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The Accolade

Opposite hitter junior Nathan Casasola (left) joins middle blocker senior Sebastian Bonca in an attempt to stop Arroyo Grande’s outside hitter, senior Josh McCune, from scoring a point during the first round of the state CIF tournament Tuesday, May 18, in the SH gym.

After taking first CIF-SS Division 5 title, boys volleyball keeps momentum going with first round state CIF win Tuesday, May 17

Grace Min May 18, 2022

After claiming the CIF-SS Division 5 Championship this past weekend, the boys volleyball team blew past the Arroyo Grande Eagles in straight sets in its first round of the CIF-SS Division 3 SoCal Championship...

 Girls soccer head coach Jeff Gordon (center) holds the CIF-SS Division 2 championship plaque in celebration with his team on Feb. 3, 2019, at Warren High School in Downey after defeating Mira Costa High School, 2-1. Gordon cultivated over 600 career wins, three CIF championship titles and 19 Freeway League titles.

Gordon Era comes to a close – coach retires after nearly four decades

Grace Johnson May 16, 2022

For the past 40 years, the Sunny Hills girls soccer team only had two coaches — Kenn Gordon, who started both the girls and boys soccer program in the 1981-1982 season — and his son Jeff Gordon.  During...

New baseball head coach Ryan Bateman walks toward some of his players during batting practice Thursday, May 5, after school on the Sunny Hills baseball field. Bateman has led the Lancers to their first Freeway League title since 1999.

First-year baseball head coach’s ‘Be Great’ mentality has led to team’s Freeway League title — the first since 1999

Kayla Martinez May 9, 2022

First-year coaches often talk to their players about winning league titles and CIF championships. But few have seen that kind of success happen in their inaugural seasons. Sunny Hills baseball head...

Senior Alexander Flores (left) and junior Frank Lopez strategize for their next game after a win by the opposing team’s forfeit Feb. 28. The newly formed four-member Halo team is currently 3-2 in the High School eSports League.

Sunny Hills eSports adds Halo Infinite team to its list of five other competitive squads; its four members tout a 3-2 in the High School eSports League

Jiwoo Han April 5, 2022

Following the Super Smash team, the school’s eSports program has added its sixth competitive squad this semester based on the first-person shooter game, Halo Infinite. Coached by captain and student-appointed...

Peter Karavedas (center) holds the 2019 CIF-SS Division 8 Championship plaque after the Lancers defeated Santa Barbara High School 24-21 on Nov. 30, 2019.

NEW CHAPTER: Former head football coach Peter Karavedas shares his goals in education and plans for his family

Grace Johnson April 1, 2022

As school officials are finalizing their search for a new head football coach, The Accolade was able to get an in-depth interview with the program's previous leader, social science teacher Peter Karavedas....

Junior point guard Chad Nguyen dribbles toward a Garden Grove player Feb 22. Even though the Lancers lost their semifinal CIF-Southern Section Division 4 game, the team won its first state CIF playoff game, since 2004, on March 1.

13th-seeded Sunny Hills boys basketball team upsets 4th-seeded Monte Vista 68-51 in first round of CIF state playoffs

Henry Lee March 2, 2022

Despite falling short of reaching the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 championship round last week, the 13th-seeded Sunny Hills boys basketball team upset fourth-seeded Monte Vista 68-51 in the first round...

Forward junior Mathias Brown (right) celebrates with his teammates after scoring the Lancers’ first goal in the first round of CIF state regionals against Panorama High School on Tuesday, March 1, at the Buena Park High School stadium. Brown, who was also playing on his birthday, came up with a hat trick with a total of three goals as Sunny Hills won 4-3.

Sunny Hills boys soccer moves on to state CIF regional semifinals after 4-3 victory

Grace Min March 2, 2022

This story was updated Thursday, March 3, with more information about the game and an additional quote from one of the soccer players. After kicking in the winning goal to secure a CIF-Southern Section...

In response to the opposing team’s lineup announcement, many students in the Sunny Hills home section in the gym deliberately flip through The Accolade’s most recent issue, “Going Viral,” at the Feb. 18 boys basketball game against Ontario Christian High School. Since students are now allowed back onto the bleachers at home basketball games this school year, they have found more ways to increase audience participation to build school spirit after not being allowed to do so last season because of the pandemic.

Are they really reading newspapers? Return of fans to basketball games leads to revival of student section antics

Henry Lee March 1, 2022

They're reading newspapers! They're reading newspapers! Well, sort of. The Associated Student Body [ASB] and other students sitting in the Sunny Hills home bleachers of the varsity boys basketball...

After accepting the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 championship plaque, the Sunny Hills Boys soccer players and the coaching staff gather Saturday, Feb. 26, for a team photo. The Lancers defeated Norte Vista 1-0 in overtime at Ramona High School in Riverside to claim a  second CIF title since 2016.

OT OPERA: Sunny Hills boys soccer team wins CIF title, defeating Norte Vista 1-0 – the Lancers’ third straight victory in overtime since the quarterfinals

Grace Johnson and Alex Lee February 28, 2022

Overtime opera. Those are the words to describe the last three CIF playoff games that the Sunny Hills boys soccer team competed in – culminating in the Saturday, Feb. 26, 1-0 OT victory against Norte...

Sunny Hills Class of 2007 alumna and then-junior Tanya Taylor (middle) rushes to steal the ball at a girls soccer game where the Lancers left the field with a victory. Since her four years at Sunny Hills, Taylor went on to lead her UCI team to victories while also setting individual records; her achievements on the field will be recognized at the UCI Athletics Hall of Fame of 2021 on Feb. 19.

UCI inducts SH alumna into 2021 Hall of Fame

Michelle Sheen February 17, 2022

At 4 years old, Tanya Taylor stepped onto the soccer field for the first time. At 17 years old — and 13 years on the field — Taylor received 2007 CIF Player of the Year and 2007 OC Player of the...

A screenshot of the Friday, Feb. 11,, statement from football head coach Peter Karavedas that was posted on the Sunny Hills football Instagram home page at 2:42 p.m. -- nearly an hour after Karavedas told his players he was stepping down during a lunch-time meeting at the campus weight room.

HANGING UP THE WHISTLE: After seven years – one of which included a CIF title – Lancers’ football head coach steps down, surprising players, boosters

Rachel Yun February 15, 2022

In an unexpected announcement during a lunch-time meeting Friday, Feb.11 – before the three-day holiday weekend – football head coach Peter Karavedas told his players that he will no longer guide the...

The Sunny Hills girls water polo team celebrates their fifth consecutive Freeway League Championship title after a 7-5 victory against the La Habra Highlanders.

For the fifth straight year, Lady Lancers run away with Freeway League title in water polo after 7-5 victory over La Habra

Krishna Thaker February 11, 2022

Capping off its 40th consecutive Freeway League win over the past five seasons, the Sunny Hills girls water polo team captured the championship title last week after a 7-5 victory over La Habra at Sunny...

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