Category: Sports

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Girls lacrosse takes hard-fought victory over Dons

Girls lacrosse (16-0) defeated Cathedral Catholic High School (9-5) 15-10 on April 24 at TPHS for head coach Kaitlin Doucette’s hundredth win. “Cathedral is always a tough game no matter what,” Marisa Kuberra (12) said. “Because we all know each other and that [creates a] rivalry between the schools.” The first goal of the night was made after Kelli McKinnon (11) passed the ball to Bailee Monjazeb (11), who then cut right through the 12-meter fan and scored a swift goal. Cathedral quickly rebounded just a few plays later, scoring off a free position shot to tie the score at 1-1....
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Boys volleyball dominates against Ravens

The boys volleyball team (18-10) defeated Canyon Crest Academy (6-15) in a three-game match on April 20 at TPHS.  The Falcons started the game strong, quickly leading 3-0 after a few spikes skimmed past the fingers of CCA blockers. But the speed of the game slowed when the CCA outside hitter went over the line after a long rally, resulting in a technical point for TPHS. CCA made a comeback, earning two points and gaining two more after failed TPHS spikes, bringing the score to 5-4. Later, a sequence of errors by CCA led to the Ravens calling a timeout, down 14-8. Although CCA earned one point from a tou...
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Augur’s 10th-inning blast revives Falcons

The TPHS softball team (18-5) edged out Point Loma High School (11-12-1) 6-5 on April 22 at home; the 10-inning showdown ended after three hours of solid defense that kept both teams off the scoreboard for the majority of the game. The first two innings opened with quick outs on both sides, strong pitching from Kiley Rose (11) giving her teammates an advantage on defense. In the top of the second, shortstop Cassie Kaelber (12) made a backhand catch on a hard grounder, and first baseman Alex Reges (12) stretched to make the play. Kaelber caught another ball on the fly and then whipped back to Reges before the runner cou...
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F/stop: April

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Day in the Life: Cole Nguyen

Hanging on the rough handholds of the stone, Cole Nguyen (12) scales the side of a boulder, carefully analyzing each step as he climbs the face on his way to the top.  A year ago, Nguyen grasped his first hold on the climbing wall, and he has continued the unique sport ever since. “My sister started rock climbing because she had some friends who were rock climbing, and there is a small community of rock climbers at Torrey Pines, so we all try to go out together as much as we can,” Nguyen said.  Through his rock climbing experiences with his sister and friends, Nguyen has beco...
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Day in the Life: Lauren and Ava Hanna

Dashing across the field with eyes focused behind her, Ava Hanna (11) prepares to leap into the air and snag her target. With her arms stretched high, Hanna leaps out of the reach of a defender and snatches the object from the air. She is quick to maneuver away from oncoming players, diligently scouting a familiar face. Finding the perfect angle, she flicks the Frisbee to her teammate, knowing that her throw will be successful because — on this occasion — it’s her sister who is on the receiving end.  Twins Ava and Lauren Hanna (11) found their niche playing Ultimate Frisbee early on, learning the...
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Softball falls to Westview in deciding final inning

Softball (8-4) lost to Westview High School (3-4) 7-6 on Mar. 16 at home.  TPHS led the game until the seventh inning, falling behind after the Wolverines scored two runs at the top of the inning. “We made about five fielding errors, which was uncharacteristic of us, but the teams were pretty evenly matched,” head coach Jonathan Moore said.  The Falcons started strong, with Stavi Augur (12) hitting a double off the first pitch. A grounder down to third from Cassie Kaelber (12) followed by a drive into left field by Sydny Poh (12) loaded the bases for the Falcons with no outs....
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Boys lacrosse edges Loyola with last-minute goals

Boys lacrosse (5-0) narrowly defeated Loyola High School of Los Angeles (6-1) with a final score of 9-7 on Mar. 18. Loyola took the ball in the first face-off, but it was quickly won back by midfielder Spencer Grant (11). Midfielder Shayne Grant (11) scored only 40 seconds into the game, assisted by attackman Alderik van der Heyde (12). The Cubs made repeated scoring attempts in a short period of time, but goalie Makail Fraboni (11) knocked all of the shots down before they reached the goal. “[I reacted] to the shot as fast as I can and being confident is crucial in making a nice, fluid save...
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Dance wins at West Coast Elite National Competition

The TPHS dance team headed to the West Coast Elite National Competition in Long Beach on the weekend of Mar. 18, taking first place in the small hip hop GOLD category, second and sixth place in the large hip hop GOLD category, third place in the medium contemporary GOLD category and third place in the small contemporary SILVER category. After competing in a regional competition at Rancho Bernardo High School, the team left for nationals, where around 30 teams from across the nation compete in separate categories. “Nationals is basically like the dance team’s version of CIF,” varsity dance s...
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Girls lacrosse dominates rival La Costa Canyon

Girls lacrosse (6-0) defeated La Costa Canyon High School (3-2) 16-8 on Mar. 18 at LCC, with dominant offensive plays and good communication on and off the field.  “LCC is super competitive, so they’re always going to be one of the rivalries,” head coach Kaitlyn Doucette said. “They’re always going to be a tough game; they’re always going to be competitive regardless of the players or anything like that.”  According to Marisa Kuberra (12), although they had played another game earlier in the day, TPHS still started off strong with powerful offensive attacks and successful pa...