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EPISODE #104
CATHOLIC SPORTS VIEW: GUESTS ARE DAN ALBANO AND FRANK BURLISON

Host Bob Gibson interviews coaches and players throughout the various Catholic high schools in Orange County. His Twitter handle is: @catholicsv

Today’s guests are:

  • Dan Albano (Orange County Register);
  • Frank Burlison (prep basketball expert – burlisononbasketball.com)

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 11/23/19

EPISODE #103
CATHOLIC SPORTS VIEW: THE TRINITY LEAGUE’S BASKETBALL MEDIA DAY

Host Bob Gibson interviews coaches and players throughout the various Catholic high schools in Orange County. His Twitter handle is: @catholicsv

On today’s installment, Bob brings you coverage from the Trinity League’s first-ever basketball media day.. with representatives from all seven league schools on hand.

They talk about all things regarding boys and girls hoops!

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 11/16/19

SMCHS NAMES CHRISTINA WEAR-MARINACCI THE NEW HEAD GIRLS BASKETBALL COACH

Santa Margarita Catholic High School welcomes Christina Wear-Marinacci as the new head girls varsity basketball coach. Wear-Marinacci has an impressive playing resume including professional stints overseas from 2013-2017 where she was also a coach. Prior to her professional career, she was a starting forward and a captain for the Trojans of USC from 2010-2013 where she was a David X. Marks Foundation award recipient, an honor given to student-athletes who have excelled in the classroom.  

“I’m very excited for the opportunity to be a part of the Santa Margarita Catholic High School family,” Wear-Marinacci said. “I see so much potential within this school and program; I can’t wait to meet the girls and get started.” 

Coach Wear-Marinacci has Orange County roots, having prepped at Foothill High School from 2005-2009. At Foothill, she was a four-time All-CIF first team member, Orange County and California State Player of the Year (2009), a McDonald’s All-American (2009), and a dual sport athlete where she was a four-year varsity letter winner in basketball and volleyball. 

“Coach Wear-Marinacci has such a winning pedigree herself, I know that will carry over to our girls and this program,” said SMCHS Athletic Director Annie Garrett. “She will be such a good role model and mentor for our student-athletes as she helps them prepare for the next phases of their lives, on and off the court.”

EPISODE #91
CATHOLIC SPORTS VIEW: GUESTS ARE CHRIS MALEC, MARY ROSIGNALL AND EVA CARTER

Host Bob Gibson interviews coaches and players throughout the various Catholic high schools in Orange County. His Twitter handle is: @catholicsv

Today’s show is part 2 of a “best of” feature from the 2018-2019 school year.

Today’s guests is include:

  • Chris Malec (Baseball coach at Santa Margarita Catholic H.S.);
  • Mary Rosignall (Girls basketball coach at J Serra H.S.)
  • Eva Carter (Freshman basketball sensation at J Serra H.S.)

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 6/22/19

EPISODE #87
CATHOLIC SPORTS VIEW: GUESTS ARE CHRIS MALEC AND CHRISTINA WEAR-MARINACCI FROM SANTA MARGARITA CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

Host Bob Gibson interviews coaches and players throughout the various Catholic high schools in Orange County. His Twitter handle is: @catholicsv

Today’s guests include:

  • Chris Malec (head baseball coach, Santa Margarita Catholic High School)
  • Christina Wear-Marinacci (new girls basketball coach, Santa Margarita Catholic High School)

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 5/25/19

A ROYAL REPEAT

For the second time in three years, the Rosary Academy girls basketball team has won a state championship. The Royals defeated Bishop O’Dowd High School of Oakland 75-58 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento earlier this month to secure the CIF State Division I title.

There are plenty of differences between this state title and the CIF State Division III championship Rosary head coach Richard Yoon and the Royals won in 2017, starting with the makeup of the team.

With a mix of returning veterans, some transfers and a couple of skilled freshmen, Yoon felt as if this was the most talented group he had ever coached. But his biggest question heading into the season centered around team chemistry.

“I knew that we had talent and that we could score,” said Yoon, who is in his 27th season coaching at Rosary. “What I wasn’t sure about was if they knew each other well enough and trusted each other enough to stop the opposition on defense.”

With their strength of schedule, the Royals got plenty of practice facing top opposition. The challenging contests allowed the players to hone their skills and build their confidence, not only in their defensive play, but in all facets of the game.

Finishing second in the Trinity League behind Mater Dei, the Royals entered into the CIF-SS playoffs in the new Open Division pool-play where they lost three consecutive games to Etiwanda High School, Windward School of Los Angeles and Mater Dei. Having faced some of the toughest competition in the country prepared them as they headed to the Division I bracket for the CIF state tournament as a No. 2 seed.

“You don’t know your weaknesses until you play your Trinity League games,” said Yoon. “Those games prepare you. The coaches and teams are so well prepared that you have to prepare in order to compete…and our play in the Open Division was a great motivator to do well once we were moved to Division I. We felt like we had a good shot. The kids deserved to play at this level and see the success that they had. It capped off a great year.”

Junior guard Kate Goostrey, who was a part of the Royals squad that won the state title in 2017, agreed.

“Every game in the Open Division was a learning experience,” said Goostrey. “Once we all started to come together, we were all focused on the goal of winning.”

Goostrey felt the Royals game versus Mater Dei in Open Division play was a turning point for the team. The 67-57 loss showed them that they could compete at a high level, and it allowed the girls to gain confidence.

Yoon said another key point in Rosary’s championship run was their 40-38 overtime victory against Long Beach Poly in Round II of the state tournament. Having faced the Jackrabbits twice already during the season, the familiarity with their lineup, along with key contributions from Royals players such as center Bryn Bosnanski, helped secure the win.

For the Royals players who were in this high-pressure position for the first time, there was some hesitancy at first. But they looked to veterans, like Goostrey, to lead the way.

“There were some nerves,” said Yoon, “but because they saw our upperclassmen being aggressive, they saw that it was natural, and they followed the play.”

Goostrey reflected on the differences for her personally between the two state title runs. Having won the first as a freshman, she said she has been able to take more time this year to soak in the moment.

“As a freshman, I was wide-eyed,” said Goostrey. “But I was more experienced this time around and enjoyed it a bit more. I’m happy for everyone’s success.”

Goostrey and junior Asia Avinger were both named 1st Team All-Trinity League. Additionally, Avinger was named to the All CIF-SS Open Division Team. She was key for Rosary in the championship game, turning in a performance that included 24 points, three assists, six rebounds, two steals and only one turnover. The 133 combined total points in the game set a new record for a CIF State Division I final.

With this year’s squad comprised primarily of juniors, the Royals are set to return next season with most of their talented roster intact, ready to compete at the highest level.

“Rosary attracts young women who want to challenge themselves to be their best,” said Rosary Athletic Director, Tom Tice. “We see it every day in small ways, and sometimes we’re able to celebrate a team that has a dream season. I had the privilege of seeing the process start in the spring and summer and watched as the team came together through the fall and winter. It was a great pleasure for our entire school community.”

ROYALS RULE!

The winter season stretched almost into spring for the Rosary girls’ basketball team, and the Royals were in full bloom in the end, winning the CIF-State Division I title on March 8 in Sacramento. 

It was the culmination of a long and historic season for Rosary, and for the Trinity League as a whole. 

Before getting into specifics, here’s a quick rundown of the league’s biggest accomplishments. 

*The JSerra girls’ soccer team won their third straight CIF-SS Division I title and then backed that up with their second consecutive Division I Regional championship. 

*The Servite wrestling team won two CIF-SS team titles, their first Masters Championship in school history and then sent a school-record eight individuals to the CIF-State meet. 

*The Mater Dei boys’ basketball team lost its top four scorers to graduation after last season and didn’t win the Trinity League title outright for the first time ever, but still grinded their way to the CIF Southern California Regionals Open Division championship game.  

*The Orange Lutheran girls’ water polo team was also playing their best at the end, capping the season with an upset victory against top-seeded Laguna Beach in the SoCal Regional Championship game. 

There were other impressive postseason runs, such as the Mater Dei boys’ soccer team barely missing out on their first Trinity League title, and then advancing to the CIF-SS Division I semifinals, or the thrilling overtime win by the Santa Margarita boys’ basketball team over Chino Hills to win the CIF-SS Division 1 title. 

Rosary’s state title was clearly the most remarkable feat of the winter season, however. 

The Royals finished second to Mater Dei in the Trinity League and went 0-3 in the CIF-SS Open Division pool-play round, dropping them into Division I for the state playoffs. Rosary then got hot and won five straight games in the tournament, capped by 75-58 win against Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland in the championship game. 

Rosary coach Richard Yoon, who led the Royals to a Division III state title in 2017, told reporters that his players never stopped believing in themselves. 

“The obstacles this team has conquered, it’s a tribute to them,” he said. 

The biggest obstacle for the JSerra girls’ soccer team was Santa Margarita, which twice played the Lions to a scoreless tie during Trinity League play before finishing a game behind in the standings.  

JSerra marched through the CIF-SS playoffs behind high-scoring striker Isabella D’Aquila, but then D’Aquila headed off to Spain to train with the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team and the Lions had to forge on without their leading scorer. 

They didn’t skip a beat, however, winning all three regional games by multiple goals. 

Marcos Magana (126 pounds), Josh Medina (132), Teddy Okada (138), Neil Carter (170) and Tristen Wilson (195) won individual CIF-SS Central Division wrestling titles for Servite.  

Wilson went on to place fourth at state, Medina was seventh and Okada and Valor Buck (152) placed eighth for the Friars, whose 11th place finish in Bakersfield was tops in Orange County and the highest in program history. 

Heading into the season, it was clear the Mater Dei boys’ basketball team was facing a rebuilding year. The Monarchs did quick work of reaching a competitive level, and should be an even tougher force next season with their top seven scorers eligible to return.

EPISODE #79
CATHOLIC SPORTS VIEW: GUESTS INCLUDE RICH YOON AND PETER HERALD

Host Bob Gibson interviews coaches and players throughout the various Catholic high schools in Orange County.

Today’s guests include:

  • Rich Yoon (girls basketball coach at Rosary Academy);
  • Peter Harrold (Track athlete from J Serra High School)

 

Originally broadcast on 3/16/19