Sports Moments

by Marcus Lin

Isaiah Newell and company stand at attention for the national anthem preceding their contest against 2018 NCS Champion Bishop O’Dowd. “When the anthem is on I try and focus on the game that’s about to happen, think about where I’m supposed to be. It’s the time when I get to lock-in,” said starting wide receiver Zach Patterson. The Knights occasionally get to enjoy a live performance of the national anthem, previously experiencing the skill of the pep band, solo singers, and a saxophone at different events.   
Helping fellow teammate Jalen Apalit-Williams stand, athlete Elijah Lash grasps his fallen brother. In a preseason jamboree in August, Williams suffered an ACL injury that left him sidelined for the season. “It hurt when he told me. He is a big part of our defense. He is someone who I put a lot of trust in if someone slips past me. Not having him kind of f***s me up, but we are getting better,” said Lash. In hopes of assisting Williams’ recovery, the pair frequently works out together. “I been tryna work out his leg the right way, and get the muscles right,” said Lash.
Senior forward Casey Cappo drives from the wing during a summer league matchup against Clayton Valley. The Knights played a tournament over a weekend at St.Mary’s College, facing off against strong teams like Sheldon, the 2019 Open Division Northern California Champions, and even a team from Hawaii. Several times they had the opportunity to play at McKeon Pavilion, the home court of the Gaels, a D1 NCAA team. 
Following a timeout, the Knights summer league team gathers for a short meeting. This game was one of several played at Ultimate Fieldhouse on the final weekend of summer league play. “During the summer, the main thing is just to get them out there playing and competing, getting them to see the game as much as they can. This summer we formed a decent squad that’s a lot different than last year’s team,” said second-year coach Jason Rockwell.