Spring has bloomed, but MC’s spring sports season has finally come to an end, with many accomplishments that will hang in the form of banners and plaques in MC’s gym. MC’s 2022 spring sports teams have all worked hard this season and many saw success in league wins, CIF qualifications, and exciting games that the Red Sea can vouch for.
Baseball has played a steady season so far. With an overall record of 16 wins- 15 losses, Boys’ Varsity Baseball has finished fourth in the Avocado East League. The team qualified for CIF and won their first round playoff game 4-1, against La Jolla High School. They played against El Camino in the quarterfinals, losing 2-0. Because of their initial win in the first round, they played Mar Vista High School for another chance to make it one step closer to advancing to the semi-finals. Even though baseball lost their last two games, they had a great season making it further than the MC baseball program has in the past years.
Boys’ Lacrosse’s win over Del Norte High school granted them their second consecutive title of Palomar League Champions. They now have an overall record of 5 wins- 8 losses with the majority of their wins occurring during league play. Their Palomar League Champion title automatically gave Boys’ Lacrosse a spot to compete in CIF playoffs, where they faced off against Scripps Ranch High School and won, advancing them to the quarter finals. They played a well fought game, but ended up losing to Coronado High School. Overall Boys’ Lacrosse made it far in their season and were able to become League Champions for the second year in a row: a very accomplishing feat.
Girls’ Lacrosse has an overall record of 7 wins- 12 losses, but they finished fifth place in the Palomar League. Their most recent league win was against Carlsbad High School, ending with a score of 12-10. After finishing off their League season, Girls’ Lacrosse faced off against Mission Bay High School in the first round of playoffs, winning with a score of 17-3. After winning against Mission Bay, they advanced to the semi-finals, losing to Francis Parker. Girls’ Lacrosse ended their season on a good note, almost making it to the final championship game.
MC’s Softball team has an overall record of 17 wins- 13 losses. The majority of their losses have been during league play, placing them at fifth place in the Palomar North County League. They qualified for CIF and played against University City in the first round of playoffs, where they won with a score of 14-5, advancing them to the next round where they played the Cathedral Catholic Dons. They played two games against the Dons with one loss and one victory which fortunately was enough to advance them to the semi-finals against Mater Dei Catholic High School, where they lost 8-4. Girls’ softball had an exciting season, where they won many games with major differences in theirs and the opponents’ scores.
SWIM AND DIVE
MC’s Swim and Dive team (co-ed) had both individual and team achievements this season. Starting with league making it to league finals, the swim and dive team qualified to CIF prelims this season. Many individual swimmers were able to advance to the CIF finals for their individual events. Freshman Emily Hedges came in second place for Division two overall. All three divers (Coleson, Issac, and Dylan) on the dive team each placed in CIF prelims, as well with a 4th place, 6th place, and 8th place medal to vouch for. The swimmers and divers that placed well in CIF prelims advanced to the finals, where they each had an opportunity to compete with the best in the state. Top swimmers, Ashley Rowe (11th), Paulina Perez, (12th), Delaney Alonso (12th), and Meredith Jade (11th) all advanced to State Finals. Delaney Alonso placed 10th overall in her individual event and Ashley Rowe placed 25th overall in her heat. MC’s swim and dive team saw success individually and as a unit with many qualifying for prelims and setting personal records.
Boys’ Tennis finished their season on April 7th against Rancho Bernardo High School. The score was tied 9-9 so the winner was determined by how many individual games each team had won throughout the year. MC came out on top with 80-76 as the final score. They finished the regular season with an overall record of 6 wins- 11 losses (not counting individual wins). They faced off against Carlsbad for the first round of CIF, but lost in the first round with a score of 7-11. Even though the Boys’ Tennis season has been over, they made it to CIF which is something that has not happened in the past couple of years.
TRACK AND FIELD
The Track and Field teams (both boys and girls) have had a stellar season so far with some athletes establishing their own personal records. MC’s Track and Field team has also qualified for CIF, as well with sprinter Tianna Ruskovich winning league champion for the 100m sprint. They recently beat Rancho Bernardo in a meet for the second time in years, which gave them a one up in their CIF meets. Girls’ ended up placing 2nd overall in CIF and boys were named the 2021-2022 CIF champions for the second year in a row. Track and Field’s Brees Selbreede raced the 1600 meter (just short of a full mile) and was named the Division two CIF champion for that individual event with a time of 5:02. Following Breea, Senior, Darrin Pham (12th) was named the Division two champion for his individual event, the triple jump. For the discus event, Madeleine Seabolt (12th) placed 2nd overall and Kais K. (12th) placed 3rd overall, both qualifying for state in the discus event. Along with The team’s Track and Field Boys’ Head Coach, Shan Forehand was named CIF State and San Diego Section Coach of the Year. Coach Forehand has helped lead both boys and girls track teams to their high ranks, even during the pandemic.
Boys’ Volleyball has officially concluded their season by becoming semi-finalists in CIF. Boys’ Volleyball placed fifth overall in Palomar League with a final record of 16 wins- 22 losses. This was the first time in three years that the Boys’ Volleyball team made it to CIF and they are proud with how far they advanced this season. Senior and starting outside hitter Zach Rose was selected the male Scholar Athlete of the Year by the San Diego High School Sports Association (HSSA). He was selected for this award and was recognized for his accomplishments both on the court and in the classroom environment.
The Boys’ golf team placed third overall in the Palomar League for the 2021-2022 season. The Boys’ Golf team did not make it to CIF as a team, but two of their players qualified individually. Golfers Drew Ventimiglia placed 2nd overall individually and Ryan Farmer placed 3rd individually. They both made it to CIF for individual play, while Ventimiglia advanced to day one of CIF and Farmer advanced to day two.
Gymnastics has had a standout season, doing well in all of their season meets and placing second in CIF for Division one overall. They competed hard and even though they did not win league, they only lost one meet all season: to Westview. The gymnastics team was able to host almost all of their meets and CIF performances, here in the Sun Devil gym.
Overall, MC has seen a magnificent year for all sports- fall, winter, and spring. There have been personal records set, league titles earned, and CIF games battled out, all with the Red Sea on the sidelines cheering for the win. The 2021-2022 athletics season for MC has been one of the best season’s since the pandemic hit, and almost every single sports team this year either winning league, qualifying for CIF, or both. The Varsity end of the year banquet is on June 1st and hopefully will set the tone for the end of the athletic school year and motivate athletes for next season.