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Fullerton Joint Union High School District trustees approve new grading policy; teachers will follow A-C or no credit for less than 55 percent for students’ spring semester marks because of campus closures

The Fullerton Joint Union High School District board of trustees met on April 24 via Zoom call and voted to adopt a resolution to temporarily modify the traditional grading system. Image taken by Accolade news editor Tyler Pak
Tyler Pak April 24, 2020

While trustees statewide are weighing their options for spring semester grading policy in response to school closures because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it took only 25 minutes for the Fullerton Joint Union...

Head football coach, staff, parent booster personally deliver about 80 rings to players’ homes as alternative to canceled ring celebration because of COVID-19 school closure

Image created by Accolade co-sports editor Andrew Ngo. Individual images of football players with their rings used with permission from Peter Karavedas.
Andrew Ngo April 19, 2020

Despite the coronavirus pandemic and the governor's stay-at-home order, two Sunny Hills football coaches and a booster contributor took it upon themselves from April 3-8 to distribute roughly 80 rings...

With CIF State officially canceling spring playoffs because of coronavirus-related school closures, what are implications for fall sports?

Tight end and defensive lineman sophomore Ethan Johnson (center) celebrates following the team's championship game victory over Santa Barbara at San Marcos High School Stadium on Nov. 30. After the spring sports cancellation, football may not have its chance to defend the fourth CIF-Southern Section title in school history. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake
Andrew Ngo April 13, 2020

After CIF State postponed a March 17 decision to cancel the spring sports playoffs, the organization’s executive director Ron Nocetti made an April 3 announcement that all spring playoff events would...

March 19: Spring sports suspension, a trip to the hospital and what it’s like to be the subject of an OC Sports Zone story

Accolade co-sports editor Andrew Ngo went to the hospital with the intent of getting a chest x-ray, but he had no idea what events would unfold regarding the coronavirus threat to schools and spring sports. +RengenDSC_0116 by Ansikov is licensed under CC BY 4.0
Andrew Ngo March 21, 2020

LIVING UNDER THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS This is part of a series of columns from The Accolade staff about their various experiences during the school closure because of the coronavirus pandemic. If you...

Coronavirus threat-related school closure to May 4 leads to end of regular spring sports season; fate of CIF playoffs to be determined April 3

Senior Andrew Park (center) pushes the ball past Crean Lutheran defenders during a 3-1 loss to the Saints. The Feb. 20 game was the first ever Sunny Hills boys volleyball game. Now, the inaugural Freeway League boys volleyball season will have to be postponed to next year. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Brianna Zafra
Andrew Ngo March 20, 2020

Upon Fullerton Joint Union High School District [FJUHSD] superintendent Scott Scambray’s decision to extend school closure until May 4, athletics officials confirmed Friday that the regular spring sports...

Conoravirus threat cancels exchange program trip to South Korea for two juniors

A March 3 email from Nicolas Junior High teacher Leah Yamamoto telling the participants that the trip to South Korea been canceled.
Andrew Ngo March 16, 2020

It could have been a trip to remember. Then, the coronavirus outbreak picked up speed in March, prompting the World Health Organization to declare COVID-19 a pandemic. A March 3 email from Nicholas...

Coaches, athletes await CIF announcement March 17 or 18 on spring sports playoffs — possibly season as a whole — during state coronavirus threat

Boys tennis singles player freshman Owen Taylor prepares to hit a backhand during a March 3 match against Whitney. Taylor aims to play in the April 21-26 Ojai Tournament, but concern over how to stop the spread of the coronavirus has the event's status in jeopardy. Image taken by Accolade photographer Brianna Zafra.
Andrew Ngo March 15, 2020

The March 17-18 CIF State annual spring meeting in Sacramento could shed light on the fate of the spring sports season in light of what Southern California schools have decided to do in halting athletics...

Male athletes join forces with cheer to perform in March 13 assembly

Cheer coach Lizzy Mejia (right) helps basketball player and male cheerleader sophomore Jacob Dedeaux perform a backflip as male cheerleaders watch in the background on the Sunny Hills blacktop during a Feb. 27 practice. Dedeaux and 18 other male athletes will show off their skills in the March 13 assembly. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake
Andrew Ngo March 9, 2020

The first time the boys entered the cheer room for practice on Feb. 18, head cheer coach Lizzy Mejia laid out a few rules for them. Rule No. 1: No jewelry.  Rule No. 2 (and the most important):...

Opener for Sunny Hills boys volleyball’s inaugural season soured by four-set, home loss to Crean Lutheran

Junior Jason Thomson (right) passes the ball to a teammate during the Lancers' home opener loss to Crean Lutheran Feb. 25 in the Sunny Hills gym. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Brianna Zafra
Andrew Ngo February 26, 2020

Bright lights shine on the hardwood floor. Cheers echo around the gym. Fans stomp on the bleachers.  Suddenly, the ball pops in the air. As every millisecond passes, the ball gets farther and farther...

Sunny Hills boys basketball team beats Fullerton 72-65 to keep playoff hopes alive

Sunny Hills boys basketball forward senior Emmanuel Seddoh (left) searches for a teammate to pass the ball to while being double-teamed during the second quarter of the Lancers' 72-65 victory at home over Fullerton Feb. 4. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Brianna Zafra
Andrew Ngo February 5, 2020

Facing playoff elimination and a fifth straight loss, the Sunny Hills boys basketball team overcame a nine-point deficit in the third quarter to beat Fullerton 72-65 on Senior Night Feb. 4 at the Sunny...

Season Recap: Lancer football’s historic season full of broken streaks and dramatic finishes comes to a close

Head Coach Peter Karavedas speaks to the football team following the team's 42-21 loss to Bakersfield Christian in the CIF State Division 3-A SoCal Regional game at Bakersfield Christian High School stadium Dec. 14. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake
Andrew Ngo December 19, 2019

This story was updated on Dec. 20 to include more honors. Fifteen weeks.  Twelve wins.  Six games decided in the final minute of play.  Four players selected to the Orange County Register...

Game recap: Cardiac kids do it again, erase halftime deficit to beat Santa Barbara in CIF final 24-21

Running back and defensive back senior Jun Ahn (center) avoids Santa Barbara special teams players during a kickoff return while linebacker junior Carson Irons (left) blocks in front of him. Ahn had 142 rushing yards on 30 carries during the Lancers' 24-21 victory over the Dons in the CIF-Southern Section Division 8 championship game at San Marcos High School stadium Nov. 30. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake
Andrew Ngo December 4, 2019

A shorter recap is available on this story. Update: The story was updated Dec. 9 at 11:00 a.m. to change the number of total CIF championships won by the team from three to four. For the Lancers’...

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