March 2018 eNewsletter: Athletics

Athletics Update


Novice: After a year hiatus,  Novice Basketball returned to learn, develop, and play basketball for the 2017-2018 season. The team consisted of 8 players who bonded quickly after their first game by scoring 26 points, but also unfortunately allowing 49 points.  Improvement was evident in every game they played through December and into February. The team’s overall record was 6-10, but more importantly, the team went 5-2 during their last 7 games, including a 1st round win in their League Tournament. Another notable win during the second half of the season was a 24-16 victory over Cathedral Catholic High School. During the final 7 games, the Pilots averaged 24.2 points in offense while lowering their opponent’s average score from 28.7 to 19.3 points per game. All players contributed positively during the season whether working together playing solid 1-3-1 zone defense or in scoring as all 8 players made shots and scored during the season. The team ended its season on February 14th with an Ash Wednesday win versus Grossmont. The team received many compliments throughout the season from opposing coaches, parents, and from referees regarding their style of play, athleticism, and hustle. The Novice team should be very proud of how they positively represented the school throughout the season.

JV: The JV Pilots wrapped up a another great season finishing with an overall record of 16-10 and league record of 8-4. The team was led by captains Daniela Mireles ‘19 and Sarah Talia ‘19 and point guard Laura Vazquez ‘21. Season highlights included travelling to the Lady Lions JV Showcase at Cathedral City High School. The Pilots won all three games while in Palm Springs, CA. They also played some close matchups towards the end of league including their last away game at Mira Mesa.  After being down by 12 points, they came back to win 38-33. Mallory Downing ‘21 consistently led the team in scoring, rebounds and blocks while Bella Riggs ‘21 also showed was a true forward with outstanding play underneath the basket. Point guards, Laura Vazquez and Daniela Mireles, continued to create opportunities for their teammates to score while scoring outside as well. Excellent defensive play from the entire team including Nicole Ballesteros ‘20, Sarah Talia, Gabriella James ‘21, Sarah Callahan ‘20, Darlene Villalobos ‘19, and Olivia and Samantha Kennedy ‘20. When the Pilots were on their game, they were unstoppable. Great Job, Pilots!

Varsity: The Pilots season has been a joy to watch and finished 12-15 overall and 4-8 in league play. They have shown the ability to play with the top teams in San Diego County leaving it all on the court, game after game. Bailey Gehler ‘19 finished 5th in the Western League in scoring and was selected for All League Second Team. Gabrielle Dixon ‘19, Allison Stowe ‘19, Nicole Stepovich ‘19, Linda Alvarez  ‘19 and Madison Lunde ‘19 all posted career highs in points per game, rebounds and/or assist. Lunde was one of the county leaders in rebounding this season averaging 12.7 rebounds a game. Sophia Bermudez ‘18 and Jessica Dharmawan ‘18 have provided solid play and invaluable leadership throughout the season. Chloe James ‘21, Claire Nowicki ‘21 and Mallory Downing ‘21 have provided quality minutes as starters and as reserves. The Pilots brought home two 3rd place tournament finishes in the Cathedral City Lady Lions Tournament and the Bonita Vista Gold Crown Tournament. Stowe, Lunde, Dixon and Gehler ’19 received All Tournament in the Lady Lions Tournament. Gehler ’19 also received 1st team All Tournament Honors in the Bonita Vista Gold Crown Tournament. The Pilots knocked out El Camino is First Round Division II CIF with a 54-50 win.  They fell to Olympian in the Quarterfinals in a close, hard fought game. Congratulations on a great season!


JV: The Jv team wrapped up a remarkable season with a first place finish at Jamz Nationals in Las Vegas. Taking home four first place finishes over all, the team avenged their only second place trophy with a victory over Bell High School in the National finals.

Varsity: This has been Varsity’s most successful competitive season ever. They were undefeated in all championships as well as CIF and National runner-ups. Their achievements this year have been truly remarkable and have brought so much positive recognition to our school on a national level.


Freshman: The freshman soccer team finished their competitive season on February 12th and battled every game until the end. With games on Saturday mornings and Monday nights, the young Pilots pushed through a tough season despite illness and injury. Captain Lauren Williams led the defense with incredible stops and saves every game in addition to setting up several offensive opportunities for the forwards. Courageous volunteer goalie, Maureen Durr, selflessly played nearly every game in goal and showed incredible talent, skill, and leadership. Overall, the freshman team grew in skill and unity this season as they came to together each game. Their well-played, physical match against High Tech High ended in a tie thanks to Kera Reinig’s beautiful goal, and was a highlight for the Freshman Pilots’ season.

JV: The JV Soccer Pilots finished a great season on February 13th with an overall record of 12-5-2. In league, the JV Pilots only lost one game. Notable scorers on the season include Jennie Burruss ‘21 with 10 goals, Alex Carranza ‘21 with 9 goals, Hailey Bahoura ‘20 and Chrysanthe Frangos ‘21 each with 7 goals, and Seney Moreno Larson ‘21 with 6 goals. Captains Jenna Beck ‘20, Gianna Callipari ‘20, and Lilly Strack ‘21 did an amazing job leading the girls through this awesome season! Go Pilots!

Varsity: The Varsity Soccer Pilots finished the season with an overall record of 18-1-2 and ranked number 3 in the county. They won Eastern League with an undefeated record of 8-0.  Ashlin Healy ‘18 was the Eastern League Player of the Year and led the Pilots attack with 23 goals and 13 assists. Erin Healy ‘19 was the second leading scorer on the team with 18 goals. Rylie Curran ‘19 had the most assists in the county with 21. As the #1 seed in the Division II playoffs, they earned a bye for the first round and beat Westview High School 3-0 in the quarterfinals. 

Water Polo

JV: The JV Pilots had an amazing season where all the girls improved. Their league record was 2-6, but the overall highlight of the season was their progression to winning 3 out of the last 4 games. This shows their commitment and perseverance displaying great attitudes to drive into next year. The notable players of the season included Bella Gagliano ‘21, Natalia Alvarez ‘21, Bella Ah Moo ‘21, and Claire McNamara ‘20. Both captains, Cindy Tran ‘21 and Dayle Cowan ‘21, contributed significantly throughout the season as well. The team looks forward to next season already. Go Pilots!

Varsity: This season marks the first time OLP has competed in Water Polo as a CIF sport. Immediately following tryouts, the team played Orange Glen High School bringing home a win with a score of 14-7.  Outstanding leadership by captains Lauren Amaral ‘18, Rachel Amaral ‘18 and Emilia Perez-Rocha ‘18. They finished with a record of 2-17, both wins against Orange Glen. With this season being a great learning experience, the Varsity Pilots look forward to becoming even stronger next season.