by kylee seamans
Matthew and Jacob Carbajal, Varsity Water Polo
Seniors Matthew and Jacob Carbajal both started playing water polo at a young age. As wins, the two began their journey together around the age of seven because of their older brother who had played water polo before them. From then on, the two have been on the same team, not knowing that it would lead them to be on the Varsity Boys Water Polo team. The Carbajal's believe that being on the same team brought them closer. It encouraged them to develop their bond with each other , helping to " Build our relationship," stated Matthew Carbajal. The two have come across very little difficulties with being on the same team, and instead enjoying the extra time they spend with each other. The Carbajal's both agree that being teammates has helped build their relationship. "Being on the same team has definitely helped us grow closer," said Jacob Carbajal, "It creates better chemistry." The Carbajal's emphasized that, if they had not been on the same team, they would not have become as close as they have. They are enjoying their time together before they go on their separate paths. The two will not be attending college together. Matthew Carbajal plans on going to Orange Coast College, while Jacob Carbajal plans to go to the University of Oregon. They both plan to continue their careers in water polo. Although the boys will be parting from each other as they go to college, their time spent together being on the same team has left a bond that is irreplaceable.
Elizabeth and Morgan Johnson, Varsity Volleyball
Starting volleyball at the young age of nine, Seniors Elizabeth and Morgan Johnson have played on the same team since the very start of their athletic career. They were inspired by their mother, an all-American athlete, to start volleyball. The two began by playing on recreational teams before moving up to club teams in the fifth grade. Coached by their mother, the twins were able to develop their skills as volleyball players as well as improve their relationship as siblings. Being on the same team enabled the two girls to grow closer and further develop their bond together. "I think we've gotten a lot closer from it," stated Elizabeth Johnson, "We've always played together, but high school is different." The two believe that being on the team has impacted their family as a whole, with their younger sister on the team as well as having their mother as a coach. Being on the same has brought the two girls together in a way that would not have happened had they not have been on the same team. The sisters also partake in small contests fueled by their nature towards each other during practice. "It's always more competitive because you always want to beat your sister and you never want to lose," said Morgan Johnson about scrimmaging against her sister. Since both girls are seniors, they will be going off to college, leaving the Varsity team. Both have no doubt that they will still be as close as they are now.
Sabrina and Sydney Moreno, Varsity Tennis
In their second year of Varsity tennis, Juniors Sabrina and Sydney Moreno have become closer as siblings by being partners on the court. The girls started tennis in their freshman year of highschool before moving up to varsity in their sophomore year. Both girls believe that being on the court together has brought them closer together, both as teammates and as family. Sabrina Moreno stated, "In my opinion, we've become a lot closer, as if we weren't already related, but in general, we communicate with each other better and we rely on one another more because we have to have trust each other, especially in a sport like tennis." She emphasizes the closeness of her and her sister, thanking the trusting nature of tennis. The two girls also strive to help build each other up and make the effort to encourage one another to work hard. "Benefits of having my sister on my team would definitely include being pushed to be better every day, having a constant competition, staying closer, and having her support through every step," said Sabrina Moreno. Not only is this a friendly rivalry between two siblings, but they use this to inspire one another to work harder and become better players. They both also use this as an opportunity to develop their skills not only as tennis players, but to also establish a stronger relationship between both of them. Both Sabrina and Sydney plan on returning to the Varsity Girls Tennis team next year for their final year of high school.