Athletics in the News

Football Advances to CCS Championship with "Monarch Miracle"

November 22, 2022

The Monarchs defeated the Saint Francis Lancers, 42-41, in a thrilling overtime victory last Friday. With less than 5 minutes on the clock, the Monarchs were trailing by 15 points when they stepped it up in what The Mercury News called a “Monarch Miracle.” The team, which chose the motto “Gritty Mitty” this season, did indeed show their courage and resolve. With 4 minutes and 46 seconds left on the clock, senior quarterback Wills Towers passed to junior Caden Allard for a touchdown. Then, Towers passed to senior Benjamin Kim for a second touchdown. With just 24 seconds left on the clock, Towers passed to senior Danny Scudero for a two-point conversion, which tied the game, 35-35. In overtime, Towers passed to senior Charlie Butler for a touchdown, which gave the Monarchs the lead, 42-35. After St. Francis scored on the next possession, the Lancers were unable to convert the extra point, and the Monarchs won 42-41. For the team’s seniors, the victory this past Friday means another chance to wear black and gold.

“It feels unreal, to be honest,” Butler told The Mercury News. “It’s so special. I couldn’t let this be my last week of football. I don’t think any of our seniors could, either.”

The Monarchs have a 9-3 season record and are ranked one of the top five teams in the San Francisco Metro by MaxPreps. Cheer on the Monarchs as they take on Serra in the CCS Championships at 7 p.m. this Friday, November 25th, at San Jose City College. Get tickets here. Go Monarchs!

Field Hockey Wins CCS Championship!

November 15, 2022

Congratulations to the field hockey team, which captured the CCS Championship in a 1-0 victory over Christopher on Saturday, with the game-changing goal coming from junior Tiana Osuna. The win is the ninth CCS Championship in program history and concludes the team’s incredible season with an overall 20-2-1 record!

Monarchs Advance to State Championship

November 15, 2022

Congratulations to the men's and women's cross country teams, which placed 10th and fifth, respectively, in the CCS Championships on Saturday. A special congratulations to sophomore Evie Marheineke and junior Liam Saxton, who each placed second in their individual races, qualifying for the state championship on Saturday, November 26th, in Fresno.

Football Advances to CCS DI Semifinals

November 15, 2022

The football team defeated Los Gatos, 29-28, in the CCS quarterfinals last Friday in a thrilling overtime victory at Los Gatos. The Monarchs will advance to the CCS DI Semifinals vs. St. Francis at 7 p.m. this Friday, November 18th, at St. Francis.

"It doesn't get better than this," senior Danny Scudero told The Mercury News. "Los Gatos is a good team. They're in Division I for a reason."

Scudero scored the deciding points on a two-point conversion on a pass from senior Wills Towers. Scudero also began the game with a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown on the opening kickoff.

Women's Volleyball Advances to NorCal Championship

November 15, 2022

The women's volleyball team defeated Oak Ridge High School, 3-0, on Saturday in the Fien Gym. The Monarchs currently have an incredible 30-8 season record and are ranked one of the top 10 teams in the state by MaxPreps. The team will play St. Francis for the NorCal Championships at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15th, at St. Francis with the winner advancing to the State Championship.

Games to Watch

November 7, 2022

This week, many fall sports teams are participating in CCS Semifinals, CCS Championships, and NorCal Playoffs. Mark your calendars, and don’t miss these games!

Men’s Water Polo
CCS DI Semifinal
Monarchs vs. Los Altos 
5:30 p.m.
Gunn High School

Field Hockey
CCS Semifinal
Monarchs vs. Gilroy
4:30 p.m.
Valley Christian High School
Women’s Water Polo
CCS DI Semifinal
Monarchs vs. Gunn
5:30 p.m.
Gunn High School
Women’s Volleyball
NorCal Open Division Quarterfinal
Monarchs vs. Monte Vista
6 p.m.
Fien Gym

CCS Open Division Quarterfinals
Monarchs vs. Los Gatos
7 p.m.
Los Gatos High School

Cross Country
CCS Championships
Women’s Team Races at 1:30 p.m.; Men’s Team Races at 2:05 p.m.
Crystal Springs

For all CCS and NorCal games, tickets must be purchased on GoFan.

Monarchs Named WCAL Champions in Cross Country

November 7, 2022

For the first time in school history, Monarchs won both the men’s and women’s individual WCAL Championships for cross country last week! On Wednesday, sophomore Evie Marheineke won the women’s race, claiming the individual WCAL Championship at Crystal Springs in Belmont with a time of 17 minutes and 19 seconds. She led the women’s team in placing second overall and achieved a personal record time on the course. Junior Liam Saxton also won the men’s race, claiming the individual WCAL Championship with a time of 15 minutes and 53 seconds. He is the first individual WCAL Champion in cross country for the men’s team in school history, and completed the race in personal record time with a blistering 5 minute and 32 second average mile time! An impressive two out of every three runners on the entire cross country team competing in the WCAL Championships had personal records in this race. Good luck to both teams at the CCS Championships this weekend on Saturday, November 12th! The women race at 1:30 p.m. and the men at 2:05 p.m. with live results available at

Field Hockey Defeats Saint Ignatius in CCS Quarterfinals

November 7, 2022

The field hockey team beat St. Ignatius, 2-1, on Saturday, earning a spot in the CCS Semifinals. With six minutes to go in the first quarter, senior Jaylene Banaag scored the first goal, giving the Monarchs a 1-0 lead. By halftime, the score was tied, 1-1. But in the fourth quarter, junior Tiana Osuna scored the deciding goal with almost 10 minutes left in the game.

Women's Water Polo Advances to CCS Semifinals

November 7, 2022

The women’s water polo team defeated Menlo Atherton, 7-6, on Saturday to advance to the CCS Semifinals. By the end of the first quarter, the score was tied, 2-2. But by halftime, the Monarchs had the lead, 4-3. A special shoutout goes to junior Gracie Imrisek who scored four goals, earned five steals, and drew two ejections. Another shout out goes to goalie and sophomore Khushi Chitkara, who, in her very first varsity start, came up with some timely blocks to keep the momentum in the Monarchs’ favor.

Men's Water Polo Advances to CCS Semifinals

November 7, 2022

The men’s water polo team defeated Woodside, 8-2, on Saturday to advance to the CCS Semifinals. The Monarchs had the lead by the end of the first quarter, 2-1. By halftime, they had added two more goals and led the way, 4-1. Goalie and senior Patrick Maytum had excellent defense, only letting two goals in during the entire game. Freshman Gordon Vernooy played great center defense, and junior Lucas Gannon scored some clutch goals.