Playoff picture: State tournament begins for South teams

statements collected by Zach Rhein, Sports Editor
photo contributed by Zoe Hong

Records in win-loss-tie format. All statements collected prior to the beginning of the tournament.

Softball (10-11)

“I expect us to play our best and hardest, and to take it one game at a time. The key is to focus on strengthening our defense and offense come tournament time.”

Madi Wong, junior
Baseball (13-8)

“We’re feeling good going into the first round. We know we have the talent to make a run this year. If we play to our potential, I expect us to go pretty far in the tournament.”

Henry Landay, senior captain
Boys Tennis (2-12)

“It’s been a tough season, without the top three players having graduated. Our goal is to have a good fight against BC High and hopefully advance further in the tournament.”

Elias Guermazi, senior captain
Boys Lacrosse (8-8)

“We know we are going to be underdogs in the first round, but we aren’t counting ourselves out. We are hoping to just keep getting better and give the underclassmen playoff experience for years to come.”

Aidan Giesser, senior captain
Boys Volleyball (12-7)

“The key to success in the state tournament will be playing the best from the start. As a high school team, we lose a lot of points from our slow starts, so we need to focus on scoring more from the beginning.”

Jaidin Russel, senior captain
Girls Track (7-1)

“Our 4×800 team qualified [for states], and I am really excited to see what we can do together. I am running the 800, mile, and 4×8 against some great competition, and I am really excited.”

Amelia Everett, junior
Boys Track (7-0)

“Despite a 4 point loss at the DCL championship, the team worked hard the entire season to post impressive marks in the postseason. The team is in good hands next year, despite losing many seniors.”

Brendan Weissel, senior captain
Girls Tennis (7-6)

“We had a great regular season and … We have a good chance of going into the next round. Whatever happens though, I am really proud of the team, and we are just going to go out there and have fun.”

Abi Handel, junior captain