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SPRING SPORTS UPDATE

Published May 9, 2024

BY CASSIDY SCHEID

Boys’ volleyball CCS bound and killing it 

Coached by James Airola, boys’ volleyball finished second in Gabilan division (8-2 in league, 18-11 overall) and was set to compete in CCS starting May 6. This season, senior captain Sebastian Daste had 155 kills and 173 assists, junior Nico Vitiello had 121 digs, and sophomore Zachary Speakman had 112 kills and 145 assists.

“We are currently working on playing better together as a team and tuning up the small technical details of the game,” says Daste. “If we are able to do this, I have no doubt that we have a possibility of going far into CCS.”

With a young starting lineup including sophomores Jacob Tonini, Tristan Henderson, Nathan Campbell and Speakman, their future is looking exceptionally bright.

“We have a sophomore class unlike any other in Carmel boys’ volleyball history,” Airola explains. “Five of our seven

Face-off during a game at Pacific Grove, where the Padres won 23-5. (photo by BROOKLYN CHAVEZ)

starters are sophomores, and they are all very good, so while we are very good this year, we are equally optimistic about the future.”

Boys’ lacrosse goes undefeated in league, going to CCS

Led by head coach Troy Loper, boys’ lacrosse finished first in the PCAL Mission Division (9-0, 12-3), and after winning their CCS play-in game 14-8 to Los Gatos, they are headed to CCS.

“Our season is coming to an end with our team being the number one seed in our division, which is a huge accomplishment compared to previous years,” says junior Noah Scattini.

Top scorers this season were junior Jacoby Scattini with 53 goals, senior Engeda Galakatos with 39 goals and junior Noah Scattini with 36 goals and 79 assists. Freshman Kanan Seeklander, the team’s goalie, is also a key player. 

Loper says, “To prepare for our final games we are continuing to stay in shape, keeping our stick skills sharp, working on becoming more accurate and smarter shooters and keeping the team morale high.”

Junior captain Kate Graham is a leader on the field and asset to the lacrosse team, leading in ground balls. (photo by BROOKLYN CHAVEZ)

Girls’ lacrosse excelled on field with superb team chemistry

Coached by Sophia White, the girls finished fourth in the PCAL Gabilan Division (5-5, 6-6-1).“The team’s strength is definitely everyone’s positive mindset,” senior captain Anya Melton explains. “I love going to lacrosse practice knowing it is an outlet to have fun and bond with my teammates.”

The top scorer was freshman Anna Rasmussen with 28 goals, followed by freshman Lola Voss and senior Sophia Alexakos. Melton put in the most assists, and most ground balls went to junior Kate Graham and sophomore Claire Bonynge. 

White says, “Things are coming to a close, but I’m very happy about what we’ve done this season, and I’m looking forward to next season.”

Boys’ golf home to many talented athletes

Junior Cullen Pritchard is an asset to the golf team and has shot even par three times this season. (photo by MEGAN IKEMIYA)

Boys’ golf, coached by Ross Kroeker, finished third in the PCAL Gabilan division with contributions from many talented golfers and will be moving on to CCS starting May 7.

“Jonathan Chen is our number one player,” says Kroeker. “He has had a really solid season and has shot three strokes under par.”

Standout players include junior Jonathan Chen with a league average of 36, sophomore Julien Cho with an average of 38 and junior Cullen Pritchard with an average of 39.

“Everyone has been improving, which has been nice to see,” Chen says. “We do have the skills this year to make it to NorCals again as a team if we play well.”

Dive competitive with four divers qualifying for CCS

Sophomore Myles Will is a skillful diver who placed sixth in the PCAL Championships. (photo by MIKAYLA DAVIDSON)

Coached by Bryan Dunmire, dive did well with many first year divers learning difficult dives.

“To be successful in your dive, you have to make the dive as graceful as possible and complete the skill,” says freshman Eliana Sogge.

For the girls, junior Victoria Valdez and Sogge are highly skilled, both qualifying for CCS, with Valdez taking first place in the PCAL Championships, breaking the PCAL diving record with a score of 390.3, and Sogge placing sixth. Valdez stood out as one of the only non-full year club divers to still make top 20 in CCS.

For the boys, sophomore Myles Will and junior Dean Bullas are skillful, both trading first and second places during regular meets, and both qualified for CCS, with Bullas second and Will fourth in the PCAL Championships.

Dunmire says, “All my divers’ ceilings are incredibly high, and with just a little more time and practice, we can compete with anyone.”

Boys’ tennis reigned over competition in both singles, doubles

Led by head coach Brian Cory, tennis finished second in the PCAL Gabilan division (9-3, 9-6).

Carmel’s No. 1 singles player, sophomore Riley Kirsch, placed third in the PCAL tournament, breaking the record for the best singles finish for Carmel since 2018. Other successful singles players were seniors Jack Weston and Hudson Silva, sophomore Josh Granat and freshman James Brunicardi.

As for doubles, juniors Grayson Walton and Daniel Hohnloser finished third in the PCAL tournament. 

“As a team, we had great depth this year,” Cory remarks. “By having so many good players that could play a varsity match on any given day, made for quality practices, which translated into a winning season and season sweeps over league rivals Monterey, Salinas and Pacific Grove for the first time since 2018.”

Boys’ swim went undefeated in dual meets and finished the PCAL Championships second in the Gabilan division. (photo by MARC KALMAN-ZULIK)

Girls’ swim places fifth in PCAL Championships

Coached by Chelsea Peterson, girls’ swim went 6-2 during dual meets and had many athletes place in the Gabilan Division of the PCAL Championships, the team placing fifth overall.

“We had a lot of girls graduate last season,” Peterson says, “so this season has seen many younger athletes step up in big ways.”

A standout player for the Padres was junior Macie Hill in the 100-yard breast. Coming out as last season’s league champion, she went unbeaten in this event this season and placed first in the event at PCALs with 1 minute, 13.63 seconds. Sophomores Eva Melentieva and Avery Marzoni and freshman Riley Nothhelfer have also been assets to the team.

In the PCAL Championships, junior Layla Viel placed third in the 200-yard individual medley with 2 minutes, 33.45

Junior Ava Ghio is first in the PCAL Gabilan division in both the 3200 and the 1600, and behind her is Lila Glazier who is second in the 3200. (photo by RIKK KVITEK)

seconds, and Hill placed third in the 500-yard free with 5 minute, 57.11 seconds.

Senior captain Eva Montgomery says, “Many people had a ton of time drops, and it was a lot of fun!” 

Boys’ swim places second in PCAL Championships, two relay teams qualify for CCS

Coached by Kamaron Rianda, boys’ swim went undefeated in dual meets (5-0) and finished the PCAL Championships second in the Gabilan Division where many athletes placed highly, and two relay teams qualified for CCS.

In the PCAL championships senior Chase Lander and sophomores Marc Kalman-Zulik, Landon Onitsuka and Ryan Lin placed first in the 400-yard free relay with 3 minutes, 27.01 seconds. Lin, Onitsuka, senior David Cortez and sophomore Jackson Balas also advanced to CCS after taking third in the 200-yard medley relay with 1 minute, 46.19 seconds.

For individuals at PCALs, Onitsuka placed second in the 200-yard free with 1 minute, 52.97 seconds. Lin placed second in both the 200-yard individual medley with 2 minutes, 8.11 seconds and the 100-yard back with 58.04 seconds. Sophomore Dylan Chhor placed second in the 500-yard free with 5

Junior Mack Aldi is first in the PCAL Gabilan division for both the 800 and the 1600, and behind him is sophomore Bodhi Melton who is second in the same events. (photo by RIKK KVITEK)

minutes, 31.45 seconds, and Cortez placed second in the 100-yard breast with 1 minute, 4.09 seconds.

Track and field has many athletes top placing in Gabilan Division

Track and field is full of talented athletes, many who secured spots in the top two in the Gabilan Division.

For the boys, junior Mack Aldi and sophomore Bodhi Melton took first and second in the 800-meter, Aldi with 1 minute, 54.16 seconds and Melton with 2 minute, 2.36 seconds. The two athletes hold the same places in the 1600-meter, Aldi with 4 minutes, 26.88 seconds and Melton with 4 minutes, 28.01 seconds. Freshman Jasper Bolante has first in the 3200-meter with 10 minutes, 18.50 seconds. 

In high jump, junior Simeon Brown tied for first with a 5-10, and junior Ashton Rees held second in triple jump with a 43 1/2 and second in long jump with a 21-7.

Junior Simeon Brown tied for first in the PCAL Gabilan divsion for high jump with a 5-10. (photo by RIKK KVITEK)

For the girls, junior Ava Ghio claimed first in the 3200 with 11 minutes, 34.41 seconds and first in the 1600 with 5 minutes, 25.91 seconds. Sophomore Lila Glazier is second in the 3200 with an 11 minutes, 51.61 seconds. 

“In terms of percentage of overall team points, the distance runners are doing extraordinarily well,” says  distance coach Matthew King.

In girls’ high jump, junior Jadyn Lome tied for first with 4-8. In pole vault, junior Bella Ortega held first with 11-0.

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