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Francini instrumental to CdM's success

Daily Pilot High School Athlete of the Week

Corona del Mar senior midfielder, who plays guitar in a band, has been a key player for Sea Kings this season.

February 21, 2014|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
(SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

When Andrew Francini and Nate Pozin aren't playing soccer for Corona del Mar High, you can find the two playing inside a garage on Point Loma Drive. They cannot blast the soccer ball inside, just music.

Francini and Pozin are part of a three-member Indie Rock band. The band's name is "Point Loma" and it named itself after the street it jams on.

The teenagers use Pozin's garage as their jam pad and it can get loud whenever Francini is on guitar, Pozin is on the drums, and Kyle Mohan is on the mic. Neighbors can hear the three CdM seniors rock out and they have complained.

"Police have never come," Francini says with a smile, "but there [have] definitely been calls to the house where we have to quiet down. The neighbors always call Mrs. Pozin. She's the most supportive."

The band does have a following outside of the Pozin house. Some of its ardent fans are on the CdM boys' soccer team. Teammates have attended the band's gigs at places like the Whisky a Go-Go in West Hollywood and the House of Blues in Anaheim.

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Francini and Pozin, who are best friends, have been creating music together since eighth grade. The next school year they befriended Mohan and the three formed a band.

The band recorded its self-titled album in the summer of its sophomore year. The band went all the way to India to make it happen. Mohan's father, Nino, helped. He is from India, where he is a well-known tourist agent.

"He wanted to show us the country and the rates for recording were low, yet the quality was high," says Francini, adding that the nine-track album was mastered in Amsterdam.

Playing together, whether that's in a studio, in front of a crowd, or alone in the garage, is what the band enjoys. As of late, the members haven't been able to because of their busy schedules with school and soccer. Soccer is keeping Francini and Pozin busy during this time of the school year.

One member who has performed without the use of his hands is Francini. He has shown he's just as talented with the soccer ball at his feet as he is with his fingers on an electric guitar.

Francini is the holding midfielder for the Sea Kings. Last week, he helped CdM close out Pacific Coast League play unbeaten, a first under Coach George Larsen's five seasons.

The Sea Kings claimed the outright league title by winning their final seven league contests, four of those via shutout, to finish 8-0-2. Francini played a key role in the defense only allowing four goals during the seven-game stretch.

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