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Fall coaches reflect on season

    By Raymond Tran
    Editor in Chief

    Passion. Strength. Dedication.
    Coach Harold Sanin strives to continuously improve Gabrielino High School’s football team. As a result, this season, the team experienced significantly more success compared to previous seasons.
    With a six-game winning streak, Sanin pushed the boys, as their chance to advance to the playoffs grew closer.
    Although Sanin and the boys remained focused and dedicated throughout the season, the team fell short near the end. However, finishing with an overall score of 6-4 is still a huge success for the team.
    “Our team, unfortunately, peaked at the wrong time, but I think the team really bonded,” Sanin smiled. “It was a successful season overall.”

    Imagine going into a season with multiple injured players and having to figure out how the team should adapt.
    Coach Coung Chau faced many obstacles this volleyball season. With injured players and a lack of starters, Chau had to persevere to maintain unity and motivation among his players.
    “With all of the injuries, the team stayed focused on capturing the league title,” Coach Chau explained. “Many of the players adapted and played in different positions, thus, making us a versatile team.”
    Although their efforts took them to CIF playoffs, the team could not advance further.
    Nevertheless, Coach Chau will continue to inspire the girls and support them on and off the court.

    “[I’m sad that this season is ending]” shared Coach Steve Swanson. “I wish we were still playing.”
    Finishing third in the league, the girls golf team experienced success despite some worries entering the season.
    “We lost a few pretty good players and was wondering who were going to fill in,” Swanson explained. “I think it was great that we had a bunch of returners.”
    Although there were doubts, Swanson and the girls exceeded their goals. Last season, the team placed fourth, this year, the girls finished one rung higher.
    “Swanson always encourages us to work on our weakness, and ensures that we work on every aspect of golf,” said co-captain, Casey Lee, senior.

    What would have happened if Coach Ryan Kammerman did not decide to coach the girls and boys cross country team four years ago?
    “[The seniors] were freshmen when I first began coaching,” Kammerman recalled. “It’s a little bittersweet knowing that this is my last season with them.”
    At league finals, the girls finished second and the boys placed fifth in their respective divisions. The girls will be advancing to CIF prelims.
    With Kammerman’s upbeat energy and compassion, the team was motivated to make their coach proud.
    “He kept cheering and encouraging us during our races,” co-captain, Quyen Le, senior said with a smile. “[It is] really nice to have that when you’re finishing a race.

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