Honors and accolades for the award-winning Monarchs continued well into the summer this year. Here's a quick recap of achievements that occurred in June, July, and August:
A total of 10 Monarchs were named All-Americans in three different sports over the summer including soccer, swimming, and diving. One soccer player and a total of nine swimmers and divers received the special recognition. Monarchs honored included sophomores Adam Wesson and Remi Edvalson; juniors Kylie Juan and Stephanie Shao; seniors Sophia Sebastian and Tyler Wesson; and several recent graduates.
Senior Hannah Edwards has also been hard at work this summer and competed as part of the Great Britain U19 and U22 national teams for softball. This spring, she will be back on campus and ready to help the Monarchs seek another CCS banner.
GO TEAM USA!
In June, senior Haley Jones was named the No. 1 recruit in the nation for women's basketball. Since then, she competed with the USA Basketball U17 Team, which took home the gold medal in July. After the final game, Haley was one of just five athletes named to the All-Star World Team, an honor that recognizes her as one of the best high school basketball players in her age group in the world. Read more here in the Santa Cruz Sentinel.
TUESDAY, MAY 15TH
CCS Doubles Tournament
WEDNESDAY, MAY 16TH
FRIDAY, MAY 18TH
Swimming & Diving
CIF State Championships
Clovis High School
SATURDAY, MAY 19TH
Track and Field
Gilroy High School
Swimming & Diving
CIF State Championships
Clovis High School
Congratulations to the school's diving programs, which made CCS history by having two freshmen win sectional titles. Freshman Adam Wesson won the CCS Diving Championship and his brother, junior Tyler Wesson, took second place. The Monarch siblings will advance to the state championships. Freshman Remi Edvalson also won the CCS title for women's diving, set a CCS Championship record, and will advance to the state championships. This is the first time in the history of the CCS that two freshmen, let alone two freshmen from the same school, took home the CCS Diving titles!
In addition to this, congratulations to the women's swimming team, which finished third place in the league. A total of 12 students from the swimming and diving teams will advance to the state championships this weekend at Clovis High School. Among those representing the school are senior Cathy Teng, who placed second in both the 100-meter and 200-meter freestyle, and senior Daniel Marella, who took third place in the 500-meter freestyle and fourth place in the 200-meter IM.
Congratulations to the track and field team, which had both the men's and women's team finish fourth in the league. At total of 10 track and field athletes qualified for CCS this weekend.
Senior Maya Shaw won the 100-meter and 200-meter sprints; senior Philip McCabe won the 100-meter sprint; sophomore Amy Arnes won the discus event; and the men's 4x100-meter relay team, which consists of senior Philip McCabe, sophomore James Thomas, senior Logan Dawson, and junior Dominic Haggerty, won their event. The 4x100-meter relay team had an especially powerful performance over the weekend, setting a new WCAL and school record by finishing their event in 41.74 seconds! Cheer for the Monarchs this weekend as they advance to the CCS Track and Field Finals at Gilroy High School on Saturday, May 19th.
Congratulations to the swimming and diving program, which emerged victorious during the WCAL Championships this weekend. On Saturday, freshman Remi Edvalson swept first place in the women's division in her first year on the varsity team, while junior Tyler Wesson took first in the men's division. The pair will go on to compete in the CCS Diving Finals at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, May 11th, and Saturday, May 12th, at the Santa Clara International Swim Center.
The swimming team also competed in the WCAL Finals this past weekend at Bellarmine, where the women's swim team placed No. 2 in the league. Senior Cathy Teng won the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle. Senior Daniel Marella was victorious in both the 500 freestyle and 200 IM, claiming two more individual WCAL Championships. Junior Sophia Sebastian also won the 100 freestyle WCAL Championship. Go Monarchs!
The men's golf team finished among the top two teams in the league at the WCAL Ed Ravenscroft Championship Tournament last week. Junior Brian Ma shot an amazing 6 under par 66 to capture top honors at the tournament. Teammate senior Daniel Kim scored an impressive 2 under par 70 to come in second place.
Last week, junior Brian Ma was named the WCAL Golf Player of the Year. Senior Daniel Kim and juniors Aashish Achanta and Brian Ma were named to the All-WCAL First Team, while junior Niko Veroulis was named to the All-League Honorable Mention team. The team will advance to the CCS Playoffs tomorrow at Laguna Seca in Monterey. Good luck the rest of the way!
Congratulations to these four outstanding student-athletes, who were recognized at the all-school assembly last week:
Male Athlete of the Year: Senior Riley Grigsby
Female Athlete of the Year: Junior Haley Jones
Male Scholar Athlete of the Year: Senior Derek Jones
Female Scholar Athlete of the Year: Senior Emily Genevriere
Congratulations to the badminton team, which captured the BVAL Championship this past weekend, after winning their final two games of the season. The Monarchs remain undefeated on the home court and finished the season with an impressive 11-game winning streak.
Last week, the Monarchs beat Mt. Pleasant, 9-6. Sophomore Dani Judilla played her first varsity match of the season and won 21-8, 21-4. The men's singles and women's doubles also swept the competition. Just days later, the Monarchs defeated Valley Christian, 9-6. The men's doubles and mixed doubles swept the competition. Juniors Nique Lee and Elina Xie had one of their best performances of the season, winning 21-11, 21-15. Sophomore Leo Cheng won his men's singles match 22-20, 21-16, and remained undefeated the entire season, finishing with an impressive 18-0 record. Junior Hari Rao also completed the season undefeated.
These two victories helped the program claim its fourth banner. The Monarchs will go on to represent the school at division finals this week in all five categories with sophomore Justin Wang and junior Hari Rao in men's singles, senior Lahra Ahearn in women's singles, freshman Briana Meng and junior Kajal Patel in women's doubles, sophomore Eric Zhang and senior Ryan Coldiron in men's doubles, and junior Jeffrey Qu and senior Caroline Manibo, plus sophomore Nathan Lee and senior Teresa Le in mixed doubles. Congratulations, Monarchs!
These special games are coming up this week. Join us on campus to celebrate these seniors as they show their Monarch pride:
Track and Field
Monarchs vs. Valley Christian
Wednesday, May 2nd
Monarchs vs. Monta Vista
Thursday, May 3rd
Monarchs advanced to the WCAL Individual Tournament last week where freshman Brian Chong and senior Kunal Barde were named doubles champions. The duo had a win against Bellarmine in the finals, 6-4, 6-3, to secure the top honor. Seniors Anand Narayan and Jack Garvey also advanced to the doubles tournament, where they placed fourth. Congratulations, Monarchs!
The Monarchs beat Bellarmine 4-3 in extra innings last week, propelling themselves to one of the top two spots in the league. The Monarchs were led by junior Joe Yorke who had 3 RBI's, including the game winner and a two-run shot that put the Monarchs in the lead during the second inning. By the top of the sixth inning, the teams were tied but Yorke had an RBI in the eighth inning, which gave the Monarchs the winning run. Senior Miguel Cebedo also had two hits. Freshman Tommy Splaine, junior Dominic Quinones, and senior Josh Seward all had great pitching outings. Congratulations, Monarchs!
Monarchs vs. Serra
Thursday, April 26th
Monarchs vs. Sacred Heart Prep
Friday, April 27th
Many winter sports teams received post-season recognitions. Check out each team's website to see the awards student-athletes and coaches won this past season. Here are links to each of the team pages:
• Men's Basketball
• Men's Soccer
• Women's Basketball
• Women's Soccer
The men's baseball team had back-to-back victories against Archbishop Riordan and Sacred Heart Cathedral last week. Going into the game against Archbishop Riordan, the Monarchs were on a 10-game winning streak. Sophomore Nick Yorke had two RBIs during the game against Riordan, helping the Monarchs to a 6-1 victory against the Crusaders. The team went on to beat Sacred Heart Cathedral, 4-1. Yorke contributed two runs against the Fightin' Irish, while Miguel Cebedo had two RBIs and a homerun, and senior Josh Seward pitched a complete game. The Monarchs are currently ranked among the top three teams in the league and the best 10 programs in the state. Congratulations, Monarchs!
The Monarchs swept three consecutive games last week against Gunderson, Leigh, and Del Mar, victories that put the team at the top of their league. The team is currently on a 9-match winning streak and has been undefeated on the home court. Last Monday, the Monarchs had a victory against Gunderson. The team swept the men's singles, women's singles, and women's doubles, winning the match 12-3. The women's doubles team consisting of freshman Briana Meng and junior Kajal Patel gave a strong performance and won their match 21-14, 21-23, 21-17. The following day, the Monarchs played Leigh, winning that match 10-5. The men's doubles team of juniors Aadhithya Manimaran and Kenny Lin had an amazing performance, defeating their opponents 21-13, 18-21, 22-20. On Thursday, the Monarchs played Del Mar and swept the men's singles and women's doubles. In addition to that, the mixed doubles team of sophomore Nathan Lee and senior Teresa Le won their match 21-13, 19-21, 21-18. The Monarchs beat Del Mar, 11-4. Great job, Monarchs!
Congratulations to the following athletes who participated in College Signing Day last week:
Tatum Rausch: Women's Lacrosse; Lewis University
Maya Shaw: Track; University of San Francisco
Amanda Rice: Women's Water Polo; Villanova University
Monarchs vs. St. Ignatius
Thursday, April 19th
The men's volleyball team beat Morro Bay in two sets this weekend to capture the Silver Division Championship for the Harbor Tournament. The Monarchs beat Paso Robles and Oak Grove to advance to the championship match against Morro Bay.
Earlier this month, the Monarchs beat St. Francis in 4 sets. Senior Derek Jones was named Player of the Match on MaxPreps and led the way with 18 kills, while junior Justin Zenk added 6 kills, and senior Jackson Rasmussen had 5 kills. A special congratulations to Derek, who was named the WCAL and CCS Male Scholar Athlete of the Year. Great job, Monarchs!
The softball team team had victories against two league rivals last week: Presentation and St. Ignatius. Sophomore Diamond Holland was 5-5 and hit for the cycle vs. St. Ignatius while junior Hannah Edwards won both games on the mound. Senior Mariah Dewey knocked in the winning run against Presentation. The team boasts a 10-3 season record. Watch the Monarchs play St. Francis in a home game at 4:00 p.m. tomorrow.
The swim team had an excellent showing at the prestigious annual California Catholic High School Swim Challenge, which features the best Catholic high schools in the state, this weekend in Southern California. Senior Daniel Marella set the meet record with the men's 200 IM, while senior Cathy Teng did the same for the women's 100 freestyle. Marella took home medals in the men’s 200 IM and 500 freestyle, while sophomore Jassen Yep received medals for his performances in the men's 100 butterfly and the 100 breastroke. Last week, Coach Tom Miller '83 was also named the CCS Girls Swimming Honor Coach, an honor that recognizes him for his coaching accomplishments, his service to the sport, and his inspirational behavior toward athletes, coaches, fellow teachers, administrators, parents, and the public. Great job, Monarchs!