April 2018 eNewsletter: Athletics

Athletics Update

The accolades continue to come in for OLP Soccer after winning OLP’s first ever state championship in athletics.  The team moved up in national rankings to #39, state rankings to #11, and solidified their #1 ranking in San Diego County.  Senior Ashlin Healy was named to the All-CIF First Team in Soccer and Junior Erin Healy was selected as a Union-Tribune Prep Star Athlete of the Week for her performance in the state final and draining the “Golden Goal” that gave the Pilots the state title.


The OLP Archery team is off to a great start to the season with a record of 2-1, after winning two matches last week against La Jolla High School and the Grauer School. They recently competed in the Olympic Archery in Schools Regional Championships. In the qualifying round, Lily Lucero ‘18 took first place, Marian Isbell ‘19 took second, and Ciana Yates ‘19 took fourth. In addition, OLP filled 6 of the places in the top 10. In the head to head matches, also known as the Olympic Rounds, Lucero came in first place, Isbell came in third, and Isa Velarde ‘19 came in fourth. Overall the OLP Archery team was awarded a trophy for a second place city-wide ranking. They look forward to competing in the California State Finals and Nationals in April.


JV: The JV Lacrosse team is off to a strong start, with a current 4-game winning streak. Half of the team is returning for their second year, while half of the team is new to the sport.  Their team has currently out scored our opponents 42 goals to 25 goals. Lilly Connolly ‘20 and Chloe James ‘21 have 10 goals each. JV Lacrosse is led by captains Amy Hickman ‘20 and Seney Larson Moreno ‘21.


After a tough start to the season, the varsity Pilots rebounded with three strong league wins. In their 12-8 win against University City, captain Bailey Gehler ‘19 scored 8 goals and Taly Ferrante ‘21 scored 4.  A great 14-0 victory against Lincoln was led by Ferrante with 4 goals and 2 assists. In their 12-1 win against Hoover, the Pilots had goals by Gehler(3), Ferrante(3), Gabby Belsito ‘18, Bella Agpaoa ‘18, Nicole Stepovich ’19, Sammy Weinzimer ‘19, and Lauren Williams ‘21. Goalies Janelle Cedillo ‘20 and Allie Stowe ‘19 played solid games with a combined 45 saves in just 5 games.

Sand Volleyball

Sand Volleyball is off to a great start in their Coastal League with wins over Serra, Valhalla, and La Jolla Country Day. Varsity remains undefeated in all matches with 3-0 victories.  Eden Koria ‘19 and Olivia Gastaldo ‘18 represent our top team, followed by Caroline Belmontez ‘19, Gabi Preciado ‘18, Olivia DiNapoli ‘19, Kara Cato ‘19, Sara Marty ‘19, Elaina Patterson ‘19, Emma Ferguson ‘19, Jackie Wylie ‘20, Julia Alvarez ‘20, and Ciana Kelly ‘21.


JV:  JV is off to a great start to their season, led by two great pitchers, Jordan Williams ‘21 and Jiovana Nuanez ‘21. This team has been competitive more often than not including in the gold division of two different tournaments already.  The Pilots are looking forward to a very competitive league season.

Varsity: Varsity Softball is off to an impressive start for their first year at the division II level. They are currently 5-5 for the season and have faced great competitors. Pitchers, Marin Musicant 18’ with 18 strikeouts and Kelsey Way 18’ with 21 strikeouts, have proven themselves on the mound yet again. The Dynamic Duo have done an amazing job in leading this team defensively. Musicant (12 hits, SLG % .638)  and Kaleigh Lane 18’ ( 10 hits, SLG% .538) are leading the team in hits this year. Natalia Frias 21’ in her first year at OLP, leads the team with an on base % of .536. Umpires, coaches, and tournament directors have complemented the program and how far these young ladies have come. Varsity Softball will continue to work hard this season and earn their first appearance in Division II CIF Playoffs.

Swim & Dive

Participation for OLP Swim was at an all-time high this year with 50 swimmers (5 seniors, 8 juniors, 8 sophomores, and 29 freshmen)! The season is off to a good start with 3 meets completed, Pilots have a 2-1 record. Congratulations to the following swimmers for making City Conference cuts: Andrea

Morland-Tellez ‘20, Liana Simonelli ‘19, Kaitlyn Coons ‘20, and Annie Danaher ‘19. Additional congratulations for these swimmers for making both City Conference and CIF cuts: Gilly Folk ‘19, Kekoa Ulufanua ‘20, Andrea Deinard ‘19, and Pearl Simonelli ‘21! The Pilots still have five more meets for swimmers to qualify for League and Division Championships.

Track & Field

The Pilots competed in the 15th annual Elmer Runge Invitational and brought home some medals. Marla Hart ‘19 placed 1st in her heat for the 100m and third for long jump, Daniela Mireles ‘19 placed 5th in her flight for throws, Jenna Beck ‘20 placed first in her heat and Lilli Bass ‘19 placed 3rd and ran a PR (personal record) in her heat for the 800m. Also notable, Yasmeen Konja ‘21 competed in the pole vault, successfully clearing the opening height of 6’ (first time since 2002), and also competed in the long jump and placed 3rd in her flight.  With over 60 members of this year’s track & field team, the Pilots look forward to an exciting and eventful season.

Secluded Campus Area Reimagined

For years the area west of the Holy Family Event Center known as The Point was a quiet contemplative space that few students used or even had regular access to visit.  As of December 2017, that has dramatically changed. The ground was leveled, athletic turf and netting installed, and the area is now used daily by over 100 OLP students.  From PE and World Languages classes to a variety of OLP Athletic teams (Water Polo, Lacrosse, Archery, Softball, Track & Field, Golf) make good use of this new redefined area.  While it has become an active area for most of the day, you can still find quiet blocks of time throughout the day to gather your thoughts and perhaps escape the busy life of the OLP Campus for a peaceful prayer overlooking Mission Valley.  The construction of the “Field at the Point” was made possible through generous contributions from our OLP families and friends via the annual OLP Golf Tournament. Next time you are on campus, make sure to walk down to The Point and see the transformation.

Cheer Tryout Information

New and Returning Cheer Parent Meeting: 4/10 6:30 pm in theater.
Cheer tryouts: 4/25 & 4/26 3:30 – 5:30
1st week of summer practice: 6/19- 6/21 1:30-3:30