With the month of February coming to an end, winter sports are wrapping up. Some of our winter sports teams are doing quite well, and others have struggled big time. Winter sports at Las Lomas include: boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, and wrestling.
Last year’s boys basketball team had a historical season, with a winning record of 31-4 and falling short in the state championship. But, this year the team lost six seniors and head coach Brian Dietschy. Five of the six seniors were starters throughout the whole season. Therefore, a lot of speculation has been going around on if this year’s team will be successful or not. The boys hold a 13-16 record and have had some major upsets in the playoffs. Coming into the playoffs they were the 14th seed and had to play the 3 seed, Cardinal Newman in the first round. Las Lomas beat them 64-57, and went on to beat the 11 seed, Tamalpais 49-45 in the second round of the playoffs. The Knights have the third highest strength of schedule in Division 2. This stat measures the teams Las Lomas has played this season and whether they have been good, or bad teams. Having the third highest strength of schedule is a good thing because that means the Knights have played good teams this season. Las Lomas lost to Moreau Catholic in the semi finals 55-46 and now are awaiting to see their seed in the CIF state bracket.
Girls basketball went 6-20 this year, but they were a young team with a new head coach. The girls team has had a new head coach for the past four seasons which has hurt the development of some of the players. This does not help the players due to the fact that they can not get comfortable under one coaches system and have to learn a whole new system every season.
Wrestling has had quite a season themselves. I had the pleasure of interviewing senior wrestler, Marco Ruffinelli. I asked him how the season has been, and how his experience has been as being apart of the wrestling program here at Las Lomas. “We only lost to Benicia in our league. However, we beat them at NCS Duals and won Division 2 NCS.” That sounds like a very successful season. Ruffinelli also let me know that he and his teammates Tate Bossert, Josiah Monjaras, and Jake Gaitan are currently ranked top 25 in the state. When I asked Ruffinelli how his experience has been, this is what he told me. “My experience has always been about pushing myself and pushing my team. This sport is life changing and has provided me with so many opportunities.”
The men’s soccer team have had themselves a historic season, with a record of 18-1-4. They have had a great defensive themed season, allowing only 12 goals to be made in a total of 20 games. They have been lead by Division 1 senior commits Zack Wilson and Timmy Weidinger. Wilson is committed to Air Force and Weidinger is committed to UC Davis.
Our women’s soccer team has also had a successful season. They have ended the season with a winning record of 10-6-1. They earned the 8th seed in the NCS Playoffs beating Benicia 4-1 in the first round, but ended up losing the the 1 seed Livermore 2-0 in the second round.