Spring Sports Wrap-Up 2017

Another great season on the books!
The tenacity, fun, skill, and teamwork of the Toads were once again on display during a great spring season. Another thing that was on full display: Their mental toughness. Even in the face of unexpected setbacks, tough opponents, challenging game schedules, injuries, and other difficulties, our teams, again and again, proved they could rally from behind and pull off the unexpected.  
 
“The spring season culminated a terrific year for Thacher Athletics,” said Athletic Director Pete Fagan. “This was arguably one of the most successful years we've had in recent memory. It started in the fall with the girls’ varsity tennis team winning CIF for the second year in a row, boys’ cross country finishing 7th in the state, and the varsity football team going deep into CIF.  In the winter season, all four varsity teams qualified for CIF playoffs; all of those teams won at least one round in postseason. The spring season continued the excellence with boys’ varsity tennis making the quarterfinals of CIF, the track and field team sending four athletes onto CIF regionals, and the baseball and lacrosse teams seeing excellent results against some very tough opponents. I can't say enough about our senior leaders, dedicated athletes, compassionate and hard working coaches, and the unwavering support of the School community. Another year in the books, but not soon forgotten!”
 
Go Toads!
 
Boys’ Varsity Tennis
This year’s stellar boys’ varsity tennis team had a lot to be proud of this season. They finished second in the Tri-Valley Athletic Association with their 6-2 league record, in addition to notching an impressive 12-3 overall season record. They played all the way to CIF quarterfinals and notched memorable wins against Pasadena High School, Mark Keppel High School, and Hart High School during the postseason. They won on games at home against Hart High School to advance, with Connor Callahan ’18 winning three matches that day to help lead the team. Then the team reached deep within and pulled out a tremendous win against Troy High School of Fullerton, tying 9-9 and then eventually winning on individual games 73 - 71. With only a day’s rest behind them, the team ultimately fell to a strong visiting St. Margaret’s High School of San Juan Capistrano after putting up a very good fight. Although Joe Hardwicke ’18 suffered a right shoulder injury, he inspired the team beyond words by rallying to play an amazing final entirely left-handed. It was a great journey for coaches and players alike. Joe Hardwicke and Jeffrey Ding ’18 were named to First Team All-League and Tri-Valley Athletic Association doubles finalists.
 
Most Valuable Player: Joe Hardwicke ’18
Most Improved Player: Connor Callahan ’18
Sportsmanship Award: Finn Ehringer ’17

Boys’ JV Tennis
Senior captain Bynk Chanuntranont led this squad to a truly impressive victory this season on the Thacher courts. This scrappy squad faced off against rivals Cate and Carpinteria in multiple contests—and beat their opponents every single time. Congrats to this team on their 5-0 season record!
 
Most Valuable Player: Ian Zhang ’20
 
Track and Field
Led by captains Pria Koll ’18 and Rico Lopez ’18, this year’s track and field squad had a good season marked by multiple exciting accomplishments. Both Rico and Caroline DelVecchio ’19 smashed through school records—Rico breaking a 20-year-old record in the 800m with a time of 1:56.9 (the previous record was 1:59) and Caroline breaking the previous record of 17.5 in the 100m hurdles with her 15.35 run. Four Thacher athletes went on to compete at this year’s CIF Championships in Cerritos, including Annika St. George ’20, who earned 7th in the high jump; Colin Kirkpatrick ’19, who placed 6th in the 1600m; Rico, who ran in the 800m; and Caroline, who placed 7th in the 100m hurdles and 6th in the 300m hurdles.
 
High Point Winners: Pierre Weil ’17 and Caroline DelVecchio ’19
Most Improved: Isabel Hosafros ’19 and Edison Chadwick ’18
Spirit Award: Ford Shaper ’19 and Pria Koll ’18
Courage Award: Lily Harding ’19 and Colin Kirkpatrick ’19
The Track Cup: Awarded to Rico Lopez ’18 and Caroline DelVecchio ’19
 
Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse
The 2017 boys’ varsity lacrosse campaign was a memorable one, though it went differently than the team expected as the year began. Coming off an incredibly successful 2016 season, they constructed a challenging schedule that would hopefully provide them with enough quality wins to justify a return to the playoffs. Unfortunately, before the season began, they found themselves without their top scorer (Sam Richardson) and top long-stick midfielder (Charlie Kleeger). The beginning of the season was rough: By April 1, their record stood at 1-6. But the team didn’t give up. They committed themselves to the task at hand and managed to go the remainder of the season without a loss, ultimately finishing with a winning record at 7-6—despite sustaining additional injuries to key players along the way. In addition to sweeping Cate for the second consecutive year, the highlight of the season was undoubtedly a revenge victory over San Marcos: Early in the season, they beat our team 20-7 at Thacher, but the Toads came back to defeat them 11-4 on the road in the final weeks of the year. Surely, the leadership of senior captains Laurence Jackson, Ronan Byrne, Cameron Twichell, and Sam Richardson helped this team rally back from behind.
 
Most Valuable Player: Laurence Jackson ’17
Most Improved Player: Thomas Boneysteele ’18
Spirit of Lacrosse Award: Griffin O’Neill ’18
Unsung Hero: Homa Bakhiet ’17
 
Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse
A great roster of seniors led this year’s girls’ varsity lacrosse team, including captain Jordan Perry and players Cara Dienst, Libby Kern, Tiff Butler, and Elizabeth Swindells. Though the team’s 5-5 league record and 6-10 season record may not have been quite what they’d hoped, this was the kind of team that didn’t quit when they were behind. They finished the season strong with wins over Santa Barbara and Dos Pueblos, avenging early season losses. They also beat Dunn twice, including during the season opener on the road.
 
Most Valuable Player: Béa Pierrepont ’18
Most Inspirational Player: Jordan Perry ’17
Most Improved Player: Grace Zhang ’19
 
Girls’ JV Lacrosse
This was a great season for the girls’ JV lacrosse team. With a 6-3 season record, the girls experienced a good deal of success on the field. Many of the wins were come-from-behind victories, secured by team efforts and key goals scored in the final minutes (or seconds!) of the game. The team consisted of a fairly equal balance of experienced players who were part of the team last year and players who were brand new to the sport. Under the leadership of the senior captains, Jasmin Arculli, Olivia Edmondson, and Alex Varon, the players came together nicely and showed tremendous progress over the season, having fun all the while. The coaches will miss the seniors and encourage the rest of the team to return next spring!
 
Most Valuable Player: Jasmin Arculli ’17
Most Improved Player(s): Riley Carney ’20 and Jessica Donohue ’19
Most Inspirational Player: Olivia Edmondson ’17
 
Boys’ JV Lacrosse
The boys’ JV lacrosse team, led by captains James Costigan ’19, Jake Twichell ’19, Julian Amaya ’19, and TJ Gwilliam ’19, had a great season. First-time freshman players comprised the majority of the team—meaning they started out knowing little about lacrosse but became a completely different team by the end of the season. During the fourth game, they notched their first win, beating rival Cate on the road 10-8. And though their very first game (and third meeting as a whole team) had resulted in an ugly defeat at the hands of Dunn, the team improved significantly over the course of the spring and rallied to victory against Dunn on our home field later in the season.
 
Most Valuable Player: TJ Gwilliam ’19
Unsung Hero: Colin Smith ’20
Most Improved Player: Toby Arculli ’20

Baseball
It was a great season for Thacher baseball as the boys continued to build on the consistent improvement of the past few years. The tone was set by senior captains Reese Proctor, Eric Oregel, and Braden Roh (all four-year letter winners), who made sure that everyone on the team was focused but having fun. The team showed up to practice ready to work hard every day; that work was rewarded with some pretty exciting baseball throughout the season. They just missed the playoffs with their 4-6 league record and 7-8 season record, but a number of games stood out as highlights of the season. During a game against Coast Union at home, the team scored in the bottom of the 7th to force extra innings and JJ Mazzola ’19 scored the winning run on a pass ball sprint from third. Against Santa Clara at home, the team was down 7-3 going into the bottom of the 7th but managed to score an impressive five runs to win the game, including a game-winning 2 RBI double from Harrison Marshall ’18. In an edge-of-your-seat game against Cate at home, the team gave up six runs in the first inning but eventually rallied to tie the game; things went back and forth until Thacher was up 12-10 at the top of the 7th. Bases were loaded with 2 outs, a single up the middle scored one, and Preston Brailer ’19 gunned the tying run out at the plate from center field to end the game. Reese Proctor and Elias Ceseña ’18 were named to First Team All-League, Eric Oregel was named to Second Team, and Preston Brailer, Chris Robinson ’18, and Braden Roh were given Honorable Mention.
 
Most Valuable Player: Reese Proctor ’17
Most Improved Player: Harrison Marshal ’18, Alika Williams ’18
Most Inspirational Player: Braden Roh ’17
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