Farah Farjood, Danny Jackel, Gabi Jimenez and Shannon Yogerst, all eight graders at CMVS, tried out and were chosen for the U.S. Field Hockey Futures program. Part of only a handful of San Diego County middle schoolers picked for the prestige program, the four will attend twice monthly training sessions at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista. Their Futures coaches include London-bound U.S. Olympian Shannon Taylor and top San Diego high school coaches.
The four girls also play for the CVMS Bobcats field hockey team, which is currently undefeated and in first place in the Big 8 Conference. So far the team has defeated Earl Warren 2-0, Diegueno 3-1 and Oak Crest 1-0 with Jackel, Jimenez and Yogerst contributing goals, and Farjood anchoring the defense. The Bobcats are coached by Canyon Crest Academy seniors Kiana Duncan and Hannah O’Rosky, and Torrey Pines senior Erica Cohen.
Farjood, Jimenez and Yogerst also play club field hockey for the Poway Mystix in the North County Indoor League. The league gives the Carmel Valley girls a chance to test their skills against high school competition and so far they’ve more than held their own, leading the team to a 3-1 record and wins over the Escondido HS varsity, Cathedral Catholic JV and Canyon Crest JV.
“Shannon, Gabi and Farah have helped to bring our young middle school group up to the next level,” says Mystix head coach Cindi Lou-Villa. “They bring team work, stickwork and an aggressive intensity that our young middle schoolers have not experienced. Not only are they talented young players but they are a pleasure to coach as they listen, understand and perform as well as many high school players. These three players will have successful high school careers and hopefully collegiate careers as well.”