As their season begins, the Logan Badminton team is playing and training for a new head coach and has started the new season off with back-to-back wins, beating Kennedy, 17-0, and Washington, 16-1.
The Colts face the number one team in the league, Mission San Jose, on Thursday.
Kim Van Nguyen, the former assistant coach, this year has been given the chance to lead the Badminton brigade as the head coach. Many new things are expected from this change and positive energy is being spread.
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"Coach Nguyen is a very cool and laid back coach and she is very easy to get
along with." says Sana Younus, a senior on the teanm
To increase chances of winning, players must undergo a lot of conditioning and training. Leading up to the opening of the season, students worked on conditioning after school directly at 3:45 p.m. Exercises ranged from running laps around the Big Green, performing specialized exercises to increase agility, and learning different kinds of footwork techniques to help with stepping and treading all over the court.
There were also voluntary sessions on weekends and "Open Gym" when team members invited the public to play some Badminton with the players, or simply with each other.
"I go to Open Gym a lot and it's a lot of fun, and a great way to hang out with friends in your free time," said senior Joshua Farinas.
There are also many tournaments that the players attend all over the West Coast. Tournaments at UC Davis, San Jose State, that are held in the spring and the fall. And for novice players looking to join the badminton, there is a event called "Frosh‑Soph" where freshman and sophomores get to play with each other.
Some of the schools that Logan will compete against in the Mission Valley Athletic League are Newark, Mission, Irvington, Kennedy, American.
"Mission San Jose definitely has a great badminton team and is one of Logan's toughest opponents." said Susan Muramoto, a senior.