Winter sports update

Winter sports update

BOYS’ BASKETBALL Peninsula varsity boys’ basketball placed fourth in preseason, but the team rebounded in time for the main season. “When we actually started to put our head in the game and play like a team, we actually won games,” sophomore Dominic Blanco said. The team ended their season with an overall score of 7-3 and will move on to California Interscholastic Federation (CIF). GIRLS’ BASKETBALL Peninsula varsity girls’ basketball went into their main season after placing third in their preseason game, the Redondo Battle at the Beach. “At our…

Sophomore Doherty takes a lunge at the fencing world

Sophomore Doherty takes a lunge at the fencing world

Sophomore Maverick Doherty was 11 years old when her neighbor introduced her to the Salle D’Asaro Fencing Club in Torrance, where she learned to love fencing. “My neighbor asked me if I wanted to come check out the club because her son recently got into the sport,” Doherty said. “As soon as the head coach there saw me walk in, he offered a free introductory lesson. I was essentially hooked on the sport after that.” Now 15 years old, Doherty competes in Cadet, a division consisting of fencers ages 13-17,…

Tumbling Towards Triumph

Tumbling Towards Triumph

Junior Shannon Sklow makes a name for herself in competitive gymnastics Throughout the Azarian Training Center, Shannon Sklow has made a name for herself as a gymnast. Her love for the sport developed 12 years ago. “When I was 5 years old, my mother came and told me that my gym instructor had moved me from recreational classes to a competitive team,” Sklow said. “This was the signal of my gymnastics career. That was the first step toward a lifetime commitment that will stay with me forever.” Sklow has picked…

Off to the races

Off to the races

Senior Kiley Atwood and junior Jessica Nye had standout performances to end the 2016 girls’ cross country season. On Oct. 22, at the Mt. San Antonio College (SAC) invitational meet, the largest annual high school cross country meet in the world, Atwood placed 9th overall in the 5K event. Atwood had a new personal record and placed 9th overall in the girls’ division. Atwood finished the race with a time of 19:40, which was an improvement from her time last year by four seconds. Initially, Atwood felt uncertain as to how…

Girls’ tennis doubles advance to CIF individuals

Girls’ tennis doubles advance to CIF individuals

Although the girls’ tennis team’s CIF run ended on Nov. 7, seniors Katelyn Parker and Tia Elpusan have advanced to CIF Individuals as a doubles team. Parker’s partner was Tia Elpusan, who was a change from her usual doubles partner senior Sarina Liu. The modification was challenging, but the continuous positive chemistry in the varsity team helped Parker adjust to a new partner quickly. Both sides were able to influence one another with varying but effective strategies. “The chemistry came pretty easily,” Parker said. “We have been on the team…

Girls’ golf players advance to regionals

Girls’ golf players advance to regionals

Senior Nicole Suppelsa and freshman Casey Syal qualified for the Southern Calif. Regionals at Arrowhead Country Club on Nov. 10. Both players placed in the top 28 of players who competed in a series of three playoff rounds in order to qualify. Syal was one of the four freshmen who competed for a spot in the finals. Although she did not qualify for the Southern Section Finals, she is looking forward to improve this off-season. “Things did not really go according to plan, but I was excited to compete at…

BACK IN THE GAME: Pen football rebounds after an abrupt ending to last year’s season

BACK IN THE GAME: Pen football rebounds after an abrupt ending to last year’s season

After finishing last year winning two of 10 games, the football team took full advantage of the off-season time to begin the 2016 season with a strong start. Peninsula beat John Glenn 48-6 in week one, Sotomayor 48-8 in week two and Torrance 45-17 in week three. “It has been a buy-in by the boys, and they have rallied behind each other to support one another,” head coach David Young said. “As a football team they have figured out a way to become successful together. Through hard work and determination,…

Fall Sports Preview

Fall Sports Preview

Girls’ Volleyball Varsity girls’ volleyball plays its first regular season home game against Mira Costa on Sept. 22 and hopes to have a strong start with a new team. “We lost 10 seniors, so this team is pretty much new,” captain and junior Sophia Stenzel said. “We really had to adjust playing in general because we have a whole new team with different players.” Although 11 of the 16 players on the team are first-time varsity players, the team still has high hopes for this season and will continue to…

Boys golf goes undefeated, the first time in 15 years

Boys golf goes undefeated, the first time in 15 years

Varsity boys golf went undefeated this season, ending with a record of 17-0. Head coach Glenn Van Enk felt that the strong start at the beginning of the season in March was the key to this success. “We had started our play with some non-league matches against Mira Costa and they always have a strong team,” Van Enk said. “When we were able to beat them, I thought that the team could be capable of winning league this year.” Peninsula went on in the second week to win their match against Redondo and in the third week to win…

New school record set for shuttle hurdles

New school record set for shuttle hurdles

On April 16, sophomores Katie Hageman, Tori Wong, Danielle Cherry and Lisa Takai broke the frosh soph school record for the shuttle hurdles event at the Mt. San Antonio College (SAC) Relays. The Mt. SAC Relays is a varsity invitational in which all events are meant to be run by varsity teams. They competed as the only frosh-soph team in their race, earning fourth place out of eight teams. The team of four finished with a time of 1:27, two seconds faster than the previous record. Shuttle hurdles is an…