The Athletics Minute is a recap of the prior week's action in Lancer varsity sports.
Over the course of each season, one athlete from each sport is selected as a profile athlete. This week’s profile is a feature on boys water polo senior Kyle Tooma.
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Each week we will have a new profile to share about an athlete from one of our fall sports teams.
For the first time since 2017, the Orange Lutheran Lancers hosted a playoff game under the lights at Orange Coast College as they took on the 10-0 Simi Valley Pioneers.
The Lancers struck early and often on their way to a 49-13 win. Logan Gonzalez was on point all night throwing for 256 yards and 5 touchdowns. Three of the scores were to Malik Blackmon who had 5 catches for 117 yards. Desmin Jackson chipped in on the ground with 114 yards on 16 carries. Change of pace running back Jason Terry scored once on the ground and once through the air in the win.
Defensively the Lancers were all over the Pioneers. Xane Uipi and Bryce Brown Johnson each had an interception as a part of 3 turnovers forced. Lineback Gabe Morin led all Lancers with 7 tackles (1 solo, 6 assisted).
The win propelled OLu into the CIF quarterfinals for the first time since 2017. They will be on the road against Corona del Mar on Friday, November 12 with kickoff at 7 pm. The game will be played at Newport Harbor High School. For tickets to this week's game CLICK HERE.
Click HERE for photos from the Simi Valley game. (Photo credit: Brandy Hunt).
The girls golf team ended the season on Tuesday in the Division 2 CIF Team Championships. OLu finished 3rd out of 20 teams with a team score of 394 (average 79). Arcadia won with a 384 while West Ranch was in 2nd with a 389. It was the Lancers highest finish in many years. Freshman Mason Egdahl led the way with a team-low 73 (+2).
Boys Water Polo
After a 19 win regular season, the boys water polo team secured the #8 seed in the CIF Open Division playoffs. They faced off with #1 Huntington Beach on Thursday afternoon. Despite going down 7-1 early the Lancers continued to battle back, getting it within 3 late in the 3rd. The comeback fell short and OLu lost 14-8. The Lancers finished the season with a 19-10 record.
The girls tennis team traveled north on Wednesday for the Division 2 CIF Playoffs. OLu fell in a hard-fought match 10-8. OLu finishes the season 8-10.
On a foggy morning in Huntington Beach, the OLu cross country teams competed in the Trinity League Finals.
The boys cross country team placed 3rd and secured a CIF Division 4 meet berth. Individually, Noah Lockwood, Joseph O’Donnell, Ethan Pacholl, Hank Reynoso, and Joshua Wonderlick each finished in the top 20 to earn a 2nd team All-League spot.
The girls also finished 3rd and will compete in the CIF Division 4 Meet this Friday. Lolo Landrith finished 10th which earned her a 1st team All-League spot. Caroline Kargenian, Kira Anderson, Sofia Gibson, and Amelia Trautman all finished in the top 20 to get a 2nd team All-League spot.
Both teams will compete in the Division 4 CIF meet at Mt. Sac on Friday, November 12. The boys race at 8:54 and the girls race at 9:37.
The Lancer hockey team improved to 8-0 on the season with two wins this past weekend.
On Friday the Lancers took down Bellarmine 4-1. Carson Ferry opened the scoring in the 1st period with an unassisted goal. Ferry would then assist Tianshu Liu in the 2nd to extend the lead to 3-0. Liu and Ferry each had 2 points in the win. Caleb Martinez saved 23 of 24 shots.
Saturday the Lancers took on Damien at Great Park Ice. OLu led only 1-0 into the 3rd period before the offense took off. The Lancers scored 5 times in the 3rd including 2 from Tianshu Liu and Luke Anthony to seal the victory. Other scores were; Jack Furlong and Brendan Bosca. OLu outshot the Spartans 39-10.
The Lancers will now take a month's break before they play in December.
The surf team is now 3-2 after a 1 point win over Corona del Mar on Monday morning. Reed Wilson took first in the boys shortboard and Andrew Urian was first place in the bodyboard. The Lancers continue the season this Friday against Long Beach Wilson at 6:30 am.
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