Our Varsity wrapped up their season losing in the Norcal Finals to Hillsdale.
Although their season has concluded our Lady Falcons has had one of the most successful seasons in CB history. Below are some of this seasons highlights:
-30-7 (first 30 win season in 8 years)
-Won Holy Court (first time since 2016)
-Capital Athletic League Champs (6x in a row) -CIF Sac/Juaquin Section Div 3 Runner Up
- Top 8 in Northern CA Division 1 State
-Top 25 in all Northern CA
-Top 50 Statewide
- Ranked #3 in Nor Cal by 49ers Cal-Hi Sports Report
Thank you to all those who supported us throughout the year.
Women's Water Polo:
The CB Women’s Varsity Water Polo team went 16 and 10 taking 2nd place in the CAL League and making it to the semifinals in the Sac Joaquin Section playoffs. In the section playoffs, the teams first game was against Los Banos. The Lady Falcons jumped on their opponents early with a 7-0 lead after the first quarter and 11-1 lead at half time. Playing time was evenly spread among all the players and all the players made positive contributions on the stat sheet including freshman Amili Aceves with 4 steals, 2 assists and a goal. 21 of the 23 goals were assisted on including 3 assists by Maddy Brennan ’23, 4 assists by Melody Lednicky Lehmen ’22, and 5 assists by Brooke Brandenburger ’22. The leading scorers were Brennan and Carolyn Kauss ’23, each with 3, Eliza Mikacich ’22 with 4 and Brandenburger with 8. With the win, the team advanced to the semi-final against Ripon on a cold Tuesday morning. Once again the Lady Falcon’s started strong with Carolyn Kauss scoring the first goal on a put back shot but Ripon quickly tied up the game on the next play. Ripon scored a couple more and then Karina Elliott ’22, drove home our second goal on a one on one with the goalie. Ripon got one more goal to end the quarter ahead 4-2. The second quarter was hard fought with Brooke Brandenburger drawing a number of exclusions and five meter penalty shots to the point that Ripon’s leading scorer was rolled from the remainder of the game. Liza Mikacich scored from the right post on one of the 6 on 5 opportunities but the team was unable to convert any others and still trailed 5-3 at halftime. The second half started on a positive note with another one of the Ripon players getting their third exclusion but our shots couldn’t find the back of the net and Ripon’s did three more times. The team fought hard through the fourth quarter and Melody Lednicky Lehman scored the final goal of the season on a nice set play but we couldn’t claw our way back into the game, with the final score being 9-4. Nonetheless it was a great season and hopefully something to build on in the coming years.
CB was expected to finish 5th and out of the running for a spot at this year’s CIF State XC Championships. So, if CB was going to be represented, it seemed that Senior, Ryan Dong, would have to save the day. With a very close race between the top eight runners, Ryan was able to outperform three others to earn a spot at the Finals. But CB wasn’t done. With some smart running and a crazy amount of desire, the rest of the CB team managed to outscore Colfax, Hughson, and St, Mary’s to take the 3rd spot in Fresno in two weeks! It was a beautiful running by Ryan Dong (5th), Sam Nealon (15th), Reign Saldana (22nd), Sami Bateman (23rd), ninth grader Alex (V) Potter (33rd), Nikos Burciaga (39th), and Bradley Bertossa (44th) to earn this spot.
But wait, there’s more…Varsity Women would really put everyone on pins and needles as their race took a while to heat up. After the first mile, it seemed that CB was running comfortably but was noticeably behind three other teams Placer, Colfax, and Ripon. As they made their way around the pond and out into the back forty, places did not seem to change much. But coming into the third mile, 9th graders Elise Henderson and Elise Perkins were running side by side and stride by stride. Soon after, came another 9th grader, Marina Noey. With about 1000m to go, Allie Moya and another ninth grader, Ella Johl, came pushing up the hill toward the finish line. Slightly behind them was Senior, Natalie Stone, who was having the race of her career and Paige Harty who completed the team of seven runners. After climbing the final hill and racing down the final decline, CB women were able to sneak in to earn the third and final spot, to the California State XC Finals on Thanksgiving weekend. As the announcer put it, “Christian Brothers HS was able to pull another rabbit out of its hat in the girls’ varsity race!!”
I have also attached a Summary naming all of our runners and their successes for today. If you have them as students, please take a moment to congratualte them on an amazing performance!
The Falcon Football team didn’t have the ending they quite wanted, losing in the 2nd round of the D3 Playoffs to Lincoln. However, a winning record and many great memories were made in the long 6 month season. A season altered by covid and many injuries, our Falcons battled through adversity week to week. Story of the season was finishing. In 4 out of the 5 losses, we had the lead going into the 4th and could not pull out the win. This will be a point of emphasis going into next season if the Falcons want to be successful. 6 players were named to the CAL All-League team: Jake Elorduy, Jackson Burleson, Phillip Bell, Dustin Regino, Landon Howard and Avante Lee. Even though this Senior class was a stelar group, there are many young athlete ready to make a run at a section title next year. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported the football team throughout the season! Go Falcons!
The 2021 season was one of alliteration, from start to finish, for the Lady Falcons tennis team.
The year started with a commitment to the values of Communication, Commitment, Community and Character- and ended with Power, Playoffs, and Pie.
The power came in the form of Seniors Tessa Easterling ’22 and Lena Mikacich ’22. The girls formed a formidable duo in the California Interscholastic Federation Division II Doubles Championships. Powered by Easterling’s 18 aces, the girls defeated doubles teams from Pioneer, Del Campo, and Vanden high schools to finish 2nd in the tournament.
The inspiring performance set the stage for the team’s third consecutive trip to the Capital Athletic League playoffs (the pandemic canceled the 2020 postseason). Sporting a younger roster than in recent years, the team battled through a challenging year to earn the 4th seed.
The girls faced off against the Merced High Bears and started with a trio of doubles matches, with Mae Steenhausen ’25 and Courtney Chin ’25 (6-2, 6-2) and Nicole Archer ’24 and Magi Beistert ’24 (7-6 (7-4) 6-3) pulling out victories – while the spirited team of Malia Scullary ’23 and Jolie Utter ’24 pushed Merced to a third set before dropping a heartbreaker, 7-5, 2-6, 5-7.
On the singles side, team MVP Easterling ’22 dominated her match (6-0, 6-0), Mikacich ’22 fought valiantly 5-7, 4-6, and co-captain Sophia Garcia ’23 persevered to pull out the 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory. Ultimately it was not enough, as the Bears squeaked out a 5-4 win to advance.
The season did not end there, as the team gathered to celebrate its year with a giant pizza party. Between the pie, desserts, and salsa, the girls honored their seniors, Easterling, Mikacich, Simone LeForestier ’22, and Elizabeth Stevens ’22, who helped set the standard for the season.
The team will be looking to its talented Juniors - Ashley Ancog ‘23, Jamie Ancog ’23, Graciela Diaz '23, Garcia, Alessandra Salvini '23 and Scullary – as well as its strong group of underclassmen – Archer, Beisert, Chin, Amaya Jackson ’25, Katie Jones ’24, Natalya Negorni ’24, Steenhausen and Utter – to take an important step forward next year.