By Athletics Director Paula Conway
Welcome back, sports fans! We are thrilled to get another school year and especially our athletics seasons underway. Although the BESPYs seem like they were just yesterday, many of you have spent countless hours preparing for another great year. The Bishop’s Strength & Conditioning program, run by Coach Charles Johnson, proved to be a huge success getting more students than ever involved in summer strength and conditioning. This year, Bishop’s Athletics will transition to a Nike-sponsored school so look out for BSN team stores with Nike sideline and spirit apparel.
With student health and wellness as our focus, we welcome four new members to our athletics department staff this year who will help support our students: Ian Davidson '05, director of digital media, BK Santy, facilities and equipment coordinator, Shane Walton '98, director of student-athlete and coaching development, and Joey Yusunas '00, athletics administrative assistant.
In conjunction with the parents' association, Bishop's athletics will focus on the initiative “commit to connect.” We know that athletics can bring the community together, so we look forward to our partnerships with the Dungeon, alumni office, parents' association, and Knights Booster Group as we continue to keep the Knights spirit alive.
We invite you to our first football game “The Battle of Pearl Street” on Thursday versus La Jolla at La Jolla High School at 7 p.m. Wear maroon and get the Bishop’s community spirit ignited for the 2022-23 school year! “What time is it? KNIGHT TIME!”
Fall Spirit Wear Store
The first spirit wear store of the year is open August 15-29. The store offers fall sport-specific items as well as general Bishop’s spirit wear. Visit the online spirit wear store to place your order for delivery by mid-September.
Knights Duo Wins Water Polo World Championship
With Maggie Johnson ’22 and Julia Bonaguidi ’23 on hand, the United States beat Greece 10-8 for the FINA World Women’s Youth Water Polo Championship title in Belgrade, Serbia on Aug. 7.
Julia and Maggie are the only two players from the same school on the team’s roster, helping secure the program’s second world title since 2014. In the semifinal game, Julia scored four goals en route to an 18-9 win over Italy to propel the USA to the gold medal match. She scored 18 goals in the tournament, while Maggie scored eight goals over the seven-game stretch.
On the men’s side, Bishop’s Director of Digital Media and Varsity Girls’ Water Polo Assistant Coach Ian Davidson ’05 is an assistant coach for the United States at the Men’s Youth Water Polo Championship, which kicked off on Aug. 11.
Congratulations to Julia and Maggie, and good luck, Ian!
Bishop’s Fans' Commitment to Core Values
The Bishop’s School athletic administrators and coaches view our fans as an integral part of our students’ overall athletic experience. School spirit and team support at games, matches and races has never been better. Our teams recognize, appreciate and thank you for this support.
The partnership between the School and its fans is critical to a safe, fun and positive experience. We ask all fans to be mindful of the School’s core values when attending athletic events:
Thank you for joining us in modeling good sportsmanship to opposing schools, student-athletes and game officials.
Fall Season Outlooks
Boys' Water Polo
By Coach Doug Peabody
The water polo team has been working hard since the beginning of August in what they hope to be an exciting year for the team.
This year's squad will be led by returning starters from the class of '23 Chase Landa and Oliver Price and from the class of '24 Lukas Peabody and Justin Stone. The team has a deep senior class with previous repeat letter winners Ryan Arrowsmith, Yuto Fraley, Alex Goldman, Jackson Woolfolk, and Alex Zarcu. The team is hoping for great things this season from junior Jaxon Leach and sophomores Nick Grandinetti, Casper Lightner, and Charlie Martin.
The team will play in the always tough Western League and travel to three competitive tournaments after entering the South Coast Invitational, Elite 8 and John Felix Memorial tournament. The Knights will kick off their regular season on Tuesday, Aug. 16 against Poway High School. Water polo wishes all of our fall sports a great season. GO KNIGHTS!!!
By Coach Tod Mattox
The 2022 edition of Bishop's Girls' Volleyball will be a fun one. Led by senior captains and four-year letterwomen Audrey An and Sydney Bold, this group is a wonderful mix of young and old. Kate Donnelly and Lyle LaRocca join Audrey and Syd to round out the senior class. They are joined by a talented group of juniors led by setters Nalani Muniz and Jules Mason and outside hitters Kaia Grieve and Matsa Shi. The underclasswomen include sophomore defensive stalwarts Lyla Beamer and Sierra Lever, as well as two freshwomen attackers, Rebecca Liu and Paige Meyers.
Though this group is relatively small in stature, they take pride in their ball control and defense. As the Coastal League's two-time Libero-of-the-Year, Syd Bold leads the way, and she is the poster child for our squad's identity this year: an aggressive, relentless defensive style that is exciting to watch and fun to play. This group has quickly come together, and the vibe in the gym is outstanding.
We open up next weekend at the Westview Tournament, and all the players are excited to begin the adventure to see how much we can grow in the coming weeks.
By Coach Shane Walton '98
The 2022 football team is led by a group of seniors that has been in the program since their freshman year. Having leaders like this that have bought into the culture of our program will pay huge dividends this season. The boys are poised to improve upon the 8-3 record of last year. The goal is to win a CIF Division 3 title. This year's team is experienced, athletic and determined to accomplish its goals.
Senior Will Fierro '22 is poised to quarterback this team to its first playoff win since 2020. He will be surrounded by big-time playmakers in Jaden Moore '23, Xavier Rodriguez '23, Ray Thornton '23, Colin Fagan '24, and Tayshawn Taylor '24. Henry Armstrong '25 will lead the defense from his middle linebacker position. Look for big plays from Chase Jordan '24 and Ian Browne '25. Alex Gonzalez '23 will lead a young talented line consisting of Tyler Boynton '24, Declan O’Donovan '25 and Ed McElroy '25.
Coed Cross Country
By Coach Sarah Solberg
Bishop's Cross Country is excited to welcome new and returning runners this season. Over the last week, runners have learned new drills, workouts and routes through scenic La Jolla. Practices are held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The first meet of the season is the Bronco Invitational on Aug. 27 at Kit Carson Park. Runners will take on a challenging two-mile hilly course. We anticipate many personal and season bests!
By Coach Meghan Carr
Bishop's Field Hockey is ranked No. 10 by the San Diego Union-Tribune. Their season opener is against No. 6 La Costa Canyon this Friday at 5:15 p.m. followed by a Monday home game against Mira Mesa at 4:30 p.m.
The team is led by senior captains Kate Peterson '23, Novalyne Petreikis '23 and Erika Pfister '23. Senior Macy Haro will step into the goal this year. Junior varsity and varsity field hockey have robust schedules this year playing the top teams, and they are looking to rise to the occasion and step up their tempo.