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 profile features senior baseball player Sawyer Voortman and senior Track & Field runner Desmin Jackson.
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Watch Desmin in “The Walk” by clicking HERE.
Read more about Desmin by clicking HERE.
Each week we will have a new profile to share about an athlete from one of our spring sports teams.
After two years of Covid restrictions, the Orange Lutheran baseball team is ready to compete again at the National High School Invitational (NHSI) in Cary, North Carolina.
The Lancers return to Cary as three-peat champions, winning the national title in 2017, 2018, and 2019. Before the cancellation of the 2020 tournament, the Lancers were scheduled to return to Cary to defend their 2019 title. The NHSI was not held in 2021.
“Our kids are really excited to try and go back to win that title again, especially Karson Bowen since he was the only one on the team in 2019,” said Eric Borba, head coach.
The tournament features some of the best high school baseball teams from across the country and offers national exposure for players. Fellow California high schools Servite, Yucaipa, and Huntington Beach will join OLu at the USA Baseball National Training Complex for four days of competition.
Coach Borba is confident in the team’s ability to win as they head east next week. “Going in, it’s probably the best team we’ve ever taken,” he says.
Game 1 vs. Hanover High School
The Lancers defeated Hanover High School during the first round of the USA Baseball National High School Invitational (NHSI) 6-3 on Wednesday morning. The three-peat champions quickly got things rolling as they got one run in the first inning and three runs in the second inning.
Orange Lutheran’s lead-off hitter Derek Curiel (2-4) started the Lancers offensively by doubling in the first inning. Mikey Romero had one of his two RBIs driving in Curiel on a sacrifice fly to give OLu the lead.
Ben Reiland had a 2 RBI double to stretch the Lancers lead in the second, and they would never look back.
Oliver Santos was brilliant on the mound throwing 4.2 innings striking out nine batters. Evan Miranda came out of the bullpen to strike out three in 1.1 innings of work.
Game 2 vs Basic Academy
During round two on Thursday night, the Lancers won against Basic Academy (Henderson, NV) with a final score of 2-0. This victory was the 18th straight NHSI for Orange Lutheran, dating back to 2014.
The Lancers had another successful pitching day as Louis Rodriguez threw a complete-game shutout striking out three batters.
In the first, Casey Borba quickly got things started with an RBI-double to score Karson Bowen.
The Lancers extended the lead in the 5th with a two-out rally. Richard Tejeda singled and moved over to second on a Derek Curiel bunt. Bowen hit an RBI single to score pinch-runner Sawyer Voortman to make it 2-0, which is where it would end.
Today, the Lancers advance to the semi-finals, competing against Marjory Stoneman High School at 7 PM. The matchup will take place on Coleman Field and can be watched here.
The OLu softball team finished a fantastic weekend in the Carew Classic with a runner-up finish.
The Lancers beat the previously undefeated Villa Park Spartans 3-2 to advance to the semis on Friday afternoon. Tessa Jerue had a 2 RBI single, and Brianne Weiss picked up the W.
They followed up their win over Villa Park with a 6-3 win over Norco. The Lancers lost a hard-fought game 2-1 to Canyon in the finals.
The Lancers are currently 15-7 overall, with four games remaining. OLu is currently #10 in the CIF-SS Division 1 poll.
The girls lacrosse team went 1-1 over the past week. They started it off with a resounding 13-4 win over Santa Barbara last Saturday.
In the Trinity League opener, they fell in a tight battle against Rosary 8-7.
This week, the Lancers are ranked #9 in the CIF-SS Division 3 poll.
The boys lacrosse team is currently 8-4 overall. This past week, they went 1-1 with a loss in the Trinity League opener against Servite and a 12-9 win over Downey on Wednesday.
The boys remain ranked #5 in the CIF-SS Division 3 poll.
Girls Beach Volleyball
The girls beach volleyball team wrapped up their inaugural campaign with a 5-6. OLu finished in a tie for 3rd place. This season, the Lancers earned victories against Corona del Mar, Rosary twice, Mater Dei, and Santa Margarita.
The first-ever individual Trinity League tournament will be held on Wednesday, April 13, at the Great Park in Irvine.
Track & Field
Last weekend the Lancers competed in the Trabuco Hills Invitational.
Below are some of the highlights from the meet:
- Kennedy Cunningham | 2nd place | Long Jump
- Pesi Tauaika | 1st place | Discus
- Rebel Tuinknafe | 2nd place | Discus
- Leah Gilmore | 4th place |Discus
- Blake Brewer | 2nd place | Boys High Jump
- Rebel Tuinuknafe | 2nd place | Shot Put
- Pesi Tauaika | 3rd place | Shot Put
The boys volleyball team is approaching the end of the season on the court, with the final three matches coming up. The Lancers are currently 17-13 overall and 2-5 in league play. They wrap up the season with St. John Bosco, JSerra, and Santa Margarita.
The boys golf team competed in the Trinity League championships at Yorba Linda Country Club this past week.
OLu had two members of the team get out of the first round. Junior Ian Shahwan shot a 71 on the day, leaving him only one behind the lead. Sophomore Cooper Nelson shot a 77.
On day 2, Shahwan finished 8th overall to advance to the individual CIF Championships in May. Nelson just missed the cut for a spot in CIF.
The Lancers continued to roll with a great win over Bosco in team play. The Lancers shot +2 as a team in a seven-shot victory over Bosco.
The boys tennis team knocked off Mater Dei on Thursday 10-8 to improve to 5-7-1. This was the Lancers second win against Mater Dei this season. The Lancers are 3-3 in league play as they head into the final four matches of the season.
Swim & Dive
The Lancers competed in the OC Championships last weekend at JSerra High School.
Senior Leo Geissman won the 100 M breaststroke with a time of 59.89. He also finished 2nd in the 200IM.
Sean Hernandez finished 2nd in the 100 Fly and won the 100 Back. The boys medley relay came in 3rd place.
The Lancers have one more meet this season before the Trinity League finals against Santa Margarita.
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