Congratulations to the 12 swimmers and divers who advanced to the state championships for their events this weekend. Of those athletes, three placed among the top five swimmers and divers in their events in California. Sophomore Remi Edvalson, the reigning WCAL and CCS Champion for women's diving, placed second in the state in her event, a feat that is particularly impressive given that she is an underclassman and only two years into her high school career. Junior Jassen Yep, who broke school records earlier this year — twice— in the 100-meter breastroke, completed his swim season with a fourth place finish in this event at the state level. Finally, sophomore Adam Wesson placed fifth in diving, wrapping up a season that included WCAL and CCS championships in the same event. Great job, Monarchs!
The men's golf team qualified for the CCS Finals after placing second at the sectional playoffs held at Laguna Seca Golf Course last week. Freshman Nathan Wang, who was named the WCAL Golfer of the Year last month, scored an impressive 1 under par 70 during the playoffs, helping the team qualify for the finals. Senior Brian Ma, who won the WCAL individual championship this school year, scored the team's second lowest score of 74 at the CCS Playoffs. Congratulations, Monarchs, and good luck the rest of the way!
Congratulations to the eight Monarchs who earned spots in the CCS Finals this past weekend. Juniors Shane Aberg and Amy Arnes, the reigning WCAL champions for discus, qualified for CCS finals in their signature event. Seniors Dion and DeVon DuPree and junior Sofia Rolla qualified to represent the school in the 800-meter dash. Sophomore Amelia Scharpf, the reigning WCAL Champion for high jump, will advance to the CCS Finals for this event. Finally, seniors Ethan Ciufia and Nina Rodricks qualified to represent the school in pole vault. Cheer on these Monarchs as they participate in the CCS Finals this Friday, May 17th, at Gilroy High School.
A total of three swimmers and divers won individual CCS Championships last weekend and at least nine Monarchs achieved times that earn them spots in the state championships this week. On Saturday, junior Jassen Yep won the 100-meter breaststroke race with a time of 54.89 seconds, a personal record time that broke the school record for this event and qualifies him for the state trials. The women's swim team had an especially strong showing and qualified at least five individuals to the state trials, finishing third place overall in the CCS.
For the diving program, student athletes on the women's and men's teams earned individual CCS championships. On Saturday, sophomore Adam Wesson won the CCS individual championship in diving for the second year in a row. Senior Tyler Wesson also placed among the top three divers in the CCS. Both will advance to compete in the state trials later this week. Sophomore Remi Edvalson also earned a CCS diving championship over the weekend and will advance to the state trials. Great job, Monarchs!
A total of three Monarchs on the track and field team won WCAL championships last week. On Friday, Monarchs secured both first and second place in the discus WCAL championships with junior Shane Aberg taking the top league title and senior Craig Weiner taking second place. On the women's team, junior Amy Arnes captured the WCAL championship for discus and sophomore Amelia Scharpf won the league championship for high jump. A total of nine Monarchs will advance to the CSS championships this weekend. Congratulations, Monarchs!
The Monarchs defeated St. Francis, 12-7, on Senior Day last Friday. The incredible power of the graduating seniors was on full display during the game with senior Malina Hatton leading scoring with one of the most complete games of the year, including six goals, one assist, six ground balls, three take aways, seven draw controls, and one intercepted pass. Fellow senior Ania McNicholas added three goals, two assists, three ground balls, one take away and three draw controls while senior Gabby Valdez had two goals, one assist, and one ground ball. The Monarchs currently have an 11-6-1 overall season record as they head into WBAL playoffs tomorrow. Check online to get the location and time of the playoff games. Great job, Monarchs!
Just before spring break, freshman Nathan Wang was named the WCAL Golfer of the Year. This is the third year in a row that a Monarch has taken home the top individual award in the league. Last year, senior Brian Ma, who will play golf for Harvard University next fall, received the top honor. The year before that, Matt Lloyd '17, who now golfs for Purdue University, won the award. Great job, Monarchs!
Earlier this month, junior Andrew Forman placed fourth in his weight class at the Reno World Championships and was named an All-American. A highlight of his performances was his second match, where he beat the Utah state champion, who is a three-time state finalist. Great job, Andrew!
The baseball team prevailed over four teams, including league rival, Bellarmine, to take the program's first Boras Classic Northern California Championship earlier this month. The Monarchs beat St. Mary's, Davis, and Pleasant Valley to advance to the Boras Classic Northern California Championship game, where they beat Bellarmine, 2-0. The championship game remained scoreless until the fourth inning when senior Connor Leaverton's double drove in junior Nick Yorke. The Monarchs advanced to compete in the state championship game this past weekend. Read more about the Boras Classic in The Mercury News.
Monarchs on the men's and women's diving teams captured first and second place during the WCAL Championships earlier this month. Sophomore Remi Edvalson and junior Stephanie Shao captured first and second place, respectively, for the women’s diving team. Sophomore Adam Wesson and senior Tyler Wesson captured first and second place, respectively, for the men’s diving team.
In addition to this, junior Jassen Yep broke school records in the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke, capturing times of 50.73 seconds and 56.76 seconds, respectively. Senior Sophia Sebastian also won the 100 butterfly WCAL Championship. A total of 28 swimmers and divers will be advancing to the CCS Championship this weekend at the Santa Clara International Swim Center. Good luck, Monarchs!
The badminton team had strong victories over Andrew Hill and Leland last week. On Monday, the Monarchs beat Andrew Hill, 10-5. The Monarchs swept singles, men's doubles, and mixed doubles in the match. On Wednesday, the Monarchs beat Leland, 8-7. The Monarchs swept men's and mixed doubles. A special congratulations to junior Leo Cheng, who is currently 10-1 this season and competed in men’s singles and won his match 21-9, 27-25. Several of the Monarch teams have impressive 10-1 records, including the men's double duo consisting of freshman Kevin Ngo and junior Justin Lam. The mixed doubles pair including seniors Kajal Patel and Jeffrey Qu also has a 10-1 record. Congratulations, Monarchs!
The men's golf team beat Sacred Heart Cathedral and Archbishop Riordan last week, adding three victories that boosted the team's league record to an impressive 9-2-1. On Monday, the team played in a super match and beat Sacred Heart Cathedral and Archbishop Riordan with a team score of 189, while the league rivals came in with team scores of 204 and 244, respectively. Senior Brian Ma was the overall medalist, scoring -2 under 34. On Thursday, the Monarchs had another match against Archbishop Riordan where they emerged victorious with a team score of 183 to Archbishop Riordan's team score of 218. The Monarchs had two medalists: senior Brian Ma, who shot 2 over 36, and freshman Nathan Wang, who shot 1 under 33 and is the current overall WCAL scoring leader. Great job, Monarchs!
The track and field team had excellent performances last week, defeating St. Ignatius and setting a school record at the Arcadia Invitational. On Wednesday, the Monarchs defeated the St. Ignatius Wildcats, 69-67. Senior Camille Morales finished in first place during her first 100-meter hurdle race of the season. Freshman Sarah Nakhoda also had an excellent performance, taking first place in the open 400-meter race with a personal record time of 61.85 seconds. The women's track team is currently 4-1 heading into the league finals.
On Friday, the men's 4x800-meter relay team added to the program's week of strong performances by breaking a school record. The Monarchs set a new record by finishing the race with an impressive time of 8 minutes and 15 seconds. Congratulations to sophomores Taylor Iden, Connor Chancey, and Matthew Cervantes, and senior Devon Dupree for being part of the record-breaking team. Great job, Monarchs!
The men's and women's lacrosse teams beat Mountain View in a double header this weekend. On Saturday, the women's team defeated the Spartans, 16-3, with seniors Malina Hatton and Ania McNicholas each contributing three goals and an assist. Senior Gabby Valdez and sophomore Olive Carlino each added two goals. That same afternoon, the men's lacrosse team won their game against the Spartans, 9-3. Senior Lucky Singh converted 13/15 faceoffs and junior Larkin Koker added nine saves. Congratulations, Monarchs!
The men's volleyball team defeated Sacred Heart Cathedral in four sets, 25-22, 25-23, 22-25, and 25-17, to bring home a victory on Senior Night. Junior Dylan Zhai had 13 kills while senior Lucas Sant’Anna contributed 11 digs and seven aces. Great job, Monarchs!
The men's tennis team started the season strong by taking the California Classic Championship on Friday. The team traveled to Fresno, where they took the top title. Sophomores Brian Chong and Brian Liu each played singles and did not drop a set. Great job, Monarchs!
Monarchs from the men's and the women's basketball teams and the women's soccer team were named players of the year in February. Junior Devan Sapp was named the league's WCAL Player of the Year from the men's basketball team. Last week, he was also named the CCS Player of the Year by Cal-Hi Sports.
For women's basketball, senior Haley Jones was named the WCAL Player of the Year and the CCS Player of the Year. At the all-school assembly last Friday, the school also presented Haley with a McDonald's All American jersey, honoring her for being selected from a nationwide pool of more than 700 nominees to participate in the McDonald's All American Game, which will be held in Georgia in March.
A third Monarch received the highest possible league honor in women's soccer. Congratulations to senior Camille Lafaix, who was named WCAL Co-Player of the Year today. Congratulations to all the winter sports teams on their achievements this year!
Tryouts for the swimming and diving team ended in mid-February, and the team is already hard at work competing and serving the local community. The women's swimming and diving team won its first match against Presentation, 116-70.
Despite the rain, the swimming and diving team gathered at multiple locations this past weekend to serve the community, lending a helping hand at Guadalupe River Park Conservancy's Heritage Rose Garden and Historic Orchard.
The Monarchs took home CCS Open Division Championships in women's soccer and basketball during back-to-back games held at Santa Clara University on Friday. In what proved to be a particularly excellent weekend, the men's soccer team also won the CCS Division II Championship the following day.
WOMEN'S SOCCER BEATS ST. IGNATIUS, TAKES CCS CROWN
The women's soccer team beat reigning WCAL Champion St. Ignatius, 1-0, taking home the CCS Open Division Championship and the program's 16th sectional title. Sophomore Kylie McHale scored the game-winning goal and was named the Player of the Game on MaxPreps by her coach. The pivotal goal came in the first half, with an assist from junior Svea Neunfinger. Read more about the game in The Mercury News.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL BEATS PINEWOOD IN CCS FINALS
The women's basketball team faced state powerhouse Pinewood, the reigning NorCal Champions for 2018, in a showdown in Santa Clara University's Leavey Center, where the Monarchs toppled the Panthers, 72-51. The Monarchs took home the program’s fourth consecutive CCS Open Division Championship, a special achievement for the team's five seniors, who will graduate in just a few months. Stanford-bound senior Haley Jones added 26 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore Hunter Hernandez contributed 21 points and a game high of 10 rebounds. Hunter was named the Player of the Game by her coach on MaxPreps for her efforts. The team is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation by MaxPreps. The Monarchs received a bye in the first round of NorCal playoffs and will compete in the semifinals at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 2nd, in the Fien Gymnasium.
MEN'S SOCCER DELIVERS CCS TITLE
The men's soccer team beat Menlo School, 1-0, to claim the CCS Division II Championship, the program's first CCS title in three years. Sophomore Santi Andrade scored the game's deciding goal with an assist from senior Oscar Toulet in the second half. The key shot was Andrade's second goal of the season, with his previous goal coming in during the CCS quarterfinals. The CCS championship is the program's sixth title. Read more about the game here. The men's soccer team will open the NorCal Division III Tournament at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27th, at University High School.
Don't miss a game! Cheer on the Monarchs at these locations this week:
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH
CCS Division II Semifinals
Monarchs vs. Alvarez
Alvarez High School
CCS Open Division Semifinals
Monarchs vs. St. Ignatius
Piedmont Hills High School
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21ST
CCS Open Consolation Game
Monarchs vs. Serra
AMHS Fien Gym