22| JUNE <strong>2021</strong> | | A T H L E T I C S | theMIRROR COVID-19 COMEBACK... SPORTS RETURN TO CAMPUS By ANDRE DAVANCENS SPORTS EDITOR | THE MIRROR An unorthodox year for schooling and for sports , the <strong>2021</strong> sports season was unexpected but welcome. As an athlete I checked every schoology message for the words “sports will resume.” For my sports, Swim and Waterpolo, this message never appeared on my feed. It was a different story for my friends in Boys and Girls Soccer, Baseball, Softball, Boys Basketball, Track and Field, and Volleyball. All of these teams jumped at the chance to have a season and were able to field full teams. Walking the sidelines and interacting with my fellow athletes there was no sense of envy towards them. At the end of the day, this unusual year was the very embodiment of sportsmanship. <strong>The</strong>re was absolute respect between athletes from all schools because we were all glad to see sports finally back. THE MIRROR | ANDRE DAVANCENS SERVES UP! Volleyball player senior Alex Pinwatana fires off his killer jump serve. After winning second in their league, boys volleyball continue their path to victory beating the Birmingham Patriots in the first game of the playoffs. IN REVIEW After a relay againt Sylmar, Coach Fernando Fernandez reviews Uriel Ruiz’s race performance. THE MIRROR | ANDRE DAVANCENS TIME OUT Discussing the next play, Boys Volleyball team members huddle on the field. Looking to win a sixth City title under Coach Omri Azarly, the team won second in the Valley Mission League with a 4-1-1 record making it to the playoffs. THE MIRROR | ANDRE DAVANCENS THE MIRROR | ANDRE DAVANCENS FRONT RUNNERS “Although it wasn’t the best season, it was nice having a couple of races this year with the team,” says Senior Moises Velasquez. “I‘m happy with how we performed given the situation, we didn’t have a lot of time to prep but, it was nice to see the team despite the condititions.” (Top) Coach Alejandro Beccera, Andrea Valdivia Palomares, Nasim Abdul-Malik, Leesly Chavez, Uriel Ruiz, Adolfo Estevez, Moises Velasquez, Yahir Garcia, Emily Finnegan, Coach Fernando Fernandez, Lesley Lutin, Delmis Vaquerano, Sabrina Chase, Andy Joachin, Coach Miguel (second row) Jacqueline Aguilar, Destiny Fajardo, Gover Olivares, Stephanie Cartagena, Arianna Villalobos, Samira Negrete, Marta Bacajol, (on ground) Marvyn Marcos.
theMIRROR | A T H L E T I C S | | JUNE <strong>2021</strong> |23 THE MIRROR | ANDRE DAVANCENS THE MIRROR | ANDRE DAVANCENS THE MIRROR | ANDRE DAVANCENS BATTER UP Stepping up to the plate, Marc Ruiz takes a swing during practice on the school baseball field. <strong>The</strong> boys baseball team won third place in the Valley Mission League with a record of 6-3. ON THE WHISTLE Freshman Soccer halfback Thomas Polce (back) runs a sprint while coach Jose Cruz directs the play. With mostly underclassman this year, the young team could only muster fifth in the league with a record of 2-4. COURTESY | RICARDO SANTIAGO EYE ON THE BALL At bat against Canoga Park, Girls Softball player Alejandra Hernandez (L) takes her turn at bat. “It felt amazing coming back onto that field,” she said. “With the encouragement from each and every player throughout the season, I can truly say that I would never choose a different group of girls to play with.” <strong>Van</strong> <strong>Nuys</strong> beat Canoga 7-3. IN PURSUIT Track and Field, like the other sports, had to adjust to the times. Track meets split the events between schools, only allowing athletes from the same school race eachother to minimize spread in case of outbreak. Lesley Lutin is leading the charge with Emily Finnegan (L), Arianna Villalobos (R) and Sabrina Chase (far right) in the rear.