Category: Sports


Lacrosse looks for a goal

by Lauren Scott

Despite a rocky start, the boys lacrosse team remains optimistic for the rest of their games this season.
At first, the team found it difficult to recruit new players. On top of that, the team was playing schools in higher divisions, so the idea of winning many games against large schools appeared hopeless.
Despite these weak spots, captain junior Jared Agnew said, “Chadwick lacrosse  is on the rise.”
Although the lacrosse team currently  has a 2-4 record, the season is still one of the best lacrosse seasons in Chadwick history.
“The season is going really well so far. After Coach Willison took over as head coach we got about 10 new players which has really made a difference in our season,” said junior Zach Goodman. “Compared to my last two years playing lacrosse at Chadwick, this is by far going to be our best season with the most talent.”
The players are most proud of their game against Joran High School. The boys lacrosse team won 15 to 0, the first shut out in the last two years.
Goodman said, “Even though the other team wasn’t the best competition, it was great to see all of us having fun with the victory.”
Similar to Goodman, Captain sophomore Jake Radeski said,  “We are very proud of [our win]. We did not let them score any goals thanks to Zach [Goodman] and our defense, and we scored a Chadwick record 15 goals thanks to [junior] Kyle Ulman and our offense.”
Over the course of the season, more players have joined, bringing the team even more success.
“The team itself is very talented and everyone works together very well,” said Radeski. “We are a very young team so we believe that next season we will do even better than this year and we have a very promising future.”

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by Susan Wang

Winning for the sake of winning is not the goal for the girls softball team this season.
With seniors who strive to support and help younger players, the team feels that softball has been a great bonding experience.
Sophomore Molly Rowe says, “I love being a part of the team because it is relatively small, and I get to really know everyone on the team.”
Under the guidance and mentoring of coach Theresa Reyes, the team won against their rival, Westridge School, with a score of 11-8.
“[Coach Reyes] understands how we work, and she is able to have just as much fun as we do,” said captain senior Morgan Peterson.
Sometimes, all the lightheartedness on the field does not yield success in winning matches.
“Sometimes it doesn’t exactly help us win, but even when we’re losing, we are still laughing and having a great time on the field!” said Peterson.
Overall, the team bonding has many rewards, and the players are ecstatic about their close friendship.
“We have a lot of fun together, and we are all friends,” said senior Nicole Hutchison. “My favorite part of this season has been going to Yummy Yogurt with the team on Fridays.”
The team does have a priority in trying develop and grow as a team overall and as individual players.
Rowe said, “I’d really like to grow as a hitter. I definitely need more practice, and I’d really like to get better as the season goes on.”
Similarly, Hutchison hopes to contribute her all into her last season of softball at Chadwick: “My goal for the season is to help the team out however I can so we can do our very best.”

by Amanda Long

The combination of newfound talent, awareness and determination has given the varsity boys volleyball team both a successful season so far and hope for further accomplishment.
The team has an overall score of 14-5, and is ranked as the number one team in Division 5 of Prep League.
“This is the first year we’ve ever had the number one ranking at any point,” said varsity  coach Michael Cass.
Junior James Lenihan said, “We’ve had some rough matches, but we’ve also had some pretty close ones too.”
Although all team members are skilled individually, unity among the team members is slightly lacking.  The volleyball players have not yet formed the strong bonds that make a team.
Cass said, “I think this is one of the more talented teams, but I don’t think they’re playing as cohesively as other teams yet.”
Co-captain and senior Ryan Hood agreed: “The chemistry just needs to be there. The team worked together great last year and we’re still struggling to get it this year.”
The team has struggled with the loss of core team members. “We had [alumni] John Scott ‘10, Faheem Qazi ‘10 and Steve Sinclair ‘10, who all were huge emotional parts of our team,” said Hood.
The three provided the team with amusement, calmness and focus, as well as leadership.
Leaders have yet to rise on the team, which is negatively impacting their connection. Hood said, “We need to combine as one big team: bench players and players who are on the court.”
The team’s lack of harmony has manifested itself through more noticeable attitudes. Sophomore Jordan Lucier said, “A weakness would probably just be staying positive and not dwelling on the mistakes we make.”
Additionally, the team feels that they lack in energy on the court sometimes. freshman Tyler Colon said, “One of the weaknesses is that we don’t always have enough energy.”
“Everybody’s good at volleyball: there is no doubt in my mind, but we just need to be a lot more positive and need to focus all of our skill into a single team rather than as individuals,” said Hood. “You realize that the teams that aren’t that great are the ones who are not as emotional and who aren’t as enthusiastic.”
The team believes that the minute moments can make or break a game or season.  Cass said, “It’s really about being able to focus on all of the minor things as well that make the difference when you’re playing a top team.”
Similarly, Hood believes that focus is a fundamental detail: “If everybody focuses on the team then it’ll help the leadership and it’ll help the chemistry as well,” said Hood.
Enthusiasm is one of the most crucial parts in establishing a strong sense of team unity, but their enthusiasm should not be solely based on the team scoring a point agianst their opponents.
Cass said, “I always like a team to respond to winning or losing a point the same way.”
The team also has new players senior Larry Feygin and Colon to bolster the team’s lineup.
Addressing an issue is the first step to solving it, and the team is determined to solve their problems as they continue to have great expectations. The team  is already projected to strongly compete in the CIF final round.
“These guys have kind of a very high bar to meet, but with that being said, I mean they have a very legitimate shot at winning CIF,” said Cass.
The team aspires to even greater heights than CIF finals this year. The team hopes to compete on a higher level after CIF. Hood said, “We want to compete at state again this year.”

by Alex Nguyen-Phuc

Despite the realitively small size of the team, boys tennis shows potential early in the league season.
Only a few league games into the season, coaches Rob Fronauer and Carolyn Leach comment, “We’re still figuring out our strengths and line-up for singles and doubles. We have some depth and options as to how we are going to organize the season.”
Currently, the team has a record of 3-5, undefeated in league play. Sophomore Jackson Belcher commented, “We have had a rough start since last year we started out 5-2.”
Last year, the team went 11-3, undefeated in league, but lost           in     the first round of CIF.
Sophomore Maximilian Hawkins said, “Our team this year is more focused and determined to win than last year. I think we are a bit better.”
According to senior and team captain, Saagar Shah, “The team is strong as always and we are improving rapidly, so it will be easy to make it into the playoffs as first in league”.
Director of Chadwick athletics, Rollie Johnson has high hopes for the team.  Johnson says, “I think Maximilian Hawkins is going to kill everyone.”
Freshman Derek Char agreed that Hawkins is a strong key player on the team.
Char says, “The hardest match was the one against Peninsula since Max lost. That doesn’t happen.”
The main difference between last year’s team and this year’s team is most likely the team size. Despite the fact that the team lost some important members when the previous seniors on the team graduated, it has gained new important figures such as sophomore Matt Sumen who says, “We have to improve on our serves and most of all, our mental game.” Other new players include senior Conor Dawson, junior Jasper Burns, as well as six additional freshmen.
Even  with this new crop, there are less than twenty students on the team, making the team significantly smaller than last year’s team. Earlier in the season, matches were being played with just a varsity team. Hawkins had even gone on to say, “Three more guys need to come out for tennis so we can have a junior varsity team.” Though three more guys never went out for tennis, the coaches eventually split the team. This means there are few subs for varsity and junior varsity plays with only eight members, one tennis player short of the typical three singles and three doubles teams line-up. But the bright side of having such small numbers is that players get more time on the court, which not all players from last year’s team got to enjoy.  Even those who are playing tennis competitively, like freshman Derek Char, do not mind sharing the playing time. Char says, “Being a freshman on the team doesn’t really feel that different except they don’t care as much about us messing up during the games.”
However, having such an undersized team has meant that bonding between the players has reached a new extreme. They bonded over making freshman Zach Herbst bring baked good for the entire team because he forgot a history textbook after an away game before league play started. “I forgot to make cookies and had to convince my mom to go out and buy some before practice.” said Herbst. Even Coach Rob took part in torturing this freshman by forcing him to run laps because he forgot to bring a sweatshirt to a game. But Belcher clarified: “We like to joke around a lot, like when my partner Saagar and I sing songs during practices. But we get very serious during matches.”
The new level of team bonding has helped the team to become closer with each other, which is important considering that tennis is a sport the requries a high amount of trust between team players during play time.
However, some of the best moments of this year’s season did not occur on the court at practice or during the matches. Many of the top memorable team experiences have happened during the bus rides.  According to Hawkins, Matt Sumen can really rock out to his iPod, especially when he thinks no one is watching.
The bus rides to practice and to matches have given the team even more time to bond and get to know one another.
With such a small team, the team can enjoy the bus ride experiences together instead of in separate smaller groups.
Though they may have had their doubts, the team has been able to turn its small size into an advantage.

by Lauren Scott

Small, but mighty, Chadwick’s boys golf team has a good chance at making it far this spring season. In comparison to an inconsistent past, the team is back on track and headed in the right direction again.
Mike Galloway, the Chadwick golf team coach, says, “This team is starting to rival the great teams Chadwick has had in its past.”
“This year could end up being one of the better years in Chadwick Golf’s history,” says junior Michael Stone, captain of the golf team. For a while, Chadwick’s golf team was one of the best teams in the South Bay. However, in 2009 and 2010, Chadwick has had a hard time bringing in wins.
“Last year, we were younger and had some injuries. Our League record was 0-10, 1-10 overall. The year before that we were 2-8 in league,” says Coach Mike Galloway.
However this year, the golf team hopes to make their way back up to the excellent team it used to be—and it seems to be heading in that direction. The Chadwick boys golf team has a tough road ahead of them playing large schools in Bay League like South Torrance, Mira Costa, Peninsula, Redondo Union and West Torrance. However, they have a great shot in finishing first this year.
So far this season, the team has had much success. They have won all of their home games and even an away game making them 3-2 in league. The team is already in third place out of eight teams after winning most of their games as well. The boy’s golf team has also made a goal to make it to CIF, with strong contributors like  Stone and others leading the way. If they win the rest of their matches, Chadwick has a chance to become co-champions or even win Bay League. Advancing far in CIF Individual Competition is another goal for some this season.
Not only has this golf season brought success in golf games, but also in the strong bond between the players. There are a few, but great personalities added to the golf team that help contribute to the relaxed and friendly chemistry between teammates. “They’ve created strong, new friendships and helped strengthen existing ones, and they help make everyone want to play better,” Stone says.
Even newcomers to the team found a nice niche in the team bond. Freshman Michael Duan says, “It is easy to fit in.”
As far as strengths, the team has a lot of depth. Any of the top seven on the team can get the lowest score of the game so if someone has an off day, he can depend on his teammates for a good score. The only weakness Galloway says is that the team is young and they don’t have any seniors on the varsity team, however this will change for next year.
Stone says, “I just want to thank the people who have shown support for Chadwick Golf, and I hope we can continue to represent Chadwick well for the rest of the season.”

by Montana Morgan

Off to a swift and steady start, the swim team held their Spirit Day competing against Flintridge Prepratory School and the Webb Schools.
The girls swim team began the meet with a resounding and gratifying win against Flintridge.
“Flintridge is a very good team to play when we want to boost our self-esteem,” said captain junior Elyse Werksman.
However, the girls team did lose to one of their top rivals, Mayfield, who took the league title last year.
“Mayfield has quite an army of swimmers, but there were still some good races,” said coach Diane Gallas. “ We won a lot of events, but we just didn’t have as much depth as they did.”
“We were all kind of broken down that meet. We’ve been doing a lot of really tough practices, so none of us are really peaking yet, but we were happy with how it went,” said Werksman.
Werksman also has high hopes for the future of the girls team.
“There are a lot of girls that are trying to go below a minute in the 100 [meter] free [style], which is a really big feat, so I’m really excited to see [how they do],” said Werksman.
The girls team will have to compete and win against a myriad of solid and seasonedprep league teams.
Captain junior Matty Gallas is optimistic about the girls’ chances and believes Chadwick can do it, “The girls will have to beat some strong competitors like Poly, Westridge, and Mayfield, who all have very good club swimmers and deep teams; however, I’d say the girls have a good chance at winning.”
“Last year the girls were third in league, so this year we would like to try to get second,” said  coach Gallas, “And it would be nice to qualify two relays and four individual girls for CIF.”
As a Division II team, Chadwick will have to compete among the best teams in the area. The swimmers must compete against larger schools with many club swimmers like Mira Costa High School and Oaks Christian School.
But a league title may not be far out of reach for the boys swim team. They will be aiming for their second straight title in a row.
“Even though we lost Kurt [Buchbinder ‘10], our team is just as strong, if not stronger,” said Matty Gallas. “Personally, I would be surprised if we didn’t win league.”
A league title is fully within reach according to their results from the tri-meet. The team beat Flintridge with little trouble and ultimately finished with first place in the meet.
“We were a little worried about Flintridge because they apparently had a few new freshman who swam club,” said Diane Gallas. “But we won pretty easily and everyone raced well.”
The mere idea of stronger competitors even sparked competition in the boys swim team, and they challenged themselves to swim even faster against Flintridge’s club team members.
Coach Gallas said, “This is my third year coaching at Chadwick and this is the best team I’ve had in the three years that I’ve been here as far as a well rounded good team and good dedication.”

Mainsheet: So tell me about your sports.
Jaye Buchbinder: Ok well, I do cross country and track, and they both entai how fast you can run a certain distance. I like track more because of the crowds there, there is so much more energy, there are no hills, which is really nice because cross country hills are like the worst part. Although it is not with a team, overall, the team points count. For me, it is the purest form of a sport, because there are no balls or nets, just you and the ground and your feet.
MS: How long have you been running?
JB: Well, my parents used to force me to do the long beach fun-run every year, which is two miles, and that started like since I was born. They used to take me with them, and then I started to do a few 5K’s, like in 6th grade I would jog them. Then, I did track in middle school, but I though it was a joke. Then, I started cross country in my freshmen year, my mom made me. Actually, she told me that if I wanted to do water polo then I would have to try cross country, and I loved it.  I also did track, but I didn’t take it seriously. Sophomore year is when I really started to get serious about track.
MS: Why do you like to run so much?
JB: I don’t know. I think it kind of gives my life a different dimension. It gives me a way to get away from everything else, and at the same time it’s something I know that if I put work in I will get results, and it’s always been faithful to me. I think it just gives me an outlet to get rid of all my stress, and everything around me. It’s just kind of been amazing to watch my whole life progression in times.
MS: How often do you run?
JB: I run everyday. So, the last time I took a break was, well actually, I took a break this week because my foot was bothering me, but I usually run seven days a week or a swim the seventh day, and I run for about an hour. The most I have ever run is an hour and fifteen minutes.
MS: Do you often run with other people?
JB: Yes, most of the time it is with the team, but sometimes in Long B
each I run alone and put on my headset.
MS: Do you like to run with your friends or your family more?
JB: I would say a mix of the two. My dad and I run a lot together, which is kind of cool and special. My mom can’t really keep up anymore. But, she was an amazing runner.  She went to the Olympic trials for the marathon. So, she and my brother run together. It’s kind of like a fun family thing too.
MS: But whom do you like to run with the most?
JB: That’s a tough one. I would say that my favorite people to run with are when it’s a whole group of us from Chadwick. Lately its been so much fun with me, Evan [Hamilton], Alec [Borsook], Lucas [Lebovitz], Sam Cartwright and [coach Tyson] Sacco. We have so much fun on our runs.
MS: Do you know how many meets you have been to?
JB: I would say around twelve per season. Twenty-four per year, and this is, like, my fourth year. I would have to say more than 100.
MS: Wow, that’s a lot.
JB: I never realized that until now.
MS: When you go to college do you think you are going to continue to run?
JB: Yes, I am definitely going to continue to run.
MS: Do you ever feel stressed having to juggle both school and running?
JB: Oh yes! All the time! It doesn’t stress me out the fact that I have to run. It’s mostly just a big time commitment with all the meets that take up all of Saturdays, and I always have to fit in extra time to run later. But running is nice because there is only so much time you can run before getting injured. So it is not like football style all-day practices.
MS: Do you know how many awards you have received?
JB: No idea.
MS: Do you have an award you are most proud of?
JB: I would have to say the award I am most proud of is the award I got when I am a freshman. I got the unsung hero award on the cross country team. I wasn’t the best girl, but it showed that no matter what speed you are, you contribute to the team, which really meant a lot.
MS: Robert Leach told me to ask you where you keep all your awards.
JB: I keep them in my closet, or in a zip-lock where I keep my medals, and I put that in a box after every season.
MS: Do you know how many records you have set?
JB: I have the eight hundred, the fifteen hundred, the sixteen hundred, the thirty-two hundred, distance medley relay and the triple jump.
MS: Who do you think is your number one supporter?
JB: I would say my parents for sure. They go to every one of my meets. They are always there, and they have never said any negative word whether or not it was a good or bad meet, but I also think Sacco and Ramos. They are huge Jaye-Supporters, which is nice knowing that your coaches support you.
MS: Do you ever wish you could do a different sport other than running?
JB: Definitely! Running is based on how much pain you can handle. Like, sometimes I wish I did volleyball, which not saying volleyball is easy, but I would be with a lot of friends and I would have a lot of fun and I would maybe be more coordinated than I am now!
MS: Do you have any secret ambitions?
JB: Well, actually it’s not so secret. I want to go to the Olympics.  At least be a contender. I think that would be an amazing. There’s so much I want to do, and so much I want to accomplish. It’s kind of daunting.
MS: Name three things no one knows about you!
JB: Sometimes, I freak out before races. So, I end up tying and untying my shoes. Just to make sure they are absolutely perfect. Sometimes when I am in the shower, I’ll see a mosquito on the wall and get some water and shoot it at the bug, and I’ll kill it.  I’m also really good at killing flies with my hands.
MS: Finally, a lot of people would like to know how long your legs are.
JB: Well, when I was going into ninth grade, I had my huge growth spurt where I grew six inches, but I only grew one inch in my torso and five inches in my legs. I am assuming they are like one foot, two feet, like four feet maybe. I don’t know. Something around that.

by Margot Zuckerman

Chadwick Track and Field kicks off the season with a record-setting season.
In the team’s first eight meets, seven school records were set. Junior Sam Cartwright broke the 800-meter record twice, and seniors Alec Borsook and Jaye Buchbinder set new boys’ and girls’ 3200- meter records. Both boys’ and girls’ teams broke Distance Medley Relay records and are on their way to breaking the 1600-meter relay records, and the boys have broken the record for the 4×400-meter relay.
Sophomore Sam Speroni also has competed in pole vaulting this season, which is an event that many Chadwick athletes participate in during track and field.  However, just by attempting the event, pole vaulters are able to earn points for their team in league meets.  This season, Speroni has broken the pole vault record.
“[So far,] our team has done outstanding,” said Buchbinder. “[Coach Tyson] Sacco has really raised the level of competition and is really instigating change in the distance program that has paid off.”
Although Sacco has been involved with Track and Field for a long time, this season is his first season as a full team coach for the distance runners on the team.
The team’s success is owed in part to Buchbinder herself, who has broken four Chadwick records and now hopes to win state in the 800-meter and the 3200-meter events this season.
Buchbinder has already qualified for the National Championships in the mile and two-mile this season.  She is currently ranked 10th in California in the mile and 8th in California in the two-mile.  Her goal is to be in the top five in the nation in all of her events.
Another exciting factor in this year’s team is the large number of new runners, said Coach Sacco. ”We have freshmen and sophomores that have never raced before on the team, and some of them have improved their times in every single race. It is cool to see future star Chadwick runners at the start of their careers!”
Several underclassmen, including freshman Ben Bush and sophomores Moises Valencia and Evan Hamilton, are currently running as fast or faster than Borsook (the current school record holder in the two-mile) did when he was in 9th and 10th grade.
“They could be next!” Sacco said. “The same thing goes for a big group of 9th and 10th-grade girls. They are amazed to see Jaye Buchbinder competing with the best female runners in the nation. What they don’t realize is that she started out just like them, and if they keep working hard and love the sport, they can get to her level, too.”
Of course, in order to obtain this level of excellence, many practice sessions this season have been noticeably hard.
Buchbinder said, “Although we’ve been working really hard, practice every day is so much fun, and I can’t wait to see some new records!”

by Michael Duan

More than three million disabled athletes from over one hundred fifty countries compete annually at the Special Olympics. These olympians compete in similar events as the regular Olympics; however, they all compete with a significant physical handicap.
In the beginning week of April, students competed in Special Olympics events hosted by seniors Dana Ayoob, Harrison Kidd and junior Erin Owen for their leadership class project.
The Chadwick Special Olympics was a series of events and mini-games where participating students would engage in activities where one or more of their body parts would be disabled with the aid of tools such as crutches or blindfolds, making the games much harder.
“We got the idea for these events because we followed a Special Olympics basketball team for about two months, watching and filming their practices. We made the footage was used in documentary we made about sports in our community,” said Ayoob.  “We gained an appreciation for handicapped, mental and physical, sports through our experience and wanted to share it with Chadwick.
The group hopes to donate sizable profits from their fundraisers to the charity they have spent so much time supporting.
“We are either donating to Mychals learning place or the special Olympics program,” said Kidd. “They both use the money to buy new equipment and expand their program.”
Each of the sports required the particpants to have a physical handicap. The students participated in events ranging from wheelchair competitions, crutch soccer, and blind softball.
The additional crutches, wheelchairs  and blindfolds made it difficult for players to follow the new rules. Immediately, participating students were wholly disorientated and were forced to improvise for the special scenario.
The required skill and endurance needed to participate in the actual Special Olympics as a professional disabled athlete truly shone after student spectators surveyed the matches.
“It was an amazing sight to behold. At first, I was thinking, where was the beeping coming from?” said Freshman Dominic Grande. “Then, I saw these upperclassmen tossing a beeping ball while blindfolded. I think these events are the highlights of the year. The Special Olympics event allowed us students to empathize with the actual Special Olympics athletes and see what challenges they had to overcome, and how strong they have to be to cross each and every obstacle.”
Kidd said, “Our goal was to get the student body to realize the greater significance of sports in every part of our community, and I had a lot of players come up to me and say it was a lot harder than they thought, which was good.”
Freshman Wayne Chou said, “[These events really relieved the stress caused by the massive numbers of homework our teachers assigned us. The school and its students should organize more of these events, as not only does it enlighten us, it also provides a good source of entertainment and variety.”
On the last day of the event, the leadership group held a barbecue in order to raise donations for organizations that raise much-needed funds for special needs sports. Kidd cooked barbecue to raise
“What I think is the most amazing thing is that ordinary students could organize such an event,” said sophomore David Harris. “Beneath all the fun and games of the events, I feel that the week allowed us to appreciate special sports, and the real Special Olympics. Not very many people I know personally know too much about it, and I definitely know for a fact that it is not as universally known as the main, regular Olympic Games.”
Overall, the leadership group fulfilled their goals.
“[Sports] allow kids and adults with special needs to feel equal and make new friends. Sports allow everyone, disabled or not, to have fun, make new friends, and get exercise,” said Kidd.

Legend Tommy LaSorda reminds us to believe

by Jimmy Corteau

Tommy Lasorda graced Chadwick with his spirited presence at an assembly in Laverty Center on Jan. 11. A preview of LaSorda’s movie helped introduce the sports legend to the students. A possible title, Don’t Ever Give Up, was the essence of Lasorda’s powerful message to the student body.
Lasorda believes that there are three types of people in this world: people who make it happen, people who watch what happens, and people who wonder what happened. Lasorda prides himself on his ability to inspire players realize that they have to make their dreams happen.
He also considers himself a living example of believing in yourself, no matter how critical others are. LaSorda’s term “Bleeding Dodger Blue” represents that regardless of the odds, one must believe that they can make it happen.
In 1945, Lasorda received a one hundred dollar bonus for signing with the Philadelphia Phillies. He was sent to their minor league D team and told by the manager, upon seeing him pitch, that he was the worst player on the team. A few months later, Lasorda was drafted into the army.
Lasorda remembers dreaming of getting back into baseball, and in 1947, he was discharged from the army and promptly returned to the sport. The following year, he was asked to join the Dodgers in Vero Beach, Florida. However, after one day at the Dodgers’ spring training complex, Dodgertown, Lasorda asked to be traded because he wanted to be treated with more respect.
This desire to be treated properly later became Lasorda’s strongest character trait as a manager. By 1955, Lasorda had worked hard enough to be selected by the Brooklyn Dodgers as a left-handed pitcher. Although a great honor, LaSorda clearly remembers the country’s critical attitude toward his skills. Lasorda explains that criticism was prevalent throughout his baseball career.
As a result of dealing with fighting all the odds, Lasorda gives over 200 speeches a year to schools, churches, charity organizations and youth groups, delivering the message to believe in yourself, treat others with love and respect, and never let criticism get you down.
Lasorda emphasizes that “Love and respect for yourself and others are the foundation of life. If you come from a place where you treat others with respect and love, they will treat you with the same. Listen to the words that come out of your mouth, listen to the words of people who respond to you, and see if what you are telling others is what you are being told.”
Lasorda applied this very philosophy to managing baseball players. He realized that in order to get a player to perform at high standards, Lasorda had to make that player believe he could do it.
“Self-confidence is developed by telling others they can do it. When you tell someone he or she is capable of doing far more than he or she is capable of doing, then you are also telling yourself that you, too, are capable of achieving more,” Lasorda said. In 1960, Lasorda became a scout for the Dodgers. Although his assignment did not seem to be a promising one, he was sent to the Dominican Republic. Regardless of what others thought, LaSorda asked himself, ”What is the price of success?”
He remembers his father, Sabatino Lasorda, telling him that he should be grateful for everything and always be thankful. So Lasorda began to practice reaching his goals by working hard. “If you believe in yourself and you work hard and you don’t give up, you can do anything,” Lasorda said.
A member of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, Lasorda led the Los Angeles Dodgers to  won two world championships, and he has become recognized throughout the world as the symbol of the Dodger organization. His manager career success clearly outweighed his major league playing career, which consisted of 0-4 wins with an earned run average of 6.48.
Lasorda stood before the Chadwick student body and repeatedly delivered the message to believe in yourself. “When you leave Chadwick to continue your education, be ready to compete in the real world. Be prepared to pay a price. Be prepared to be challenged. Be prepared for failure. But never give up,” said Lasorda.
Due to Lasorda’s regret that he never went to college, today he wants to see, more than anything, that kids get an education.  He emphasized during his assembly that an education is crucial and that it is something that can never be taken away from someone.
In addition to speaking for the Upper School, LaSorda did a special assembly for the Village School, had lunch with members of Athletic Council, and visited Ms. Stern’s leadership class.
He challenged the Chadwick students to ask themselves, “Did I do the best I can today?” and “How far am I willing to go to achieve my dreams?

Cheerleading

by Vanessa Contratto

The cheerleaders have had a fun and peppy season supporting fall and winter sports.
Under the direction of new dance teacher Leslie Miller, the squad attended more games this year. In the fall, they cheered at football games, cross country meets, girls volleyball games, and girls tennis matches, and they made treats for girls golf and boys water polo. This winter, they supported the girls and boys basketball teams and the boys soccer team, and they made treats for girls water polo, girls soccer, and the equestrian team.
Miller taught the girls challenging routines for both the fall and winter season. They performed their dances to “California Girls/Gurls” and “Give Up the Funk” at almost every football halftime. The recently debuted a new shorter dance to Usher’s “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love.” The team looks forward to more halftime dances next year.
The cheerleaders have enjoyed baking for the various sports teams as well as making multiple banners to spread Dolphin spirit all over the school. This year, the cheerleaders also introduced new cheers and instituted a new practice of teaching cheers to students at Friday assemblies to help them cheer along with the squad during the games.
Senior captains Nicole Jamgotchian and Ally Van Deuren have been extremely helpful to the team and Coach Miller this year by teaching the cheers to the girls.
The cheerleaders plan on supporting the teams that make it to winter CIF finals. The squad looks forward to the few more times they get to scream, shout, and cheer for Chadwick teams this year.
In 2008, the squad had only 4 members. Since then, the number of cheerleaders has increased to 24 and has significantly increased their impact on Chadwick sports and spirit.

by Justin Hoot

Gentleman’s soccer has had a very impressive season; the varsity achieved an overall record of 8-3-3 and junior varsity a record of 7-2.
In the Prep League, the varsity had an undefeated record with 7 wins.
According to senior player Jason Sim said, “The team’s strength is defense. We are the best in the league defensively because not one team in our league has been able to score on us.”
The boys are proud of their season this year and have confidence heading into CIF after a successful season in the Prep League.
Junior Sal Bañuelos said, “We are going to win league for sure, and probably finish as undefeated. We’re going to pass the first round of CIF, but the second round is the challenge because we have not gotten that far in at least 15 years.”
“We are really really really good, and undefeated,” said Sim.
JV has had a great season as well; the team has a 6-0 undefeated record in the Prep League and a 1-2 record in other games.  The junior varsity has a strong team, consisting mainly of the influx of freshmen that came into the upper school this year.
The JV MVP’s also include juniors Tae San Kim, Emmett McKinney, David Cullum, Raxon Cho, and sophomore Ethan Leff.
Despite the unfortunate loss of many seniors this year, the team feels that the freshmen will help fill these gaps next year. McKinney said, “We have a really successful group of freshman this year, and there is a bright future for Chadwick soccer.”

Women’s soccer

by Franny Hocking

Battling injuries and using them to become stronger is varsity soccer’s strong suit and hardest obstacle this season. With 5 wins, 8 losses, and 3 ties,  the team is doing pretty well after losing some key players from the last year’s senior class.
This year’s soccer varsity team still has a solid number of players with a roster of 21. However, in the earlier part of the season many of the players were out for injuries, and it was sometimes difficult for the team to stay motivated to reach its maximum ability.In response to the many injuries, the South Bay Daily Breeze ran an article highlighting some of the team’s bad luck, with practically a paragraph-length list of injuries.
But after winter break almost everyone was able to get back on the field, and the team started to improve and get much better results.
Despite their roller coaster beginning of the season, the team made a comeback and is looking towards CIF as their goal. They are stronger because of their hardships and have the ability to be a really strong team. They have had a  lot of team dinners to help with team bonding, and they are all getting along really well and having a fun time, “they’re a good group” Coach Luis Morales says.
Morales is impressed by how they always bounce back and keep trying after a bad game or an injury. They never seem to give up. He says, “There are tough times but then there seems to be a line of hope and they shine.”
Morales hopes the girls can stay injury free, keep up the hard work, stay motivated and maintain their tough mentality .

by Nicole Compton

MS: Why do you think you were chosen for athlete spotlight?
Crawford: Um, that is a very good question.  I think I was chosen because before every away game I wear a suit to school?  It’s pretty noticeable that I’m doing it for my basketball spirit, so that’s the only reason I can think of.
MS: So when did you start playing basketball?
Crawford: Like two.
MS: Did you participate in recreational or club teams? In other words, were you as serious about the sport when you were younger, or only until you got to high school?
Crawford: I played in local parks and leagues, but yeah, I think it was definitely freshman year when I started to get really serious.
MS: What were you looking forward to this season, not in terms of wins and loses but in terms of the team?
Crawford: Well, we have the same team as last year. Thankfully, no one graduated from the team last year, and the whole team was really close then, so I guess I was just looking forward to spending more time with everyone. It also a big deal that we got a new coach. I was super excited to see how that turned out.
MS: What is your role as a senior on the team?
Crawford: Um, well we have a lot of seniors on the team, so we all share the leadership role. There’s no real expectation besides showing up and doing what you are supposed to, especially as an example to the others.
MS: Since you have a lot of seniors on the team this year, how are the underclassmen contributing?
Crawford: Well [freshman] Kevin Doi is starting now, and he has been a big help. And [freshman] Tyler Colon has a lot of potential as well; he just has to warm up to things a little more.
MS: How does this year compare to years past? How has your experience in this program progressed from freshman year?
Crawford: Freshman year was good basketball, just play and get it over with, but now the whole team spends a lot of time together on and off the court.  We have grown up together by playing with each other over the years. I just feel like we know each other better, and it’s become a bigger part of our lives.
MS: Are you trying to beat the current threepoint record in one game held by Lena Kelly [’10]?
Crawford: I was . . . but I’m not getting as much playing time this year, so it’s been a challenge. That was one of my goals going into the season.
MS: What is your record so far?
Crawford: In one game? Six.
MS: So one away from tying?
Crawford: Yup.
MS: So rumor has it that the whole Flintridge team knows who you are. Could you explain why you are so famous to them?
Crawford: So freshman year, I was watching the game, and I noticed one of Flintridges players looked exactly like me! I was actually concerned I might be related to him, we looked that much alike. Yeah, so everyone thought it was really weird, but my parents talked to his parents, and it turns out we have very different interests. But it’s been a weird experience. Everyone at Flintridge knows who I am because of this, I guess.
MS: Has he graduated?
Crawford: Yeah, he was a year older.
MS: Do you consider your hair a trademark of yours?
Crawford: Yeah, it’s kinda become a basketball thing. Before every game Slim and I pick our hair out into fros. I don’t know why we do it, but it has just become our thing.
MS: What are your expectations for playoffs?
Crawford: Um, we are expected to get into playoffs even though we have a tough league, and we are hoping to get to at least the second round in CIF, just like last year.  We would like to win it all, but it looks tough.
MS: What do you want your legacy to be when you graduate?
Crawford: I think I have also been known as the shooter on the team, and I hope I am remembered for that. Also, I was really bad freshman year, and I worked really hard over the years to improve, so I hope that sets a model for the underclassmen—a model that they have the potential to improve and get better .
MS: Ok thank you, good luck this season!

by Clarissa Cervantes

Girls basketball has won eight of their ten games, and the team members look strong as they venture close to CIF.
Their victory in  their game against Brentwood on Feb. 4 was an impressive accomplishment for the team. Brentwood is in the division above Chadwick, so the team was proud of their win.
The team’s goal since the beginning of the season was to win CIF, so with CIF on the horizon, practices for the team are becoming more grueling with increasing amounts of conditioning.
In CIF, the team will most likely face Poly again, a team to which they have already lost twice.  Other teams hope to beat Chadwick at CIF as well, so the team continues to work hard in practice.
On the team are two freshmen, Kylie Bethel and Kelly Ouye, both of whom are key players to the team.
“Whether you’re a skillful freshman or an experienced senior, you gain your respect through your skill,” Bethel said.
As much as the seniors are essential to the team, Bethel emphasizes that even the underclassmen have responsibilities to their teammates.  The team relies on all of the players to succeed in both Prep League and CIF.
Bethel also remembers a game where the team lost by one point, but during that game they did not have an essential player, Haley Bush.
Bush’s absence, Bethel recalls, was a key factor in the loss. Without that one extra senior on the team for that game, they failed to get that extra point and earn the win.

by Vanessa Contratto

The boy’s basketball team has faced a challenging season this winter. They are 2-4-0 in Prep League and have a season record of 8-9.
The team of twelve, including seven seniors, three juniors, and two freshman, has many experienced players on the court. Mentoring the team is the head coach and Middle School Director Charlton Jackson with the help of assistant coaches Gilbert Wilburn and Steve Norberg.
Earlier in the season, freshman Kevin Doi said the team was “not quite up to expectations,” but he looked forward to more wins in the remainder of the year.
Although they haven’t won every game, they have created a large fan base and kept the stands packed. At their spirit game against Rio Hondo Prep, the bleachers were filled with students, teachers, and parents all excitedly watching their victory.
Jackson said, “We have had a very deep team in terms of the number of players that contribute in each contest.” He thinks that the team’s strongest defenders are senior Sander Mora, senior Sean Ouye, senior Chudi Iregbulem, and junior Sam Cartwright.
According to Jackson, senior Matt Jamele and junior Hank Trumbull are the team’s “primary post players,” and seniors Ryan Hood, Brian Shaw, and Chase Crawford and junior Ben Gorman, and Doi are the most skilled perimeter shooters. He also said, “Last but not least is freshman Tyler Colon who can play on the perimeter and in the post and is probably the most athletic player on the team.”
Colon feels that the older boys’ mentoring has been a great aspect of their camaraderie. Colon said, “The upperclassmen help you through rough spots, give you tips in the games, and offer you their experiences.”

by Sierra Zwarg

Girls water polo finished with an amazing season. Their overall record, 20-6, is only one of their impressive accomplishments. The girls feel just as much pride for their Prep League record of 12-0. This is the third year in a row that Chadwick finished undefeated in their league and won the title.
For many of the girls the most important game was against Santa Monica, Chadwick’s divisional rival. This was an extremely challenging game for multiple reasons: it was right after winter break, it was an away game, and the Dolphins hadn’t practiced for almost two weeks. This suspenseful game went into overtime, but Chadwick pulled ahead in the end.
Coach Will Didinger said, “It gave us the confidence that we could beat any team in our division on any day.”
He hopes that their confidence will carry on so they can continue to win many more games.
The girls are as much a team outside of the pool as they are in the pool. Will Didinger said, “Everyone, from the seniors all the way down to the new freshman, are really close and friendly. The reason this team is so successful is because they all enjoy playing the sport together and winning as a team.” Although they lack in number of players, they make up for it through teamwork, talent, and determination.
The CIF playoffs are just around the corner, and the team is preparing for what they hope will be a very exciting tournament. “One of our pre-season goals was to make it to the CIF finals, and we are working hard to attain that goal,” says Didinger.

by Harrison Kidd and Ben Krauss

We realize there are many of you who saw the title of this issue’s column title and smiled. Slamball was perhaps America’s greatest crown achievement. Let’s face it, the greatness of the game made the American Revolution seem boring. Nothing could compete with the shock and awe prompted by the sport. At no other time had Americans been more inspired to take action and push their basketball hoops up next to their trampolines.
Some of you out there may be completely lost. “What’s Slamball?” you say. The concept is fairly easy to explain: basketball with trampolines. Everyone has, at one time or another, had an inkling towards the idea. Millions of Americans, well everyone under 6’7”, would daydream of dunking, and think “Why not put a trampoline underneath the hoop?” In 2002 Mr. Mason Gordon had this very idea and decided to do something about it. He called up his homie Mike Tollin, who happened to be a network television producer, and they began building the world’s first ever slamball court in East LA. They placed four trampolines, level with the court, in an oversized key and began recruiting players. The sport was an instant success and quickly amassed six professional teams and national network status. The American public sat on the edge of the seat as amazing men played an amazing game.
This is where the story turns ugly. Some fool in the Spike TV corporate office decided to cut the sport’s air time, just as it was beginning to peak. Sadly, because of its short time on the air, many Americans missed the greatness of the game. Today, the sport receives relatively little air time. As more time passes, former Slamballers have no choice but to engage in other endeavors as a foundation aspect of American culture fades away.
If you are not yet hooked on Slamball, I suggest you search some highlights on YouTube, and we guarantee you will be a fan in a matter of minutes. We insist that Slamball must make a comeback. Recommend it to your friends, alert you parents, and call your local network provider. Do we really want a future world for our children without Slamball in the picture?

Athletics, Academics, Admission and You

by Jimmy Corteau

What is more important to colleges: knowing that E=mc2 or scoring lots of touchdowns?
Everyone knows  that academic prowess can help get you into a college with competitive admissions. But relying on only sports for your success is very risky; it has to be a combination of the two. How many times have we heard about college athletes no longer eligible to continue playing their respective sports because they failed to meet the minimum academic requirements of their school?
There is no doubt that a strong combination of academics and sports is a ticket to admission to competitive colleges. Chadwick seeks to keep things in perspective. Just ask Coach Rollie Johnson, Charlton Jackson, and Marian Hersh about the balance of sports and academics.
According to Director of College Counseling Marian Hersh, “The most important factor is your academic record.”
However, Hersh goes on to explain that there are several other factors that play into college admission, including the courses students take in high school, extracurricular activities, which include sports, and of course SAT or ACT scores. She also says that some athletes are brought to college campuses for the purpose of enhancing a school’s diversity, spirit, recognition, and competiveness.
Thus college admissions comes down to chemistry. The solution includes the right amount of academics and sports. The resulting products create you.
For college sports, athletes have to be careful not to underestimate academics, because sports can lead to a detrimental injury. An injury can end any sports career, and without the academic strength to balance the sports talent, athletes may find themselves unable to sustain their college careers. No one has ever broken a leg or arm reading a history book or sprained a wrist pulling a book off a library shelf. Students have to be able to see the need to focus on both academics and sports.
Charlton Jackson, Director of the Middle School, says colleges look for well-rounded individuals that can succeed academically as well as athletically. But academics don’t have to be your only focus.
“If you have a particular talent or skill, it is beneficial to display that talent as well as maintain strong grades,” said Jackson.
Not everyone is capable of achieving the combination or the balance. But it is important to realize that it is a major part of the real world and college admission. Colleges receive vast income and increased alumni donations due to successful sports teams,  and those dollars translate into buildings, labs, and academic programs. Colleges thus have a strong incentive to recruit athletically strong students to their school. The college campus is a combination of academics and sports. The library dwellers are sitting in the stands cheering on the football team, and athletes are sitting in the library, studying for their next exam.
Jackson is a perfect example of the combination between sports and academics. Jackson graduated from Chadwick and was recruited to play football at Dartmouth.
Today, Jackson teaches Math and coaches the Varsity basketball team at Chadwick. In other words, Jackson balanced his sports prowess with his academic accomplishments.
In addition, Marian Hersh and Rollie Johnson played sports during their college years and now advocate academics and sports at Chadwick.
One way to improve chances of getting into college is to plan which part to emphasize to maximize your academic and athletic strength to enhance your image for college.
The bottom line is that maintaining strong academic grades and playing sports, gives a strong advantage over others.
“They [Harvard, Princeton, Yale etc.] like Chadwick students…we are ‘A’ students and we can play sports,” said Head of Athletics Rollie Johnson. This is not to say that students have to play sports to get into a good college, but they give you an advantage over students who don’t.
So, the short answer to the question, “what is more important to colleges: E=mc2 or a touchdown?” is that there is no real preference. It is the combination and balance of both that will help students gain the attention of those colleges and universities that you would like to attend.
Already, all Chadwick students have an advantage over others. Chadwick students are enrolled in an academically challenging environment where they are encouraged to develop into the best person they can be. They have access to the academics and sports possibilities necessary and any support they might need.
So, go long and get ready to catch your algebra book.

Soccer

Gentlemen’s Soccer

by Montana Morgan

Boys soccer is looking to start the year with big wins against some tough schools. The team faces challenging opponents including Flintridge and Pasadena Poly from the Prep League, as well as Peninsula.
To beat these consistently strong teams, the players are focusing more on their integrity as a team. “Each of our members is really talented and good at the position he plays. But what I think we could do better is play as a team. We need to do more passing and communicating,” says senior Saagar Shah.
The team will have to use these new tactics to compensate for the loss of their talented seniors from last year. The team also lost their backup goalie Kyle Ulman.
“We feel like those holes can be easily filled,” said senior Jacob Li. “There will be a lot of new freshman and people moving up from JV this year.”
“The team definitely looks a lot better this year. Last year was more of a transition period. Now with everyone so much older and with a lot more experience, we expect great things,” said Li.
Li states a modest motto on the team’s success thus far. “We don’t make resolutions, just reservations,” said Li.
The team’s hopes for the season are summed up by junior Jim Simmons, “Why would I walk on the field if I expect to lose?”

 

Ladies’ Soccer

by Katherine Richardson

The girls soccer team kicked off their season on unsteady legs, but their progress has been slowly gaining momentum. The group this year consists of 21 girls, all part of one big varsity team.
The girls’ coach, Luis Morales, said, “We still have six starters out because of injuries or club soccer activities. But it has still been great to see these girls work together and overcome obstacles.”
The team first played Banning and won 1-0, with junior Jessica Hale scoring the only goal of the game. Next, the team played El Segundo High School, where sophomore Miranda Conlon scored a well-needed point, tying the match 1-1.
In the past two years, the soccer team has made it to CIF quarterfinals, and the girls hope to do it again this year.
“They have played hard every game so far. There are a couple of girls that have not played soccer before, but they are doing their best to adapt to the game at this level,” said Morales.
Merging JV and varsity teams has allowed younger players to interact with the soccer veterans and learn the game quickly.
“I, personally, feel like I really improve a lot by playing with such amazing soccer players,” said Conlon.
The Chadwick girls look forward to an amazing season, planning on delivering for Chadwick. “With our fun traditions and team spirit,  we’re playing our best in every game,” said senior Lisha Kim.

by Justin Hoot

The girls water polo team started their season strong and with optimistic goals, with their first game marking the start of a four-game win streak.
Early on in the season, the team had doubts about their future success since they could not find a goalie. However, freshman Sara Baronsky stepped up to become the Dolphin’s goalie this year.
“The season is going much better than expected. We’re lucky that Sara Baronsky stepped up to the plate for the team,” said junior Molly Zuckerman.
Both Redondo Union and Peninsula High Schools are in Division 1 for water polo. On Nov. 30th, the Dolphins closely defeated the Peninsula Panthers 12-10.  The Dolphins then proceeded to beat-down-city in Redondo Beach on the Dec. 1, gaining an 11-4 victory against the Sea Hawks.
The team won yet another game at Torrance on Dec. 8, winning 10-5. The match seemed nearly finished with a 4-0 lead established early. The competition escalated, leading to a final score of 10-5.
“We are doing well and going to do well,” said coach Will Didinger. “We went undefeated in league last year, and we only lost two starters. We are looking strong early in the year, and we have just got to be getting better and better.”
On Dec. 3 and 4, the Dolphins competed in a tournament in Newbury Park.  The team crushed Calabasas in the first two games with scores of 10-3 and 14-1.
The Dolphins then lost the last three games, losing the fourth game 6-7 in overtime and the final game 5-8.
Despite these losses, the team expresses optimism towards the season’s future, having strong faith in their players’ capabilities. Seniors Dana Ayoob, Kari Ayoob and Sarah Lindstedt are the veterans.
“This year, we have three seniors that are pretty key to the program. We are only getting better and better because we have a good team that truly understands the game and what’s necessary for this competition,” said Didinger.
Furthermore, each individual player is consistently improving their game, working hard in practice to ensure victory.
“At first, I was awful, but I think I’m getting better,” said Baronsky. “I’m trying my best to help the team win games, and with the help of everyone, I know we can have a great season.”
“I think we should definitely  close the season strong, because we have beat some of these teams since I came to Chadwick,” said Katie Fester.
Other Chadwick students also have faith in the girls water polo team, impressed with the team’s progress thus far in the season.
“I think the team has a lot of potential this year, and they will definitely win this year as well as in future years,” said sophomore Jack Kirkpatrick.

by Austin Peterson

Despite the season’s rocky start, the girls basketball team still intends to crush their competition in the season to come.
At the time of this writing, the team is in the Inglewood Classic tournament against bigger public schools, in contrast to the St. Anthony’s tournament of the past three years. The team is confident, though, in their record of two wins, one loss.
Indeed, the girls have already established high goals for the season.
“We fully intend to win Prep League and go further than we did last year, which would mean going to CIF finals,” said senior Emily Lapham.
In particular, the addition of new team members has reignited the team’s enthusiasm. Sophomore Lauren Ouye and freshmen Kelly Ouye and Kylie Bethel to the team have, for the first time, brought the team’s goals into reach.
“We have ten amazing players who can contribute both on and off the court, and we are definitely going for a championship,” said Lapham.
Also, the return of senior Val Geiger is guaranteed to attribute to the teams success this year. “It is good to be back. The whole team wants CIF real bad, and it really shows in their effort,” said Geiger.
Last year, the girl’s varsity basketball team barely had enough players to fill the court, and the larger team has inspired increased optimism.
“This year, we have a full bench of subs, opposed to our last couple of years with a team of seven players,” said senior Haley Bush. “The bigger team really gives us more depth.”
This full team has also improved the quality of practice held by the team.
“I’m so happy that we finally have a full squad. My freshman year we only had 7 varsity players, but now we have 10 and can run scrimmages in practice,” said junior Nicole Compton.
Although the team has ten people, it is sorely missing one key player, senior Breanna Madrazo. Earlier this year, Madrazo re-tore her ACL. Now that Madrazo is out for the season, both Ouye’s as well as Bethel are crucial members of the team.
“The Ouye sisters and Kylie Bethel have been good additions to compensate at the guard positions I used to play at,” said Madrazo.
Madrazo’s physical presence on the court is missed, but she still has a huge impact on the team.
“It was kind of a bummer not playing with Bree,” said Lauren Ouye. “I was expecting to play with her and I really thought she would help us get somewhere. We all want to step up our game to fill her shoes and to win for her.”
New players have integrated themselves well into the team, and love the dynamic between old and young players.
“I don’t have problems asking questions or just talking to them because they’re all so friendly,” said Kelly Ouye.
With the girls’ ambitions to win Prep-League and CIF and the talented new players, the upcoming season looks promising.
“We have a mix of returners and newcomers, so after some practice, I know that we will play perfectly together,” said Lapham.

By Colette de Beus

The boys basketball has had an aggressive start to their season, boding well for the following weeks.
The members of the team agree that the games they are most worried about for this season are the ones against Flintridge Prep and Pasadena Poly, because of their experiences in years past. But the team captains, seniors Brian Shaw and Ryan Hood, both have an inspiring influence on the team.
“They both have had varsity experience starting their freshman year. They have always been the go-to leaders of the team,” said senior Matthew Jamele.
Because the team has all its players returning from last year, the squad has great chemistry.  “We’re pretty supportive of each other, and there seem to be no problems,” said Shaw.
Some of the freshmen have already proven themselves to be great assets to the team early in the season.
“The new freshman, like Tyler Conlon and Kevin Doi, have added a great deal of depth to the team at the point guard and forward and center positions,” said senior Chudi Iregbulem.
Charlton Jackson is also a new addition to the team this year, taking over the position as head coach.
“Coach Jackson has changed the way we practice to a more scrimmage-based practice. This way, we get more conditioning in as well as more hands-on learning,” said Shaw.
The players are all very enthusiastic about being a part of the basketball team, and many point out that their favorite part of being part of the team is not what happens during the games, but before them.
“We usually eat together before each game.  If it’s home we go to In-n-Out, but my favorite part is the shenanigans in the locker rooms,” said senior Chase Crawford.

by Nicole Compton

Mainsheet: So is basketball the only sport you’ve ever played?
Breanna Madrazo: Nope, I played tennis and golf when I was younger and tried vol-leyball freshman year.
MS: So when did you start playing basketball? Playing competitive club basketball?
BM: I started playing when I was in second grade, and I joined club in sixth grade.
MS: Was your goal always to play in college?
BM: Yeah. When I was younger I wanted to go to the WNBA for some reason, but they don’t make money so I changed my mind.  I want to be a doctor now, but I still have aspirations to play in college.
MS: After tearing your ACL twice this year,  is playing in college still an option?
BM: Well, I was getting recruited mostly by small D3 schools and some D1s.  I called the college coaches the day after I got injured in October. I was crying on the phone, but they said they were still interested in including me in their program.
MS: That must have been a huge relief, right?
BM: Yeah, it was! Most people don’t recover 100 percent after an ACL tear, twice especially, so it was really surprising that none of them ran away like I thought they would.  It made me want to work even harder now.
MS: Do you think you went back too soon after you injured your knee the first time?
BM: Well, I think I had one of the best orthopedic doctors in the South Bay for my first surgery. But it was homecoming week, and I didn’t have time to train for this college recruiting tournament with my club team that was happening that weekend.  The tournament brought a lot of pressure and involved a lot of contact that I might not have been ready for.
MS: How long had you been training to get back on the court after your first ACL tear?
BM: I had been training every day since I got cleared in mid-July and for five hours at a time towards the end of the summer at the gym and parks and stuff.
MS: Are you continuing to participate with the Chadwick program?  What do you think your role is?
BM: Well, I can’t be a player, but right now I’m focusing on what I can do from the side- lines to help the Chadwick team.  I help the coaches with practice and I’ll be attending all of the games I can.  I’m definitely still a member of the team; I want a ring, and I’m going to help the team win it, for sure.
MS: Besides playing, what’s your favorite part of being on the team?
Emily Lapham (walking by): Team bonding?
BM: Ha, no, not team bonding. Probably getting sweaty with everyone.
MS: Seriously?
BM: Well, the whole team is working for a common goal, and we’re getting sweaty together.
MS: I heard you play jokes on the  underclassmen. Is that true?
BM: No, I only play jokes on Laura.  We had a tournament in Arizona last season, and I was sharing a room Laura and Lena.  We exiled her to the couch and enjoyed the beds ourselves.  When she decided to come into our space, I took her out to the balcony and locked the door behind her.  I locked her out for about 20 minutes while she continuously pounded and shouted on the window. I thought it was hilarious.
EL: What about when you gave Coach Jarrett’s number out?
BM: Ha ha ha! Why was I telling Laura’s story? That’s such a better story! Ok, so we were in the airport, and a few of us gave our coach’s number to this Jamaican man working at McDonalds.  Our coach, Coach Jarrett, is also Jamican, so we decided this was the perfect fit for her since she was single.  He had a job, and worked in the city. It was meant to be!
MS: How did you pull that off?
BM: I just wrote it on the back of the receipt and walked away. That night, Coach got a text saying, “this is dee guy from dee airport.” She denied that she was turned on and it turned into a joke the rest of season!
MS: Well played. Anyways, what does it mean to you that you were chosen for the athlete spotlight even though you are injured?
BM: It’s weird actually. Mainly because I’ve only played for Chadwick, technically, for two and a half years. But another senior told me that I have the athlete state of mind instead of the wellness factor […]so I guess that counts.  I take it as a huge compliment, though.

Cross Country

By Larry Feygin

The finale of the cross country season is approaching, and both the boys and girls are in line to finish another great year for Chadwick’s historic cross country program. No Chadwick team this decade has been as dominant as Chadwick’s so-called “X-team”, and this year proves to be no lapse in success.

The girls have often outshined the boys in past years, but this year the boys have made up ground to their female counterparts. The boys finished second in league this year, their best finish in several years. They came in second to their league rival Flintridge by only one point during the Prep League finals.

Senior Alec Borsook said, “Our second place finish was definitely bittersweet. It’s the best we have done in a while, but we beat Flintridge earlier in the season for the first time ever. I really could not see how Flintridge made up that extra point in only a few weeks.”

Though they could not pull through with a league championship, fortunately the boys will have a chance for revenge in subsequent races. First they will have to qualify for CIF finals with preliminary qualifiers on Nov. 13, Division Five finals the next week at Mt. Sac and state finals the week after that in Fresno.

The team has gained a lot of respect from its peers this year. Aside from beating Flintridge earlier in the year, the CIF has ranked the team as high as third in their division. Currently they sit at fifth, but Borsook claims this figure does not speak to the truth of their ability.

“Our top three runners have performed consistently every race, but the rest of ourteam has been plagued by injuries,” he said. “Max [Hawkins], Sean [Ouye] and Connor [Dawson] are all great runners, and I think we could have won league and been ranked higher if they were healthy throughout the year. We hope to have them back for our next few races.”

Fortunately, the team’s camaraderie and leadership has been able to pull them through some of their races. The team is led by seniors Alec Borsook, Lucas Lebowitz and Connor Dawson, as well as the new addition Sam Cartwright. The coaches are headed by cross-country guru George Ramos, along with assistant coaches Tyson Sacco, Michelle Babcock and Becky Cherry. Lebovitz said, “We have been running together since June, so our team has improved both from a friendship stand point and a physical one as well.”

The girls have also produced tremendous results. They finished first in league this year again, continuing their dominancy over their counterparts in the prep league. Since 1998, the X-girls have finished first nine times and have nevergotten lower than second.

Senior captain Jaye Buchbinder said, “There has always been a great tradition here in this program. I really did not want to disappoint myself or the school, so I am really happy we won.”

Buchbinder finished first in the league finals at Pierce College. She was followed by sophomores Lauren Ouye, Hailey Waller and Melissa Shadden who came in second, sixth and seventh respectively. Buchbinder has dominated all of her races, but she says the team’s success comes from its underclassmen. “They have really been able to perform well during our biggest races,” said Buchbinder. “Our success as a team depends way more on how they do collectively than where I finish individually.”

The girls’ friendships and stamina have improved just as much as the boys’, if not more.

“We have been able to become the best of friends through all the activities we do, from summer workouts, to bus rides, to the cross-country sleepovers,” said Lauren Ouye. “But we have also shown that we cannot be held back by the more difficult courses that we face later on in the season. Those courses ain’t got nothin’ on us.”

Both teams’ goals are to bring back CIF and state championships back to Chadwick. Cross country excellence has been a long tradition here, and the seniors who have been on varsity since freshman year do not want to disappoint.

“Cross country has been a big part of my life throughout high school,” said Buchbinder. “Victories in the following weeks would be awesome beyond belief.”

Mainsheet: Arielle, what sport are you involved in?

Arielle Levine: I am a competitive rock climber.

MS: What exactly does that entail?

AL:So, there are two seasons of rock climbing. The first season that we are in right now is called “bouldering,”and the second season is called “sport climbing.”

MS: What’s the difference between the two?

AL: The season we are in rightnow is “bouldering,” where it’s a shorter wall, but you climb without any ropes.  Basically, you just see howhard of a climb that you can do where you can get to the top, and you can get certain numbers of points for each climb you complete.

MS: What is the second part?

AL: “Sport climbing” is basically the traditional rock walls that people think of when they think of rock climbing,where it’s taller and you have ropes that you are connected to, but that one is judged and scored based on speed.

MS: When you reach the top of the wall,what goes through your mind?

AL: Well, we have been mainly doing bouldering competitions so far, but what mainly goes through my mind during every competition is, “Yes, I can’t believe I made it!” I mean my hands are usually really stinging by then and my legs are shaking, but it just has a feeling of satisfaction unlike almost anything else that I have ever done, especially whenit’s a climb that I had to try multiple times to get up to the top of.  When I finally get there, it’s very satisfying.

MS: What kind of competitions do you partake in?

AL: Well so far I have been doing the bouldering competitions or American Bouldering Series, and in the American Bouldering Series, you just go. You try to do as many climbs as you can within three hours, and either you are judged by judges or just by other climbers tomake sure  you do the route correctly so you don’t go on rocks you are not allowed to touch.

MS: And how is that scored?

AL: You just get a certain number of points for each climb that you actually complete. You get extra points if you don’t fall sometimes and you can just do it the first time you try. They take your top five, so the five top scoring climbs you do are the ones that count. They add them up, and they see what the top score is in each of the different divisions.

MS: So how have you been doing in these competitions?

AL: I have been doing pretty well so far in the two that I have participated in this year. I have gotten first and second.

MS: That’s pretty cool.

AL: For my climbs, I am a female junior climber, and juniors are sixteen- to eighteen- year-olds.

MS: And how has that been?

AL: So far, I have been doing pretty well. I have a couple more competitions coming up, and I am going to goto regionals in January.

MS: That’s exciting!

AL: Yes, and if I make the top two in regionals, then I will get to go to nationals.

MS: What’s your absolute favorite part about rock climbing?

AL: Just knowing when you get to the top that you really accomplished something and knowing that you have worked hard. We have to do lots of conditioning every workout, and you really have to be strong.

MS: It definitely seems like a difficult sport.

AL: When I get to a new climb that Iwasn’t able to do before because it was just too hard and then actually get to the top of it, I always feel like I’ve really conquered something. It’s a very gratifying feeling.

MS: How did you get into this sport in the first place?

AL: Well, I have always loved rockclimbing. I have always loved it doing for fun, and I never really knew thatthere was such a thing as a competitive rock climbing before, but then I went to the rock gym that I go to sometimes, and I found out. I said, “Oh my gosh,there is a competitive rock climbing team I can join.”  I basically just asked my parents, and I was able to join.

MS:If you could pick one adjective to describe your sport, what would that word be?

AL: Thrilling.

MS: And why is that?

AL: Because you never know if you are going to fall, and especially when you are bouldering and there aren’t any ropes, you can fall a pretty good distance. So when you get up to the top there is just a thrill that you have gotten there, but also when you don’t get up to the top, and you fall that’s a thrill in itself aswell.

 

Football

By Nicole Compton

The boys varsity football team started the season with six consecutive wins.  After winning their first two league games on the road against both Flintridge and Viewpoint, the varsity team played Rio Hondo in a pivotal Prep League matchup that the Dolphins lost 52-24.

Recovering from their loss to Rio Hondo, last Saturday the Dolphins delivered a convincing49-24 defeat to league oppontent Webb.

Chadwick opened league play against a winless Flintridge squad, who came out ready to play for the Gold Cup. On the first play of the game, junior Jared Agnew was beat on an 80-yard touchdown run. The early mistakes continued when junior quarterback Hank Trumbull threw an interception on the team’s opening drive, and Flintridge quickly took advantage of the turnover with a touchdown.

The football team quickly responded witha drive that resulted in a one-yard touchdown for senior Chudi Iregbulem.  After the Dolphin defense stopped a Flintridge drive, Trumbull threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to junior Andrew Knoxthat tied the score at 13.

Just before half time, Flintridge took a six-point lead, 19-13, on a rushing touchdown, but they could not stop Chadwick’s momentum in the second half.  The defense saved the day when they stopped Flintridge four times inside the five-yard line.  On the very next play after the turnover on downs, Iregbulem reeled off a 99-yard touchdown run, and the football team never looked back.  Junior Jonathon Sojo’s interception return for a touchdown sealed the game. Chadwick managed to hold on to the Gold Cup for a second straight year.

Coming off a subpar performance against Flintridge, the Dolphins looked to rebound against a lesser Viewpoint squad. Chadwick jumped out to a 22-point first quarter lead, but couldn’t maintain their momentum. The team only managed six points in the second half, and allowed Viewpoint to move the ball at will.

“Even though we won, the team played a sloppy game, committing 16 penalties for 158 yards. We also turned the ball over 3 times.  However, some individuals shined,” says Junior, Andrew Knox.  Chudi Iregbelum continued his stellar play gaining 149 yards on 15 carries.

Harrison Kidd enjoyed a breakout game and scored his second touchdown of the season to go along with 6 catches for 153 yards.  Defensive stalwart Brian Shaw also continued his dominant play contributing six tackles and an interception.

Coming into the pivotal Rio Hondo game, Chadwick hoped to beat the top-ranked school and use the momentum to propel themselves to a Prep League championship.

The Dolphins jumped out to a 12-0 lead, with a strong passing game and disciplined defense.  However, the complexion of the game was permanently altered when Rio Hondo scored on a 63-yard touchdown pass late in the first quarter.

After an injury to senior Harrison Kidd in the first half, the team had trouble completing passes and became dependent on Iregbulem running the ball.

The Rio Hondo Kares quickly adjusted and were able to shut down the offense, which was using a small repertoire of plays.

Chadwick regained some momentum at the end of the first half when junior Kyle Ulman hauled in a 35-yard touchdown pass from Trumbull.

Just as quickly, Rio Hondo took the momentum back when they scored on a 60-yard touchdown on the very next play.

Rio Hondo scored 27 straight points, Chadwick couldn’t respond, and Rio Hondo went on to win the game 52-24.  The loss ended the varsity squad’s winning streak at six games, reducing their possibility to win a league championship.

The team has to win the last game of the season against Pasadena Poly in order to position themselves for a strong run in the CIF playoffs.

Senior captain Ben Krauss offered his perspective after the loss, “We we’re in the same spot last year regarding our loss to Rio. The only difference now is we have a whole team that has experienced what it takes to fight our way through CIF. I’m not worried.”

Boys Water Polo

By Montana Morgan

Boys water polo looks strong as they finish up their last league games of the season. The team won their spirit game and senior day 13-9 against Milken Community High School on Oct. 27.

“We were all really pumped. There was no way we were going to lose our spirit game,so we all came out as hard as we could,” said junior Blake Range.

Senior captain Cameron Turner believes the team played an amazing game. “We did very well. We started out strong and ended even stronger. It was definitely the most intense game we have ever played,” he said.

Turner went on to say the team performed well both offensively and defensively, “Blake was definitely clutch.” Range scored 6 goals.  “Slim [senior goalie Matthew Jamele] had some good blocks.We just all played really a strong game,” said Turner.

Junior captain Matty Gallas said, “We started out slow and couldn’t put away shots,but we played solid defense. In the fourth quarter we picked it up and put themaway.”

However, senior Thomas Shadden saw the game in a different light.

“Unfortunately, we have not displayed our true strength at our home games.” says Shadden. Jamele agreed, stating that the team played all right but not their absolute best.

The team’s current record is 18-7 after their big games coming up against Milken, Pasadena Poly, Flintridge and LaSalle. The boys claimed victories against Milken, Flintridge and LaSalle but fell four goals short of a win against Poly. “They are our only loss in Prep League, so if we had won that game, it would have put us in a position to finish first in league,” said Gallas. The team finished second in Prep League.

The boys are also looking forward to CIF. Last year, water polo made it to the quarter-finals, and this year they are looking towards another exceptional showing in the playoffs.

“I wouldn’t call us better or worse. We’re different this year. When we had Kurt [Buchbinder ’10] last year, we played with a more isolated offense. This year, we have a more well-rounded starting lineup. Our playing style has changed completely,” said Turner. “Our victory against Crescenta Valley, currently ranked #1 in the division, was a huge revelation to the team that we have achance to win CIF,” said Shadden.

To claim the title, Shadden says the team needs to “perform well consistently and not relax during a game, even if we are playing a team that is not at our level.”

Even Gallas admits the team has some flaws. “One of our main problems is stopping individual players. We play a lot of teams that have one or two good players and sometimes we will allow them to score the majority of their team’s goals,” said Gallas.

He continued to say that they have been working on this problem. “We’ve been working on improving individual defense to help prevent that from happening.” Turner says, “If we train hard every day, give it our best effort, and don’t get distracted, I think we can pull off a CIF title.”

Girls tennis

By Colette de Beus

This year, girls varsity tennis not only ended their league season undefeated, but they claimed the title of Prep League champions and are ranked #1 in the Division 2 for CIF.

Their only loss this year was against Peninsula High School, but the team is quick to point out that it was only their second meet of the season, so the lineup was completely different than it is now.

As for Junior Varsity, they have only lost two meets this entire season: one toWestridge, and once to Poly.

The most challenging match of the varsity season was against Flintridge, but other than that, not many of the competing schools have posed much of a threat. Thisis quite a feat considering the team lost nearly half of its members with the graduating class of 2010.

“The graduation of so many seniors definitely had a drastic effect on the team andon me,” said senior Christina Ling. “I always looked up the grade above me, and I was friends with them, but now that they’re gone I really miss them. This happens every year, for me. I guess you don’t know what you got till it’s gone.”

“Last year’s senior class was really large in tennis, not only by numbers but by influence,” said senior Katie Starke. “They made the team what it was.”

Next year, senior co-captains Madison Webster and Ling will be leaving the team as well.

“I think the team will still be pretty strong and possibly even stronger than itis now with new incoming freshmen,” said Ling. “The team is very young and has lots of time to grow.”

Despite the loss of last year’s seniors, the team also gained a big group of freshmen,including two that have moved up to varsity level since the beginning of the season.

Coach Carolyn Leach is very impressed with the team as a whole this year. “They are very cohesive and supportive of one another, both on and off of the court.  This year’s team has shown a lot of improvement since the beginning of the season in August, and I’m very proud of them.”

“The biggest and scariest moment of the season was in one match when we were missing two of our key starters,” said Ling. Sophomore Montana Morgan was late to the match because she was getting her driver’s license, and junior Madison Sung had injured her arm and was not supposed to play. In the end, they barely beat the other team because Sung ended up playing with her injured arm.

Most members of the team will say that the best part of being on the girls’ tennis team is the team itself.  Because their matches are all off campus, the girls spend lots of time together and have gotten to know each other very well.

“My favorite part of being on the tennis team is by far the team aspect,” said Ling.  “Going to Busters [an icecream shop in Pasadena], having team sleepovers, the car and bus rides home from all of the meets, and bonding over food–all of these were highlights of the season.”

“I honestly don’t know what my favorite part is,” said Starke, “but I do know that for the past four years tennis season has been my favorite time of the year.”

Varsity Sports Calendar: October

HOME GAMES:

Boys Water Polo

10/23, 3:30 vs. Flintridge Prep

10/30, 3:30 vs. La Salle

Girls Tennis

10/20, 3:30 vs. Westridge

10/27, 3:30 vs. Webb

Football

10/17, 2:00 vs. Viewpoint

10/31, 2:00 vs. Pasadena Poly

Girls Golf

10/8, 2:45 vs. Peninsula

10/15, 2:45 vs. Mira Costa

10/22, 2:45 vs. West

Cross Country

10/9, 4:00 vs. Sage Hill, Vistamar

Girls Volleyball

10/13, 5:00 vs. Rio Hondo

10/16, 5:00 vs. Mayfield

10/27, 4:00 vs. Webb

10/29, 5:00 vs. Flint

10/30, 8:00 a.m : Chadwick Tournament

 

AWAY GAMES:

Boys Water Polo

10/7, 3:30 vs. Flintridge Prep

10/9, 3:00 vs. El Segundo

10/16, vs. Oxnard Tournament

10/17, vs. Oxnard Tournament

10/20, 4:00 vs. Oaks Christian

10/22, 7:00 vs. Milken

10/24, 11:00 a.m. vs. Webb

10/28, 3:30 vs. Pasadena Poly

Girls Tennis

10/9, 3:30 vs. Webb

10/13, 3:30 vs. Flintridge Prep

10/16, 3:30 vs. Mayfield

10/23, 3:30 vs. Poly

10/30, 3:00 vs. Brentwood

Football

10/9, 6:30 vs. Brethren Christian

10/23, 7:30 vs. Rio Hondo

Girls Golf

10/13, 2:45 vs. Mira Costa

10/14, 1:00 vs. Knabe Cup

10/20, 2:30 vs. West

Cross Country

10/15, 4:00 vs. CAMS

10/23, 2:00 vs. Mt. Sac Invitational

10/30, 9:00 a.m. League Finals

Girls Volleyball

10/9, 3:15 North High

10/23, 3:30 Westridge

by Samantha Brooks

The CIF Southern Section Commissioner’s Cup, which awards points according to a school’s final standing in various sports, announced five South Bay schools within its top ten finishers for 2009-2010. Chadwick ranked second on the girls’ side, behind Malibu’s Harvard-Westlake.

Chadwick girls teams earned points based upon the strength of cross country CIF and runner-up State Championship titles (five points), a runner-up CIF finish in tennis (three points) and semifinal CIF appearances in basketball and water polo (two points each).

Currently, Coach George Ramos’ girls cross country team is the highest Division V team in dyestatcal.com’s “Hot 100” state ranking for the 2010 season.  The team has won two straight CIF titles and seven overall since 1998. The girls have also won three state titles, but lost by eight points last season.

Defending CIF champion senior Jaye Buchbinder is a bona fide state title contender and is poised for a big senior season.

Sophomores Lauren Ouye, Melissa Shadden and Hailey Waller, Senior Nicole Hutchison, and Juniors Valerie Yarema and Jennifer Calfas add experienced depth the team.

The girl’s tennis team may not look as strong as it did last season with their number one single’s player, Cait Bartlett (Princeton), a solid performance in the CIF Southern Section Division II championship match; however, five returning starters from last year’s team are prepared to hold up the team in their quest for the Prep League Title and a spot in the championship match once again.

Additionally, Palm Desert, which beat the team last season in the CIF final, was moved up to Division I. “ We anticipate going to the playoffs and to battle for the Prep League title,” said coach Carolyn Leach. “I don’t know if we’ll go as far as last year, but we could make a run at it.”

Sophomore Montana Morgan and Junior Madeleine Sung are both vying for the No. 1 singles spot, with Senior Madison Webster holding down the No. 3 spot. Junior starters Lauren MacHarg and Allyson Melideo will also return as the No. 1 doubles team this year, the third season the two have played together.

The girl’s basketball team has high hopes and goals for the senior seasons of four-year Varsity players Breanna Madrazo, Airiss Finley, Haley Bush and Emily Lapham, as well as a return to the court by senior Val Geiger. “Our goal is to win CIF and Prep League,” Lapham said.

“Bre(anna) just re-tore her ACL, so we’re all pretty bummed about that, but we still have really high expectations for ourselves this season. She’s an outstanding player, but we still finished well last season without Bre(anna) so, while we’re currently hoping for a quick recovery for her; we know we can hold our own until she heals up.”

Although suffering from the loss of graduated players Carlyn Robertson and Ginny Trumbull, the water polo teams rounds off the list of Chadwick girls teams hoping to win CIF and League this season.

Currently, those goals are very dependant on more girls joining the team, as well as someone to step up and take-over Trumbull’s spot as goalie. As of now, the team only has roughly twelve players, which is barely enough for a varsity team with subs.

However, the need for more players is not putting a damper on the girls’ aspirations. The team is still striving to beat Malibu, their rival team who they best last year for the first time ever.

They hope to establish a winning streak over Malibu this year during tournaments and in CIF.

The girls’ volleyball team also hopes to add points to Chadwick’s Commissioner’s Cup ranking this year. The team boasts nine senior players this year, including four year varsity starters Zoe Hamilton, Corinne Hemmersbach, Cameron Longyear and Melissa Kohl.

“We know the seniors all want to win and are going to give their all every day, so it’s really about who else is going to step up during each game with them,” said Sophomore Libero/Defensive Specialist Sarah Gurbach.

The Dolphin’s have a perfect 5-0 record in League this year, and plan to keep it that way. Sophomores Sarah Lucenti and Abbe Holtze moved up to varsity this year and are both proving to be great strengths for the team.

The girls’ teams all share a common characteristic: striving for excellence.  Coming fresh off of successes last season, the girls in each sport plan to compete better than ever.

by Laurence Feygin

The girls volleyball team is off to another strong start after beginning the season a month ago. Much of this success is attributed to the girls’ familiarity with the sport and with their teammates.

The team returns all six starters from last year and only lost two seniors from the year before. Overall, the there are thirteen returning players.

There are many benefits from all the returning players. Sophomore setter Sarah Lucenti said, “It is so awesome that we have all been able to play together for at least one year already. I think the unity we created last year will be the key factor to help us go all the way.”

Senior co-captains Zoe Hamilton and Corinne Hemmerbach, both first team all prep league players from last year, provide guidance for their teammates. Along with Hamilton and Hemmersbach, the team returns four four-year varsity players, including Cameron Longyear and Melissa Kohl, and three year varsity players like Ruby McFarland, Kristen Frerichs and Val Geiger.

Hemmersbach and Hamilton have taken the skills they have learned from past years to help lead their team.

“We have had great teams in the past but there have been obvious missteps. In my four years on varsity, though, this team by far has the best chemistry. We ain’t no nubes. We know what to do!” said Hemmersbach.

Everyone on the team hopes that they can improve from last year’s early quarterfinal exit in the playoffs against Gabrielino. Outside hitter McFarland said, “We were all so sad after last year’s loss. I hope we can win prep league and get some CIF bling to go on top of our beatdown city sundaes.”

Aside from the seniors, the team has some great young players. Junior Lizzie Yates and Sophomore Sarah Gurbach and the primary back row players, and Sophomore Abbey Holtz is the other starting outside hitter. Sophomores Lucenti and Emily Newton are getting experince at setter behind Hemmersbach.

The team is off to a great start this season. They have won all of their first eight matches, winning all of them in four games or less. Geiger said, “The fact that we can put in our less experienced players when we are up by a lot gives us a huge safety net. They will definitely help us as the season goes along “

They are not just beating schools of Chadwick’s size by those margins. In fact, they have dominated huge schools like El Segundo, North Torrance, and Torrance, as well as beating notorious volleyball schools like Santa Monica and Peninsula in the North High tournament. They came in a close second to Palos Verdes High School in the tournament. These victories have helped the team come close to becoming one of the top fifty teams in the state.

The biggest win of the year, however, was against their archrival Mayfield. The team has only won 3 of 21 games against Mayfield over the past three years, with no matches won, but Chadwick beat them 3-0 for their fifth win of the season. Longyear said, “A huge monkey was taken off of our backs after that win.”

The extra wins are not the only change this season. Kohl said, “We definitely bond more as a team. We hang out together all the time outside of school. It’s not only made us better friends but better teammates too.”

The big change this year though is the coach. Boys volleyball coach Michael Cass has stepped up to replace longtime girls coach Anita Drennen. Drennen has been out since the summer on medical leave for an undisclosed injury. It is reported that she could be back by the time CIF playoffs start.

Her absence is the team’s biggest inspiration to succeed this year. Senior Nicole Kelly said, “She’s done so much for us seniors over the past three years. We’re so sad that she’s not here for our final, and hopefully best year.”

The girls have not let the absence slow them down. Cass has led the girl’s to one of their best starts ever. However, they always keep Drennen in their minds. Before each game they write “AD” on their wrists to support their sick coach. Senior Nicole Stanton loves it because “it makes us never forget the person who got us this far in the first place.”

The team has only league teams left to play this year, and they have beaten all of them at least once already earlier in the season.

They hope that their experience, unity, and fun-loving spirits will help them get through the regular season and win for their ill coach.

by Ally Van Deuren

What do you get when you cross a Rockette with pom-poms? Meet Leslie Miller, former Radio City Rockette and professional dancer who is now coaching the Chadwick Cheerleaders and Dance Company.

From the second she jumped up excitedly when she was introduced at the assembly on the first day of school, the Chadwick community surely got a “kick” out of her, pun intended.

Hailing from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Coach Miller grew up in musical theatre and dance and was on her school’s pep squad in high school.

Miller has many new ideas and goals for the future of the cheer squad.

“One change will be that the cheerleaders will support all teams and they will be seen as the spirit ambassadors of the school,” Miller said.

At the homecoming halftime show, under her direction, the cheerleaders performed a medley of the Beach Boys’ “California Girls” and Katy Perry’s “California Gurls,” as well as “We’ve Got the Funk,” in collaboration with the Chadwick Dance Company.

“The cheer team has exceeded all of my expectations for their enthusiasm and work ethic,” Miller said. “I look forward to a very exciting season with them and I hope to see fans joining the excitement by participating in the cheers along with the cheerleaders!”

One of her many goals has yet to be put into action, but is currently on the drawing board.

“We are toying with the idea of calling [the cheerleaders] the ‘Wickettes,’” says Miller, a suggestion from Head of the Upper School Mark Wiedenmann.

From helping the cheerleaders bake cupcakes for various sports teams, to choreographing three full dances for the homecoming halftime show, Coach Miller has shown that her continuing efforts with the cheer team have matched her initial enthusiasm.

Not only is she experienced in the cheerleading department; she is also well-versed in every form of dance including modern, jazz, ballet, pointe, hip-hop, tap, musical theatre, Fosse and more. She fits the job requirements easily as dance teacher and choreographer in the performing arts department.

After graduating from high school, Miller earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in dance from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

She then moved to New York, where two dancers from Alvin Ailey American Ensemble invited her to start a company called “Complexions Contemporary Ballet Company,” often seen on “So You Think You Can Dance!”

She has also danced with smaller companies like Doug Verone and Dancers, Impulse Dance Co. and understudied with Ballet Theatre of Boston. She has worked around the world as a jazz and musical theatre performer with shows in Monte-Carlo, Tokyo, New York City, Chicago, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Boston and Naples, Florida.

After ending her career with the Rockettes, Miller went back to graduate school to earn a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in dance at Smith College. She has been pursuing dance and choreography ever since.

One of the values Miller is known for is commitment. She runs her rehearsals like she would in the professional world of dance and instills some of her own life lessons into her classes whenever she can.

“You get out what you put in and there is no greater feeling than success after hard work, right?”

by Samantha Brooks

Mainsheet: So, Chudi. What do you do in football?

Chudi Iregbulem: Practice and we play games. We win games.

MS: When and how did you become interested in football?

CI: I became interested in football in middle school because it was the “cool” thing that all my friends were playing.

MS: Which position do you play and what does your position do exactly?

CI: I play running back or linebacker. As the running back, I line up in the backfield and run the ball, and as a linebacker I tackle the ball-carrier on the other team.

MS: What’s the biggest challenge you face while playing the game?

CI: Learning different assignments each week for the game.  And finding swagg. Yeah, swaggalicious items for games.

MS: Which teammate would you say has the most swagg?

CI: Me, obviously.

MS: Who else on the team is swaggalicious, beside you?

CI: Just me. Oh, and Justin (Hsu).  Justin has swagg.

MS: You’re the only ones with swagg?

CI: Well, Harrison has baby swag.

MS: How is the football team different this year than last year?

CI: Well, we’re a lot less proven this year. We have a lot of new guys on the team, and throughout the year we’re trying to see who can play each spot and who can perform well in each spot.

MS: And how is your record so far?

CI: Well, we’ve won every game so far, and we don’t plan on breaking that streak anytime soon. We’re still really proud of everything we accomplished last year, but I think we all know that we can always push ourselves a little harder, run a little faster, or want it more.

MS: It’s widely known that the team lost several key starting players after last season. What are some of the team goals and expectations this year? Are they at all similar to last year’s goals?

CI: Our goals would be to work hard every week.  And that was the same last year, too. Obviously, we try to win games, but most importantly to go out each week and do the best you can; even if that doesn’t necessarily mean getting the win. The entire team has to give everything they’ve got, and the wins will follow.

MS: And what about your own, personal goals? Do you have any particular ones for yourself this season?

CI: I mean, it would be great if I could have a school record in rushing yards or something like that, but really what’s most important to me this year is to just give my all every day. I want some of the younger players to be able to look up to me and think, if I work as hard as he does, I can be that good too.

MS: What sports have you played throughout your high school career?

CI: I play football and basketball and run track, and I’ve played lacrosse in the past.

MS: Do you feel that the experience of being on a team and having such close teammates has made you a better person in other aspects of your life as well?

CI: Yes, I definitely feel like I have a family with the team, which obviously relates to my own family and my family in other aspects of life.

But also the teamwork factor: it improves my ability to work as a teammate and reach and maintain goals with other people.

MS: How does football give meaning to your life?

CI: It’s just another endeavor that I put 100% effort into that is important to me. I have teammates that I strive to do my best for and who do their best for me.

MS: Do you plan on continuing to play football next year in college?

CI: Yes, I plan on playing football next year, but it depends on if I have a chance to play at a college I really want to attend.

I like the idea of being on a team and having a family within my school after my senior year here.

MS: What are some pre- or post-game traditions that the team has?

CI: Well, we always sing “Beautiful Girls” by Sean Kingston acapella in the locker room and dance to “Blow the Whistle” after games.

MS: Do you have any last words of wisdom you’d like to share?

CI: Yee. Everybody needs to like my blog, skyn9ne! Read skyn9ne!

by Montana Morgan

Varsity football proved victorious in their homecoming game, beating Saint Joseph Academy 62-6 on October 2. Going into the game, the team knew it would be one of the easier ones of the season.

However, the captains tried to maintain a modest mindset. “We had to stay focused and not be distracted by all the stuff going on around the game,” said senior Chudi Iregbulem.

Some players kept in mind their homecoming game upset from only two years ago.  “We lost homecoming. That was the most embarrassing thing ever,” said senior Harrison Kidd. “We just had to win this year’s game. You can’t lose homecoming. We had to stay focused and win.”

Other players were fired up by the supportive atmosphere. “I was really excited going into the game because during homecoming everyone has a bunch of spirit,” said sophomore Jake Radeski. “It’s always exciting for the players when everyone comes out.”

After just two minutes of play, the Dolphins had already scored three touchdowns; they were well on their way to victory. By the end of the game, it looked like it was going to be a shutout; however, Saint Joseph came up with a touchdown in the last remaining seconds of the game. However, the extra point was blocked by Chadwick’s defensive line.  “Yeah, we let in a touchdown, but look at the score. We crushed them,” says junior James Lenihan.

There was a record number of fans at the game, aided by the festivities that came along with the 75th anniversary of Chadwick School. Before the game started, there was a spirited student versus alumni flag football game: a ceremony honoring alumni football.

Alumni from an array of graduating classes came to reminisce and celebrate. A few alumni at the event were on the Chadwick team from as early as the 1940s.

Although some players from Saint Joseph presented a challenge, the Dolphins’ teamwork lead them to an easy victory. “They had some guys that could really get ya, but we put our heads down and played football. We were a better team,” said senior Justin Hsu.

The Dolphins’ offensive line dominated the line of scrimmage and continuously punched holes through Saint Joseph’s defense, allowing the running backs to gain significant yardage on almost every play. The Chadwick players scored on nine of their fourteen possessions.

As part of an individual success, Iregbulem significantly increased his touchdown record during the game. At 13 touchdowns for this season thus far, he remains merely 5 touchdowns away from breaking Chadwick’s touchdown record.

The offensive line also provided protection for junior quarterback Hank Trumbull, who went six for seven with three touchdown passes.

The Dolphins lead by so much at halftime, 55-0, that the coaches decided to give the starters a rest and bring in the alternate players and the junior varsity quarterback.

The Chadwick squad did exactly what they came out to do: prove their excellence as a team. “We wanted to show everyone that we were the best team in our division,” said junior Jared Agnew.

Wick is now 5-0, the only team left with a perfect record in the Prep League and in CIF, where they are currently ranked first in their division. They continue to focus on their goals for the season: winning league and CIF.

“If we focus every week, and don’t let up at any point, put in the time to make sure we know all the plays and the game plan, I know we can make it all the way,” said Kidd.

The team’s toughest opponent will most likely be Rio Hondo (2-1). But according to Hsu, all the team has to do to keep winning is “Just play football.”

The team plans on continuing their undefeated streak to reach their goals. “Our chances at the title are better than any other year because I think after last years’ run, we know what it takes and we have a better idea of what to do,” said Kidd.