Orange Lutheran’s 2022 spring sports season saw not only a number of teams advance to the CIF-SS post season, but the Lancers set some school records and logged several program firsts.
The Lancers boys tennis season was one for the record books as OLu came away with Trinity League champions in both the singles and doubles divisions.
Junior Paul Dandler earned the singles top league prize and was joined by senior teammates Andrew Raab and Michael Ishizaki as they took the doubles crown. All three advanced to the individual tournament where they lost in the third round.
The team earned a Division 3 berth in the CIF-SS playoffs, advancing to the quarterfinal round for the first time since 2019 and the semi-final round for the first time in program history, where they fell to Flintridge Prep 14-4. The Lancers finished the season 10-10-1.
Dandler, Raab and Ishizaki all took home league MVP and 1st Team All-Trinity League honors. Seniors Manuel Choi and Chris Choi were 2nd Team All-Trinity League honorees.
In addition to finishing in 3rd place in the prestigious Boras Classic, the Lancers baseball team reclaimed the Trinity League title for the first time since 2019 with a 13-2 league record.
Advancing to the CIF-SS Division 1 postseason, OLu defeated Bonita in the second round before falling 5-4 to Notre Dame/Sherman Oaks in a thrilling extra inning quarterfinal battle, finishing 25-5 on the season.
Several Lancers received postseason honors, including junior Casey Borba who was named Trinity League Co-MVP. Senior Louis Rodriguez earned league Pitcher of the Year, and senior Karson Bowen received the league’s Gold Glove award.
Borba, Rodriguez and Bowen were all 1st Team All-Trinity League honorees, along with seniors Mikey Romero and Oliver Santos. Second Team All-League selections included Chase Cummings, Derek Curiel, Ben Reiland and Evan Miranda.
For the third season in a row, OLu’s softball team earned a share of the Trinity League title with a 21-9 overall record.
In advancing to the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs, the Lancers kicked off the first round with a dominant 10-0 win over Riverside Poly. They continued their winning ways in the second round with a walk-off win in 10 innings over #2 ranked Villa Park. OLu fell in the quarterfinal round to Gahr, 7-3.
Senior Kiki Estrada was named Trinity League MVP, and sophomore Brianne Weiss earned Co-Pitcher of the Year honors. Estrada and Weiss both earned 1st Team All-League selections, along with freshman Kai Minor and junior Tessa Jerue. Senior Amelia Avila, junior Makayla Motis and sophomores Emi Todoroki and Mya Diaz were 2nd Team All-Trinity League honorees.
Girls Beach Volleyball
In their inaugural year, OLu’s girls beach volleyball team battled on the beach to a 5-6 overall record with victories over Corona del Mar and league opponents Rosary, Santa Margarita and Mater Dei.
In the league’s first individual tournament, the team of junior Paige Buzzerio and senior Viviana Fragoso finished in 2nd place overall. The Lancers second pair of junior Londyn Giles and freshman Jaedyn Houston finished in fifth place. All four were 1st Team All-Trinity League selections.
Track & Field
Under new head coach Kevin Gillian, the Lancers saw seven track and field athletes come away with Trinity League titles, including senior Kennedy Cunningham (high jump), junior Hannah Wons (long jump), senior Pesi Tauaika (shot put) and the 4 x 100 boys relay team of Desmin Jackson, Matthew Kaloustian, Xane Uipi and Damon Frierson-Cotter.
A total of 21 Lancers represented OLu at the CIF-SS Division 3 prelims, with 17 advancing to CIF finals and three to the masters meet, including Cunningham (high jump), Tauaika (discus, shot put) and senior Rebel Tuinukuafe (shot put). Tuinukuafe advanced to the CIF State Meet where she finished 13th overall.
Cunningham, Tauaika and Tuinukuafe all earned a share of the Trinity League Co-MVP Field title. First Team All-League honors went to Cunningham, Tauaika, Wons, Jackson, Kaloustian, Uipi and Frierson-Cotter. They were joined by 2nd Team All-League selections Tuinukuafe and senior Blake Brewer.
With their first official season in the books, OLu’s stunt team ended with a 5-4 overall record with the Lancers logging four wins against Goldenwest League opponents Segerstrom, Westminster and Godinez
Sophomores Ashlin Cole and Kaylee Ossman were named 1st Team All-League selections, and junior Giselle Parra and freshman Abbie Prather earned 2nd Team All-League honors.
There were several firsts for OLu’s girls lacrosse program this season, including the team’s first winning record (12-11), first CIF-SS postseason appearance and first CIF win. Their regular season wins included victories over Division 1 opponents El Dorado and Aliso Niguel.
The Lancers earned a Division 3 playoff berth and dominated Long Beach Wilson for an 18-1 victory in the first round. Their second round opponent, Chaparral, edged out OLu 11-8 after a hard fought contest.
Senior Riley Sanchez was awarded 1st Team All-Trinity League honors, and senior Jessi Borton earned a 2nd Team All-League selection.
It was also a season of firsts for OLu’s boys lacrosse program. With new head coach John Padama at the helm, the Lancers achieved their first winning season (12-9), their first CIF-SS appearance and two CIF playoff wins, highlighted by a regular season victory over Crean Lutheran.
A wild card spot in CIF Division 3 postseason put the Lancers up against Damien, where they won decidedly 10-2. Their first round matchup against Millikan also produced a win, 10-6. The Lancers fell in the second round with a 6-3 loss to Crescenta Valley.
Lancer senior midfielder Trevor Hassenplug earned 1st Team All-Trinity League honors, and junior goalkeeper Ashton Alexander was a 2nd Team All-League honoree.
The OLu boys golf team rolled to a strong third place Trinity League finish, logging victories over league opponents Mater Dei, Servite, JSerra and St. John Bosco for a 9-5 overall record.
Their play earned the Lancers an auto bid to the CIF-SS Division 1 postseason, where the team scored a 395 at Western Hills Golf Course, finishing 14th.
Lancer Ian Shahwan competed in the individual CIF Prelims where he finished 35th out of 116 golfers, earning the junior 1st Team All-Trinity League honors. Sophomore Cooper Nelson was a 2nd Team All-League selection.
Swim & Dive
The Lancers made some noise in the pool this swim season, including a new school record.
Senior Leo Giessmann broke his own school record in the 100 meter breaststroke with a 58.64 during Trinity League prelims, earning him a spot in the CIF Individual meet.
Teammates Sean Hernandez, Brian Marinescu and Reed Pantaleon also qualified with Giessmann for CIF Prelims in the 200 meter medley relay. Additional CIF qualifying swimmer and events included the 200 meter individual medley (Giessmann), the 50 meter freestyle (Pantaleon), the 100 meter butterfly (Marinescu), the 100 meter freestyle (Pantaleon and Wade Sherlock), the 200 meter freestyle relay (Pantaleon, Marinescu, Sherlock, Giessmann and the 100 meter breaststroke, where Giessmann was joined by Marinescu.
The 200 meter medley relay team all earned 2nd Team All-Trinity League honors, and freshman diver Makena Milne finished 23rd in her first ever CIF meet.
The OLu boys volleyball team ended their Trinity League play this season with a 5-5 record, earning a tie for 3rd place and forcing a tiebreaker match against Santa Margarita, which they dropped 3-2.
But their strong season was enough to earn the Lancers a CIF-SS Division 2 playoff spot. They opened the postseason against Thousand Oaks, splitting the first two sets, but dropping the match 3-1.
The Lancers ended the season with a 20-15 record. Senior Andrew Karges earned 1st Team All-Trinity League honors, while senior Mark Todd and junior Preston Schmidt were 2nd Team All-League selections.