Golden Valley

Coen Alewijnse wanted to make the most of his one year at Golden Valley High. The senior came over as a foreign exchange student from the Netherlands. Alewijnse stayed busy, participating in cross country, soccer, track and field and tennis during the year. Alewijnse was an all-Central California Conference player in soccer. After winning the CCC championship in tennis, Alewijnse is the Sun-Star Tennis Player of the Year. “This year has been a very good experience,” Alewijnse said. “I love sports and I made a lot of friends. I like it here.”

When Alewijnse wasn’t competing in sports, he found time to travel around California. He’s visited Los Angeles, San Francisco, Monterey and Santa Cruz. He loves the beach and loves taking trips to Yosemite. “When I was told I was coming I didn’t want to have any expectations because I didn’t want to be disappointed,” Alewijnse said. “But when I was told I was coming to California I was pretty excited.” Alewijnse sparkled on the tennis court, losing just two matches during conference play. He then went on to win the CCC title despite a tough draw. Alewijnse defeated Pitman’s Andrew Rosero 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in the CCC finals. “My goal was to make sections,” Alewijnse said. “So I was very happy when I won my semifinal match because I knew I was going to sections.”