This spring was one of amazing success for Webb athletics. The Badminton and Baseball team brought home league championships and qualified for the CIF playoffs along with track, swimming, softball, and boys’ volleyball. It was the baseball team’s first league championship since 1985, the softball team’s first playoff appearance since 1995, and the boys’ volleyball teams first ever post season appearance. So with one last goodbye to the seniors and before the underclassmen get busy with their athletic preparations this summer, let’s take a moment to reflect on the accomplishments of this past spring season.
Volleyball – Prep League Finish: 3rd Place, CIF Quarterfinals
The third time was the charm for our boys’ volleyball team as they reached the CIF playoffs for the first time in the program’s three year history. With many upperclassmen new to the sport, it was uncertain how the team would do this year. Under the veteran leadership of seniors Ben Geleris, Adam Cave, and Jake Feldsher, the team had an amazing year, spending most of the season ranked in the top 10, earning a 5 set win against Damien, and making a run to the CIF quarterfinals in their first ever playoff appearance.
Volleyball Award Winners
JV Volleyball Awards
Most Improved: Christian Quick
Coach’s Award: Chris Garabet
2nd Team: Manraj Aulaukh and Jake Feldsher
1st Team: Ben Geleris
MVP: Adam Cave
Coach’s Award: for exemplary commitment, enthusiasm, and dedication Ben Geleris and Jake Feldsher
Tennis – Prep League Finish: 3rd Place
With just two seniors on the squad, this season was one of growth and experience for the boys’ team. Always up for a challenging schedule, the team took on South Hills, Ayala, Whitney, and a host of top caliber competition as they looked to gain the experience necessary to play in the always competitive Prep League. With a league win against last year’s Prep League Champion Flintridge Prep, the future looks bright for the Gauls. For his efforts, coach Jack Coberly was named WSC coach of the year.
Boys’ Tennis Award Winners
JV Boys’ Tennis
MVP: Blake Williams
Most Improved: Andy Liu
Boys’ Tennis All League
2nd Team Singles: James Kim
2nd Team Doubles: Ivan Lam and Drew Silver
Marco Novelo Award: for sportsmanship and ability Drew Silver
Coach’s Award: for improvement and sportsmanship Ivan Lam
Baseball – Prep League Finish: 1st Place
This season marked a huge jump for the Webb baseball program as they took home their first league championship since 1985, made the playoffs for the first time since 2004, and won over 20 games for the first time in school history. The team spent most of the season ranked in the top four of CIF and with seven starters returning including Prep League MVP Aaron DiGiamarino ’13, the team is poised for an extended stay near the top of the Prep League and CIF ladder. For this amazing achievement, coach Stodgel earned the WSC Coach of the Year award.
Baseball Award Winners
JV BB Awards
MVP: Anthony Jusuf
Most Improved: Tyler Dumont
Baseball All League
2nd Team: Joe Shaver, Wyatt Christiansen, Jordan Veiga
1st Team: Sam Woodward, Nick Gollin, Britton Bentley, Aaron DiGiamarino
League MVP: Aaron DiGiamarino
Paul Reitler Award: for outstanding ability Aaron DiGiamarino
Marcus Fornicelli Award: for excellence in sportsmanship Sam Woodward
Boys’ Track and Field – Prep League Finish: 2nd Place
The boys’ track team had another successful campaign improving on last year’s 3rd place Prep League finish, and with many athletes reaching personal bests. Top performers include Zach Zanft ’12 who was the Prep League Champion in the high jump; and Andy H. Lee ’12 who was the prep League Champion in the triple jump, Prep League Field Events MVP, and set a new school record in the triple jump with a distance of 44’5”. Andy and Zach, along with high jumper Nick Pankratz ’13, all made it to CIF finals.
Boys’ Track Award Winners
Boys’ Track Prep League Individual Champions
High Jump: Zach Zanft
Triple Jump: Andy H. Lee
Jack Wilson Award: for greatest contribution in ability and spirit Andy H. Lee
Ray Alf Fighting Heart Award: characterized by hard work dedication and perseverance Daniel Hernandez and Marcos Lopez
Boys’ Swimming – Prep League Finish: 4th Place
The boys’ swim team was very competitive this year missing out on several league wins by just a few points. Top performers included Austin Talleur ’12, Ari Chalian ’12, and Sam Chen ’12. Austin was the Prep League champion and a CIF qualifier in the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 21.88 seconds. Keelan Henn ’15 was the Prep League Champion as a diver. With several top swimmers returning the future looks bright for boys swimming.
Boys’ Swimming Awards
MVP: Alec Hou
Most Improved: Jonathan Homidan
50 Yard Freestyle: Austin Talleur
Coach’s Award: for exemplary commitment and determination: Ari Chalian
Steve Hanley Award: for outstanding ability and leadership: Austin Talleur
Boys’ Golf – Prep League Finish: 3rd Place
The boys’ golf team was the generous beneficiary of an anonymous donation last summer whereby a golf simulator and putting green were installed on campus, allowing the team to practice more often on campus rather than having to constantly travel to local courses. Top players Alec Harbison ’12 and Davis Tsui ’13 made it to the second day of league finals but each just missed out on qualifying for post season play. With many returning players, a promising new incoming class, and great facilities, the program looks to build on its successes next year.
Boys’ Golf Awards
Coach’s Award: for exemplary commitment, enthusiasm, and dedication: Davis Tsui
Most Improved Golfer: Calvin Li
Coed Badminton – San Andreas League Finish: Champion, CIF Finalists
The coed Badminton team continued its run of dominance this year as they secured back-to-back San Andreas League Championships with a second straight undefeated regular season. This year’s team then breezed through the CIF playoffs until they reached top seeded Cerritos in the championship match. The team gave a valiant effort before succumbing to the defending champions. With many top players returning the team is looking forward to another run and all are excited to be hanging a CIF finals banner in the gym this fall.
Coed Badminton Awards
JV Badminton Awards
MVP: Rachel Choi
Most Improved: Max Zhang
Varsity Badminton Event Champions:
Men’s Singles: Terence Tien
Women’s Singles: Connie Zhang
Mixed Doubles: Kevin Pandji and Connie Zhang
Women’s Doubles: Jennie Eosakul and Lisa Pangilinan
Varsity Badminton Perpetual Awards:
MVP: Connie Zhang
Most Improved: Chris Kwon
Softball – Prep League Finish: 5th Place
It was a great season for the girls’ softball team under new head coach Thomas O’Dell as the team finished with a 10-10 record and qualified for post season play for the first time since 1995. Pitcher Eryn Halvey ’14 and catcher Tristan Duque ’14 were top performers along with four year letter winner Megan Kilmer ’13. With the core of the team coming back along with several impact freshmen, the future is bright indeed for this talented team.
Girls’ Softball Awards
Girls’ Softball All League
2nd Team: Tristan Duque
1st Team: Eryn Halvey
Alumnae Association given to most inspirational player: Entire Team
Coach’s Award given for outstanding ability: Eryn Halvey and Tristan Duque
Girls’ Swimming – Prep League Finish: 6th Place
The girls’ swim team was small and young this year. A tough combination in the competitive Prep league, but it certainly bodes well for the team’s future. Senior leader Marja Diaz will be missed, but freshmen Maddie Gaumer and Shannon Torrance will be providing a great foundation for the team to build on.
Girls Swimming Awards
Most Improved: Cindy Rezk
Most Improved: Erika Jaquez and Abby Kingsbury
Varsity Perpetual Awards:
Tim Quinn Award for devoted interest and hard work: Maddie Gaumer and Shannon Torrance
Julie Grabowski Award for inspirational leadership and ability: Marja Diaz
Girls’ Track and Field – Prep League Finish: 2nd Place
The girls’ track team at Webb was once again one of the top programs in the girls’ school. Amara Berry ’12, who will be continuing her track career at Brown next year was a standout performer winning the Prep League Running MVP with league championships in the 100m, 200m, 100m HH, and as the anchor leg of the 4x100 m relay team (other members of the relay team include Miya Wensley ’13, Alicia Zheng ’14, and Nancy Cheng ’12). In addition, Amara broke her own school record in the 200m and finished 4th in CIF in the 200m. Miya Wensley also took home a league championship in the triple jump while setting a school record with a jump of 37’.
Girls’ Track Awards
100m: Amara Berry
200m: Amara Berry
100m HH: Amara Berry
4 x 100: Alicia Zheng, Nancy Cheng, Miya Wensley, Amara Berry
Triple Jump: Miya Wensley
Coach’s Award devoted interest and hard work: Miya Wensley
Alumnae Association Award greatest contribution in ability and spirit: Amara Berry
As you can see it was a great season for Webb athletics. Thank you for your continued support.