Making History

Boys' tennis goes to CIF for first time

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Making History


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Over the course of Channel Islands High School’s 50-year existence, many accomplishments have been settled in the school’s legacy. All of which range from academic achievements and inspiring athletes who truly put gold in school colors. Coming into the school’s 51st year, a new success has been documented. For the first time in the school’s history, the boys’ tennis team has made CIF.

The Raiders were hosting Rosemead on Tuesday afternoon.

Moises Favela, a senior and member of the tennis team, believed that the team had constantly put a stream of “good, quality tennis,” despite having some personal difficulty in the pre-season.

Favela most noted a win against Pacifica’s team as a personal highlight for the season.

“We were more than enough this season and it feels good. I wouldn’t attribute it all to me. It was a team effort,” said Favela.

Along with making it to CIF finals, seniors Dharminder Ojla and Devin Romines also were also able to place third in league finals. Romines and Ojla were paired together this year as doubles partners for most matches. When the duo began to “sweep” their opponents, Ojla recalls thinking that their partnership could be something. And when announced the pair had won a third place spot in league, Romines states that it was fun highlight of the season for him.

With the team’s victories, which have left most of the team elated and proud, perhaps the proudest is their coach, Brett Zielsdorf, who has coached 13 seasons of tennis.

“I thought it was going to be a good, positive season,” he stated as he recalled the beginning of the season.

Earlier on, before making CIF, the team managed to gain a win over Oxnard, an accomplishment Mr. Z knew would benefit the team later in the season.

“I thought ‘Whoa, we have a chance here to do some damage,’” he said, reflecting back on that day.

Mr. Z couldn’t have been happier when they made CIF. “It was really a collective team effort from everyone,” he stated.

CIHS continues to produce stellar students with the ability to break some records. Boys’ tennis is no exception, making history.

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