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EPISODE #102
CATHOLIC SPORTS VIEW: GUESTS ARE STEVE FRYER AND ANDY COFFMAN

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:

  • Steve Fryer (Orange County Register);
  • Andy Coffman (head water polo coach at Servite High School)

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 10/19/19

BACK-TO-SCHOOL BLITZ

The first full month of the fall season wrapped up for Trinity League sports teams and individuals, and they continue to produce storylines in all shapes and sizes. 

The Mater Dei football team went 3-0 in the month of September with one-sided victories against teams from Arizona, Baltimore and Washington D.C., allowing the Monarchs to maintain their No. 1 national ranking. 

Servite capped the month with their best win of the nonleague portion of the schedule, knocking off Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 16-13. 

Notre Dame came in ranked No. 10 in CIF-SS Division 1/2, while the Friars were unranked. 

JSerra also went 3-0 in September, and Santa Margarita capped the month with back-to-back shutouts against Lakewood Mayfair and Stellar Prep of Hayward, Calif. 

The most eye-catching win in September likely belonged to the Rosary girls’ volleyball team, which knocked off visiting JSerra in five games on Sept 24 to earn their first Trinity League win in eight years, a streak of 59 matches. 

The Royals won the first game against JSerra 25-18 before dropping the second 23-25.  

Sophia Lambros then served back-to-back aces to complete a 26-24 win in Game 4. The Lions pushed the match to a fifth game after winning 10-25, but Rosary regrouped to take the deciding game 15-11 behind four blocks and three kills from Sophia Degrassi. 

The Mater Dei and Santa Margarita boys’ water polo teams also established themselves as the teams to beat in the Trinity League. Their only league meeting was Oct. 16 at Santa Margarita. 

The Monarchs and Eagles each competed at the Santa Barbara and South Coast tournaments during September. 

Santa Margarita was seeded second and Mater Dei third among 24 teams in Santa Barbara, but it was the Monarchs who advanced to the championship game before losing 11-7 to Loyola of Los Angeles. 

Mater Dei, the defending Trinity League and state champion, finished fourth at the South Coast tournament and Santa Margarita was sixth. 

Mater Dei lost in the semifinals before also going down in the third-place game to Huntington Beach. Max Rossi scored four goals in the third-place game for the Monarchs. 

Santa Margarita bounced back from its disappointing performances at the two tournaments to beat Foothill 9-6 at the Newport Harbor Showcase on Sept. 28. 

Santa Margarita’s 6-foot-7 goalie Will Kieckhafer stood tall and made 18 saves while fellow senior Wyatt Clark scored four goals. 

“We’ve played good games against good teams, bad games against bad teams so we just had to come out and play our way,” Kieckhafer told the OC Register. 

The Trinity League also provided a preview of what to expect at the cross-country league finals later this fall.  

The league held their annual prelim meet on Sept. 27 at Central Park in Huntington Beach and Anthony Grover of JSerra, the two-time defending Division IV state champion, was the runaway winner in the boys’ race. 

Grover completed the 3-mile course in 14 minutes 53.5 seconds, 40 seconds faster than the second-place finisher. 

The Lions also won the team title by placing four runners in the top 10. 

Sophia Gutierrez (17:58.4) and Nicole Meyer (18:24) of Orange Lutheran took the top two spots in the girls’ varsity race, helping the Lancers win the team title by 28 points over JSerra.

EPISODE #101
CATHOLIC SPORTS VIEW: GUESTS ARE KEITH WILKINSON AND RICHARD SHEARER

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:

  • Keith Wilkinson (head boys basketball coach at J Serra Catholic High School);
  • Richard Shearer (Assistant Commissioner of the CIF Southern Section)

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 10/12/19

EPISODE #100
CATHOLIC SPORTS VIEW: GUESTS ARE MIKE SCHABERT AND ANNIE GARRETT

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:

  • Mike Schabert (Associate Superintendent of Catholic Schools);
  • Annie Garrett (athletic director at Santa Margarita Catholic High School)

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 10/5/19

FAR AFIELD

Filling up the nonleague portion of the football schedule has forced Trinity League coaches to expand their horizons in recent years. 

Mater Dei, for instance, travelled to Peoria, Arizona on Sept. 6 to take on a local powerhouse. The head coach of that team was surprised to see the Monarchs out so early for pre-game warmups, mainly because it was 107 degrees outside. 

He was even more impressed by Mater Dei quarterback Bryce Young, who threw for a school-record 528 yards and tossed seven touchdowns in the 72-21 victory. 

Five years ago, Mater Dei coach Bruce Rollinson wouldn’t have searched for a game in one of the hottest regions in North America during the first weekend of September, but Trinity League coaches have become increasingly desperate to find five opponents to fill their nonleague games. 

“By 2015 and ’16, it was virtually impossible to get games,” Rollinson told the Arizona Republic. 

Just three years ago, Mater Dei, JSerra, Servite and Santa Margarita didn’t travel outside of Southern California to play their nonleague games. 

Mater Dei played road games in 2016 at Bishop Amat in La Puente and against Edison at Orange Coast College, and hosted Mayfair, La Mirada and Upland at Santa Ana Stadium. 

This season, the Monarchs opened with home games against Corona Centennial and Villa Park at Santa Ana Stadium, and then headed to Arizona. 

The Monarchs also played St. Frances Academy from Baltimore, Md. at St. John Bosco, and then flew cross-country to play St. John’s in Washington, DC on Sept. 27. 

Mater Dei opened league play the following week against Orange Lutheran. 

Rollinson provided one theory as to why it’s become harder to schedule local teams for nonleague games.  

“Probably because I’ve been in (coaching) for so long, some of my buddies are not in it anymore, guys who trusted me and knew it would be a good game,” Rollinson said. “We travel well. If we come to their stadium, you know they’ll get a great gate. Nobody is interested in that anymore.” 

Mater Dei was one of three Trinity League teams that played outside of California on Sept. 6. 

Santa Margarita travelled to Colorado to play an out-of-state opponent for the first time since the 2014 season. 

The Eagles headed to the Denver suburbs to face Cherry Creek, and the Bruins turned the tables on Santa Margarita, taking a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and cruising to a 35-10 win. The Eagles scored their lone touchdown in the final minute of the game. 

Santa Margarita was familiar with Cherry Creek after hosting the Bruins at Trabuco Hills last season and losing 21-14. 

Servite played in Las Vegas on Sept 6. The Friars took on Bishop Gorman, which has regularly scheduled Trinity League teams the last several years. 

Servite was no match for Bishop Gorman, losing 42-21. 

JSerra opened its season by travelling to Utah to face a team from Salt Lake City. The Lions won 24-14.  

They then played St. Joseph Regional from Montvale, N.J. at Cathedral Catholic High in San Diego, losing that game 24-13. 

“We played hard and were out-executed by a very good team that is well coached,” JSerra coach Pat Harlow said. “We are young and we will get better. We will stick to our plan and get better.”

EPISODE #99
CATHOLIC SPORTS VIEW: GUESTS ARE RYAN ABRAHAM AND ERIC BORBA

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:

  • Ryan Abraham (uscfootball.com);
  • Eric Borba (head baseball coach at Orange Lutheran High School)

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 9/28/19

EPISODE #98
CATHOLIC SPORTS VIEW: GUESTS ARE DAN O’DELL AND RICHARD MERCADO

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 O’Dell (head girls volleyball coach at Mater Dei High School);
  • Richard Mercado (head baseball coach at Mater Dei High School)

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 9/21/19

GOLDEN GIRLS

They’re dispersed at colleges from coast to coast, playing women’s volleyball at every level offered by the NCAA. 

Some will try to lead their team to another national championship this fall, while others would be satisfied just to win more matches than they lose. 

One thing these athletes will always have in common is their backgrounds. All prepared themselves for their college careers at Trinity League high schools. 

The most familiar name over the last five years is likely Meghan McClure, a three-time Trinity League most valuable player at Santa Margarita from 2014-16. 

McClure now stars for Stanford, which won its second national championship in three years last fall. Thanks to players like McClure, the Cardinal opened this season ranked No. 1 in the nation in all the major polls. 

And then there are McClure’s teammates for three years at Santa Margarita, Gaby Barcelos and Haley Carmo. They elected to sign with Cal State Fullerton in hopes of breathing life into the struggling program. 

Barcelos and Carmo helped Fullerton win six matches as freshmen last season, more than half of what the Titans totaled in the previous three seasons. 

“They are really great learners of the game,” Fullerton coach Ashley Preston told the Daily Titan. 

Sarah Ciszek graduated with Barcelos and Carmo and headed for Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn. She was the Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year and Setter of the Year last season. 

Brittney Pinzon graduated from Rosary in 2017 and headed to the United States Merchant Marine Academy just outside New York City. As a freshman setter for the Mariners last season, she was second on the team with 333 assists. 

Haylee Gasser graduated from JSerra in 2016 and is expected to be one of the top players for Seton Hall again this season. She led the Pirates in blocks last season and was third in kills. 

Shannon Scully is set to return for her junior season at Pepperdine. She was one of three players to start all 31 matches last season, leading the Waves at 3.31 kills per set. 

Rachel Ritchie was Scully’s teammate during their junior years at Mater Dei. She landed at Georgia after transferring back to San Juan Hills High School for her senior year.  

Ritchie was first on the Bulldogs and ninth in the Southeastern Conference at 3.35 kills a set last season. She also led Georgia with 33 aces. 

Ritchie initially signed with Loyola Marymount, but when Tom Black left LMU to take the head coaching job at Georgia, she eventually decided to follow him there. 

“The second time recruiting her was harder than the first,” Black told the Georgia school newspaper, The Red & Black. “When she finally committed to us, it was a great day.” 

A great opportunity to watch several former Trinity League players in action would be on Oct. 25, when Stanford visits UCLA in a Pac-12 match. 

Not only does Stanford have McClure, but Natalie Berty is a freshman outside hitter for the Cardinal. She helped Mater Dei win the CIF-State Open Division title last season and won Trinity League MVP honors. 

UCLA will be led by another one of McClure’s former teammates, setter Devon Chang, who was second on the team with 350 sets last season. Kelsey Campeau, a 2018 Mater Dei graduate, is a sophomore libero for the Bruins.

EPISODE #97
CATHOLIC SPORTS VIEW: GUESTS ARE DAN ALBANO AND DEBBIE SIMONTON

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:

  • Dan Albano (OC Register and OC Varsity);
  • Debbie Simonton (head tennis coach  at Rosary Academy)

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 9/14/19

EPISODE #96
CATHOLIC SPORTS VIEW: GUEST IS MICHAEL BRENNAN, PRINCIPAL AT SERVITE HIGH SCHOOL

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

On today’s episode, Bob is on location at Servite High School in Anaheim!

Today’s guest is:

  • Michael Brennan (Principal at Servite high school and the president of the Trinity League);

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 8/31/19