Coach’s Box 11/30

Falcon’s Sports News

Quote of the day:

“How good can we expect to be if our best player is not our best teammate?

Brad Stevens

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

 

Cross Country

After six months, it’s over.  What’s over?  Cross Country.  We start in mid-January and with hard work and success that follows, make it to the California State Cross Country Finals on Thanksgiving weekend.  And this year, we again….15 of the past 16 years…sent a representative from Christian Brothers.  In fact, we sent eight runners to Fresno last weekend and it was a very successful outing.

 

Sophomore, Malia Gay ‘21, our sole qualifier from the women’s team, ran the best race of her career finishing the 5K course in 20:24.  This was more than 30 seconds faster than her past races!  Malia is one of the best in the area as a sophomore and will be a force next season as she joins with a host of other 9th and 10th graders returning to our varsity team.

 

The men’s team, which was state-ranked all season, ended the season with a ninth place finish last weekend at the California State Finals in Fresno. In what was an extremely competitive race,  Isaiah Jimenez,  Nevin Afong, Enrique Verschoor ‘19, Alberto Mujica ‘19 and Nico Sanchez ‘19 (PR) led the scoring for CB.  Sam Copley ‘19, returning from a long illness finished in 6th position with Jimmy White ‘19 rounding out CB’s team.  When it was all scored, CB managed a 9th place among the 24 teams in the race. It was our second highest finish behind 2008’s 5th place.

 

As CB wraps up another successful season, we would like to acknowledge this year’s men’s varsity team for the four years of hard work and dedication they have brought to our program.  Along with senior, Aileen Fortin ‘19, and our other seniors, they have shown the true meaning of dedication and commitment.  We will miss you!

 

Coaches Delgado, Reel, Wiseman and Copley

Women’s Freshman Basketball

We had our first tournament last night at Kennedy against Oakridge . Our girls fought hard but had an injury and foul trouble and in the end lost 35-22.  The game was fairly close into the 4th quarter but simply couldn’t keep up down the stretch. We resume our tournament tonight at 8:00 against Ponderosa.

 

Earlier in the week our girls lost to a very good Folsom team. The final was 41-18.

Our girls are getting better day by day and continue to work hard.

Women’s Junior Varsity Basketball

The JV Girls team got off to a great start to their season with two wins against St. Mary’s of Berkeley (56-29), and Pleasant Grove (44-14).  Against St. Mary’s, the team had a balanced scoring attack led by Freshmen Sarai Rice ‘22 with 14 points, Julia White ‘22 with 11 and Jene Wells ‘22 with 12.  Sophomore, Elizabeth Cotillo ‘21, also scored in double figures with 10. Unfortunately, Sophomore guard Avery Omega ‘21, suffered a shoulder injury and will be out indefinitely.  In the first game of the Edison Tournament in Stockton, with only 5 players, twin towers, Julia and Sarai, proved too much for the Eagles with 16 points each, as the team played a suffocating zone defense holding the Eagles to under 15 percent shooting.

Women’s Varsity Basketball

The Lady Falcons opened up their season with the foundation game against the visiting Del Oro Golden Eagles. Christian Brothers held the lead going into half-time. Bria Shine ‘20 led the pack with 19 points. She was a dominant force inside the paint. Donnelli Allen ‘22 was a force from to be reckoned with from beyond the arc and had 15 points. Faith Mucheru ‘21 added 10 points. The Falcons would however fall to the Golden Eagles by a score of 59-57.

Wednesday night, the Falcons hosted St. Mary’s (Alameda). Christian Brothers started out rough but got it together to close a 14 point gap after half time. They battled back and got tough on the boards. Karli Cooper ‘22 led the way for the Falcons with 19 points. Donnelli Allen ‘22 followed with 16 points and Bria Shine ‘20 added 14 points. With 20 seconds left in the game the Falcons got a steal and Chance Sims ‘19 scored a crucial basket to put Christian Brothers ahead by one. However, in the final moments of the game, St. Mary’s would score once more to end the game with a score of 60-59.

The Lady Falcons travel to Stockton for the Edison High School Tournament. They tip off against Pleasant grove Friday at 8pm.

Men’s Freshman Basketball

The Boy’s Freshman Basketball team has been off to a great start to their season with wins in their first two games.  In their first ever high school game they got off to a strong start leading 18-2 after a quarter.  Led by Parker Spellacy ’22 and John Piegaro ’22, who each scored 8 points, the team would fight to their first victory 57-25.  On Friday, Nov. 29, the freshman team kicked off the Claude Brock Classic at Center High School with a 70-29 win over Antelope High School.  The team was led by John Marengo ’22 (12 points), Cooper Rapton ’22 and Avante Lee ’22, (9 points each). The Freshman team will play against Oak Ridge on Fri. Nov. 30 at 8 pm, as they fight for a spot in the championship game on Saturday.

Men’s Junior Varsity Basketball

Boys JV basketball were about to get their first win of the season by beating Sierra High School 48-34. But came up short last night to Davis High School 78-68 at the Jesuit High JV tournament. Elijah Covington ‘21 lead the team with 16 points and Emilio Ralph ’21 followed up with 10 points. The boys look to bounce back today against Vanden at 3:30 at Jesuit High School.

Men’s Varsity Basketball

11/24 Christian Brothers 48 Sierra 72: The Falcons struggled to gain momentum in their first game of the season and lost to a physical Timberwolves team. Angelo Butler ’20 led the team in scoring with 11 points and 3 steals, Michael Moreno ’21 had 6 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks and Kevin Rios ’20 had 6 rebounds to go along with 9 points.

11/29 Christian Brothers 55 Center 65: The Falcons started off the game with a 22 point first quarter but missed free throws and poor shooting in the second half cost the Falcons a chance at their first win of the season. Michael Moreno ’21 led the team on the offensive end of the floor with 19 points and Anthony Zavala ’19 had 12 points. The Defensive effort was led by Brandon Wiggin ’19 and Shahkai Nichols ’20.

The Falcons will go for their first win of the season in the second round of the Cartwright Classic at Elk Grove High School on Friday Nov. 30 at 4pm vs. McClatchy. The Team’s Home Opener is this coming Tuesday December 4 vs Inderkum at 7:00pm.

Men’s Junior Varsity Soccer

Our JV boys soccer team started the season with a very convincing victory 5-0 over the Lancers of Cordova High School. Leading the team in scoring was Kenrick Dawson ’21 and Christian Vaughn ’22 with 2 goals each. On Thursday afternoon, our young Falcons took on a tough opponent in Napa High School. After playing a solid first half with freshman goalkeeper Andre Tabunda ’22 saving the team with a great penalty kick save, our boys found themselves down 1-0. The second half was a back and forth game but on around the 60th minute the falcons tied the score on a great play. Kenrick Dawson ’21 played a through ball to Christian Vaughn ’22 who beat his defender and scored on a right footed shot that hit the right upper corner of the goal. After a hard physical game our boys tied 1-1. Great start to the season by our JV boys soccer team.

 

Record 1-0-1

 

Up next for our boys: Tuesday at Jesuit, 3:00.

Men’s Varsity Soccer

Great Start for Men’s Varsity Soccer

After having the first two games cancelled due to smoke, the Falcons got their pre-season under way with a decisive 7-0 win over Cordova High. Zack Martin ‘19 scored a hat trick 3 goals, while Diego Seuthe ‘19, Dom Poletti ‘19, Tyler Valerio ‘21 and Richard Dore ‘20 each added another, with assists from Hunter Dierlam ‘20 and Andrew Constancio ‘19.  Keepers Ben Kessler ‘19 and Johnnie White ‘19 had clean sheets. Next up, Napa on 11/29 at SCC.

 

Soccer Falcons Challenge Top-Ranked Napa

On the heels of Tuesday’s win against Cordova, the varsity men came out strong against top-ranked Napa on Thursday night.  Breaking through Napa’s defensive wall, Juniors Hunter Dierlam ‘20 and Declan Simonovich ‘20 fired in goals, but the Falcons could not control Napa’s mid-field and fell by just one goal (3-2).  Come out and support our men’s soccer team as they take on Jesuit, at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, December 4. The game is at Jesuit High School in Carmichael.

 

Record 1-1

Women’s Junior Varsity Soccer

On 11/27, the JV women faced the River city Raiders. Our Falcons proved to be the dominant team, winning 2-0! Exciting performances from freshman Grace Cloete ‘22 and Annie Simpson ‘22 scoring one goal each respectively. Also, the defense clinched the clean sheet lead by fill in GK Anjalina Dandoun ‘22 with three spectacular saves.

Women’s Varsity Soccer

The Varsity Soccer team began their season with a match against the Raiders of River City. The Falcons dominated the first half with a strong possession game (70%). Excellent passing and ball control had the RC Raiders chasing.  CB had some shots but the breakthrough came with Sara Cruz ‘20 stealing a ball in the attacking half and with some fancy footwork distributed it to Lexi  Rakela ‘21 who scored a beautiful goal from 10 yards out.  The second half RC Raiders came out fast and furious but could not get past the stubborn defensive line of Claire, Annemarie, Ainsley and Mariah. The Falcons scored off a brilliant counter attack where Dior crossed the ball into Ashley Valerio who then one touched the ball in the back of the net from 20 yards out. RC Raiders would take away a shutout by scoring off a free kick and bad clearance. CB would tighten up the defense for the last 15 minutes and went on to earn a victory 2-1.  Great start to the season! Up next: Friday, 11/30 at Elk Grove and Monday vs St. Francis.

 

ATHLETIC EVENTS OF THE WEEK

Women’s Soccer vs St. Francis on Monday

(JV at 3:30, Varsity at 7:00)

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Men’s Soccer at Jesuit on Tuesday

(JV and Varsity at 3:00)