Week in Sports: May 24, 2007



La Jolla High School secured the Western League co-championship with a pair of wins to complete the regular season last week. The Vikings beat Point Loma, 11-7, on May 15. Peter Sefton drove in four runs, and Billy Bright had three RBIs and pitched six innings in which he allowed just two earned runs.

They toppled Point Loma again, 6-5, on May 17. Jack Peterson went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, and Robert Sprong scored two runs.

La Jolla was 21-8 (8-4 in the Western League) and was seeded fourth in the CIF-San Diego Section Division II playoffs. The Vikings were scheduled to host University City or Central Union in a first-round game May 23.

La Jolla Country Day concluded its Coastal League South season with a 6-2 win over Horizon Christian on May 15. Zach Kusnir hit a solo home run, and Mick McKenna drove in a pair of runs. The Torreys finished the regular season with a 15-13 overall record and were second in their league with a 5-3 mark. They were seeded fifth in the CIF-SDS Division III playoffs and were scheduled to host Calvary Christian in the first round on May 22.

The Bishop’s School fell to Francis Parker, 5-2, on May 15. The Knights beat Canyon Crest Academy, 5-1, on May 17, finishing the regular season with a 9-15 record and a 3-5 mark in the Coastal League South.


La Jolla Country Day fell to Mountain Empire, 3-2, on May 14. The Torreys surrendered three unearned runs in the first inning before pitcher Brittany Dawson shut down her opponents for the next six frames. Samantha Berenter tripled and drove in a run, and Dominque Conners knocked one in with a squeeze bunt. The Torreys fell to Horizon Christian, 14-1, on May 16, committing a whopping 12 errors. They fell to the San Diego Jewish Academy, 6-5, in the first round of the CIF-SDS Division IV playoffs on May 18.

The Bishop’s School secured an 18-8 win over Canyon Crest Academy on May 14. The Knights concluded their regular season with an 11-0 loss to Francis Parker on May 16.

In the first round of the CIF-SDS Division IV playoffs, Bishop’s fell to second-seeded El Cajon Christian, 3-2, on May 19. Natalie Carmada pitched six innings in which she struck out 11 batters and allowed just two hits.

Players named to the All-Coastal League South team included Berenter from Country Day and Carmada from Bishop’s. Country Day’s Dawson as well as Michelle Brunker and Brittany Allen from The Bishop’s School were named to the second team.

Track and field

La Jolla High School’s girls team had 12 qualifying marks at the CIF-SDS Prelims on May 19. Athletes moving on to the May 26 Finals include Nihal Kayalai and Courtney Avampato in the 1,600 meters, Tess Plant-Thomas in the 800, Ashley Fu in the long jump, Allyn Meyer in the triple jump, Meaghan Forrey and Gina Schumacher in the 100 hurdles, and Dana Hoolko, Lauren Christensen, Melia Plotkin, Allie Evans in the discus and Rosie Jaye in the pole vault. The 4x400 relay team consisted of Kayali, Avampato, Christie Richmond and Plant-Thomas.

La Jolla Country Day had seven qualifiers. On the boys side, Taylor Sakaria qualified in the pole vault, Alex Maire in the long jump and triple jump, Andy Altman in the discus. For the girls, Courtney Rockwood qualified in the long jump, Tricia Decker in the pole vault and Lauren Pischel in the 3,200.

Boys volleyball

La Jolla High School beat Ramona in the quarterfinals of the CIF-SDS playoffs on May 16, 25-23, 25-17, 25-18. Dan Jones had 11 kills, and Andrew Heap added 23 assists. The Vikings beat Valhalla, 25-12, 25-18, 25-14, in the semifinals on May 18. Jones led with 11 kills, and Heap added 27 assists. La Jolla was scheduled to face Canyon Crest Academy in the finals on May 22.

The Bishop’s School toppled Madison, 25-14, 25-11, 25-16, on May 15 in the first round of the CIF-SDS Division IV playoffs. Chandler Frost led the way with 21 assists and five aces, Wheeler Hadden had seven kills and six aces, and Sam Gold registered six digs and two aces.

The Knights fell to top-seeded San Marcos, 30-28, 25-16, 25-11 in the quarterfinals. Hadden led the team with eight kills, and David Stotlemyre and Corey Malkiewicz each had six. Marshall Anderson had four kills without a hitting error. Bishop’s finished with a 15-9 record.


La Jolla High School’s girls team earned its first section championship in school history, winning the CIF-SDS Division II Finals on May 19. The Vikings scored 216 points to second-place Mt. Carmel’s 200. Gloria Benefield won the 100-yard butterfly and the 200 freestyle.