La Jolla High wins three in boys basketball

By Gregory Ball


La Jolla High School’s boys’ basketball team rolled to three big wins last week and placed third in the prestigious Kiwanis tournament.

La Jolla started the week by easing to a 69-20 victory over Westlake on Dec. 16.

The Vikings then toppled Serra, 72-42, in a Dec. 18 game, as they got a 16-point performance from Max Greenberg and 12 points out of Sam Mills.

The Vikings continued to roll with a 70-46 victory over Poway in the third-place game of the Kiwanis tournament on Dec. 19. Jack Lotta’s 19 points led the Vikings, and Mills added 18 in the easy victory.

La Jolla Country Day edged St. Augustine in overtime, 67-64, in the Grossmont Winter Classic tournament on Dec. 19. The Torreys improved their 2009-10 season record to 4-1.

Sage Burmeister led Country Day’s come-from-behind triumph with 23 points, and Kai Tuites added 17 points as the Torreys outscored their opponents, 21-16, in the fourth quarter and then shut out St. Augustine in the overtime period.

Boys soccer

La Jolla secured a 4-2 win over Madison on Dec. 16, recording its first win of the 2009-10 season after opening the campaign with three ties and a pair of defeats.

Country Day fell to Holtville on penalty kicks, 2-1, in the Dec. 19 semifinals of the Francis Parker tournament. Dennis Roth scored his sixth goal of the season off an assist from Alex Fleischhacker, but Holtville equalized with just minutes to play in regulation. Fleischhacker, Dillon DuBois and Lee Klitzner each converted their penalty kicks, but Holtville made all of its PKs and handed Country Day a difficult loss.

Later in the day, the Torreys dropped a 1-0 contest to Francis Parker in the tournament’s third-place game.

Country Day has allowed an average of less than one goal per game in its five contests this season. Goalie Michael Bailey has been assisted in that effort by defenders Lee Klitzner, Danny Rogers, Phillip Poyhonen, Max Ferre and DuBois, coach Jerry Fleischhacker said.

Bishop’s played to a scoreless draw in the Dec. 18 championship game of the Francis Parker tournament against the tournament hosts. It was the Knights’ fourth tie of the short season. They finished the week with a 2-0-4 record for the season.

Girls soccer

La Jolla rolled to a 2-0 victory over Mission Bay on Dec. 17.

Girls water polo

La Jolla swam to an 18-6 victory over Great Oak of Temecula on Dec. 18, paced by a six-goal performance from Kate Woods, which Coach Dante Laghetto described as “a terrific game, if not one of her best performances ever.

Tori Loomis scored four times for the Vikings, Bridgette Souza had three, and Christina Kirby and Victoria Frager each added two. Greta Gettlefinger chipped in with one goal.

“Seniors Kelsey Ryan, Bridgett Souza and Kate Woods stepped up their game this past week at a time when we most needed it against Coronado, Poway and Great Oaks. Kelsey Ryan kept us in the game against Coronado the entire game, with 18 saves,” Laghetto said.

He also praised Souza for coming off the bench, “as always fighting and bringing the fire back in the game.”

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