West Hills roller hockey team finds itself in ‘rebuilding’ mode

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The West Hills High School roller hockey team can trace its history back 17 years. The Wolf Pack has been a member of the CIF-Metro Conference since the 2005-06 season. Prior to that, West Hills competed as a club team in other leagues.

The Wolf Pack held its annual alumni challenge Dec. 27 at the Skate San Diego rink in El Cajon. The competition featured alumni and current varsity players.

The West Hills High School roller hockey team can trace its history back 17 years. The Wolf Pack has been a member of the CIF-Metro Conference since the 2005-06 season. Prior to that, West Hills competed as a club team in other leagues.

The Wolf Pack held its annual alumni challenge Dec. 27 at the Skate San Diego rink in El Cajon. The competition featured alumni and current varsity players.

The challenge event provided an opportunity for many alumni players to socialize, according to WHHS head coach Steve Baldwin.

“These guys had a blast,” Baldwin said. “They use this to get together, some haven’t seen each other in a while.”

Attending the event were five members of the Wolf Pack’s so-called “Great Eight” squad that captured the 2012-13 Kiwanis Cup championship title. Present were David Baldwin, Brad Majeski, Ryan Vanoni, Zach Peters and Miguel San Martin.

Majeski also attended the 2013 alumni event.

“It’s pretty fun and I had fun doing it,” said Majeski, who has stepped up his game after playing for the San Diego Voodoo last season in the semi-pro American Inline Hockey League.

Majeski called winning the CIF championship in 2013 one of the best memories of his high school sports career.

“Just playing hockey with my teammates—it was a big accomplishment for us,” he said.

Fast forward to the 2014-15 season and West Hills is back to what the elder Baldwin terms a “rebuilding year.”

The Wolf Pack has just two seniors on its roster: Brock Nuckols and Andreas San Martin.

West Hills rolled into the winter break with a 1-3 record and dropped a 21-4 non-league decision to defending Kiwanis Cup champion Rancho Bernardo on Monday at Skate San Diego.

The Wolf Pack picked up its first win of the season on Dec. 17 by defeating Central League rival La Jolla Country Day 8-1. Previously, West Hills had dropped a 9-8 decision to St. Augustine on Dec. 3 and also lost by scores of 11-0 to Poway on Dec. 8 and 8-1 to Cathedral Catholic on Dec. 10.

Cathedral Catholic is picked to capture this season’s Central League title. 

“We would be very competitive with some of the South Bay teams but we will struggle against the North County teams,” the WHHS coach said.

Among North County League teams, Rancho Bernardo is off to a 6-0 start to the season. 

Among the Sweetwater Union High School District teams, the defending Mesa League champion Eastlake Titans entered the winter break 3-0 while the Hilltop Lancers were 4-0 and the Otay Ranch Mustangs were 3-1.

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