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January 18, 2011 > Bill Leffler named Coach of the Year

Bill Leffler named Coach of the Year

By Biff Jones

Milpitas High School Trojans

Milpitas boys soccer coach Bill Leffler has been selected as the 2010-11 Central Coast Section Winter Sports Honor Coach for boys soccer. He has been the Milpitas boys soccer coach since 1982 and will be honored on Jan. 26 by the CCS Board of Managers.

Boys soccer lost 2-1 in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League, El Camino Division game at Fremont High School of Sunnyvale last Friday. Ramiro Ceja scored Milpitas' only goal. Milpitas (5-4-2, 2-1 SCVAL) is home vs. Homestead High on Wednesday, Jan. 19.

Coach Mike Tomlin's girls soccer team won its match last week, 2-0, at home to Fremont in El Camino play to improve to 6-4 and 3-0 in the division. Goals were scored by Belen Acosta and Lora Lee. Acosta also had an assist as did Natalie Minor. Jessica Jimenez had five saves in the shutout.

Boys basketball split a couple of road El Camino Division games last week. Tuesday, Jan. 11, they lost at Mountain View High, 56-44. Derek Fox scored 13 points for Milpitas while T.J. Hartley dropped in 10. When asked about the long range discrepancies (only hitting one 3-pointer), coach Champ Wrencher said, "We are not a 3-point shooting team and other teams have not been scoring many threes against our zone. Next time we play, we will use our man defense."

Last Friday the Trojans found some 3-point shooters as they defeated Monta Vista High, 50-31. Buddy Ames and Nick Rodriquez each had 12 points with all of Rodriquez coming on 3-pointers. Marcus Rita added 10 points. Trojans are 7-9 and 3-1 in league. Next up is Wilcox at home on Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Milpitas girls won two El Camino games last week. Wednesday at home, 48-34, vs. Homestead and Friday on the road, 38-29, against Los Altos High School. In the Homestead game, Joann Chau had 14 points and Mehreen Khan and Jalaena Bumagat notched 10 points each. Sydnie Turner added eight points, 10 rebounds and six steals. Trojans (7-9, 3-1 El Camino) take on Cupertino High School at home, Jan. 19.

Fremont Christian High School Warriors

Last Tuesday, coach Michie Sierra's girls basketball team traveled to Menlo Park for a nonleague game and defeated Mid-Peninsula High School Dragons, 50-39. Warriors led all the way, holding the hosts to just two points in the second quarter. Kemana Otosi had 11 points for the Warriors while Shelby Bolduc and Alyssa Way each had six.

Since the Dragons were pretty thin, dressing only seven players, coach Sierra said she did not play all of her starters at the same time. When asked if she thought Emery High School was the team to beat in the Bay Counties League (BCL) she said, "CSD (California School for the Deaf) looks like the best team as they have improved a lot."

On Friday, the Warriors defeated Emery at home 51-37 as they held on after taking a 31-7 halftime lead. Otosi (15 points) and Bolduc (14) again led Fremont. Bolduc also had 14 rebounds and Marielle Sedin 12 with Kim Du adding five assists. After starting 3-3, Warriors have won nine in a row and are 3-0 in the BCL.
Coach Curtis Coffey's boys hoopsters defeated Emery last Friday on the road, 46-40. These Warriors are now 7-7, 2-1 in the BCL. FC played a game against Urban High School of San Francisco at St. Elizabeth High School in Oakland on Monday in the MLK Classic. Score was unavailable at press time.

California School for the Deaf Eagles

Last week, CSD basketball girls and boys played Chinese Christian High School of San Leandro on Tuesday in BCL action and both came away with wins -- girls at home, 57-37; boys on the road, 60-35. Both teams are now 4-0 in the BCL and traveled to Austin, Texas, to participate in the Clerc Classic for Schools for the Deaf.

While the boys received a first-round bye, the girls defeated Arkansas School for the Deaf, 52-13, on Thursday. In semifinal action on Friday, both teams lost to Alabama School for the Deaf (boys 61-33; girls 40-35 in overtime). On Saturday, both played in the third place game. CSD boys won 42-32 over Model Secondary School for the Deaf of Washington, D.C., and the girls lost, 28-26, to Maryland School for the Deaf.

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