Fall sports wrapup: Cross country, tennis, golf make their mark
Fall sports wrapup: Cross country, tennis, golf make their mark

The fall sports season is a wrap. Cross country, tennis, and golf all made their mark in the Pacific Coast Athletic League (PCAL), with cross country and tennis representing Santa Catalina in the Central Coast Section (CCS) as well. All-league honors went to nine girls in golf, field hockey, volleyball, and water polo.

Here's a closer look at each of our fall teams. For photos of each sport, visit our SmugMug page.

Cross Country, which went undefeated, won the PCAL's Santa Lucia Division but barely missed qualifying for CCS as a team. Ana Leissner '21 qualified as an individual, and she represented Catalina in the championships November 16, finishing 29th.

Tennis took second place in the difficult Gabilan Division of the PCAL. After winning a play-in match, they advanced to the CCS team championships November 11, where they lost to Saratoga. Cecy Alcaraz '22 and Lara Yuan '23 played in the league individual championships November 4-5, taking first and second in singles. They both advanced to the CCS individuals, where they lost in the quarterfinals.

Golf had an impressive 8-4 record and placed second in the Gabilan Division. The Cougars also took second place overall in the PCAL Championships. Grace Deakyne '20 was First Team All-League, and Alex Nickle '21 was Second Team All-League. With only one senior on the team, Catalina will return 10 golfers in the 2020 season.

Field Hockey played with a very young team this year and ended up with a 3-8 record and a fifth-place finish in the Mission Division of the PCAL. Angie Leissner '22 was First Team All-League, and Lauren Dean '20 was Second Team All-League. The Cougar field hockey program will return 15 players, nine of whom were freshmen this season.

Volleyball took fourth place in the Mission Division with a 6-9 record. Cougar volleyball was also a very young team, with six freshmen on varsity and 15 freshmen in the program. Jess Clements '20 was voted First Team All-League, while Anna Yeh '23 and Abby Gunter '20 were voted Second Team All-League.

Water Polo was in a rebuilding year and went 2-15 overall, finishing in seventh place in the Mission Division. Catalina will return nine players, five of them seniors next fall. Georgina Burton '20 was voted First Team All-League and Maddy Brown '21 was voted Second Team All-League.

The Pacific Coast Athletic League (PCAL) has 33 schools and is an equity league by sport. There are five divisions; listed in order of the strength of teams, they are: Gabilan, Mission, Cypress, Santa Lucia, and Arroyo.

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