September 9, 2011 > Outstanding summer for Lady Warriors
Outstanding summer for Lady Warriors
Submitted By Ram Gopalan, Photo by Rachel Tsao
This summer, Fremont's Mission San Jose High School Lady Warriors varsity girls basketball team lived up to its reputation as the 2010 MVAL champions. Coached by Doug Sakamoto and assisted by coaches Chris, Yvonne and Oscar, the team won the prestigious Roseville Summer Hoopla tournament this summer beating the elite Oakville girls in a nail biting finish to the final buzzer.
Despite the 100 degree heat, the girls sizzled through the tournament to win the championship. Organizers gave accolades to the MSJHS staff for a well coached team and great parents. Seniors Ilene Tsao, Maya Ramachandran, Gigi Hsu and Sydney Ha were instrumental with their maturity and skills and came thru when they were needed the most. Upcoming players Grace Lee, Alyesha Bedel, Shannon Hua, Alexa Iwatani and Erin Cochran showed that they were capable of carrying the mantle for the future. The three incoming freshmen showed tremendous promise as well, making their junior high coach Walker proud.
The victorious Lady Warriors also reached the semi-finals of the highly competitive San Diego Classic tournament for the very first time, playing high caliber teams from all over California. They came close to a shot at the finals but were denied by the Riverside girls who went on to win the championship. It was indeed a great accomplishment for the girls, coaches, school and the city of Fremont.
The MSJ Lady Warriors are confident they will bring home the MVAL championship outright this 2012 season, a feat accomplished last in 1973!