Baseball Falls to Mission Hills in CIF Division 2 Championship
After reaching the CIF Finals for the 2nd consecutive season, the Parker baseball team fell just short in their quest for a championship, losing 5-3 to Mission Hills High School on Saturday afternoon.
After falling behind 1-0 in the first inning, the Lancers rallied in the top of the third. Junior Ryan Sanborn, who started the game on the mound for the Lancers, drove in two runs with a single to right field, as Sterling Hayes and Michael Yourg each crossed the plate. Mission Hills would go on to push 3 more runs across in the bottom of the frame to take a 4-2 lead.
The Lancers came to the plate in the top half of the 7th inning trailing 5-2, but true to form, they competed fiercely till the end, nearly pulling off a miraculous comeback. After being hit by a pitch for the 2nd time in the game, Sterling Hayes reached base, along with fellow senior Ben Krongard who drew a walk. Sophomore Jack Allen was able to push across a run, as Hayes scored when Allen singled through the right side of the infield, bringing the score to 5-3. After Tristan Neels reached base on an infield hit, the Lancers had the bases loaded with the go-ahead run standing at the plate. It was not until a deep flyout to right field that Mission Hills was able to secure the victory.
After the game, Parker baseball coach David Glassey announced his retirement as the head coach of the varsity program, telling the San Diego Union-Tribune "It's just time for a younger guy, someone with a little more energy to take over." Glassey did say that he still plans to continue teaching at Parker, which includes working with the Parker middle school baseball program. "Whatever happens, I'll be involved with Baseball."
Mission Hills Coach Ken Putnam, who also announced his retirement following the game, had extremely high praise for Coach Glassey. "It was a privilege and an honor to compete against him and his team in a championship game," Putnam said. "He is a great coach, and a class man. He coaches the right way, and his kids play incredibly hard for him. I can do nothing but tip my cap to David Glassey."
In his 38 seasons leading the Parker baseball program, Coach Glassey amassed 601 wins (including 22 this season) and 9 San Diego Section championships. This season marked the 12th time that his team reached the section finals.
"I'm extremely proud of this team, especially our senior class," Glassey said. "I absolutely love these kids and the way that they compete. They are great kids, who are fun to be around, but when the time comes, they are an extremely competitive group. I will miss them all next year."
Parker Baseball Headed to CIF Championship for the 2nd Consecutive Year
For the second straight season, the Parker Baseball team has earned their way into the CIF Section Championship game, coming off a 2-1 semifinal victory over Ramona high school on Tuesday afternoon. The win was the 3rd in a row for the Lancers, who emerged from their half of the Division 2 playoff bracket undefeated with an opening round win over Sage Creek High School, and then back to back 1 run victories over Ramona.
In Tuesday's win, Senior pitcher Sterling Hayes threw 6 strong innings, improving his overall record on the season to 7-2, and lowering his season ERA to an outstanding 0.88. After giving up a run in the first inning, Hayes only allowed the Bulldogs 4 hits the rest of the way, while also striking out 7 batters. "I just executed my pitches better," Hayes said after the game. "The first batter I faced I threw a good pitch and the hitter had a great at bat. I missed my spots and walked the second batter, but after that inning I honed in on Michael Campagna, who called a great game, and executed my pitches just as I wanted to."
Hayes was also effective at the plate, smashing a solo home run over the left field fence to tie the game in the third inning. "It was my second at-bat, and the pitcher hadn't thrown me a fastball yet in the game, so I sat on fastball and took advantage.
Not to be outdone, fellow senior Michael Yourg also homered, putting the Lancers in front for good 2-1. Despite falling behind in the count initially, Yourg remained confident, stating "He was mixing up his pitches on me, but I was able to work the count back to 3-2. Once I got to that point, I knew he was gonna challenge me with the fastball so I just loaded up on that." The blast was Yourg's 8th home run of the season, placing him among the county leaders. It was also the 3rd consecutive game that he has sent one over the fence.
Head Coach David Glassey has been extremely proud of his senior class all year long. "I absolutely love the way those kids compete," Glassey said. "They are great kids who are fun to be around, but when the time comes, they are extremely competitive group, which has been a big reason for our success."
Hayes echoed his coaches' feelings, saying "This playoff season has been the greatest of my high school career. We are so focused as a team and everyone on the team is selfless in their team oriented efforts."
Tomorrow's championship game against Mission Hills High School will be the second in a row that the Lancers have played in, which has the team feeling confident and excited. "We know exactly what to expect with USD's field," said Yourg. "We've played on the big stage before, and I think we're ready to finish it off."
First pitch on Saturday is scheduled for 1pm at University Of San Diego's Fowler Park.
Fall, Winter, and Spring Athletes Recognized at End of the Year Athletics Banquet
On the Evening of Wednesday, May 30th, Parker held its annual athletics banquet, honoring athletes across all sports for a variety of awards, honors, and accomplishments.
In addition to each team recognizing both their Parker Power award winner and their MVP, there were several other major awards and honor given.
CIF ACADEMIC TEAM AWARDS
Each year the CIF San Diego Section honors the teams with the highest cumulative GPA in their geographic region of the city. This year, there were 11 Lancer teams who finished with the highest team GPA in the metro region:
Football (3.38), Boys Water Polo (3.76), Girls Tennis (3.75), Girls Golf (3.78), Boys Soccer (3.47), Girls Basketball (3.67), Boys Track and Field (3.56), Girls Track and Field (3.69), Boys Lacrosse (3.46), Girls Lacrosse (3.71), and Boys Tennis (3.82)
UT ALL ACADEMIC TEAMS
Each season, the San Diego Union-Tribune honors Junior and Senior Varsity athletes who have achieved at least a 3.0 GPA. This year, Parker had 144 athletes named to the UT All Academic teams. 40 of those athletes had GPAs over a 4.0.
The High School Sports Association honors two students from each high school who have unweighted GPA's over 3.5, demonstrated superior leadership, and excellent citizenship, including character, integrity, and ethical behavior. Parker's two recipients of this award were seniors Frannie Lang and Nick Miller.
CIF SPIRIT OF SPORT AWARD WINNERS
Every season, each school nominates 1 male and 1 female athlete for the CIF Spirit of Sport award, which is given based on exemplary sportsmanship, school leadership, and community service. From those nominations, each section chooses 1 male and 1 female winner. In what was an unprecedented level of recognition, all 3 male winners this year were Parker seniors. Football player Bryan Shaw won in the fall. Soccer player Ben Krongard won in the winter. Baseball player Michael Yourg won in the spring. Krongard was also chosen as the winner for the entire state of California during the winter season.
CHUCK FREER SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD
Every year, Parker honors two athletes who have demonstrated exemplary sportsmanship for the duration of their entire athletic careers. Chosen to receive this award were seniors Elina Pepper and Collin Green.
DAVID GLASSEY ATHLETIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Every year, Parker honors two athletes who have achieved extraordinary success throughout their athletic careers. In addition to their on-field or on-court achievements, the recipients of this award are also recognized for their outstanding leadership, work-ethic, and the example that they set for their teammates. Chose to receive this award were seniors Beatrix Thomas and Bryce Neels.
PARKER ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME NOMINATIONS
Two Parker seniors were so outstanding over the course of their careers, that they were nominated for consideration to be inducted into the Parker Athletics Hall of Fame. Cole Harris was nominated for the sport of sailing, and Sterling Hayes was nominated for the sport of baseball.
Harris, who signed a letter of intent to sail at Dartmouth College next year, graduates Parker as one of it's most decorated sailors in the school's history. In his 4th year as a skipper, he led Parker's sailing team to a second place finish in the 2018 national competition.
Hayes, also signed a letter of intent, his being to play at Vanderbilt University next year. In his 4 year varsity career, he was a 1st team all conference selection 4 times, including twice being named the conference pitcher of the year, and once being named the player of the year. His career ERA of 1.17 places him among the all time section leaders. He helped lead the Lancers to Championship game appearances in both his junior and senior seasons.
CIF SCHOLAR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR NOMINATION
Senior Tanner Penrose has been nominated by the school for consideration as the CIF San Diego Section Scholar Athlete of the year. While running cross country for the Lancers this year, Tanner led our Boys team to a CIF Division 5 championship this year, including finishing a silver medal in the Division 5 individual finals with a time of 16:32. Tanner was also selected to the Union-Tribune All Academic team, earning his spot with a 4.39 GPA. Tanner will be attending Boston College Next Year. The CIF will be announcing their 2018 winner for the San Diego Section sometime in the next few weeks.
PARKER MALE AND FEMALE ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
Finally, Parker honored their Male and Female Athletes of the year at our annual end of the year awards assembly. Selected as the honorees were seniors Giselle Alota and Sterling Hayes.
Alota earned 13 Varsity Letters throughout her Parker career, competing in cheer, basketball, lacrosse, and track and field. While serving as captain of the cheer and track teams, she earned the most accolades on the basketball court, where she was a 4 time 1st team all conference selection, as well as the league player of the year after her junior season. She graduates Parker in the top 3 in nearly every statistical category on the court including points, assists, steals, and 3-pointers. She will be continuing her athletic career next year at the United States Naval Academy.
Hayes graduates Parker as one it's most decorated baseball players in the program's history, having also been chosen as a 1st team all league selection 4 times, including twice as the conference pitcher of the year, and this year as the conference player of the year. His career ERA of 1.17 has him among the all time section leaders. When he wasn't pitching, Hayes was still an integral part of the batting order, and was one of the top infielders in San Diego County. He will be continuing his career next year at Vanderbilt University.
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