As the clouds begin to appear and a slight chill accompanies the breeze, a new season is upon us, winter. Not only does this new season bring sweaters and holiday cheer, but also new sports at NPHS, such as wrestling, basketball, soccer and water polo.
Wrestling this year has improved with new motivation and higher goals set to be achieved.
“This year I expect to make it to CIF and win league. As a team I expect to come first in league and beat TO,” Austin Lynch, junior, said.
The team has been preparing tremendously for its upcoming season with weights and club wrestling.
“To prepare for the season we’ve been weightlifting two days a week, and doing cardio and conditioning three days a week. We just started practicing wrestling,” Matt Rosson said. In a agreement, “Individually, I train with a wrestling club separate from the school and I also run in my free time.” Lynch added.
Overall, according to the team’s success in preseason, the boys wrestling team has a great chance of winning and going all the way to CIF.
Boys soccer has also rigorously training for their upcoming season.
“To train for this upcoming season we’ve really been focusing on our goals and what we hope to achieve,” Sterling Watring, junior, said. “Along with working hard to get our skills where they need to be, also building chemistry to be as strong as we possibly can.”
Like every other team, the boys soccer team believes that they have a very good chance at making CIF.
“This year, I expect our team to win league and excel beyond that,” Isaiah Garza Bolton, senior, said.
The men’s basketball team is looking to rebound from last year’s 2-8 record in league play. The team only lost six seniors and are primed to have a good season. They won their last two games last year and want to pick up right where they started.
Matt Solomon, sophomore, has been on varsity since freshman year and thinks he and he teammates “can win league this year as a team and compete against any team.”
The women’s basketball team has a big void to fill this year, after Kayla Overbeck graduated last year. However, the team still is in a great position to do big things this year with many returning players. The panthers have big aspirations for this season. Their goal this year is to, “work better as a team since we are a young team and to be ready for the season and playoffs,” Alyssandra Lacanilao, sophomore, said.
Girls soccer has their first game after Thanksgiving break and has been training hard to be just as successful as they were last year.
Newcomer to varsity, Taylor Orr, junior, notes that the team is looking to “get first place this year and to come together as a team.”
As the men’s water polo season ends, the girls’ begins and they are ready for the upcoming season. After last years successful season of participating in the CIF playoffs, Lily Smith, senior, has high expectations for the season ahead of them.
“We definitely want to go back to CIF’s and smash Agoura,” Smith said.
With the new season quickly approaching us, our school has good chances of making CIF and becoming the champions of CIF.