Our golf team competed in the CIF Golf Finals this past week at Admiral Baker Golf Course. The Lancers qualified for day one of the team championship, on Tuesday, November 1, by virtue of their play-in victory over Eastlake. The Lancers finished in 8th place in the county led by Brooke Seay who shot a two under par, 70. After the first round Brooke was tied for the lead. Caroline Garay fired a two over par, 74. Also contributing to the Lancers success were Emma Buechler, Madison Parker, Ana Russell, and Teia Wright.
On Thursday, November 3, the final day of competition, defending champion Brooke Seay was again on her game. She shot another 70, finishing four under par and tied for the lead after 36 holes of play. Brooke battled for seven more holes before barely missing a putt. With her second place finish she will advance to the Southern California Regional Championships with Caroline Garay, who finished in 11th place in the county. Great Job Lancer Golf !!!
Emma Buechler, Madison Parker, Caroline Garay, and Brooke Seay at CIF Championships.
On Tuesday, November 2, the Lancers competed in the Coastal League CIF qualifier at LJCD. Olia Javidi/Avi Anklesaria won the Coastal League doubles title. This was Olia’s fourth league doubles title. With the victory, Olia and Avi will advance to the CIF Individual Championships as will outstanding singles player, Caitlin Rowlings. The championships will run Monday, November 7- Friday, November 11 at the Barnes Tennis Center. Good Luck Lancers!
Avi Anklesaria and Olia Javidi after their Coastal League Doubles Championship.
Our volleyball team opened the CIF DI Playoffs by “knocking off” San Dieguito Academy, the #1 seeded team. From the opening serve, it was apparent the Lancers had come ready to play. They jumped out to a big lead and rolled to a 25-16 victory in game one. The Mustangs had a couple of nice service runs and won game two. From that point on, the Lancers took over the match winning the final two games 25-15, 25-18. Sophia Galdamez had 14 kills and 3 ace serves. Maggie Oswald had 13 kills and 3 blocks. Aeriel Sundt finished with 9 kills and 11 digs. Beatrix Thomas had 8 kills, 16 digs, and 6 blocks. Finally Hannah Blood finishes with 46 assists and 11 digs.
With the victory the Lancers advanced to the quarterfinals at Westview on Friday, November 4. In game one, the Lancers jumped out to a 13-3 lead on the great defense of Beatrix Thomas and the offensive fire power of Sophia Galdamaz. Unfortunately the Wolverines put their game into high gear and won 25-23 in front of a vocal crowd, including many of the faithful Lancer Legion. After losing game two and down by a large margin in game three, the Lancers caught fire behind the inspired play of senior, Maggie Oswald and won 25-22. Maggie was virtually unstoppable in games three and four. Unfortunately, the Lancers couldn’t keep the momentum going and lost game four.
One of the aspects that made this team special and fun to watch was the energy provided from the sidelines lead by seniors Natasha House and Ansel Yaley.
Boys Sand Volleyball
Our top three doubles teams played in the county championships that began on Wednesday, November 2. Our #3 team, of sophomores, Adam Nussbaum and Nick Gustafson made huge strides in the last few weeks and finished third in their pool. They lost 22-20 to the #4 seeded team in the tournament. Our #2 team of Zach Thoene and sophomore, Bijan Sagart came in second in their pool and advanced to the championship bracket on Thursday. They lost 15-13, 15-11 to the the #4 seeded team from Eastlake.
Finally, our #1 team of Adam Gordon and David Barrett rolled through pool play to advance to the 16 team championship bracket. At this point, Adam and David were playing as well as any team in the county. They rolled through a team from Coronado and the #2 team from Pt. Loma. With the victories, our squad advanced to the semi-finals against the #2 seed from Pt. Loma. The Lancers playing their best volleyball of the season and jumped out to a 15-11 lead. The Pointers chipped away and tied the game at 20-20. Our team had a couple of chances to win it, but lost 23-21. Ultimately, Pt. Loma won the championship and Adam and David finished third place in the county.
David Barrett and Adam Gordon finished in third place in the county doubles sand championships.
Our football team finished their season on Friday, November 4 against Bishops. Although outmanned our young team fought valiantly till the end. Senior Ryan Zupkas carried the ball 9 times for 73 yards, averaging 8.1 yards per carry. Jonathan Gordon had 2 catches for 14 yards. On defense the Lancers were led by seniors, Cam Miller who had 16 tackles and Alex Gallanis with 10 tackles. Punter, Ryan Sanborn, averaged 42 yards on his 7 punts with a long of 57 yards.
On the season, quarterback Ryan Sanborn, finished completing 77 of 197 passes for 991 yards and 5 TD’s. Ryan Zupkas had 136 rushing attempts for 597 and 9 TD’s. Jonathan Gordon ended the season with 33 receptions for 501 yards and 4 TD’s. Finally, the defense was led all season by Cam Miller who ended up with 119 tackles and 4.5 sacks.