Fri, Jan 06 2012 02:41 PM Posted By: Phillip Brents
Juan Luna and David Anderson proved to be quite a dynamic duo on the gridiron this past season. The two Castle Park teammates have now carried their friendship onto the roller hockey court and, with it, have brought a new level of success for the team.
g the football season, scored six goals and one assist and Luna, the school’s quarterback, collected five goals and two assists to help the Trojans record their first victory of the 2011-12 season Monday with a 12-3 non-league decision over the Chula Vista Spartans.
The win was the first for new CPHS coach Patrick Johnson, a former standout at Eastlake High School.
Luna passed for 478 yards, kicked four field goals and booted nine extra-point conversions during the 2011 football season. Anderson caught 16 passes for 315 yards — the lion’s share of the team’s receiving yardage — and tacked on 53 rushing yards to go with three touchdowns.
Luna said he tried out for the school’s roller hockey team at the urging of Anderson, who had played the sport as a youth.
“He was my receiver,” Luna said. “He asked me to come out and I said I would try it, and now I love it.”
Anderson is making a return to the playing court after a four-year absence. He played youth roller hockey at RollerSkateLand but that rink has since closed, leaving a void for many former players until they reached high school age.
The CIF-Metro Conference is the state’s only CIF-sanctioned high school hockey league, and has thus kept the sport going in the South Bay area, at least for older teens.
Anderson has played football and wrestled until joining the school’s roller hockey team this season. He is a silver medalist and two-time bronze medalist for the Chula Vista Badgers Wrestling Club.
Castle Park started the season 0-6. However, there were signs the Trojans were ready to turn their season around after dropping a 9-8 overtime decision to Sweetwater and also suffering a 10-8 non-league loss to Bonita Vista in games prior to the winter break.
“It’s amazing,” said Anderson, who leads the CP team with 25 goals and one assist. “I hope we get more.”
Luna more than doubled his previous season output of three goals and two assists in Monday’s game. He now has eight goals and four assists on the season.
Johnson credited teamwork in recording the breakthrough win.
“They are moving the puck and taking shots when they have it,” Johnson said. “The first game we had five shots total. In this game, we must have taken between 25 and 30 shots.”
The Trojans hope increased puck control and shots lead to more victories — something the team has not tasted much of in recent years. Castle Park finished the 2010-11 season 4-16 after making marked improvement from a 1-19 finish in 2009-10 and a 0-20 showing in 2008-09.
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