The Accolade

Coaches, players react to revised CIF bylaws for 2020-2021 season

Boys tennis player rising sophomore Jaden Han returns the ball to his opponent in a March 3 match against Whitney. With the new CIF bylaw modifications, athletes will have the opportunity to participate in outside club activities and events during the regular school sports season.

Kristima Aryal and Grace Johnson

August 4, 2020

While the reorganizing of the sports seasons and their delay no sooner than December took center stage in the California high school prep sports world July 20, CIF State and CIF-SS made two unprecedented changes for the upcoming school year. The most significant change is CIF State’s decision to suspend...

Sunny Hills sports delayed until end of 2020 given spread of COVID-19 cases

Defensive back rising junior Dane Soaper kneels while stretching following a June 23 practice on the Sunny Hills baseball field. The SH football team had been preparing to defend its 2019 CIF-SS Division 8 title when the Orange County Department of Education opened schools for sports summer workout sessions but now must wait until January 2021 to play under Friday night lights again.

Andrew Ngo, Kristima Aryal, and Grace Johnson

July 23, 2020

On March 12, the Sunny Hills boys volleyball team walked out of the SH gym with a 3-0 victory over Artesia, the Lancers’ first best-of-five set win in its inaugural season. It would also be the last match involving an SH varsity squad until December at the earliest.  After a July 6 letter from ...

Picking up a basketball at age 5, senior reflects on her 12 years of hoops experience — two of them as a starter on the Lady Lancers’ squad

Guard senior Annika Johnson (center) shoots during a 42-35 win at Sonora on January 24. The win was Sunny Hills' first against the Raiders since the 2011-2012 season.

Kristima Aryal

May 20, 2020

Nearly 560 points scored.  Fifth in Sunny Hills High School offensive rebounds in just two seasons. Fourth team All-County by The Orange County [OC] Register. First Team All-Freeway League. As a transfer student from South Pasadena High School, girls basketball guard senior Annika Johnson...

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 be canceled, effectively ending the spring sports season for all high school athletes in California....

No. 19 girls basketball secures 2nd place in Freeway League after 56-37 win over Fullerton

Guard senior Annika Johnson (right) attempts to shoot a freethrow during the game against Fullerton on Feb. 4 at the Sunny Hills High School gym. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Brianna Zafra

Elijah Jhee

February 7, 2020

Riding high on a four-game winning streak, the No. 19 Sunny Hills girls basketball team beat Fullerton High School 56-37 in a home game Feb. 4, guaranteeing that the Lady Lancers will hold lone possession of second place in the Freeway League. “I think this win was huge for our girls and our program,” h...

Lancer Nation claims No. 14 ranking for Orange County Register’s end of football season’s OC Varsity Student Section

Junior Vivian Tran cheers on the team from the Lancer Nation student section at Trabuco Hills High School Nov. 23. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake

Kristima Aryal

December 19, 2019

Students lined the stands with their eyes focused on the field beneath them.  The students’ roaring chants echoed throughout the stadium and onto the field. Beneath them, the Sunny Hills football team made history, claiming the CIF-Southern Section Division 8 title for the first time since 1992....

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