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Girls’ Tennis and Boys’ Cross Country Team Champions Celebrated

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As parents, students, faculty and staff entered Pasternack Field House on Monday afternoon, they were greeted by Queen’s “We Will Rock You.” A great way to start the New Year and an even better way to end the first day back at St. Margaret’s after the Christmas break: honoring our girls’ tennis team for winning three CIF Championships in a row and our CIF and State Champion boys’ cross country team.

Among St. Margaret’s champions, grand slam tennis champion Roy Emerson, the Mayor of San Juan Capistrano Sam Allevato and Tartan Class of 1998 alum and cross country and track stand out Ryan Downey were also in attendance to impart some words of wisdom.

The fall sports season at St. Margaret’s has been extremely successful. In addition to our all-star girls’ tennis and boys’ cross-country teams, the Middle School girls’ volleyball team has won back-to-back Parochial Athletic League Championships with an amazing 32-0 record over the past two years. Our Upper School girls’ volleyball team did equally as well, winning a Division 4 CIF Championship.

St. Margaret’s boys’ cross country team has accomplished what no other cross country team at St. Margaret’s has ever done. They finished a perfect season without losing a single race and won the four biggest races of the year: the Orange County Championships, Mt. SAC Invitational, CIF Finals and State Championships. They started training in early summer and have been pounding the pavement ever since. In mid-October, they competed in the prestigious Orange County Championships and pulled together to win the Division 3 title for the first time in St. Margaret’s history. They continued on to sweep through the league undefeated and win the Academy League for a second year in a row.

In late November, the team qualified for CIF Finals and crushed the competition beating the second place finishers by 34 points to capture the crown. Later that month, on a rainy, cold day in Fresno, the team competed flawlessly at the State Finals. They had three runners finish in the top 10 of the entire race which is made up of more than 140 boys representing schools from San Diego to Del Norte. Junior Paul Brennaman finished eighth overall, sophomore Brandon Price finished seventh overall and junior Billy Gaudreau finished as the state champion. This team is the fastest this school has ever seen.

Billy is the fastest three mile runner in St. Margaret’s history. He was the Academy League Champion, the league’s most valuable player and the first runner from St. Margaret’s to ever win the prestigious Orange County Championships race. He finished second at the Mt. SAC Invitational with the fastest race time in our school’s history and also won the Division 5 CIF Championships. To top it off, on Christmas morning, Billy was named to The Orange County Register’s all-county team which consists of eight boys, representing all divisions in the county.

St. Margaret’s girls’ tennis team has not lost a match since November of 2007; a 72 match win streak. This year, they defeated Tesoro, Marina and JSerra high schools, to name a few. They won the Sage Hill Tournament and swept through league for their third consecutive Academy League title.

The team was seeded fourth in Division 3. After working hard to get to the semi-finals the girls met number two seed Valencia at Valencia High School and defeated them 11-7.

For the second time in the past three years, the girls’ tennis team faced league rival Sage Hill in the finals. After defeating Sage Hill three times in the regular season, the team came to fight in the CIF Championship match. After two and a half rounds, Sage Hill led 9-6 and only needed to win one more set to take the crown. But singles players Molly Brooks, Zoe Odekerk and Tiffany Cheng had a different plan. The three swept their singles matches putting the set scores to nine all. At the end, it came down to games played and the Tartans won, earning their third straight title.

“This team has fought through CIF match after match competing in Division 3. Their last two titles had been in Division 4,” said Susie Maga, director of athletics. “They did this as a team, relying on all players to compete at their best each and every match.”

Mayor of San Juan Capistrano Sam Allevato congratulated both teams for their incredible accomplishments and invited them to be recognized at the San Juan Capistrano City Council meeting on Tuesday, February 1. Show your Tartan pride, wear your crimson and blue, and support these great teams by attending the city council meeting, 6:30 p.m. at the City Council Chamber, 32400 Paseo Adelanto, San Juan Capistrano.

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