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The Gamut

The Gamut

Freshmen Chen, Noble bond in varsity basketball

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Tyler Nguyen
Breaking the Basket: Freshman Chloe Chen during varsity practice, prepping hard for the season. (Photo by Tyler Nguyen)

With the season starting in full swing, girls varsity basketball is ready to dominate the tournament with their two youngest faces: freshmen Chloe Chen and Emma Noble. As a friendship that blossomed when they first met during recreational basketball, the two girls are pursuing their passion for the game together.

The start of their fateful journey began in 4th grade, when the girls became friends on Noble’s first day of practice at the South East Youth Organization (SEYO) for basketball. Although both were inspired by their brothers to play the sport, they soon discovered a calling to the court. After spending so much time with each other for middle school intramurals and tournaments outside of school, the girls have got each others’ backs.

“Emma and I support each other by just being around each other a lot,” Chen said. “Being friends for so long it’s easy to tell her anything and for her to help me and vice versa. If one of us is confused about a play, the other will help explain it.”

As freshmen in varsity, Noble and Chen were initially afraid they would be outcasts amidst returning players. However, they found a welcoming community which they easily bonded with, spending time together watching JV games, having fun at Knotts Berry Farm, and going to an escape room over the summer.

“Even without the bonding events, we would be so close. I would thank Jaelyn and Jordan for this. Jaelyn, one of the team captains, wanted for us to really bond this year, and the other varsity girls also welcomed us with open arms,” Noble said. “I love our team chemistry and we just have so many matching personalities which clicked so well.”

Even when getting yelled at during practice or doing poorly in a game, the girls always get back up from hardships to push even harder. Giving encouraging words during losses or on runs, the team sticks together, making sure to celebrate individual baskets and collective wins.

“What keeps me motivated is that when I score or get knocked down, I get angry and play with fire in me,” Noble said.

Noble and Chen are prepared to give their all into winning games in tournaments and eventually hope to reach CIFs. With an eventful high school career ahead of them, they look forward to creating and cherishing new memories while on the team.

“There’s so many things going on during such a fast-paced game and I overcome it with support from my coaches and teammates who will help me,” Chen said. “Considering I’m still a freshman, there is a lot more I still need to learn from older players.”

About the Contributors
Michelle Choy, News Editor

Michelle Choy is serving her final year with Gamut as a News Editor and, despite being in her Senior year, still plans to work just as hard researching and communicating the facts. Some of her many hobbies include bike riding, roller skating, dancing, reading manga, and playing video games like Overwatch 2. She considers herself a foodie and likes eating a lot, but overall eats healthy. She also enjoys traveling and seeing the world, but her all-time favorite travel destination is Hawaii. Michelle considers herself similar to a panda because of her passion for food and comforting nature which helped her reach the position of Vice President in the Big Brothers Big Sisters club. When it comes to reading, her favorite book series has been "The Hunger Games". A fun fact about her is that she has helped foster over fifteen cats in her lifetime. Beyond Gamut, Michelle intends to pursue a career in either economics or business administration.

Tyler Nguyen, Staff Writer
Active zucchini bread hater and morning showerer, Tyler Nguyen is a sophomore writer on staff, excited to write and tackle journalism competitions. Despite his self-diagnosed declaration of being “obnoxiously loud,” Tyler is an understanding, open-minded, and overall chill guy with a lottery-winning smile. Coincidentally, he compares himself to a lottery wheel, and whether it’s because he’s adventurous or indecisive, we’ll never know. With future aspirations of going into physical therapy, he currently plays tennis and commits to the gym. On campus, you might see him with a camera taking photos for the Gamut and pursuing his passion for photography. Outside of campus, you’ll find him volunteering with his signature Tyler Smile™. Whether you’re looking for an easygoing guy to strike up a conversation with or a dude with a dog named Bella, Tyler’s got your back.