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The February break was no vacation for the Mavericks boys' basketball team, who battled it out on the court during an impressive playoff run. After defeating Summit Shasta 47–43 in exciting CCS second-round play, the team lost in the quarterfinal game by 1 point in overtime to the number one seed St. Francis, who were the defending CCS Division V champions.

Nueva eleventh grader Kyle M. hit a milestone achievement during the game, becoming the first player in Nueva history to reach 1,000 career points.

“We are extremely proud of our team and coaches, and the effort they showed during the playoffs and throughout the season,” Athletics Director Amrit Chima said. “Our fans also helped to create an incredible playoff atmosphere. I have no doubt we will be back to compete for a CCS title next year.”

In other athletics news, the Mavericks boys' soccer team played a 1–1 draw in the final game of the season against league champion Latino College Prep, sealing a second-place PSAL finish. Their league record finished at 8–3–3, a significant improvement from last year’s 4–6 record.    

The Private Schools Athletic League (PSAL) recently voted on 2018 Winter Sports All-League Honors, selecting five Nueva players from the boys' soccer team, two Nueva boys' basketball players — including Kyle M., who was voted All-League MVP, and one Nueva girls' basketball player to All-League.

Next up for Mavericks athletics, spring sports teams are already practicing golf, swimming and diving, track and field, and tennis. For the complete schedule, recent scoreboard, and upcoming athletics events, visit the Athletics News webpage.


 By Louise Schultze, Writer/Editor

March 7, 2018




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