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Sets of RHS twins compete together, on and off the field

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Juniors Cooper (left) and Max (right) Cerecedes warm up for a preseason tennis match last season. The Cerecedes twins are one of the multiple sets of twins who play sports together at RHS.

(COURTESY/MICHAEL CERECEDES) Juniors Cooper (left) and Max (right) Cerecedes warm up for a preseason tennis match last season. The Cerecedes twins are one of the multiple sets of twins who play sports together at RHS.

(COURTESY/MICHAEL CERECEDES) Juniors Cooper (left) and Max (right) Cerecedes warm up for a preseason tennis match last season. The Cerecedes twins are one of the multiple sets of twins who play sports together at RHS.

BRADLEY MORIN

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The Roseville High School athletic department coaches multiple sets of twins, both identical and fraternal, in various sports this
season. The Gills and the Cerecedes tackle soccer and tennis, respectively.

The Gill twins have been playing varsity soccer together since their freshman year, and have been a huge part of the varsity soccer success

“With 10 years of playing soccer with someone and living with them, you get to know them pretty well,” Kelsey said. “Last year we had a super strong connection which I think helped our team become more of a family.”

However, she thinks that having a twin on any sports team doesn’t automatically benefit the team in a good way.

“I think it depends on the relationship with your twin because if you have a negative relationship it can translate to the team dynamic,” Kelsey said. “If we weren’t close then it could have been a negative thing.”

Kelsey’s fraternal twin Mackenzie Gill concurs with Kelsey and thinks her relationship with her sister has helped the team, but credits the entire team when it comes to their historic section championship last year.

“It’s cool having a sister on the team,” Mackenzie said. “It’s nice because even outside of soccer we’ll always have each other, which helps us on the field too. Our chemistry was important for us last year, but it was definitely the whole team that deserves credit for our championship.”

KELSEY AND MACKENZIE GILL

Not only the Gills have tackled a high school sport together; juniors Max and Cooper Cerecedes began their tennis careers last year together. Cooper played varsity last year and Max played junior varsity, but they intend on playing together this season and have been working together since the end of last year’s’ season,
when the twins contributed to the best tennis season ever.

“It was cool that we got to learn the sport together and get better. We started playing during the high school season, and really started practicing over the summer, and we’ve both really improved a lot as well,” Cooper said. “It’s nice to have a sibling who shares the same interests, and it just so happens that it’s a sport. ”

Cooper was happy to find love for the sport where he didn’t expect it, and was happy his brother was passionate about the same sport.

“My dad played tennis in high school so he wanted us to play, Cooper said. “Then we pretty much fell in love with the sport. We both really liked it, and we have practiced together during the offseason.”

Cooper’s twin brother Max Cerecedes intends on playing varsity with his brother this year and hopes that his relationship with Cooper will benefit the team.

“Depending on where coach puts us I think it will affect team chemistry. We already have a good balance with Reece Brown and CK Catilus,” Max said. “We had pretty good chemistry together last

year but it’s gonna depend on whether he plays singles or I play doubles, but I hope we get to play together.”

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