The Athletics Minute is a recap of the prior week's action in Lancer varsity sports.
Throughout each season, one athlete from each sport is selected as a profile athlete. This week’s profiles feature freshman Track & Field runner Milana McClain and senior Boys Tennis player Manuel Choi.
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Watch Manuel in “The Walk” by clicking HERE.
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Each week we will have a new profile to share about an athlete from one of our spring sports teams.
Four-Time Olympian Brenda Villa Named Aquatics Director
Orange Lutheran Athletics is excited to announce the hiring of four-time Olympic Water Polo champion Brenda Villa as its new Aquatics Director. Coach Villa will provide leadership and oversight of the water polo and swim programs in this role. In addition, she will serve as Girls Water Polo Head Coach and support the boys water polo and swim programs as an assistant coach.
Read more about Villa HERE.
The OLu baseball team wrapped up their stay at the NHSI with a record of 3-1. They beat Hanover, Basic Academy, and McQuaid Jesuit. Their lone loss of the tournament was to eventual champion Stoneman Douglas (Florida).
The Lancers were off this past week and will continue their season at next week’s Boras Classic. Their opening game is against ML King on Tuesday evening.
The bats came alive for the OLu softball team this past week. The Lancers went 2-0 in back-to-back games against Trinity League foes to move to 17-8 overall and 4-2 in league play.
They opened the week up with an 8-2 win over JSerra. Brianne Weiss notched win number 13, striking out 12. Kai Minor went 2-2 with a home run. Emi Todoroki had two doubles and 2 RBIs.
The next afternoon the Lancers went to Santa Margarita and defeated the Eagles 9-2. Weiss had 8 K’s in this one. Minor stayed hot, going 3-4 with two triples. Kiki Estrada was 2-4 with a homerun and 5 RBIs. Jordyn Villanueva, Zoe Gummenson, Mel Avila, Makayla Motis, and Maddie Rollins all had hits. The Lancers had seven stolen bases in the victory.
The girls are off for a week before wrapping up league play the week of April 25.
With four games remaining in the 2022 regular season, the girls lacrosse team sits at 10-7 overall. They have remaining games against Corona, Vista Murrieta, Santa Margarita, and Mater Dei. OLu is looking to clinch their first-ever CIF-SS playoff berth.
The boys lacrosse season is also down to its final four contests. OLu dropped a pair of tightly contested Trinity League contests this past week. They have games remaining against Esperanza, Canyon, Santa Margarita, and Woodbridge in their quest for a playoff berth in Division 3. The Lancers are currently 8-7 overall.
The boys remain ranked #5 in the CIF-SS Division 3 poll.
Girls Beach Volleyball
The first-ever Trinity League girls beach individual volleyball tournament was held on Wednesday at the Great Park in Irvine. Schools were allowed a certain amount of entries based on their finish in regular-season league play. OLu was represented by the pairs of Londyn Giles and Jaedyn Houston and Viviana Fragoso and Paige Buzzerio.
Fragoso and Buzzerio finished 2nd overall after advancing to the championship game. Giles and Houston finished 5th overall.
Track & Field
Last weekend, the OLu Track & Field team had a tremendous showing at the Arcadia Invitational. The meet had athletes and teams from 29 states across the country.
The boys 800 Sprint Medley relay is ranked #4 in the nation after Arcadia. They ran it in 1:32:57. The team consists of Deuce Frierson-Cotter, Matthew Kaloustian, Desmin Jackson, and Jaylen Lynch.
The Lancer boys also finished 11th in the 4x1. And 9th in the 4x4.
Kennedy Cunningham finished 10th in the high jump.
It was a thrilling week on the court for the boys volleyball team. The Lancers won back-to-back matches in 5 sets against JSerra and Santa Margarita. The ladder match against the Eagles secured a tie for 3rd place in the league, which forced a tiebreaker match on Thursday afternoon. The Lancers fell in the tiebreak 3-2. OLu will now await word if they make the CIF Playoffs. The draw is set to be released on the weekend of April 23.
The Lancers conclude the regular season 20-13 and 5-5 in league play.
On the links, the boys golf team is flying high after a seven-stroke win over perennial league power Servite. Sophomore Cooper Nelson shot a -3 (33) in the win. The Lancers win propels them to 7-2 overall and 4-1 in league play. OLu has five matches left on the season.
On the court, the boys tennis team notched a significant victory on Wednesday over JSerra to move into a tie for 3rd place. After finishing the match tied at 9-9, the tiebreaker, which is games won, was in favor of the Lancers by 1, 71-70. That win moved OLu to 7-8-1 overall and 5-4 in league play, with one match remaining against Santa Margarita before the Trinity League finals.
Swim & Dive
The Lancers wrapped up their regular season against Santa Margarita this past week. Both the girls and boys are off this coming week before the beginning of League Finals on Tuesday, April 26.
On Thursday night, the Lancers stunt team won their first-ever league games with wins over Godinez. They beat Godinez 19-5 and 18-6. They are 3-1 on the season. They will have their first-ever home game on Thursday, April 21.
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