School: Clayton Valley Charter High School
Hubbard’s lacrosse career, although briefer than he may have hoped, has nonetheless been characterized by passion, grit and excitement for what’s to come. After making the JV lacrosse team at Clayton Valley Charter as a freshman, that first glimpse of the sport was one that drew him in for the next three years.
Hubbard was pulled up to varsity during the NCS playoffs of his sophomore year for the Diablo Athletic League champion Ugly Eagles. He has been playing at the varsity level under coach Scott Neal ever since. He has also participated in several summer tournaments and indoor lacrosse leagues since falling for the sport his freshman year playing club LAX for Talon Lacrosse and Booth Lacrosse.
Return of sports
After a year of remote learning and minimal on-campus activity, Hubbard and many other student-athletes have awaited Clayton Valley’s newly introduced hybrid in-person schedule, as well as the reintroduction of sports as close to full-swing as public safety precautions allow. Clayton Valley’s boys varsity lacrosse is scheduled to play 10 games this season, with their first match at College Park on April 28.
Complying with intermittently stringent COVID-19 protocols, the team stayed in shape with summer workouts and cohort shooting practices a few times per week throughout the year. Hubbard speaks for the entire crew when he emphasizes how excited he is for the new season. After having only a few games last year before the Mar. 16 school closure, he stresses that “all four years of work are going into this one season.” And he doesn’t intend on wasting his highly anticipated senior season.
Hubbard is a member of Clayton Valley Charter’s Public Service Academy. He has received the Student Athlete Honor Roll Award after each lacrosse season. He will attend Utah Valley University in the fall and plans on majoring in business.
CVCHS student journalist Alexa Oldham wrote this Spotlight.
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