La Jolla High’s spring football game and alumni game help kick off offseason training


To kick off offseason practice, the La Jolla High School Vikings football team hosted a spring game on June 3.

Splitting the team in half, last season’s players played seven-on-seven on half the court for bragging rights and tri-tip for dinner (the losing team got hot dogs).

The La Jolla High alumni cheered them on from the sideline before playing their own football game after the current Vikings ended.

Lawrence Shimp, a 2020 graduate who went through “LT” when he was at La Jolla High, said he wanted to come back for the alumni game because “I love the family connection that we all have. It’s like coming back for a family BBQ or something.

He stopped playing football after an injury. But being back home, he said: “I love seeing my old boys and the younger ones having fun too.”

Danny Molestina said he wanted to come back because he was injured in what would be his last game of 2021. “It cost me a lot… that I couldn’t complete the season. But seeing everyone again, seeing the community still together, it’s kind of nice,” he said.

Current players will focus in the coming months on conditioning and strength training to prepare for the fall season, coach Tyler Roach said. ◆


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