Winter athletes earn all-league honors

Santa Catalina School’s winter sports season came to a close with mixed success, but the Cougars are well-positioned for next year.

Soccer competed in a higher division this year (Cypress), and rose to the occasion. The Cougars finished in second place, with a 5-3-3 record in league and 9-3-3 overall. The team was stacked with young talent. Federica Hernandez ’26, who scored more than 10 goals, and Olivia DaSilva ’25, a force at midfield, were named First Team All-League. Regina Ortega ’25, who recorded more than a dozen assists, and Liliana Pedroni ’23 were named Second Team All-League. Delilah Fujita ’26, another top scorer, made the Richard Chamberlin All-Sportsmanship Team. “We competed every game and the girls gave it their all,” said coach Julian Salas. “I’m very proud of the team’s performance and we hope to build off this success.”

Competing in the Santa Lucia Division, basketball experienced some growing pains. The Cougars finished 1-9 in league and 1-13 overall. Margaret Spencer ’23 led the team with more than 100 points and 90 rebounds, and was named Second Team All-League. Sofia Luna ’24 proved to be another reliable shooter, and Bianca Fritz ’24 was a valuable leader as co-captain with Margaret. Zoe Allen ’24 was named to the Richard Chamberlin All-Sportsmanship Team. As a team, the Cougars received the Elgie Bellizio Team Sportsmanship Award. The honor is a reflection of their positive attitude throughout the season. Coach Peter Cofresi said, “There is great potential for the program. All of our athletes work hard and are constantly improving.”

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