Northwood winter sports excel at state playoffs
Northwood winter sports teams have certainly caused a riot in the Pacific Coast League (PCL) with three teams making it to the California Interscholastic Foundation (CIF) playoffs. Through dedication and hard work, Boys Basketball and Boys and Girls Soccer have set high standards for the future.
Northwood’s Varsity Boys Basketball team heightened T-Wolf pride by placing 2nd in the cutthroat PCL and finished with a strong record of 19 wins and nine losses. The team fought until the last second in a suspenseful game against Newport Harbor, ending in a close 61-60 loss for the Timberwolves. Each player’s incredible effort and perseverance in their last game undoubtedly shined through on the court.
After securing 2nd place behind Corona Del Mar in the PCL, Northwood’s Girls Soccer team was set to play another 2nd place team from the competitive Sunset League: Los Alamitos. Despite the difficult competition, the team impressively held their own and kept the game tied until the last 10 minutes which ended in a 0-2 Northwood loss. Although the season ended faster than the team hoped, the future looks just as bright with many key players returning next year. The Timberwolves hope to make a statement next year by winning back their league title and going far in CIF.
Boys Soccer has proved itself this year, placing third in the PCL under difficult competition and making it the farthest out of all the Northwood teams in the CIF playoffs. The Timberwolves played a long, grueling game against Brea Olinda, beating them 1-0 in overtime. Junior Malcolm Overbaugh scored the golden goal, saving the T-Wolves from nerve wracking penalty kicks. But the team lost 4-1 in their second round against Salesian. The Boys Soccer team not only attributes their success this year to a strong skillset, but to an even stronger team bond. They have proven that they are not a team to be overlooked and hope to continue on the path of improvement for the future.
After an exciting winter season, the future looks bright for Northwood spring sports teams as they are already dedicating hours to high-intensity practices and drills in hopes of making Northwood proud.