December Newsletter: OLP Athletics

Cross Country
After a stellar performance at CIF Finals, the cross country team placed third to qualify for the state championships. The team was led by Winter Moritz who in a tight race placed 5th overall, followed by Alexis Valderrama who placed 14th. Sofia Brigida also medaled placing 19th. Rounding out the team were Oliva Shull, Annie Hammes, Zara Schmidt, and Ella Jones. On Thanksgiving weekend, these runners along with Coach Boyle and Coach Thorpe, senior captains Julia Torres and Cameron LaMarca, and Jemma Jones traveled to Fresno to represent Our Lady of Peace in the cross country state championships.  In the division III Championship race, Winter Moritz placed in the top 25 with a time of 18.48, and Alexis Valderrama placed in the top 50 with a time of 19.25. Sofia Brigida, Annie Hammes, Zara Schmidt, Olivia Shull, and Ella Jones ran fantastic races to bring the team to a 15th place finish against the best teams in California. Congratulations to the team for a great season

JV Basketball
OLP’s JV Basketball team kicks off its season on Monday, November 29 with a home game versus Mar Vista High School at 4:00 pm. The girls started practicing in mid-November and practices are spirited, to say the least! The team has had a couple of successful scrimmages leading up to the beginning of the season and is looking forward to a full slate of games this year. Go, Pilots! 

Varsity Basketball
The Varsity Pilots are off to a 1-0 start with a season opening 45-25 win over Santa Fe Christian. The Pilots will be led this year by Senior Captains Isabella Barba ’22 and Kyra Martin-Spencer ’22. The Pilots’ next home game will happen on Tuesday, December 7 at 6:00 pm against San Pasqual. The team hopes to see you here!

Novice Soccer
The 2021-2022 OLP Novice Soccer team had its first training session of the season on Tuesday, November 16, 2021. The team will be coached by Coach Greg Shen, whose goal is for the team to become proficient at approximately 30 fundamental soccer techniques and to play soccer for the Greater Glory of God. The Team will be captained by fearless sophomores Angela Jooste '24 and Helena Baez '24. Our Frosh team members will be Isabella Bayona '25, Nicolette “Nikki” Beadle '25, Maggie Callaghan '25, Sofia Camarena '25, Elisabeth “Lizzy” Downing '25, Carmela Fallica '25, Helena LaBounty '25, Mila Leandro '25, Zahra Mjahed '25, Eliana “Eli” Pani '25, Elise Rodrigues '25, Daniela Sclater '25, Isabelle Schlichting '25, Yasmeen “Yasi” Shah '25, Mary Isabel Vena '25, and Bianca Vega '25. May God bless and protect our team! Thank you, God, for all of our blessings! 

Varsity Soccer
The Varsity soccer team has been working hard in practice and is looking forward to kicking off the season on Thursday, December 2 against Mt. Carmel High School. 

Surf Team
Surf Team 2021-22 season began at the end of October. We practice on Saturday mornings at Mission Beach - 22 OLP surfers and 38 Saints surfers on the team. We surf in the Scholastic Surf Series division 4 league, and right now we are 1-1 this season in competitions. We have 3 more competitions coming up this season. The next one is Saturday, December 11 at Oceanside Harbor, South Jetty.

Water Polo
It is time for the Water Polo team to jump in the water (feet first), get this season started, and be on the way to the Academy of Our Lady of Peace Water Polo's most successful season yet!

Coach was so impressed not only with the effort put forth by all of the girls in the water at tryouts and their first few practices, but even more so by the enthusiasm, the joy, and the support seen from all participants in and out of the water. That is what being a part of a team is all about. The team gets more and more excited for the amazing opportunities that these awesome girls are going to have this season. Positive Vibes Only. God is so good, and so are all of you!