CARPINTERIA HIGH SCHOOL

Boys basketball

December 12 - The Carpinteria High School boys basketball team competed in the Fillmore Tournament, registering a first round win over Foothill Tech, 69-59. Mateo Handall led all scorers with 19 points, five rebounds and three assists. Jose Suarez had 16 points and Dylan O’Neill contributed 13 points, 11 rebounds and three assists. Ian Reed knocked down 10 points and dished out eight assists. 

December 13 - The Carpinteria High School boys basketball team dropped a 58-44 decision to Cate in a second round matchup at the Fillmore Tournament. Carpinteria was led by Mateo Handall’s 17 points and Jose Suarez pitched in eight. 

December 14 - The Carpinteria High School boys basketball team played Santa Ynez in a third round game at the Fillmore Tournament, falling by a score of 52-47. Carpinteria’s leading scorer was Dylan O’Neill with 14 points and Jose Suarez had nine. Mateo Handall pitched in eight points.  

Girls soccer 

December 12 - The Carpinteria High School girls soccer team fell to Division Three and third-ranked Oxnard, 3-1. “We scored first on an Aly Springer free kick from about 20 yards out, but at a poor angle,” said Warriors coach Charles Bryant. “I thought our keeper, Ariana Lounsbury, and outside defender, Aly Springer, had exceptional games for us today, but also Riley Wrought and Monse Alpizar were very tough on defense.” It was a one goal difference until about 15 minutes left when Oxnard tallied the final goal. Carpinteria is now 2-5 overall.

Girls basketball

December 12 - The Carpinteria High School girls basketball team squared off against the Cate Rams, falling by a score of 61-21. “The Warriors struggled to hit their shots and their first points came from a pair of free throws hit by junior Jasmine Gilbert,” said Carpinteria coach Benti De La Cruz. “However, near the end of the third and throughout the fourth, junior Hannia Hernandez of the Warriors caught fire and hit four shots from behind the arc.” The leading scorer for the Warriors was Hernandez with 15. Carpinteria’s overall record is now 3-4.  

Boys soccer

December 13 - The Carpinteria High School boys soccer team played their first game vs Buena in five years and fell to the Bulldogs by a score of 1-0. “Notable players tonight were Adrian González at the keeper position with six saves, stopper and captain Enrique Gutierrez, twins Caesar and Vincent Rinaldi at right mid and right back,” said Warriors coach Leo Quintero. “It was one that came down to the wire on the final preseason match of 2019.” Deadlocked at 0-0 the Bulldogs found the back of the net in the 78th minute for the win. The Warriors are now 0-6 overall. The Warriors next match is a Citrus Coast League confrontation on Jan. 8 at home versus Santa Paula.

Girls water polo 

December 12 - The Carpinteria High School girls water polo team visited Santa Ynez for a non-league game against the Pirates, capturing an 11-10 win. “Sophomore Briana Rodriguez had a phenomenal game in set, threatening to score any time that the ball came in, and doing so for three crucial goals,” said Warriors coach Sergio Castaneda. Junior Cassidy Hadjucko also had three goals to her name, including the game winner. “The Warriors, despite being down two of their starting players, were down in the fourth nine to 10 before making a couple of strong offensive plays that won them the game 11 to 10.” Carpinteria is now 3-2 overall and 1-0 in the Citrus Coast League. 

CATE SCHOOL 

Squash

December 7-8 -The Cate School squash team hosted a tournament at the Santa Barbara Athletic Club with 35 entrants across a variety of age groups. Winning the girls under 17 division was Athena Ke who marched her way to the finals which she then won, 3-1. Ryan Suh beat Morgan Lui in the finals of the boys under 17.  

December 15 - The Cate School squash team traveled to Aliso Viejo to play league matches in the SoCal High School League. The A team led by Ryan Su, Morgan Lui and Athena Ke competed in two matches. They won their first 5-0 and lost their second to the top team, 4-1. Lui’s first game of his 3-2 win was 22-20, where games are first to 11 but you have to win by two.  

Boys basketball 

December 12 - The Cate School boys basketball team opened the first round of the Fillmore Winter Basketball Tournament with a win over defending CIF champions Santa Clara. Junior Nkemka Chukwumerije grabbed 13 rebounds. “The game was neck and neck all the way through the last buzzer,” said Rams coach Andy Gil. Cate shot seven of 14 from the free throw line. “I’m excited about this group, they get along great and play hard and when we clean up a couple turnovers we are going to be a hard team to beat.” 

December 13 - The Cate School boys basketball team outscored Carpinteria 20 to eight in the second quarter to win their semifinal game against Carpinteria, 58-44, advancing to the championship of the Fillmore Tournament against Trinity Classical Academy. “A balanced day for the Rams led by Ethan Ng and Nkemka Chukwumerije. Mateo Handall was incredible for the Warriors who led all scorers with 17,” said Rams coach Andy Gil. “I like the way we are coming along defensively, we have a lot of offensive talent but I keep telling our guys, defense will take us far.”  

December 14 - The Cate School boys basketball team (7-2) won the Fillmore Winter Tournament beating Trinity Classical Academy in the championship game, 52-45. Cate led at the half 21-19 and trailed 37-31 after three quarters. Cate got six straight stops to start the fourth and scored on five straight possessions to regain the lead and claim the victory. Senior Khadim Pouye was named tournament MVP and junior Nkemka Chukwumerije was an All-tournament selection for Cate School. “Nkemka Chukwumerije, Ethan Ng, Parker May, Thomas Nettesheim and Mason Oetgen were great all tournament for us,” said Rams coach Andy Gil. “Khadim was incredible in the fourth, able to go inside and outside.” 

Boys soccer

December 12 - The Cate School boys soccer team moved to 2-0 on the season by knocking off San Marcos, 2-1, in Santa Barbara. Cate opened the scoring in the 15th minute when Buba Fofanah played a long ball on to Daniel Boateng who went between two Royal defenders, getting off a shot inside the near post from about 18 yards out. “This was a really good win for us, San Marcos is a well-coached Division-two program with a lot of talent, but we were able to stick with our game plan for the most part and seal off the middle of the field defensively, forcing lots of long balls up the sides that our back line of Lukas Hendriks, Harry Corman, Kobby Nimako and Owen Conde-Raggett was able to consistently turn away,” said Rams coach Pete Mack. “In the middle, Parker Bowlin, Will Anderson and Jae Lim did an outstanding job of limiting the San Marcos shot count from the top of the box.”

December 14 - The Cate School boys soccer team pushed their record to 3-0 by knocking off the St. Bonaventure squad, 3-0. After several shots, Buba Fofanah opened the scoring in the 19th minute when he nodded in a Daniel Boateng free kick. Fourteen minutes later, Fofanah returned the favor, playing a ball in the middle to Boateng who tucked it away. The Rams held a 2-0 lead at the half but added to it just three minutes into the second frame when Boateng drew a penalty in the box that Harry Corman converted. “Parker Bowlin was outstanding in the middle of the field on both sides of the ball, and keeper Devin Pai managed his box expertly,” said Rams coach Pete Mack. 

Girls basketball

December 12 - The Cate School girls basketball team beat Carpinteria, 61-21. “Led by seniors Maya Blattberg, Piper Brooks and Jess Yang, the Rams capitalized on their opponents’ turnovers to quickly establish a 10-0 lead in the early minutes of the first quarter,” said Rams coach Laura Moore. The Rams led at halftime by a score of 27-7. “The Warriors responded with impressive outside shooting from Hannia Hernandez, who made four threes in the second half.” Blattberg finished with 15 points and Baher had 10 second half points for a total of 24 points. Blattberg and Brittain grabbed 20 rebounds between the two of them. 

December 14 - The Cate School girls basketball team played Saturday night against rival Thacher in Ojai, walking away with a 59-26 win. “Junior Deborah Brittain was a force in the backline of the Ram’s unrelenting half-court trap with four deflections and two steals in the opening minutes alone,” said Rams coach Laura Moore. “Similarly, sophomore Meena Baher and seniors Piper Brooks and Jess Yang played incredibly tough and scrappy defensive on the frontline of the press.” Maya Blattberg finished with 16 points and seven rebounds, Lily Zanze had 12 points, 15 rebounds and three steals, andBaher had 10 points and eight steals. Brittain registered nine points and six rebounds, while Brooks had five points and three assists and Imani Oseso had four points and six rebounds. Yang had two points, three steals and two assists. Natasha Weiss had one point and five rebounds. 

December 17 - The Cate School girls basketball team battled against Dos Pueblos, walking off the court with a 52-47 victory. At halftime, the Rams led 15-14. “Following the break at halftime, the Chargers quickly took control with a three-pointer and a solid turnaround jumper from Mikayla Butzke, who led all DP players with 18 points,” said Cate coach Laura Moore. “The Rams responded with valiant efforts from junior Deborah Brittain, senior Piper Brooks, junior Lily Zanze, and (sophomore Meena) Baher.” Going into the fourth quarter, the Chargers led 32-30. The score was tied 41-41 at the end of regulation and in their first overtime of the season, the Rams outscored the Chargers 11-6 with shots from Brooks and Baher.

 Girls soccer

December 12 - The Cate School girls soccer team played Laguna Blanca, beating the Toads by a score of 3-0. The Rams had two goals from Rachel Ma at the 10- and 42-minute marks and one from Tali Nam in the 23rd minute. Grace Blankenhorn distributed assists on the first two goals and Taylor Kane picked up the assist on the final goal. Kane recorded one save, as Cate improved their record to 2-1-1. “The best possession sequence probably came when outside back Lea DeVylder played the ball back to goalkeeper Taylor Kane who passed it wide to defender Olivia Dorion,” said Rams coach Taylor Wyatt. “The team was then able to work through the center where midfielder Neema Mugofwa crossed it back over to the right side for midfielder Grace Blankenhorn to lead an attack.” 

December 14 - The Cate School girls soccer team beat Dunn in Los Olivos by a score of 1-0. The Rams got a goal from Charlotte Weis in the 77th minute as Grace Blankenhorn picked up an assist to improve Cate’s record to 3-1-1 on the year. “That goal was a long time coming and the relief was palpable,” said Rams coach Taylor Wyatt whose team scored the goal with three minutes left in the game. “Dunn played a disciplined off-side trap and our defense pushed high as well, meaning the majority of the game was played between Dunn’s 18 and the midline.” 

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