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Fall athletes compete under COVID-19 regulations

Connor Plunkett
Garret Cordova Caddes (‘23), Etienne Griffon (‘23), Aidan Helgeson (‘23), Matt Maschler (‘24), and Nick Theobald (‘22) run together in a warm-up to prepare for practice.

After spiking the ball over the net, you hear your teammates cheer you on as you gather with the rest of your team to celebrate the point. However, you look in the empty stands, realizing that no one else is in the Les Perry Gym to show support and school spirit. This is the result of the new COVID-19 regulations placed on Webb’s sports teams. There are many universal regulations that players must follow, including getting tested and frequently sanitizing equipment. However, there are also unique regulations for each sport considering their distinct, respective environments.

VWS volleyball is excited to be back on the court after not playing for over a year. The VWS varsity volleyball team practiced all summer long, working hard to prepare for the fall season.

The team is dominating the court with a 9-3 record for their season so far. Although the VWS volleyball team is back, many aspects have changed. For example, protocols have prohibited spectators since volleyball is an indoor sport.

“Without spectators, it is a whole different atmosphere,” said Allison Paik (‘22), a member of the VWS varsity team. “The fans get me and the whole volleyball team pumped up before a game and they really show engagement in the stands. It is not the same and I hope we can get fans back soon.”

While the volleyball team did not have much of an opportunity to play over quarantine, the VWS tennis team was able to compete despite the pandemic.

After COVID-19 obliterated the VWS varsity and junior varsity tennis teams’ chances of having a normal season last year, the team returned to campus ready to play, stronger than ever. Last year, the team had minimal players, which unfortunately resulted in several losses. However, with a complete team and practice every single day, the team is having a better season with a 4-6 record overall.

Although the team is able to play, they are still affected by COVID-19 regulations. Because the sport is outside, spectators are allowed in certain areas, and they are not required to wear masks when they play. However, when players finish their match, they must put on their face covering; players must also get tested every single day for contact tracing. While it is different adhering to these regulations, the VWS tennis team is still performing their best and is hoping to dominate the league.

“I feel pretty safe overall because everyone is honest about their health conditions and how they are feeling,” said Camille Casper (‘24). “COVID hit the team really hard because it was hard to practice with fewer people, but we have gotten better over time, and it is feeling like normal now.”

On the other hand, the Webb football team began practicing in mid-July to prepare for the season ahead. The team hadn’t played an entire football season in over 525 days due to COVID-19 restrictions and concerns. Although the Gauls lost their first two games, they hope to change their momentum and win a championship.

Since the Webb football team plays outdoors, spectators are allowed to be in attendance.

“The atmosphere is awesome,” said Amahl Thomas, a coach on the team. “The players feel the different energy that the spectators bring and the spectators, I feel, have a new appreciation for how special being at an event is.”

With football being a high contact sport, athletes are tested every day and are required to wear a mask while on the sidelines, despite most of the athletes on the team being vaccinated.

Water polo is also a high contact sport that requires athletes to be tested daily.

The WSC water polo team started practicing August 25th after two years of dormancy due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The team practiced last year but did not play any games because of the lack of players and COVID concerns.

During this season, the WSC water polo team has been in full swing with the most spectators since the 2018-19 season. Since water polo is an aquatic sport, masks are not worn while playing. The WSC water polo team is fortunate enough to have spectators because of the outdoor arena in which they play.

“It’s nice seeing students cheering us on and the team reacts positively to having spectators,” Matthew Gooch (‘22) said. “When you have spectators cheering you on, it gives you that extra push to keep going.”

Cross Country 
On the other hand, the Webb cross country team is prepared. Having trained over summer using tools like Strava, Webb’s runners are ready for a new season. After a pandemic-long hiatus, the cross country team began training as a group the first week of the school year, giving the runners a big boost.

“Running as a team again really brought the sport back to life,” said Garret Cordova Caddes (‘23). “Running is one of the few team sports that you can do alone without having to make modifications, so everyone was still able to run, but it was a different type of running. Without the camaraderie of friendly competition and teammates, everyone was able to do workouts, but it was doing the motions, not having the spirit of XC.”

Cross country runners are tested daily, along with all other student-athletes at Webb, and are required to wear a mask when not running. Cross country is unique in the sense that there is very little physical contact between athletes, making it a relatively low-risk sport.

While golf does not practice or hold matches on campus, they are still affected by the new regulations.

“The only difference that COVID changed is that before we start golfing, there is a screening in which they ask questions verbally. But other than that, everything else has not changed,” said Angie Zhang (‘23).

While other sports have seen a decrease in players, golf has seen an increase in players.

“I have to get to practice earlier so that I could get a mat, otherwise I have to wait,” Angie said.

Even in the pandemic, Golf was very productive as their weekly zoom calls not only helped the players, but also helped Coach Owers. Coach Owers had the opportunity to regain the fundamentals of the sport and learn other new skills.

Coach Owers has played golf in the past, but he does not consider himself a golfer. Before doing the actual golf season, he was involved in golf clinic– the actual golf season is essentially the same as the clinic other than the fact that there are actual matches.

Although all fall sports have many different regulations, athletes and coaches are not using these as excuses, but rather as motivation to prove that they can strive even with all the trials. All athletes and spectators of Webb sports are very excited and if you have not already done so, attend one of the sports games to support the Webb Gauls!

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Nicole Rabadi, Staff Writer
A friendly and sociable leader from La Verne, Nicole Rabadi (‘24) is thrilled to join the Webb Canyon Chronicle as a staff writer. Shown through her leadership positions on campus, Nicole loves helping others, as VWS class of 2024 president and admission fellow. Nicole’s passion for service combined with her love for science has pushed her towards the medical field as an aspiring doctor. An avid volleyball player, Nicole has been playing the sport for three years and is now a member of Webb’s varsity team as well as a club player for T Street. When not on the court, you can catch her at the beach, the Claremont Village, or playing with her sister. This past summer, she spent most of her time outdoors: hiking, bobsledding, ziplining, and traveling to Newport Beach. As a team player, Nicole hopes to use her first full year on Webb’s campus to collaborate with other journalists and create content on sports, campus life, and students’ opinions. Favorite song: "Levitating" by Dua Lipa
Isaac Naren, Staff Writer
Isaac Naren (‘23), hailing from Claremont, California, is currently a first-year staff writer for the Webb Canyon Chronicle. Isaac enjoys watching NBA, NFL, and the MLB (Major League Baseball), as he has an apt outlet for his growing passion for sports. During his free time, Isaac often socializes near the dining hall with his friends, conversing about anything from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to helping new freshmen and sophomores get acclimated to Webb life. When he is not at Webb, you can catch Isaac visiting basketball camps from Wisconsin to Florida, hoping to one day make his dreams of becoming a professional basketball player come true. In order to unwind and relax, he listens to music ranging from the ’60s to 2010’s, specifically Big Time Rush’s hit songs. During Isaac’s time in the WCC, he hopes to gain an insider's point of view on the various sports around campus, along with doing dining hall food reviews. Favorite song: "Replay" by Iyaz
Taylor Crawford, Chief Editor of Culture & Lifestyle
Fitting for the Chief Editor of Culture & Lifestyle, Taylor Crawford (‘23)’s many interests help her create a vibrant presence in her section. As a resident of Glendora, Taylor enjoys playing soccer, shopping, and occasionally reading. She is a member of the VWS varsity soccer team as well as the soccer club Legends FC. She spent her summer in northern California with her church, spending lots of time hanging out with her family and friends cultivating meaningful relationships. Last year, Taylor wrote multiple articles, but she was most proud of iWebb, which is the Webb version of iCarly. Taylor also has leadership roles on campus, as she is a new member of the day student prefect group. Her commitment takes root in seminary, which she partakes in every day before school.  During her free time, she watches her favorite shows, Criminal Minds, Knight and Day, and listens to her favorite artist Justin Bieber. This year, Taylor hopes to leave her legacy in journalism by making more entertaining videos and articles.  Favorite Song: “Valerie” by Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse 
Bryan Oglesby, Chief Editor of Sports
Bryan Oglesby (‘23) has made himself known in the world of Webb athletics by being both the captain of the varsity football team and track & field team. His love for sports is intertwined with his love for the Webb Canyon Chronicle, as he takes on a new role this year as the Chief Editor of Sports. Being an athlete has given Bryan many talents such as being able to jump over his leg, do handstands, and do front flips, all in that order. Along with football, Bryan’s favorite hobbies are singing, playing a variety of sports with his family, helping the community, and cooking. Bryan loves cooking his favorite meal, beef Wellington, for himself and his friends at social gatherings or just for fun when he’s hungry. Outside the WCC, Bryan is an avid leader in the community by being a head peer advisor and his role in the Empowering Student Voices Initiative. Bryan also prides himself on being a scholar. His favorite class is LA Literary Culture with Mr. Calvert because it puts LA into a different light and has given him a new perspective on the city he grew up in. Going into his senior year, Bryan hopes to write meaningful articles that will benefit the community as well as staying connected to his family during his last year of high school. He hopes to end his final year at the WCC with a bang.   Favorite song: “Ultralight Beam” by Kanye 
Connor Plunkett, Editor of Audiovisual
An expert of the humanities, Connor Plunkett (‘23) returns to the Webb Canyon Chronicle as the Editor of Audiovisual for his final year in the program. While Connor enjoys debating and listening to music — specifically Kanye West and MF Doom — most of his time is dedicated to soccer, a lifelong passion he inherited from his family. Whether he is hanging out with friends or enforcing the Honor Code as the co-chair of the honor committee, Connor’s charismatic personality makes him a standout presence on the Webb campus. Despite preferring challenging humanities classes with historical and literary analysis, Connor’s focus and expertise are the WCC’s media section, contributing to podcasts and vlogs alike. His favorite film is La Heine, and he’s currently reading The Brothers Karamazov, both incredibly intense and sophisticated pieces of media and perfect testaments to Connor’s originality and intellect in his approach to journalism. Connor can’t wait to revive “Austin on The Block” and draw future journalists into the WCC with his magnetic work.   Favorite song: “Devil in a New Dress” by Kanye West 
Bianca Arteaga, Public Editor
Do you know many busy bees at Webb? If you don't, then maybe you haven't met Bianca Arteaga ('22)—a self-described bee, she is productive, cheerful, and hardworking. She is, like many productive people, a morning person, and very organized. So perhaps it is no surprise that she is taking on the added challenge of AP Spanish this year, in order to better help people internationally in the future. Bianca eventually wants to become a lawyer and help people worldwide, which she may need Spanish for. For now, Bianca wants to help people locally by using the WCC to teach freshmen and sophomores to love Webb as she does. Bianca's other passion is protecting the environment. Despite being a very busy and successful student, Bianca is also very skilled in the athletic department. She is the varsity softball captain and hopes to continue playing even once she goes to college. Besides her work, Bianca also has a fun side: she loves playing the guitar, is obsessed with Taylor Swift, enjoys watching romcoms, and loves dad jokes. Bianca's many interests, well-balanced lifestyle, and unwavering work ethic truly make her a queen bee! Favorite song: "All Too Well" by Taylor Swift

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