2018 Fall Sport Varsity Review

Boys and Girls Cross Country

In Coach Andy Chan’s 21 st season, the 2018 season was a huge success. At the many invitationals in which the Irish competed, at least 70% finished in the top 50% in every race. There were 1 st place team finishes for the Frosh girls at Crystal Springs and Mt. SAC and for the JV boys at Mt. SAC. At the WCAL meet, both the boys and girls varsity teams qualified for the CCS Meet (16th and 19th time respectively) and the Soph-Frosh girls made SHC history by winning the WCAL title. After a week of postponements due to poor air quality, the CCS Meet was finally run at Toro Park in Salinas. Both teams needed all top 5 runners to perform well and they came through with both teams finishing 2nd and qualifying for the State Meet in Fresno (7th time for the boys team, 8th time for the girls team). At State, both teams finished 23rd . Receiving All-League honors and Most Outstanding Varsity team awards were Matt Farrugio ’19 (2nd Team) and Corona Smith ’20 (2nd Team). Other team awards went to Connor Sheridan ’19 and Sabina House ’20 (Most Outstanding Runners) and Nathaniel Horne ’19 and Chloe Poon ‘19 (Outstanding Teammate).


The Irish had another very successful season under 2nd year Head Coach Barry McLaughlin (13th season overall in the program). In WCAL play, the Irish garnered 3 wins over Bellarmine, Riordan (in the Stanfel Cup game) and St. Ignatius (in the Bruce-Mahoney game for the second consecutive year). The Irish qualified for their second consecutive CCS Division 3 Open play-off berth, the school’s fourth overall post-season berth in school history. In the first round, the team was again matched up against Live Oak who defeated the Irish last season. This time, the Irish prevailed by shutting out the Acorns 20-0. The season came to an end in the CCS semi-finals with a tough 19-7 loss to Sacred Heart Prep of Atherton. 1 st Team All-League honors were given to Anthony Heard ’19 (Utility Co-Player of the Year), Rafael Cervantez ’19, Spencer Goldfein ’19, Kelekolio Mateo ’19 and LeVar Watkins Jr. ’19. Named to the 2 nd Team were Evan Branch- Haynes ’21, Evan Dere ’19, David Irwin ’19 and Cormac Slattery ’19. Honorable Mention was given to Tucker Brown ’21, Cathal Coakley ’20, Kieron Collins ’19, Geoffrey Hester ’21 and Tyrice Ivy Jr.  ’21.

Girls Golf

Playing at great venues like the Olympic Club, the Irish golfers had an improved year finishing 2-8 in the WCAL after not winning a duel match last season.  In Coach KC Murphy’s 1 st season heading the girls program, the Irish finished 4th of 13 teams at the Deer Ridge Invitational at the Deer Ridge Golf Club.  The team also competed in the Helen Lengfeld Tournament at the San Jose Country Club. Senior Nara Han led the team in scoring average and was named All-League Honorable Mention.  At the team’s awards, Alexa Weaver ‘20 was the Most Inspirational and Melissa Weaver ’21 was the Most Improved.

Girls Tennis

Despite struggling with on-court results, the Irish competed well during the season. Coach Amy Kleckner (10th season) felt the team showed great improvement as the year progressed which included some good individual performances at the Santa Catalina Tournament. Named to the All-League 2nd Team was Krysta Szeto ’20 and named Honorable Mention were singles player Kara Dobers ’20, and doubles teams Lauren Havlin ‘20/Saila Holsman ’21 and Claire Winslow ‘20/Claire Hombre ’21.

Girls Volleyball

WCAL & CCS OPEN CHAMPS! The Irish had a historic season in Coach Margi Beima’s 16th year at the helm. For the first time since the Girls WCAL was created in 2003, the volleyball team won the WCAL title outright as both the round-robin champs (9-1 league record) and the WCAL Tournament champs (an exciting 5 set win over St. Ignatius in the final). In the CCS Open Division, the Irish defeated Menlo and Palo Alto before meeting St. Ignatius again in the finals. After dropping the first two sets, the Irish won the next 3 sets to win SHC’s first CCS Open Division title. (The volleyball program’s other 6 CCS titles have been in Division 3 or 4 enrollment divisions.) In the NorCal Open Division play-offs, the Irish defeated Ponderosa of Shingle Springs before losing a heart-breaking 5 set match in the semi-finals to eventual NorCal champs Central High of Fresno. SHC finished the season ranked #1 in the Bay Area by 49er Cal-Hi Sports, #9 in the state and #45 in the nation by MaxPreps. Senior Lauren Sera was named WCAL Co-Player of the Year and CCS Co- Player of the Year by Cal-Hi Sports. Also named to the All-League Team were Ashley Chan ’20 (1st Team), Alden Stanley ’20 (1st Team), Skylar Canady ’20 (2nd Team), Megan Lenn ’20 (2nd Team) and Nora Thompson ’20 (Honorable Mention).