Seeing Double: Siblings Suit Up Together

Brothers and Sisters Compete Side By Side on the Field and Court

Angie and Vicky Tran: Seniors
Identical twins Angie and Vicky, who are currently on the girls basketball team, have been playing basketball on teams together since the eighth grade.

“We try to beat each other,” Vicky said. “We’re more aggressive towards each other. Sometimes we take out anger on each other on the court.”

Although the girls are competitive and “sometimes end up in the same spot [on the court],” according to Angie, they have overall different playing styles.

“Vicky’s really aggressive — she’s okay with contact, she’s not scared when she’s playing basketball,” Angie said. “I’m more a person who likes to be a guard.”

Although the girls had a “connection” when they played in eighth grade, both agree that it will go away as their senior year progresses.

“We don’t get put in at the same time anymore,” Vicky said. “We’re used to the players we usually play with.”

Angie also thinks that growing up and going to college will allow both of them to grow more as individual people and players.

“When we’re together, each one of us is characterizing the other,” Angie said. “People expect that the other half of [someone’s] twin is as competitive or fast as she is. People group us as one person.”

Despite this competition, Coach Jacob Jackson notices that both girls lead by example on the team.

“They work hard every day, never complain about anything, remain humble and respectful at all times,” Jackson said.

Emily and Chloe Langston: Senior and Freshman
Although Emily and Chloe have scrimmaged together before, this is their first year playing soccer together on the same team, and both girls are enjoying the experience.

“It’s pretty cool,” Emily said. “It makes it easier with getting to soccer and getting home and all. People might think it would be weird, but it’s fun.”

According to Coach Erin Montoya, Emily and Chloe are “good friends,” but the other girls on the team do not identify them solely as sisters.

“A lot of these girls grew up on local teams,” Montoya said. “The don’t label [Chloe] because of Emmy.”

Montoya, who has coached Chloe previously on an MVLA club team, notices little to no difference between the girls’ behavior when they are playing soccer with or without each other. In fact, according to Montoya, the girls are quite similar. The have the “Langston” speed and impressive ball skills.

Last year, Emily was named MVP of the league and is still a viable contender for the same award this year. Chloe began the season very strong, but unfortunately suffered a hip injury and has been out ever since.

Chloe does feel that having a sister on the team has helped her both on the field and off.

“I’ve made friends with her friends and therefore I’m branching out,” Chloe said. “I really enjoy being on the same team as her because I haven’t gotten to play with her before.”

Sean and Spencer Wells: Sophomores
For Sean and Spencer, who play together on the boys basketball team, it is difficult to remember a time when they were not on the same sports team.

“We’ve been playing with each other for a while,” Same said. “I don’t want to say it’s a twin connection, but we know the styles of how we play. I know what Spencer’s going to do before he does it.”

According to Spencer, the boys are “definitely” competitive, a fact with which Sean agrees.

“I’d say we are competitive,” Sean said. “We play one-on-one a lot with each other.”

However, this rivalry allows the twins to grow and improve.

“We get mad and pissed off at each other, but it helps us push ourselves to become better,” Sean said.

Despite their rivalry, the boys agree that they have extremely different playing styles.

“We have a different mindset,” Spencer said. “Sean likes to shoot more, I like to penetrate more.”

According to Coach James Reilly, the fact that the boys are twins does not necessarily show on the court.

“If you did not know they were twins, you wouldn’t necessarily think they were related by their behavior in basketball,” Reilly said. “They have different skills as players and different personalities.”

Despite their differences, the boys might occasionally “get a little grief” for being twins, according to Spencer.

“Sometimes they make twin jokes, like ‘The Wonder Twins,’” Sean said.