Welcome back winter sports

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Right: Giuseppe Camarda (Div. 047) looking sharp as he swings the ball. Photo provided by Sierra McClecllan and Sophia Lopez

Ella Ridge, Reporter

Welcome back our winter sports teams as these Eagles prepare for their upcoming seasons with much anticipation.

Taft provides a total of 10 sports over the course of the winter season; Boys and girls basketball, boys and girls bowling, competitive cheer, competitive poms, boys swimming and diving, boys and girls track and field, and wrestling.

Lily Natelson (Div. 135) looking locked in and focused, ready to take a free throw. Photo provided by Sierra McClecllan.

 All of Taft’s winter sport teams have a history of obtaining a variety of different achievements. Last year, the wrestling team repeated as City Champions and placed Second at Regionals.

 “We expect to win the city championship again. We expect to compete for the regional championship. We expect to send multiple wrestlers to state. These are the yearly expectations of our program,” said TFA English teacher and head coach of the wrestling team, Brad Engel.

In February, the girls varsity basketball team made it to Regionals and lost in the Semi-Final game against Oak Park River Forest.

 “This year, we’re really going to push ourselves and go the extra mile to achieve more than we did last year. We all have such an amazing bond with one another and

we’re going to put our best effort forward to hopefully get

an outcome of something great,” said junior varsity player Lily Natelson, Div. 135.

 The boys bowling 2018-2019 team advanced to the City Finals and placed Fourth overall. When it came down to competing for a spot at sectionals, captain of the bowling team senior Cristian Pagan (Div. 020) placed 11th at regionals.

“This year we are setting our goals high. We started our first tournament with higher averages allowing for no excuses to make it where we want to be as a team: state qualifiers,” said senior co-captain Giuseppe Camarda, Div. 047.

Giuseppe Camarda (Div. 047) looking sharp as he swings the ball.
Photo provided by Sophia Lopez.

Last year, the boys varsity basketball team finished 3rd in their conference. This year, they plan on going much further.

“This year, we plan on expanding our limits as a team to make it to a Regional game. What makes this new season special is we had this whole summer to work with Coach Tucker. We also have 80% of our players returning from last year so our bond is strong and we all trust each other,” said varsity player Miles Heglar, Div. 134.

 With a lot at stake, our winter teams are starting the season off strong.