Athletics in the News

Vote for Evie Marheineke for Athlete of the Week

September 11, 2023

Congratulations to junior cross country runner Evie Marheineke, who is a Bay Area News Group Athlete of the Week nominee. Evie won the Ed Sias Invitational in Martinez this past Saturday by 30 seconds, breaking a Monarch course record (which she set last year) with a time of 12:07. Evie helped lead the women's team to a second place overall finish in the event. Vote for Evie here.

Vote for AJ Cenizal for Athlete of the Week

September 5, 2023

Senior running back AJ Cenizal is a Bay Area News Group Athlete of the Week nominee this week. In Friday's 41-28 football win over Aptos, AJ rushed for 251 yards and 2 touchdowns. He has helped lead the Monarchs to a 2-0 start to their season. Vote for AJ here.

Vote for Izzy Romero for Athlete of the Week

September 5, 2023

Junior outside hitter Izzy Romero is a Bay Area News Group Athlete of the Week nominee this week. Izzy helped lead the Monarchs to a 2-0 start to WCAL play last week, including getting the final kill of the Monarchs' 3-1 victory over the previously #1 ranked team in Norther California, St. Francis, last Tuesday. The Monarchs are off to an 8-0 start overall. Vote for Izzy here.

McKenna Woliczko Named Cal-Hi Sports Freshman of the Year

August 16, 2023

Congratulations to sophomore McKenna Woliczko who this week was named the Cal-Hi Sports freshman of the year for the 2022-23 school year. McKenna had a dominant year in women's basketball, helping lead the Monarchs to WCAL, CCS and NorCal Open Division championships. She was named WCAL Player of the Year, CCS Player of the Year and first team all-state for her performance on the court. Immediately after the season, McKenna joined the softball team, and was named CCS Player of the Year in softball as well. This summer, McKenna helped lead the USA Women's Basketball U16 team to a gold medal in the FIBA Americas Tournament in Mexico. Read more about McKenna's accomplishments in the Cal-Hi Sports story here.

Aaron Gordon '13 Wins NBA Championship

June 13, 2023

Congratulations to Monarch alumnus Aaron Gordon who helped the Denver Nuggets win their first ever NBA championship last night. Aaron is in his third year with the Nuggets and played an integral role in helping lead the team to a championship. Known as an incredible defender, Gordon was the primary defender of multiple NBA superstars throughout the playoffs. As a Monarch, Gordon led the men's basketball team to four CCS, three NorCal and two state championsips. 

Vote for Mia Rodriguez for Athlete of the Week

May 23, 2023

Junior softball player Mia Rodriguez is a Bay Area News Group nominee for athlete of the week. Mia has played great all season long for the Monarchs, hitting .438 for the team that captured a share of the WCAL title this season. In Saturday's CCS Open Division quarterfinal game, Mia was 2-4, including the game winning, walk-off hit in the bottom of the 8th inning to give the Monarchs a 3-2 win over Sequoia. Softball faces Hollister today at 4pm at Los Gatos in the semifinals. Vote for Mia here.

Softball Wins WCAL Championship

May 16, 2023

On Friday, the softball team captured a share of the WCAL league championship with a 6-3 victory over Valley Christian on Senior Day. The Monarchs finished WCAL play with a 9-1 record in the league. This is the program’s 16th WCAL championship overall. Up next for the Monarchs is the CCS Playoffs beginning this Saturday at home vs Sequoia at 11am.

Freshman Laila Wang Wins CCS Singles Badminton Title

May 16, 2023

Congratulations to freshman Laila Wang, who won the CCS singles’ championship this past Saturday at Independence High School. After winning the women’s singles championship in the BVAL last week, Laila followed that up with a dominating performance at CCS. On that day, Laila never lost a set, winning in the championship match 21-13, 21-17. Up next for Laila is the NorCal Playoffs this Saturday.

Men's Volleyball Wins WCAL Championship

May 5, 2023

Congratulations to our men's volleyball team who captured the WCAL championship last night with a win on the road at Valley Christian. After falling down 2-1, the Monarchs rallied to win set 4 25-23 to even things up, and then won the deciding 5th set 15-8. Junior Zach Flynn lead the Monarchs with 17 kills, while senior Max Scarpf added 9 and senior Lucas Miller had 8. Junior setter Anderson Walker added 15 digs for the Monarchs. The win came the day after the Monarchs upset the top-seeded Lancers of St. Francis on the road 3-1. The Monarchs will compete in the CCS Playoffs beginning next week.

Laila Wang Named Bay Area News Group Athlete of the Week

May 5, 2023

Congratulations to freshman badminton player Laila Wang who was voted the Bay Area News Group female athlete of the week for this week. Laila came in first place in singles in the Mt. Hamilton Division and will be competing in CCS next week. Read more about her accomplishment here.

Ten Teams Named CCS Spring Scholastic Championship Teams

May 5, 2023

Congratulations to ten of our Spring sports teams who were named CCS Spring Scholastic Championship teams for having one of the top five cumulative GPA's in their sport for the section. The ten sports that received this honor were: badminton, baseball, men's golf, men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse, softball, men's swimming and diving, women's swimming and diving, men's tennis, and men's volleyball. Great job by all of our student athletes. Read more about the honor here

Vote for Luka Pintar for Athlete of the Week

May 1, 2023

Junior pitcher Luka Pintar has been nominated as a Bay Area News Group Athlete of the Week. Luka led the Monarch baseball team to a 3-1 vitory at Bellarmine on Friday with a dominant performance, allowing only two hits and one unearned run while striking out 8 in a complete game victory. Vote for Luka here.

Vote for Laila Wang for Athlete of the Week

May 1, 2023

Freshman badminton player Laila Wang has been nominated for the Bay Area News Group Athlete of the Week. Laila currently has a 13-2 record and is the number one seed in the women's singles in the Mt. Hamilton Division. This week the team will be competing in the Division Finals at Independence High School. Vote for Laila here.

Vote for Corri Hicks for Athlete of the Week

April 25, 2023

Vote for senior Corri Hicks of our softball team for this week's Bay Area News Group Athlete of the Week. Corri helped lead the Monarchs to three wins last week, including driving in the winning run of Wednesday's game vs state #2 St. Francis. Voting closes Thursday. Vote here.

Postseason Awards Continue to Come In For Freshman McKenna Woliczko

April 18, 2023

After an incredible freshman season, McKenna Woliczko has continued to receive local and national awards for her performance this year in helping lead the Monarch women's basketball team to WCAL, CCS Open Division and NorCal Open Division championships. McKenna was named the WCAL Player of the Year, the Bay Area News Group Player of the Year, San Francisco Chronicle All-Metro Player of the Year, 49ers Cal-Hi CCS Player of the Year, NorCal Preps Player of the Year, Sportsbook Live National Newcomer of the Year, and MaxPreps National Co-Freshman of the Year. Congratulations on an incredible freshman season and we are excited to watch you compete in 2023-24! 

Softball Throws Back to Back Perfect Games

April 18, 2023

The softball team had an historic break, with pitchers throwing back to back perfect games. On April 5th, freshman Kyleigh Mace retired all 18 Sacred Heart Cathedral batters she faced as the Monarchs beat the Irish 13-0. Kyleigh struck out 8 batters in the game as well. Read more about the game in the Santa Cruz Sentinel here. The next day, as the Monarchs competed in the Stampede tournament, senior Ava Markert threw another perfect game as the Monarchs beat Carondelet 8-0. Read more about the historic accomplishment here.

Vote for Ronan Gilmore for Athlete of the Week

March 27, 2023

Senior baseball player Ronan Gilmore is a Bay Area News Group athlete of the week nominee after helping lead the Monarch baseball team to three big wins last week. On Friday, Ronan had two hits in a come from behind, extra inning win vs league rival Bellarmine, and he followed that up on Saturday with two more hits and a run scored in another extra inning win on the road at Los Gatos. Vote for Ronan here.

Evie Marheineke Sets New School Record in 3200M

March 21, 2023

Congratulations to sophomore Evie Marheineke who broke a 21 year old school record in the 3200M race by finishing with a 10:40.56 time at the Dublin Distance Fiesta on Saturday. The previous record was set in 2002 by Mikayla Plank with a time of 10:55.61. Evie and the track team will continue WCAL competition this Wednesday as they host Sacred Heart Cathedral and Riordan at 3pm.

Archbishop Mitty Named Safe Sport School by NATA

March 7, 2023

Archbishop Mitty this week receiveed the Safe Sport School Award from the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA). The award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that have met the recommended standards to improve safety in sports. The award reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention, and treatment. Congratulations and thank you to our two athletic trainers, Chelsea and Scott, for all they do to keep our student-athletes healthy.

Vote for Monty Sunderland for Athlete of the Week

March 6, 2023

Vote for sophomore baseball player Monty Sunderland for this week's Bay Area News Group's athlete of the week. Monty helped lead the Monarchs to a 6-2 victory over Valley Christian on Friday in the championship game of the Wilcox Tournament. He pitched a strong six innings to earn the win, striking out two, while allowing only six hits and zero walks. Vote for Monty here.

Women's Basketball Advances to NorCal Championship Game

March 6, 2023

On Saturday night, the women’s basketball team beat Clovis West 63-43 to advance to the NorCal Open Division championship game. Freshman McKenna Woliczko led the Monarchs with 14 points and 13 rebounds, senior Elle Hanson scored 11 points, and junior Morgan Cheli added 8 points, 3 steals and 3 assists. Read more about the game in the Mercury News here. The Monarchs will host Salesian tomorrow night in Fien Gym at 7pm.

Baseball Wins Wilcox Tournament

March 6, 2023

The baseball team won the Wilcox Tournament last week with wins over Leland, Palo Alto, and Valley Christian. On Thursday, the Monarchs beat Palo Alto 9-4 behind big performances from senior Alijah Ramos, who was 3-4 with 2 doubles and 2 runs, senior Matteo Blandino, who was 2-3 with 2 runs, and junior Makoa Sniffen, who was 3-3 with 3 runs. On Friday, the Monarchs beat Valley Christian 6-2 in the championship game behind a great offensive output in a 5 run 5th inning, and 6 strong innings of pitching from sophomore Monty Sunderland to pick up the win. The team is currently 4-0 on the season. Great job, Monarchs.

Women's Basketball Wins CCS Open Championship

February 28, 2023

Congratulations to our women's basketball team who won the CCS Open Division Championship on Friday with a 74-51 win over Pinewood at Santa Clara University. Freshman McKenna Woliczko led the Monarchs in scoring with 22 points, and junior Morgan Cheli added 18 and senior Maya Hernandez had 12. The championship is the 31st section title for the program, a state record. Read more about the game in the Mercury News here. The Monarchs received the number 2 seed for the NorCal Playoff bracket and will host Clovis West on Saturday at 7pm.

Men's Soccer Advances to CCS Semifinals

February 21, 2023

The men’s soccer team advanced to the semifinals of the CCS Open Division Playoffs this week with a win over Aragon on Saturday at home, 2-0. In a thrilling back and forth match, the Monarchs were tied 0-0 with 5 minutes to go. Junior Guiseppe Sigala scored on an assist from junior Daniel Mendoza to put the Monarchs up 1-0 with under 5 minutes remaining. Junior Manuel Portillo added another goal on an assist from Sigala to give the Monarchs the 2-0 win and secure a spot in the CCS semi finals this week. The team will play on Wednesday at 7pm at Alisal High School.

Monarchs Named Father Barry Tournament Champions!

December 13, 2022

The men's basketball team captured the Father Barry Tournament Championship for the third time in school history on Saturday after three days of tough competition, improving their season record to an impressive 5-0! A special congratulations to junior Gavin Ripp and senior Eric Brown for making the all-tournament team, and junior Tyler Jones, who was named Most Valuable Player. This tournament has been bringing together some of the best teams in Northern California for almost 50 years. Since the tournament started in 1974, more than a dozen student-athletes who participated in these games have gone on to become NBA players and another 90+ student-athletes have played basketball at Division I schools.

The tournament started on Thursday, when the Monarchs defeated St. Patrick-St. Vincent Catholic High School in the opening round. Princeton-bound senior Derek Sangster scored 19 points, followed closely by senior Jaiden Paran with 14 points, and Jones and Brown, who each added another nine points. On Friday, the team defeated De La Salle, 62-52. Junior Tyler Jones led the Monarchs with 22 points and 6 rebounds, and senior Eric Brown added 11 points and 7 rebounds. On Saturday, the Monarchs defeated host Jesuit, 74-65, to take home the championship. Jones again led the way with 23 points, with Brown adding 19 points and 10 rebounds, and junior Nathan Noronha adding 13 points and Gavin Ripp with 12 points.

Women's Basketball Team Undefeated

December 5, 2022

The women’s basketball team is off to a great start. On Saturday, the Monarchs defeated Cardinal Newman, 58-31, during the three-day Cardinal Newman Tournament, improving their season record to 4-0. Three Monarchs contributed double digits in points, including junior Morgan Cheli with 19 points, senior Haley Hernandez with 12 points, and senior Elle Hanson with 11 points. During the tournament, the Monarchs also defeated the St. Mary’s Rams and Branson Bulls.

The season is just starting but has already included some big honors for Coach Phillips and individual Monarchs on the team. Last week, Cheli was named to the 2022-2023 Watch List for the Naismith Girls’ High School Underclassmen Player of the Year! The week before that, Coach Phillips was recognized in the San Francisco Chronicle for being the winningest high school women’s basketball coach in Northern California. Last year, the Monarchs captured the ‘Iolani Classic, WCAL, CCS Open Division, and NorCal Open Division championships. The team looks forward to competing again this year!

Men's Basketball Team Beats Moreau Catholic

December 5, 2022

The men’s basketball team defeated Moreau Catholic, 86-66, during the Oscar Frayer Invitational on Saturday, bringing their season record to 2-0. Senior Derek Sangster led the Monarchs with 30 points and 10 rebounds, while senior Jaiden Paran-Parham and juniors Tyler Jones, Nathan d’Abreu-Noronha and Gavin Ripp all contributed 11 points. The Monarchs are the reigning WCAL Champions and look forward to being back on the court this year!

Women's Wrestling Team Off to Great Start to Season

December 5, 2022

The women’s wrestling team competed in the Royal Tournament over the weekend. Sophomore Mia Pierre finished in second place, followed closely by junior Kate Campisi in sixth place. Last year, the women’s wrestling program brought home the inaugural WCAL Tournament Championship, with one Monarch advancing all the way to the state championship. The team looks forward to competing again this year.

Fall Sports Teams Named CCS Scholastic Champions

December 5, 2022

Last month, five fall sports teams were named CCS Scholastic Championship Teams, including the field hockey, football, women’s golf, women’s volleyball, and men’s water polo teams. The CCS recognizes the top five varsity teams with the highest collective grade point average of all teams competing in that sport during the fall season.

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.

Games This Week

October 31, 2022

This week, many of our fall sports teams are heading to playoffs! Mark your calendars to cheer on the Monarchs at these big games:

CCS Championship: Women’s Golf
9 a.m.
Laguna Seca Golf Ranch

WCAL Championship: Cross Country
2 p.m.
Crystal Springs

CCS Open Division Semifinals: Women’s Volleyball
Monarchs vs. Sacred Heart Prep
6 p.m.
Fien Gym

WCAL Tournament: Women’s Tennis
8:30 a.m.
Cuesta Park

CCS Quarterfinals: Field Hockey
11 a.m.
Location TBA

Good luck to all our fall sports teams competing this week! Follow @AMHSathletics on Twitter for updates throughout the week.