Spring Sports Preview

With high temperatures trending towards the 70s, sparse mention of upcoming rain, and daylight savings time returning on March 10, the melodies of the vernal equinox abound. But at Bishop’s, spring sports don’t wait around until spring has sprung. By the time spring actually arrives on March 20, our varsity teams will have already completed in 65 contests!  See how our spring coaches prognosticate about their teams and the upcoming challenges of the season.

Boys’ Lacrosse: Senior Strong - Coach Steve Sepeta

Lax is looking forward to another solid season. Always putting forth best efforts, Bishop’s has a history of strong entries in the San Diego lacrosse domain. Despite missing some key players to injury, the team is up to the challenge of the season. Loaded with savvy seniors Dan Calvetti, Dom Haley, Oscar Hertz, Nathan Huynh, Anthony Wood and Drew Yashar, the team is no stranger to winning. Juniors Chase LaDrido and Dash Tsai along with Grif Dooley ’21 round out an experienced and tested frontline group. They are bolstered by Gabe Quade ’21 and freshmen Calvin Belmonte-Ryu, Jack Hertz, Michael Houk, and Jackson Landa. Much is expected of this cohort.

One of the high points of the lacrosse year is the annual spring trip to Northern California. This year, the team plays Sacred Heart Preparatory, Atherton and Redwood (Larkspur) High School in an early-season test. Some fun accompanies this trip with visits to the Google campus, Alcatraz and San Francisco.

The first action of the season is a scrimmage today at Grossmont High School, with face-off at 7 p.m. The first regular-season game is at home on Tuesday, March 5 at 4 p.m. against Westview. With another eight home games in the season, there will be plenty of opportunities to see this exciting team take the field.

Girls’ Lacrosse: Coastal on Their Minds – Coach Meghan Carr

In the 2019 edition of Knights girls’ lacrosse, we are fortunate to have the leadership of captains Courtney Anderson ‘20, and seniors Hana Belmonte-Ryu and Rachel Waite. There are also 13 returning players to the field, many of whom are multi-sport athletes like Courtney, Caroline Alleyne ’19 and Lila Browne ’20. All this means that this 2019 version of Bishop’s girls’ lacrosse has talent and experience. Shoring up the senior-laden cast are Marley Meyer, Olivia Ralph and Natalie Slosar. With three of the team’s top four scorers from 2018 returning (Ryan Hemerick ‘21, Hana and Rachel) there are great expectations for the attack!

On the big screen for the team is winning the Coastal League championship outright, as last year, the Knights shared the crown with Pacific Ridge. A major challenge will be a series of tough games to start and close out the season, the latter preparing the squad for the CIF playoffs. With 20 games on the schedule, the season kicks off at home against Helix Charter on Thursday, Feb. 28.

Softball: Line Drives and High Fives – Coach Al Gomez

Bishop's returns senior co-captain and Georgia commit Shelby Maier to the mound. One of the top pitchers in San Diego, she will also be an imposing presence in the middle of the team’s exceptional line-up. Co-captain Alex-Rose Molinar '20 had a breakout season in 2018, batting .529 with 40 hits, 20 runs batted in (RBI) and two home runs.  She also put “Gold Glove” defense on display at shortstop, earning 2018 Coastal League Player of the Year honors. Standout catcher Jaya Travis '20 also earned First-Team All-Coastal League honors last season, compiling a .545 batting average with 30 hits, 24 RBI and four home runs.

Shelby, Alex-Rose and Jaya will provide a veteran presence to an otherwise young team. Returning starters Lianna Treitler '19 and Jessie Stafford '21 look to build on their successes from last season.  There are also some high hopes for freshmen newcomers Jackie Cosio, Maggie Johnson, and Soyoon Park, who will all make an immediate positive impact this season. 

The team’s first game is Tuesday, March 5 at Mission Bay High School. The first home game is against Point Loma on Friday, March 8 at 3:30 p.m.  The squad also looks forward to its annual trip to Mountain View Christian High School in Las Vegas for their Spring Slam tournament on March 15 and 16. Be sure to come out to Hunte Field to cheer this team on!

Boys’ Swimming: CIF and State Focused – Coach Jim Jordan

Bishop’s has a wealth of returning swimmers following the loss of only two talented seniors from last year, Adam Lynn and William Tian. Swimmers who scored points at both the City Conference and CIF-San Diego Section meets are CIF champion and Harvard-bound Pierce Dietze '19, along with CIF scorers Michael Xu '19, Max Brown '19, Ford Eldredge '19, Kyto Fraley '21, Mason Morris '21, and Nathaniel Parsons '21.  Other returning varsity point scorers include Philip Richman '19, Gavin Rosser '20, Perry Mikic '20, Wes Spieker '21 and Gabriel Xanthopoulos '21.

The team added many new swimmers - almost half of which are new in 2019 - into that experienced mix to round out a rich roster of 28.  Talented freshmen include Lucius Brown '22, Greyson Davies '22 and Robert Devoe '22 (diving).  Other new swimmers are freshmen Justin Korn, Stanley Wei and Mark Stone.

This year, the team has been augmented by many dual-sport athletes from the water polo team, including Max Keck '20, Jack Martin '21, Sam De La Cruz '20, Hriday Hosalkar '20, and Ben Kyrillos '21. Bishop’s has talent!

With such a full quiver, the team intends to defend its Western League title and given our new numbers, the possibility of contending for the CIF title.

Girls’ Swimming: New Abundance, Competitive Hopes – Coaches Doug Peabody and Kaylee Kastrup

Bishop’s girls’ swim team is gladly growing. The team has gone from having barely enough girls to compete - last year we had 11 girls and you need at least 12 to have a chance to win a meet - to the luxury of having 21 girls on the 2019 roster! With this huge upswing of numbers and talent from last year, hope springs eternal.

This year's team is led by seniors Kira Johnson and Leah Parsons (diving) and sophomores Olivia Ouyang and Lucy Liu.  Freshman swimmer Maddie Cayer brings club experience, along with great energy and enthusiasm to our squad. Returning sophomores and juniors Ashley Holland ’21, Arden Lichter ’21, Kelly McFarlane ’21, Sophie McNally ’21, and Mia Salatka ’20 bring competition experience to the pool deck.

The team looks to fill out with some additional battle-hardened freshmen and sophomores who just finished a long championship water polo season. Sophomores Sophia Sanders, Ashley Holland and freshmen Alex Bonaguidi, Emmy Peabody, Alex Scafidi and Sancia Milton are among this crew. Other fresh faces to the squad are Lucie Scoma ’22, Deming Wyer ‘22, Tanvi Ghosh ’22, Eliana Petreikis ’20, and Jamie Xiao ’20. The team looks forward to another year from the diving platform as well, with Leah Parsons ‘19 continuing her distinguished career.

See our first of five home meets on Wednesday, March 6 against Point Loma. This team competes with vim and vigor, so come out and cheer us on as they are always exciting to watch and full of surprises.

Boys’ Tennis: The Sky is the Limit – Coach Matt Copland

With the varsity roster just completed, this year’s version of the team includes a vibrant mix of four seniors, three juniors, four sophomores, and three freshmen. It’s going to be a fun season, as there is lots of excitement about winning Coastal League for the first time in recent memory and making it back to the CIF Open Division finals. In doing so, this impressive squad has to overcome Francis Parker, La Jolla Country Day and Santa Fe Christian, all formidable opponents, to gain the league title. Senior Matthew Mu, team captain, is headed to Brown and enters his last season focused on becoming Coastal League Player of the Year by winning the end of year tournament. 

As if Coastal League is not tough enough, non-league tennis powerhouses Coronado, Del Norte and Canyon Crest Academy grace the schedule. High expectations abound for matches with Westview, Saint Augustine and Cathedral Catholic. There is much to be positive about for this team. Sophomores Michael Abagyan and Tejas Gupta should continue their stellar play. They will be joined by senior William Olson and freshman Nicholas Liu to form a determined phalanx of singles and doubles weapons for the team.

Another highlight of the season will be the legendary Ojai Tournament from April 25-28, in which a number of our players will compete. The regular season served up on Feb. 26 against Francis Parker at the San Diego Tennis and Racquet Club. There are also two home games this week, beginning today at 3:30 p.m. against Coronado High. The team plays three in a row with another match in the Manchester Tennis Center on Thursday, against St. Augustine at 3:15 p.m. 

Track and Field: Speed, Strength and Endurance – Coach Jennifer Melaragno

The track and field distance team expects to have a strong season, returning nearly all runners from 2018. Star mid-distance runner Christie Linnard ‘20 is looking to qualify for her third consecutive CIF appearance in the 800-meter run. Senior Max Kilman's chances at CIF honors are also promising, considering his dedicated off-season winter training. Last season, he set personal bests in the 1600-meter and 3200-meter events. The distance squad has also added some strong female freshmen runners from our state-champion cross country team, which should help propel the girls’ team ahead of the rest of the Coastal League in both individual and relay events. 

In other track action, the girls 4x400-meter relay participants will be incredibly strong. With senior captain Hannah Young, Christie, and freshmen Maddie Cramer and Maddie Lyons at the ready, the Knights should be very tough to beat. All four girls have run near-one-minute or sub-one-minute splits in this grueling event, so Bishop's is likely to dominate this relay in our league meets and put in a strong showing at invitationals. Last year, Bishop's girls qualified for CIF Preliminaries in both the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.

For the boys, senior Max Brown placed seventh overall in the 400-meter at the CIF Finals last year and made it to CIF Preliminaries in the 200-meter. This year, he will be looking to beat his personal-best time of 50.01 seconds in the 400-meter competition. Max may not compete this year to focus on swimming, but that doesn’t take away from his considerable accomplishments on the track. Having graduated two seniors from the boys 4x100 and 4x400 relay squads, the team is looking to fill those spots with younger talent to repeat Bishop’s fine showing at the 2018 CIF Preliminaries. 

The first big test of the team will be at the fourth annual Meb Keflezighi Invitational at Balboa Stadium on Saturday, March 9 at 8 a.m.

Boys’ Volleyball: Spike Glee – Coach Kevin Pratte

The varsity boys' volleyball team sports 13 members. The squad is anchored and balanced by six seniors, led by team captains Kevin Barber and Jonathan Zau.  This season, the Knights will be competing against some of the highest-level teams in the county, including La Jolla, Classical Academy, Pacific Ridge, Del Norte, and University City. With tournaments, the team will have in the neighborhood of 25 regular season games! There are a number of players to watch in 2019. Pin hitters Kevin, Doug Armstrong ‘19, and Casey Holden ‘20 will be big contributors.  Senior Connor Greisen, Bishop’s 6-7 middle, has improved a ton and the team is fired up to set him an abundance of balls, which he will no doubt deliver as enormous unreturnable spikes!

Setting and ball control represent the heart of the team’s métier. Throughout the season, the squad will have to count on Knights’ ETA - effort, teamness and attitude - along with playing smart and consistently throughout the season. It will be a really fun team to watch play.
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