On Friday, Monarchs packed the stands to welcome Aaron Gordon '13, power forward for the Orlando Magic, back to his home court. Before a cheering crowd during halftime, the Monarchs retired his jersey and presented him with a framed No. 32 jersey to take home. Watch video of Gordon’s arrival and the Monarch reaction on 49ers Cal-Hi Sports and GetSportsFocus or read about it in The Mercury News.
"I cannot say thank you enough for everybody that came out," Aaron told the crowd. "More special than getting my jersey retired is the community that Mitty provided. I remember running around here at 9 years old."
During the same night, the Monarchs beat St. Ignatius, 85-39.The men's basketball team played some of its best basketball of the season, jumping out to a 24-0 lead before the Wildcats finally scored just minutes before the end of the first quarter. In the first half, alone, junior Michael Mitchell had 17 points and 6 rebounds. Senior Owen Browne added 13 points, while senior Marcus Greene and junior Arrish Bhandal added 11 points each.
Earlier in the week, the Monarchs also beat Sacred Heart Cathedral, 84-71. Junior Arrish Bhandal led the Monarchs with 21 points and 5 rebounds, and senior Marcus Greene had 18 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists. The Monarchs are currently 13-2 this season and are ranked among the top 10 teams in the state.
On Saturday, the men's soccer team beat Bellarmine, 2-1, in their first meeting of the season. Both Monarch goals came in before the half with junior Nicholas Coldiron contributing one goal and senior Timothy Rast — with an assist from senior Victor Diaz — adding the other. Monarch defense was in full form in the second half of the game, which kept the Monarchs in the lead.
About 10 weeks into the season, the women's basketball team is ranked the top team in the CCS, according to the latest ranking from Prep2Prep, released last week. With a perfect 3-0 WCAL record and an overall 13-3 season record, the Monarchs are off to a great start.
On Saturday, the Monarchs defeated Presentation, 73-34, in their third league contest of the season. Junior Amelia Scharpf led the Monarchs in scoring with 18 points, while junior Sydney Bourland had 13 points, and junior Olivia Williams added 12 points.
On Wednesday, the Monarchs also beat Valley Christian, 70-25. Senior Ashley Hiraki led the way with 16 points and 8 rebounds, while Bourland had 15 points, and junior Marley Langi contributed 11 points.
The women's soccer team added another victory to their undefeated 7-0-3 season record when they beat Sacred Heart Cathedral, 1-0, on Saturday. After a scoreless first half, senior Svea Neunfinger scored the single goal of the match, giving the Monarchs the victory. She was named the Player of the Game by her coach on MaxPreps for her game-changing play in the 47th minute.
On Wednesday, the Monarchs also beat Valley Christian, 4-0, in their WCAL season opener. The Monarchs, who are the reigning CCS Open Division Champions, had key plays from several seniors during the game. The first goal came from senior Teresa Garcia, who sent the team into halftime with a 1-0 lead, thanks to an assist from senior Svea Neunfinger. Then, senior Erika Silveira had the first goal of the second half with an assist from junior Kylie McHale. Garcia added a second goal, which was the third of the match. Finally, junior Sophia Alloggiamento wrapped up the game with a fourth goal on an assist from senior Annalise Gadbois.
The men's basketball team will retire the No. 32 jersey of current Orlando Magic player and Monarch Aaron Gordon '13 during halftime at their home game against St. Ignatius at 7:30 p.m. this Friday, January 17th, in the Fien Gym. As a Monarch, Aaron helped lead the team to three league championships, four CCS Championships, and two state titles. Just last month, Aaron was named the high school basketball player of the decade by The Mercury News. Follow the Athletics Department on Twitter to see photos of the special halftime presentation: @AMHSathletics.
The women's basketball team, which is the reigning WCAL and CCS champions, beat Bishop O'Dowd and Saint Francis last week and is currently ranked among the top teams in the nation by MaxPreps. On Saturday, the team played its first league game of the year and beat Saint Francis, 80-43. A total of six players added points in the double figures, including senior Ashley Hiraki, who led the team in scoring with 13 points. Juniors Marley Langi and Katie Springs each added another 12 points.
Last Wednesday, the Monarchs also defeated Bishop O'Dowd, 64-44. At the half, the Monarchs led 26-24. By the third quarter, the Monarchs had increased that lead to 39-31. A big fourth quarter gave the Monarchs the victory. Senior Ashley Hiraki had an impressive team high of 19 points. Juniors Sydney Bourland and Katie Springs added 13 and 10 points, respectively.
The men's basketball team has started its season with an impressive 10-1 record. Last week, the Monarchs went 3-1 at The Holiday Classic in San Diego. Congratulations to junior Michael Mitchell for being named to the All-Tournament Team.
Congratulations to seniors Andrew Forman and Davis Salom for finishing in first place in their respective weight classes at the Bianchini Wrestling Tournament last weekend. And congratulations to senior Connor Edelman who won the title for his weight class at the Peninsula Wrestling Tournament in early December.
During winter break, the women's basketball team had five victories, including two wins by a single point on a 3-pointer from senior Ashley Hiraki and a 2-pointer from junior Sydney Bourland made just before the buzzer went off in the final seconds of games at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Arizona. Ashley was named to the All-Tournament Team for her game-winning performance and for being a relentless scorer at the tournament.
The Monarchs also captured 3rd place in the West Coast Jamboree Platinum Division. Juniors Sydney Bourland and Olivia Williams were named to the West Coast Jamboree All-Tournament Team. Coach Sue Phillips registered her 700th career-win for the Monarchs when the team beat St. Joseph Notre Dame as part of the tournament. Cheer on the Monarchs as they compete against Bishop O'Dowd tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Fien Gym.
The men’s basketball team won three games to win the Father Barry Classic held at Jesuit High School in Sacramento this weekend. In the first game of the tournament, the Monarchs beat Brookside Christian from Stockton, 73-54. The Monarchs went on to defeat Cathedral Catholic from San Diego, 57-56, with the winning 3-pointer from junior Michael Mitchell in the last seconds of the game. In the championship game, the Monarchs beat Brophy Prep of Arizona, 64-52. Junior Michael Mitchell was named MVP of the tournament, and senior Owen Browne was named to the all-tournament team. The Monarchs are currently undefeated with a 5-0 season record. Congratulations, Monarchs!