La Jolla High School’s 2014-2015 student athletes really went the distance this year. Whether in the classroom, in the pool, running across the field, court or on the mound, Vikings collected awards and reached new heights in their respective sports.
With Honors: The girls Swim and Dive team, under the watch of coach Tom Atwell, received the CIF Pursuing Victory with Honor Award — given to one team per season that displays honorable behavior while achieving athletic and academic success, said La Jolla High School athletic director Paula Conway.
Said Jim Esterbrooks of the CIF San Diego Section, “It’s a new award based on the cornerstone philosophy of CIF: pursuing victory with honor. That delves into how athletes do on and off the field, in the classroom and in the community. This team is rock solid in the classroom and just completed a fundraising effort for cancer awareness where they raised $20,000. Everyone we spoke to raved about them and they seemed like an ideal recipient.”
Scholar Athletes: Three of Atwell’s teams were also named CIF All Academic Teams — which honors the team that has the highest average, un- weighted team GPA among all teams in that sport and region — in the Metro Region, with one athlete from each time earning the Cymer for having the top GPA on their team.
■ Girls Varsity Water Polo: 3.68 GPA, with Cymer winner Isabella Johnson n Girls Swim and Dive: 3.58 GPA, with Cymer winner Kelly Collins
■ Boys Swim and Dive: 3.42 GPA, with Cymer winner Reed Vickerman
Other teams named to the CIF All Academic Team with Cymer winners include:
■ Girls Lacrosse under coaches Kitty Cullen and Sam Farrell: 3.57 GPA with Cymer winner Lillian Kennedy
■ Boys Volleyball under coach Dave Jones: 3.39 GPA with Cymer winner Curran Robertson
Boys Lacrosse: The Viking boys lacrosse team won its first league title, going 9-0 this year — a first for this team. They also made it to the CIF San Diego Division I quarter finals.
Baseball: La Jolla’s Viking baseball team shattered records this year, winning the Bully’s East Tournament for the first time in the school’s history and set a school record for wins in a season. The boys also improved their win total for an unprecedented fifth consecutive season, said coach Gary Frank. “It has been a tremendous season for the baseball program at La Jolla High School. We had a great group of kids who worked as hard as they could every day and we got the most out of our ability. I am very proud of our team and all we accomplished.”
Senior Timmy Holdgrafer was named the Baseball Player of the Year by CIF and San Diego Union-Tribune, and made a huge contribution to the Vikings’ run at the division title.