Athletics in the News

Men's Soccer Beats Bellarmine

February 13, 2018

The men's soccer team had two wins last week, including a second 1-0 victory against Bellarmine during an away game this past weekend. The two teams were tied at halftime, but senior Josh Robertson made the winning goal with an assist from senior Jota Yamaguchi during the second half. The victory marks the team's 12th win this season and their seventh in league play. The Monarchs are currently undefeated and ranked No. 9 in the state. Congratulations, Monarchs!

Women's Soccer Wins WCAL Championship

February 13, 2018

The women's soccer team had two wins last week, including a 4-0 victory against Sacred Heart Cathedral that helped the team clinch its fourth consecutive WCAL Championship. Sophomore Erika Silveira was recognized by her coach on MaxPreps as the Player of the Game for her two goals, as well as her "dizzying dribbling displays" through the Fighting Irish’s defense. The Monarchs are currently ranked No. 5 in the state and continue to be undefeated in league play.

Last Wednesday, seven of the team’s seniors participated in the College Signing Day and committed to play soccer at four-year universities such as Rice University; Sonoma State University; and California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. The recognitions for the Monarchs don't stop there. Earlier this month, senior captain Macy McHale was highlighted by Cal-Hi Sports with the Spirit of Achievement Award, which recognizes students who have overcome adversity to succeed in school and sports. Watch the story featuring McHale here: Congratulations, Monarchs!

Wrestling Advances to CCS

February 13, 2018

The men's wrestling team finished fifth place in the WCAL championships this weekend, with an impressive nine wrestlers moving on to compete in the CCS championships. These Monarchs each finished in second place and will advance to sectionals: sophomore Jake Barbeau at 145 pounds, sophomore Andrew Forman at 154 pounds, senior Charles Baguley at 162 pounds, senior Evan Friend at 172 pounds, senior Dominic Torregroza at 222 pounds, and sophomore Davis Salom at 285 pounds. Junior Ryan Smith at 113 pounds and sophomore Connor Edelman at 134 pounds were close behind with third place finishes in their weight classes. Great job Monarchs!

Women's Basketball Remains Undefeated

February 6, 2018

The women's basketball team continues to be ranked No. 1 in the nation and is undefeated with an impressive 20-0 record. This past weekend, they beat league rival Presentation, 81-24. Junior Haley Jones had 22 points, 11 rebounds, and five assists; senior Karisma Ortiz added 16 points, 9 rebounds, and 10 assists; and senior Nicole Blakes had 14 points, 12 rebounds, and eight blocks.

Prior to that, the Monarchs had a 105-66 victory against Valley Christian. Junior Haley Jones led the way with an outstanding 32 points, followed closely by senior Nicole Blakes with 20 points, and seniors Karisma Ortiz and Krissy Miyahara, who each added 17 points.

The women's basketball program has a legacy of success. For the past 25 years in a row, each team had 20 or more wins, according to Coach Sue Phillips. Read more about this year's special team in the SF Gate.

AMHS Live to Broadcast Women's Basketball vs. Sacred Heart Cathedral

February 6, 2018

Don't miss the opportunity to cheer on the Monarchs as they play Sacred Heart Cathedral at 6:30 p.m. this Saturday, February 10th. Can't be there in person? Watch live streaming video from AMHS Live:

Wrestling Beats St. Francis

February 6, 2018

Wrestling defeated St. Francis, 46-19, on Thursday in a highly anticipated WCAL match. The Monarchs got pins from: junior Ryan Smith, sophomore Matthew Torregroza, and senior Dominic Torregroza, along with a decisive victory from senior Evan Friend.

Men's Basketball Beats Bellarmine

February 6, 2018

The Monarchs defeated Bellarmine, 67-56, last week in front of a packed crowd. Four Monarchs scored in double figures, including senior Riley Grigsby with 19 points; junior Joseph Vaughn with 12 points; and senior Charles Meng and sophomore Devan Sapp with 11 points each. Read more about the game in The Mercury News. Senior Riley Grigsby was recognized as the Top Flight Elite Game Changer by GetSportsFocus for his performances in the recent victories against St. Ignatius and Bellarmine. Great job, Monarchs!

Men's Basketball Tops St. Ignatius, Valley Christian

January 30, 2018

The men's basketball team added two victories last week, beating league rivals Valley Christian and St. Ignatius. The Monarchs beat Valley Christian, 65-56. Senior Riley Grigsby had 21 points, 15 rebounds, and five blocks. Junior Joseph Vaughn added 12 points and four rebounds while senior Charles Meng had 10 points, four rebounds, and four assists.

Later in the week, the Monarchs traveled to San Francisco, where they beat St. Ignatius, 66-63. Sophomore Devan Sapp scored 16 points, while seniors Riley Grigsby and Hekili Jordan each added 14 points, and senior Charles Meng had 12 points. The Monarchs are on a four-game win streak headed into Tuesday's game against Bellarmine at 7:30 p.m. in the Fien Gym. Don't miss the game. Go Monarchs!

Wrestling Team Defeats Sacred Heart Cathedral

January 30, 2018

The wrestling team traveled to San Francisco last week where they beat league rival Sacred Heart Cathedral. The Monarchs fell behind early, 27-3, but battled back to a tie, 27-27. The team clinched the meet when senior Dominic Torregroza won his 285-pound match with a score of 7-3, pushing the team score to a victorious 37-36.

The Monarchs were led by sophomore Douglas Nolin, who won the 126-pound title, sophomore Jake Barbeau who had a pin in the 145-pound weight class, sophomore Andrew Forman who had a pin at 152 pounds, and senior Evan Friend with the pin at 170 pounds. The Monarchs will continue WCAL contests this week, traveling to Bellarmine on Tuesday and hosting St. Francis on Thursday. Great job, Monarchs!

Men's Soccer Team Continues Season Undefeated

January 23, 2018

The men's soccer team continued their undefeated season, adding two victories against league rivals Bellarmine and Archbishop Riordan to their record this past week. On Wednesday, the Monarchs beat Bellarmine, 1-0, in extra time. Junior Oscar Toulet scored the goal on an assist by senior Josh Robertson.

On Saturday, the team also beat Archbishop Riordan, 11-1. Junior Mica Sinko had three goals while senior Fernando Fonseca-Vallejo had two goals. Six other Monarchs also had individual goals. The Monarchs have had eight victories and four ties this season and are currently ranked No. 4 in the state and No. 14 in the nation, according to MaxPreps. Congratulations, Monarchs! Watch the Monarchs take on the Valley Christian Warriors at 7:30 p.m. this Tuesday, January 23rd, at AMHS Mise Park.

Women's Soccer Team Tops Presentation and Alisal

January 23, 2018

The women's soccer team beat Presentation and Alisal last week, bringing their season record to 12-1-1. On Wednesday, the Monarchs had a 5-2 victory against league rival Presentation. After falling behind 2-1 at the half, the team rallied and scored four goals in the second half of the game. Senior Hailey Smith was recognized as the Player of the Game on MaxPreps for her precise long throws, including one to senior Macy McHale, who made the 55th minute match-winning goal. Seniors Paris Fox and Macy McHale each had two goals, while junior Shannon Coyle added a fifth goal.

The Monarchs had a second victory on Saturday, when they beat Alisal 7-1. Junior Cassie Snow was recognized as the Player of the Game by her coach for having four goals against the Alisal Trojans and scoring with both her feet and her head. Senior Macy McHale, junior Katelyn Meyer, and sophomore Teresa Garcia also had goals in the game. The team currently has a perfect 4-0 league record and is ranked No. 6 in the state and No. 13 in the nation. Great job, Monarchs!

Men's Basketball Team Beats Serra

January 23, 2018

The men's basketball team exploded with victories against Archbishop Riordan and Serra last week. On Tuesday, the Monarchs beat Archbishop Riordan 66-60. Senior Riley Grigsby had 20 points, 14 rebounds, and seven assists; senior Charles Meng had 11 points and six rebounds; and junior Joseph Vaughn had 10 points and four steals.

On Friday, the Monarchs went on the road and defeated Serra 62-57 in double overtime. The Monarchs took the lead 18-8 in the first quarter and kept it through the third quarter. With just 3 minutes and 48 seconds left on the clock, the tables turned and the Monarchs trailed Serra 45-42. The Monarchs played through two overtimes, eventually beating Serra, 62-57. Senior Riley Grigsby had 15 points and nine rebounds, while sophomore Devin Sapp had 15 points. Congratulations, Monarchs!

Don't miss a chance to cheer on the Monarchs as they play Valley Christian at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 23rd, in the Fien Gym. Can't attend the game in person? Watch:

Wrestling Team Competes in Jim Root Classic

January 23, 2018

The men's wrestling team had an excellent showing at the Jim Root Wrestling Classic, where several Monarchs placed in their individual weight classes. Senior Evan Friend placed third at 170 pounds while sophomore Andrew Forman took fourth at 152 pounds. Seniors Charles Baguley and Dominic Torregroza also took consolation championships in their weight classes. Great job, Monarchs!

Women's Basketball Sweeps Nike Tournament of Champions

January 9, 2018

The women's basketball team started off the new year by claiming the No. 1 spot in all three of the nation's ranking systems in January, including ESPN, USA Today, and MaxPreps. So far, the team has an impressive 12-0 record. In late December, the team beat St Mary's High School 57-50 to clinch the title for the Nike Tournament of Champions, one of the most prestigious tournaments in the nation for women's basketball. Junior Haley Jones was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player and joined senior Nicole Blakes with all-tournament honors. Read ESPN's story about the Monarchs' performances here.

In December, Jones was recognized by the Mercury News in three straight highlight reels for her role in helping the Monarchs beat Bishop O'Dowd, Oak Ridge, and McClatchy. That same month, the team participated in the West Coast Jamboree and took home the championship in the Platinum Division, which is the tournament's top bracket. Junior Haley Jones was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player and seniors Karisma Ortiz and Nicole Blakes were selected to the All-Tournament Team for the Platinum Division. Great job, Monarchs!

Men's Soccer Team Undefeated

January 9, 2018

The men's soccer team is currently undefeated and ranked No. 2 in the state according to MaxPreps. Last week in their league opener, the Monarchs defeated previously unbeaten Serra, 2-1. Juniors Owen Byrnes and Jason Vaz each had goals with juniors Mica Sinko and Ivan Orlovic making the assists. Most recently, the team tied with St. Ignatius 1-1 to defend their top spot in the CCS. Great job Monarchs!

Women's Volleyball Earns All-American Honors

January 9, 2018

The women's volleyball team wrapped up the school year with some impressive post-season awards. Since our last newsletter, the team had one athlete named an All-American by FloVolleyball and two athletes honored as All-Americans by MaxPreps. In addition to this, three athletes were named to All-State Teams by Cal High Sports and five were recognized to All-Mercury News Teams. Senior Kamrin Caoili was named the All-Mercury News Player of the Year and is a finalist for the National Player of the Year award by Prep Volleyball, an honor that will be decided in the next few weeks. Teammate and senior Makaela Tanaka has been selected as a finalist for National Setter of the Year by Prep Volleyball, an award that will be chosen in the next few weeks. Longtime coach Bret Almazan-Cezar also took home some serious accolades including Coach of the Year from the Mercury News and All-USA Volleyball Coach of the Year from USA Today. Read all the awards the team has claimed this season on the women's volleyball page of the school's website. Great job, Monarchs!


Men's Soccer Starts Season with Four Consecutive Wins

December 19, 2017

The varsity men's soccer team started their season strong with four straight victories. Last week, the team beat Prospect 4-2. The Monarchs led the first half, 2-1, then repeated the same score in the second half. Seniors Jota Yamaguchi and Josh Robertson plus juniors Andre Thurmann and Oscar Toulet, had goals.

On Saturday, the Monarchs had their fourth victory of the season when they beat Bullard 3-0. The Monarchs took the lead in the first half with a single goal, then added two more goals in the second half, bringing the score to 3-0. Seniors Jota Yamaguchi and Josh Robertson plus junior Owen Byrnes had goals. The team is currently ranked No. 1 in the WCAL by Prep2Prep Sports. Great job, Monarchs!

Wrestling Team Finishes Strong at Nick Buzolich Tournament

December 19, 2017

The varsity men's team had a strong showing at the annual Nick Buzolich Wrestling Tournament, where senior Evan Friend finished second and sophomore Andrew Forman placed fourth. Congratulations, Monarchs!

Monarchs Named to All-League Teams

December 12, 2017

Congratulations to the student-athletes named to all-league teams this fall. Each year, the WCAL and BVAL compile lists of the best athletes in the league and recognize these students at the end of the season. Click on the team below to visit their page on the school's website. Then, select "Achievements" on the right side of that page to see the awards captured this fall:


Women's Basketball Tops Oak Ridge

December 12, 2017

The women's basketball team beat Oak Ridge 64-28 in the Laney Junior College Showcase on Saturday. The team was led by junior Haley Jones, who had 20 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, and 5 blocks. Senior Nicole Blakes added 15 points, while senior Karisma Ortiz had 9 points and 6 assists. The women's basketball program was ranked among the top five in the nation in the Xcellent 25 Writers' Poll released by MaxPreps last week. Congratulations, Monarchs!