Athletics in the News

Women's Lacrosse Team Beats Saint Francis

April 25, 2017

Earlier this month, the women's lacrosse team played a tremendous game against Saint Francis. In the first half, the Monarchs were behind the Lancers, 6-8, but they rallied, outscoring their opponent 9-1 in the second half, for the 15-9 victory. The game was marked by some strong offensive play with sophomore Malina Hatton scoring four goals and junior Tatum Rausch with three goals and four assists. Sophomore Ania McNicholas also had a solid match with three goals of her own. Great job, Monarchs!


Badminton Team Wins Match Against Santa Teresa

April 25, 2017

Just before Easter Break, the badminton team beat Santa Teresa in a home match, 8-7. Last year, the Monarchs captured the Blossom Valley Athletic League championship, and they're out to repeat the feat this spring. At the recent match, the men's doubles team of juniors Charlie Dinger and Dominic Leuzze did especially well, capturing their match 21-16, 21-18. Several women's badminton doubles teams also had great performances. Sophomore doubles teammates Kajal Patel and Nava Tamjidi won their match handily, 21-10, 21-10 and Nique Lee and Elina Xie, defeated their opponents 21-15, 21-11. But the victory that captured the match came from a mixed doubles team consisting of sophomore Jeffrey Qu and junior Caroline Manibo, who after losing the first game, 14-21, came back to win the next two 21-15, 21-14. Congratulations, Monarchs!


Baseball Team Finishes Strong Week of Wins

April 11, 2017

This past week, the baseball team posted victories against both Valley Christian and Riordan with strong pitching and defense. On Tuesday, Archbishop Mitty defeated Valley Christian 3-0 in a 13-inning marathon. The game remained scoreless as seniors Haydn King and JP Caldwell were stellar on the mound and the defense was outstanding, making plays to get three Warriors out at the plate over the course of the game. In the top of the 13th inning, the Monarchs got on board as junior Miguel Cebedo doubled and scored on a wild pitch and later senior Tyler Jochen had a 2-run double to give the team a 3-0 lead that eventually held up. On Friday, the Monarchs continued their winning ways as junior Luke Tillman pitched a three-hit complete game with nine strikeouts against Riordan. The 3-1 win versus the Crusaders marked the third consecutive win for the Monarchs.


Swimming Team Sets Records and Divers Finish 1-2

April 11, 2017

Last Thursday, the women's swimming and diving team defeated St. Ignatius, 96-90. Helping to lead the team to victory was the 400-free relay team of freshman Kylie Juan and juniors Cathy Teng, Sarah Savage, and Sophia Harrison, who broke a 10-year-old St. Ignatius pool record, which had been previously held by a 2007 Monarch squad. During the same meet, Teng also broke pool records in the 200-free and 100-butterfly events and on Saturday at the Catholic School Invite, she broke the meet record in the 200-free. Teng has been undefeated in all the individual events she has competed in this season.

At the Brian Tanner Diving Invitational on Saturday, the diving team competed well with sophomore Tyler Wesson and freshman Colin Sullivan finishing first and second, respectively, for the men. Freshman Stephanie Shao came in fourth for the women. Wesson has dominated the competition this year, winning every one of his events in the dual meets.


Mercury News Recognizes Monarch Basketball Teams

April 8, 2017

The men’s and women’s basketball teams took home some impressive end-of-the-season honors this week from The Mercury News. Congratulations, Monarchs!

Men’s Basketball

First Team All Bay Area: junior Riley Grigsby

Women’s Basketball

CCS Player of the Year: sophomore Haley Jones

CCS Coach of the Year: Sue Phillips

First Team All Bay Area: senior Madeline Holland

Second Team All Bay Area: junior Karisma Ortiz

Honorable Mention All Bay Area: senior Tahlia Garza

Honorable Mention All Bay Area: senior Heleyna Hill

 

Read the full story in The Mercury News.


Men’s Golf Ranked Top School in League

April 8, 2017
Congratulations to the men’s golf team for a perfect start to the season. The team is ranked No. 1 in the WCAL and has an amazing 10-0 record. Great job, Monarchs!

Monarch Wins Play of the Week

April 8, 2017
Congratulations to senior Rebecca Ortiz, who was honored with the Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area Play of the Week for making an impressive diving catch during a recent softball game.

Coach Phillips Named Coach of the Week

April 8, 2017

Congratulations to Coach Sue Phillips, who was named the Coach of the Week by Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area. Her women’s basketball team won the CCS Open Division Championship last month and is ranked among the top teams in the nation in every poll. 


Monarch Named Athlete of Week

April 8, 2017

Congratulations to senior Madeline Holland, who was named an athlete of the week in The Mercury News. She was recognized for her hard work in the CCS Open Division women’s basketball final, where she scored a game high of 23 points, plus eight rebounds, to help the team win the game against Pinewood, 65-57. She also registered a double-double, with 10 points and 10 rebounds, in a semifinal game against Valley Christian.


Monarch Wins Play of the Week

April 8, 2017
Congratulations to senior Kyle Peterson, who won the Play of the Week from Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area for making a spectacular 3-pointer in overtime, with 15 seconds left on the clock, during the CCS Open Division men’s basketball finals. Kyle’s shot helped the Monarchs beat Bellarmine 57-54, allowing them to win the CCS Open Division Championship.

Coach Kennedy Named Coach of the Week

April 8, 2017

Congratulations also to Coach Tim Kennedy, who was named the Coach of the Week by Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area. His men’s basketball team won the CCS Open Division title and an opening round NorCal game as part of an 18- win season. Great job, Coach Kennedy! 


Softball Starts League Season with Perfect Record

April 3, 2017

Congratulations to the softball team which has started their season with four straight wins and a perfect 4-0 league record. The Monarchs won the Wilcox Tournament and in the finals defeated Carlmont, a team that was previously undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the CCS. Sophomore Savanna Smith pitched two no-hitters in the tournament including one in the championship game. Senior Rebecca Ortiz was recently honored by Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area with the Play of the Week for making an impressive diving catch. Keep up the good work, Monarchs.


Men's Tennis Beats Sacred Heart Prep, Serra

April 3, 2017

Congratulations to our men's tennis team, which won consecutive games against Serra and Sacred Heart Preparatory last week. On Wednesday, the team beat Sacred Heart Prep 5-2 with a standout performance by the doubles team of sophomore Julian Sanghvi and senior Rahul Devarapalli, who won their match 6-3, 6-4. The following day the Monarchs continued their winning ways with a 6-1 victory over Serra. Freshman Kyle Nguyen-Ngo gave a notable performance during this match, sending countless drives past his opponent to win his Singles 1 match 6-3, 6-4. Senior Aditya Simha also gave a strong performance in a tight Singles 4 match, defeating his opponents 7-6, 6-3.


Men's Lacrosse Wins Five Consecutive Games

April 3, 2017

The men's lacrosse team beat Sacred Heart Cathedral and Woodside last week, putting them on a five-game winning streak. The team won a close game against Sacred Heart Cathedral on Wednesday of last week, beating the Fightin' Irish 17-10. The Monarchs followed this game with a 15-7 win over Woodside this weekend. The team's successful season also included taking first place at the Aptos Tournament last month. Congratulations on a great start to the season! 


Women's Basketball Team Wraps Up an Amazing Season

March 29, 2017

The women's basketball team finished its season among the top teams in the nation. The Monarchs rose to the highest level of competition, earning a spot in the CIF State Open Division Championship last weekend, before losing a close contest to Clovis West 44-40. Senior Madeline Holland led the team with 11 points and 7 rebounds and was named the Player of the Game by MaxPreps. Sophomore Haley Jones contributed 10 points and 11 rebounds. This season, the Monarchs captured WCAL and CCS Open Division titles. Additionally, the Monarchs captured the NorCal Open Division Championship, a first for the program. Equally impressive, all four of the team's seniors will be playing basketball at Division I schools in the fall with Daniella Guglielmo and Tahlia Garza attending the University of California, Irvine; Heleyna Hill going to San Jose State University; and Madeline Holland headed for Saint Mary's College of California. Congratulations, Monarchs!

Men's Golf Team Wins Matches Against Bellarmine, St. Francis

March 29, 2017

The men's golf team (pictured below) is currently in first place in the WCAL with an impressive 8-0 record. Last week, they won a league game against Bellarmine, posting a 182-201 victory. Junior Daniel Kim earned medalist honors. Just days earlier, the Monarchs also took home a win against St. Francis, 187-202. Senior Matt Lloyd was a medalist and has signed a national letter of intent to play golf at Purdue in the fall. Earlier this month, sophomore Brian Ma, one of the team's younger standouts, won the prestigious San Francisco Golf Championship. Congratulations on a great start to the season.


Men's Track and Field Team Tops Serra

March 29, 2017

Strong individual performances helped the men's track and field team beat the Serra Padres 79-56 last week. In field events, Senior Kevin Ray was the top award winner and took home victories in the shot put and discus events. He wasn't the only Monarch who won multiple contests. Senior Blake Rose won the 110-meter high hurdles and the 400-meter run. Junior Samuel Leather was also impressive with the fastest times in both 1600-meter and 3,200-meter runs. Congratulations on some great performances.


Women's Basketball Team Advances to NorCal Semifinals

March 14, 2017

The women's basketball team breezed into the NorCal semifinals last week after winning a game against Sacred Heart Cathedral 92-71. Sophomore Haley Jones, who was recently the named the women's basketball CCS Player of the Year by Cal-Hi Sports, led the team with an impressive 21 points. Junior Karisma Ortiz also made a sizeable contribution to the final score, adding 19 points and 10 rebounds, while senior Madeline Holland chipped in 16 points and 10 rebounds. This season, the Monarchs have already claimed the WCAL and CCS Open Division championship titles. The team is also ranked No. 1 in the nation by MaxPreps. Read more about the team's NorCal quarterfinal game in The San Jose Mercury News.

Cheer the Monarchs to victory in the NorCal semifinals as they play against St. Mary's High School at home at 7:00 p.m. tonight. The winner of that game will advance to play in the NorCal Open Division Championship at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 18th, at Santa Clara University.


Men's Basketball Team Advances to NorCal Semifinals

March 14, 2017

The men's basketball team earned a spot in the NorCal semifinals last week after beating St. Joseph Notre Dame High School 67-61. During the NorCal quarterfinal on Friday, junior Riley Grigsby contributed an impressive 19 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Sophomore Joseph Vaughn also gave an excellent performance, with five 3-pointers ending the game with 19 points and 3 rebounds. Teammate senior Mike Diaz notched an additional 16 points and 4 rebounds. The Monarchs are currently the CCS Open Division Champions. Read more about their NorCal quarterfinal game in The San Jose Mercury News. 

The Monarchs will play Sheldon High School in the NorCal semifinals at 7:00 p.m. tonight at Sheldon High School in Sacramento. The winner of that game will play for the NorCal Open Division Championship title at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 18th, at Santa Clara University.


Baseball Team Starts Season with Seven Consecutive Wins

March 14, 2017

Congratulations to our baseball team on a strong start to the season. The Monarchs have a perfect 7-0 record as they begin league play this week. The team's win against Scotts Valley in the championship of the Baseball Battling Cancer Tournament on Saturday shows that persistence is one of the factors helping them do so well this season. This weekend, after falling behind 4-0 in the top of the first, the Monarchs came back to win 8-4. Senior JP Caldwell got the win and junior Luke Tillman was stellar in 4 innings of relief. Seniors Kodi Thurber and Tyler Jochen both went 2 for 2 from the plate. The Monarchs are currently ranked among the top 20 teams in the state by Cal-Hi Sports. Congratulations, Monarchs.


Softball Starts League Season with Perfect Record

March 3, 2017

Congratulations to the softball team which has started their season with four straight wins and a perfect 4-0 league record. The Monarchs won the Wilcox Tournament and in the finals defeated Carlmont, a team that was previously undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the CCS. Sophomore Savanna Smith pitched two no-hitters in the tournament including one in the championship game. Senior Rebecca Ortiz was recently honored by Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area with the Play of the Week for making an impressive diving catch. Keep up the good work, Monarchs.


Basketball Teams Advance to CCS Finals

March 1, 2017

Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams will continue on to the CCS Open Division Finals on Friday night at Santa Clara University’s Leavey Center. 

The men’s basketball team defeated Saint Ignatius 59-51 at Independence High School. The Monarchs will play against Bellarmine in the CCS finals at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 3rd. Read about the CCS semifinals game in The Mercury News.

The women’s basketball team beat Valley Christian with a final score of 79-41. The Monarchs are currently ranked No. 1 in the state, according to MaxPreps, and will play against Pinewood in the finals for the second year in a row. The Monarchs will play in the CCS finals on Friday at 6:00 p.m. Read about the CCS semifinals game in The Mercury News.


Three Teams Advance to CCS Playoffs

February 28, 2017

The men's basketball, women's basketball, and women's soccer teams all advanced to the CCS Open Division Semifinals this week. 

Women's Basketball

The women's basketball team breezed through the CCS quarterfinals, beating the Saint Francis Lancers 89-34. The Monarchs are currently ranked No. 1 in the state and nation by MaxPreps. During the quarterfinals on Friday, sophomore Haley Jones scored an impressive 21 points and grabbed 19 rebounds. Seniors Madeline Holland, Heleyna Hill, Daniella Guglielmo, and junior Karisma Ortiz also scored in double figures, scoring 10, 11, 17, and 11 points, respectively. Read about the game in The Mercury News here. The Monarchs will play Valley Christian in the CCS semifinals at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28th, at Piedmont Hills High School in San Jose.

Men's Basketball

The Monarchs won the CCS quarterfinals against the Serra Padres 70-46, earning them a spot in the semifinals. Senior Kyle Peterson had an extraordinary 23 points and 6 rebounds. Sophomore Joseph Vaughn and senior Mike Diaz also contributed points in the double digits, with Vaughn adding 12 points and 3 rebounds while Diaz contributed 10 points and 5 rebounds. GetSportsFocus named the quarterfinal between Serra and AMHS the Game of the Week. Watch the highlights here. You can also read about the game in the San Francisco Chronicle. The Monarchs advanced to the CCS semifinals and will play Saint Ignatius at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28th, at Independence High School in San Jose.

Women's Soccer

The women's soccer team advanced to the CCS Open Division Semifinals, defeating Salinas 3-0. The team wasted no time in setting the tempo of the quarterfinal game with junior Paris Fox tapping in a goal from close range off a rebound from senior Amaya Zabala's free kick in the fourth minute of the game. A few minutes later, Fox doubled the team's lead with a volley off junior Haley Smith's throw-in. Senior Giuliana Calia scored just before the half, bringing the score to 3-0, where it stayed for the rest of the game. The Monarchs advanced to the CCS semifinals and will play Menlo-Atherton this week, at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1st, at Westmont High School in Campbell.

Wrestling

Congratulations to freshmen Andrew Forman (145 lbs.) and Marcos Jimenez (152 lbs.) along with seniors Michael Juco (285 lbs.) and Thomas Kost (160 lbs.) for advancing to the second day of the CCS Championship on Saturday.

Good luck to our Monarchs competing in the gym and on the field this week!


Winter CCS Report

February 23, 2017

With the regular winter season coming to a close for our sports programs, it is time to move into the playoffs. Here is a look at upcoming games for our men’s basketball, men’s soccer, and wrestling teams:

Men's Basketball

A weekend victory against Riordan helped the men's basketball team to secure third place in the WCAL. The team won their game against Riordan 70-56 on Saturday. The Monarchs will enter the CCS playoffs as the No. 3 seed in the Open Division and will play against Serra at 5:30 p.m. on Friday at Santa Clara High School in Santa Clara. 

Men's Soccer

The men's soccer team defeated Sacred Heart Cathedral 1-0 on Friday, making them tied for third place in the WCAL. This week, the Monarchs took on Los Altos High School in the opening round of the Division I CCS playoffs on Wednesday and won 5-0, advancing to the quarterfinals on Saturday. 

Wrestling

The wrestling team finished up the WCAL Championships on February 11th with strong performances, sending all nine of its wrestlers on to compete in the CCS Tournament later this week. Juniors Raymond Rendon and Evan Friend, plus seniors Thomas Kost and Michael Juco all became individual WCAL champions in their respective weight classes. With their victories, those wrestlers, as well as freshmen Jake Barbeau, Marcos Jimenez, and Andrew Foreman; and juniors Charles Baguley and Dominic Torregroza, qualified for the CCS Championship and will be competing this Friday and Saturday at Independence High School in San Jose.

Good luck to the Monarchs as they advance to the CCS Championships!


Women's Soccer Team Wins WCAL Championship

February 23, 2017

Congratulations to the women's soccer team for being named WCAL Champions this month! The Monarchs defeated Presentation 2-1 last week. The team had an impressive record of 7-1-2 this season. The No. 1 ranked Monarchs will take on Salinas High School in theOpen Division Quarterfinals at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday at Father Jack Russi Field.

Women's Basketball Wins WCAL Championship

February 23, 2017

Congratulations to the women's basketball team for clinching the WCAL Championship this week. The Monarchs defeated Presentation 74-25 to finish their league season unbeaten with a record of 10-0. This WCAL Championship marks the 20th league title for Coach Sue Phillips '86, who has led Monarch basketball teams for 25 years. Congratulations to the team and Coach Phillips on a great season! The team enters the CCS playoffs as the No. 1 seed in the Open Division and will be playing against Saint Francis at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Christopher High School in Gilroy.


Varsity Wrestling Headed for CCS Championships

February 13, 2017

The wrestling team finished up the WCAL Wrestling Championship Finals with strong performances, sending all nine of its wrestlers on to compete in the CCS Tournament later this month. Four wrestlers won league championships with spectacular style, pinning their opponents as part of the match, including junior Raymond Rendon (115 lbs.), senior Thomas Kost (162 lbs.), junior Evan Friend (170 lbs.), and senior Michael Juco (285 lbs.).

The successful league performance followed excellent individual performances last week, when wrestlers had a final dual meet against Junipero Serra. During that competition, an impressive six athletes won their matches, including Kost, Juco, Rendon, junior Dominic Torregroza (225 lbs.), junior Charles Baguley (162 lbs.), and freshman Marcos Jimenez (154 lbs.) The dual meet was Senior Night for the team, so it marked a special chance for teammates to celebrate the upperclassmen. Juco and Kost, who are both seniors, didn't disappoint and won their matches with pins.

 


Women's Basketball Wins Against Saint Francis

February 13, 2017

The women's basketball team won a closely contested game against Saint Francis last week, defeating the Lancers 71-65. Junior Karisma Ortiz had a strong game and contributed 24 points, while her teammate, senior Madeline Holland, notched 10 points. The team is currently unbeaten in the league and boasts an incredible 8-0 record. Cheer them to victory this week as they play their last two games of the season on campus. The Monarchs will take on Saint Ignatius at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Presentation at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Congratulations Monarchs on a great season and good luck on the final two games! 


Men's Basketball Team Wins Consecutive League Matches

February 6, 2017

After two victories last week, the men's basketball team is climbing the WCAL standings and is currently tied for third. On Wednesday, the Monarchs took to the road and defeated Serra 62-43 in San Mateo. Junior Riley Grigsby had an impressive 28 points and 6 rebounds, freshman Devan Sapp added 13 points and 2 steals, and senior Mike Diaz made an excellent contribution of 11 points and 4 rebounds.

The team continued their success as they triumphed 59-38 over Valley Christian on Saturday. The Monarchs jumped on the Warriors early, scoring the game's first 13 points and continued to stretch that lead throughout the game. Senior Matt Hicks had a breakout game leading the team with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Grigsby had a "double-double," notching an impressive 11 points and 13 rebounds along with 3 blocks, and sophomore Joseph Vaughn had a strong performance pouring in 11 points and grabbing 4 rebounds. Congratulations, Monarchs!


Women's Soccer Team Takes Fourth League Match

February 6, 2017

Last Wednesday, the varsity women's soccer team started the day in the Monarch Room celebrating seniors Monica Hrncir and Amaya Zabalza, who signed with California State University, Monterey Bay and the University of California, Santa Barbara, respectively, as part of the Winter NCAA Signing Day. By that afternoon, the team was back on the field continuing their quest for a WCAL title. They won their match with a victory that marked the team's fourth consecutive league win. 

The thrilling 1-0 win against Sacred Heart Cathedral came at the end of a close game. Senior striker Kendra Wilkerson scored the defining goal. With less than a minute left on the clock, she won a tackle in her own half, then proceeded to dribble 55 yards through Fighting Irish territory to score the winning goal. It was a dramatic finish to a close match. Wilkerson was named the AMHS Women's Soccer Player of the Game by MaxPreps for her stellar performance. 

Prior to this win, the Monarchs also won a close contest against Saint Francis with a 1-0 victory. With just 12 minutes left in the game, Amaya Zabalza scored, which marked her third matching-winning goal of the season. The victory also lifted the team to within one point of the top spot in the WCAL rankings. Amaya was honored as the AMHS Women's Soccer Player of the Game on MaxPreps for her excellent play. Congratulations Monarchs on the tremendous performances.


Women’s Basketball Team Wins Prestigious ‘Iolani Prep Basketball Classic

January 6, 2017

Congratulations to the Varsity Women’s Basketball Team, which won the prestigious ‘Iolani Prep Basketball Classic last month. The Monarchs secured a victory against Clovis West (#2 in CA and #9 in the nation) with a 76-75 win in overtime. Sophomore Haley Jones was named tournament MVP. Juniors Krissy Miyahara and Karisma Ortiz were named to the All Tournament Team. Miyahara hit eight 3-pointers to tie the school’s single game record.

The Monarchs have been selected as the No. 1 women’s basketball team in the Pacific by USA Today High School Sports, beating out teams in Arizona, California, Nevada, Washington, Hawaii, Oregon, and Alaska. Read more about the team’s ranking here.

Volleyball Team Wins State Championship

January 6, 2017

Congratulations to the Women’s Varsity Volleyball Team, which swept the first ever CIF Open Division State Championship earlier this month. The Monarchs were victorious in their game against Santa Margarita Catholic High School, turning out straight sets of 25-19, 25-22 and 25-18 to claim a 3-0 win. Senior Candice Denny had 17 kills, while junior Nicole Liddle contributed 13 kills. Junior Kamrin Caoili added another 10 kills. The Monarchs have taken home 13 state titles since 1993; this victory marks the fifth consecutive win. The team is ranked No.1 in the state and nation by MaxPreps. Read more about the game in the San Francisco Chronicle or The Mercury News. Congratulations Monarchs! 

Sports Teams Earn Academic Recognition

January 6, 2017

Congratulations to each of the following varsity fall sports for being named CCS Fall Scholastic Championship Teams: field hockey, football, women’s golf, women’s tennis, men’s water polo, and women’s water polo. The awards recognize the top five varsity teams for each sport that have the highest collective GPAs. Special congratulations go to the field hockey and football teams, which were recognized for having the highest collective GPAs in their sport this season.