Winter sports preview

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BRANDON TRUJILLO

Senior Rasheal Spikes puts up a shot against Franklin in Cleveland’s gym on Dec. 5. The Lady Eagles are struggling in the early season, but the team is building momentum going into Winter Break.

Hung ‘Floki’ Nguyen, staff reporter

Girls basketball

Last season, the Lady Eagles ended their year as Metro League Champions. But after their head coach, Jamie Redd, left the team in September, the girls worried they wouldn’t be able to find a replacement in time. 

Giovan Richardson was hired in October, and now the Lady Eagles have their eyes back on the prize. 

“I want to bring the team structure, competing at a high level, also helping to be better at their position, Richardson said. “Got to take one game at a time because I want to see the team gets as far as they can go.”

Senior Rasheal Spikes appreciates Richardson’s coaching strategy, which focuses on team bonding.

“I think it’s good because he brings a lot to the team,” Spikes said. “I think him trying to bond with the team is really nice.”

Boy Swim

The boys swim team had a strong season last year with three wins. But the team didn’t stop there, they fought their way to District Championships and got into finals. They are hoping to keeping the streak alive this year. 

Junior James Doan, a former lifeguard and a transfer from Garfield, wanted to help build team spirit, which he felt was missing. 

“This year, I just want to see a lot of smiles, a lot of great practices, a lot of great swims. I just want everybody to be brotherly,” Doan said. “I just want everyone to know that swim team is going to be an amazing this season.” 

The team has their first meet on Dec. 7, against Seattle Prep.

Wrestling

Wrestling is arguably one of the most underrated sports at CHS. The team consistently does well, with several members advancing to post-season action. But the team doesn’t have the fanfare of some of the more popular sports. 

After a poor showing at last year’s Metros, junior Nathan Truong is looking forward to getting another shot. 

“I been practicing a lot so I want to see if I’ve improved this year,” he said. “Practicing all the moves that I know; also learning new moves so that I can be smarter about them to use in wrestling.”

Boys basketball

Last year, boys’ basketball had a solid season, but the team replaced seven seniors, including standout C.J. Elleby. Now the team is looking for other players to step up and fill their shoes.

“Now, there are seven more guys have more opportunities to go out there to show us,” said head coach Jerry Petty. He’s already got his eye on some standout players.

“If I have to pick, it would be Shahid because he has a huge upside and it’s really raw.”

The Eagles take on Nathan Hale on Dec. 7 before going on the road to Bainbridge on Dec. 11.