The Athletics Minute is a recap of the prior week’s action in Lancer varsity sports.
For the 8th time in school history and the first time since 2019, the girls basketball team is back in the CIF-SS Finals after a dominant 72-52 win over Crean Lutheran on Wednesday night in the semis.
Like the first three rounds, the Lancers jumped out fast, opening up a 12 point lead at the end of the first quarter. They took a 13 point lead into the half, 34-21.
The Lancers broke it open out of the break behind a 26 point 3rd quarter. The 26 points were the second-most points OLu scored in a quarter this season. Princess Cassell hit two key 3’s to spark the run.
Sheridan Kennedy ended the game with 16 points. Shea Joko had 15 points, all via threes. Freshman Kelly Garrity chipped in 10.
OLu will face Sage Hill on Saturday, February 26, in the CIF-SS Finals at home at 7 pm.
Girls Water Polo
OLu opened the CIF State Regionals against Corona del Mar on Tuesday, February 22, at CDM. The Lancers drew the #3 seed. Behind seven goals from Anna Pearson, the Lancers beat the Sea Kings 13-10 to advance. Caitlin Cohen added three goals, Delaney Palmer had 2, and Sara Naulty pitched in 1.
The Lancers now advance to the CIF State Regional Semifinal, where they will meet Laguna Beach in a rematch of the CIF-SS semifinals from last week at Laguna Beach at 4 pm.
The OLu hockey team is looking for their 3rd straight State Title when they compete in the CAHA State Playoffs this weekend. They open the four-game playoff on Friday against Tahoe Prep at 11:30 am. They will play Bellarmine at six on Friday, and Santa Margarita at 9:30 am on Saturday. If they advance through pool play, they will play in the championship game on Sunday at 10 am. All games are at Anaheim Ice.
The Lancers girls soccer team fell to Redondo Union in the CIF-SS Quarterfinals on Saturday night 2-0.
In front of a packed crowd at Del Montell Field, OLu played in their first quarterfinals game since 2012. The Lancers had the first real chance of the game midway through the half when Bella Barrett broke in on the left side of the box, but the Seahawks goalkeeper denied her shot. In the 38th minute, the Seahawks broke the deadlock with a perfectly placed shot that ricochetted off the left post and in.
The Lancers fought to tie the game in the second half and almost did when Grace Thao had a fantastic individual effort in the 55th minute. Thao beat three defenders from midfield, and her shot just missed the far post and went wide. The Seahawks iced the game in the 76th minute when they scored to go ahead 2-0.
The Lancers finished the season 9-4-8 and made the playoffs for the first time in 10 seasons.
This past Friday and Saturday, senior Dominic Lobo, senior Dustin Serizawa, and junior Lance Dunwoody competed in the CIF-SS Masters meet held at Sonora High School.
The Masters meet brings together the best wrestlers in the southern section as they vie for a top 9 spot to qualify for the CIF State meet. Each weight class had 32 wrestlers competing for one of those nine spots.
Trinity League champion Dominic Lobo went 3-3 on the weekend and fell just shy of qualification. Lobo ends his career as a Lancer as one of the most decorated wrestlers in school history. He went 36-9 this past season with a total of 29 pins, a new school record.
Dustin Serizawa went 1-2 this weekend after winning his opening match. He finished his season with a 28-12 record with 13 technical falls, a new school record.
Finally, Lance Dunwoody went 2-2 but fell shy of qualification. He finished the season with a 30-11 record and 22 pins.
The three wrestlers competing in the Masters meet tied a school record.
On Monday night, the Lancers baseball team won the inaugural PBR Preseason Invitational, beating Yucaipa 12-1.
Senior first baseman went 4 for 4 with 4 RBIs, two runs scored, and seven total bases in the win. Bryan Martinez went 1-3 with 2 RBIs. On the mound, sophomore Brady Strohm led 4 Lancer pitchers to a five-hit, one-run performance, with ten combined strikeouts.
OLu is off to a perfect start with a 4-0 record. They will play Carrol, Texas, on Friday at JSerra at 3 pm before starting league play.
The softball team is off to a 5-1 start after winning 3 of their last four games.
This past Saturday, the Lancers beat La Mirada in game 3 of the Savannah Showcase 3-0 behind a complete game shutout by Brianne Weiss. Kai Minor went 2-3 with a home run in the victory. Jordyn Villanueva was 2-3 with a double and an RBI.
In the opening game of the SoCal’s Best Tourney, they beat Citrus Valley 5-3. Kiki Estrada earned the win on the mound. Amelia Avila was 2-2 with a walk, RBI, and two runs scored.
They knocked off Great Oak 5-2 behind ten k’s from Weiss the following day. Kai Minor continued her hot start going 2-2 with a walk and three runs scored. Kiki Estrada, Mak Motis, and Tessa Jerue each an RBI.
This coming weekend, the Lancers continue to play in the SoCal’s best tournament.
The girls lacrosse team is off to a perfect 2-0 start. The Lancers shut out Valencia on Tuesday 13–0, allowing only one shot on goal. Alex Strauch had three goals and an assist, while Riley Sanchez had four goals.
OLu is back in action on Thursday against El Dorado.
On Tuesday, the boys lacrosse team opened the season 1-0 for the first time in program history behind a 3-1 win over Long Beach Wilson. Matson Mateus, Trevor Hassenplug, and Shepard Kovacs each had a goal. The win marks the first-ever for first-year head coach John Padama.
OLu is back in action on Friday against Woodbridge at home.
Girls Beach Volleyball
The girls continued their inaugural campaign yesterday against Los Alamitos at Seal Beach. The Lancers fell 4 matches to 1. Makalin Goehring and Sofia Zazueta won the lone match for the Lancers.
Next up is Ontario Christian on Thursday, March 3.
In their lone match of the week, the Lancers tied El Dorado 6-6 in games. The match was suspended due to rain. The boys continue preseason play on Thursday against Villa Park.
Track & Field
This past weekend, the Lancers track & field team opened up the 2022 season at the Eagle Invite. Below are a couple of the notable performances:
- Amelia Trautman | 200 M | 26.79
- Desmin Jackson | 200 M | 23.28 & 100 M | 11.34
- Caroline Kargenian | 800 M | 2:24:99
- Jaylen Lynch | 400 M | 49.57 (top 10 ranking in the state)
- Milana McClain | 100 M | 13.33 & 1st place in the JV division
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