Winter sports teams were celebrated at a pep rally on February 9. Awards were handed out to the teams who had finished their seasons—the MTJAL grade 8 boys basketball team and the girls and boys flag football teams.
Cougar Award: Peter Butler
Most Improved Player Award: Antonio Della Sala
Coach's Award: Maddux Hrepich
Although they finished their season 0-13, this is the toughest middle school basketball league on the Monterey Peninsula. "They improved more than I've seen any team improve, and they were a small but dedicated group," says Middle School Athletic Director Janessa Werhane, better known as Coach J.
Boys Flag Football
Cougar Award: Teddy Stork
Most Improved Player Award: Alex Carroll
This team went 1-4, but all of those losses were within one score. Their win came against Stevenson in the last game of the season.
Girls Flag Football
Cougar Award: Brooke Kirker
Most Improved Player Award: Reyna Sanchez
Coach's Award: Sydney Craven
Mr. Schipper turned into Coach Schipper and led this team to a 4-1 season. "They were phenomenal, and every girl played out-of-their-minds good," Coach J says. Their only loss came to Stevenson in the final few minutes.