By Paul Elliott
Here is a look at our spring sports teams as the Cougars prepare to close out the season.
Track League Championships
Coach Barry Panes leads the Cougars into the PCAL Trials on April 26 at Pacific Grove. There are 13 schools competing. The top 8 from each event will move on to the finals. The PCAL Finals are set for Friday, April 29, in Gilroy. Catalina does not have a senior on the team, and only three of the 23 athletes have competed for the Cougars before. They have won 12 of 13 dual meets, and many of the athletes are competing in events that they are doing for the first time. Santa Catalina has won six league titles in the last nine seasons, and only Gilroy seems to be standing in the way of another one.
Coach Randy Whitchurch and the scrappy Cougars enter the league championships at Hartnell College on Friday, April 29, on a high note. With a much smaller team this year, and only one senior, they have managed to have a successful and productive season. There have been school records, personal bests, and lots of races won. Several Cougars look forward to racing their best and continue to put up marks that rival any of the championship teams of the past. The swimming team competes in the top division of the PCAL. If you divide total races won into total team members, I would say Catalina would be at the top of the PCAL.
If you only measure success from the standpoint of wins and losses, you can lose sight of greatness. Led by Coach Rene Kausin ’14, Catalina softball has had a great year. There is a mix of lifetime softball players and students playing for the first time—without a senior on the team! In their leadership and competitive spirit, the veteran players have continually shown grace and determination as they teach and mentor the new players. The amount of improvement, and sheer joy of that improvement, is nothing but success. The Cougars will play their last five games with the same intensity they have shown all year. This team is playing in a top division of the PCAL.
Coach Susanna Wilcox has the lacrosse team playing their best toward the end of the year. Competing in every game, the Cougars are challenging all the teams in their division. They have two wins over a very good and deep Salinas team, and have narrowly lost several others. There are so many new players it has taken the coaching staff the first half of the season to teach and implement the game plan. Lacrosse has two more games, with the final home game Wednesday, April 27, vs. Stevenson. Come honor our seniors and watch Catalina sink the ship.