By Amanda Teoman
The Panthers were top competitors in their league this season, ending with 12 wins and only four losses. They moved on to the CCS finals, and on November 12 they beat Aptos High School to become CCS Champions. Junior Ally Langlinaiss reflects on her team’s victories, explaining that the players have “worked together well and improved as a united group, which has resulted in a successful season.” The team had their Senior Night on October 27, where the Panthers were able to celebrate their graduating players and their contributions to the team.
By Daniel Yu
Juniors Christopher Xue and Zachary Gold scaled the Crystal Springs Cross Country Course at the PAL Finals meet. The Panthers ended the meet feeling disappointed in their performance, but juniors Jillian Jordan and Eli Haas competed at the CCS Cross Country Championships.
“Our team didn’t do well enough as a whole to make it to CCS, but we all had a lot of fun and some of us did exceptionally well. Eli Haas and Brendan Creeks ran amazingly, especially considering that this is their first year running at BHS for both of them,” Gold said.
Girls Water Polo
By Chelsea Lopez
The girls’ water polo team finished its season this October, and although unable to make it through PALs, the team had a good season and is looking forward to playing again next year. Senior Kalli Vellis gave her final thoughts about her team's season, saying, “the season was a blast! We played hard and did good; everyone made goals, shot blocks and assists. We beat Mercy 18-6.”
By Lauren Bingham
As the season comes to a close, football left with heads held high. Not only did the Panther football team play a great season, but they beat San Mateo, 42-7, in the annual Little Big Game.
“The success with this team helped in making my senior season a memorable one, through all of our ups and downs, we always found a way to make the most of those successes,” senior Arman Dizadji said.
Dizadji is one of the four senior captains, including Cole Friedlander, Jack Baker, and Lucas Flygare. All of the captains have worked endlessly to make this season’s team the best it could be.
“I am very satisfied with the successes our team has been able to achieve this season, even with all of the doubt from people outside of the team, we never let that get to us, and we have always found a way to persevere through any criticism we received, and it really was one of our strongest assets of our team,” Dizadji continued.
With another great season under their belt, the Burlingame Panther Football Team closes yet another successful year.
By Amanda Teoman
The varsity girls’ tennis team ends their season with a 5-8 season record, securing PAL championship positions to Halle Martinucci and Maddie Wachhorst for singles and Alyson Resnick and Gabby Alvira for doubles. Team member Halle Martinucci is advancing to CCS after winning all three of her matches in PALs. Martinucci’s teammates are excited to support her at future matches. Senior team member Priya Patel reflects on the season by saying, “spending my last season with a determined and hard-working team has been very a great experience, and I have learned a lot.”
By Victorya Cintra
Sophomore Libby Johnson practices at Poplar Creek golf course. Girls golf concluded their successful 2016 season last month. This year the team’s roster consisted of 21 girls and coach Joe Ditto. Freshman Jody Chui placed second in the PAL competition and competed in the CCS tournament in Carmel where she placed 30th out of 100 girls. “It feels great to know that I’m the first freshman in Burlingame history to play as the number one golfer; it is a special honor,” Chiu said. “My next step is to try to challenge myself by placing first in the PAL tournament next year, do well enough in the CCS tournament so that I can advance to the Northern California Championship.”
Boys Water Polo
By James Lowdon
This year, after moving down to a lower league, the boys Varsity Water Polo team rebounded and went undefeated, finishing their regular season 12-0. In the PAL tournament, BHS beat Carlmont and then lost to Menlo and Half Moon Bay in the following games, ending up 4th in the tournament. After making it to the CCS tournament, they lost to Pioneer High School 17-10. Ian Wong and Brady Kiesling made first team all-league, Julian Peiro made second team, and Jake Chudnovsky was awarded MVP of the league. When asked about the season, sophomore Andreas Dintcho jokingly said, “Someone got rolled. It was pretty cool.”