Sportscaster Jim Nantz helps celebrate Cougar athletes
Sportscaster Jim Nantz helps celebrate Cougar athletes

Santa Catalina School's spring sports season may have been cut short, but that didn't stop us from celebrating our Cougar athletes.

Athletic Director Paul Elliott hosted a virtual Sports Celebration on May 27 to acknowledge his athletes for their hard work throughout the year. "You win with class. If you don't happen to win, it's with grace. The sportsmanship is beyond belief. The selflessness of putting team ahead of yourself is always impressive," Elliott said.

The event included a special appearance by CBS sportscaster Jim Nantz, who shared his thoughts on the reopening of American sports and offered words of encouragement to the students during a difficult time. "These adversities and these moments of time, you're never going to forget them," he said. "But I choose to look at them moving forward as a chance to realize that this is how the world works. You're going to have obstacles, you're going to have adversities along the way. Grow from it, learn from it, and more than anything, learn to appreciate what you have."

In the 2019-20 season, 12 athletes received all-league honors, including a league sportsmanship award. The cross country team went undefeated in the Pacific Coast Athletic League's (PCAL) Santa Lucia Division, and runner Ana Leissner '21 competed as an individual in the Central Coast Section (CCS) championships. The tennis team, which placed second in the PCAL Gabilan Division, also competed in the CCS, as did individual players Cecy Alcaraz '22 and Lara Yuan '23. Golf took second place in the PCAL championships. The spring season was cut short, but lacrosse got to play four games, winning three.

We look forward to what the Cougars will bring next year.

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