Our Boys’ Volleyball team won the first CIF Division 1 title in any sport in Parker history and their 16th volleyball championship, with an exciting four game victory over Carlsbad on Saturday, May 20. The week started with a three game sweep of a talented Del Norte team on Wednesday, May 17, on Hillgren Court. The Lancers were led by Adam Gordon who had 15 kills on 23 swings. Middle blockers, Zach Thoene (5 kills) and Bijan Sagart (5 kills were virtually unstoppable. Nick Gustafson and David Barrett each had 10 digs.
With the victory the Lancers advanced to their first ever Div. 1 title match which was played at Montgomery High on Saturday, May 20. The Lancer Legion was there in force and made their presence felt. Parker had lost their two previous matches to Carlsbad, but were not to be denied in the big game. Adam Gordon again led the way with 22 kills. Also coming up huge were Chris Fromm .357 hitting percentage and Nick Gustafson, 7 kills in 12 swings. Having his best game of the year was AJ Nawrocki who ended up with 5 kills and 8 blocks. David Barrett ended up with a team leading 10 digs.
The Lancers will travel to Calabasas on Tuesday, May 23, where they will play the Coyotes in the first round of the state championships.
Lancer Volleyball team after their CIF D1 victory over Carlsbad. (photo courtesy of Josh Gordon)
Our baseball team completed their Coastal League championship season with two wins over Bishops last week. On Wednesday, May 17, the Lancers defeated the Knights 3-2. Bryce Neels went 3 for 3 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored. Jimmy Chatfield was 2 for 3 with an RBI. Sterling Hayes pitched six innings and allowed two earned runs for the victory.
On Friday, the Lancers again won a close, hard fought game, this time by a 4-3 score over the Knights. Sterling Hayes hit a three run home run to propel the Lancers to the big victory. Evan Stewart pitched 4.2 innings allowing 3 earned runs for the victory. Ethan Risse slammed the door on any hope of Bishops getting back in the game, pitching two innings and allowing no hits in relief.
The Lancers were seeded #2 in the CIF Division 1 Playoffs and will play on Wednesday, May 24 against the winner of the Bonita Vista/ Granite Hills match-up on Greenberg Field.
Our tennis team had five players qualify to play in the CIF San Diego Championships. In singles, Gab Jinich won his first two rounds by the scores of 6-1, 6-2 and 6-0, 6-0. He lost his third round match to a player from Hilltop. Also in singles, Zakai Stone won his first two rounds by the scores of 6-3,7-5 and 6-4,2-6,10-2 before losing to a player from La Jolla in the third round. Noa MacDonald won his first round match 6-0,6-0 before losing his second round match. In doubles, our #1 doubles team was seeded into the top 32 teams but was unable to play because of illness.
Our Golf Team played in the CIF Championships last week and came in second place in Div. 3. Low scorer for the Lancers was Josh Rodriguez who had a two day, 36 hole, score of 151. Right behind him at 154 was Alan Tom and Chase Smallwood who shot 157 on the Admiral Baker Course. Also contributing were Nicholas Trimble and Calvin Woods. Great Job Lancer Golf.
Track and Field
Six athletes from the Francis Parker Track Field team had marks good enough to qualify them to compete in the SD section CIF prelims on Saturday, May 20 th at Mt. Carmel High School. CIF prelims brings together the top athletes from all of San Diego county. To qualify alone is an accomplishment to be proud
of. The six athletes who competed were Giselle Alota (triple jump), Maya Pratt-Freedman (high jump), Brooke Trossen (1600m), Meredith Wiggins (100m and 200m), Carson Cook (1600m) and Spencer Lafferty (triple jump).
Four of these athletes had personal records on the day. They were Carson Cook with a P.R. by 4 seconds running the 1600m in 4:34.4. Giselle Alota triple jumping 32’ 11”. Maya Pratt-Freedman in only her 3rd competition in the high jump improving by 6 inches clearing a height of 5’01. Finally, Brooke Trossen improved her time in the 1600m with a time of 5:14.7. Both Maya and Brooke will be going back to Mt. Carmel to compete in the CIF finals next Saturday, May 27th .
All of these athletes put in a lot of hard work throughout the season and the
pay off was in getting into the CIF meet. Outstanding job to all of our track athletes! (Report by Coach Tracy Rose)