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Junior Caleb Kim (right) spars against another player during practice Wednesday, Nov. 15, in the wrestling room. The Lancers defeated the Sonora Raiders Wednesday, Nov. 29, at home in their first Freeway League match of the season.

BOYS WRESTLING PREVIEW: Coaches aim for Lancers to finish in Top 3 in Freeway League

Chris Lee, Staff Reporter November 30, 2023

Coaches: Matthew Acosta (head coach), Fernando Mora (assistant coach), Ethan Nguyen (assistant coach) Top Returning Wrestlers: Derek Edwards (12), Cristian Gomez (12), Caleb Kim (11), Gavin Kim (10),...

Senior SooRin Hwangbo (top) and sophomore Keira Suh practice their techniques in the Sunny Hills wrestling room Wednesday, November 15, to train for their first Freeway League match at home against the Sonora Raiders on Wednesday, Nov. 29.

GIRLS WRESTLING PREVIEW: Lady Lancers hope to body themselves into CIF

Jiwoo Han, Opinion Editor November 29, 2023

Coaches: Matthew Acosta (head coach), Fernando Mora (assistant coach), Ethan Nguyen (assistant coach) Top Returning Wrestlers: Kayla Alamos (12), SooRin Hwangbo (12), Sage Moreno (12) Top Newcomer:...

Boys volleyball takes its game to the ‘beach’

Boys volleyball takes its game to the ‘beach’

Chris Lee, Staff Reporter November 17, 2023

It was during the March 2020 COVID-19 pandemic that the boys volleyball team’s inaugural season ended abruptly. Three years and a CIF Southern Section Division 5 title later, the Lancers are going...

Outside hitter senior Kayla Taylor holds up two fingers to signify the number of available hitters for the opposing team during the quarterfinal match against Windward School on Wednesday, Oct. 25.

GAME BALL: Girls volleyball team captain reaches 1,000 career kills, receives Dream Team recognition

Nicole Park, Copy Editor October 28, 2023

In the midst of the black-and-yellow coded Sunny Hills gym, bright splotches of leprechaun green fill the stands and the court. The nine-meter net separates six players from the SH girls volleyball...

Right side hitter senior Jasmin Sonboli prepares for a kill against a Windward School blocker in the Sunny Hills gym Wednesday, Oct. 25. The Lady Lancers won the CIF Southern Section Division 4 quarterfinal match in straight sets and will compete in the semifinal round again at home on Saturday, Oct. 28, against the Capistrano Valley Christian Eagles.

CIF PLAYOFFS RECAP: Girls volleyball advances to semifinal round after defeating Windward in straight sets

Jiwoo Han, Opinion Editor October 28, 2023

In her nearly decade-long tenure as the head coach of the Sunny Hills girls volleyball team, Amanda Donaldson had not been able to find a way to get her players to advance beyond the CIF quarterfinal playoff...

Senior Connor Irons (center) wears an Air Force Academy jersey while standing next to his parents and holding a California flag. The three celebrated Irons’ commitment to play football for the Air Force with a full-ride scholarship during their visit to the military university in Colorado earlier this summer. Irons has played as a defensive end on the football team for four years, being the captain for his senior year.

GAMEBALL: Football team co-captain, defensive end’s gridiron journey to continue at Air Force Academy in Colorado

Alexxa Berumen, Spotlight Editor October 28, 2023

University of Pennsylvania [UPenn]. U.S. Military Academy [West Point]. U.S. Air Force Academy.  These are three of the colleges that football defensive end and co-captain senior Connor Irons...

Athletic trainer Lauren Wukadinovich, newly hired to serve full time, treats student-athletes in Room 141 during lunch, sixth period and after school. Depending on the sports schedule, she attends games to handle injuries or emergencies with her student interns.

WRAP UP: Ex-Regional Occupational Program teacher now Sunny Hills’ new full-time athletic trainer

Seowon Han, Spotlight Editor & Business Manager October 22, 2023

Lauren Wukadinovich was a flyer in cheerleading her senior year at Riverside Polytechnic High School in 2006 when she suffered her first major injury. “I was trying to do a heel stretch, which is...

Student athletes find themselves carrying the burden of success and expectations to win.

DEALING WITH PRESSURE: Athletes learn to balance the weight of recognition

Stacy Kim, Feature Editor October 22, 2023

It was the first time the Sunny Hills girls water polo team reached the CIF title game. For six years, the Lady Lancers had dominated the Freeway League, remaining undefeated. In previous years,...

Setter junior Dalilah Rivero gives a high five to outside hitter sophomore Kayla Thienprasiddhi after the girls volleyball team defeated Claremont in straight sets during the first round of CIF playoffs home game on Thursday, Oct. 19.

CIF PLAYOFFS: Girls volleyball eliminates Claremont in straight sets; will travel to Agoura Hills for 2nd round matchup Saturday, Oct. 21

Christine Yoo, Sports Editor October 20, 2023

Led by their captain senior Kayla Taylor with 19 kills, the Lady Lancers defeated the Claremont Wolves in straight sets Thursday, Oct. 19, at home in the first round of CIF playoffs. “I’m so proud...

Setter junior Dalilah Rivero gives a high-five after the girls volleyball team’s dominant win over Troy High School in straight sets 25-16, 25-15, 25-18 at an away match on Wednesday, Oct. 11. The team claimed the Freeway League champions title for the first time since 1995.

MAKING HERSTORY: Girls volleyball team captures Freeway League champion title for first time in 28 years

Nicole Park, Copy Editor October 13, 2023

1995. That was the last time the Sunny Hills girls volleyball team won a Freeway League championship  — until this week. After 28 seasons, the Lady Lancers (10-0) clinched the league title after...

Seniors Dakota Ouzts (left) and Michael Marquez react as they battle against each other in a game of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate during an open tournament on Friday, Sept. 8, after school in Room 111. Marquez won 2-0, proceeding to the winner’s bracket.

eSPORTS PREVIEW: League of Legends team aims to stay at top of its game, repeat as CIF champs

Irene Park, Copy Editor October 2, 2023

Advisers: Sonya Joyce, Myra Deister Top Returning Players: Garv Jain (12), Peter Jung (11), David Kim (11), Tim Lee (11) Top Newcomers: Brian Carlson (12), Alexander Dang (9), Andrew Jang (11), Noah...

 Safety senior Elleion Lemon gets ready to tackle the Woodbridge High School player on Thursday, Aug. 31, at Buena Park High School Stadium. The Lancers’ defense held the Warriors to 13 points, as their offense under first-year quarterback sophomore, Madden Leasau, helped Sunny Hills secure the victory with 21 points.

FOOTBALL PREVIEW: With a new quarterback, Lancers look to bounce back with more wins and deeper CIF run

Justin Park, Staff Reporter September 28, 2023

Coaches: David Wilde (head coach, offensive coordinator), Matt Acosta (defensive coordinator), Bruce Wallace (offensive line), Joseph Karavedas (receivers, defensive backs), Chris Parrales (fullbacks/defensive...

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