Do Club Sports Harm Athletes

BRIANA THAI

Staff Writer

From soccer, to lacrosse, to swimming, there are an abundant number of club teams an athlete can partake in. Club sports are community based teams for people of all ages, independent of a school or university. They are perfect for those who want to push themselves to higher competition levels and play off-season from school sports.
Club teams are coached by professionals, not just a willing parent. These coaches are trained and experienced in the sport, teaching the skills athletes need to succeed. Club coaches are prepared and trained to handle every type of problem, making club sports safer than recreational sports.

With more funding going toward safety, the equipment that club teams use are often more safe and secure than recreational equipment.

In club teams, athletes condition and perform cardio, strengthening and learning to control their bodies to prevent injuries. Each individual has their problems assessed, making the team better as a whole.

Because they train year round, the athletes on a club team trust each other and form a safer training environment. Athletes are taught to depend on their teammates and as a result, create irreplaceable bonds.

Club teams allow athletes to network with others around the country and branch out to as high as college level competitions.

 

KENNY LAM

Staff Writer

Many iconic athletes, from Kobe Bryant to Michael Phelps, had a humble and early introduction to the world of sports. Even most of the top athletes at Alhambra High School have participated in club sports in their adolescence. However, ethical ideas arise about their early entrance in sports.

These athletes have endured many injuries in early life that have lead to several consequences and more injuries. Still, many argue that it is beneficial toward future career and life. Evidence has shown that club athletes are more likely to have arthritis or joint pain during or after their athletic career. Though some exercise is great for stimulation of the body, athletes will participate in rigorous training for competitive improvement too early in their lives.

As a club athlete, juggling school and sports was an extremely tough task. Most club athletes are also students, having irregular sleeping schedule as well as facing pressure in school and competition.
I think it is much better taking a break from sports and rejoining seasonally, than continuously participating in one activity. Doing this will allow rest in those certain group of joints for lower risks of injury and keep the sport something exciting.

JV Girls Basketball Shoots Into Season

LISA PHUNG

Staff Writer

After many days of tireless hours of practice during pre-season, it will hopefully pay off in the long-run. Currently, the JV girls basketball team holds a winning record of 12-2 which demonstrates that hard work is the key to success. The team has also accomplished one of their own goals that they have set aside of winning at least 40 percent of the upcoming games given that they have a cluster of games ahead of them. This is a way for them to feel more encouraged and motivated to win more games after completing a challenge. Additionally, they have shown improvement in other goals such as teamwork and communication.
“We have improved our game as well as grown closer as a team,” junior guard Abigail Goy said, “Whenever we meet our goal of won games we get to go out to eat. Sometimes our coach is kind and generous enough to treat the whole team! As a result, our team gets to bond together on and off the court and I believe we have a great season ahead of us with many of these goals met and more to come.”
The girls are determined to have success and make the CIF playoffs as the season goes on. They hope to be able to keep up with their high intensity practices as they prepare to take on other schools by maximizing all their efforts. Under Coach Derrick Wong, they hope to be able to take on the goals they have set.
“During practices we work on a lot of offensive sets,” sophomore center Chanel Blue said, “We usually run through each one maybe five or more times so that we can perfect our movements. We also work on a lot of individual skills such as shooting and dribbling. Sometimes we have contests and that gives us a sense of competitiveness that we need!”
At their most recent game on Jan. 6, they played an outstanding game with a score of 54-15 against Temple City High School and they are still going on strong into the rest of their regular season.
The Lady Moors next game is an away game on Jan. 20 against Mark Keppel High School at 3:30 p.m.

Giving Back to Local Communities

Jason Zhu
Editor-in-Chief

Some people might overlook the importance of giving back to the community and taking an active role in improving conditions in the world. However, community involvement can give students the pride and satisfaction of helping others. It also helps with strengthening the community and families. Yet how to pitch in? Never fear, there are several clubs and organizations on campus dedicated toward the effort of community involvement.
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‘Red Cross’ing Through Communities
Vicky Lam
Staff Writer

One of the most prominent international organizations on the Alhambra High School campus is Red Cross. Their mission is to prevent and ease human ailments in emergencies through volunteer work and donations.

On Oct. 6, Red Cross held their first blood drive of the year which had a successful turnout rate that saved over 300 lives. Those who could not participate as donors can donate in the next blood drive in January. Red Cross will have three on-campus blood drives and four off-campus blood drives this school year.

Holding weekly meetings, Red Cross members deliberate about fundraisers, socials and upcoming events around the community. The club is currently discussing a collaboration with Mark Keppel High School’s Red Cross at a future social to further their efforts in helping the community. “We will be hosting our first veterans drive on campus this year,” Red Cross President Jenny Mai said, “Our goal is to collect items and donate them to homeless veterans in need.”

Red Cross will focus on helping the community in whatever way they can for the remainder of the year, putting in their best efforts with every event.
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Bringing Cheer with Service
Samantha Lanzo
Staff Writer

Service clubs work together to help charities with their work. From running toy drives to serving food to those in need during the holiday season, these clubs do many different activities which help and bring happiness to people everywhere. Some service clubs in Alhambra High School are easy to join and grant people a way to help out their community.

Service clubs would not be service clubs without their activities and devotion to what they do. Some activities many service clubs do are helping out at centers, collecting things for homeless veterans and raising money for certain organizations. “We usually have a service with helping out with Chinese New Year, along with donating clothes and toys to children in need,” Interact Club member Karen Zhang said.

“We sometimes go to the Christmas Run and pass out water to the runners to keep them hydrated,” LEO member Kelly Deng said. Without these service clubs, there would not be enough access to get truly involved.
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Saving Christmas One Toy at a Time
James Reyna
Staff Writer

Having a toy drive helps bring communities together by creating a cause that many people will want to help contribute to, helping less fortunate children. A cause like this will draw people from all around Alhambra. It can serve as a way to help children in need and to bring together the community as a whole.
Not all families can afford to buy a gift for their child this Christmas. Whatever the case is, many people depend on toy drives and volunteer work to make Christmas special for their children. A toy drive is a community event that collects toys and gives them to needy children. Kidshare will be hosting a toy drive and are working with Toy Loan to help bring toys to less fortunate children. “The club members [are] trying to collect and get as people as possible to donate any toys that are in good condition for children in need,” Kidshare member Eva Ma said.
With a toy drive, many of these children can receive toys that will help bring a smile to their faces and reinvigorate their spirit for the holidays. Together, the community can work hard to help these families give their children the Christmas they deserve because no child should be melancholy on Christmas Day.
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Fun Facts
Jessica Yee
Copy Editor

– 62.8 million people volunteered in 2014, making the national volunteer rate 25.3 percent. Over the years, the number of volunteers has been dropping.
– If you are 14-20 years old and want to be a fire fighter or police officer, the City of Alhambra offers the Fire Explorer program and Police Explorer program, which provides training and scholarships.
– Home of the Angels in Alhambra works to provide a home for kids with special needs.
– Planting trees in your community provides cleaner air, lessens carbon emissions and provides shade—which would lower air conditioning cost and reduce the amount of water that grass needs. You can volunteer to plant trees with TreePeople or California ReLeaf.
– Alhambra Community Coordinating Council meets bi-monthly at Reese Hall of City of Alhambra Library. You can apply to be a member at
cityofalhambra.org.

Varsity Girls Soccer Shoots for Their Goals

ANTHONY NASSER

Staff Writer

With pre-season ending for multiple season sports, the school’s various teams seem more dedicated now than ever. Varsity girl’s soccer is one team in particular that is putting in extra effort to start the season off strong. Technical training and soccer game play have created a diverse experience for the players. Some players see pre-season as a time to reflect on how they are doing so far and how they could improve their individual skills before the regular season begins.

“So far the season [has] been pretty good. My experience has been different than the past years because it’s my last year playing,” senior varsity player Stephanie Burgos said, “The team needs to work on communication during the game. I expect to place [well] during the season so that [the team can] go to CIF.”

The team’s season record currently stands at 5-4 with two ties. This record shows their persistence and competitive determination in every game that they have played so far. The girls hope to build off of each performance as the season progresses. The group is working hard to improve in their practice. Since their practices take place every day, they have the right consistency to work on their skills. Constantly improving upon individual abilities is the key to being successful in their season. Their constant dedication is sure to contribute to their season record immensely.

“For the rest of the season, I expect us to keep up the high intensity and maybe even raise intensity,” senior varsity captain Nicole Chavez said, “[This will] ensure that we prove to others and to ourselves that we deserve to be in the competition and [hope] that people are able to see our love/passion for soccer [by] watching us fight hard for a win at every game.”

Hopefully the team continues to play with the same passion they have been presenting while in their practices and their preseason scrimmages. With competition to inspire them, they have a better chance to do better than they ever have before.

The team’s work in the preseason is sure to pay off throughout the rest of the season. Although it is still early, they have set their sights on achieving all of their goals by the end of the season. With more practice, they may be able to maintain or improve their season record and improve their performance from the previous year. Be sure to support the Lady Moors at their next game on Jan. 17 as they play against the Schurr High School Spartans.

What’s Next After High School?

James Reyna
Staff Writer

High school is an extremely important step in transitioning from a teenager to a young adult. A home where people meet some of their best friends, high school holds some of their greatest memories. Sadly, it does not last forever. Once high school is over, people must face the challenge of becoming an adult, whether that is immediately getting a job or continuing education in college. Life after high school may seem like a scary roller coaster in the beginning but at the end of the crazy journey it might not be that bad of a ride.
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Living in College
Jessica Yee
Copy Editor

The rush to get students into college often leaves no room to prepare students for lifestyle changes. However, many students find it difficult to transition into a larger environment with more responsibilities. While many enjoy the freedom of staying out late, others find that coursework and extracurricular consume a lot of their time.

According to U.S. News, 38.8 percent of college students spent less than five hours a week with friends. Admittedly, the decreased interaction could be due to the increased social media use. Along with the lowered hours of interaction, many students feel more pressure from their classes then they did in high school. Only 50.7 percent of people scored an above-average mental health. However, students can sign up for social clubs, fraternities or sororities to help them along their new lifestyle and improve their mental health.

Still, many students enjoy the flexibility in their class schedules. College students can select classes early in the morning or late into the evening. In college, students are able to focus on their field of study, enabling them to think about their future. Colleges provide a myriad of clubs to advance students’ careers including engineering, poetry and cultural clubs.

Teaching styles also vary in post-secondary schools. Often times, students ask for help from teacher assistants and rely on study groups to get through finals weeks because professors are preoccupied. Really, it depends on the type of post-secondary school people pursue. Those who enjoy one-on-one help from professors would enjoy liberal arts schools, while those who favor a larger setting would prefer community colleges, Cal States or one of the Universities of California. It is important for students to tour campuses of schools to get an idea of their lifestyles in the future.
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Get the Job Done
Vicky Lam
Staff Writer

After graduating high school, graduates are free to choose their own paths in life. If young graduates choose to join the labor force for the first time, it may appear very daunting; however, many people will find it easier with some prior research.

In some cases, having a four-year college degree does not always guarantee a job. According to the Economic Policy Institute, the labor market is very tough on young workers with the unemployment rate of those under age 25 being slightly higher than the unemployment rate overall. Those that keep this in mind turn to the surprising amount of non-degree jobs available. From small business owners to detectives and criminal investigators, there is a large variety of jobs to pick and choose from.

Finding a job can be a frustrating experience and writing a resume can be even worse. Attending events and having a wide range of contacts will make it easier to search for a job; otherwise, online job searches on a specific career can often be successful. When writing resumes, a bit of boasting and a focus on key accomplishments can make employers more inclined to give the job position.

After overcoming the job search and resume phase, the job interview is the final hill to climb. Employers do not want to hire people that come across as desperate and too willful to work. Rather, they want to see people that will prove to be positive and competent in their work. To achieve this, it is as simple as staying true to oneself. Keeping a personality real will leave a more lasting impression on employers.

It is important to go through the job process thoroughly no matter how difficult it gets. After all, a job can lead one to major success.
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Adulthood: The Reality
Samantha Lanzo
Staff Writer

Reaching adulthood is a time where maturity sets in. It is a time of responsibilities and truly growing up. With adulthood comes the freedom that allows people to start a new chapter of life that is not always going to be easy. Adulthood allows people to use everything they have learned to their advantage. Truly, adulthood is waking up and realizing the total control of the future ahead. It is a time to start getting serious about choices whether they are difficult or not.
There are many responsibilities that come with being an adult. These responsibilities may be financial, for yourself or for others. As a child, many let people around them control their decisions, but as an adult is it up to them to distinguish between right and wrong. There are some social markers of adulthood, the things everyone looks forward to when they hit the stage of being an adult. Some of these markers include getting a job, moving out and having a family of their own. However, there are also stressful parts of becoming an adult such as taxes, debt and insurance.

Taking the next step in life, finding a place in the world and leaving a mark are truly what it means to have reached adulthood. Although adulthood may feel like a big weight on many shoulders, it grants true freedom and a feeling of accomplishment once achieved. Independence and adulthood come hand in hand, and it is truly a goal to strive toward.
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Fun Facts
Jason Zhu
Staff Writer

1) Since 1980, the most popular major is business.
2) 90 percent of millennial graduates say that college has paid off or will pay off.
3) The average college student attends 62 parties a year.
4) An average student’s debt after college is around $23,700.
Sources: nces.ed.gov, pewsocialtrends.org, teenlife.com

Millennials: The Generation of the Future

James Reyna
Staff Writer

The term millennial can seem hard to understand at first, but it is actually quite simple. There are six generational gaps, which include The Greatest Generation, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Generation Y and millennials. All generations differ from each other and have certain characteristics that make them special. Millennials, people born in from 1981 to early 2000s, are very unique because they do not tend to follow society’s standards and instead are introducing new ideas and reshaping the world for the better. They are the new trendsetters, becoming more educated, culturally diverse and more mutually understanding than any other generation before them. This generation is not comprised of followers, but leaders.
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Generation ‘Me’llennials
Vicky Lam
Staff Writer

When millennials are discussed, the first thing that usually comes to mind is a generation of spoiled, selfish individuals. While there is a tendency to have some sort of resentment toward younger generations, millennials are no exception to these traits.

The prominent presence of internet in millennials’ daily lives contributes to their entitled nature. According to Oxford University’s Internet Institute, the younger generation views their identity on the internet as the determining factor to identity in real life. Millennials are wrapped up in social media, trying to appear superior compared to peers. This requires them to solely focus on building up their identities as well as their egos.

Now that the standard of living has reached a point where most Americans can maintain a healthy lifestyle, parents tend to spoil their children. Dan Kindlon, research psychologist specializing in behavioral problems of children and adolescents, interviewed more than 1,000 parents and found that 60 percent of surveyed parents thought their kids were spoiled. Millennials receive more than they actually need, which causes them to become accustomed to the idea that the world revolves around them. This rising sense of entitlement shapes them into the people seen today.

Millennials have been labeled with conceited characteristics. Although that may not represent the generation as a whole, it is still a firm part of the identity of a millennial.
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Comparing Generations
Jessica Yee
Copy Editor

Watching Baby Boomers and Generation Xers distastefully talk about millennials, the divide between the older generation and teenagers today is recognizable, but what comes to mind when the older generation talks about millennials? Baby Boomers encompass the people born in 1946 to 1964 and Generation X people are born in 1965 to 1980. There are several stereotypes surrounding all these categorized generations, mostly based on historical background.

Many Baby Boomers had largely successful careers, with money, title and recognition. Having lived after World War II and during the Vietnam and Cold War, Baby Boomers are typically anti-war. They are fervent about their rights, and feel entitled to “The American Dream.” Since they are largely career-based, there is a conflict between retired Baby Boomers and millennials. Several minimum wage jobs have gone to Baby Boomers for their experience, leaving behind millennials trying to pay for education.

On the other hand, people of Generation X pride themselves in their self-reliance and pragmatism. Although, to many, they seem skeptical or even cynical compared to millennials. Generation X people are often seen as ambitious with high job expectations. They also have high rates of divorce, which could be attributed to their own independence.

With advances in technology, millennials are more technologically equipped, which makes their lives more convenient. To many elders, this translates to shorter attention spans and dependency. However, the younger generation does get credit for being a more accepting society with increasing attention to civil and LGBT rights. Bear in mind, these stereotypes should not be used to solely characterize one individual. Still, it is helpful to take generational differences into consideration when looking at modern culture.
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Making the World a Better Place With Millennials
Samantha Lanzo
Staff Writer

The millennial generation is full of people with amazingly open minds. They give back to their population and spread their creative ideas to create a better future.

Brittany Wenger is a 22 year-old girl who is an inspirational millennial. She managed to develop a computer that detects cancer. She was recognized by TIME magazine as someone who is changing the world in a positive way. Her computer system is a way to detect and diagnose leukemia. It uses a thin needle to test lumps under a patient’s skin for cancer.

Matthew Monos is a 28 year-old man who believes in creating movements for pro bono services. When Monos realized the alarming fact that the U.S. nonprofits spend $8 billion on domestic marketing alone, he created a service called Be Very Nice in 2013. With his work he made it easier for social enterprises, startups and nonprofits to use money previously spent on marketing and design to make their causes more successful.

Maurya Couvares is a 22 year-old who teaches disadvantaged children to code. She is the co-founder and executive director of ScriptEd which is a non profit organization that teaches young students about computer programming and then places them in technology-based internships. She hopes to teach as many kids as she can in computer programming so they can create better lives for themselves.
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Fun Facts
Jason Zhu
Editor-in-Chief

1) An estimated 49 percent of millennial voters voted for Hillary Clinton while only 21 percent will voted for Donald Trump
2) Millennials are the most racially diverse generation
3) Millennials are the most educated generation in American history with over 63 percent having a Bachelor’s Degree
4) Only about one-fourth of the millennials in the US are married

What Time Is It? Homecoming Time!

Katelyn Barerras
Staff Writer

Homecoming is the time to celebrate our school and is the first big event of the school year. This year’s Homecoming theme was “A Golden Moment With You.” Plenty of festivities were held for Homecoming like spirit week, the Homecoming football game, the parade and lastly the Homecoming dance. Here are some golden moments from this year’s Homecoming.

Gaining Experience for the Future

Christian Nguyen
Staff Writer

Getting an internship is a great way to get experience for the future. Internships give opportunities to gain work experience to put in resumes. There is even the possibly of being paid, which is a nice bonus. Dress appropriately, be confident and start searching for internship opportunities.
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Learning Moor
Ellen Lei
Staff Writer

The word internship is defined as any official or formal program to provide practical experience for beginners in an occupation or professions. In other words, internships can be seen as opportunities to work at a firm related to one’s study for a limited amount of time. The most common duration of an internship is for one semester or quarter which is about three months or ten weeks respectively.

According to the American University of Washington D.C. interns are usually students who have not yet found employment. They usually work in a temporary position for an employer of an industry. Instead of emphasizing employment, internships focus on training. Thus, students who apply for internships can anticipate learning more about a profession and mastering it before actually being employed.

Different types of internships include paid internships, unpaid internships and research internships. Paid internships are common in engineering, legal firms, technology and science. The wage for paid internships usually depends on the degree of the applicant. For example, an applicant with a bachelor’s degree would be paid less than one with a master’s degree.

On the other hand, some internships only offer experience and not pay. Unpaid interns, however, can still learn about a profession or workplace. In a research internship, students usually research for a particular company, usually on how their company can be improved. The results of the research must be put into a formal report and presented to the employer.
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Available Internships Around Alhambra
Yi-Feng Ho
Staff Writer

There are many fairly easy ways to find an internship that do not require going around many places.

The first way to find out if there are internships available is to visit the Career Center on campus. The Career Center not only provides students with the information they need to pursue their career, it also provides students with different internships. For instance, one internship available from the Career Center is for those who want to work as graphic or web designers, journalists, office administrators or advertisers for Fiesta Publications.

Another way to get into internships is to take Career Technical Education (CTE) classes. These after-school classes train students in a specific field, giving them the skills they need to pursue this field, and some will put students in an internship program. One CTE class that will put students in an internship is the Restaurant Services Management CC/CVE class. This course not only give students the skills they need to get a job in the culinary field, they will be placed in unpaid internships along with students who are employed in the field.

The next way to find an internship is through the internet. Since most students have smartphones, computers or other ways to access the internet they are not hard to find. However, some of these websites should not be trusted, so those who want to try to find an internship online need to be cautious.

Internships are available in many places, from the internet to people on campus. All students need to do is to ask around and they might come across an internship they may be interested in.
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Benefits of Interning
Katelyn Barerras
Staff Writer

There are plenty of benefits that come out of an internship like learning more about a chosen field or gain a work experience. Gaining a valuable work experience can help students learn what it is like in the work field. It can also help generate more work experiences for a student’s portfolio and improve his or her resume.

Internships may also be beneficial when deciding a career path. Working with a company in a field of interest can give insight on what it is like.

Another benefit that comes from internships is the potential to develop and build up on skills. According to the U.S. News, “Learning new skills in an internship can help with future employment opportunities and is a major advantage in the application process.” Internships can also help with making connections for future jobs.

Lastly, internship programs can introduce people with similar interests allowing them to make new friends.
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Additional Tips and Tricks
Nguyen Kim Tran
Staff Writer

– Chamber of Commerce: Contact our local Chamber of Commerce for internship options.
– Nonprofit organizations: Contact any nonprofit organization nearby that spark an interest. Nonprofit organizations are open to volunteers.
– Make connections: It may sound hard, but high school is a good time to start networking. Networking can work through social media as a method to present one’s best version of themselves. Talking to other peers and teachers can open you to more opportunities. Keep relations with organizations and businesses for future references.
– Surfing the Web: Beware of internship scams. Make sure to carefully assess the internship and research the company. If it is too good to be true, most likely it is a scam.
– Join Handshake: Search up Handshake.com online, and sign up. The website will try to match you up with other internships.
– Career Fair: The Career Fair is another event that students can look forward to. Employers make internships available for high school students.
– Work on that cover letter and resume: Need help with that cover letter or grammar? Try the Cal State Writing Lab on our campus.
– Reference letters: Prepare reference letters to showcase your skills.
– Filter your social media: Make sure your social media is appropriate. Your potential employer may check your history.
– Design internships: Keep your designs up to par. Alhambra’s digital media teachers have a knack for catching minor mistakes.
– Too Busy: If you’re too busy during the school year, try interning over the summer. Start early and do your research. Plan out your goals; it is best to do it now. Don’t procrastinate.
– Be confident: Relax. Many gravitate toward honest and genuine people.

Girls Soccer Kicks Back Into Season

BENJAMIN LANGE

ARLENE CONTRERAS

Staff Writers

The girls soccer team has been working rehard during practices to ensure that they will have a great outcome during the regular season. They have each developed personal goals for the regular season, as well as team goals to work toward. They hope to have success and make the playoffs as the season goes on.

“ [Our] goals for this year are to improve on my soccer skills and to be able to make it to CIF,” senior player Julita Ortiz said.

Improving in the sport of soccer is something that comes with constant work and education on what to do and what not to do on the field. For the girls on the team, it is important that they carry a positive attitude and pick each other up when they are feeling down.

“[Our] goal is to make it to CIF, and to be able to help my players improve this year,” Coach Marcos Viramontes said.

The Lady Moors hope to be able to maintain their high intensity practices as they prepare to take on other schools during their regular season. With Coach Viramontes, they hope to be able to perform at a high level this season. The team is preparing to play their next game on Dec. 2 at South Pasadena.

Boys’ Varsity Basketball Shoots for Moor

 

BRIANA THAI

LISA PHUNG

Staff Writers

As the fall sports season comes to an end, winter sports athletes lace up their shoes. The Alhambra boys’ basketball team is putting in their greatest amount of effort every day at practice, training with their sincere determination to prepare for their first season game on Nov. 28 against Blair High School. Currently the team is reviewing plays and conditioning so they are as ready as possible when season comes along.

“Our goal this year is to win league,” senior Matthew To said. “We plan to achieve this goal as a program by consistently working hard during practice in correlation with believing in the system and playing hard defense in order to make CIF and obtain the league title that we want by the end of the season.”

Last season under Coach Bryan Gonzalez, they had a 16-11 record for the overall season, and a 7-3 league record. Working together as a team, they plan on achieving their goal by maximizing their efforts and commitment in practices and games. They hope to utilize the skills that they have gained since freshmen year in order to meet these goals.

“As a senior, I feel that I have progressed a lot in basketball since freshman year,” senior Jason Trang said. “We have a full roster and every one of us has potential.”

The team will next play on Dec. 12 at home against Rosemead High.

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