Boys soccer

   December 4 - The Carpinteria High School boys soccer team traveled to Ventura, dropping a 2-0 decision to the Cougars. A goal against themselves and a deflection proved to be the difference in the game and accounted for the only two scores. The match was originally scheduled to be played at Valley Memorial Stadium but was moved to the more weather-friendly synthetic turf down south. 

“We will continue to make strides in what is left of our preseason and prepare for league play at the beginning of 2020,” said Warriors coach Leo Quintero. “In our quest to perfect our game today, we took a leap forward gaining valuable experience for most of our young men at the varsity level.” Carpinteria falls to 0-4 and returns home to play Golden Valley of Bakersfield.    

   December 6 - The Carpinteria High School boys soccer team hosted Golden Valley of Bakersfield in the first ever meeting between the schools, falling to the visitors by a score of 3-0. 

“We embrace and welcome opponents from any part of California,” said Warriors coach Leo Quintero. “In the hunt for our first win of the season, we’ll have to wait as we are still experiencing growing pains.” Carpinteria has a makeup game against crosstown rival Cate still to be scheduled, and hosts Buena on Friday (Dec. 13). 

Boys basketball

   December 4 - The Carpinteria High School boys basketball team hosted rival Bishop Diego and came away with a 59-57 overtime win. Jose “Swat” Suarez tipped in the game winner at the buzzer and finished with eight points and six rebounds. Gabe Medel led all Warrior scorers with 16 points and eight rebounds. Dylan O’Neill tallied 13 points and six rebounds, while Ian Reed registered 12 points, six rebounds to go along with six assists. Mateo Handall also had eight points and 10 rebounds. Matt Cunningham was the game’s leading scorer with 18 for the Cardinals. 

   December 10 - The Carpinteria High School boys basketball team lost to Foothill Tech, 64-43. Gabe Medel and Dylan O’Neill each scored 12 points with O’Neill grabbing seven rebounds. Bodhi McDonald was the game’s high scorer with 18 points, followed by Brian Holloway with 13 for the Dragons. 

Girls water polo

   December 5 - The Carpinteria High School girls water polo team hosted Fillmore for their first Citrus Coast League match of the season, swimming away with a 15-6 victory. “The Warriors played hard and maintained a lead over the Flashes through the quarters,” explained Warriors coach Sergio Castaneda. The Warriors next opponents will be Newbury Park and Santa Ynez. Carpinteria is now 2-1 overall and 1-0 in league. 

   December 10 - The Carpinteria High School girls water polo team hosted the Newbury Park Panthers, dropping a 15-9 decision. Senior Sadie Mead scored a goal in the first minute off a foul outside the five-meter mark. 

“With the Panthers being a couple divisions up on the Warriors, they knew it would be a tough game,” said Carpinteria coach Sergio Castaneda. “Junior Cassidy Hajducko had a great performance with three goals to her name, and great movement that allowed her to find crucial openings.” Carpinteria overall is now 2-2, and 1-0 in the Citrus Coast League. 

Girls soccer

   December 10 - The Carpinteria High School girls soccer team dropped a non-league game to Thacher, 3-2. “We scored in the first five minutes with Cydney Smolnikar slotting a well-placed ball past their tall keeper,” said coach Charles Bryant. Towards the end of the first half, the Toads put a ball behind the Warriors outside back that found the back of the net to tie the match. Carpinteria ended up scoring and taking the lead again on an Erika Estrada corner kick. Carpinteria is now 2-4 overall, and will take on Oxnard, Lompoc and Beverly Hills twice in the next four games.  


Boys basketball

   December 4 - The Cate School boys basketball team traveled to Ojai to play in the Nordhoff Tournament, facing Rio Mesa who they outscored 47-41 in a first-round victory. The Rams were led by seniors Khadim Pouye and Ethan Ng with 16 and 17 points, respectively. 

Nkemka Chukwumerije and Mason Oetgen led the defense with Nkemka pulling down 15 rebounds and Mason being all over the court altering shots,” said Cate coach Andy Gil.  

   December 5 - The Cate School boys basketball team took home a day-two win at the 77th annual Nordhoff Basketball Tournament over Malibu by a score of 52-30. “After a slow start with neither team scoring in the first two minutes, junior Tyler Tom came off the bench to spark a 10-0 run by getting back-to-back steals and assists and a big rebound for an outlet,” said Rams coach Andy Gil. “The Rams were led by senior Ethan Ng with 14 points and a balanced day for Thomas Nettesheim as our floor leader.” 

   December 6 - The Cate School boys basketball team dropped a game to Buena, 52-41, in the last game of pool play at the 77th annual Nordhoff Tournament. “The Rams were all tied up at 26 at the half after a huge first half from Ethan Ng and Parker May,” said Rams coach Andy Gil. Buena’s six-foot, six-inch Luke Edwards was shut down by Thomas Nettesheim in the first half in the first-ever meeting between the two schools in basketball. May led all Cate scorers with 13 points and Austin Schleicher led Buena with 18. “We competed as well as we ever have in my five years at Cate School, and couldn’t be prouder,” said Gil. 

   December 7 - The Cate School boys basketball team beat Pacifica 54-39 in their final game at the Nordhoff tournament. The Rams took third place and Ethan Ng took home All-Nordhoff Tournament honors. “Incredible deflections and hustle by the entire team that was contagious and led to a fun atmosphere for the Rams,” said coach Andy Gil of the team’s performance.


Girls tennis

   December 5 - Cate School girls tennis double partners Carol Cai and Grace Fuss faced a familiar foe in Samantha Noh/Essence Wang of Westlake in the CIF Sectionals, dropping a 6-3, 6-2. “Both teams held serve through the first four games, but Noh and Wang gained a vital edge in the fifth game and momentum began to shift in their favor,” explained Rams coach Trevor Thorpe. “This is the end of high school tennis for Grace Fuss and Carol Cai, but both are receiving attention from a number of NCAA programs and are likely to continue at the collegiate level next fall.” Both were a part of a Cate team that went 47-3 during their tennis careers. 

Girls basketball   

   December 5 - The Cate School girls basketball team was back in action against Foothill Tech at home, falling to the Dragons by a score of 38-30. Meena Baher had 11 points and four steals, while Lily Zanze had eight points and 10 rebounds. Maya Blattberg had seven points and five rebounds and Deborah Brittain scored two points and pulled down six rebounds. “Baher, Piper Brooks and Maya Fenelon led the tough defensive charge in the frontline holding the Dragons to only five points in the (fourth) quarter,” said Rams coach Laura Moore. Cate returns to action against Carpinteria, Thursday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.

Girls soccer

   December 6 - The Cate School girls soccer team traveled to Ojai to take on Thacher, shutting out the Toads on a rainy afternoon, 4-0. The Rams got goals from Tali Nam in the 47th minute, Lilly Riehl in the 48th and 65th minutes and Rachel Ma in the 79th minute. Assists came from Emie Nam, Ma, Neema Mugofwa and Riehl. Goalkeeper Taylor Kane had seven saves. “In the second half, we were able to get much better control of the ball with a renewed effort to manage our first touch,” said Cate coach Taylor Wyatt. “Outside defenders Olivia Dorion, Lea De Vylder, Tamsyn Taptich and Julianna Forry found that sweet spot on the field where they could do their essential jobs, but also aid in counterattacks, stepping forward to control play in the dangerous space between defense and midfield.” Cate evened their record at 1-1-1.  

Boys soccer 

   December 7 - The Cate School boys soccer team opened their season against Thacher at a neutral site, St. Bonaventure, because Cate’s fields weren’t playable, and the Rams walked away with a 3-1 win. “It was Thacher who scored first midway through the first half, taking advantage of some Cate confusion on a free kick to collect a deflected ball and slot it past a diving Devin Pai in net,” said Cate coach Pete Mack. Five minutes into the second half, center back Harry Corman stepped up into the midfield and slotted a pass to Buba Fofanah up top, whose shot found the back of the net. Twenty minutes later, Corman found Fofanah again, who slotted the ball back across the goal mouth to Daniel Boateng who had made a run for the score. Then, center back Kobby Nimako found Fofanah with a through ball that he shot past the Thacher keeper for his second and the game’s final goal. “While Fofanah and Boateng kept Thacher’s defense busy, the play of Cate’s back line, especially outside backs Andrew Mabon and Lukas Hendriks, did a superb job of giving Thacher’s forwards little time on the ball, which translated into offensive opportunities for us,” explained Mack whose team starts the season at 1-0.  

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