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The Locker Room: Sept. 7, 2022
Jen Jordan

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Middle School Sports Start Next Week

On Monday, Sept. 12, the fall middle school sports season begins! Our student-athletes can choose co-ed cross country, flag football, girls’ lacrosse, co-ed swimming and girls’ volleyball. All practices are held during X period two or three times per week.

To participate in middle school sports and travel to off-campus contests, please be sure your student-athlete has completed the online clearance application at www.athleticclearance.com. For more information, log in to Blackbaud, visit Resources then the Back-to-School Information & Forms board. All 12 pages of the 2022-2023 Athletic Packet, a completed Student-Athlete Physical Form and a physical conducted within the last year are required.

During the first week of practice, coaches will assess players to create teams based on talent level, not grade level. Some of these teams will be competitive while others will be developmental. The goal is for everyone to have an enjoyable experience.

We look forward to seeing all of our young Knights in action!

Weekly Recap

Field Hockey

By Coach Meghan Carr

Bishop's Field Hockey program continues its undefeated season and has yet to allow a goal in five games.

Last week, the varsity team started by beating Helix High School 9-0. Sophomore Laine Jeffery scored a hat trick, and junior Leila Feldman and senior Emily Zhu added two goals each. Junior Lily Gover and senior Nicola Xanthopoulos rounded out the scoring with one apiece. Junior Mia Gaspar and Xanthopoulos each contributed with three assists.

The team ended the week with a 2-0 win over Mission Bay High School. The Buccaneers put up a good fight, but Bishop's broke through with a goal off a corner in the fourth quarter. Senior Erika Pfister and Gover threw off the Mission Bay defense to set up a clean shot to the cage with Erika making the final tip-in. The second goal started in the midfield with senior Novalyne Petreikis taking the ball wide to create a pass down the line to Emily. Emily swept the ball back up to Erika at the top of the circle to get a drive to the cage with Laine finishing the job with a hard shot for the goal.

Junior varsity came up big this week with an 11-0 win over Helix. Sophomore Lilian Franqui scored five goals with junior Sydney Chan, freshman Sabby Feldman, sophomore Lauren Forgrave, freshman Izzy Torralba and junior Joy Udinsky also adding goals.

On one of the year's hottest days, junior varsity beat Mission Bay 3-0. There was great play by freshmen Bella Bravo and Kali Mahone in the midfield keeping the ball primarily in our attack. Sydney was on fire with three goals in the game and got an assist from Sabby.

Girls' Golf

By Sophia Guan '24

Girls’ Golf had a great week once again!

The team won its match at Rancho Bernardo Inn on Tuesday against Maranatha. Led by juniors Renee Wang and Lucy Yuan, who both posted one over 37s, the team shot 193 total.

The Knights also defeated Pacific Ridge at Aviara Golf Club in their second match. Sophia Guan '24 shot a three under 33 followed by Grace Sun '23 with a one over 37.

The Knights are currently leading the Coastal League and are the number two-ranked team in the county. The team has a great dynamic of younger players and seasoned golf veterans and is looking forward to a strong season!

Next week, the team will travel to Eagle Crest Golf Club on Tuesday to face Classical Academy. Go Knights!

Cross Country

By Coach Sarah Solberg

Bishop's Cross Country participated in Canyon Crest Academy's Ravens Fleet Feet Invitational this past weekend.

There was tremendous anticipation for this race with its flat, fast course and sweltering weather forecast. The conditions were brutal with 95-degree heat and much of the course under direct sun. Unfortunately, due to the extreme heat and safety concerns, the sophomore girls' race was cut to 1.5 miles while the freshmen 3-mile and frosh 1.5-mile races were canceled. 

Despite the unfavorable conditions, the Knights showed incredible improvement, earning nine personal records as a team. Jacob Cravatt '25 placed seventh in the 3-mile sophomore boys’ race with a time of 17:20. Grace Steinmeier '25 placed 19th in the 1.5-mile sophomore girls’ race, her debut race, with a time of 9:51. Shane Beste '24, Eric Chen '24, Rohan Laurent '24, Joshua Lee '23, Shinjoe Sakamoto '24, Naveen Vemulapalli '25, and Selene Wang '25 also earned personal records on this course.

Football

By Coach Shane Walton '98

It was a fairly uneventful night in Beverly Hills as Bishop's beat its opponent on the road 69-0.

The team made a roaring start by scoring 41 points in the first quarter. This allowed the coaches to play the young guys.

Freshman Tom Lowe showed rare athleticism for a young man his age. Tyler Sepeta '26 proved that he could be a staple of this program for years. Clyde Kates '26 saw his first game action and proved to his teammates that he could have a bright future. Lukas Minasian '26 and Jack Ryan '26 will be forces to reckon with for the foreseeable future. Ryan Landa '25 once again proved that he has what it takes as he was a fantastic decision maker behind center.

All in all, it was a fun night as it was a role reversal for the varsity players who got the opportunity to cheer on their younger counterparts.

The Knights host Mountain Empire (Pine Valley, Calif.) on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m.

Boys' Water Polo

By Coach Doug Peabody

September 3 was a tough day for Bishop's Boys' Water Polo as it welcomed last year's Los Angeles/Orange County Open Division and Regional Water Polo champion Newport Harbor to campus.

The Sailors went straight to work and took a three-goal lead on their first three possessions before Lukas Peabody '24 nailed a cross-cage upper corner to make it 3-1. Unfortunately, the Sailors promptly tacked on three more goals to end the first quarter up 6-1.

The struggle for the Knights continued until 5:37 left in the third period, when they scored their next goal with senior Chase Landa depositing a shot in the goal to make it 11-2. 

The final score was 19-7, Newport Harbor. Goal scorers on the day were seniors Chase Landa, Jackson Woolfolk, Alex Zarcu, juniors Lukas Peabody and Justin Stone, and sophomores Charlie Martin and Caspar Lightner. 

The Knights are back in action on Sept. 15 when they travel to the South Coast Invitational in Orange County. Preview Bishop's Boys' Water Polo season in the La Jolla Light here.