JV Falcons Are On Their Way To Victory


Photo by Emerson Meggers

Harrison Jones, Bryan Laxamana, Aaron Laxamana, and Nico Meadows play defense against Winters, not allowing them to score.

The JV basketball team were undefeated through nearly all of January, an accomplishment not equaled in recent Falcon JV Basketball history. The Head Coach is Jayson Smotherman and Assistant Coach Austin Everhart. Head Coach Jayson Smotherman noticed in November that their team was short of players so he went out himself and asked kids to play for him. Now his team has more than enough players with 14.

Overall they are 15-3, in league they are 7-2.  I’d say that for a team who’s won a whole tournament, beat a D3 school, and has been undefeated in our season so far, I think we’re doing pretty well,” junior Aaron Laxamana said.

The team played in a tournament at Clear Lake and won First Place to start the pre-season. They won games against Winters and Dixon High School in early January. League play began January 5 against Rio Vista, and that game ended with a Falcon win, 58-33. Wins against San Juan, Westlake Charter (non-league) and Golden Sierra followed.  Then, on January, 26, the JV team finally lost their first game. It was against Rio Vista at Rio Vista, and the final score was 42 – 56. One strong JV player, freshman Bryan Laxamana went up to varsity for the Rio Vista away game.

After the loss at Rio Vista, the team bounced back to win against San Juan and Golden Sierra, then lost to Linden in their last league game. The team’s last game,  on Tuesday, February 8, was against Vacaville High School’s JV team. The Falcons lost that game by just one basket, 43-35.

Many players from this team have never played basketball before, instead being more familiar with other sports. Freshman Phillip Lee is one who has never played basketball before and has made a big difference in the team’s success, especially from behind the 3-point line.