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February 11, 2009 > Milpitas Trojans winter sports wrap

Milpitas Trojans winter sports wrap

By Biff Jones

For the Milpitas girls and boys winter sports athletes, this year has not been what they had hoped. The Trojans play in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League (SCVAL) of the Central Coast Section (CCS). There are two divisions in the SCVAL: De Anza and El Camino. De Anza is known as the stronger division, going by last year's results for each sport, individually.

This year, the best winter team has been in boy's soccer. Head Coach Bill Leffler has had to shuffle his lineup because of numerous injuries, yet they have been able to stay in the race in the tough De Anza Division.

After losing a road game to league leader, Palo Alto, 3-1, in mid-January, the Trojans won three and tied two of their next five games before again losing to Palo Alto, this time at home, 2-0, on February 6.

One of the victories in the five-game unbeaten streak came on the road, 2-1, against a very strong Los Gatos squad on Tuesday, Feb. 3.

The Milpitas boys will take a 5-4-2 league record (10-7-3 overall) into the final game of the regular season on Wednesday, Feb. 11, at Monta Vista of Cupertino, a team they defeated, 1-0, earlier this year. Coach Leffler and his team will then await their placement in the CCS postseason tournament.

For Head Coach Bill Conley's girls soccer team, postseason play may not occur, as they carry a 4-5-2 league record (5-10-4 overall) into the last game of the regular season, while playing in the weaker El Camino Division. Their next and final game is on Wednesday, Feb. 11, at home against Wilcox of Santa Clara. The kickoff is 5:30 p.m.

Postseason play will not happen this year for the girls and boys basketball teams. Head Coach Champ Wrencher's boys squad takes a 2-7 El Camino Division record (4-17 overall) into the last three regular season games, with the final home game on Friday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m. against Monta Vista.

Head Coach La Toya Hardy's girls basketball team plays in the stronger De Anza Division, and have not fared well, going 0-9 in league play (1-21 overall) with three league games remaining. Their final home game is on Friday, Feb. 13, at against Los Gatos. Tip off is 6:15 p.m.

Head Coach, Kent Mitchell's boys wrestlers take a 2-3 league match record into the final league meet of the season at home against Gunn of Palo Alto on Tuesday, Feb. 10. Match results were not available at press time.

SCVAL Finals are on Saturday, Feb. 14, at Palo Alto, starting at 9 a.m. CCS Finals are scheduled to start at 9 a.m. at Independence High in San Jose on Friday, Feb. 27, for those who qualify out of SCVAL Finals.

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