The Accolade

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 of the coronavirus pandemic, the Sunny Hills eSports League of Legends Gold team became the bac...

Moving from Argentina at the age of 14, Freeway League Player of the Year looks back at his 14-year soccer career

Moving from Argentina at the age of 14, Freeway League Player of the Year looks back at his 14-year soccer career

Andrew Hong and Kristima Aryal

May 28, 2020

Midfielder senior Dylan Lee (center) searches for a teammate to pass to during a 2-1 home victory over Buena Park on Jan. 24. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake That South American country has become synonymous with the word, “soccer,” as its national men’s futbol team has w...

With spring sports season abruptly axed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, so goes any chances of virtual or in-person banquets for teams

Then-sophomores pose for a picture at the 2019 Track & Field banquet last May in the Sunny Hills quad. Photo used with permission from Ella Eseigbe. 

Grace Johnson

May 27, 2020

Tacos sizzling on the grill in the Sunny Hills quad while student athletes sit at tables chit chatting; then the lights go off. The jumbotron suddenly lights up with a slideshow in dedication to all of the seniors on the softball team. Second baseman and outfielder, then-junior Izzy Pena, observe...

Coaches, players use Zoom sessions, self-guided exercise schedules to keep team members fit during state-mandated stay-at-home order

Girls basketball players participate in a Zoom training session on April 20.

Kate Yang

May 22, 2020

They are shut in, but they are not shut out — from staying fit as Sunny Hills student-athletes. Though the spring sports season has been canceled because of COVID-19-related school closures statewide, and California Gov. Gavin Newsom has yet to lift his stay-at-home order, several athletes are ch...

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...

Wrestling team rolls through La Habra en route to a Senior Night win

Senior Andrew Park (left) stares down Juan Sanabria during their 220-pound weight class bout Jan. 15 in the Sunny Hills gym. Park pinned Sanabria in the second period to put the Lancers ahead 41-15 with just four matches remaining. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake

Charis Lee

January 22, 2020

The wrestling team ended its Senior Night Jan. 15 with a 47-25 win against La Habra in the Sunny Hills gym, securing victories in nine out 14 of matches.  “Our [wrestlers] pulled through, and we needed those big points in the beginning,” assistant coach Josue Chew said. “I was most worried a...

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 to finally win a CIF championship ring. Quarterback and defensive back senior Luke Duxbury spent his ...

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 plans. “I was encouraged to join football through my cousin’s friend,” running back and def...

Sunny Hills boys water polo secures first Freeway League win in 10-4 victory over Buena Park

Sunny Hills goalie junior Josh Beutter rises out of the water to block a shot by a Buena Park attacker during an Oct. 2 home game in which the Lancers won,  10-4. Photo by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake

Kristima Aryal

October 6, 2019

Securing its first win over a Freeway League opponent, the Sunny Hills boys water polo team shut down Buena Park High School in a home game Oct. 2 in a 10-4 victory. “My expectations going into this game were what my expectations always are, to play our very best,” head coach Keith Nighswonger...

Sunny Hills trounces Sonora 45-7 in Freeway League home opener

Sunny Hills wide receiver and defensive back senior Wilson Cal tucks the ball in while trying to avoid a tackle by a Sonora defender during the first quarter of the Oct. 4 homecoming game at Buena Park stadium. Cal later scored the game's first points on a touchdown reception at the corner of the end zone. Photo by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake

Gianne Veluz

October 6, 2019

In its first Freeway League game of the season that also turned out to be a homecoming game, the Sunny Hills football team left its opponent in the dust with a 45-7 trouncing of Sonora Oct. 4 at Buena Park High School’s stadium. Head coach Peter Karavedas dedicated the win to the team’s seniors. “We...

Girls volleyball ends four-match slide, sweeps Bonita High School in Sept. 10 home game

Middle blocker senior Marlena Martinez (right) jumps in the air to spike a ball during a 3-0 win against Bonita High School Sept. 10 at the Sunny Hills gym. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake.

Elijah Jhee

September 19, 2019

In a clean sweep, the Sunny Hills girls volleyball team defeated Bonita High School 3-0 at a home game on Sept. 10, advancing the team’s record  to 2-4. Sunny Hills’ head coach Amanda Donaldson said the win was an indication that the team had gotten over its recent four-game losing streak: the ...

Football coach, players don’t anticipate having a ‘turf’ time adjusting to new home field at Buena Park High School

Lancers quarterback senior Luke Duxbury looks for targets to throw the football to during an Aug. 22 scrimmage against Yorba Linda at the Buena Park High School stadium. Duxbury is among four Lancers ranked in the Orange County Register’s online Hot 150 high school football athletes.  The Register rated him at 71, the highest among the other three Lancer football players. Photo taken by Accolade photographer Paul Yasutake.

Gianne Veluz

August 30, 2019

This story was updated Sept. 10 to include a statement from quarterback senior Luke Duxbury about last year's Aliso Niguel away home opener. Coaches: head coach Pete Karavedas, assistant head coach/offensive line/special teams coach Ron Newton, offensive coordinator/running backs/corners coach Jae Byun, def...

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