It’s tough to imagine that the Fall Sports Season is almost over. It seems just like yesterday that we were conducting tryouts and having home openers. With that being said, here is an update on all of our Fall Sports.
Cross Country: The Mariners have been working hard preparing for the final League Meets against Chula Vista and Castle Park. Led by long-time coach Benny Hold and girls coach Estrella Pimentel, the Mariners have a unique home field advantage in that their home course is run on the beach starting and ending at the IB Pier (going out past the jetty). It’s the only course on sand in the South Bay. The Boys are led by returning All League performers Sebastian Pimentel and Robert Gonzalez. The girls are led by veterans Yram Padilla and Nadia Gurrola. The Mariners finish with their South Bay League Meet at Rohr Park on Nov. 15 and CIF at Morley Field the following weekend.
Boys Water Polo: Led by veteran coach Chad Kavanagh (who is also a well-respected English teacher), the Mariners are currently 10-13 after a tough tournament schedule which included high-caliber division one teams like Steele Canyon, Patrick Henry and Del Norte. Despite the gauntlet tournament schedule, the Mariners are currently in the driver’s seat for the Mesa League crown as they are 5-0 and play league rival Eastlake this week, which could ultimately determine the league champion. The Mariners are led by Senior goalie Levi Lord, leading goal scorers Ethan Hastings, Fletcher Field and Carlos Ibarra, all sophomores. The Mariners currently sit as the 5-seed in Division I, where the top eight teams are Open Division. The team looks to make a final playoff statement in their last League games against Eastlake, Mater Dei and Hilltop.
Girls Volleyball: Led by second year head coach Sean Matthews, the Lady Mariners are coming off of two big Mesa League wins against Montgomery and Bonita Vista. Led by Division I-bound Genevieve Hara, who is committed to play at University of Akron and leads the team in digs/aces/kills, the Lady Mariners are 8-13 overall and 3-7 in a tough Mesa League. Leading the team in blocks is junior Trinity Flores and senior Kaelin McManus while senior Giselle Medina is second on leading the team in digs (114). The Lady Mariners will finish with League opponents Eastlake and Otay Ranch this week and then hope secure a bid in the Division III playoffs. They currently sit as the 14th seed, (top 16 teams go to the playoffs).
Girls Golf: Coach Randy Rosenheim has now led the Girls Golf team to consecutive South Bay League Titles as they went undefeated in League (8-0) and 8-2 overall; their only two losses were to Bonita Vista. In the South Bay League Finals, the Lady Mariners had five girls place: Melanie Clamp (second), Summer Chalmers (third), Tara Fitzgerald (fourth), and Kayla Quinones and Paige Helmers finished in the top seven. By winning the League Title, the Mariners have qualified for the CIF team playoffs and await their seeding from the CIF. Congrats, Lady Mariners!
Girls Tennis: Coach Rick Nichols led the Lady Mariner Tennis squad to an 8-8 overall record, (6-6 in South Bay League Play. Led by seniors Damiana Young, Brenda Zapien, Abi Rivera and junior Bryanna Schaffer, the Lady Mariners are currently playing in the South Bay League Individual Tournament at Montgomery High School. As of Tuesday night, Oct. 22, these girls advanced to the second day of the South Bay League Tournament as doubles players: Jennifer Mendoza Martinez, Young, Zapien, Johanna Raggio, Schaffer and Zianya Flores.
They currently have three doubles teams that have advanced to the second day of the tournament and look to try and secure a top-5 placing, which would qualify them for the CIF Tournament at Morley Field.
Football: The Mariners are currently 3-5 overall, 1-0 in South Bay League Play, after coming off of wins against Southwest and Sweetwater. The Bell Game, which was the 33rd game over a 41 year-span, was a big boost for Mariners after a tough non-conference schedule. In their first league game against Sweetwater, the Mariners senior quarterback Mike Maeva was 24/29 for 380 yards and five touchdowns, throwing touchdowns to senior Jo’Vahn Young (11 catches, 162 yards, 3TD’s), sophomore Dante Pacheco (4 catches 140 yards, 1 TD), and senior Angel Mesa (6 catch 52 yards, 1TD). The Mariners will face the Chula Vista Spartans this week and Hilltop the following week to end their regular season.