The 100th year celebration of Islander sports and their 2012-2013 California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) champions kicked off September 9th with a BBQ in the CHS quad, which was decorated with paraphernalia of athletes and coaches old and new. CHS Junior Tyler Gilmore greeted guests with a smile and said, "I'm here for two awards tonight, because my golf and soccer teams won CIF's. And I'm singing the National Anthem!"
The celebration began with sports enthusiast and athletic director Robin Nixon reminding the crowd that "the Islander Sports Foundation (ISF) has been the biggest change for CHS sports. They literally make sports possible, including bus rides and other funding. [Our teams] would not be here today without ISF." Mentions of champions past, such as the 1923 girl's basketball CIF winners, showed not only the impressive progressions involving female athletes in the past years, but also the length of CHS's reputation for producing outstanding teams.
The Salute to the Athletes was truly a moment of excitement for the 2013 CIF championship winners from the golf and soccer teams, who got to raise their banner to mingle with those belonging to past CHS champs from nearly a century ago. The teams were made up of notable students and graduates of CHS, such as Paco Contreras, Tanner Caldwell, Matt Shirey, Jack Hart, Andrew Orozco, and Drew Maracle.
CHS Seniors and members of the Associated Student Body, Martin Dykstra and Michael Sappenfield, also highlighted CHS 23 sports teams, out of which 19 were "All Academic." This impressive statistic is made even more superb because 549 athletes participated in the sports teams, and averaged 3.4 GPAs. The ladies of the soccer team made up the highest of the "All Academic" teams, rounding out their season with an average 3.8 GPA. The CHS sailing program received an honorable mention as being one of the top in the county, and CHS Cheer received accolades for their second place trophy in last season's county competition.
Among the various seasonal sports, like water polo, golf, track, baseball, and football, players were called out for their special talents that only make the 2013-2014 CHS athletics teams seem more promising. Names that Coronado residents can expect to hear include CHS Seniors Maddy Hopson, Lauren Bartsch, Madison Montague, Chris Leary, and CHS Juniors Tyler Gilmore, Madison Meyer, and Casey Engelman.
Be sure to support Coronado's finest athletes, because the importance of sports cannot be emphasized more. In the Coronado community, the camaraderie that the Islanders' sports team provide only fill the community with more warmth, and reason for celebration. Hopefully next year, the Salute to the Athletes event will raise even more banners. Go Islanders!
The CHS Cheer team ends the night with a dedicated cheer to the Islander athletes.
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