Spring Sports Info & Wrap Up Articles

Sports Fee Information, 2014-2015

In order to maintain the eighteen CIF teams that OLP fields each year and the two Club teams, the participation fee is $240 per sport. The third season of the same year is $100. In keeping with the Academy’s philosophy to encourage as many students as possible to participate in co-curricular activities, no student will be denied membership on a CIF sports team because of an inability to pay any of the fee expectations.

Senior Athletes to Play in College

Three seniors, Aliea Clark, Kirsten Johnson and Brenna Machek, will be playing at the college level next year. The three seniors received scholarships allowing them to move on to the next level. Aliea will be playing golf as a UCLA Bruin, Kirsten will be playing basketball at the University of Maine and Brenna will be playing volleyball at San Luis Obispo. Congratulations to our student-athletes!

CIF Sports information, Fall, 2014

All students interested in trying out for a Fall sports team (Cross Country, Golf, Tennis, and three levels of Volleyball) will begin try-outs the week of Monday, August 11. Specific details will be included in a summer mailer and on the website.

A parent/athlete/coaches meeting for all parents and guardians and athletes who are members of those teams will be held on Wednesday, August 20 beginning at 6:30 PM. The meeting will be held in the Theater on campus.

The purpose of the meeting is to appraise the CIF participants and their parents/guardians of specific legal concerns and to allow the coaches to explain their philosophies, lettering policies and to respond to parent questions. This meeting is mandatory for all athletes and their parents/guardians.

At this meeting, each parent/guardian will be expected to pay the $240 participation fee and the $150 uniform deposit. No athlete may practice or compete until all forms and payments are on file.

Fall Sports Packets Available on August 5th

All students trying out for Fall sport must have a competed Sports Information packet signed before they may try out for a sport in the Fall. This packet includes a variety of forms that require both parent and athlete signatures. The packet may be picked up in the Front Office beginning on Wednesday, July 9. The packet incudes forms related to a current physical, insurance information, concussion information, and parent-guardian permission to play a CIF sports, emergency information, and several general information forms.

This packet must be given to the coach on the first day of tryouts, or the student will not be allowed to try out. The packet needs Dr. Blade’s signature last, so complete all other forms first. Once the packet is completed, Dr. Blade will sign the packet and the athlete may pick it up on Friday, August 8 in the Front Office beginning at 8 AM. The packet is also available on-line at the OLP website under Athlete Forms. No packet will be mailed home, so please come pick it up or download it from the OLP website.


The coaches of the OLP CIF Fall sports teams (Cross Country, Golf, Tennis, and Volleyball) invite you to join them for team try-outs on Monday, August 11. If you wish to try out for a sport, you must meet the following requirements set by OLP, CIF, the City Conference, and the state of California:

• Have a current physical on file in the Front Office. Your physical form must be dated less than one year from the first day of try-outs (August 11). It may not expire during the course of the season in which you are playing for OLP. You may obtain a physical form in the Front Office or from our website: aolp.org. On the home page, go to “Parent Menu Bar,” click on “Forms,” and then click on “Physical Form” to download.
• You must bring a copy of your completed OLP Eligibility Packet to tryouts or you will not be allowed to participate in tryouts.
• Have a GPA of at least 2.0 for the Spring, 2014 semester report card. Incoming ninth graders have no grade requirements.
• Have received no F grades nor have more than one D grade on the Spring, 2014 report card.
• Have no unsatisfactory marks in either citizenship or conduct on the Spring, 2014 report card.
• Have no disciplinary probation terms.
• All potential team members must be present for all tryout days to be considered for the team.

Co-Athletes of the Year Award
Natalie Ireland and Kirsten Johnson

Seniors Natalie Ireland and Kirsten Johnson capped their four-year sports career at OLP by being named the Co-Athletes of the Year during the senior honors convocation held on May 29. Natalie and Kirsten were voted this honor by a committee of on campus coaches and former coaches who evaluated the qualifications of all senior athletes nominated by their coaches and then made their decision based on the caliber of athlete/athletes who deserved the honor.

Natalie Ireland arrived at Our Lady of Peace in 2011 as a young athlete who already had significant experience playing softball throughout the county. She played for the J.V. her freshman year at OLP; however, she was also brought up to the Varsity on several occasions. During these assignments, the coaches were very impressed with her attitude, ability and knowledge of the game.

During her sophomore and junior years, Natalie became a starting player and a major asset for the team at both first base and third base. While a young sophomore, she batted an impressive .345, and as a junior in 2013 she hit .384. Her efforts, along with her teammates, lead the Pilots into the quarterfinals of the Division III playoffs in 2012, and into the semi-finals in 2013. She was also named to the Central League Second Team last year.

This year, her peers selected Natalie as the “OLP Offensive Player of the Year.” She led the team in hitting with a batting average of .492, and also with 2 home runs. Her batting average is 5th highest in Division II. Her defensive accomplishments as the Pilots catcher this year were equal to her offensive efforts, as evidenced by her standing of #3 catcher in the County, by Max Preps, and tied with several others for the top 10 fielding percentage. According to Coach Angioletti, Natalie’s role as a team captain this year, along with her performance on the field, was a major factor in the success of this year’s OLP Softball Team.

This fall Natalie will attend Claremont-Pitzer College in Los Angeles, to further her education and love for softball, as a member of the Pitzer College Softball Team, known as the “Sagehens.” Additionally, she led the team to two consecutive seasons of undefeated play in the Central League. We congratulate Natalie for her efforts and accomplishments, both in the classroom and on the playing field by recognizing her with this year’s Co-Athlete of the Year Award.

Our second Co-Athlete of the Year is Kirsten Johnson, who played on the basketball team all four years and also played Club Sand Volleyball this past Spring. Kirsten was a valued member of the varsity basketball team and was the only four-year varsity letterwoman this past season.

Kirsten was named to the All-Western Team 1st Team as a junior and was again named to the 1st Team as a senior. She was named to the All-Tournament team of the So Cal Prep Classic. The Western League coaches also named her as the Player of the Year. Kirsten was named to the 2nd team All-CIF at the conclusion of her senior year. For that honor, she was recognized by the Hall of Champions at a reception.

During her four years on the team, Kirsten was an iron player, never missing a game in those four years. She was dominate on both defense and offense, and averaged 16.3 points per game and 12.2 rebounds a game.

Kirsten has received a scholarship to continue playing at the college level and she will be attending the University of Maine, with the expectation of majoring in Engineering. We wish Kirsten much success in the years ahead, both on and off the court.

Lacey Yahnke Named Rookie of the Year

Freshman Lacey Yahnke was named the Rookie of the Year for the 2013 – 2014 school year. This honor is afforded the first year athlete at OLP who has made the biggest impact on the sports program during her first year. An on-campus committee of coaches and former coaches, following the nomination of athletes by individual coaches, makes the selections.

Lacey was a member of the Cross Country team in the Fall and was voted by her teammates as their Most Valuable Player. In her first high school competition, she led the Pilots to a strong finish in the Mustang Invitational. She was an All-Western League runner at the season’s conclusion.

She played on the JV Soccer team in the Winter and then headed back to the Track team this past Spring. She placed sixth in the Western League championship meet, a rare feat for a freshman, particularly in the extremely competitive Western League. Her time for that championship race was 2 minutes, 30 seconds, one of the best times posted by an OLP runner in recent years.

Lacey was a Tri-Athlete, but she also was a Tri-Scholar-Athlete, having earned at least a 3.5 GPA during each of her three seasons. Congratulations to Lacey on her great first year of sports and classes at OLP.

Senior Katie Anastas Named Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Senior Katie Anastas was named the Scholar-Athlete of the Year at the Senior Honors Convocation on May 29. This honor is given to the athlete who has participated all four years at OLP on a sports team and who graduated with the highest grade point average of the senior athletes. Katie graduated with a 4.313 grade point average and ranked fifth in her class of 169 students.

During her four years at OLP, Katie was enrolled in six Honors classes and five AP classes. She was a four-time OLP Scholar-Athlete and a two time San Diego Union –Tribune Scholar-Athlete. Katie was OLP’s nominee in the Fall for the CIF Spirit of Sport award. Katie played Golf for four years and served her varsity team as their captain during her senior year. She will be attending the University of Washington in the Fall.

Softball Season Wraps Up
By Coach Angioletti

On May 20th 2014, OLP’s hopes for a Division II Championship came to a sudden halt, as we were defeated in El Centro by Southwest High School. The game was played in approximately 85 degrees heat with a wind factor of 25 to 35 miles per hour, causing havoc with fly balls hit to the outfield. Unfortunately for the Pilots, Southwest hit many more fly balls to the outfield than we did.

The Pilots, however, did not wish to see a good season end in this manner. Our return bus trip to San Diego demonstrated that our team was not going to let this playoff ending loss effect a fun season, filled with both success and enjoyment. Coaches Dena Young, Natalie Garrett and I noted that after a brief meal, and our first 20 minutes of travel back to San Diego, that music filled the bus with “the top 20 songs of the Imperial Desert”. We then realized there was another vocal group on the bus that clearly was taking over from the local radio station. Yes, it was the OLP Softball Choir. Fortunately, because of their sense of rhythm, we did have to remind them (at least twice) that there was no dancing on the bus for safety reasons.

The efforts of the Softball team to demonstrate their choir potential, and improve the attitude of the Coaches and parents on the bus was quite successful. In fact, I believe some of the Coaches attempted to join in with the Choir, but just did not know the words. Although the Choir most likely will not hear anytime soon from “the X Factor” or other popular competitive musical shows, this is the team that reminded us Coaches what a good Softball season we enjoyed as a team, and that one loss was not going to change our attitude or accomplishments.

In regard to accomplishments, the 2014 Pilot team completed this season with a record of 16 wins, 7 losses and one tie game. Eleven of our 16 wins were by shutout. Based on our success during the 2013 season, OLP was elevated to a more competitive schedule in Division II for the 2014 season. At the end of the 2014 season, we were then selected by the San Diego CIF Section to a seeding in this year’s CIF playoffs. Our league record of 9 wins and 2 losses at the end of this season also resulted in OLP finishing in second place in the Central League. We have much to be thankful for this season.

There are many factors that contributed to our success this year. The most dominant factor, according to the Coaches, was the continuing effort of our team to overcome lack of experience in many cases, with the willingness to work hard and learn. The effort demonstrated by the team in practice, and in the games, assured us that every game would be a battle, and an opportunity to improve both individually and as a team.

Leadership is another quality that should be recognized. In this regard, we have three captains on this year’s team that excelled in motivating, encouraging and setting an example for their teammates:

1. Senior Natalie Ireland (catcher) lead the Pilots this year in both highest batting average (.508), 32nd in the San Diego Section, and fielding average (.984) tied for 15th in the San Diego Section. Natalie was honored by OLP as the Co-Athlete of the Year, she was also named to the All Central League 1st Team. We are going to miss Natalie next year when she is playing for Pitzer College.

2. Junior Kat Prevo played both shortstop and pitched this year for the Pilots. She led the team in most hits with Natalie (32), and had the team’s second highest batting average of (.471). Additionally, Kat lead the team in R.B.I.’s (26) and was 35th highest in this category throughout the San Diego Section. Voted the Pilots Most Valuable Player this year, she was also recognized as a member of the All Central League 1st Team.

3. Junior Lauren Brown, was once again selected as the All Central League Pitcher of the Year and a member of the All Central League 1st Team. Throughout the San Diego CIF Section, Lauren had the second most strikeouts (176) in the 107 innings she pitched. She also was 6th in lowest E.R.A. (1.2) per game, and 7th in most wins with 13. In one game this year she struck out 19 of 21 batters she faced while throwing a no hitter. The Union Tribune recognized her achievement in May when she was selected as Athlete of the Week.

In addition to the aforementioned Captains, there were three other Pilots selected as All Central League 2nd team members. Junior Olivia Alves with a .338 batting average, including 12 doubles and an impressive 968% fielding average at 1st base. Joining Olivia on the All Central League 2nd team was Sophomore Maria Balistreri, who played exceptionally well, regardless of where we played her. Maria had the 30th highest fielding average (.976) in the San Diego Section. Janet Paruleski, who played third base, and did an excellent job as our leadoff hitter, finished the season with an impressive .417 batting average, and lead the team in both runs scored and stolen bases. All three Pilots are very deserving of their selection to the All Central League 2nd Team and we have great expectations of them for next season.

2014 was a very enjoyable year, despite the fact that we did not accomplish all our goals. Working with this team that is willing to put forth the effort to improve, and put the team first is very refreshing for Coaches and makes us anxious to come back next year with new goals and lots of energy. The Coaches and I wish to thank our team for a great effort this year and rest assured that we all will work hard to raise the bar for 2015.

GYMNASTICS Season Concludes at CIF
By Coach Floyd

With thirteen girls on the roster, freshman Maddie Brown was the only girl to qualify for the CIF County Championships. Maddie represented AOLP with pride and determination on Friday, May 23rd at the CIF Championships. With over 100 girls competing, Maddie came in 18th all around. She did her best and cheered with the other teams. Please help me congratulate her on a great job!!!!

Swim and Dive Do Well at CIF
By Coach Manley

OLP Varsity Swimming and Diving competed in the highly competitive Western League, swimming to a 2-4-1 record. The team worked hard and showed great spirit under the leadership of team captain Selena Martin (’14), who closed out her career as a four year letter winner as a CIF finalist on the 200 Medley and 400 Freestyle Relays. Selena’s crowning achievement came last year as a member of the school record setting 200 Medley Relay, which placed 5th at the 2013 CIF Division II Championships. Another Senior, Natalie Nemeth, also finished with four varsity letters, closing out her career with a 400 Freestyle Relay swim at CIF.

The top individual performance at CIF came from Megan Cali (‘15) in the 100 Breaststroke, where she earned 3rd place. Megan is also a member of the school record 200 Medley Relay team. She matched last year’s individual performance despite working through an injury for most of the season, and hopes to surpass the team record in the 100 Breaststroke next year.

One other individual final came courtesy of Spencer McVeigh (’16) in the 100 Butterfly. The CIF relay finals were rounded out with excellent swims from Katy Krieger (’17) and team MVP, Charlotte Adema (’16). In a season marked by higher than typical levels of illness and injury, Charlotte was the most consistent and versatile swimmer on the squad. Next year’s team only loses two seniors and returns eleven varsity swimmers and a diver who will look to improve upon the team results.

Club Sand Volleyball Season Concludes
By Coach Miles

In our inaugural season for Club Sand Volleyball at OLP, our Pilots went 5-2 overall and 2-2 in league. With 17 teams competing across San Diego County, we finished 3rd overall, an impressive first season. We fielded two squads, Varsity and Junior Varsity that consisted of eighteen girls in total. The eight Varsity girls practiced twice a week with competitions every Thursday and conditioning sessions on Fridays.

The girls worked extremely hard all season to reach their goals and shocked many people with victories over San Diego volleyball powerhouses Torrey Pines and Francis Parker. Our top team or “A team” consisted of our two senior captains, Dana Rohan and Brenna Machek, who showed tremendous leadership and passion for the game. I am excited for our 2014-2015 season and the continued success of the Sand Volleyball program at the Academy.

Junior Varsity Softball Undefeated in League
By Coach Longobardi

The Pilot junior varsity softball team was a strong competitor this year. Led by team captains, sophomores Romary Osorio and Corrinne Rodriguez, OLP finished 7-0 in league and 8-6-0 overall. The team benefited from several new players, while returning players gave the team maturity and stability.

The team’s first win of the season, against Madison High School, was an important one. Overall, the team had over 20 hits with only two fielding errors. Freshman pitcher Taylor Storniolo demonstrated her expertise on the mound striking out five and throwing out four. Freshmen Kylie DeWitt, Sarah McHenry and Olivia Riesgo, along with sophomore Romary Osorio were responsible for a combined 15 hits and 12 runs.

OLP’s victory over University City High School was a hard-won battle. The team had a perfect game in the field, and some impressive at-bats resulted in 15 runs. Sophomore, Francesca Bielar-Buckley had a game on-base percentage of .750. Taylor Storniolo scored four runs and was responsible for seven outs.

San Diego High School provided OLP with their strongest league competition of the season. Sophomore catcher Catherine Wynn called an excellent game, helping her pitcher to nine strikeouts, and maintaining a perfect on-base percentage. Junior Khrissa Devon scored four runs, with a perfect batting average for the game. Sophomore Camille Tudury and junior Gabriela Maldonado both proved their base-running acumen with two stolen bases and a run scored.

The late season game against East Lake High School demonstrated OLP’s development as a team. OLP made no errors in the field, while forcing East Lake to make challenging plays. Sophomore Melissa Ramirez was responsible for the star play of the game, making a sliding catch in left field to start off the fifth inning. Despite a devastating loss, OLP proved they had a competitive team, holding powerhouse East Lake High School to under their season average in runs scored.

OLP’s junior varsity softball team dominated their league this year and provided fierce competition in non-league games. Strong opposition from non-league opponents early in the season prepared the team for challenging league games and enabled the team to grow together.

Eleven OLP Track and Field Athletes Compete in CIF Championships By Coach Keays

OLP completed another successful track and field season with eleven of its athletes competing in the San Diego section of the CIF championships. The 4 x 100 relay team, anchored by team captain and MVP junior Jade Vidal, also included junior Nadia Balin and sophomores Katherine Hofbauer and Sammi Trescott. Sammi also competed in the 200 meters.

The 4 x 400 relay team recorded their best time of the season at the championships. The team consisted of sophomores Kathleen Boyle, who also competed in the long and triple jumps, and Erin Berg, who also ran the 100 hurdles, junior Hannah Keohane, and the team’s anchor, freshman Lacey Yahnke. Lacey, OLP’s Rookie of the Year for 2014, also competed in the 800 meters.

A number of girls made it to the championships in the field events, including junior Casey Barbosa in the high jump, junior Bella Halley in the shot put, and junior Gabby Ashenafi in the triple jump. Bella was the team’s MVP for the field events, and Gabby was voted the Most Inspirational Player.