December 28, 2010 > Prep winter athletics brace for holiday tourneys
Prep winter athletics brace for holiday tourneys
By Biff Jones
Milpitas High School Trojans of coach Bill Leffler hosted and played Amador Valley High School of Pleasanton to a scoreless tie last Monday, Dec. 20, in their final preseason match. Trojans are a young team starting three freshman and three sophomores and did well to hold the more experienced and taller Amador team to a tie.
Led by goalie Zach Ebright, the Trojan defense of Daniel Shak, Daniel Galvan, Tre Le, Adrian Arenas and Tyler Cannu was the story of the day for Milpitas. Helping out the "D" were forwards and midfielders Ramiro Ceja, Martin Lopez, Ben Leung, Jesus Gonzalez, Hardip Singh, Antonio Gonzalez, Andres Romero and Daniel Nguyen.
Milpitas is now 3-3-1 and opens Santa Clara Valley Athletic League (SCVAL), El Camino Division play at home on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 3:30 p.m. against Cupertino High School. Coach Leffler's goal this year is to win El Camino, weaker of the two SCVAL divisions (De Anza being the other) and finish with an overall record of .500 or above. This would give them an automatic bid to the Central Coast Section (CCS) soccer playoffs.
Head coach Mike Tomlin's Milpitas girls enter 2011 at 3-3-1 and are also in the El Camino Division of SCVAL. They open league play at Cupertino on Jan. 5, 5:45 p.m. then return home Jan. 7, 3:30 p.m. for a league game against Lynbrook High School of San Jose.
Wrestlers of Milpitas coach Kent Mitchell are 0-1 so far this year and have their first home meet on Jan. 6, 6:30 p.m. also vs. Lynbrook.
Mike Estrada, head wrestling coach at California School for the Deaf (CSD), sees his wrestlers open its dual meet season at home on Jan. 6, 6 p.m. against Albany High School.
Debbi Ayers, coach of CSD, has her girls playing in the West Coast Jamboree in Antioch Dec. 27 to 30. They then open Bay Counties League (BCL) play at Contra Costa Christian (CCC) High School of Walnut Creek on Jan. 4 and play Thursday, Jan. 6, at Oakland Military Institute (OMI). CSD remains at 6-1.
Head coach Michie Sierra's girls of Fremont Christian High School also will play in the West Coast Jamboree. They then return home to host BCL foe OMI on Jan. 4 at 6:30 p.m. FC girls are 3-3.
Milpitas girls of coach Klint Chang saw his Trojans lose at Livermore High School, 69-41, last Tuesday, Dec. 21. Milpitas trailed 35-22 at the half, closed the gap to 41-34 after three quarters then saw Livermore pull away in the fourth for the victory. Trojans were led by Mehreen Khan with eight points and Joann Chau and Julia Regalado with seven each.
Milpitas will play in the Folsom High School Tournament Dec. 27 to 30 before returning home to open El Camino Division play at home Jan. 5, 7 p.m. against Santa Clara High School. Trojan Ladies dropped to 3-5.
Coach Curtis Coffey of Fremont Christian High School Warriors boys lost a home game to Irvington High School last Tuesday, 60-48. Irvington led 28-22 at the half, Warriors closed to 37-35 after three quarters then Irvington out scored the hosts 23-13 in the fourth. Jeremiah Herzog led FC with 20 points while Smith had 18 points for Irvington.
Warrior boys open the Liberty Classic (Dec. 28 to 30) at Red Bluff High School against Mercy High School of San Francisco. They then travel to OMI on Jan. 4 and come home to host Chinese Christian High School of San Leandro Jan. 6, 7:30 p.m. Coffey's boys fell to 3-5.
CSD, under coach Oskar Schugg, has his boys playing in the Head-Royce High School of Oakland Classic December 28 to 30. CSD then opens BCL play at home against Contra Costa Christian on Jan. 4 at 5:30 p.m. before hosting OMI Thursday, Jan. 6, 6 p.m. CSD is 4-2.
Milpitas, under coach Champ Wrencher, lost 62-33 at Bellarmine College Prep of San Jose on Saturday, Dec. 18. Buddy Ames led Milpitas with 16 points. Tuesday, Dec. 21, saw the Trojans travel to Watsonville High School and drop a close 49-46 decision. Trojans led 27-21 at the half but could not hold on as the hosts out scored Milpitas by nine points in the second half. Marcus Rita led the Trojans with 10 points including two 3-pointers. Thursday, Dec. 23, Milpitas traveled to undefeated Piedmont Hills of San Jose and lost, 53-27.
Next up for the Trojans is the Cain Classic, Dec. 28 and 29. Trojans open against Gunderson of San Jose, Dec. 28, 7:30 p.m. They then open El Camino Division play at home, Jan. 4, 7 p.m. vs. Santa Clara. Milpitas is now 2-8.