Girls’ Soccer, Girls’ Basketball, and High School Wrestling Playoff Update

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photo by: Cliff Fong

It’s a busy week of playoffs for Chaminade Athletics. Girls’ Soccer, Girls’ Basketball and Wrestling each face another round of competition.

On February 16, Girls’ Soccer defeated Arroyo Grande 3-1 in round one of the CIF-SS Division 3 playoffs. While Girls’ Basketball was defeated by Sierra Canyon on February 18, they move on to the Open Division consolation round. Jack Cheney ’17 and Eric Osteen ’19 each finished 3rd in their respective divisions during the CIF-SS Individual Divisionals, and will both participate in the upcoming CIF-SS Masters Meet.

Tuesday, February 21
Girls’ Soccer vs. St. Margaret’s
CIF-SS Division 3, second round
5:00 p.m.
Booster Stadium, West Hills

Wednesday, February 23
Girls’ Basketball vs. Alemany
CIF-SS Open Division, consolation second round
7:00 p.m.
Uribe Center, West Hills

Friday, February 24
Wrestling
CIF-SS Masters Meet
Citizens Bank Arena, Ontario

 

Playoff Games This Week

Chaminade C -on white- Eagles V2Three Chaminade teams have CIF Southern Section playoff games this week.

Tonight the Boys’ Varsity Basketball team travels to Mayfair High School in Lakewood for a Division 1A match-up. The game tips at 7:00 p.m.

On Thursday, February 16, Girls’ Varsity Soccer hosts Arroyo Grande for a 5:00 p.m. Division 3 match at Booster Stadium (West Hills).

Girls’ Varsity Basketball plays in the first round of the Open Division at Sierra Canyon on Saturday, February 18. Their game tips off at 7:00 p.m.

Five Eagles Sign National Letters of Intent

On National Signing Day, five Chaminade College Preparatory student athletes signed a National Letter of Intent. Four of the seniors play football, and one plays soccer.

  • Kyle Bilchik – University of San Diego
  • Jackson Parks – San Jose State University
  • Jahlil Pinkett – Northern Arizona University
  • Isaiah Richardson – San Diego State University
  • Lily Nabet – Duke University

Chaminade to Hold its First Alumni Hall of Fame

On February 4, 2017, Chaminade College Preparatory will host its first Alumni Hall of Fame and celebrate the achievements of Kate (Lospalluto) Beskid ’00; Meghan Hawthorne ’10; Conor McCullough ’09; Kevin Pillar ’07; and Captain Duncan Smith, USN ’76. Previously, alumni athletes and distinguished alumni were honored during two separate ceremonies. The new tradition combines both events and recognizes graduates for their professional achievements, dedication to the school, and service to the community.

kateAfter graduating from the University of Arizona in 2004, Kate Beskid ’00 returned to her alma mater as a 7th-grade religion teacher. For the last 13 years, she has served the Chaminade community in many ways—teaching, coaching cheer, working with Student Council, and much more. In 2009, Kate, along with Annette (Dietel) Damien ’01, founded the middle school’s SHINE program. She was the chair of the religion department for eight years and is currently Chatsworth’s director of campus ministry. Kate is part of the Marianist National Program and served as their regional coordinator for the Pacific for three years and works with the national LIFE program as well.

meghanMeghan Hawthorne ’10 was a record-breaking swimmer for Chaminade. She won titles in the 100 butterfly (2010), 500-yard freestyle (2008), broke the CIF-SS D1 record for the 200 individual medley (2010), and was named L.A. Daily News Swimmer of the Year in 2008 and 2010. She was a two-time All-American Swimmer at the University of Southern California, and reached the Pac-12 Championships finals seven times. As a member of the USA Swimming National Team, she reached the final of the 400 IM during the 2012 Olympic Trials and earned a silver medal in the same event for the United States at the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia. Meghan is retired from swimming and is in her second season as assistant swimming and diving coach for Boise State University.

conor_olympic-trials-medal-picBy the time Conor McCullough graduated from Chaminade in 2009, he held five national hammer throwing records and a 2008 World Junior Championships silver medal. He continued his athletic career first at Princeton University, then at the University of Southern California. In 2010, he won the USATF Junior National competition and secured his first international gold medal at the World Junior Championships. While at USC, Conor won the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Championship. He made his Team USA debut in 2015 and finished second at the USATF National Championship and earned a bronze medal in the hammer throw at the Pan-American Games. Conor represented Team USA at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and was the highest ranking Team USA athlete for the hammer throw.

pillarKevin Pillar ’07 was played football, basketball, and baseball for Chaminade, and earned first-team All-CIF honors in each sport. He continued his baseball career at California State Dominguez Hills as an All-American center fielder. As a freshman, he had a .379 batting average and set the NCAA Division II record with a 54-game hitting streak in 2010. During the 2011 Major League Baseball draft, the Toronto Blue Jays selected Kevin, and he made his debut on August 14, 2013, against the Boston Red Sox. He was named the 2015 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year and was a Golden Glove finalist. In 2016, Kevin was again a Golden Glove finalist, received the Fielding Bible Award, and was nominated for the 2016 Roberto Clemente Award.

d-smithCaptain Duncan Smith, USN ’76 is a Navy SEAL and American hero. An involved student at Chaminade, he ran cross-country and track, played on the tennis team, took photos for the yearbook, competed in Speech and Debate, and served as senior class president. He graduated from the University of Southern California, and after a year of working and cycling in New Zealand, he worked as a stockbroker. Duncan later joined the Navy and became a Navy SEAL in 1986 with BUD/S Class 137. He served as an officer in Special Operations platoons at SEAL Teams One and Five before transitioning to the Navy Reserve while attending the Anderson School at UCLA. In September 2001, Duncan returned to active duty in Naval Special Warfare where he has served with distinction the last 16 years. Captain Smith’s military awards include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Combat Action ribbon, and both the Iraq and Afghanistan campaign medals.

To attend Chaminade’s inaugural Alumni Hall of Fame event, please purchase tickets online.

 

 

Girls’ Tennis Makes Finals Appearance

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The Chaminade Girls’ tennis team played in the CIF Southern Section Division 4 final, the team’s first finals appearance in 19 years (previous CIF titles in 1983, 1986 and 1997). The #4-ranked Eagles’ run through the playoffs included a win in the semifinals over undefeated #1-ranked Elsinore High School. This earned them a place in the finals against Thatcher School on Friday, November 11, at the Claremont Tennis Club.  Although Chaminade was the runner-up, this young team—mostly freshmen and sophomores, led by a few veteran seniors and juniors—performed admirably. Coach Ron Frankel is proud of the team’s achievement and foresees similar success in the coming seasons.

Chaminade has three players continuing to the CIF Sectionals for individual singles and doubles championships. Sofia Lazzroni ’19 will play singles at Cate School in Carpenteria; Sofi DeBelles ’20 and Lauren Lombardi ’20 will play doubles at Carpenteria High School.  First round matches are on Monday, November 21.