January 24 – Winter sports kick into high gear this week! After returning from the holiday break, Upper Campus students quickly resumed competitive play in basketball and soccer with both the boys and girls teams facing a challenging week on the road. Here’s the run-down, with contributions from Upper Campus sports writer Olivia Brown (L16):
The girls team took a 7-1 win over Oak Grove on Wednesday with goals from freshman Piper Snowber, junior Zela Henderson, senior Margo Eramova (L16) and senior Claire Alexander as well as a hat trick from senior Avery Colborn (L16). From start to finish, the girls worked hard together and showed great teamwork. Senior Caspian Ellis (L16) had great passes and sophomore Catie Jo Larkin (L18) displayed great defensive work, with the team having one of its best showings of the season. Last week, the girls played down a player in an away game also at Oak Grove and pulled out an impressive 5-0 win.
The girls play at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 25, against Thacher at the Upper Campus Dok Smith Field.
The boys soccer team also played at Oak Grove and triumphed with a 16-2 win. With multiple first-time goals from many of the players, the boys worked together and displayed great teamwork. Senior Sebastian Wayman-Dalo (L16) scored his first goal of the season after receiving an admirable pass from freshman Eiki Fukuyama.
The boys play at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 25, against Midland at the Upper Campus Dok Smith Field.
Last week the boys basketball team defeated Besant Hill School in a physical and emotional contest. Freshman Ethan Chen (L19) scored nine points in the crucial final minutes of the game. The team was assisted by strong defense and rebounding by junior Adrian Ortiz and interior play by senior Aaron Wolf (L16).
Coming off that win, the boys learned about perseverance and effort in a lopsided loss to Dunn School on Saturday. Coach Brad Weidlich complimented all his players, and offered praise to sophomore Brody Moller for “playing with intelligence and grit, Tyler Davis for finding his three-point stroke and rebounding, scoring, and leadership from senior Joshua Hsu. New Coach Matt Murphy is developing a wonderful system for success and the players are buying in and getting better with each possession.”
The boys play tonight at Westpark Community Center in Ventura. at 7 p.m. On Friday, they play Thacher’s JV team at 4 p.m. at Thacher’s gym. They will then face Dunn again on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Matilija Jr. High in Ojai.
The girls basketball team has an identical schedule, starting with a rematch again Besant Hill this evening at 5:30 p.m. at Westpark Community Center. Last week, the girls lost to Besant by one point — and they are determined to win tonight.
“We didn’t play well,” coach Gretchen Wachter said. “They’re a good team, but we can beat them.”
Last Saturday the girls lost to Dunn, a bigger and stronger team. But Stevens said it was a tough, close game. “Senior Olivia Brown (L16) was a super star on defense, taking on a girl way bigger than her. Senior Yui Kikuchi had at least 10 steals. They played man-to-man defense the whole time, wearing down the other team. The only reason we lost was because they have more talent and experience. We wanted it more than them.”
The girls will play at Thacher at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and face Dunn at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday at Matilija.