Valley league championship for the first time and had multiple records that were broken. In shot put, senior Jeffrey Vuong, now holds the record for boys of a distance of 51 feet. Tiffany Le, junior, holds the discus record at a distance of 96.2 feet.
“I put a lot of dedication to my discus, I practice as much as I can in a day and it’s also mental, it could either make you or break you.” said Le, “I’m so incredibly grateful to have so much support from my friends, coaches, and family.”
According to shot put coach, Mark Lemus, not just one thrower has improved but the team as a whole grew over the season.
Additionally, junior Kevin Yuen, became league champion for his event in pole vault.
By Kelly Wong
The Gabrielino girl’s basketball team became the League Champions this year with a record of 11-1, and took second place in the Ontario Christian Tournament.
Amanda Lee, junior, particularly stood out this year, as she was selected to participate in the Ontario Christian Tournament, as well as the La Habra Tournament, and was voted Mission Valley Most Valuable Player.
Lee was also played on the first team for the all area team, and the second team for CIF.
“The girls are exciting to watch play, and the core of the team is returning for [the] season next year.” stated head coach Desiree Almaraz.
By Jasmine Alfaro
Rough. Tiring. Rewarding.
These are the words that describe the past year of the Gabrielino High School Varsity track team and its list of record breaking victories, performed by students who have put their hearts and souls out on the every track meet.
Season successes for the girls track team include junior Taylor Thames breaking the 100 meters relay with a record time of 12.63 seconds. Along with this, sophomore Olivia Koyama, sophomore Joy Hano, senior Kiana Peters, and junior Taylor Thames won the 4×100 relay with a historical time of 49.8 seconds.
In addition, senior Jason Byrd broke the school record for the boys 200 and 400 meters relay, with a score of 22.64 and 50.26 seconds.
By Raymond Lo
Patience. Teamwork. Technique.
These are the words that describe the ethics of the Gabrielino High School varsity boys golf team as the boys battled through their season.
The Eagles experienced a successful season this year with high placings in League Finals and in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) playoffs.
Senior Timothy Liu competed in the CIF Prelims on May 10 in Rancho San Marcos and earned a spot in the CIF playoffs.
The golf team competed at the League Finals tournament in El Prado on May 10, with Liu earning fourth place in the league while sophomore Osiris Sesma placed fifth and junior Devin Heng and junior Ryan Cheng tied for sixth place at the tournament.
“I felt that we had a lot to adjust to losing our seniors from last year,” stated Heng. He added, “But I feel like [the returning players] bonded with the new players on the team and we were able to make the most of it and have a fun season.”
By Jady Ojeda
The Gabrielino High School girls varsity swim team kick started the qualification process for the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) State Championships at the meet against Mark Keppel High School on March 23.
With a second place finish in the 200 medley relay consisting of senior Megan Luc, freshman Rayana Ramirez, sophomores co-captain Victoria Sam and Vanessa Wu.
During League Finals on May 5, Luc finished her 100 free race with an impressive time of 1:01, contributing to the girls’ overall third place finish and earning them another spot at CIF.
“For CIF, I expect my teammates to swim their hardest and win,” stated Casey Choi, senior.
By Nyah Toomes
Gabrielino High School varsity cheer team experienced a successful season thanks to their tight-knit bond year round.
The team placed second overall in both United Spirit Association (USA) Regional competition and third overall out of 12 teams at the USA Nationals competition.
The team has also learned to accomplish stunts that were hard to perfect last season such as double down twist cradles, comprehensive pyramids, back tucks, front tucks, and dismounts.
“We worked really hard, having to take in extra practices and night practices, to get to where we are today.” stated senior Randell Ramos.
With hardwork, practice and dedication, the Gabrielino varsity cheer team has had one of its best years and the cheerleaders are looking forward to next year.
By Rodin Batcheller
As the results came in and the plaque showcasing a season of hard work was handed over, the Gabrielino High School boys varsity swim team celebrated their third Almont League championship title in a row. On May 5, the boys headed over to Schurr High School to compete in the Almont League Finals meet.
The Eagles won six individual events and three relay team events. Grabbing the top three spots in the 100 yard breast were junior Jeremy Nguyen, junior Eden Ly and senior Dylan Ngo. Winfred Wang and Miles Leon, both juniors, won two of their respective events, the 100 yard fly and the 50 yard free for Wang and the 100 and 200 yard free for Leon. The pair broke both of their personal records in the process.