Vaqueros Face Challenges on the Court

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el-vaquero-sports-editorVIOLETA ARRAZOLA
El Vaquero Sports Editor

“Nothing is impossible” has been the theme of the Vaquero women’s basketball team, which started a challenging season. Both the women’s and men’s teams went onto the courts with only three returning players. “Nothing is impossible” has been the theme of the Vaquero women’s basketball team, which started a challenging season. Both the women’s and men’s teams went onto the courts with only three returning players.

New head coach Monica Hang, who previously was the assistant coach to the women’s basketball team at Cal State L.A., is leading the Vaqueros. She also served as assistant coach to the women’s basketball team at Mark Keppel High School in Alhambra.

So far this season, the Vaqueros are only 2-6, but Hang is looking forward to a successful season. “We’re rebuilding the program-it’s a young team, but they are adjusting to the system,” said Hang. “They are working hard and want to learn.”

The three returning players for the Vaqueros are guard Jasmine Stanley, forward Alyssa Rosca and guard Julie An, who is leading the team with points scored. The Hoover High graduate has averaged 14 points per game.

Coach Hang, who feels fortunate to have a team that is “easy to get along with and play with
a great attitude,” believes defense and “giving it your all,”
wins games.

Other players to watch this season are forwards Vanessa Escobar and Christina Chase, who both hail from Eagle
Rock High.

The men’s team also has a young team this season. They have a total of 15 players, but there are only three returning players. But from these returning sophomores, only one player had playing time last season: Jovan Jester.

Jester will be one of the leading players this season and so far he leads the team with 48 assists in eight games and is averaging 13.88 points per game. He finished last season with an average of 11.5 points per game and had 91 assists in 27 games. He was also a first-team all Western State Conference player.

The Vaqueros (2-6) are being led by Brian Beauchemin, who is in his 26th year as head coach and boasts an impressive 463-345 overall record. Beauchemin says his team has been “struggling a little bit” to score this season, but has seen improvements over the past two weeks. “We’ve done an average job up until this point, so hopefully we’re starting to find turn the corner and start to get more cohesive in our collective efforts,” said Beauchemin.

The other players for the Vaqueros who have been top performers for the team so far this season are forwards Jamar Eubanks and Owen Duckworth, and point guard Derrick Blair.

Eubanks, who is 6 feet, six inches, is leading the team with an average of 16.88 points per game; Duckworth, out of Muir High School in Pasadena, is leading the team with an average of 9.25 rebounds per game and is second in scoring with an average of 15.75 points per game; Blair has 24 assists, which is second on team.
Coach Beauchemin is hoping that the team will continue to improve with more than 20 games remaining in the season. “We’re working hard and we’re trying and that’s all you could ask for,” said Beauchemin. “Once you work hard and try to the best of your ability-hopefully the rest will take care of itself.”

New head coach Monica Hang, who previously was the assistant coach to the women’s basketball team at Cal State L.A., is leading the Vaqueros. She also served as assistant coach to the women’s basketball team at Mark Keppel High School in Alhambra.

So far this season, the Vaqueros are only 2-6, but Hang is looking forward to a successful season. “We’re rebuilding the program-it’s a young team, but they are adjusting to the system,” said Hang. “They are working hard and want to learn.”

The three returning players for the Vaqueros are guard Jasmine Stanley, forward Alyssa Rosca and guard Julie An, who is leading the team with points scored. The Hoover High graduate has averaged 14 points per game.

Coach Hang, who feels fortunate to have a team that is “easy to get along with and play with
a great attitude,” believes defense and “giving it your all,”
wins games.

Other players to watch this season are forwards Vanessa Escobar and Christina Chase, who both hail from Eagle
Rock High.

The men’s team also has a young team this season. They have a total of 15 players, but there are only three returning players. But from these returning sophomores, only one player had playing time last season: Jovan Jester.

Jester will be one of the leading players this season and so far he leads the team with 48 assists in eight games and is averaging 13.88 points per game. He finished last season with an average of 11.5 points per game and had 91 assists in 27 games. He was also a first-team all Western State Conference player.

The Vaqueros (2-6) are being led by Brian Beauchemin, who is in his 26th year as head coach and boasts an impressive 463-345 overall record. Beauchemin says his team has been “struggling a little bit” to score this season, but has seen improvements over the past two weeks. “We’ve done an average job up until this point, so hopefully we’re starting to find turn the corner and start to get more cohesive in our collective efforts,” said Beauchemin.

The other players for the Vaqueros who have been top performers for the team so far this season are forwards Jamar Eubanks and Owen Duckworth, and point guard Derrick Blair.

Eubanks, who is 6 feet, six inches, is leading the team with an average of 16.88 points per game; Duckworth, out of Muir High School in Pasadena, is leading the team with an average of 9.25 rebounds per game and is second in scoring with an average of 15.75 points per game; Blair has 24 assists, which is second on team.

Coach Beauchemin is hoping that the team will continue to improve with more than 20 games remaining in the season. “We’re working hard and we’re trying and that’s all you could ask for,” said Beauchemin. “Once you work hard and try to the best of your ability-hopefully the rest will take care of itself.”