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Sophomore Sophia Gentile (left) and junior Maya Kew-Layton practice sprinting uphill on Lancer Way toward the parking lot by the Performing Arts Center during sixth period on Monday, March 4.
GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD PREVIEW: Lady Lancers hope to win championship for their last season in the Freeway League
Seowon Han, Spotlight Editor & Business Manager • March 13, 2024
Junior Alex Rivera (left) and sophomore Ronin Nguyen practice for distance running Friday, Feb. 16, after school on the Sunny Hills track.
BOYS TRACK AND FIELD PREVIEW: Lancers focus on improving underclassman runners’ performance
Justin Pak, News Editor • March 13, 2024
Freshman Dom Tenazas competes in a singles 3 during a home match against Bolsa Grande High School on Tuesday, March 5. Tenazas won 6-8, helping the Lancers to a 14-4 victory.
BOYS TENNIS PREVIEW: Coach wants Lancers’ doubles to be team’s ‘shining spot’
Pricilla Escobedo, Staff Reporter • March 11, 2024
Setter sophomore Parker Mesnik gets the ball ready for middle blocker senior Boa Hwang to spike it during the boys volleyball practice on Monday, Feb. 26, in the Sunny Hills gym.
BOYS VOLLEYBALL PREVIEW: Boys volleyball sets out to remain dominant in the last season of Freeway League play
Christine Yoo, Sports Editor • March 10, 2024
Defensive specialist freshman Isabelle Kim serves the ball on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at the Troy High School gym in a match against Troy. Sunny Hills and Troy will not compete in the same league for the 2024-2025 season..
Freeway League faces disbandment after 40 years
Aashna Dialani, Assistant Business Manager • March 8, 2024
Junior Angelina Jeong tees off on the first hole at La Mirada Golf Course on Tuesday, Sept. 26, during a Freeway League match against Troy High School.
Releaguing opens door to new opportunities and positive challenges
Angelina Jeong, Sports Editor • March 3, 2024
Girls tennis player junior Daniela Borruel (center) received her certificate of recognition alongside her two Sunny Hills classmates, who were also in attendance to receive their own certificates for being Adopt-A-Park volunteers, from the Fullerton City Council in City Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 16.
GAME BALL: Girls tennis co-captain earns Fullerton City Council award after finishing 58-0 in high school singles matches last fall
Dareen Hagekhalil, Staff Reporter • February 18, 2024
Utility player senior Eden Buell (left) maintains a defensive position, while utility player sophomore Lauren Jacobsen finds an opening to split to the ball and double team one of Agoura’s top shooters in the second quarter during a Wednesday, Feb. 15, Division 2 CIF-SS semi-finals matches at Mt. San Antonio College.
Lady Lancers return to CIF title match Saturday, Feb. 17, after 12-11 OT win over No. 1-seeded Agoura
Nathan Lee, Assistant Entertainment Editor • February 17, 2024
The Lady Lancers – with sophomore Emily Kim in the front row fourth from the left – hold their second-place plaque, qualifying for nationals, from their first cheer competition at Agoura High School on Saturday, Jan. 13.
COLUMN: Lady Lancers’ first ever national cheer competition – a big jump for me, literally and figuratively
Emily Kim, Cub Reporter • January 29, 2024
Sophomore Charlise Tolentino (center) lifts her left leg up as part of the pyramid that her teammates are working on during the Lady Lancers’ period six practice behind the Sunny Hills PE locker rooms on Tuesday, Jan. 9. The team will compete in its first competition on Saturday, Jan. 13, at Agoura High School.
CHEER PREVIEW: Lady Lancers compete in CIF for the first time in history
Christine Yoo, Sports Editor • January 12, 2024
Senior Yurang Li swings a golf wedge earlier this summer in the Girls Junior Americas Cup at Nk’Mip Canyon Desert Golf Course in British Columbia, Canada. Li has committed to play for the University of Illinois women’s golf team.
GAME BALL: Senior golfer wins 4th straight Freeway League MVP title; graduates early to play for Illinois in spring semester
Kyuwon Han, Cub Reporter • December 22, 2023
Power forward senior Natalie Do prepares to dribble the ball during an after school practice on Tuesday, Dec. 12, in the Sunny Hills gym. The Lady Lancers will start Freeway League play on Thursday, Dec. 21, at home against the Sonora Raiders.
GIRLS BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Despite their height disadvantage, Lady Lancers focus on bringing more victories in tournaments and CIF
Jenna Kim, Staff Reporter • December 20, 2023
Cutline: Post player Kingsley Ashley lays up the balls against the backboard on Monday, Dec. 11 during a home game session at SH gym at 5-7 p.m. amongst different players.
BOYS BASKETBALL PREVIEW: With new talents, the Lancers seek to place Top 3 in the Freeway League
Nathan Lee, Assistant Entertainment Editor • December 20, 2023
Utility player sophomore Lauren Jacobsen gets ready to throw the ball during the girls water polo practice on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at the Sunny Hills pool.
GIRLS WATER POLO PREVIEW: Lady Lancers look to keep undefeated streak alive in Freeway League play, return to CIF title match
Nathan Lee, Assistant Entertainment Editor • December 13, 2023
Former girls varsity soccer coach Jeff Gordon (center) holds a glass trophy and a certificate as part of his induction into the CIF Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at The Grand’s Conference Center Ballroom in Long Beach. To Gordon’s left stands a plaque that  contains the names of past and present Hall of Fame inductees.
Ex-girls soccer head coach Jeff Gordon gets inducted into CIF Hall of Fame
Aashna Dialani, Assistant Business Manager • December 12, 2023
Freshman Alexis Arroyo Garcia, who plays midfielder, dribbles a soccer ball across the Sunny Hills field during sixth period on Thursday, Nov. 30. The team’s non-league record is 4-1-1, with its only loss to Canyon High School in Anaheim, and the first Freeway League game will begin Tuesday, Dec. 12.
BOYS SOCCER PREVIEW: Lancers set their sights on another Freeway League title and a return to CIF title game
Nicole Park, Copy Editor • December 11, 2023
Sophomore Elly Sweeney reaches for the soccer ball at the Sunny Hills field during an after school practice on Monday, Dec. 4. The Lady Lancers will kick off their Freeway League season at an away game against Sonora High School.
GIRLS SOCCER PREVIEW: Lady Lancers kick off the season with a strong comeback, aims to progress further into CIF playoffs
Claire Lee, Staff Reporter • December 11, 2023
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
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
Boys volleyball takes its game to the ‘beach’
Boys volleyball takes its game to the ‘beach’
Chris Lee, Staff Reporter • November 18, 2023
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
 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
Freshman Kate Yoon, one of the top newcomers joining the Lady Lancers this season, gets ready to return a forehand against her opponent from Bolsa Grande High School on the Sunny Hills tennis court Thursday, Sept. 7.
GIRLS TENNIS PREVIEW: Lady Lancers aim to take back league title from rival Troy
Dareen Hagekhalil, Staff Reporter • September 19, 2023
Utility player junior Aidan Sarreal throws the ball in the Sunny Hills pool during the team’s practice on Wednesday, Aug. 30. The Lancers will play their first Freeway League match against Sonora High School on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at La Habra High School.
BOYS WATER POLO PREVIEW: Lancers aim to qualify for CIF playoffs again
Troy Yang, Staff Reporter • September 16, 2023
Senior cross country runner Esther Kim heads toward the finish line during the first Freeway League Cluster of the season at Ralph B. Clark Park in Buena Park on Wednesday, Sept. 6. The Lady Lancers placed third at the meet.
Cross country girls take third in first Freeway League competition of the season for all sports
Angelina Jeong, Sports Editor • September 15, 2023
Senior Lauren Lee gets ready to tee off on the first hole at Candlewood Country Club in Whittier against Cerritos High School Thursday, Aug. 31. The Lady Lancers (1-1 at the time) defeated the Dons 191-225 in their third non-league match.
GIRLS GOLF PREVIEW: Lady Lancers seek to stay under par to take Freeway League title again
Julie Jung, Staff Reporter • September 11, 2023
Outside hitter sophomore Kayla Thienprasiddhi gets ready for a spike during the girls volleyball practice after school in the gym on Friday, Sept. 1.
GIRLS VOLLEYBALL PREVIEW: Lady Lancers serve with new team tactics this season
Aashna Dialani, Assistant Business Manager • September 8, 2023
The Sunny Hills boys cross country team practices on the track and field on Wednesday, Aug. 30, during sixth period and after school.
CROSS COUNTRY PREVIEW: Boys, girls prepare for Freeway League in high hopes
Kayden Kim, Staff Reporter • September 3, 2023
The Sunny Hills boys golf team celebrates its CIF Southern Section Division 1 championship victory by posing with a plaque at the Cross Creek Golf Club Monday, May 15. The Lancers played against 19 other schools and secured the CIF Southern Section Championship title with an overall score of 360 in the three-day tournament.
Boys golf tees up its fifth CIF championship; first Division 1 title
Chris Lee, Staff Reporter • May 26, 2023
Senior Owen Taylor swings at the ball during practice on Monday, March 13, on the Sunny Hills tennis court.
GAME BALL: Senior manages playing boys tennis, volleyball in same season
Grace Min, Sports Editor • May 19, 2023
Libero senior Grace Min celebrates a point against the Fullerton Tribe on Sept. 29, 2022, while wearing No. 12 jersey in the Fullerton Union High School gym.
More than just a jersey number
Grace Min, Sports Editor • May 18, 2023
On Friday, Feb. 3, CIF unanimously approved flag football to become an official high school sport starting the 2023-2024 academic year. With this news, some Sunny Hills students express hopes of the sport coming to campus.
DELAY OF GAME: Despite CIF’s approval of girls flag football, school officials say Sunny Hills will not field a team
Jaimie Chun, Editor-in-Chief • May 17, 2023
Senior Jeffrey Kwak swings his driver in the Inland Empire Championship Aug. 28, 2022, the third day of his competition. Kwak tied for second place in this tournament with a score of seven under par across the three days he played in.
Golfer passes on Ivy League schools
Teo Jeong, Staff Reporter • May 13, 2023
Junior Dino Torres swings his golf club at the La Mirada Golf Course before the boys golf team’s last Freeway League match against the Sonora Raiders April 27. The Lancers won 182-272, finishing Freeway League play undefeated and becoming league champions for a 19th consecutive season.
STREAK CONTINUES: Boys golf takes Freeway League title for 19th straight season
Angelina Jeong, Sports Editor • May 4, 2023
Sophomore Caleb Kim swings his driver to hit the golf ball at Alta Vista Country Club against the Valencia Tigers Tuesday, March 7. The Lancers won this preseason match 197-211.
BOYS GOLF PREVIEW: Lancers aim to maintain dominance
Chris Lee, Staff Reporter • April 14, 2023
First-year baseball head coach Christopher Vogt (right) teaches his players how to properly throw a ball during an afterschool practice Monday, March 2.
BASEBALL PREVIEW: Despite change in head coach midway through the school year, team’s goals remain the same
Euree Kim, Staff Reporter • March 30, 2023
Pitcher sophomore Alexis Perez positions to catch a softball at the Sunny Hills field in an afterschool practice Monday, March 27.
SOFTBALL PREVIEW: Lady Lancers bounce back from their ‘short stop’ of win streak hoping to win Freeway League, advance deeper in CIF
Alexxa Berumen, Spotlight Editor • March 29, 2023
Seniors Tony Salas (left) and Victor Lang practice strides Monday, March 13, at the Sunny Hills track in preparation for their Tuesday, March 28, meet at Buena Park High School stadium.
BOYS TRACK PREVIEW: Lancers look to improve with more eligible for CIF
David Kim, Staff Reporter • March 29, 2023
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