Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sports Updates

Last weekend select members of the Gunn varsity team competed in the very tough and prestigious wrestling competition "Mid-Cal invitational" held at Gilroy.

Senior Stefan Weidemann turned in a very impressive performance by winning his weight group, while beating highly ranked opponents from around the state. Weidemann is the first Gunn wrestler ever to win this prestigious event and has now amassed 15 wins and no losses. "I give a lot of credit to coach Creighton for getting Stefan strategically ready for his opponent in the finals," said head coach Chris Horpel.
Three Gunn wrestlers made it to the second day of this large 2 day 70-team tournament: Weidemann, Eric Cramer (sophomore) and Chris Jin (junior). Cramer came within one match of also bringing home a medal.

Gunn has three dual meets remaining (Lynbrook, Fremont, and Harker) before the SCVAL Championships. Gunn and Fremont look to be on track for a showdown for the league championship as both teams remain undefeated.
Next up: A home dual meet versus Fremont (Feb 3).

Girls - Friday night was a battle as the 2 best teams in the league squared off. Both teams came into the game undefeated in De Anza League play and clearly appear to the be the class of the league. Palo Alto came into the match having lost 6 consecutive games to the Gunn Titans. Coach Sarah Stapp knew the showdown between the girls basketball teams would come down to turnovers and defense on Friday night. Stapp watched her Gunn squad turn the ball over too many times. The result was a 47-39 victory by the host Vikings over Gunn.
These are the next home games -

Girls Boys
1/28 Lynbrook at Gunn 6:15 1/28 Lynbrook at Gunn 7:45
2/2 Mountain View at Gunn 7:00
2/4 Monta Vista at Gunn 6:15 2/4 Los Altos at Gunn 7:45
2/11 Paly at Gunn 6:15 2/11 Paly at Gunn 7:45

Boys - Going into the matchup at Palo Alto, the Gunn Boys' Basketball squad knew it would have to limit mistakes, take advantage of all of their opportunities and slow down Paly's athletic advantage. Unfortunately the Palo Alto squad used their athletic ability to blow open a close game on their way to a 66-51 win at Paly. Jack Hannan led all scorers with 16 points, Anthony Cannon scored 12, Taylor Perricone added 10 and Matt Redfield scored nine.

Girls - The Lady Titans captured their first league win in a battle with the Homestead Mustangs. After the exciting 4-3 win over the Homestead Mustangs, coming back from a 2-3 deficit, the Lady Titans have suffered 2 consecutive losses (to Paly and Monta Vista) and a 1-1 tie with Sacred Heart. Although Gunn controlled much of that game, Sacred Heart Prep capitalized on one their few scoring opportunities. It took nearly twenty shots on goal, but Gunn finally found the equalizer when Alyssa Perreault played the ball to Sarah Robinson-- who had a nice chip finish. Gunn's overall record is 6-4-3.
The last home games of the season -
2/2 Homestead at Gunn 6:00
2/9 Monta Vista at Gunn 6:00
Boys - This season hasn't been kind so far this year to Gunn High School, but on Wednesday night they finally got the benefit of a break to defeat visiting Santa Clara 1-0. The key moment came four minutes into the second half when a Santa Clara player tried to clear the ball from his own box when it ricocheted off Sammy Hayward's leg and into the Santa Clara goal for the only goal of the game.

"We finally got a break," said Gunn Head Coach Dave Lovercheck after the game. "In the beginning of the season we weren't getting any breaks and now we're getting some." Gunn did have to sweat out the last couple of minutes of the game when Santa Clara almost scored off a corner kick when a loose ball was fired in by a Santa Clara player that Paul Blanchette blocked and then a return effort got behind Blanchette who had to reach behind his back to knock the ball away. Gunn's win over Santa Clara improved their league record to 1-2-2.
Gunn's fortunes began to change last week when a late goal by Mason Naar tied the game 1-1 with Paly.
2/4 Paly at Gunn 6:00
2/16 Los Gatos at Gunn 6:00

Gunn High School adds the Blocho brothers from Santa Clara University to take over and guide a budding program. Jim Blocho came out to the Bay Area to coach at NDNU as the Defensive Coordinator and then took on the Head Coaching position at Santa Clara University. Jim and Mike played at the collegiate level, both at Canisius College and Jim played at C.W. Post as well. Both have played within the Canadian Box Lacrosse League and Mike has furthered his career with a couple stints within the NLL.

The duo are excited to head up the Gunn HS lacrosse program, hoping to bring, "a potent combination of a stingy and punishing defense with the likes of a high octane, chaotic, yet effective offense."

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