Volume 4, Issue 4
November 2017

Next Sports Boosters Meeting -  December 4th,  7pm

Please join us at our next Sports Boosters meeting on Monday, December 4th, at 7pm in the Leigh Library. All are welcome!

Read the agenda for December meeting here.
Read the minutes from our November meeting here.

Final Wrap on Fall Sports

Fall sports have come to an end for the 2017 year, with final appearances by Leigh athletes in November.

Field Hockey 
The team lost their first round match against Los Altos, finishing its season with a 8-9-2 record overall. 

Cross Country
Shelby Page, Sierra Seratti, and Tim Liao competed at the CCS meet at Toro Park in Salinas on Saturday, November 11th. In the D2 event, Shelby finished 15th out of 108 girls and Sierra Seratti finished 64th. In the boys D2 event, Tim finished 51st out of a field of 95. Congratulations to our Leigh runners!

Leigh finished its season with Senior Day on November 9th, celebrating the seniors in a pre-game ceremony.

Winter Sports Kick Off

Schedules for all Winter sports teams can be found on the Leigh website under Athletics.

Come on out and support your Leigh athletes at some of the pre-season home games in December:

  • Boys' Basketball Wednesday 12/13 v. Valley Christian (JV @ 5:30 Var @ 7:00)
  • Girls' Basketball Friday 12/22 v. Los Gatos (JV @ 5:30 Var @ 7:00) 
  • Boys' Soccer Friday 12/1 v. Aragon; Friday 12/8 v. Harker; Monday 12/11 v. Santa Teresa (all game times JV @ 3:15 Var @ 5:30)
  • Girls' Soccer Tuesday 12/5 v. Overfelt; Thursday 12/14 v. Monta Vista (both game times JV @ 3:15 Var @ 5:30)

Alumni Game for Leigh Soccer

Come out and enjoy the fun as alumni athletes come back to take on their former Leigh teammates on the new Leigh field on Saturday, December 23rd.  The boys' match will be at 9:00 and the girls' match will start at 11:00.  

Leigh athletes having success at the next level

Emily Smith started in all 20 games for the #25 ranked Cal Womens' Soccer team. She was a Third Team All Conference (Pac 12) selection and was also named to the Pac 12 All-Freshman Team. Emily was also named to the U.S. Coaches NCAA Division I Women's All-West Region 3rd Team. She continues to train with the US Women's National team program.

Andrew Paoli started in 4 of the 13 games that he played for the UCLA Mens' Soccer team.

Dani Wheeler played in every game for Gallaudet's Womens' Soccer team, scoring a team high of 20 goals for the Bisons. She was nominated for the 2017 WSOC D3 Sports News Freshman of the Year, one of ten D3 Women's soccer players nominated from across the nation.

Mia Maminski started in 13 of the 14 games that she played in for the Belmont Abbey Field Hockey team, scoring two goals for the Crusaders.

Fall Scholar Athletes

Leigh recognizes athletes who achieve a 3.75 GPA during their sport's season with the Leigh Scholar Athlete Award. Congratulations to the Leigh Scholar Athletes for Fall 2017! We are always amazed at the level of academic success achieved by so many of our Leigh athletes.

Girls Volleyball

Sanela Adzic
Ava Ghorbani
Taylor Hoang
Hailey Juncker
Willow Richards
Ella Trollsas
Nina Hashtpari
Lora Kellerman
Faith Ryu
Isabelle Storey
Alina Valenti
Jalynn Vo
Viktoria Volkova
Katie Weston
Rachel McCarroll
Ishika Bhatia
Amber Czarny
Reagan Davis
Carolyn Kilik
Madyson Le-Nguyen
Agnes Shin
Courtney Stoakhaus
Grace Yang
Erin Zhu

Cross Country

Jake Armendariz 
Dylan Cha 
Tim Liao 
Matthew Malvini 
Miles Drake 
Riley Flodquist 
Kaden Chaudhary 
Devan O'Boyle 
Lennan Tuffy 
Joonwoo Shin 
Jack Thomson 
Alan Fung 
David Feng 
Evan Hartshorn 
Sudhir Vasudevan 
Zach Seratti 
Avi Singh 
Kevin Kim 
Etienne Michels 
Sierra Seratti 
Audrey Ruster 
Rylie Hong 
Mia Lang 
Alexandra Guo 
Miriam Thomas 
Mirabelle Shklyarevsky 
Kim Mi Ngo

Girls Golf

Tori Gyorey
Brooke Hall
Olivia Juan
Irene Jun
Kelly Kim
Sierra Powell
Grace Song
Taylor Yee
Kristina Oh
Ally Suzuki

Girls Tennis

Arora Mehma 
Alicia Caron 
Hailey Hwang 
Kaitlyn Nguyen-Ngo 
Tara Mandrekar 
Sarah Vest 
Jamie Park 
Meenakshi Allamsetty
Danielle Pruett

Field Hockey

Kelley McCarroll
Aaya Mustafa
Kendall Bash
Esther Chung
Madeline Erba
Madie Huntze
Abbey Playle
Lydia Wright
Kelly Dodds
Chloe Frank
Hannah Nagakura
Lauren Osborne
Julie Schiefer
Neeka Mostafavi
Jenna O'Brien
Sol Otero
Olivia Banuelos
Sophia Blair
Jenna Eachus
Kiera Spears
Emma Varnell
Claire Watson
Olivia Watson


Vincent Mawad 
Kyle Albert 
Niklas Cooper 
Gabe Juan 
Anthony Nguyen 
Issa Diallo 
Sky Cho 
Ved Tripathi 
Collin Albert 
Max Griffiths 
James Jacobs 
Guy Kirson 
Markiyan Nahibin 
Maksims Velikanovs

Leigh Sports Photos

Leigh parent, Konrad Michels, takes photos as a hobby and has created a photo site for Leigh. Most of the photos to date are of Leigh sporting events and many of the photos used in our newsletters are taken by Konrad. Check out all of his amazing photos here. Thank you Konrad for capturing this window into Leigh and sharing with us all!

Coaches Corner

All of the Leigh soccer teams have new coaches at the helm this year. 

he new Varsity boys' soccer coach is Thomas Murdock. Coach Murdock was born and raised in San Jose and attended the local schools of Carlton Elementary, Union Middle, and Leigh High School. During his time at Leigh, he played four years on the Varsity soccer team before graduating and continuing his playing career at West Valley Community College. When his playing career was cut short, he took on an assistant coaching role at West Valley. Since graduating from San Jose State University, Coach Murdock has committed his time to coaching at the youth level throughout the South Bay.

he new Varsity girls' soccer coach is Nick Hatzke. Coach Hatzke grew up playing youth soccer for Almaden. He attended Bellarmine College Prep and received a scholarship to play soccer at the University of California, Berkeley. He went on to play two years in the MLS for the Houston Dynamo which won an MLS cup in 2008. Since then, Coach Hatzke has been coaching youth soccer for the Alpine Strikers, Almaden FC, and Los Gatos United. Nick was also a technical advisor for the men's soccer team at Santa Clara University for two seasons. He has been coaching at Los Gatos United for three years and is now the Director of Coaching on the competitive side.

The new JV boys' soccer coach is Mario Farfan. Coach Mario has been coaching soccer at Leigh for six years, most recently as the Varsity boys' coach which won the BVAL-Mount Hamilton League title in 2015-16. Coach Mario came to the US from Peru when he was in grade school and grew up in Walnut Creek. He comes from a family of Peruvian National level soccer players who inspired him to play and helped him develop his skills. While in the US Marine Corp, Coach Mario played with both the All Marine Team as well as the All Armed Forces Team. Following his military career, he played professionally for the USISL Reno Rattlers and the Northern Nevada Aces professional club and the Carson City Wonders professional development league. After his professional career, Coach Mario played competitively for premier leagues in the Bay Area. While playing professionally, he starting coaching kids through Mike Simon's Team Challenge Soccer Camps. Coach Mario went on to start his own company, Futbol Habitat, to fulfill his passion of teaching kids of all ages to play soccer. His slogan is "Learn - Apply - Perfect".

The new JV girls' soccer coach is Mit Guraydin. Coach Guraydin started his coaching career 18 years ago and is currently the coach for both the boys and the girls at Rolling Hills Middle School. He is a soccer parent - raising two soccer players who played both club soccer and at Westmont High School. His daughter Anna went on to play soccer at Cal State Monterey Bay and she will be assisting him coaching at Leigh. He is a soccer player himself, retiring from Club Soccer just three years ago, and credits learning much of what he knows about soccer from Craig Waibel who played for the San Jose Earthquakes before their move to Houston. Coach Guraydin says "Our team will have fun together, respect each other and the competition, continue to keep good grades, become better soccer players, and be in the best shape of their lives by the time the season is over."

Construction Update

There is now a link to the plans for Leigh's Construction and Modernization right on Leigh's own website.

Rendering of swimming pool entrance

Funding Approvals and Requests

No new funding requests at November meeting. 

Requested and to be discussed at the December meeting:

  • $4,000.00 for Wrestling Tournament Fees

Help Sports Boosters reach our Annual Membership Goal of $18,000

Thank you to everyone who has donated to our membership drive to date, especially to our many Super VIP Members. Our membership drive is our largest fundraiser of the year and at our $97 membership level you gain access into all Leigh 2017-2018 home sporting events.

To date we have raised almost $16,000. Please help us reach our goal of $18,000!
Go to our website today to become a member: http://leighsportsboosters.org/

Member Contribution Level Benefits
  • Super VIP Supporter ($263): Entire family, 2 adults/2 children, in free to all home sporting events, excluding CCS games. In addition receive a Leigh stadium chair, valued at $50. Note: Leigh Students that have an ASB card get in free.
  • VIP Supporter ($97): Entire family, 2 adults/2 children, in free to all home sporting events, excluding CCS games. Note: Leigh Students that have an ASB card get in free.
  • Discount Card ($54): Entire family gets $1 off each home ticket, excluding CCS games. 
Show Your Longhorn Spirit with Sports Boosters Merchandise!

Come out to one of our home basketball games and GEAR UP with the best in Longhorn fashion! All proceeds also go directly to supporting your Longhorn teams and athletes. Below is a sampling of the great merchandise we have available:

Stay Connected

Welcome to the Leigh Athletics community! We are thrilled to have you and your family be a part of this great community. Our support network includes Leigh's athlete's coaching staff, our Athletic Director, Jake Shaughnessy, and our parent organization, Leigh Sports Boosters. We invite you to connect with us and join in the fun.

Here are a few ways you can do this...


Sports Boosters Website

Check out our website to learn about our organization and how to get involved. The site also includes links to Leigh Athletics information, other resources for sports, and photos.

If you have website links, photos or text you would like to include, please let us know. Contact us at communications@leighhsc.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

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