It was a sunny afternoon as the Huskies stepped onto the pitch for their second season of the Hollywood Wilshire League. St James claimed 2nd place last year and the fans were eagerly anticipating the new season! Well they were not disappointed! The Huskies started with several quick shots on goal. A handball led to a direct kick that gave SJS the advantage. John Z’s shot sailed over the Brawerman wall into the back of the net! It was followed up by a blistering shot by Ethan R only to be deflected by the goalie but John Z was positioned perfectly to follow it up with the goal! Brawerman was not be cowed, answering with a goal of their own by Gavin #7.
By halftime the Huskies were on fire with Ethan scoring 2 more times, Gerald 2 times and John with a hat trick! Brawerman rallied with 2 more goals (Gavin and Eric) leaving the Final Score, SJS 7 to Brawerman 3. Kudos to Audrey, Aneel and Patrick, our staunch defense. And congrats to our new goalie Roan for some amazing goal tending! Coach Luis was very happy with the team’s performance! But reminds everyone to wear uniforms and shin guards to the next match this Thursday at Temple Israel of Hollywood!
Spring has sprung! And with April Showers and May Flowers also comes the first Hollywood Wilshire League Spring Season of Volleyball!
It took some doing but Saint James put together an amazing volleyball team! With some stops and starts with their first practice being rained out, the players had just one practice under their belts before meeting their arch rivals, CEE (Center for Early Education). And then on the day of the match Conor couldn’t make it and Santiago and Emerson called in sick!
But the show must go on! And SJS gallantly marched on the court with only 5 players (Ryan, Haley, Elia, Lauren and Le Shaun) to challenge CEE’s 6! With some solid serving and hard fought points, SJS beat CEE 25-22! The second game was neck and neck to the final play with CEE pulling ahead to win by 2 points 27-25. The third game was the tie-breaker up to only 15 points. And although they fought hard throughout the match, SJS lost 9-15.
Coach Matthew and Jenn couldn’t be prouder of their team’s performance!! They are looking forward to a rematch with CEE later on in May with a well practiced team at full strength!!
Saint James Soccer Team returned to the field after their summer break ready to play! Everyone couldn’t wait to start. They were excited to meet Temple Israel of Hollywood (TIOH) a more or less unknown entity.
SJS started with a strong front line Chase, Shine and John. Ryan, Audrey and Patrick backed up their strikers with Aneel as sweeper, protecting Stephen, their goalie. The first half saw 2 goals scored by TIOH but between Brock and Chase, STJ replied by scoring 2 goals of their own.
It was a good give and go as more of the SJS team were subbed in allowing Zoe, Roan, Thomas, Kiana and Catilin a chance to defend their goal. Although TIOH were on their passing game and were able to slip through defenses 2 more times before halftime.
The second half saw more heated action with Brock and Chase switching in and out, backed by Zoe, Mimi, Roan, Rogan, Jamieson & Ondine. Ryan took up her post as goalie taking several direct hits denying TIOH conversion. Brock had several heart stopping shots on goal and was able to bring STJ just shy of one goal. That is until Chase leveled it up right at the end of the game! A special thanks to Jenny Hagar (Patrick Hindman’s Mom) who went above and beyond helping the team out and making sure everyone got to play!
Final Score: 4 -4
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Get Ready this Summer! Try Outs Start in the Fall!
We are excited to announce the inception of a new sports league for the participating schools in the Hollywood/Wilshire area. This league will be for our 4th -6th Graders in the sports Soccer, Basketball and Volleyball. Read more
So the Huskies had one more opportunity to square off against Temple Israel of Hollywood (TIOH) on the Volleyball Court. It was a full house with parents eagerly waiting for the games to begin! With one match under their belts both teams came ready to play! Read more
Sam Ashbrook stunned the Pilgrim team in the first 2 minutes of the match with a surgical goal assisted from a sublime pass from Jackie Zhang! Jackie Zhang went on to rack up 2 more goals carving through the Pilgrim defense. Pilgrim answered the challenge with 1 goal of their own. 3-1 at halftime.
The first minute of the second half Pilgrim gave the Huskies another scare, scoring a beautiful goal from outside the box making it a close nail biting 3-2 match.
But St James was ready as Jackie Zhang scored 2 more goals for a hat trick. In the final minutes Pilgrim scored but was quickly answered by one time laser strike by Coleman Park assisted from newcomer Conor Murphy as he threaded a pass from his own defensive end.
The team would not have survived the continual pressure applied by Pilgrim if it were not for the display of AMAZING teamwork by the Huskies. Our solid defense of Willa Mockler, Fiona Loughran, Patrick Hindman anchored by Coleman Park created THE GREAT WALL that Pilgrim could not scale. A special note: The girls showed great courage, never turning away from any of the the Pilgrim boys’ challenge stripping the ball away from the oncoming strikers.
Our mid-fielders Shine Park, Jamieson Park, and newcomer Alex Morrison had the task of both offense and defense creating that transition game from defense to offense. Soccer matches are won and lost in the midfield and the Huskies howled their way to victory!!!
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR FIRST WIN AGAINST PILGRIM!
Final score 6-3
We are very happy to report that our first Volleyball match against TIOH (Temple Israel of Hollywood) was a success! TIOH hosted the game at their school. And once we got the parking figured out and chairs for the parents set up, the kids were warmed up and ready to go!
We set this match up like we do for our soccer games, a practice-game hybrid. Putting the teams in a game setting was the perfect way to get the students all fired up, teach them the rules of the game, positioning and communication. The players had the opportunity to practice the skills that they’ve been learning and apply it in a game setting under pressure.
The first set we played rally scoring to 25, win by 2 points. A point is scored on each play. If the ball is served out or into the net, the other team gets the serve and a point. The players were allowed 2 tries at serve if necessary. STJ won this easily 25 to 10.
The second set wasn’t going to be as easy. This time we played with no do overs for serving. TIOH returned to the court full of fire and determination. This was a great game! We were treated to several nail biting volleys that went back and forth at least 4-5 times! STJ’s Sekai Beard was given a beautiful set (by the other team) and took full advantage of the opportunity performing a beautiful spike, putting the Huskies one step closer to match. But TIOH rallied and were neck and neck for about 10 points! Remember you have to win by 2, so the score see-sawed between game point and match point with TIOH finally beating STJ 27-25!
We were allowed a little extra time to play a tie breaker to 15. Hats off to Husky, Valeria Barientos for her serving streak that helped the Huskies win 15-3 and taking the Match winning 2 out of 3 sets. Extra thanks to Coach Jimmy and Coach Becky for their coaching and support.
I also want to point out that unlike soccer it’s harder to pinpoint the key players like the goalie or the goal scorers. Volleyball is really a team sport. It’s not just the one that serves or spikes. It’s the team that talks to each other, tells each other when a ball is going out or to go for it if it’s in. Everyone rotates and plays every position. The best teams are the ones that support and talk to each other. And I saw a good amount of that on the court this week!
Good job everyone!
BY CARINA MILLER
mother of first grader Henry and Kindergartener Ethan
The new St. James’ volleyball program is off to a smashing start! In its first season, there are already twenty-seven players on the co-ed team.“The Huskies’ enthusiasm for learning the sport is infectious,” said Matthew Wong, who heads JMG SoccerWise and is also responsible for the popular Huskies Soccer Program. “They can’twait until the spring season starts, when they can scrimmage other schools.”
The volleyball coach, Jimmy Chui, played competitive intercollegiate volleyball, has coached at the high school level, and still participates in tournaments. “His coaching experience in creating a safe environment for the kids to learn a new sport,” said Wong, “fits in perfectly with the JMG Soccerwise teaching philosophy, in which the sport is simply the vehicle to develop socialization, team building, communication and other interpersonal skills.”
The program utilizes fun games that focus on the basic fundamentals of the sport, passing andserving, and the rules of the sport. “I love when we play sharks and minnows,” said first grader Clara Maranville. “And I’ve learnedthat the stance is to bend your knees and put your hands together and thumbs out.” Fifth grader Conor Murphey said, “I’ve met newfriends, like David, whose sister’s name is Sophie.” “I like moose-catching [catching the ball over your head with hands like moose antlers],” said first grader Gaby Shiao. “And I’m excited to serve!”
“They are getting the concept really quickly,” says Coach Chui. “Some of them are better than the high school students I’ve taught!” The official volleyball season starts this spring with games against other schools, but the clinics, for ages six to twelve, are year-round on Sundays and are held on the St. James’ campus.
Let’s go Huskies!
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Husky Highlights – Spring 2015
It was beautifully clear and sunny Spring afternoon, May 3rd, 2015. Parents lined the benches to route their kids to victory! The St. James 1st to 3rd Graders prepared, once again to meet their rivals, Good Shepherd, on the pitch. Read more