“There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven…A time to weep and a time to laugh; A time to mourn and a time to dance.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
What treats and delights were delivered to Bishop’s fans in the 2018-2019 winter season of competition! Flush with the triumphs of many victories and fraught with the agony of some defeats, it has wound down with much to commend.
Girls’ Water Polo: Champs Again
Tip a cap to the girls’ water polo team for bringing Western League and CIF San Diego Section Open Division championships back to Bishop’s. The team had an overall record of 19-7-1 and went undefeated in league (6-0). The Knights also established high respectability, playing strong against teams in the CIF Southern Section. Bishop’s earned hard-won kudos from commentators on Water Polo Planet after seeing the team’s performance in the Southern California Regionals.
In the championship on Feb. 22, the team’s season ended in a tightly-contested 8-7 loss to Foothills (Santa Ana) High School. The Knights were not out of the game until the very end. While they never led at any time during the match, the girls fought back from deficits to tie things up and keep the game on edge.
It was 2-2 after the first. Bishop’s was down one, 5-4, at the half and down 6-5 after three. The “one down” theme hung to the end as time ran out before another tie could be had. Mia Salatka ’20, the team’s assist leader, was sorely missed as she fell ill and could not make the trip.
Fia Sanders ’21 led scoring with three and steals with five. Maggie Johnson ’22 and Sierra “Sister” Martin ’20 each had two scores. Paige Geary ’19 had four steals. Standout play at center by Alex Bonaguidi ’22 resulted in eight Foothills ejections! It was an especially tough loss as the game could have gone either way.
The season’s statistics are illuminating. Top scorers were Fia (82), Katie Scott ’20 (56), Sister (53) and Alex Bonaguidi (47). In the assist department, Mia (61), Maggie (52), and Fia (50) led the way. Thievery was abundant with Fia (98), Mia (62), Maggie (56), and Paige (42) stealing the show. With over 40 goals, Sister (55.21 percent), Bonaguidi (51.09 percent), Fia (43.62 percent), and Katie (40.58 percent) had the highest scoring percentages. Sophia Stein ’21 and Sammie Stone ‘20 had 149 and 96 saves respectively. With the team’s season record, these numbers and 17 returning players, thoughts of a new pool dynasty are dancing in our imaginations.
Coach Doug Peabody said of the season, “We as a staff could not be prouder of this group of athletes. They set goals for themselves and the team achieved all of them. They were as ‘together’ a group of players as you will find. Their hard work, commitment and belief in the process led them to these great heights. We are looking forward to coaching these great returning players in the future. A fine accomplishment: undefeated in the Western League, and delivering the San Diego Open Division CIF championships. They trusted the process.”
They did indeed trust the process and in doing so were a thrill to watch play and win!
Boys’ Basketball Battled Beginning to End
After two impressive and tight home playoff victories against Lincoln (48-45) and Olympian (48-42) High Schools, the Knights hit the road to play top-seeded Rancho Buena Vista (RBV) Longhorns at their gym on Feb. 20. After losing to Longhorns 66-50 on Dec. 26, the team knew what they were up against and were focused and prepared to engage in this CIFSDS Division II semifinal championship game.
Like the first contest, the first two quarters were a touch-and-go low-scoring event. Down 19-12 after the first quarter, Bishop’s held ground, winning the second period 10-9 for a halftime deficit of 28-22. In the third, the Knights emerged with a vengeance, tying the game at 30 on a sweet three by Chris Rose ’19 with 6:07 remaining in the quarter. Bishop’s mounted a four-point lead twice in the quarter, leading 38-34 at 3:08. But RBV withstood the attack and gained a 44-39 advantage with 4.8 seconds to go in the quarter.
Early in the fourth, the Knights came as close as one (48-47), keeping hopes alive for a possible victory. From that point on, however, the Longhorns asserted themselves. They took a 57-47 lead with 1:20 remaining in the game. This lead became insurmountable and even though Bishop’s scored seven more points, RBV would not relent and took the 63-54 win into the CIF Division II finals. They eventually lost to third-seeded Carlsbad, 72-54.
Zach White ’20 topped the scoring with 20 points, while Chris had 18, Anthony Wood ’19 net 10 and Dash Tsai ’20 notched six. Graham Cartwright ’19 put up his usual intensive defense.
This was a season of remarkable accomplishment. With a 20-11 record, the team coalesced into a whirling force that was not easily turned aside. They played the best teams in San Diego, splitting with La Jolla Country Day, Francis Parker, Santa Fe Christian, all of whom resided in San Diego’s top ten nearly all season. They also lost two games to eventual Coastal League champion Foothills Christian, currently ranked No. 24 nationally. Bishop’s finished fourth out of the 22 teams in Division II. Nationwide, the Knights are among the top 6.3 percent of schools, ranked No. 1,260 out of 20,000 teams in the U.S. These are all nice metrics for a fine winter campaign.Girls’ Soccer Gets Coastal and CIF Semis
Coach Nick Levine noted, “I really enjoyed coaching this group. It was pretty obvious how much they cared for each other, which goes a long way, and it showed up on the court in the way they played. Our season probably exceeded most expectations, especially in how competitive we were. There was a bit of a bittersweet ending, as thinking about this team’s seniors makes the finality of the season tougher. Nevertheless, we have a lot to be proud of and it is hoped our underclassmen will be able to continue the resolve and positive culture this year’s seniors helped establish. A special thanks and a fond goodbye go out to seniors Cam Ezeir, Dom Haley, Graham, Christian, and Anthony.”
A 14-6-1 overall record and a Coastal League championship marked the successful winter campaign for girls’ soccer. Of all the teams that competed this season, they cheerily and sometimes almost joyfully took the brunt of this year’s brutish wet and cold weather.But the team was undaunted, advancing to the CIF semifinal game against Eastlake High, last year’s Division 1 champion.
The Titans were a physical, precise team. Bishop’s played them tough but came out on the short side, 2-0 after 80 minutes of play. As a coda, Eastlake lost the championship game to Steele Canyon High 4-1 in penalty kicks after a 2-2 regulation tie.
The Knights’ season success was a nice so long to the significant senior crew that includes Caroline Alleyne, Hana Belmonte-Ryu, Ali Collins, Kendall Forte, Sheila Kaiser, Kendall Lincoln, Olivia Ralph and Lianna Treitler. The team ranked in the top 14 percent of all soccer squads in the U.S.
Coach Yuki Zeigler surmised, “This was a very good team this year and we will miss these essential eight seniors. I am excited to know we have a solid core remaining and young promising group of freshmen and upcoming eighth-graders who will continue the traditions and pave the way for Bishop’s girls’ soccer.”