Huskies defeat eagles in double overtime

January 6, 2012

Ricky Lang

The Washington Boys Basketball team opened MVAL league play with an exciting 67-57 victory against American on Wednesday, Jan. 4.  The game went into double overtime before a winner could be decided.

The lead changed hands countless times in the first three quarters with both teams playing extremely well. With 2.3 seconds left in the fourth quarter, the Huskies led 50-46 and American had two free-throws. The Eagles made the first free-throw but intentionally missed the second and dished the ball to Connor Tse, who drained a clutch three-pointer to tie the game at 50-50 just as time expired. The American fans erupted and even ran out onto the floor to celebrate the unlikely comeback.

However, Washington did not let this change of momentum psych them out. With time running out in the first overtime period, Washington Senior Pierce Romero stole the ball and attempted to dunk. But, the play was called back because American had intentionally fouled. Senior Matt Songponnopachon then headed to the line and sank two free-throws to tie the game at 54 all and send the game into double overtime. Now it was the Washington crowd’s turn to cheer. The Huskies dominated the second overtime thanks to a technical foul on the hot-headed American head coach, the muscle of Haniteli Lousi, and the scoring machine Matt Songponnopachon, who was a perfect 10-10 from the free-throw line and ended the night with 22 points. The final score was 67-57 in favor of the Huskies.

“It felt great just to get the W. Thanks to everyone who came out to support us tonight,” senior Pierce Romero (18 points on the night) said after the game. 

The chaotic overtime win makes Washington 1-0 in MVAL league play and 4-11 on the season. The Huskies have a bye on Friday, Jan. 6 but resume play at home on Wednesday, Jan. 11 against Newark Memorial.

Boys’ Volleyball team seeks new coach

December 12, 2011

Sai Vanam

After two seasons as our volleyball team’s coach, Samuel Pricer resigns and will not be the volleyball coach for the 2011-2012 boys’ volleyball team. Coach Sam, as his players used to call him, is an alumnus of Washington High School and played varsity volleyball during the 2005-2006 season. A competitive and talented volleyball, Sam started as the JV coach for our volleyball team. Last season, he had opportunity to coach the varsity team. However, this year Sam decided to join Marines and could not coach this upcoming season. Coach Sam said “it was a fun and exciting experience seeing my players progress. I enjoy the sport of volleyball and look forward to participating in the sport in the future.”

                Our boys’ volleyball team looks to rebuild. With many talented seniors leaving the team and no coach, the current players are left adrift. They seek an excellent coach and players to step up as leaders of the team. Also, players are organizing open gyms to get ready for the upcoming season. Junior Anant Gill, who played for the varsity team last year looks forward to get back on the court. “I like open gyms, because they are a good way to adjust to the demands of the season. I believe that our team will be competitive this year and we will see how far we get.” Though our boys’ volleyball team has lost key pieces on the team, the upcoming season is promising as current players are ready to fill in the roles.

Seniors cross dressing gone right

Seniors cross dressing gone right

Photo Credit: Amanda Sabeh

Senior boys take part in the cross dress dance during the Senior spirit skit, "Spirit Wars".

November 2, 2011

Amanda Sabeh

   On Oct. 27 our school gym was crowded with an abundant amount of Huskies waiting to watch Senior class of 2012’s skit, “Spirit Wars.”

      “Out of all the skits we’ve had this year, this one was the best and went the smoothest,” said senior Kate High.  It has been Husky tradition for the past 10 years for Senior boys to cross dress during their last skit at our school.  As some of you former students may know, some teachers had quite a controversy with class of 2011’s cross dressing segment, feeling it was inappropriate.  However, this year class of 2012 proved them different.  Senior boys still managed to partake in the cross dressing tradition while keeping it appropriate and entertaining.  Paris was not afraid to pull the plug if seniors abused their skit privileges, although she was very confident that they got the message.  Ms. Paris said, “I haven’t seen a class so respectful in the last 5 to 6 years.  Their skit could not have been more tasteful, it was fantastic!”

Boys’ water polo finishes on high note

November 2, 2011

Sai Vanam

Boys’ Water Polo JV and Varsity teams both proved to stay undefeated in their regular season league games. Varsity won with 17-5 against Newark Memorial High School and JV beat them by 10-2. The varsity record so far is 9-0 for league. Due to complications with the Washington swimming pool, Senior Night was relocated to Newark Memorial High School. Twelve seniors were honored: Parker Knight, Brady Knight, Daniel Tsay, Noah McFerran, Brock Leibhardt, Josh Christy, Grant Perry, Armand King, Elias Mendez, Mitchell Youhanna, Blayke Barrientos, and Ryan Aspacio. At first, the game turned out to be very competitive and the score was tied at 3-3 in the first quarter. Senior Parker Knight attributed their slow start to “a lack of warm –ups for our Huskies.” He continued to say that “Our defense held up in the starting, but our offense wasn’t productive.”


The moment the second quarter began, a Husky offense rush occurred. Senior Brock Leibhardt led the offensive charge with seven quick goals. Senior Noah McFerran explained the reason for this by saying “We capitalized on the weaknesses of the other team and used our strengths as advantages.” The Huskies used their quickness and size to weaken Newark’s defensive scheme. They enter NCS as the 7th seed in a tournament with 15 other teams. They hope to use their incredible success in the regular season to motivate them in competitive post season games. They play Foothill High School next Saturday. Earlier in the season, our Huskies trumped the Falcons in a tournament. The 2011 North Coast Championships take place Saturday Nov. 5.

Boys’ water polo team triumphs against Logan

Boys’ water polo team triumphs against Logan

Photo Credit: Mazher Ahmed

Armand Reeseking (12) during a water polo game.

September 29, 2011

Sai Vanam

On September 27, our boys’ water polo team played a season game against one of their rivals, James Logan High School. Both the JV and Varsity water polo teams won their games, 17-7 and 18-6 respectively. The game started out very close, but soon our water polo team lead at the half. As the game wore on, it was evident that Logan was tiring out. Senior Brady Knight said “the starting of the half was a pivotal moment, which was when our team started doing very well.” They started to play a zone defense, but this proved deadly as they couldn’t hold Washington’s sprint offense. Senior Noah McFerran described the second half of the game as exciting play.  All in all, both the JV and Varsity teams proved that they will have promising seasons and look forward to their first regular season game, which is on Oct. 1 against San Ramon High School.

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