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(G) Basketball

Preseason and Regular Season 2018-2019

All-County and All-League Honors

Sophmore Leah Manning


Congratulations to Leah Manning for being selected All-Orange County and 1st Team All-Sea View League. Leah averaged 20.3 points and 4.5 steals per game 

All-League Honors

Sophomore Kristen Slymen


Congratulations to Kristen Slymen for being selected 2nd Team All-Sea View League. Kristen averaged 7.1 points and 4.6 rebounds per game

Alexandra Brackett

Grade Level:10



Athletic Award: JV – Best Defensive Player
Favorite Thing About Basketball: Teamwork; every one of my teammates is special

Advanced Classes: Honors English, AP World History
Favorite Subjects: English, Choir
Hobby: Tapestry
Favorite Movies/TV Shows: Riverdale, Friends, The 100
Career Goal: Business attorney
Something We May Not Know About You: I’m the oldest of six siblings.
Role Model: Shanelle Maiden, teammate
Message to Your Family: “Thank you for always helping me improve and supporting me with basketball and school.”

Joanna Gomez

Grade Level: 11
GPA: 4.3         




Athletic Award: Returning Varsity player

Favorite Thing About Basketball: Playing excellent defense individually and as a team; looking at a team completely befuddled on offense is a great feeling.
Advanced Classes: AP U.S. History, AP Language, Honors Algebra 2/Trig
Favorite Subjects: AP U.S. History
Other Activities: Model United Nations
Favorite Movies/TV Shows: Friends, Grey’s Anatomy, The Office
Career Goal: Medical field
Something We May Not Know About You: Je parle francais.
Inspiration: Deuteronomy 31:6
Role Model: Mom and Dad
Message to Your Family: “Thank you for all the amazing support and incomparable love. I am who I am because of all of you. Thank you for that.”

Paloma Gonzalez

Grade Level: 10
GPA: 3.1                                                                          




Favorite Thing About Basketball: The momentum
Favorite Subject: World history
Favorite Movie/TV Show: That 70’s Show
Career Goal: Entrepreneur
Something We May Not Know About You: I speak three languages.
Favorite Quote: “Yee yee gamers, let’s get this bread.”
Role Model: Joanna Gomez, teammate

Shanelle Maiden

Grade Level:11 
GPA: 3.6                                                                          




Favorite Thing About Basketball: Relationship with teammates
Favorite Subjects: History, Math
Other Activities: Track and field
Favorite Movies/TV Shows: The Office, Riverdale, Dynasty
Career Goal: Arizona or Oregon: Business
Something We May Not Know About You: I wish I could dunk.
Role Model: Nora Peterseil, teammate
Message to Your Family: “Thank you for always supporting me and never giving up on me.”

Leah Manning

Grade Level:10                           



Athletic Awards: Varsity – MVP, All-League; 2-year Varsity starter
Favorite Thing About Basketball: Competing
Advanced Classes: AP World History, Honors Chemistry, Honors English, Honors Algebra 2/Trig
Favorite Subjects: Math, English               
Other Activity: National Honor Society
Favorite Movies/TV Shows: The Blind Side, Hannah Montana
Career Goal: University of North Carolina: basketball and sports medicine
Something We May Not Know About You: I can play the piano.
Favorite Quote: “Everything negative – pressure, challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise.” – Kobe Bryant
Role Model: Mina Miskinyar, teammate
Message to Your Family: “Thank you for your endless support. I love you all more than anything!”

Talia Miller

Grade Level:10                          
GPA: 4.0




Athletic Award: JV – Most Improved
Favorite Thing About Basketball: Team bonding
Advanced Classes: Honors Algebra 2/Trig, Honors English
Favorite Subjects: English, Art
Other Activities: Choir, Key Club, French
Favorite Movies/TV Shows: Doctor Who, Psych, Gilmore Girls, Hawaii 5-0, Riverdale
Career Goal: Design management
Something We May Not Know About You: I’m tall; I love to sail.
Role Model: My mom

Nora Peterseil

Grade Level:10                           




Athletic Award: JV - MVP
Favorite Thing About Basketball: The competition and teamwork
Advanced Classes: AP World History, AP Statistics, Honors English, Honors Chemistry
Favorite Subjects: Spanish, English, History
Other Interests: Soccer, photography, reading
Favorite Movies/TV Shows: Friends, Parks and Recreation, New Girl
College You Plan on Attending: Somewhere not in California
Something We May Not Know About You: My name spelled backwards is Aaron, which is my twin brother’s name
Role Model: Alex Brackett, teammate
Message to Your Family: “Thanks for always supporting me and helping me pursue my passions. I love you so much and I can’t wait for season!”

Olivia Rios

Grade Level:10                           




Athletic Award: 2-year Varsity player
Favorite Thing About Basketball: The team atmosphere
Advanced Classes: Honors English, Honors Chemistry 
Favorite Subject: Science 
Other Activities: Reading, listening to music, watching movies
Favorite Movies/TV Shows: Donnie Darko, Twin Peaks
Career Goal: Computer Science
Something We May Not Know About You: I was born in Massachusetts.
Favorite Quote: “Nice hustle play!” 
Role Model: My sisters
Message to Your Family: “Thanks for all of the support and love you have given to me.”

Kristen Slymen

Grade Level:10                           





Athletic Award: 2-year Varsity starter
Favorite Thing About Basketball: Working with a great team and of course winning games.
Advanced Classes: AP Statistics, AP European History, Honors English, Honors Chemistry ATMS, Actor’s Rep, ATMS Program
Favorite Subjects: English, Theatre Arts
Other Activities: Actor’s Rep, Theatre Arts, Comedy Sportz, plays, musicals
Something We May Not Know About You: I like to ski and love to travel; I am learning to play the ukulele.
Favorite Quote: “Don’t try so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out.”
Message to Your Family: “Love you all. Thanks for always supporting me.”

Head Coach

Ollie Martin
Varsity Head Coach

Credentials: Masters, Technology & Learning — USIU; B.A., Physical Education/History — Chapman University; Teaching Credential — California State University, Long Beach.

Coach Martin and his wife of 48 years, Cherie, have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. He and his wife play in numerous golf tournaments together and spend quality time with their grandchildren.

Coach Martin begins his 29th season as a high school head coach. His teams have won numerous championships in the Sunset, South Coast, Golden West, Serra and Trinity leagues along with 3 CIF Divisional Titles. Coach Martin has been honored 4 times as the Orange County Coach of the Year and once as the California Coach of the Year.

Martin is a graduate of Chapman University where he participated in basketball, tennis, and track. In basketball he won the Most Valuable and Captain awards. Coach Martin was selected as the Chapman University Athlete of the Year in 1971 and was inducted into Chapman's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996. He has worked as an assistant coach at Vanguard University and Saddleback College. Coach Martin is very excited about coaching girl’s basketball at Capo Valley and is looking forward to another successful year.

Favorite quote:
“Failing  to prepare is preparing to fail”

Robert Jones
Varsity Assistant and Junior Varsity Head Coach

Credentials: B.A., Secondary Education/Physical Education; Teaching Credential 

Coach Robert “Bones” Jones, in his first year at CVHS, has coached basketball for more than 15 years in both California and Arizona. He is a Physical Education teacher and trainer who designs programs to help athletes perform better, including his own AAU basketball program and training. He began his basketball coaching career in Southern California where he created, coached and taught youth basketball and sports programs in Calabasas, Agoura Hills, and Westlake Village.

He helped launch Liberty High School and coached at Valley Vista High School, both in Arizona, leading teams to multiple playoffs. Coach Jones also helped build a strength and agility program for the Valley Vista girls basketball program, the current state champions and the player of the year. 

In addition to coaching boys and girls varsity and JV basketball, he has coached football and track & field with much success, including winning the Arizona State Championship. With 45 sports seasons and counting, he has coached and trained more than 35 All-Conference, 15 All-Region, and five State Champions. Coach Jones was named as one of the Top 100 Coaches in Arizona by Arizona magazine.

Coach Robert Jones was a Junior Olympian in track & field and a three-sport athlete at St. Mary’s High School in Berkeley, CA. He has two children: a 19-year-old daughter who is a college student, and Isaiah, a 10-year-old budding scholar-athlete. He loves going to sporting events and enjoys the outdoors. Plus, he never turns down a good plate of food.

Favorite quote:

“Don’t cheat yourself; treat yourself.”

Greg Gensichen

Varsity Assistant Coach




Greg and his wife, LeeAnn, have been married for 35 years. Both of their daughters played basketball at Capistrano Valley High School. Coach Greg knows that coaches can have a positive impact on lives. His high school freshmen basketball coach, who was also his Electronics class teacher, had a strong influence on him pursuing a BSEET degree.  This life direction has served him well for 37 years in Computer Engineering. This opportunity to help young people make positive life decisions has encouraged Greg to coach over the years, first coaching elementary age boys at the YMCA while in college, then coaching his daughters’ teams in youth and NJB basketball, and most recently entering his third year as an assistant coach at CVHS.

Coach Greg hopes that as a result of their participation in the CVHS Girls Basketball team the girls will embrace these life principles shared by legendary Coach John Wooden:

"Goals achieved with little effort are seldom worthwhile or lasting";

"I will get ready and then, perhaps, my chance will come"; and

"If I am through learning, I am through".

Haig Musurlian
Varsity Assistant Coach
This will be Haig’s first year at as an assistant coach for the Girls’ Varsity and he is looking forward to helping each girl improve not only their basketball skills, but also to further enhance their character. Team sports are a great way for athletes to learn how to work together cohesively, in order to reach a common goal.
Haig has coached teams from the NJB level thru the junior high and Club levels and is excited about the opportunity to coach at the High School level. His emphasis will be on the defensive side of the ball.

Haig enjoys seeing people grow and progress, as he works as a psychologist in private practice In Laguna Hills. One of his subspecialties is Sports Psychology, in which he works with athletes from high school to the pros. One of the primary goals in sports psychology is to help athletes reach the “zone” more often. Specifically this means helping the athlete operate at their peak level of performance, thru the removal of negative thoughts.

Haig has been married to Helen for the past 17 years and has two children, both of whom attend Capo High; Arin a junior baseball player and Kayla a basketball player and jiu-jitsu Orange belt. Some of his favorite quotes from the basketball world (see below) are what he hopes the girls will aspire to.
“If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything.” (John Wooden)
“Hard work beats talent, when talent fails to work hard.” (Kevin Durant)
“There’s only one ball and I want it.” (Moses Malone on rebounding)