With the 2018-19 school year at Orange Lutheran coming to a close, here is a look back at how the Lancers varsity squads finished across eight spring sports, which includes 50 student athletes who were named to All-Trinity League honors.
It was a three-peat for the Lancers on the baseball diamond as they won their third straight USA Baseball National High School Invitational (NHSI) title. OLu won four straight games on their way to the championship, and Caden Connor was named tournament MVP.
The Lancers also finished in the top spot of the consolation bracket at the 2019 Boras Classic, won the Trinity League title and made another CIF-SS Division 1 playoff appearance before falling to Harvard-Westlake High School in the quarterfinal round.
Jonathan Guzman, who will be continuing his baseball career at San Diego State University, was named Trinity League Pitcher of the Year. Joining him on 1st Team All-Trinity League is Max Rajcic, Christian Rodriguez, Garrett Frechette and Jasiah Dixon. Lancers named to 2nd Team All-Trinity League include Evan Adolphus, Caden Connor, Chad Born and Elijah Buries.
Garrett Frechette was recently drafted in the 2019 MLB Draft as pick #146 in the 5th round by the San Francisco Giants.
The OLu boys golf team made a CIF Southern Division Team Championship appearance this year, finishing fourth. UCLA men’s golf commit Mason Greene competed in the CIF Southern Division Individual Championships and was named 1st Team All-Trinity League. The Lancers also took first place in the Villa Park Tournament, and Hasee Nazir won the individual score of the tournament for the second year in a row.
Boys and Girls Lacrosse
In its inaugural year on campus, Orange Lutheran lacrosse fielded both JV and varsity squads across both the boys and girls programs. In a season that featured a number of firsts, the Lancers held their own, playing a number of challenging teams that included Trinity League opponents. Led by head coaches Michael Finley and Alexandra Kyte, the future of lacrosse at OLu looks bright. Click HERE for a more detailed look at the first year of Lancer lacrosse.
This 2019 season saw the Lancers softball team win a share of the Trinity League title, as well as a third place finish in the 24th Annual Dave Kops Tournament of Champions and a runner-up finish in the 2019 Michelle Carew Classic. OLu advanced to the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs where they dropped their quarterfinal contest to eventual champion Norco High School.
Lancer outfielder and LSU commit Ciara Briggs was named OC Register’s Orange County Softball Athlete of the Year, Trinity League MVP and 1st Team All-Trinity League honoree. Also named 1st Team was Miranda Stoddard, Mariah Rodriguez and Victoria Fragoso. Second Team All-Trinity League honorees include Brenna Begin, Paloma Usquiano and Jaeden Barajas.
Swim & Dive
The Lancers boys and girls swim and dive teams finished their 2019 season in fourth place and third place in Trinity League, respectively. Both teams had athletes who qualified for a number of events in the CIF-SS Division 1 Championships, including both boys and girls 200-yard and 400-yard freestyle relay squads, 200-yard freestyle swimmer Anna Pearson, 100-yard freestyle swimmer Mason Killion and diver Gaby Russell, who finished 14th. The boys 400-yard freestyle relay team of Killion, Cameron Burns, Riley Catino and Matt Minshall were named 2nd Team All-Trinity League.
Dominating for a majority of the season, the Lancers took the Trinity League team title and competed in the CIF-SS Division 3 Championships before falling in the quarterfinal round to eventual champion San Juan Hills High School. Chris Sunshine and Marcus Van Der Watt were named Trinity League doubles champions and league MVPs, and Matias Crescitelli finished third in league in singles.
Sunshine, Van Der Watt and Crescitelli were also named 1st Team All-Trinity League. Second Team All-Trinity League honors went to doubles players Spencer Sidell, Andrew Laub, Adam Rodriguez and Bryce Killoran.
Track & Field
It was a historic season on the girls side of OLu track and field this year as they finished 2nd place in Trinity League and were the 2019 CIF-SS Division 3 Runner-Up. The Lancers also have two individual CIF Champions in Sophia Hartwell (triple jump, long jump) and Ella Cork (pole vault). Hartwell also competed in the CIF state meet in the long jump.
Additional CIF-SS Division 3 finalists from the girls team include Carter Bruning (high jump), Pesi Tauaika and Allie Garis (shot put), Janai Arteaga (discus), Sophia Gutierrez (3200-meter) and the team of Hartwell, Kaden Moser, Victoria Webb and Catherine Wuckert (4 x 100-meter relay).
On the boys side, CIF-SS Division 3 finalists featured Ryan Bentley (high jump) and the 4 x 100-meter relay team of Kyle McCray, Nicolas Chvilicek, JR Carmouche, Jacob DeWitt and Malik Blackmon.
In girls Trinity League honors, Hartwell was named Trinity League MVP and was also named a 1st Team All-Trinity League selection (triple jump) along with Arteaga (discus). Second Team All-Trinity League honorees for the girls include Gutierrez (1600-meter), Wuckert (100-meter, 4 x 100-meter relay), Hartwell (4 x 100-meter relay), Webb (4 x 100-meter relay, 4 x 400-meter relay), Moser (4 x 100-meter relay), Jane Freeman (4 x 400-meter relay), Ishani Hansji (4 x 400-meter relay), Emily Sirois (4 x 400-meter relay), Tauaika (shot put), Bruning (high jump) and Emily O (Discus).
For the boys squad, 1st Team All-Trinity League honors went to Bentley (high jump) and Jason White (shot put). The 4 x 100-meter relay team of DeWitt, Chvilicek, McCray and Carmouche were named 2nd Team All-Trinity League selections.
The Lancers boys volleyball team finished third in Trinity League by way of a victory over Mater Dei in a tiebreaker game. They then headed to the CIF-SS Division 2 playoffs where they won Round 1 over Calvary Chapel Santa Ana but in lost Round 2 to Oak Park High School. Grant Oh and Connor Bloom were named 1st Team All-Trinity League, and Riley Oh and William Harvey were given 2nd Team All-Trinity League honors.by Jenelyn Cunningham Russo ‘88