CIF out of reach for water polo, soccer and basketball teams from La Jolla High and Bishop’s School

La Jolla’s dreams for a CIF trophy seem to have been dashed this year.

Of the five teams representing The Bishop’s School and La Jolla High School that competed in CIF first round, quarter- or semi-finals, none will proceed to the championship level.

The five teams are: The Bishop’s School girls water polo team, coached by Doug Peabody; La Jolla High School boys’ basketball, led by Paul Baranowski; La Jolla High School girls’ basketball team, led by Darice Carnaje; La Jolla High School boys’ soccer, led by Marcos Gonzales; and La Jolla High School girls’ soccer led by Kristin Jones. While all the coaches were contacted for this story, only a few responded to La Jolla Light’s request for comment.

Water polo

The Bishop’s School Knights girls water polo team took on Carlsbad High Feb. 21 at La Jolla High School’s Coggan Pool, and in a come-from-behind second half, Bishop’s School lost 7-5.

At one point during the first half, Carlsbad was down 4-2, but resurged to tie and ultimately take the lead.

Of the game and season, Bishop’s coach Peabody told the Light, “I am very proud of this year’s Bishop’s School girls’ water polo team making it to their 21st consecutive CIF semi-final. This year’s team is very young and gained invaluable experience for their futures in the sport. I am exceptionally proud of our senior captain, Ariana Bockstahler. … Our leading scorers, Sophomore Katie Scott and freshman Sophia Sanders, are in line to lead the way to get us back into the playoffs next year. With only two seniors, we will have two juniors, eight sophomores and three freshman who return for next years’ campaign we are very excited.”

The Lady Knights proceed to the 2018 CIF SoCal girls water polo championships in Santa Ana March 2-3.


La Jolla High School Vikings girls’ basketball team entered the CIF first round with a 13 seed, and challenged home team Otay Ranch Feb. 21, but the Vikings lost 49-30.

Coach Carnaje said she appreciates the steady progress the team has made. “We’ve gotten better and better every year,” she said. “We made it to the playoffs this year, which was great, and we will continue to get better and better.”

Although she says the dedication this season was “a whole team effort,” the seniors will be particularly missed. “I’ve been with this team for three years, and many of the seniors were with me since the beginning,” she said.

The seniors are: Rebecca Saul, Petra Eaton, Genevieve Juarez, Sina Anae, Imani Trinadad-Gallagher, Ellie Krantz and Sophie Bolinger.

Slightly out-seeding their female counterparts, the boys’ basketball team entered the CIF first round with an 11 seed on Feb. 20. But in their battle against Mission Hills, they lost 73-67.


The girls’ soccer team, which was ranked sixth in the county after winning the Western League Championships, lost to Eastlake High School, 3-1, in the CIF quarterfinals Feb. 20.

Coach Jones said: “Though the season came to an abrupt end, the team has so much to be proud of. We were seeded into the Open Division for the first time in program history and they fought until the end in that quarterfinal match. We won’t let this take away from our pride in winning the programs first ever Western League Championship. We finished league 6-1-1 overtaking rivals Cathedral Catholic, Scripps Ranch, Patrick Henry and Point Loma in route to the Championship. The entire team has so much to be proud of, especially Seniors Nikki Collins, Naylea Beltran-Mendoza, Grace Dessert and Max Devitt.”

Rather than compete in the regular bracket system, the boys’ soccer team participated in a “play-in game,” which seeds a team similarly to a Wild Card situation, but lost against Calexico by a score of 2-0