The Accolade

Boys water polo shoots for win streak

Utility player junior Jacob Brooks focuses his aim and prepares to throw the ball during the teams first home game against Esperanza High School Aug. 27. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake.

Gianne Veluz

October 2, 2019

Coach: Keith Nighswonger (head coach), Jordan Jaime (assistant coach, goalie coach) Top Returning Players: Christian Aguirre (12), Min Chin (12), Cole Seibel (12) and Jonathan Sulvaran (12) Outlook: Even with a shortage of players, the boys water polo team will have to be dedicated and driven to carry thr...

Award-winning figure skater overcomes knee injury as she enters new season with new team

Junior Irene Lee performs in her routine during the 2019 National Theater on Ice competition in Alabama June 28. She is wearing dark markup as part of the routine. Photo reprinted with permission from Kayla Heo.

Andrew Ngo

October 1, 2019

It was a routine junior Irene Lee followed four to five times a week during the last school year: Before arriving to Sunny Hills, Lee said she traveled to Anaheim or Lakewood at 6 a.m. for her ice skating practice sessions. There, she slipped on her skates and stepped onto the ice where for the...

4 SH freshmen from Junior Little League World Series championship team hope to bring success for Lancers baseball team

Freshmen Jack Bender, Bohdan Faulkner, Dustin Staggs and Russell Yang (from left to right) pose for a picture at their victory parade in Downtown Fullerton Aug. 22. Photo used with permission from Mason Morris.

Hannah Kim

September 23, 2019

Four Sunny Hills freshman baseball players experienced the parade of their lives last month after being part of a Junior Little League championship team, and now they’ll turn their attention to what they can contribute on the diamond for Sunny Hills High School. “I’m hoping to bring energy,” freshman...

Girls volleyball ends four-match slide, sweeps Bonita High School in Sept. 10 home game

Middle blocker senior Marlena Martinez (right) jumps in the air to spike a ball during a 3-0 win against Bonita High School Sept. 10 at the Sunny Hills gym. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake.

Elijah Jhee

September 19, 2019

In a clean sweep, the Sunny Hills girls volleyball team defeated Bonita High School 3-0 at a home game on Sept. 10, advancing the team’s record  to 2-4. Sunny Hills’ head coach Amanda Donaldson said the win was an indication that the team had gotten over its recent four-game losing streak: the ...

New cross country head coach draws from her own high school athletic experiences

Coach Ashley Geisler (center) supervises cross country athletes as they perform an ab workout on the field next to the track Aug. 16. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake.

Daniel Kong

September 18, 2019

For the past 20 years, the Sunny Hills boys and girls cross country teams have had Daniel Scott as their head coach, but because of his decision to retire at the end of the 2018-2019 school year, the teams needed a new leader. Enter Ashley Geisler. Geisler was looking for a head cross country coachi...

Girls volleyball to start Freeway League play Sept. 16

Defensive Specialist Calie Koehn serves the ball in the air while in her serving motion during a 3-0 loss to Walnut High School Aug. 22. (Photo taken by Accolade news editor Tyler Pak)

Sydnee Tallant

September 16, 2019

Coaches: Amanda Donaldson (head coach), Katie Pascoe (assistant coach), Jane Paul (JV coach) and Allison Wong (frosh-soph coach)  Top returning players: Kayla Cho (12), Callie Koehn (12) and Maddie Rumenap (11) Outlook: The Lady Lancers aim to push for a Freeway League title after ending last season in third place and a b...

New girls volleyball frosh-soph coach reunites with former club coach

Girls volleyball frosh-soph coach Allison Wong (center) announces the roster for a varsity game against Walnut High School Aug. 22 in the Sunny Hills gym. Photo taken by Accolade reporter Andrew Ngo.

Andrew Ngo

September 16, 2019

Five years ago, new girls volleyball frosh-soph head coach Allison Wong never expected to be joining the coaching staff with her own head coach from club volleyball.  “I never saw myself as a coach when I was playing,” said Wong, who led her club team to the Junior Olympics that same year.  ...

Girls golf tee off new season with varsity, JV squads

Senior Kavi Maru swings her golf club during practice at Westridge Golf Club Aug. 21. Photo taken by Accolade reporter Gianne Veluz.

Alice Shin

September 16, 2019

Coach: Scott Enrico Top Returning Players: Emily Choi (12), Lauren Choi (10) and Stacy Kim (12) Top Newcomers: Alexandria Kim (9) and Katie Pyo (9) in Junior Varsity Outlook: Enrico enters his second season guiding the girls golf team. Last season, all the girls were considered varsity and played all the matches, ...

Running start — cross country girls aim to repeat as Freeway League champs under new head coach

Juniors Isha Patel (front) and Sneha Amin jog up Lancer Way toward school during their cross country practice Aug. 15. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake.

Sydnee Tallant

September 12, 2019

Head coach: Ashley Geisler is in her first year guiding the girls cross country runners Top new runner: Kayleigh Castro (10)  Top returning runners:  Esther Fee (11), Stephanie Gonzales (11) and Peyton Rushing (11)  Last season: The cross country girls captured their seventh straight Freeway League title. ...

Lancers rout Irvine Vaqueros 55-20 to nab first win of season

Sunny Hills quarterback senior Luke Duxbury leads the Lancers to a 55-20 victory over Irvine High School in an away game Sept. 6.  Duxbury bounced back from a 36-35 loss in his season home opener Aug. 30 against Aliso Niguel. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake.

Hope Li

September 8, 2019

The Sunny Hills football team notched its first victory of the season in a non-league away game Sept. 6 against Irvine High School. “Happy to get a win this week,” the Lancers’ head coach Peter Karavedas said after the game in an email statement. “The boys came out fired up after the tough...

Football coach, players don’t anticipate having a ‘turf’ time adjusting to new home field at Buena Park High School

Lancers quarterback senior Luke Duxbury looks for targets to throw the football to during an Aug. 22 scrimmage against Yorba Linda at the Buena Park High School stadium. Duxbury is among four Lancers ranked in the Orange County Register’s online Hot 150 high school football athletes.  The Register rated him at 71, the highest among the other three Lancer football players. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake.

Gianne Veluz

August 30, 2019

This story was updated Sept. 10 to include a statement from quarterback senior Luke Duxbury about last year's Aliso Niguel away home opener. Coaches: head coach Pete Karavedas, assistant head coach/offensive line/special teams coach Ron Newton, offensive coordinator/running backs/corners coach Jae Byun, def...

Boys cross country adjusts to 2 new coaches after retirement of longtime leader Dan Scott

Senior Chris Sanchez finishes his run during practice near the train tracks near the Agriculture complex Aug. 29. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake.

Sydnee Tallant

August 27, 2019

Head Coach: Ashley Geisler and Jacob Holloway replace Dan Scott, who retired last school year Top New Runner: Ivan Guzman (12) Top Returning Runners: Noah Barragan (12), Robert Flores (12), Zachary Gomez (10), Chris Sanchez (12), and Emiliano Zavala (11) Last season: The boys won their sixth straight title...

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