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Baseball Wins Empire League, Enters CIF Playoffs

Coach Weber gets his 400th Victory
The 2024 Baseball Varsity Team won Empire League for the final time, as next years league designations are changing.
photo by Courtesy of Owen Schwab
The 2024 Baseball Varsity Team won Empire League for the final time, as next year’s league designations are changing.

Baseball wins League as Coach Weber gets his 400th victory!

Cypress High School’s baseball team has persevered through challenges and obstacles to make the most of their games. These players have been through thick and thin under the guidance of Coach John Weber

Coach Weber has been coaching baseball at Cypress High School for 19 years and achieved his 400th win on Wednesday, Apr 10, 2024, against Kennedy High School with a score of 16-0. “We have been very fortunate over the years that we never had a full rebuilding year. We play high-level baseball, so we try not to make any excuses for anything we do. But the truth is that we lack some experienced players. We have one of the most difficult schedules in the country therefore the players don’t have time to adjust quickly” he said. 

Baseball Varsity Head Coach John Weber got his 400th win this season. (photo by Yazeed Albadarin)

Owen Schwab claims this has been a “rebuilding year.’’  Although Schwab argues that this is not the toughest nor experienced team in Cypress baseball history, he said that this team has the potential. The team has the potential to win it all skill-wise. Weber also stated that the team lacks “team chemistry” and maturity. As to why he says this is a rebuilding year, he said, “We will use this year to grow with each other and better each other.”

Baseball Varsity player Owen Schwab is looking forward to the upcoming season (photo by Yazeed Albadarin)

Ironically, this season is considered a rebuilding year even with an overall record of 19-9-1, Cypress won the Empire League by defeating Pacifica High School by a score of 5-3 on Thursday, Apr 25, 2024. Eleventh grader Greg Prophet caught the potential game-winning hit in the right field and said, “The last game was cool we played for League against was pretty nerve-wracking, it was just instincts. The season was a little slow to start off but the team is in an upward direction so I like the way we are going.” 

Baseball varsity player Greg Prophet is happy with the team’s performance this season. (photo by Courtesy Owen Schwab)

The team also won the 1st round of the Division 1 playoffs On Friday, May 3, against Calabasas High School by a score of 5-2. But, baseball ended their campaign in the second round of CIF against San Dimas High School by a score of 6-7. Though this year’s team has won League and competed with the top teams in the country, they are not satisfied with this season. Schwab explains how the team had plenty of opportunities to be the best but most games turned out differently than they wanted them to. They have the potential to be the best but not even half of their skill was shown this season. Next season will have a lot more to come. 

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Yazeed Albadarin
Yazeed Albadarin, Sports Editor
Hello, My name is Yazeed, I’m a Junior and I joined Journalism Because I enjoy photography and writing. I like cooking and running, and excited to share the school's best stories this year!
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