Women's Water Polo:
Women’s JV Water Polo took 2nd place in the McClatchy tournament this Saturday. The team opened the tournament with a 9-5 win over El Camino. Angelina Rivera ‘25 led the team with 4 goals and an assist and goalie Kayden Carrozzo ’25 had 9 saves on 15 shots in addition to notching 3 assists. Coach Brandenburger also received a text from a father of one of the El Camino players that Carrozzo played like a collegiate level goalie and was definitely the MVP. The next game was against McClatchy which we won 8-4. CB jumped out to an early 4-1 lead in the first half with Rivera getting 2 goals, Lana Lukins ’26 scoring 1 and Marne Herda ’25 scoring her first of two. This lead allowed Carrozzo to play in the field scoring two goals in the second half along with Herda’s second and Maya Torres ’26 notching her first. The team also had 7 assists with Rivera and Taylor Thrower ’24 each contributing 2 and Torres, Alex Taylor ’27, and Flannery Carpenter ’27 providing 1 a piece. The final game was against a very good Granite Bay team. The game was tied 4-4 halfway through the second quarter thanks to 2 goals each from Lukins and Anna Potter ’25 but Carrozzo got rolled (water polo lingo for getting 3 personal fouls and thus the player can not play for the remainder of the game). Kai VonSchoech took over as goalie but the Granite Bay attack proved too strong and the team lost 15-5. Katie Rodriguez ’26 did score her first goal of the season and Taylor earned a 5 meter penalty shot. The 2nd place finish was ahead of both Rio and St. Francis.
The JV Water Polo Team has a busy week ahead with a home game at Sac City College on Monday at 4:00pm, an away game at Oakridge on Wednesday at 6:45pm and the Granite Bay tournament on Friday and Saturday with the first game on Friday a rematch against Granite Bay at 12:15.
The varsity team didn’t have any games last week but worked hard in practice thanks to great leadership from captains Logan Tiska ’23, Carolyn Kauss, ’23, and Linnea Fulton, ’24. It was good preparation for what also will be a busy week with a home game vs. McClatchy at Sac City College on Monday at 5:00pm, an away game at Oakridge on Wednesday at 5:45pm and the Sierra Shootout tournament on Friday and Saturday with the first game on Friday at 8:00am at Whitney High School against Encinal and the second game at 3:20 at Woodcreek or Del Oro High School against Ponderosa or Northgate, location and team depending on the morning results.
Though we were scheduled for San Francisco this weekend, fate and the Holy Bowl dictated we stay closer to home. Running in Folsom at Willow Hills, CB again showed themselves to be worthy of their reputation as one of the premier small school programs in the region.
Beginning with the varsity races, Elise Henderson earned CB’s top spot for the second week in a row. Her 11th place finish helped the Falcons to an overall 4the place finish amongst the larger schools. In the men’s varsity race, Sam Nealon led all CB runners again, but was followed closely by Tyler Simi who finished a mere eleven seconds behind Sam.
In the Frosh/ Soph races, 9th grader Paige Rupert continued to show dominance winning her race by over a minute! With Paige’s first place finish, CB was able to finish second overall as a team. In the Frosh/Soph Men’s race, 10th grader Marc Valdez, led all Falcon runners, including 9th graders Jonah Hrabe, and Finn Rigby, to finish 5th place overall.
In the JV Races, comprised of Juniors and Seniors not running varsity, Senior Robin Sunada narrowed a huge gap in her race to narrowly miss a first place finish. Her second place finish was a mere six tenths behind the winner. Senior Clair Carolla, battled loose laces to finish fourth in the race. The team of five, including Ellie Cook, Bella Solis, and Bridget Fitzpatrick combined to finish second overall in their race. On the men’s side, Andrew Thomson led all Falcons deapite spending two weeks on injured reserve. Lucas Carillo, Will Pletcher, Brady Carson, and Dom Fontana lent their support helping CB to a 6th place finish in the twelve-team field.
Again, it was another successful race week for the Falcons despite having to cancel several practices last week due to excessive heat. Way to fly Falcons!
Next up: Woodbridge Invitational, Irvine, CA for Varsity (9/15) and Frogtown Invitational for the rest of the team (9/17).