Girls water polo
February 13 - The Carpinteria High School girls water polo team hosted Rowland of Rowland Heights for their second-round CIF match, swimming away with a 9-7 win. “The Warriors pulled ahead early with a 3-1 lead at the end of the first quarter, and Kate Gay blocking a five-meter penalty had the team in high spirits,” said Warriors coach Sergio Castaneda. “Athletes of the game include Alex Zapata, with four goals and speed that had Rowland shaking.” Freshman Ainslee Alexander also had two goals. Gay in the cage this game, had 13 regular blocks and two five-meter penalty blocks.
February 15 - The Carpinteria High School girls water polo team traveled to play Mark Keppel of Alhambra in a CIF-SS Quarter Final match, dropping a close decision, 9-8. Top scorers for the game include Briana Rodriguez with three goals from the center position and Alex Rodriguez and Sadie Mead with two goals each from the perimeter. The Warriors for the second season in a row made a deep run in the playoffs. “The 2019-2020 lady Warriors run had unfortunately ended, but the girls return next year down only two members, seniors Sadie Mead and Lexi Persoon, who were crucial to the team’s success, but hopefully inspired other members to fill their roles,” said coach Castaneda. Carpinteria finishes 16-6 overall and tied for the Citrus Coast League crown with Santa Paula with a 7-1 record.
February 14 - The Carpinteria High School boys basketball team came up short in a CIF-SS Five-AA Round Two playoff game with a 59-48 loss to Vistamar. The Vikings avenged last year’s loss to the Warriors which propelled Carpinteria into the quarterfinals and later the semifinals and CIF State Tournament. Dylan O’Neill led the way with 11 points and 10 rebounds for Carpinteria. Ian Reed had nine points and dished out four assists and Jose Suarez had eight points for the Warriors. Royce Samaiego had 15 and Fanuel Alemayehu also had 15 to lead Vistamar. Also, amongst the scoring leaders was Jaylen Brewer of the Vikings who finished with 14. Carpinteria ended the season 17-9 overall and 9-1 in the Citrus Coast League, earning a share of the title with Nordhoff first-year coach Scott Sorich.
February 15 - The Carpinteria High School girls softball team hosted their first softball invitational tournament. The Warriors had five teams attend: Grace Brethren, Oak Park, Bishop Diego, Orcutt Academy and Viewpoint. Carpinteria’s first game was against Grace Brethren, which they lost, 11-0. Grace Brethren scored on a stolen base by Regan Lee and a single by Destiny Gutierrez in the first inning. Grace Brethren totaled nine hits in the game. Warrior freshman utility player Gracie Verdugo toed the rubber, surrendering 11 runs on nine hits over three innings, striking out three and walking one. The Warriors played their second game against Viewpoint, in which they triumphed, 5-0. Madison Mora didn’t allow a single run against Viewpoint, throwing a complete game shutout. Carpinteria got things moving in the first inning, when Verdugo singled on a 1-2 count, scoring two runs. The Warriors then put up three runs in the second inning. The offensive firepower by Carpinteria was led by Kenna Mayer, Verdugo and Renata Martinez, who each had RBI in the inning. Carpinteria Warriors totaled seven hits. Mayer and Nina Sturdivan all managed multiple hits for Carpinteria.
February 18 - The Carpinteria High School boys tennis team lost their first match of the season to Division-Two Simi Valley, 17-1. “We have a lot of new faces this season from last season, but they did their best and gave all that they had,” said Warriors coach Charles Bryant. “We were led by our two captains and doubles tandem, Ian McCurry and Esteban Zapata, who went 1-2, but really played well in all three of their sets,” added Bryant. Carpinteria is now 0-1 overall. The Warriors face Santa Barbara on Thursday, Feb. 20.
February 11 - The Cate School girls dropped a 2-1 decision to Malibu. The Rams goal came from Lilly Riehl in the 15th minute off an assist from Nemma Mugofwa on a corner kick. Malibu scored in the 50th and 72nd minutes for the win. Saves made by Taylor Kane numbered six for Cate. It was the first Division-Six CIF game for the Rams who last year played in both a lower league and division. “Malibu wasn’t expecting us to be as good as we were and for the first 50 minutes we looked like the better team, though the Sharks had three strong individual players who were plenty threatening” said Rams coach Taylor Wyatt. “The combined efforts of defenders: Tamsyn Taptich, Olivia Dorion, Lea De Vylder and Kim Rogers were able to hold them off.” Tali Nam, Jolea Moes, Mugofwa and Grace Blankenhorn pushed all the way forward in the second half. Kane, at goalkeeper, and Kim Rogers set the defense. The Rams finish with a record of 7-5-2.
February 12 - The Cate School boys soccer team opened up the CIF playoffs with a 3-0 win against visiting Thacher. Cate got on the board early in the match when Buba Fofanah slotted a cross on the ground that Theo Mack tucked away in the fourth minute. The Rams struck again in the 23rd minute when Fofanah set up Jae Lim in much the way he had Mack, the result being the same. Cate topped off the half in the 33rd minute when Harry Corman one-timed a ball from the back line straight to Fofanah up top, who beat the Toad keeper to the far post. “From the opening minute we worked hard to establish the pace of play and not allow Thacher to get comfortable,” said Rams coach Pete Mack.
February 14 - The Cate School boys soccer season ended on Friday evening in Cerritos, as the Rams lost to Valley Christian in the final 15 seconds of play, 2-1. The Rams opened the scoring in the sixth minute when Daniel Boateng converted a penalty kick after Buba Fofanah got fouled in the box. The Rams held that lead until the 60th minute when Valley Christian tucked away a loose ball after Cate keeper Devin Pai made the initial save. Both teams continued to threaten, but it was Valley Christian who made good in the final minute of play when Cate was whistled for an infraction in their defensive end near the corner. Valley Christian nodded home a header off the re-start that skimmed the underside of the crossbar. “Our season ending this way is a bitter pill to swallow,” said coach Mack. “I’m remarkably proud of these guys, they came to play every game and we had an extraordinary season by most measures.” Cate’s final record is 11-1-1.
February 13 - The Cate School girls basketball team beat Costa Mesa, 62-26, in the first round of the CIF-SS playoffs.Guards Lily Zanze and Piper Brooks led Cate in the first quarter with four points each, while the Rams held a 12-10 lead going into the second. “After Deb Brittain and Maya Blattberg made key adjustments to their post defense and our guards focused on applying more on-ball pressure, the Rams dominated the second quarter,” said Cate coach Laura Moore. “Meena Baher led the charge with 14 of her 28 total points in the quarter, while Baher, Brooks, and Maya Fenelon applied assertive traps to Costa Mesa’s guards,” explained Moore, whose team led at halftime, 31-15. The Rams held the Mustangs scoreless in the third to go on to the win.
February 15 - The Cate School girls basketball team beat Capistrano Valley in the second round of the CIF-SS Division 4-A playoffs on the Cougars home floor, 41-38. It was a busy weekend for the Rams as they traveled to UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion the night before the game to watch Sabrina Ionescu lead her Number-three ranked Oregon Ducks team to a victory over Number-seven UCLA. “The Rams began to find their rhythm with two critical buckets from Maya Blattberg and one from Meena Baher,” said coach Moore as Cate took a 6-5 lead to end the first quarter. “Playing in the toughest environment to date, the Rams battled back after falling behind by as many as eight points in the first half.” The Rams came out in the third quarter in a box-and-one defense with Piper Brooks tasked with guarding Leah Manning of Capistrano Valley who ended up scoring 19 for the home team. Neither team asserted dominance after three quarters, as Capistrano held a 28-25 lead going into the final quarter. Cate got balanced scoring from Lily Zanze, Baher, Blattberg and Deb Brittain in the fourth giving the Rams a 37-35 lead with 1:09 remaining. The Rams will play Number-two ranked Marshall (23-3) at Cate in the Quarter Final round.