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The Accolade

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The Accolade

 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, Web Managing Editor 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...

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, Editor-in-Chief 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...

Girls soccer defender junior Kayla Pierce gets ready to knock the ball into the netting during a Nov. 15 goal kick drill at the Sunny Hills field.

GIRLS SOCCER PREVIEW: Promoted to Division 1, the Lady Lancers aspire to become back-to-back Freeway League champions

Rachel Yun, Sports Editor January 18, 2022

Coaches: Jeff Gordon (head coach), Erick Hurtate (assistant coach), Sergio Miramontes (assistant coach), Jorge Montalvo (assistant coach) Top Returning Players: Cheyenne Dohan (11), Brianna Figueroa...

Senior forward Jazmin Montalvo (left) moves around her opponent during an April 20 2-1 win over the La Habra Highlanders. Montalvo, the last of four other siblings who have graduated from Sunny Hills, has committed to attend Biola University in La Mirada.

The last of the Montalvos: Senior forward on girls soccer reflects on being a legacy student – the fifth and last athlete in her family to graduate from Sunny Hills

Divya Bharadwaj, Feature Editor May 27, 2021

Senior Jazmin Montalvo is the fifth – and last – in her family to graduate from Sunny Hills.  While not everyone played soccer, Montalvo said she felt the need to bring the determination of her...

Teresa Hallbauer (left) appears in a Sept. 30, 1983, article about new teacher hires in The Accolade. The math instructor now goes by the name, Teri Klein, who appears in a 2020 yearbook photo. Klein retired after nearly 37 years in education, most of those spent at Sunny Hills High School.

Math teacher retires after more than three decades in the profession

Hannah Kim, Special Sections Editor May 19, 2021

She’s the last to retire of the Sunny Hills teachers who were hired with her in September 1983 – icons like science teacher Jeff Nelson, who coordinated the International Baccalaureate program before...

Then-freshman Brianna Figueroa (center) tries to dribble the ball away from two Long Beach Poly High School defenders during the Feb. 16, 2019, California Interscholastic Federation semifinal playoff game at Wilson High School in Long Beach. The junior forward will be among the players returning from that title-winning squad for the 2020-2021 season, which will also include open tryouts for new additions to the team.

Girls soccer tryouts Sept. 3 draw interested players — including nearly a handful of freshmen

Accolade Staff September 6, 2020

This is the first of a series of reports the Sports section will cover regarding team tryouts in the 2020-2021 school year. Accolade staff writer Henry Lee contributed to this report. With girls soccer...

Midfielder senior Meghan Legayada attempts to fires the ball toward the goal during a 5-0 blowout against La Habra Jan. 29 at the Sunny Hills field. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Brianna Zafra

Sunny Hills girls soccer defeats La Habra in 5-0 shutout

Andrew Park, Arts & Entertainment Editor January 31, 2020

Coming off a three-game winning streak, the Sunny Hills girls soccer team dominated La Habra, shutting out the Highlanders 5-0 in a Jan. 29 home game. “It was a perfect game,” head coach Jeff Gordon...

Junior goalkeeper Cil Avila kicks off the soccer ball during a goalkick in practice Nov. 7 at the field next to Hydroflow. Photo taken by Paul Yasutake

Girls soccer prepares for defense of CIF title

Lauren Kim, Copy Editor November 16, 2019

Coaches: Jeff Gordon (head coach), Erick Hurtarte (varsity assistant coach), Sergio Miramontes (varsity assistant coach), Top Returning Players: Cil Avila (11), Auburn Burnett (12), Taylor DeGuzman...

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