Coach’s Box 11/16

Falcon’s Sports News

 

Quote of the day:

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are,

while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”

John Wooden

To see schedules and results, please visit: https://www.cbhs-sacramento.org/athletics/

 

On Wednesday, we celebrated the National Letter of Intent (NLI) day for five Christian Brothers’ athletes who will be continuing their playing career in college. We are so proud of all of these athletes for all of their hard work and dedication to their sport and teams. We wish them all the best of luck as they take their game to the next level. Congratulations to:

 

Jessica Hennelly ’19 -Softball – University of Rhode Island

Annemarie Barbour ‘19- Soccer – American University

Giana Hays ‘19– Softball- Sonoma State University

Cecelia Sidley ‘19– Softball- University of Rhode Island

Caty Cordano ‘19– Volleyball- Sacramento State University

 

Women’s Varsity Volleyball

Christian Brothers Women’s Varsity Volleyball season came to an end losing in the CIF State Regional Semi Finals to Presentation of San Jose last Saturday. The Lady Falcons lost in 4 close sets.

 

Another remarkable season by your Lady Falcons. Some highlights of the season were: Winning the Capital Athletic League for the 3rd-straight year; Reaching the CIF Section Semi-Finals for the 2nd-staight year; Reaching the CIF State Regional Semi-finals, and 4 all-league players selected.

 

We want to wish our 3 graduating seniors good luck in their future endeavors. Shea Harrington ’19, Hailey Naldoza ’19 and Caty Cordano ’19 thank you for all of your hard work you not only put into the volleyball program but also to Christian Brothers.

 

A huge congratulations to Caty Cordano who signed her National Letter of Intent to play Volleyball at Sacramento State.

 

League: 11-1 Overall: 25-12

 

Varsity Men’s Water Polo

From Coach Hannah:

I want to start off with a huge congratulations to the boys on their third section win in a row! What this means for Christian Brothers; we will be moved into D-II for future years because of our continued success in D-III. This is such an accomplishment and I could not be prouder of the team and how they played yesterday. Here are the highlights from yesterday:

 

Beginning with our junior utility Caleb Quinn (’20), who fractured his nose yesterday in the last few minutes of the game. Caleb was an essential piece of our play and did not come out of the pool until he absolutely had to. Caleb has, over the season proven that he is one of our most dynamic athletes, stepping up to any challenge, taking on the other teams’ hardest hitters and being a huge threat on the outside as a sharp shooter. His shooting percentage is extremely high for the season at 37.18% and Caleb overall, along with his brother Colin Quinn (’20) and Sam Noonan (’20) have the most steals by a landslide. The junior force on this team is incredible and they have stepped up in a huge way. We pray for a speedy recovery for Caleb and want to acknowledge all of his hard work from yesterday. He was a huge part of making that win happen.

 

Our first goal of the game came from senior Luke Sorensen (’19), who came off the line and attacked the goal with a sneak shot that the other team didn’t even see coming. This was just the motivation that we needed after letting the first point of the game go to Oakdale. After Luke’s goal, things turned around for the Falcons. A few back and forth’s, with a 6-on-5 stop from our keeper Luc Verspieren (’19), and our second goal from junior Sam Noonan (’20), we finished the first with a 2-1 lead. Second quarter, things heated up for the brothers. A goal from center Nick Piper (’20) and a great steal by Caleb Quinn (’20), leading to a second goal from Luke Sorensen took the Falcons into a comfortable 5-2 lead at the halfway point. After being on the defense the first half, the second half, senior Owen Clark (’19) stepped up in a major way, earning a double ejection against Oakdale, rolling one of their best defenders with his third of the morning. Owen lead the team in ejections earned with 4 of our 7 power play opportunities. On a clean counter attack a few minutes later, Colin Quinn (’20) scored his first goal of the game with a beautiful and well placed shot. Next came a quick goal from Sam Noonan off of a 6-on-5 advantage, earned by our center Nick Piper, pushing the score to 7-5. After that, things started to heat up for Oakdale, as they looked to sneak one past our goalie, unsuccessfully. When a pass to center seemed like an inevitable goal for Oakdale, Luc Verspieren lunged from the cage with a foul on the ball, causing him to get ejected from the game. This was a smart, tactical ejection to take, forcing Oakdale to sort their advantage. This gave the brothers time to adjust. With Colin Quinn, Nick Piper, and Owen Clark in the goal, Caleb Quinn was able to reach up and grab the steal from Oakdale, securing the ball to allow our keeper to return to play. The fourth quarter, the Falcons settled into their lead. On some confusion off the ball from Oakdale, Sam Noonan scooped up a gross-and-go that put him a few body lengths ahead of his defender. Sam broke away, with a beautiful assist from our goal tender, and put one in the back of the net for the Falcons. And another goal from Luke Sorensen, also his third solidified the game at 9-7. The game winning goal coming from senior Owen Clark, who read a misfired shot on a 6-on-5 and managed to grab the rebound and flush it into the goal. After that goal, with the score at 10-7 for the Falcons, the tides changed and Oakdale fought to put one behind our goalie. In doing so, one of their strongest shooters was flushed by our junior Caleb Quinn, and following through to Caleb’s face, fracturing his nose. After such a well fought game, the Falcon’s spread their offense to utilize the time left in the game and finished the last two possessions comfortably.

 

The boys have fought so hard and earned their section title. With a three time championship in a row, we move into D-II with confidence and eagerness ready to take on the new challenges that it will bring. As section champions, we will also be competing in the NorCal State Championship, which will be seeded at a later date because of the fires. Please be on the lookout for updates with location and time for our first game.

 

Cross Country

This evening I sit at home feeling hopeful that we will get to race the Section Finals at Willow Hills tomorrow morning.  IF the AQI holds, we will race for a place at this year’s California State Finals.  If this happens, it will be the 15th time in 16 years that CB has represented the Sac-Joaquin Section at the State Finals in Fresno on Thanksgiving weekend.

 

Due to poor air quality, last weekend finals were postponed.  Unfortunately, since the air quality worsens over time, tomorrow, only varsity level teams will run.  And…due to injuries, CB will put several 9th and 10th graders on the line for our varsity women’s team.  The team, led by 10th grader Malia Gay will also include 9th graders Jenna Martinez, Michele Ratliff, Paige Harty, Skye Peters and our lone Senior Aileen Fortin.  These young women will have a tough road ahead as they battle to be one of two teams qualifying for a trip to Fresno. It should be a fantastic opportunity for this very young, but very tight team.

 

On the other hand, the men’s team will toe the line with 7 seniors:  Nevin Afong, Isaiah Jimenez, Berto Mujica, Enrique Verschoor, Nico Sanchez, Sam Copley and Jimmy White.  After narrowly missing a Section 3-peat last season, the Falcon runners are poised to push a very good Placer team in a race to the finish line and a place at State. Nevin currently has one of the fastest times on the Willow Hills 5 K course this season with Isaiah a few seconds behind him.  Berto and Enrique will be keys to helping us with the win by hanging closely to Isaiah as they have done most of the season.  Nico will need to run the best race of his season, which he is more than ready to do. And Jimmy will be key to displacing other runners in the race, forcing the other teams to increase their scores.  Finally, Sam is coming off four weeks of illness and while not at his peak, should once again be a deciding factor for the Falcons.

Keep your fingers crossed that the air quality holds…at least till noon tomorrow.  Stayed tuned.

 

Cross Country Section Finals (Finally!)

Well, we finally got to run and the results were pretty good.

The Men’s Varsity (Seniors: Nevin Afong, Isaiah Jimenez, Berto Mujica, Enrique Verschoor, Nico Sanchez, Sam Copley and Jimmy White) pulled out a squeaker today over Calaveras to finish second overall by a measly 2 points!   Although the goal was to move closer to the Placer High team, a week of little running did not serve the Falcons well.  Nonetheless, the Falcons will head south next Saturday to participate in the California State Finals in Fresno. And speaking of Fresno, in the last race of the day, Sophomore, Malia Gay put it all together in the best race of her career finishing 8th overall in her race thus qualifying as the third individual. This earned her a place at next week’s California State Final.

While the qualifiers are exciting, I also want to point out that 4 ninth graders joined Malia and Aileen today.  Along with our three regulars, Malia, Aileen, and Rain, Jenna, Michele, Skye, and Paige Harty stepped up to complete the varsity team allowing CB to field a full women’s team. This team of up-and-comers finished a respectable 5th out of the 8 teams.  This will definitely be a group to watch next year and beyond!

And to this group of young women, thank you for your willingness to step up. We are proud of your efforts today.

Next Up: California State XC Finals, Woodward Park, Fresno, CA  (Saturday 11/24/18)

Coach D

 

Women’s Basketball

The Women’s Varsity Basketball team had their first scrimmage this past Friday versus Cordova High. The ladies got out to a great start and took an early lead which was kept throughout the entire game. Leading the way was Bria Shine ‘20 with 14 points and 15 rebounds, followed by Faith Mucheru ‘21 scoring 13 points, Karli Cooper ‘22 and Donnelli Allen ‘22 both chipped in 11 points in the 68-28 win over Cordova. Up next is the Foundation game against Del Oro at home on Monday (11/19). Varsity women will start at 6pm.

Men’s Freshman Basketball

The boys freshman basketball team continues to prepare for the season. They have played well in their first two preseason scrimmages and look forward to playing in their first official high school game on Saturday, Nov. 24 at Sierra High School.

Men’s Junior Varsity Basketball

The Boys JV basketball team is still working hard in this preseason. With playing two scrimmages they are looking to improve on those practice games. As they play their first game of the season on Saturday Nov. 24 at Sierra High School in Manteca. Looking to start the season off with a bang.

Men’s Soccer

No news for the past week, as the smoke and fires have prevented us from training outside. The Falcon’s are eager to begin their season and will have their first opportunity on Tuesday, as we travel to Hiram Johnson H.S. to help break-in their new turf field. Varsity action begins at 1:30 and JV will play around 3:00.

 

 

 

ATHLETIC EVENTS OF THE WEEK

Cross Country Section Finals at Willow Hills Reservoir (Folsom)

Saturday, beginning at noon

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Women’s Basketball vs Del Oro (Foundation Game)

Monday, 6:00