The winter season at La Sierra was one of many ups and downs in the field of athletics, with programs rising and falling as the tides regularly do. Our boys soccer team, coached by La Sierra newcomer (in the classroom) Edgar Padilla, finished the season in 2nd place behind Novi once again, and that never feels good, but a spirited effort in CIF was ended at Valley View on a blustery February evening. Coach Bright’s pre-K girls water polo team finished the season in a 3rd place tie, but due to some silly tiebreaker rules, missed out on a possible run in CIF. Those were our top team finishers, but rest assured Eagle Nation, things are on their way up across the board. We have reloaded with some new gunslingers, aces up our sleeves, and the rest of the River Valley League best take notice.
To begin with, La Sierra welcomed 4 new head coaches to the bench, as both boy’s and girl’s sides in basketball and wrestling looked to retool. In boys basketball, following the resignation of former coach Justin Norman, the Eagles hired Cedric Wells away from Hillcrest, the mastermind behind their CIF championship run 2 years ago. Coach Wells, who also happens to teach applied physics on campus, immediately took to the air, instilling a system that will promise big results for La Sierra in years to come. We are psyched! In girls basketball, following the Jaden Randall era, La Sierra turned to it’s own deep coaching pool in hiring Sebastian Hernandez to lead the Eagles back to prominence. Once again, under coach Hernandez’s tutelage, the Eagles showed grit and a “never-say-die” attitude in finishing the season just out of the playoff picture.
In THE NEST, La Sierra’s wrestling incubator, we welcome two youngsters to lead the Eagle resurgence back to national prominence, Mark Guerrero and Raymond Escalera! These two gentlemen have grown the program 150% from the previous year’s number and sent two young ladies to CIF, one as a River Valley League champion. Kudos boys… we look forward to big things from your program in the years to come!
The girls soccer team, lead by coach Roberto Rodriguez, closed out an admittedly disappointing season. While the team is extremely young, expectations were much higher for this squad, with many returners back to anchor key positions. The off-season workout schedule looks to be a brutal one as these ladies vow to return to the form that was laid before them in years past. The Eagles will fly, proudly and high, as 20-21 draws nigh.