04 Mar PUC CCECHS Sports Teams Head to City Championships
This is a very exciting and groundbreaking winter season for PUC Community Charter Early College High School Athletics! This year we are making school history by sending three of our four winter teams to the CIF-LA City Section Division 5 Championships. Following last year’s success of winning our first ever CIF championship with our boys soccer team, we will once again be sending the boys soccer team to compete in the city championship, accompanied this time by the powerful girls soccer and girls basketball teams.
The boys soccer team, with an average team GPA of 2.87, has kept the playoffs suspenseful this year, starting in the first round with a 3-2 win over Gertz-Ressler. Moving on to the quarter-finals, the boys faced Central City Value in a tight contest that remained tied 1-1 after 80 minutes of regulation time, 20 minutes of overtime, plus 10 minutes of sudden death. After 110 minutes of soccer the game came down to a shootout, in which Community Charter was able to get one more goal over Central City to win the game with 5 goals to 4. The next game on Tuesday, March 1st, the semi-finals against Annenberg, proved to be no less suspenseful. The Titans stayed tied with Annenberg 0-0 to once again go to a shootout, with Community Charter beating Annenberg 4 goals to 3. The boys soccer team is led by coaches, and alumni, Mike Miranda and Juan Gallo.
The girls soccer team, fueled by a tradition of winning and led by head coach Julia Friedman, started off their playoff run with a commanding 3-0 win in the first round against Central City Value. With the team’s spirit of hard work and perseverance they were able to pull off a tough victory in the quarterfinal game against Bright Star by scoring a goal in the last minute of regulation to win the game 1-0. On Tuesday, March 1st, at the same time the boys were playing across town, the Community Charter girls soccer team and Triumph girls soccer team were both giving their semi-final game everything they had. And at the same time that the boys game was going into a shootout, the girls game ended in the same nail-biting fashion, with the Lady Titans winning the 1-1 tie game with 2 shootout goals to Triumph’s 1. The girls soccer team exemplifies what it means to be a scholar-athlete by having an average team GPA of 3.30.
The Lady Titans Basketball team, led by Coach Johnny Wiley and Regina Vazquez, went dominantly into playoffs with an undefeated league record of 10-0. The girls played strong and confidently in the first round and quarter-finals with wins of 44-18 over CALS, and 29-12 over Central City Value. In the semi-finals the Titans faced a tough opponent in LA International, in which they were able to push through and maintain focus until the last seconds of the game to win a close game of 34-30. The success of the girls basketball team can be attributed to strong leadership both on and off the court. The Lady Titans have an average team GPA of 3.16.
The Community Charter Girls Basketball Team will be playing against Academia Avance in their first ever championship game on Wednesday, March 2nd at 5:00pm at North Hollywood High School.
The Girls Soccer team will be playing against Harbor Teacher Prep in their first ever championship game on Saturday, March 5th at 10:00am at the Sonia Sotomayor Learning Academies campus.
The Boys Soccer team will be playing against Sun Valley High School in their second championship game right after the girls on Saturday, March 5th at 12:30pm at the Sonia Sotomayor Learning Academies campus.
PUC Community Charter Early College High School has been a full member of the CIF Los Angeles City Section since 2013-14.