After missing the playoffs last season, the varsity girls’ basketball team made an appearance in CCS. They went the farthest of the three teams in CCS this year. They won their first game against Jefferson 50-36 but lost by 55-50 in the second round at Sobrato.
“We were treated like a real team when the school knew we made [CCS] because, as girls, we usually get the short end of the stick,” junior Maddie Gaines said. “We got a team bus to travel down to San Jose and it was a great experience.”
The girls went 11-15 overall (3-9 in their league) and were seeded 11th in CCS. The pressure of CCS for any sport is intense, but Gaines explained that her team handled it well.
“The pressure and stress was hard but it brought the team closer when we all danced and sang in the locker room to get the nerves out,” Gaines said.
Senior Emily Chiesa explained that the team tried to “treat CCS it like it was regular season” to control nerves and to relieve pressure off the team.
The varsity girls’ basketball team’s possible appearance in CCS next year looks promising, with Gaines and her fellow juniors ready to take the leading roles on the team.
“Going to CCS bonded us as a team and the whole girls basketball program,” Gaines said. “We are going to try our best to get there and go farther next year.”
The varsity boys’ soccer team’s appearance in CCS this year was cut short by Gonzales in the first round. In a tight game played two hours from Burlingame, the boys fell to Gonzalez 1-0.
“I think some of the team felt the pressure and occasion [of CCS] because of the big trip down to Gonzalez,” junior goalkeeper Evan Glatt said. “It made it seem more special than a normal league game.”
The team faced a hard season, finishing with a record of 9-10 overall. In the PAL Bay division the boys went 7-7. Despite the loss, the experience was still one that will help the team in the long run.
“I think that going to CCS brought the team closer, especially with the 5+ hours on a bus,” Glatt said. “It also made people recognize that we have potential and brought well deserved recognition to the team. Everyone is looking forward to next year, and with at least 15 seniors, our goal is to win the whole thing.”
The wrestling team had four wrestlers compete in CCS this year. Senior and co-captain Cole Friedlander reflects on the tough season.
“Our team tried their best because we knew at any time it could have been the end,” Friedlander said.
The team did well this year with big wins by freshman Alexis Sawyer in the Seaside Showdown and freshman Kyle Botelho in both the Peninsula Invite and the Billie Martel tournaments.
Friedlander and Botelho were 2017 PAL Champions, making Burlingame a big name school for Bay Area wrestling.
“CCS is much more intense than regular season,” Friedlander said. “It provides an environment that is unlike most regular season tournaments. The team is very motivated to be the best wrestlers they can.”