Country Day basketball gets off to fast start


Boys’ basketball

La Jolla Country Day’s boys’ basketball team kicked off the season with three straight tournament wins last week.

The Torreys charged to a 65-2 victory over Lutheran in a Duds by Dudes Classic tournament game Dec. 9. Frankie Bamford led the Torreys with 14 points.

They topped Coronado in the same tournament, 46-26, on Dec. 10, as Sage Burmeister led the way with 14 points.

In another tournament game on Dec. 11, Country Day upended Mt. Carmel, 59-42. Burmeister’s 16 points led the Torreys, and Bamford had 14.

The Bishop’s School opened its season with a 62-32 victory over Madison in the CBO Invitational tournament on Dec. 10. The Knights then eased to a 77-14 triumph over Archbishop Carney of British Columbia.

La Jolla High School dropped a 52-48 decision to Poway on Dec. 7. The Vikings fell to 1-2 on the young season.

Girls’ basketball

Country Day topped Esperanza of Anaheim, 51-48, in a Dec. 8 game at the Troy Showcase tournament that went to overtime.

The Torreys rolled past Carson, 80-50, in a tournament game on Dec. 10. They beat Muir, 61-40, on Dec. 11, and fell to Troy, 48-38, in the tournament on Dec. 12.

Bishop’s eased to a 66-43 win over Escondido in the Matador Classic on Dec. 7, behind a 26-point, 11-rebound effort from Elaine White.

The Knights rolled to a 70-25 victory over Helix in another tournament game on Dec. 9. Alissa Campanero’s 10 points sparked Bishop’s.

Bishop’s fell to Bellarmine-Jefferson of Burbank on Dec. 11, despite four players (Bryn Stark, Campanero, Briana Martinez and White) scoring in double figures.

The Knights bounced back for a 62-39 triumph in their Dec. 12 tournament game against Granite Hills. Campanero scored 17 points and added 12 assists, and Martinez had nine points and 14 rebounds.

Girls’ water polo

La Jolla dropped an overtime game to Coronado, 11-9, on Dec. 10, despite a five-goal game from Kate Woods. Bridgette Souza scored twice for the Vikings, including the game-tying goal that forced overtime.

Boys’ soccer

Country Day rolled to a 5-1 victory over High Tech High in its season opener on Dec. 7. Dennis Roth scored twice and had an assist for the Torreys, while Alex Fleischhacker, Dillon DuBois and Ryan French each scored single goals.

The Torreys beat High Tech High again in the Francis Parker tournament on Dec. 11, 1-0. French scored the game’s lone goal, assisted by Fleischhacker. Mical Bailey earned the shutout in goal, with help from strong defensive efforts from Lee Klitzner, Phillip Poyhonen, Danny Rogers, Max Ferre and DuBois, coach Jerry Fleischhacker said.

Country Day continued to roll by beating Guajome Park Academy, 5-0, in the tournament semifinals on Dec. 12. Roth scored three times, while French and Tyler Hong each scored once, as the Torreys advanced to the Dec. 19 tournament championship game. Bailey again registered the shutout.

La Jolla fell, 3-1, to San Marcos on Dec. 11.

Girls’ soccer

La Jolla played to a scoreless draw in its Dec. 10 game with Westview in the Butch Lee Memorial tournament. The Vikings dropped a 2-1 decision to Corona del Mar in the same tournament on Dec. 12.

Country Day edged Point Loma, 2-1, on Dec. 8. Katherine Klicpera and Lilly Wolfenzon each scored for the Torreys, and Aleena Young had an assist.

Bishop’s secured a 1-0 win over Poway on Dec. 9 in the Butch Lee Memorial tournament, led by a Francis Harvey goal.

The Knights topped San Pasqual, 2-0, in the same tournament on Dec. 11. Harvey and Maya Theur scored.

On Dec. 12, Bishop’s played to a scoreless tie with Mater Dei of Santa Ana, beat Carlsbad, 2-0, and topped San Clemente, 2-0, with Sarah Noble scoring three goals in the final two games.


Country Day linebacker Montell Allen was named the Pacific League’s Defensive Player of the Year. He led a Torreys defense that recorded five shutouts and allowed just 113 points in 12 games. Allen’s 124 tackles were the most in the Pacific League.

Linebacker Connor Gerhart and lineman Indie Lavarias were also named to the all-league first-team defense, and tight end Mical Bailey and offensive linemen Blake Mohseni and Ian Han were selected to the first-team offense.

Second-team honorees included quarterback Derek Hatfield, offensive lineman Steven Dennis and defensive back Ruben Pena.

Gregory Ball covers sports for La Jolla Light. He can be reached at ballgregory@yahoo. com.