Softball Secured a 5-3 Win and the CIF-SS Division 5 Title

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The CIF-SS Softball Division 5 Champion Chaminade Eagles (photo by: Jodi Hensley)

Chaminade Softball battled back from a 3-1 deficit in the top of the sixth inning during the CIF-SS Division 5 Championship game against John W. North High School (North) to win the title. This is the Eagles’ first CIF softball title since 2007.

Chaminade went into the sixth inning, down two runs. With one out, and the bases loaded, Gabby Hensley ’20 tied up the game at 3-3 after her at bat. Then Alexis Klee hit a sacrifice fly to center field, and the Eagles took the lead, 4-3. Junior pitcher Tessa Magnanimo closed out the bottom of the inning on six pitches.

In the seventh, freshman Payton Wagner hit an RBI single to put the Eagles up two runs over the Huskies. Magnanimo completed the game on 92 pitches and four hits, and Chaminade defeated North, 5-3.

Four National Youth Awards for the Chaminade Players

The Chaminade Players have been recognized for their stellar work during the 2017-2018 school year with four National Youth Arts Awards:

  • Outstanding Production: Macbeth
  • Lead Performance in a Musical: Emma Mumford ’18 as Miss Adelaide, Guys and Dolls
  • Lead Performance in a Play: Samantha Bader ’18 as Lady Macbeth, Macbeth
  • Lead Performance in a Play: Noah Baum ’18 as Macbeth, Macbeth

A panel of more than 50 judges and reviewers selected award winners from a list of nominations. In addition to the winners, Chaminade was recognized with nominations for Outstanding Production, Guys and Dolls; Featured Performance in a Play, Sean McCarthy ’20 as Porter, First Murderer, Siward in Macbeth; Costume Design, Lori Lee, Macbeth; and Choreography, Nancy Dobbs Owen, Stephen Bishop, and Mia Lind, Macbeth.

What’s Next for Chaminade Softball: the CIF-SS Division 5 Championship Game

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Chaminade Softball on Senior Day 2018 (photo by: Jodi Hensley)

Chaminade Softball is headed to the CIF-SS Division 5 Championship game! They defeated Culver City, 6-5, in an away match up.

The semifinal game was tied 1-1 through the bottom of the fifth inning when Culver City scored three runs to take the lead, 4-1. In the top of the sixth inning, sophomore Gabriella Hensley hit a two-run home run, bringing the Eagles within one. Then in the seventh inning, Sarah Dady ’18 (who hit a three-run walk-off in the bottom of the ninth inning in Round One) hit a three-run home run, giving Chaminade a 6-4 lead. Culver City was able to score one more run in the bottom of the seventh inning, but the Eagles prevailed.

Championship game information will be released at a later date.

A Quarterfinal Win for the Eagles

Chaminade C -on white- Eagles V2Chaminade Softball faced off against La Cañada High School in the quarterfinals of the CIF-SS Division 5 Softball Championships on Thursday, May 24. The Eagles came away with a 2-1 victory, at home.

The win puts Chaminade in the semifinals on Tuesday, May 29. They will play Culver City in an away match-up.

Chaminade’s Commitment to Student Wellness

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AP Psych students during Mental Health Awareness Week helped classmates alleviate stress with smoothies and dancing. (photo by: High School Counseling)

Today’s students feel immense amounts of pressure and stress. Since 2013, teens have reported stress levels which exceed those of adults.

  • 61% of teens say stress and anxiety have a large impact on their lives.
  • 42% of teens say they are not doing enough to manage their stress.
  • 22% of teens actively seek support to reduce, manage, and eliminate stress.

Chaminade College Preparatory wants to help alleviate the stress, and during Chaminade Gala in March, Heather Eaton and Juliana Gallant, heads of the middle school and high school counseling departments, announced the creation of a Wellness Program.

It is a priority of the school to help students achieve school/life balance, manage stress, and prepare students for success, and is directly addressed in Chaminade’s new strategic plan. The idea of making emotional health and overall well-being a priority is not a new concept for Chaminade. This is an expansion of the school’s vision to develop resilient young women and young men who are adaptable self-advocates who successfully balance school and life.

To make this important initiative a reality, Chaminade parents, alumni faculty, staff, and friends were asked to invest in the newly created Wellness Program during the fund-a-need portion of the gala. Together they raised more than $111,000 to jump-start the program. Additional gifts are needed, and will help sustain and grow the Wellness Program, and give Chaminade the tools it needs to fulfill its promise to its students. Contributions can be given online; and any questions can be answered by the Advancement Office at (818) 360-0615.