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Winter Sports Update

Winter Braves begin VVAL play
As the weather has turned cold, Braves Athletics are heating up in the Winter VVAL season! All five of our Winter sports programs have been working hard and have reached their league seasons. See below for brief recaps on their seasons so far.

Wrestling-Our Justin-Siena Braves wrestling program is continuing their rise. The top highlight of the season was winning the Foundation Cup going 3-0 picking up wins over San Rafael, Fairfield and Bethel HS of Vallejo. We also won the Catholic Cup Dual vs rival St. Patrick's-Vallejo.

Top performers this season have been JP Negueloua '20, Jacob Guiducci '21, Sebastian Medina '21, Cooper Cohee '22 and Brandon Guiducci '23. The Braves staff has also been pleased with the growth of Lady Braves Ya-Ya Martinez '22 and Star Gil '22!
 
Boys Soccer- The Varsity Boys Soccer Team had a strong start in the preseason with a 3-3 record. Moving into the league in 2020 they played with a reduced roster (sickness and injury) as they faced their two toughest rivals with games against Vintage and Napa High. In both contests, they held their own for the first half (1-0 in both games at halftime) before succumbing. These results however were not a deterrent to their goal to make the playoffs but an indication that they needed to be more disciplined as a team and do more to perform. 
 
According to Coach Belinda Halloran, “In order to be competitive we have to stay focused on our system of play and not play as 11 individuals. This year's team has more freshmen than seniors so educating our newcomers on the demands of high school soccer has been a fast learning curve. The team had a meeting and committed to greater focus, greater discipline and 100% commitment to each other as a team.  This means mandatory attendance at all games and practices. We decided on a training uniform (bright red shirts that you'll see daily on the field ) that we wear each practice to show unity at all times as a team. This bond we feel is helping to make us stronger as a team.” 
 
Under the leadership of Seniors Josiah Guiterrez and Jacob Smith, our boys Varsity soccer team has the potential and enthusiasm to have its best season yet! Come support the boys in their next home game against Sonoma on Thursday January 16th as they give it their best shot. Let's go Braves!

Girls Basketball- While the Girls Basketball team has not had the record they are used to, the team has continued to work hard and improve throughout the season. The girls have also been bitten by the sting of 5 losses by 5 points or less, including a 40-37 loss to Middletown on the last play of the game. The team, however, has maintained a positive attitude and a closeness that has kept them moving forward. 

The team has also been balanced, with over half the roster having registered a game where they led the team in scoring (Isabella Wright, Lexi Rosenbrand, Charmaine Griffin, Alyssa Curtola, Mary Heun, Isabelle Wells, and Gabi Richardson have all been the high scorer in a game this season).  

Coach Andrew Bettencourt added this about the current season, “We have definitely had our share of tough outcomes this year, but that has not deterred the overall spirit of the team nor their work ethic. They have shown up every day with an attitude to improve, and they are incredibly supportive of each other. We know that results will start swinging our way if we stay positive and keep working hard to get better.”

Girls Soccer- The Girls Soccer team has had a good start to the season, winning 3 non-league games and competing in all of their games so far this season. Leading the team has been Sophomore sensation Tessa Salvestrin, who has put together a stellar season so far with 13 goals. Leading the team in assists is Oliv Janerico with 6, and Anjali Monteverdi has registered a good season for the Braves, with 5 goals and 2 assists. The Braves are still in search of their first league win, but have had promising games recently, including a 1-0 defeat to local rival Napa, a game in which Coach Eric Branagan-Franco said the girls played with a lot of heart. Come check these ladies out as they continue their league season!

Boys Basketball- The Justin-Siena Boys Varsity basketball is currently 7-8 overall and 1-2 in the VVAL. The Braves are coming off a thrilling overtime win at Napa High School 51-50. Liam McDevitt ’20 currently leads the Braves with an 18.9 ppg average. Freshman Vincent Jackson recently contributed 18 points and 15 rebounds in the Braves last win. This is a young squad for Coach Granucci and staff that continues to improve as the year goes on. The Braves will be playing their next 6 games at home starting tomorrow night against Sonoma Valley. 
 
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