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HMS Volleyball Squad Undefeated in 2021

First published in the Dec. 2 print issue of the San Marino Tribune.

After the pandemic sidelined the team in 2020, Huntington Middle School’s varsity volleyball players and coaches were grateful to be back in the gym this fall.

“They are highly energetic, eager to learn and compete, and very well-rounded in terms of their game play and volleyball skills,” said head coach Jackson Wong. “What stood out the most was their enthusiasm and their positive attitudes. They also had great chemistry and comradery on the court.”
Those attributes led to an abbreviated, yet undefeated season with the Foxes finishing with a perfect 6-0 record.
“This was a fun squad, but they also worked hard,” Wong said. “It made coaching this team that much more rewarding to know that the players always showed up to practice ready to tackle whatever it [was I would throw] at them.”

Now in his 25th year at The Tribune, Mitch Lehman is Editor and Sports Editor in addition to being the public address announcer for ten sports programs at San Marino High School. Mitch is one of only a handful in the community to receive the ‘Very Special Person Award’ from the San Marino PTA at the annual Founder’s Day ceremony, was acknowledged as a 'Terrific Titan' by the San Marino High School PTSA, was named an Honorary Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of San Marino and received a National Honorary Merit Badge in Journalism from the Boy Scouts of America. He has received two independent Pulitzer Prize nominations and in the past three years, Mitch has won seven awards and is a thirteen-time finalist in the California News Publishers Association's Better Newspapers Contest. In 2015, the press box at Titan Stadium was re-named 'Lehman's Loft' in his honor. You can reach Mitch at mitchlehman@sanmarinotribune.com.

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