La Jolla’s three football teams notch wins

By Phil Dailey

Staff Writer

As the Bishop’s Knights (8-0, 2-0) cruised to yet another win last weekend, this time a 41-6 rout of Riverside Christian, both Country Day and La Jolla High also turned in victories on Friday.

The Torreys topped Holtville, 49-14, while the Vikings tallied their second win of the season with a 28-21 win over Serra High.



Up next for the Knights is Horizon (5-2, 2-0) on Saturday at Del Notre High School.

Water polo

After losing to La Jolla last week, the Knights quickly rebounded at the San Diego Open Varsity Water Polo Tournament, sweeping the field to capture their second straight title. The tournament consisted of 38 teams, many of which came from out of state to compete. The Knights started the tournament with wins over Westview and Mercer Island, Wash., on Thursday followed by a 17-7 win against Bellevue, Wash., on Friday. On Saturday, the team topped Santa Fe Christian, Granite Hills and Santana to win the tournament.

The Knights’ Matt Michalko and Drew Hoffenberg were both selected to the all-tournament team.

JV water polo

The junior varsity won the San Diego Open Junior Varsity Tournament.


The Knights (13-10, 3-3) went 1-1 last week losing to Country Day, 3-0, but then turned around and topped Tri-City Christian 3-2. Up next are Santa Fe Christian and Francis Parker to end the regular season.



With their 49-14 win over Holtville, the Torreys are 6-2 overall, 5-0 in league. Despite the final score, the game was tied at 14 before the Torreys took over and dominated with 35 unanswered points.

Quarterback Ruben Pena, who passed for 141 yards and three touchdowns, led the team. He also rushed for 89 yards on nine carries. Sage Burmeister had four catches for 83 yards — two of which were TDs — in the homecoming rout.

The Torreys take on Tri-City Christian this week. The Eagles, like the Torreys, are undefeated in Pacific League play.

JV football

The Torreys dominated Holtville for a 33-0 win.


The Torreys continue to tear it up on the court as they won two more league contests last week. The first came against Bishop’s, 3-0, and the second, a 3-0 win against Francis Parker. In the two wins, Chloe Mathis led the team with a combined 61 assists while Mollie Rogers combined for 19 kills.

The Torreys finish league play this week against Tri-City Christian and Santa Fe Christian.

Cross country


The boys won the second and final Coastal League cluster last week as they topped Bishop’s, Parker and Santa Fe Christian. Lee Klitzner led the Torreys, finishing second with a time of 16 minutes, 35 seconds. Noah Wolfenzon was third with a time of 16:50.


The girls team took third in the Coastal Cluster and were paced by Sam Staszak, who ran the 3.1-mile course in 22:18.


The junior varsity team beat Bishop’s in the Coastal Cluster led by Ariel Smotrich who had the top time of 19:09.



The Vikings (2-6, 2-1 Western League) win over Serra High last week was the team’s second straight. The Vikings trailed 21-7 at halftime, but used their ground game to pound out 21 unanswered points to top the Conquistadors, 28-21, spoiling the homecoming at Serra High.

On the game, James Stanely led the way for La Jolla with 152 yards rushing while teammate Cory Wagner added 148. Eacch added a touchdown in the win as well.

Up next for La Jolla is another road game as they take on Mission Bay.


The Vikings (10-13, 5-4) dropped both of their matches last week, the first a 3-2 loss at University City and the second, a 2-0 loss to Centennial (Bakersfield). This week the team plays Cathedral Catholic and Grossmont.

Girls golf

The Vikings ended their season last week at the City Conference Tournament, a field that consisted of 63 San Diego County teams. Leading the charge for the Vikings was Julliette Garey, a junior, who shot a 74, which was good to finish the tournament tied for third place. Freshmen Marissa Liang and Manci Rasmussen both carded an 86 and finished tied for 13



It was turnaround season for the Vikings, as they finished the season with a 13-3 match record.

“The girls finally had a winning season and found out that the harder they worked, the more it pays off,” said Bob Townsend, the team’s first-year head coach.

Townsend expects a big season next year as the team only loses two seniors.

Field hockey

The Vikings beat Cathedral Catholic last week, 4-0 in the team’s only game. Rachel Hamilton led the way with two goals, while Anna Akiyama and Ananbel Linney each added a goal. The win improved the Vikings record to 10-6.

The team takes on Bishop’s and Madison this week.