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Combining cheer, song to create new Pep Squad at Sunny Hills is such a great idea that I even auditioned for the team

Sophomore Sydnee Tallant records the new Pep Squad routine on video May 6 as part of her audition application to join a combined cheer and song team at Sunny Hills.

Sydnee Tallant

May 30, 2020

The theater lights shine brightly and the music cues. Backstage, the dancers stretch anxiously before their routine. The audience roars with excitement to greet these performers. I have always had a passion for participating in environments like this.  Dance has always been one of my favorite act...

Moving from Argentina at the age of 14, Freeway League Player of the Year looks back at his 14-year soccer career

Moving from Argentina at the age of 14, Freeway League Player of the Year looks back at his 14-year soccer career

Andrew Hong and Kristima Aryal

May 28, 2020

Midfielder senior Dylan Lee (center) searches for a teammate to pass to during a 2-1 home victory over Buena Park on Jan. 24. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake That South American country has become synonymous with the word, “soccer,” as its national men’s futbol team has w...

Coaches, players use Zoom sessions, self-guided exercise schedules to keep team members fit during state-mandated stay-at-home order

Girls basketball players participate in a Zoom training session on April 20.

Kate Yang

May 22, 2020

They are shut in, but they are not shut out — from staying fit as Sunny Hills student-athletes. Though the spring sports season has been canceled because of COVID-19-related school closures statewide, and California Gov. Gavin Newsom has yet to lift his stay-at-home order, several athletes are ch...

May 20: My junior varsity softball season gets the Mercy Rule on account of COVID-19 pandemic

Sophomore Grace Johnson (center) shares a moment with some of her teammates after one of their last practices on Feb. 12.

Grace Johnson

May 22, 2020

LIVING UNDER THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS This is part of a series of columns about students’ various experiences during the school closure because of the coronavirus pandemic. If you would like to submit some of your experiences, please email us at [email protected] “That’s ball game!...

Water polo standout to leave Sunny Hills with a multitude of awards as she pursues a Division 1 career at Iona College

Kaya Hart (center) prepares to take a shot during a 16-5 victory over Fullerton at the Troy High School pool on Jan. 22. 

Esther Oh

May 21, 2020

When senior Kaya Hart first started swimming at the age of 12, she didn't expect to be recruited to a Division 1 program, and she certainly didn’t expect to be recognized as one of the more prominent players in recent Sunny Hills water polo history.  Hart, who has also been a part of the SOCAL W...

Picking up a basketball at age 5, senior reflects on her 12 years of hoops experience — two of them as a starter on the Lady Lancers’ squad

Guard senior Annika Johnson (center) shoots during a 42-35 win at Sonora on January 24. The win was Sunny Hills' first against the Raiders since the 2011-2012 season.

Kristima Aryal

May 20, 2020

Nearly 560 points scored.  Fifth in Sunny Hills High School offensive rebounds in just two seasons. Fourth team All-County by The Orange County [OC] Register. First Team All-Freeway League. As a transfer student from South Pasadena High School, girls basketball guard senior Annika Johnson...

Overcomer: Born deaf, sophomore joins Sunny Hills swim because it’s the only sport that doesn’t ‘really require me to hear’

Sophomore Rachel Green takes a breath during her breast stroke practice in the Sunny Hills aquatics pool. Born deaf, Green relies on a light to go off as her starting signal when she competes in individual heats. Photo taken by Accolade photo editor Megan Shin

Lauren Kim

April 30, 2020

This is the second in a series of articles featuring Sunny Hills students who are also athletes despite their physical or emotional disabilities. Sophomore Rachel Green often swims the middle legs of relays like the 200 individual medley relay and the 200-meter freestyle for the Lady Lancers’ f...

Baseball gear puts sport as most expensive to play

Baseball gear puts sport as most expensive to play

Hannah Kim

April 28, 2020

This story is the second of a three-part series, with the first part “What's the cheapest sport at Sunny Hills” being published on print Feb. 14. This story was originally published in print on March 6. Despite sports being available to all students, some athletic activities can still rack up prices for students...

Head football coach, staff, parent booster personally deliver about 80 rings to players’ homes as alternative to canceled ring celebration because of COVID-19 school closure

Image created by Accolade co-sports editor Andrew Ngo. Individual images of football players with their rings used with permission from Peter Karavedas.

Andrew Ngo

April 19, 2020

Despite the coronavirus pandemic and the governor's stay-at-home order, two Sunny Hills football coaches and a booster contributor took it upon themselves from April 3-8 to distribute roughly 80 rings commemorating the 2019 CIF-Southern Section Division 8 championship-winning squad. “We wanted to make ...

With CIF State officially canceling spring playoffs because of coronavirus-related school closures, what are implications for fall sports?

Tight end and defensive lineman sophomore Ethan Johnson (center) celebrates following the team's championship game victory over Santa Barbara at San Marcos High School Stadium on Nov. 30. After the spring sports cancellation, football may not have its chance to defend the fourth CIF-Southern Section title in school history. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake

Andrew Ngo

April 13, 2020

After CIF State postponed a March 17 decision to cancel the spring sports playoffs, the organization’s executive director Ron Nocetti made an April 3 announcement that all spring playoff events would be canceled, effectively ending the spring sports season for all high school athletes in California....

March 20: How I’m handling the abrupt end to my senior swim season in club and at Sunny Hills

Former Lancer swimmer Lawrence Mao's mother took this picture of Accolade photo editor and swimmer senior Megan Shin as she swam the 100 fly during the Mt. Sac Meet of Champions on April  13, 2019. Shin laments the loss of a senior night meet to recognize the 12th-grade athletes in spring sports because of school closure until May 1 to stem the threat of COVID-19.

Megan Shin

March 21, 2020

LIVING UNDER THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS This is part of a series of columns from The Accolade staff about their various experiences during the school closure because of the coronavirus pandemic. If you would like to submit some of your experiences, please email us at  [email protected] Senior year...

March 19: Spring sports suspension, a trip to the hospital and what it’s like to be the subject of an OC Sports Zone story

Accolade co-sports editor Andrew Ngo went to the hospital with the intent of getting a chest x-ray, but he had no idea what events would unfold regarding the coronavirus threat to schools and spring sports. +RengenDSC_0116 by Ansikov is licensed under CC BY 4.0

Andrew Ngo

March 21, 2020

LIVING UNDER THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS This is part of a series of columns from The Accolade staff about their various experiences during the school closure because of the coronavirus pandemic. If you would like to submit some of your experiences, please email us at  [email protected] Nothing has...

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