Meet the captains of winter athletics: Sara Aguilar

Bianca Al-Shamari, Author

As Palo Alto High School’s winter sports teams build chemistry and prepare for league play with vigor, the new captains of the soccer, wrestling and basketball teams enter the scene ready to take on the field, the floor and the court. Let’s meet the captains.

Wrestling (co-ed)

With intense three-hour practices and extra weekend training periods, the Paly’s wrestling team is working hard in preparation for the upcoming season.  Last year, the 0-6 season ended with six of the team’s wrestlers competing at the Central Coast Section championships, and with 15 new members, the team is looking optimistic, according to senior co-captain Seth Goyal.

After giving the team warm-up instructions, Sara Aguilar turns to The Paly Voice and describes what being a captain means to her and illustrates her goals for the team looking forward. Photo: Bianca Al-Shamari.

Meet Sara Aguilar. Senior varsity wrestling co-captain Aguilar was first  introduced to wrestling at JLS in her eighth grade P.E class, and became captain her junior year at Paly, according to Aguilar.

SA: “Sophomore year was when I began to wrestle [on] varsity during the dual meets,” Aguilar said. “For tournaments, the girls division is just girls varsity without [junior varsity].”

PV: What does being a captain entail?

SA: “I believe a captain needs to embody the core values of the team and have the ability to be caring, courageous and consistent. I try to strive for these qualities.”

PV: What are you looking forward to most this season?

SA: “I’m looking forward to see how we will do this year as a team and how I can improve on my character and skills on and off the mat. I’m really going to miss my teammates and coaches, who have helped me out tremendously.”

To meet more Paly winter sport captains, click one of the links below:

Girls’ Basketball: Lauren Koyama

Girls’ Basketball: Skylar Burris

Girl’s Soccer: Emily Tomz

Girls’ Soccer: Natalie Maloney

Wrestling: Seth Goyal

Boys’ Basketball: Miles Tention

Boys’ Soccer: Derek Schoenberger

Boy’s Soccer: Neil Verwillow

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