Valley Christian Boys Varsity
Founded in 1956, Valley
Christian High School has grown into a top ranked academic institution,
and a solid competitor in CCS athletics.
The Soccer program at VC
has participated in three different competitive environments:
From the beginning of
athletics at VC until 1993, the Warriors competed with several small
private Christian schools such as Pinewood Christian, Berean Christian,
etc. The soccer teams did well in these leagues concluding their
participation with a dramatic CCS victory in 1992.
These teams included
players like: Steve Graf, Adam Wass, Pablo Dillon, and Alex Milojevic.
In 1993, Valley Christian
chose to begin competing in the Blossom Valley Athletic League (BVAL)...
After enduring a tough
first season playing with the likes of Westmont, Lincoln, San Jose, and
Willow Glen; the Warriors began to settle in to their new environment.
In their third season in the West Valley Division of BVAL, the Boys
Soccer team took home their first League Championship (1995-1996) and
was recognized with a #11 CCS Ranking. The team was led by coaches Pablo
Dillon, Jeff Wahl, and Bill Jenkins during these years.
Key players during the
Public School Era were: Justin Green, Aleks Vranicic, John Basanese, Tim
Thompson, Chris Stirm, Jeremy Basanese, Matt Strand, Justin Basanese,
Donny Fugate, Frankie Mata, Dan St. Claire, Nathan Smith, and Joe Arioto.
As a result of their
Championship, the school moved up to the Santa Teresa Division of BVAL
where they stayed until...
2002 brought many changes
for Valley Christian Soccer. Having moved up to the state of the art
campus on Skyway just a few years before, the school joined the West
Catholic Athletic League.
Along with the move to the WCAL, the school hired
Aleks Vranicic and
John Basanese to coach the team.
In 2003, coach Donny Fugate was
added to the staff.
In 2006, Aleks Vranicic stepped down as head coach to
spend more time with his family, and Basanese took over the reigns.
The League, considered by
most to be one of the best in California, has some of the CCS's top
teams. In 2004, 3 of the teams in WCAL were ranked in the top 50 by the
Student Sports National Rankings! The other schools in the league are:
Bellarmine, Mitty, St. Francis, Junipero Serra, St. Ignatius, Sacred
Heart, and Riordan.
In the first five seasons,
the Boys program has amassed over 49 wins, a WCAL League Championship, a
top 5 ranking in CCS, and three straight CCS Tournament appearances. In
the CCS tournament, the Warriors have advanced to the
(2002), and Quarter-Finals (2003).
The WCAL era has already
seen some of the top players in school history at VC. Players
like (these players have been All WCAL Selections): Jimmy Coggan, Chris Hansen, Brandon Stirm, Donny Dequine, Ronald
Jenkins, Ryan Corry, Garrett Ruiz, Cole
Bales, Jeff Coggan, Ben Hansen, Austin Keeling, Joey Stryker, David
Nettemeyer, Austin Mansker, Ross Mark, and Ryan Favre.
In the 2007-2008 season,
the Warriors will embark on their 6th season in the WCAL...looking to
add a CCS banner to the Gym.