Thursday, December 18, 2008
Laguna Hills High celebrates CIF win
Rally honors the victorious Hawks football team.
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
LAGUNA HILLS – The hoorays boomed and Hawk pride soared at Laguna Hills High today where the football team was cheered for taking their CIF division championship.
"I think winning CIF has brought up school spirit around here," said senior Darren Manansala, the team's free safety.
"Team work, hard work…shutting down all offenses," Manansala said was what led to the championship.
The Hawks took the title last Friday against Mayfair High of Lakewood in the CIF-SS Southern Division championship game in front of 7,500 at Cerritos College. This is the team's third championship and first since 1997. They went 13-0.
"This is a team of destiny," said Hawks coach Bruce Ingalls in a previous interview. "We knew this was going to be hard fought. It's just an unbelievable feeling to win a game like this."
Principal Sean Boulton said the team's success has had a great impact on the school.
"It's pretty amazing…the whole playoff run was like a magical journey," said Boulton, who also praised the team's high GPA.
Taking the title will increase student support for the Hawks, said Shawn Tucker, the team's cornerback.
"I think it does a lot. More people are going to come to our games because they'll know we're capable of winning," Tucker said.
And ASB member Sarina Moretti agreed.
"I think this year it made the difference in going to games," said Moretti, who helped organize the assembly. "It got people more involved.