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April 1, 2009 > Milpitas High sports spring into action

Milpitas High sports spring into action

By Idorenyin Uto-Uko
Photos By William Mancebo

With March ending and April beginning, spring sports are blossoming at Milpitas High School.

Track and Field: The Trojans track and field team looks to be the most promising of all the sports this season. They are led by Winton Nugyen and Melina Shak.

The Boys are 2-0 and have had impressive league victories over Central Coast Section (CCS) and state powerhouses Los Gatos and Monta Vista; the girls are 0-2.

Despite their team record, Shak has provided experience and leadership at the 400, 800 and 4x400 relay events this season. Shak finished third in the 800 at the prestigious West Valley Relays on March 21. Nugyen also finished third in the 100 meters (11:49) at the meet.

Nugyen is the reigning 400 meters De Anza Division champion. Milpitas Coach Chris Abbott has high hopes for Shak, Nugyen and his team.

"I think Melina can run 2:15 and Winton can break 50 seconds in the 400 meters," Abbott said.

The Trojans will battle Mountain View (2-0) this Thursday, April 2, at home. The two unbeaten boys teams have a bitter rivalry and should make for a good match.

Softball: The Lady Trojans (2-9) have struggled this season. They began the year 0-5 and went 0-1-1 in the renowned Charlie Miguel Tournament last weekend.

But they were able turn this things around this week with a 2-1 victory over league rival Monta Vista. The senior-dominated team plays host to Wilcox on Thursday, April 2, at 4 p.m. and plan to get back on the winning track.

Baseball: This year's baseball team is 5-5, but resembles last year's team that made it to the CCS playoffs.

Last year's team was also .500. This year's group is probably the youngest Coach Chuy Zamudio had had in his tenure.

"We'll be fundamentally sound and we'll take our lumps, but we will compete," Zamudio told the Milpitas Post.

Zamudio has aspirations for his team and should get some assistance from his returning upperclassmen Tyler Marchesano, Cody Lane and James Skokan.

"They're my returning guys and I feel we could have them teach some of the juniors and sophomores," Zamudio said.

Milpitas will host Wilcox this Friday, April 3, at 3 p.m.

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