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The Accolade

Opposite hitter junior Nathan Casasola (left) joins middle blocker senior Sebastian Bonca in an attempt to stop Arroyo Grande’s outside hitter, senior Josh McCune, from scoring a point during the first round of the state CIF tournament Tuesday, May 18, in the SH gym.

After taking first CIF-SS Division 5 title, boys volleyball keeps momentum going with first round state CIF win Tuesday, May 17

Grace Min May 18, 2022

After claiming the CIF-SS Division 5 Championship this past weekend, the boys volleyball team blew past the Arroyo Grande Eagles in straight sets in its first round of the CIF-SS Division 3 SoCal Championship...

 Girls soccer head coach Jeff Gordon (center) holds the CIF-SS Division 2 championship plaque in celebration with his team on Feb. 3, 2019, at Warren High School in Downey after defeating Mira Costa High School, 2-1. Gordon cultivated over 600 career wins, three CIF championship titles and 19 Freeway League titles.

Gordon Era comes to a close – coach retires after nearly four decades

Grace Johnson May 16, 2022

For the past 40 years, the Sunny Hills girls soccer team only had two coaches — Kenn Gordon, who started both the girls and boys soccer program in the 1981-1982 season — and his son Jeff Gordon.  During...

New baseball head coach Ryan Bateman walks toward some of his players during batting practice Thursday, May 5, after school on the Sunny Hills baseball field. Bateman has led the Lancers to their first Freeway League title since 1999.

First-year baseball head coach’s ‘Be Great’ mentality has led to team’s Freeway League title — the first since 1999

Kayla Martinez May 9, 2022

First-year coaches often talk to their players about winning league titles and CIF championships. But few have seen that kind of success happen in their inaugural seasons. Sunny Hills baseball head...

Senior Alexander Flores (left) and junior Frank Lopez strategize for their next game after a win by the opposing team’s forfeit Feb. 28. The newly formed four-member Halo team is currently 3-2 in the High School eSports League.

Sunny Hills eSports adds Halo Infinite team to its list of five other competitive squads; its four members tout a 3-2 in the High School eSports League

Jiwoo Han April 5, 2022

Following the Super Smash team, the school’s eSports program has added its sixth competitive squad this semester based on the first-person shooter game, Halo Infinite. Coached by captain and student-appointed...

Peter Karavedas (center) holds the 2019 CIF-SS Division 8 Championship plaque after the Lancers defeated Santa Barbara High School 24-21 on Nov. 30, 2019.

NEW CHAPTER: Former head football coach Peter Karavedas shares his goals in education and plans for his family

Grace Johnson April 1, 2022

As school officials are finalizing their search for a new head football coach, The Accolade was able to get an in-depth interview with the program's previous leader, social science teacher Peter Karavedas....

Junior point guard Chad Nguyen dribbles toward a Garden Grove player Feb 22. Even though the Lancers lost their semifinal CIF-Southern Section Division 4 game, the team won its first state CIF playoff game, since 2004, on March 1.

13th-seeded Sunny Hills boys basketball team upsets 4th-seeded Monte Vista 68-51 in first round of CIF state playoffs

Henry Lee March 2, 2022

Despite falling short of reaching the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 championship round last week, the 13th-seeded Sunny Hills boys basketball team upset fourth-seeded Monte Vista 68-51 in the first round...

Forward junior Mathias Brown (right) celebrates with his teammates after scoring the Lancers’ first goal in the first round of CIF state regionals against Panorama High School on Tuesday, March 1, at the Buena Park High School stadium. Brown, who was also playing on his birthday, came up with a hat trick with a total of three goals as Sunny Hills won 4-3.

Sunny Hills boys soccer moves on to state CIF regional semifinals after 4-3 victory

Grace Min March 2, 2022

This story was updated Thursday, March 3, with more information about the game and an additional quote from one of the soccer players. After kicking in the winning goal to secure a CIF-Southern Section...

Sunny Hills Class of 2007 alumna and then-junior Tanya Taylor (middle) rushes to steal the ball at a girls soccer game where the Lancers left the field with a victory. Since her four years at Sunny Hills, Taylor went on to lead her UCI team to victories while also setting individual records; her achievements on the field will be recognized at the UCI Athletics Hall of Fame of 2021 on Feb. 19.

UCI inducts SH alumna into 2021 Hall of Fame

Michelle Sheen February 17, 2022

At 4 years old, Tanya Taylor stepped onto the soccer field for the first time. At 17 years old — and 13 years on the field — Taylor received 2007 CIF Player of the Year and 2007 OC Player of the...

Like many other students, juniors Taylor Kim (left), Jonathan Alexander and Myles Luhm return to school with masks on. Alongside wearing masks, Sunny Hills and the FJUHSD took further regulations to prevent the further spread of the Omicron variant by postponing or canceling non-essential activities on and off-campus activities.

Flattening the Curve: SH postpones or cancels live events to prevent spread of Omicron variant

Michelle Sheen February 9, 2022

With the emergence of the highly-contagious Omicron variant in 2021, a surge in COVID-19 cases forced several school events to be temporarily postponed or halted altogether in an attempt to lower transmission...

Point guard junior Chad Nguyen dribbles the ball in front of a sparse crowd as a result of the indoor audi- ence limit at a home game against Buena Park on Wednesday.

Omicron forces limit to indoor sports spectators to 500

Kate Yang February 1, 2022

Victory chants from the student section echoed across the gym floor. Students dressed in white spirit wear spilled out from the bleachers as the buzzer signaled the end of the fourth quarter — Sunny...

 Junior Kylie Yang works on conditioning alongside fellow teammates during a Nov. 15 practice at the wrestling room (Room 153).

WRESTLING MID-SEASON REPORT: With an underclassman takeover, the boys and girls teams strives to build its stamina, a key factor to its success

Rachel Yun January 25, 2022

Coaches: David Barr (head coach), David Wilde (head coach), Ethan Nguyen (assistant coach) Top Returning Players: Kayla Alamos (10), Logan Filadelfia (11), Paul Garcia (11), Kyle Hunkin (11), Liam Kim...

Utility player sophomore Hannah Reekstin looks to pass the ball to her teammate during a Jan. 24 practice at the Sunny Hills pool.

GIRLS WATER POLO MID-SEASON REPORT: Lady Lancers look to stay perfect in Freeway League play and win another title for a fifth straight year

Henry Lee January 25, 2022

Coaches: Keith Nighswonger (head coach), Riley Godfrey (assistant coach), Jordan Jaime (assistant coach) Top Returning Players: Kristima Aryal (12), Kayla McCuen (12), Natalie McIlveen (12), Hailee...

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