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: Senior linebacker tackles work ethic on gridiron with same fervor as in his academic classes

Wearing his No. 9 Lancer football jersey, linebacker and then-junior Carson Irons gets ready for the next offensive series during a Nov. 15, 2019, game against Notre Dame of Riverside in a California Interscholastic Federation-Southern Section Division 8 quarterfinals matchup. After racking up 186 tackles, two sacks and an interception last season, Irons has committed to play Division 1 football for Princeton University in New Jersey.
Isaac Choi October 10, 2020

Linebacker senior Carson Irons will never forget the 12.7 seconds that remained on the clock in the Nov. 22, 2019, California Interscholastic Federation [CIF]-Southern Section [SS] Division 8 semifinal...

Basketball, football programs temporarily shut down because of possible COVID-19 exposure

Linebacker senior Noah Brown runs around a cone during a June 23 football practice on the Sunny Hills baseball field. Practices would be suspended two weeks later on July 6 before resuming on Aug. 17 but have since been shut down again because of possible COVID-19 exposure.
Andrew Ngo September 19, 2020

This story was updated at 8:40 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, with an additional quote from principal Allen Whitten and information about how many athletes have been exposed to COVID-19.  In what’s been a...

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...

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...

Running back commits to D1 program after lighting it up on the gridiron

Running back and defensive back senior Jun Ahn carries the football in the red zone during the season opener against Aliso Niguel Aug. 30 at Buena Park High School stadium. Ahn has committed to playing Division 1 football at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where he will major in kinesiology. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake
Kristima Aryal January 11, 2020

Coming into high school, he knew nothing about football. However, three varsity seasons and a CIF-Southern Section Division 8 championship later, he’s looking forward to his future athletic and academic...

Sunny Hills football team tosses ice cream to students at break Dec. 6 to celebrate CIF title

Sunny Hills football team tosses ice cream to students at break Dec. 6 to celebrate CIF title
Hope Li December 9, 2019

This story was updated Dec. 12 with a quote from one of the football players. To the sound of Queen’s Freddie Mercury singing “We Are the Champions,” school officials celebrated the football team’s...

Sunny Hills football team defeats Santa Barbara 24-21 to take CIF-Southern Section Division 8 title

The Lancer football team celebrates its first CIF title in 27 years by posing with the championship plaque in the rain Nov. 30 at San Marcos High School stadium. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake
Andrew Ngo December 1, 2019

Sunny Hills football captured its first CIF title in 27 years after a 24-21, come-from-behind victory Nov. 30 against Santa Barbara at San Marcos High School stadium. “It’s still surreal," head...

ASB cancels Mr. Sunny Hills because of uncertainty over completion date of PAC remodeling

Theater teacher Amanda Gieser (left) and the site construction project manager survey the new stage extension during a recent inspection of the PAC, which has been closed since May for remodeling. Posted with permission from Melissa Stinson.
Jaden Hom November 15, 2019

A previous version of this story had the wrong year for when Mr. Sunny Hills started. It has been corrected on March 5 in this version to show it was in the spring of 1995. While school officials expect...

Lancer football ends 24-year CIF playoff win drought, comes back from 14 down to defeat Tustin Nov. 8

The Sunny Hills football team celebrates together following its 21-14 comeback win against Tustin High School in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 8 playoffs Nov. 8 at Buena Park High School stadium. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake
Andrew Ngo November 9, 2019

This story was updated Nov. 12 to reflect the number of years that the football team last won a first-round CIF playoff game. It took 21 unanswered points — including a two-point conversion and a...

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