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Athletes honored for year of new records, league titles
Athletes honored for year of new records, league titles

Santa Catalina athletes were honored at the annual Sports Awards ceremony on May 17 for a remarkable year.

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In the 2016-17 season, the Cougars won 149 of 211 competitions—about a 70 percent win record! Catalina saw four league titles, and the volleyball team was the first in Monterey County history to go undefeated in the regular season. Track athletes broke all sorts of records. Among them: Laurel Wong '19 beat her own pole vault record three times and our 4x100 relay team set a record in the Mission Trail Athletic League. In swimming, freshman Claire Sullivan set the school record in the 500 freestyle—twice.

Here are the awards that were handed out on May 17. Congratulations, athletes!

Cross Country
Coach: John Nardone
Captains: Charlotte Wade and Audrey Bennett

Our runners made it to the CCS Championships and placed third in league.

  • Most Valuable Player: Audrey Bennett
  • Most Improved Player: Amanda Li
  • Coach's Award: Charlotte Wade

Field Hockey
Coach: Joe Ramos
Captains: Kira Cruz and Giselle Espanola-Himenez

The team had a 6-8 record in the difficult Monterey Bay League. Our young team has good speed, and the future is bright.

  • 18 medals were handed out

Golf
Coaches: Scott Gebhardt and Cheryl Wecker
Captain: Valeria Gonzales

Golf has been the league champion for six out of the last seven years, and they made it to the CCS Championship for the 11th straight year. Coco Chai tied for the low score at CCS and moved on to the NorCal championships.

  • Most Valuable Player: Coco Chai
  • Most Improved Player: Grace Lostak-Baker
  • Coach's Award: Valeria Gonzalez

JV Tennis
Coach: Bill Scott

Our JV tennis team went undefeated.

  • Most Improved Player: Tiffany Oh
  • Coach's Award: Maddie Oh and Rachel D'Agui

Varsity Tennis
Coach: Shelly Scott
Captains: Isabelle Redfield and Kayla Kawasaki

Varsity tennis won a league title, made it to the second round of CCS Championships, and hosted the 60th annual Santa Catalina Tennis Tournament, the longest running high school girls tournament in the state of California.

  • Most Valuable Players: Isabelle Redfield and Kaylaa Kawasaki
  • Most Improved Player: Gabriela Nagy
  • Coach's Award: Jessica Oh

JV Volleyball
Coach: Craig Fox

The team went 15-7 overall and 12-2 in league.

  • Most Valuable Player: Jessica Clements
  • Most Improved Player: Brooke Borgia
  • Coach's Award: Jenna Mann

Varsity Volleyball
Coaches: Paul Elliott and Janessa Werhane
Captains: McKinley Fox and Olivia Satow

After going undefeated in league, the volleyball team faced Notre Dame in the CCS finals for the second year in a row—and came out on top. The team then placed 3rd in State, finishing their season with a record of 27-1.

  • 15 medallions were handed out

Water Polo
Coaches: Jim Morton and Randy Witchurch
Captains: Ivy Armijo and Sammy Bennett

The team placed second in the Monterey Bay League after coming up just short in the finals.

  • Most Valuable Player: Ivy Armijo
  • Most Improved Player: Sammy Bennett
  • Most Improved Player: Lauren Morganthaler

Basketball
Coaches: Curt Breitfus and Robby Johnson
Captain: Audrey Bennett

With two brand new coaches this year, Cougar basketball is a program on the rise. The team went 6-8 in league, with significant injuries to two key players.

  • Most Valuable Player: Audrey Bennett
  • Most Improved Player: Maddie Imwalle
  • Coach's Award: Taylor Moises

Soccer
Coach: Joe Ramos
Captains: Ally Aiello, Charlotte Wade, and Maddy Long

This very young team with great senior leadership went 5-7-2 and won three of its last five games.

  • 14 medallions were handed out

Lacrosse
Coaches: Kenny Peyton, Susanna Wilcox and Craig Varjian
Captains: Ali Peyton, Nikki Hoonsbeen, and Kira Cruz

What lacrosse's 3-6 record doesn't show is a lot of very close games. Several players are coming back next year.

  • Most Valuable Player: Ali Peyton
  • Most Improved Player: Lauren Rodriquez
  • Coach's Award: Talia Varjian

JV Swimming

  • Most Valuable Player: Mackenzie Roth
  • Most Improved: Joanna Lin
  • Coach's Award: Charlotte Wade

Varsity Swimming
Coaches: Randy Witchurch and Jim Morton
Captains: Madison Gong

Swimming took second in league and sent a swimmer to the CCS Championships once again: freshman Claire Sullivan, who had set new records in the 200 and 500 freestyle races.

  • Most Valuable Player: Claire Sullivan
  • Most Improved Player: Emalia Partlow
  • Coach's Award: Damiera Cruz

Softball
Coaches: Alex Pingree, Cameron Norton, Manuel Gomez, and Vince Bruno
Captains: Jenny Lafayette and Katie Fraley

Catalina softball finished 17-7 overall, 12-2 in league, and made it to the CCS playoffs for the 11th year in a row. Two players hold the top two spots on Max Preps for doubles, RBIs, hits, and home runs.

  • Most Valuable Players: Jessica Clements and Abby Gunter
  • Most Improved Player: Brooke Borgia
  • Coach's Award: Jenny Lafayette

Track and Field
Coaches: Barry Panes, Mike Ragget, John Nardone, and Billy Toth
Captains: Mikayla Revera and Barbie Avalos Garcia

Our record-setting team won the MTAL title for the fifth year in a row and is sending four athletes to the CCS finals on May 26.

  • Most Valuable Player (Track): Mikayla Revera
  • Most Valuable Players (Field): Laurel Wong and Avery Blanco
  • Coach's Award: Barbara Avalos Garcia

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