Falcon’s Sports News
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“If you can learn to use adversity right, it will buy you a ticket to a place you could not have gone any other way“
Tony Bennett (Head Basketball Coach, University of Virginia)
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THANK YOU to everyone who helped make our Freshman Welcome Night for the class of 2023 such an overwhelming success! You all did a great job of greeting the newest members of our community to the CB family.
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Track & Field
The FALCON TRACK TEAM traveled to the Glen Poole Invitational at Oakmont HS last Saturday. The Frosh/Soph boys team won overall title over 20 schools. They were led by Jonathan Stenger '21 who won 100m, 200m, 3rd in the long jump and was on the 4x100 relay team that placed first, also relay members was Clayton Ketcher '21, Porter Lehmann '22 and Jacob Castellanos '22. Clayton Ketcher place 4th in 100m and 6th in the 200m. Jacob Castellanos was 4th in 110 high hurdles. The Frosh/Soph title came down to last event 4x400m relay and Michael Petellia '22 Porter Lehmann '22 Raphael Lobo '21 and Clayton Ketcher '21 won the event was the team champions!
Melia Gay '21 took a 3rd in the 3200 and 6th in the 800. Columba Effiong '22 continues to dominate the 200m with a first place in 25.39, Columba also won the 400m in 58.07.
Chole Decker '21 had second place in the 200m and a 3rd in the 100m. Emily Hancock '20 placed 11th in the disc with a throw of 80' and Elizabeth Hinton '20
was 15th throwing 73' 03". Brett Petkus '20 added another first place this year in the long jump, jumping 21' 2" and took a 3rd jumping 5'4" in the high jump.
Caylen Walker '20 had a jump of 18' 4" in the long to place 10th. Nevin Afong '19 took a 2nd in the 800m with a time of 2.01 and came in 5th in the 1600. Enrique Verschoor '19 had an 8th in the 800 and a 7th in the 1600.
And Rafael Fernandez '20 won the 110 high hurdles in 16.0 and 7th in the 300 long hurdles. Newcomer Andrew Tanjuakio '19 jumped 5' 2" to place 7th.
Our Falcon athletes traveled to Capital Christian to compete against all the schools in the Capital Athletic League. Jonathan Stenger ‘21 tore up the track for the Varsity Boys. He ran PRs of 11.34 in the 100m and won the 200m in 23.07. He also placed 3rd in the Long Jump and led CB with 20 points! Rafael Fernandez ‘20 placed 1st in the 300m Hurdles and 2nd in the 110m High Hurdles. He chipped in 18 points for CB. Nevin Afong ‘19 placed 4th in the 400m and 3rd in the 800m and scored 14.5 points for the Falcons. Brett Petkus '20 sored to a new PR in the Long Jump with a leap of 21 feet 7 inches. Columba Effiong ‘22 finished 2nd in the 100m and 200m. She anchored the 4x100m relay team to 2nd place and the 4x400m relay team to 1st place. She also led CB in points with 21. Malia Gay ‘21 won the 800m and placed 2nd in the 400m. She scored 20.5 points for the Falcons. Chloe Decker ‘21 placed 3rd in the 100m and 200m while scoring 14.5 points for CB.
Overall Team Meet Results:
Varsity Boys - Vista 196, CB 101, Rio 92
Varsity Girls - Vista 257, CB 94, El Camino 54
JV Boys - Del Campo 161, Vista 126, CB 56
Results from CAL league championships:
3. Lily Ruyak. 235
5. Sydney Smith 221
7. Melody Lednicky. 211
We dove the 3 top divers who are all sophomores in the Varsity to help the Varsity swim team with some points, so though they would have placed higher in JV, they did a beautiful consistent job in Varsity and ended up:
7. Shannon Shaw. 258
8. Simone Gandy. 231
9. Marsia Cabrera. 216
Now to prepare for Sections…
The CB swim team had their first day of League Champ’s at Rio Americano on Thursday! CB made a big splash on the first day, qualifying over 40 swimmers who made it back for finals on Friday. Some highlights from prelim’s were Melody Lednicky-Lehman ’22, who made her first individual section time in the JV girls 100 backstroke. The JV girls continued to dominate with Eliza Mikacich ’22, Karina Elliott ’22 and Brooke Brandenburger ‘22 qualifying for their two individual events. Varsity girls also had some fast swimming! The senior class- Sara Littlejohn ’19, Callie Kendall ’19, Aly Roberts ’19, Hope Yeager ’19, Claire Ramos ’19 and Caty Cordano ’19 lead the way and all qualified for second swims on Friday. For the boys, JV and Varsity both have swimmers who qualified for finals, which is much improved from last year! Nick Piper ’19, Luke Sorensen ’19 and Connor Christopher ’19 also lead the team with double swims in their individual events. It’s going to be a fun day of racing back at Rio Americano and hopefully Christian Brothers can hold off Vista in the overall team placement. Let’s go falcons!
On Friday, 4/5, the Lady Falcons traveled to El Camino and came away with a 13-1 victory.
Cece Sidley ‘19 pitched a superb 5 hitter and did not allow an earned run, striking out 9 and giving up no walks. She also helped her cause at the plate, pounding out three hits, including an home run and having 5 RBI’s. Freshman Kennedy Cunha ‘22 had two hits, one a home run and 2 RBI’s. No HR’s, but Jessica Hennelly ‘19 went 5x5 at the plate and added 3 RBI’s to her resume. Jess is now hitting a whopping .512 for the season. Giana Hays ‘19 was 2x2; Gina Matista 2x3; Karina Brouwer was 2x4. Ysabel Moreno was excellent behind the plate and Viviana Dazo had a great game at 2nd. Unfortunately for us, Freshman P/3B Marissa Alders had suffered a broken thumb in the previous game and is unable to play at this time.
The Falcons suffered a heartbreaking loss at Vista del Lago on Wednesday, 4/10. The Eagles scored a run in the bottom of the 8th to take a 3-2 win. Again, Cece Sidley pitched a great game, striking out 9 while issuing only 1 walk. Both Giana Hays and Jessica Hennelly homered for CB’s two runs. The falcons outhit Vista and had their chances, leaving 9 runners on base, 6 of those in scoring position. We just could not get that timely hit to score more runs. Gina Matista was 3x5 in this game and Hannah Gruber ‘19 was 2X3 and had a sacrifice bunt. Victoria Fenner also had a very nice hit and put down a very nice bunt.
Next up we are at Del Campo Friday.
Our record now is 8-4-1 overall and we are 3-2 in league play.
Christian Brothers JV Softball team had an away league game vs Vista Del Lago. With CB winning the first matchup 13-1, Vista was looking for redemption. Vista jumped to an early 4-0 lead through 2 innings which proved to be too much for CB to overcome. With a final score 8-4 loss, pitcher Anjalina (AJ) Dahdouh ’22 continued to shine in the circle going all 6 innings striking out 9, walking one, and allowed just 2 earned runs. Dahdouh ’22 went 4-for-4 at the plate to lead in hits. Yvette Castellanos ’22 added a double. With a few bright defensive moments from 1st year player Stephanie Tapang ’20 in the outfield, these young Lady Falcons are still trying to overcome their defensive struggles which committed 6 errors on the day. Next up is an away league game Friday vs Del Campo. Go Brothers! Overall 5-8, League 1-3
Looking to break a four game losing streak, the CB Falcons entered league play taking on the El Camino Eagles. Game one opened up at the Eagle’s house. Senior Spencer Lozano ‘19 took the mound for CB in hopes to bring the team a much needed W! The wind was howling and so was the CB spirit.
Things started off rough for the Falcons. El Camino got things started in the second inning with a triple on a 0-1 count, scoring three runs. EC also added a fourth run on a weakly hit single.
Not to be outdone, CB answered back with a vengeance by putting up four runs in the fourth inning. The offensive firepower resulted in the seldom seen back-to-back-to-back home runs. Yes, you read that right... three monster home runs in a row! Senior slugger Justin Kim ‘19 blasted a two-run bomb deep over the left field fence. NASA estimated the ball traveled 420 feet, with a peak speed of 91 MPH. Feeling the surge, junior lefty Max Martinez ‘20 decided to join the fray. Taking advantage of a high fastball, Max belted an opposite field blast that easily cleared the left-center fence. Mojo and pep were pouring out of the Falcons dugout. Creeping into the batter’s box, senior Justin “JJ” Johnson ‘19, wanted part of the high-flying action. Not wasting any time, JJ got aggressive early in the count. With high anticipation, the dugout and raucous Falcon fans erupted as the ball left JJ’s bat and sailed high into the Sacramento sky and over the right-center fence. Smiles, cheers and high fives swarmed JJ as he entered the dugout. And just like that, with three heroic swings of the bat, CB was back in the game.
Hoping to keep the EC Eagles at bay, CB’s ever-present mojo decided to leap from their dugout back to El Camino. EC Eagles scored six runs in the fifth inning. No amount of work by Spencer and his defense could thwart the hard charging Eagles. Hits, walks and mental errors got the best of CB, allowing El Camino to stretch the lead out.
Later in the game, the Eagles were looking to put CB away for good. With the bases loaded and no outs, the Falcons added a miraculous defensive play to their resume. A high pop-up, swirled around in the blistery wind, dropped in behind second base. All El Camino runners froze on the play. San Diego-bound Senior Freddie Fiske ‘19 made a terrific heads-up play and threw a laser home to Junior Reed Mercer ‘20. The force out at home was followed by a second force out a third. Reed wasted no time and threw to JJ at third for the second out. JJ completed the trifecta by tossing the ball to second base for the final force out. It appeared the Mojo was ready to help the Falcons make a stand.
The magic got sophomore George Rios ‘21 his first home run of the year. Sitting back on a fastball, George turned and scorched a high fly ball into right field. With just enough juice on the ball, and a little needed help from Mother Nature, George tightened up the race in the top half of the sixth inning. CB could muster no more run support.
Spencer Lozano ‘19 allowed four hits and five runs over two-and-a-third innings, striking out one and issuing six walks. Graeme Farrell ‘19, George Rios, Justin Kim, and Larson Dana ‘19 each entered the game as relief, throwing one and two-thirds innings, one inning, two-thirds of an inning, and one-third of an inning, respectively. 15 total walks were allowed by the CB pitching staff.
Varsity did bang out 11 hits in the game. Justin Kim, George Rios and Reed Mercer each managed multiple. Alas, four home runs and a triple play would not be enough to overcome the Eagles. CB dropped the game 7-11.
Needing to right the ship, CB placed their hopes into the crafty lefty senior pitcher, Stephen Sedleniek ‘19 on the bump. Game two was a must win for the Falcons. It appeared Mojo was waiting for CB to return home. Varsity had no trouble on offense today, winning big over El Camino 9-2.
CB came out like gang-busters, loading the bases in the first inning. Looking to scorch the Eagles early, Max Martinez drew a walk to get a run on the scoreboard. All that was needed was a clutch hit to bury the Eagles. The inning didn’t turn out as hoped, as no Falcon was able to come up with any type of hit. El Camino survived an inning that should have seen four to five runs scored easily. But in CB fashion of late, hits were not coming when needed. Three runners were left on base to end the inning.
CB bounced back in the fourth inning and put up a four spot on El Camino. Dominic Moreno ‘19, Max Martinez, and Graeme Farrell each had RBIs in the big inning.
Stephen Sedleniek earned the victory on the hill Varsity. He allowed two hits and zero runs over five innings, striking out four. Juniors Garrett Sadler and Reed Mercer entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief. A scary moment in the top of the sixth for CB. A high pop-up in front of the El Camino dugout brought senior Justin “JJ” Johnson and Garrett together in attempt to make the play. As the ball floated in the wind, JJ was forced to adjust his route and collided with Garrett Saddler. Both went down and stayed there for several moments. Play was stopped and both were found to be OK. Garrett finished the inning, but was removed as a precaution. Reed Mercer sealed the game with a strong seventh inning, striking out two.
Varsity tallied 12 hits on the day. Max Martinez, Spencer Lozano, and Justin Kim all managed multiple hits for CB. The Falcons were sure-handed and didn't commit a single error. Senior Sam Copley ‘19 made the most plays with five.
The series is tied at one a piece. The rubber match takes place Friday at El Camino. Junior Jordan Gonzales ‘20 looks to declaw the Eagles and bring home a Falcon VICTORY!!
The Freshman team won 2 games this week and will be looking to sweep Woodland HS this Friday at CB. Thursday the score was 14-2 with the entire team getting in on the action. Ramon Ruiz ‘22 and Isaac Stone ‘22 did a tremendous job on the mound for the Falcons only allowing 2 runs. Jake Tandy ‘22 went 3 for 4 with two doubles. Demonte Robinson ‘22 had a 2 hit day and 3 RBI’s. Giacomo DelPiero ‘22 also had multi hit day with a double as well. Diego Aguirre ‘22 had a hit and 2 RBI’s The Falcons are now 6-4 overall and 3-1 in league play.
Varsity lacrosse fought hard against a skilled Granite Bay team 4-23. Goals scored by Lily Witry, Ari Castillo, and Megan Cann. Marissa Galvez started the 2nd half in goal and only let in 6 goals. The team is taking spring break off and is looking forward to a re-match with Rio on 4/26 at CB.
Women’s JV Lacrosse
JV lacrosse hustled hard but lost to Granite Bay 1-19 with Gia Stark scoring the only goal. The team has good chemistry and continues to grow in skills, they are hoping for a win against Rio following spring break on 4/26 at CB.
Men’s lacrosse wraps up the week by traveling to St. Mary’s of Stockton on Friday night. Our season wraps up after spring break with a home and away series against Bella Vista. Last Friday’s game against Lincoln of Stockton saw four more goals by the Falcons, with Kelliah Tarver ’19, Matt Solari ’21 and Sam Ketcher ‘22 all scoring. Tuese Rodriguez ’22 stepped into goal in the last quarter and put in a strong showing. Defenders James Kubish ’22 and Grant Prevost ’22 both added impressive performances to their seasons.
The CB Men's tennis team have reached our goal of making the playoffs! With a win over Del Campo, 8-1 on Thursday, we finished the Capital Athletic League 6-4 and the for the season we were 8-6. We will have Chris Fong '20 playing in the CAL singles championships in two weeks also. We were very strong 1 through 6 in singles with Fong, Anthony Tan Andia '21, Alex Stone '21, Kai Hay '20, Sean Johnson '22 and Ryan Price '21 each winning consistently. The senior doubles team of Brandon Luong '19 and Andres Yalan '19 also won many matches for us this year to help propel us into the playoffs. We are looking forward to the singles and double championships and then the playoffs the week of 4-29-19. We are going to try to make some noise…
Boys Varsity Volleyball
Men’s Volleyball took on Kennedy and El Camino this week. The Falcons beat the Cougars in a 5 set thriller on Friday. Daniel Larsen-Anderson ‘20 lead his team in blocks with 6, while Ben Anin ’19 and Riley Piccione ’20 both contributed 6 aces to their teams success. On Tuesday the team hosted El Camino. Despite a close first set, Christian Brothers lost the match in 3. The team hosts Vista for its Senior Night tonight . Come check out the action and help commemorate our senior Falcons.
Boys JV Volleyball
JV Boys Volleyball matched up with El Camino at home and took the match in two, 25-12 and 25-16. Ryan Rodriguez ‘22 had a winning kill for the second set and 5 Aces. John Piegaro ‘22 had 5 Kills and 1 Ace, Nick Edgar ‘22 had 1 Kill, 7 Digs and 1 Ace, Christian Watkins ‘22 had 3 Digs and 2 Aces, Karsten Thomas ‘22 had 1 Block, Tim Warford ‘21 had 2 Blocks and 3 Aces, Cade Berglund ‘21 had 3 Digs and 2 Aces, We are sadly wrapping up our season tonight with our last home game against Vista. Come support the Falcons and the Seniors last home game!
Men’s Varsity Golf
On Monday, the men’s golf team traveled to Haggin Oaks golf course to play in their first Cal League tournament. The boys started the day off at 8:00 am playing 18 holes. The Falcons showed a ton of improvement from their last tournament. Juniors John Snyder '20 and Hunter Leong '20 played fantastic, both shooting 77. This is a really impressive score as it is only 5 over par. The rest of the boys had solid matches, most of them shooting much better than they did last match. As a team, the boys finished with an admiral 3rd place. The Falcons are looking to improve even more on Tuesday April 9th where they will be traveling to North Ridge Country Club to take on the Del Campo Cougars. The boys are looking to put an end to their losing streak, and this may be the match, as they have beat them before.
On Thursday, the team narrowly lost to Rio Americano 219-218.
Men’s JV Golf
The JV Boys Golf Team had their best week of the season posting consecutive wins against Rio Americano and River Valley after a tough loss against Bella Vista on Monday. The week started off poorly as the boys were stuck in the rough all day at Mather Golf Course and could only muster a couple pars amongst the six. Sophomores Greg Stone ‘21, and Joseph Solari ‘21,.led the way with 49 each in the 234-262 loss. After a good practice on Tuesday, focusing on keeping their drives in the fairway, the team snapped back with a close win against Rio by just 2 strokes, 235-237. Coming down to the last hole in the last group, the team was down by 3 strokes, but Gabriel Rosario ‘20, in the 5 spot, bested his group by 5 strokes posting his lowest round of the season with a 45 sealing the win. Also playing well were Greg Stone, 2021, with a 46, Joseph Solari, 2021, with a 45, and Matt Horan ‘22, with a 47. Riding their momentum built on Wednesday, the team traveled to River Oaks GC in a makeup rained out match. The Falcons of River Valley proved no match for our own Falcons as Joseph Solari, playing the 1 spot for the first time this season, earned the team's first medalist honors of the season with a season low 41. Gabriel Rosario, playing in the #2 spot also did well with a 47 as they got the team off to a good start giving the Falcons a 16 stroke lead after the first group came in. The Falcons are now 4-5 in league and overall as the head into next week with one makeup home match on Monday at Bing Maloney at 3:30pm before Easter Break.
Games of the Week
Baseball vs CB Easter Classic
Games on Saturday, Monday, Tuesday
CB Baseball Field