Game Time: February

Falcons past and present grabbed headlines this month, and congratulations are in order.

Jacob Alsadek (‘13) was named a USA Today Freshman All-American as the lone, albeit redshirt, freshman offensive lineman on the Arizona Wildcats football team. Alsadek, who started at right guard for 10 games, helped lead the way for running back Nick Wilson, who rushed for over 1,000 yards. It is great to see that Alsadek, who was on the 2012 All-Palomar League First-Team, has continued to impress in college.

Marek Sullivan (12) was named the UT San Diego player of the week, just as TPHS Basketball was voted No. 1 in San Diego County. Sullivan’s award was well-deserved, after  he posted a double-double against Mt. Carmel. More importantly, Sullivan hit 14 points in the home rivalry match against La Costa Canyon High School, which was No. 1 at the time. The last U-T poll had the Falcons first followed by Foothills (San Marcos) High School, LCC, San Marcos High School, Army-Navy Academy, and El Camino High School. The regular season may be about to wrap up, but there is no question whether or not the Falcons will be looking to the CIF title and the state title as well.

National Signing Day also took place last week, and athletes across our sports landscape committed to top academic and athletic universities around the country. Looking past the commitments to San Diego State University, Bates College, Princeton University, University of Chicago, and many more from our senior class, juniors have also committed. It is clear that the Falcons’ recognition of high-achieving student athletes will continue for years to come.

What I liked about the committed athletes this year was that they picked the colleges that best suited them. Being on varsity tennis for two years now, I have seen the recruiting process many times because we have always had a number of ranked and highly sought-after players. There have been commits that seemed like they made more sense for the school than for the player, but I am hard-pressed to find an athlete this year who didn’t commit for the right reasons. Whether it was wanting to make an immediate impact on the team, going to a school with strong academics, or just being in a town where they would be happy, I am truly pleased with this year’s athletic commitments.

I can’t remember a month at TPHS with this much individual and team success. The rising talent is equally impressive and will keep the Falcon tradition of  athletic excellence alive across all sports.