The Accolade

Uncertainty remains about fan attendance

Then-junior Vivian Tran cheers on the
Lancer football team at Trabuco Hills High School Nov. 23. It’s
unclear if fans will be allowed to watch games this season.
Kate Yang November 10, 2020

Running out onto the gridiron amid packed crowds decked out in black and yellow, Sunny Hills football center junior Jacob Neumann still remembers the energy during the 2019-2020 season that ended with...

Game Ball: UC Davis-bound record-setting swimmer traces time in the pool all the way back to when she was 1 year old

Senior Kaitlyn Yee swims the 100-yard backstroke during the 2019 Freeway League preliminaries at Troy High School, where she placed first. She then advanced to the 2019 CIF-SS Division 3 finals, where Yee also broke the Sunny Hills record for the 200-yard medley relay alongside her teammates and contributed to her team’s second-place victory.
Kate Yang October 23, 2020

At 1 year old, many boys and girls are just beginning to learn how to walk. Their first words are usually “mama” or “dada.” On top of those developmental milestones, senior Kaitlyn Yee’s...

Back-to-back eSports League of Legends national title winners aim for another legendary championship season

Though the Sunny Hills League of Legends Gold team was unable to accept its championship trophy and $2,500 check for the school because of the coronavirus pandemic, the North America Scholastic eSports Federation put together this image to promote the team's success on its website.
Daniel Kong August 29, 2020

Head coach: Casey McDonald Top new gamers: Ryan Gae (11), Cole Sass (10) Top returning gamers: Dylan Kim (12), Erik Kim (12), Soonchang Kwon (12) Last season: Playing from gamers’ homes because...

Aquatics, football and wrestling resume practices under strict, COVID-19 guidelines

Although girls water polo utility player sophomore Sophia Smith cannot use a ball to pass to any of her teammates, she still winds up to practice her form Aug. 26 at Sunny Hills’ aquatics center. Unlike other sports, those in the pool are permitted to exercise without wearing a mask because they are in the water.
Rachel Yun August 29, 2020

It’s not the same. Too many restrictions. Uncomfortable masks.  Empty stands. That’s what many of the Lancer athletes in football, wrestling and aquatics have observed about their return...

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...

March 20: How I’m handling the abrupt end to my senior swim season in club and at Sunny Hills

Former Lancer swimmer Lawrence Mao's mother took this picture of Accolade photo editor and swimmer senior Megan Shin as she swam the 100 fly during the Mt. Sac Meet of Champions on April  13, 2019. Shin laments the loss of a senior night meet to recognize the 12th-grade athletes in spring sports because of school closure until May 1 to stem the threat of COVID-19.
Megan Shin 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...

No sports games to watch? Well, there’s still Lancer eSports

While the Lancer eSports team can continue CIF league play from each player's home, players are uncertain about their chances of retaining its championship title at the North America Scholastic Esports Federation as that tournament has suspended all league play until further notice because of the coronavirus threat. Image used with permission from Myra Deister.
Annie Bang March 19, 2020

While the Fullerton Joint Union High School District has canceled or postponed spring sports until May 4, one “sports” activity has yet to be foiled by the coronavirus crisis. As of Thursday, March...

Sunny Hills League of Legends team makes history in capturing first season of CIF eSports league title

Members of the Sunny Hills League of Legends team celebrate with principal Allen Whitten and senior Serena Lee after their win over Eleanor Roosevelt in the PlayVS League final Jan. 29 in Room 44. Photo reprinted with permission from Sonya Joyce
Daniel Kong February 9, 2020

After taking the crown and winning $2,500 last year in a national League of Legends tournament, the Sunny Hills League of Legends team proved its dominance again this school year, sweeping Eleanor Roosevelt...

All-CIF football player commits to Azusa Pacific after three successful seasons on varsity

Wide receiver and defensive back senior Wilson Cal runs an interception back during a 49-8 win against Buena Park Oct. 11 at Buena Park High School stadium. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake
Andrew Hong February 7, 2020

At 6 years old, he raked in five hours each per week playing basketball at the Boys & Girls Club of Fullerton and soccer in the Fullerton Rangers Youth Soccer Club. At age 9, he began playing for...

Senior quarterback ends his high school career with CIF championship and future plans for D2 football

Quarterback and defensive back senior Luke Duxbury escapes from a Bakersfield Christian defender during the CIF State SoCal Regional Division 3-A game Dec. 7 at Bakersfield Christian High School stadium. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake
Annie Bang January 22, 2020

He was only 5 years old when he began playing football.  Over a decade later, he would go on to join Sunny Hills High School’s football team as a freshman and work his way up to the varsity team...

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...

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