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As the spring CIF season gets underway, so does AP testing for students at La Costa Canyon High School. With an unfortunate scheduling of events, many spring AP exams have fallen on days of spring CIF competition, greatly impacting the way in which spring athletes are preparing and performing.

 

That is especially true for Maverick Varsity Baseball, a program which is currently ranked as the 112th best in the nation.

 

“It’s hard [to study], I’d say weekends are probably the best time to study for tests while we’re just focused on baseball during the week,” junior Brandon Bay said.

 

Bay, who is in midst of his first full Varsity season, is taking AP exams for AP Physics I and II, AP Psychology, and AP English Language.

 

“I think most kids in AP classes balance sports and AP testing pretty evenly,” Bay said.

 

With the impact of AP exams out of the way, Maverick Baseball will look to refocus as the team enters the CIF postseason, with the first possible game coming on Wednesday, May 25th.

 

As for the boys’ volleyball team, two-time Varsity starter and junior Jack Cole also continues his search in finding the happy medium between testing and sports.

 

“You have to find that balance between putting the work in for classes and putting the work in for sports,” Cole said.

 

Along with Bay, Cole is taking three AP tests, including  AP Psychology, AP United States History, and AP English Language. The AP English exam, falls on the first day of CIF action on May 11th.

 

“Part of being a student athlete is balancing both school and sports, so you need to be able to adapt and overcome,” Cole said, as he was very happy to hear that he will test was at eight o’clock a.m. and CIF competition will be at seven o’clock p.m. that evening.

 

Unlike Brandon Bay and Jack Cole, junior Track and Field athlete Brett Pueschel is only taking two AP exams–US History and English Language.

 

Fortunately for Pueschel, CIF competition does not fall on his  AP testing dates, but still is problematic as studying interferes with multiple regular season meets.

 

“It’s pretty hard, you’re just up really late,” Pueschel said. “It depends how late you are up, and if you are up late the night before, you’re not going to run as well the next day.”

 

Those Track & Field athletes selected to compete in CIF competition on May 21st at Mt. Carmel High School will be impacted in a different sort of way, given that La Costa Canyon’s Prom at the San Diego Zoo commences at 8:00 p.m. that very evening.

 

As many student athletes look forward to the CIF season, excitement and expectations run high, as always, on campus at La Costa Canyon.

 

“This year we have a lot higher of expectations than last year, because of what people think we can achieve,” Bay said.

 

Maverick Baseball, which sits inside the top 30 within the state of California, is not just looking forward to winning CIF, but much more.

 

“We try not to pay attention to it [the team’s ranking], but it definitely comes up sometimes,” Bay said. “I think we go out there with the mentality to do our best every game.”

 

Still, one thing Bay continues to be very adamant about is indeed making the run to CIF as a team. Nearly a year removed from an exciting CIF Championship game at USD which would end in a controversial call at first base, the Mavs will once again look to retake Fowler Field in 2016.

 

“Spending time with the team is always the best, we always come together more during CIF,” Bay said.

 

While high expectations for the baseball program remain prevalent, Maverick Volleyball is in midst of a rebuilding year, as they stand with a record of 11-12.

 

“We lost a lot of seniors last year, but I think we’re recovering well and are building as a team,” Cole said.

 

After qualifying for the number three seed in last years CIF Division I campaign and beating Carlsbad in five sets, LCC is looking to qualify for the playoffs once again.  After losing to Carlsbad earlier this season three sets to one, the boys are looking forward to getting redemption in CIF competition.

 

Last year, we lost three really close sets that we could have easily won, so we look forward to playing them again,” Cole said.

 

The team in fact drew the Lancers in the first round of the 2016 Open Division Playoffs.

 

“It’s a young team and we’re rebuilding together and were getting better every practice,” Cole said.“The whole team is pretty much juniors, so we’ve all known each other for a while and a lot of us play club together.”

As Maverick Volleyball attempts to rebuild and hit their stride, certain runners who are a part of the Track and Field team are struggling this year after coming up short in 2015.

 

“Last years’ team was better, this year we’re not going to do as well because we lost our fastest runners,” Pueschel said, after losing Steven Terris (Cal State University San Marcos), Eric Lawver (UC Irvine), and Alex Merder (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo).

 

As the final season of the 2015-16 school year draws to a close, spring athletes will look to capitalize on winning ring after ring, as they have done so many times before.

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