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Sunny Hills’ Nov. 30 CIF Southern Section Division 8 championship game against Santa Barbara to be held at San Marcos High School

The Sunny Hills football Lancers will introduce themselves for one last time for the 2019-2020 season during their CIF Southern Section Division 8 away championship game Nov. 30 against Santa Barbara High School. But because Santa Barbara's home stadium remains closed for modernization, the game has been moved to San Marcos High School in the Santa Barbara school district. Photo taken by Paul Yasutake

Andrew Ngo

November 24, 2019

This story was updated on Nov. 26 to include more information about the rooter bus. Because Santa Barbara's football stadium is undergoing modernization, the CIF Southern Section Division 8 championship matchup between Sunny Hills and Santa Barbara High School will be played Nov. 30 at nearby San...

Game recap: The new cardiac kids? Sunny Hills football team comes back from behind again in Nov. 22 CIF semifinal win over Trabuco Hills

Linebacker junior Carson Irons (center) leads the Lancers on to the Trabuco Hills High School field in Mission Viejo during the Nov. 22 CIF Southern Section Division 8 semifinal game against the Mustangs. Irons made the game-saving interception off a tipped ball at the one-yard line with less than seven seconds left in the game. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake

Andrew Ngo

November 24, 2019

A shorter recap of this game with more quotes is available in this story. One main point Sunny Hills head football coach Peter Karavedas emphasized immediately after the Nov. 22 CIF Southern Section Division 8 victory over Trabuco Hills was how many times his players have come back from behind to...

Late interception near goal line secures Sunny Hills football’s 31-27 victory over Trabuco Hills; Lancers advance to first CIF playoff final in 27 years

Running back and defensive back junior Brandon Roberts prepares for an oncoming defender during a first half rush. Roberts opened the scoring early with a 69-yard run that put the Lancers up 7-0 early in the first quarter. Photo taken by Paul Yasutake

Andrew Ngo

November 23, 2019

This story has been updated Nov. 23 and 24 to include revised information as to the date of the CIF Southern Section Division 8 title game and the name of the Trabuco Hills quarterback. In a rematch of the Lancers’ thrilling 41-34 overtime win over Trabuco Hills High School’s Mustangs earlier...

Boys basketball looks to rebound since last year’s CIF playoff loss

Senior guard Adam Reuter goes up for a layup during practice in the Sunny Hills gym Nov. 14. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake

Isaac Choi

November 20, 2019

Coaches: Joe Ok (head coach), Greg Del Crognale (assistant coach), Don Shaw (assistant coach) Top Returning Players: Wilson Cal (12), Peter Park (12), Emmanuel Seddoh (12) Top Newcomers: Caleb Harnett (11), Johann Kwon (9), Dylan Lawson (10) and Zachery Tan (10). Outlook: Last season, the boys basketball te...

Girls water polo looks to keep up Freeway League success

Junior goalkeeper Lauren Gruber passes the ball to a teammate during practice Nov. 14 at the Sunny Hills pool. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake

Katherine Kim

November 18, 2019

Coach: Keith Nighswonger (head coach), Jordan Jaime (assistant coach) Top Returning Players:  Kristima Aryal (10), Sarah Bankhead (12), Amanda Flewellen (12), Riley Godfrey (11), Kaya Hart (12), Rachel Loomis (12), Leoni Nyguen (11), Sydney Sereg (11), Cecilia Smith (12) and Kelly Wert (11)   ...

Girls basketball aims for deeper run into CIF playoffs

Shooting guard and small forward senior Rachel Kim drives into the lane while in a scrimmage against team assistants and other girls basketball players at the Sunny Hills gym Nov. 14. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake

Rebecca Choi

November 18, 2019

Coaches: Jae Byun, (head coach), Gene Bordy (assistant coach), Janice Lee (assistant coach), Ronnel Quedit (graduate assistant) Top returning players: Jaidyn Decastro (12), Annika Johnson (12), Jessica Kim (10) Outlook: The girls basketball team aims to perform better in its season after its elimination in the first round...

Lancers’ offense pounces on Notre Dame early and often in 49-24 blowout; Sunny Hills will face Trabuco Hills in CIF semifinal Nov. 22

Quarterback senior Luke Duxbury pushes down a Notre Dame linebacker to avoid getting tackled in the first half. Duxbury threw two touchdowns in the first half of the 49-24 rout Nov. 15 of Notre Dame of Riverside at Buena Park High School stadium. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake

Andrew Ngo and Gianne Veluz

November 16, 2019

The Lancer football team (10-2, 4-1 Freeway League) knocked the Notre Dame Titans (7-5, 2-1 Freeway League) out of the CIF-Southern Section Division 8 playoffs in a dominant 49-24 victory at Buena Park High School stadium Nov. 15.  After a slow start to the offense in the Nov. 8 21-14 first roun...

Girls soccer prepares for defense of CIF title

Junior goalkeeper Cil Avila kicks off the soccer ball during a goalkick in practice Nov. 7 at the field next to Hydroflow. Photo taken by Paul Yasutake

Lauren Kim

November 16, 2019

Coaches: Jeff Gordon (head coach), Erick Hurtarte (varsity assistant coach), Sergio Miramontes (varsity assistant coach), Top Returning Players: Cil Avila (11), Auburn Burnett (12), Taylor DeGuzman (12), Brianna Figueroa (9), Zoe Ip (12), Acira Mehta (11), Jazmin Montalvo (11),  Jocelyn Pineda (12) L...

Female athletes make history with girls’ first wrestling team

Freshman Kylie Yang (left) stares down Highlander wrestler Vanessa Hernandez during the Sunny Hills dual meet between La Habra and Sunny Hills Jan. 15 at the Sunny Hills gym. Yang won the 137-pound JV girls bout with a pin in the second period. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake

Charis Lee

November 15, 2019

Coaches: David Wilde (head coach) , Josue Chew (assistant coach) and Ryan O’Sullivan (assistant coach)  Top Returning Players: Brianna Tran (11) Top Newcomers: Daniella Berrios (12) and Kylie Yang (9) Outlook: For the first time in Sunny Hills’ history, nine female students have formed the fir...

Boys soccer looks for success after first-round exit from CIF playoffs last year

Center midfielder junior Dominic Mancia dribbles a soccer ball during practice at the Sunny Hills soccer field Nov. 14. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake

Chloe Lee

November 15, 2019

Coaches: Mike Schade (head coach), Jordan Brinkley (varsity assistant coach), Eduardo Echeverria (head JV coach), Anthony Flores (head frosh-soph coach), Owen Miller (assistant coach JV and FS) Top returning players: Arnold Beltran (12), Sam Johnson (12), Dylan Lee (12), Chris Loera (12), Richard Orihu...

Team of veteran wrestlers aims for Freeway League title

Junior Luke Yang (right) performs a 3-point near fall on sophomore Zion Mejia during practices on Nov. 14 in rm 153. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake

Tyler Pak

November 15, 2019

Coaches: David Wilde (head coach), Josue Chew (assistant coach) and Ryan O’Sullivan (assistant coach)0 Top Returning Players: Ethan Nguyen (11), Andrew Park (12), David Park (12), Tim Park and Luke Yang (11) Top Newcomers: Kai Bautista (9), Paul Garcia (9) and Gabe Serrato (9) . Outlook: The Sunny Hill...

Lancer football ends 24-year CIF playoff win drought, comes back from 14 down to defeat Tustin Nov. 8

The Sunny Hills football team celebrates together following its 21-14 comeback win against Tustin High School in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 8 playoffs Nov. 8 at Buena Park High School stadium. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake

Andrew Ngo

November 9, 2019

This story was updated Nov. 12 to reflect the number of years that the football team last won a first-round CIF playoff game. It took 21 unanswered points — including a two-point conversion and a go-ahead score with 31 seconds left — for Sunny Hills to prevail in its CIF-Southern Section Division...

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