Sports Roundup: May 17, 2007


Week in Sports (May 7-12, 2007)


La Jolla Country Day toppled its city rival in The Bishop’s School, 8-2, on May 8. Kyle Reese went 3-for-5, and Greg Wisenberg turned in a strong performance on the pitcher’s mound, coach John Edman said.

The Torreys fell to Francis Parker, 3-1, on May 9. Zack Kusnir pitched well in the defeat, and Wisenberg and John Kennedy each had two hits. Country Day moved to 14-13 with the split and was in second place in the Coastal League South with a 4-3 record.


La Jolla Country Day picked up an extra-innings win over a city and league rival on May 7, beating The Bishop’s School, 4-3, in nine innings. Arianna Elegado drove in the winning run in the ninth, and Brittany Dawson pitched all nine innings.

The Torreys made it a sweep with a 3-2 victory over Bishop’s on May 9, scoring twice in the seventh inning to secure the win. Chemayne Shipley had the go-ahead hit this time, and Dawson again earned the win. Country Day fell, 13-0, to Francis Parker in a five-inning mercy-rule shortened game on May 12.

Bishop’s fell to Mountain Empire, 6-0, on May 11.

La Jolla High School fell to Point Loma, 2-1, in 12 innings on May 8.

Track and field

La Jolla Country Day’s boys team secured the Coastal Conference championship on May 10, scoring 129 points to second-place Horizon Christian’s 90.5 in the league championship meet. Alex Maire was named male field athlete of the meet, winning the long jump and triple jump. Andy Altman won the discus, and Alex Poyhonen won the 3,200 meters. Taylor Sarkaria won the pole vault with a school-record mark of 12 feet, 6 inches.

The Bishop’s School placed third in the 10-team meet with 73 points.

Country Day’s girls team was second in the conference championship meet, scoring 133 points to 150 for first-place Bishop’s. The Torreys’ Lauren Pischel was named female track athlete of the meet. She won the 3,200 meters. Juleane Johnson had the top mark in the discus, and Tricia Decker won the girls pole vault with a school-record mark of 9-0.

La Jolla High School competed in the Western League Finals on May 10, qualifying 17 athletes in 11 events for the CIF Prelims. Nihal Kayali, Courtney Avampato, Christie Richmond and Tess Plant-Thomas set a school record in winning the 4x400-meter relay in 4 minutes, 6.10 seconds. Plant-Thomas also won the 800 (2:23.19), Avampato placed second in the 1,600 (5:13.36), and Dana Hoolko won the pole vault at 11 feet, 3 inches.


La Jolla High School’s boys and girls teams both finished first at the City Conference Championships on May 11. The Vikings’ boys team had swimmers place in the 200-yard medley relay, the 100 freestyle, the 200 freestyle relay, the 50 freestyle, the 200 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay. The 200 freestyle relay team of Miko Vespremi, Jake Allen, Hunter Gettlefinger and Tyler Woods won with a time of 1:31.29. La Jolla’s girls team placed swimmers in all but one event and set three school records. Gloria Benefield won the 200 freestyle in 1:52.08 and the 100 butterfly in 57.65. Allison Knight set a school record in the 200 individual medley and the 100 backstroke, and was part of the 200 medley relay team that set a school record.

La Jolla Country Day’s girls team turned in some good performances at the City Conference championship meet. Melissa Berkay finished second in the 100 butterfly and fourth in the 500 freestyle, qualifying for this week’s CIF-San Diego Section Division II Finals. Chelsea Burns (fifth in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle), Norae Shakur (10th in the 100 butterfly) and Melanie Kaplan (12th in the 500 freestyle) also advanced. For Country Day’s boys, Henry Clausner finished 11th in the 100 breastroke, and Ryan Frace was 11th in the 100 backstroke, both good enough to qualify for the Finals.

Girls lacrosse

The Bishop’s School suffered an 8-6 loss to Cathedral Catholic on May 9. Nicole Ballon-Landa scored a hat trick in the defeat, while Catherine Collinson and Christie Rodriguez each scored once. Bishop’s secured a key 8-7 overtime victory over Francis Parker on May 12. Emily Reit scored five goals, including the game-winner one minute and 25 seconds into overtime. Riley Sexton had two goals, and Ballon-Landa scored once. Felicity Bradely made four saves in goal.

La Jolla High School beat Serra, 15-1, on May 8.

Boys volleyball

La Jolla High School fell to Scripps Ranch, 25-18, 25-20, 25-19, on May 8.

The Bishop’s School dropped a 25-17, 25-18, 25-15 match to Tri-City Christian on May 8.

Boys tennis

La Jolla Country Day topped Valley Center, 12-6, in the Division III playoffs on May 8.