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Dominating wins for Baseball, Softball, and WSC Golf.

Frank Dariano and Webb Sports Media Staff
Webb Baseball – Webb School of California Varsity Baseball started the week on a rough note, but then finished it off with a decisive victory as the team prepares to open San Joaquin League play this week. The Gauls dropped an 8-2 loss at Mary Star of The Sea on Tuesday, marking the team’s lone loss of the 2017 Kare Classic Baseball Tournament. Webb grabbed the early 1-0 lead and held it until the bottom of the third inning. But in that inning, the stars scored three runs, and added five more between the fourth and fifth. Webb’s offense was kept at bay throughout the day. The Gauls managed just six hits and didn’t score again until the final inning. Amazingly, Mary Star notched only five hits on the day, yet still came away with the six-run victory. The Stars eventually went 4-1 in the tournament.

On Friday, Webb welcomed St. Pius X-St. Matthias Academy to Chandler Field. The Warriors are a very young team, with just ten players on the roster. In fact, they played their first home game in more than 20 years last week. But Friday belonged to Webb’s Spencer Stewart ‘17. The senior right hander pitched a complete-game, two-hit shutout Friday, retiring an astonishing 16 batters. On top of that, he hit a towering, two-run home run to left center field in the second inning. “Really, I was just thinking about mindset,” said Stewart about his stellar afternoon, “trying to throw strikes and just let us hit.” “We really try to pitch against the game and not the opponent” said Head Coach Jeff Stodgel, “[Spencer] really played against the opponent today.” Webb’s batters took advantage of the young pitcher for Pius-Matthias, and especially, took advantage on the base paths, stealing bases on a regular basis. Webb put up four runs in each of the first two innings, including Stewart’s homer and an inside-the-park home run by Adrian Alvarez ‘17.

With Webb reaching the top of the batting order for the third straight inning, Coach Jeff Stodgel started bringing in bench players in the third. Several, including Kyle Burt ’20 and Cayden Lazier ’20, got base hits in the game. “They work just as hard as the guys that play every day…it really excites me to get them in and let the other guys support them,” said Stodgel. Eight reserve players got to get on the field during the 9-0 rout.

Webb (3-1) enters league play against Avalon this Tuesday at 1 PM. The game will be carried live on The NFHS Network. The Gauls then play Friday afternoon at Providence (Burbank).

VWS Softball –
Vivian Webb Softball won an offensive shootout of a game Tuesday afternoon when the team traveled to Whittier Christian. Webb jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the top of the first, but the Heralds came back with three runs of their own. VWS put up four more runs in the second inning, two in the fourth, and led 10-5 after four. Whittier Christian staged a comeback and scored three times in the bottom of the sixth inning. But with the score 11-8, both teams added a run each in the seventh. Vivian Webb won 12-9 to improve to 2-0 on the year. The Gauls have now beat the Heralds two years in a row.

Vivian Webb dominated the Azusa Aztecs on Friday, winning by a final score of 17-3. The Gauls got off to a hot start early, using a series of stolen bases over the course of four consecutive walks to score one run, and put runners on the corners. Then, a sacrifice fly by Sarah Renfrew ‘17, an RBI double by Thea Kirkpatrick ‘18, and an RBI base hit by Emily Arias ‘20 gave the Gauls a 4-0 lead by the end of the first inning. In the second inning, Webb failed to cash in on a pair of errors by Azusa, and the inning ended with the score still 4-0. Another pair of errors by the Aztecs eventually lead to a 2-RBI base hit by Elyse Morris ‘17. In the fourth, an impressive diving catch by Gauls pitcher Chandler Luebbers ‘17 preserved the team’s 6-0 lead. A three-run bottom of the fourth for Webb extended their lead to 9-0. A pair of runs in the top of the fifth after a pitching change for the Gauls gave Azusa a little bit of life, but they still trailed 10-2 by the end of the fifth. A seven-run sixth inning for Webb squashed any remaining chance for the Aztecs, and after a one-run response in the seventh inning, the game ended, giving the Gauls a decisive victory over a then-undefeated opponent.

The next games for 3-0 Vivian Webb Softball will be a tournament at Fullerton, beginning on Monday at 2:30 PM against the hosts of the tournament, the Fullerton Indians. Webb also plays at 4:30 PM against Carter, Thursday at Troy High School against San Juan Hills, and wraps up the tournament against Troy at Troy on Friday. – Co-written by Garrett Wagner ‘17

WSC Golf
– Webb School of California Golf is off to a solid start under new head coach Andrew Neyer. The Gauls notched their first win of the year via forfeit when Tarbut V’Torah was forced to forfeit due to having too few golfers on Tuesday. The win gave WSC its first win in San Joaquin League play.

 A hot Thursday afternoon saw Webb welcome Pacifica Christian (Newport Beach) to Marshall Canyon golf course. Both teams wore very similar blue game shirts with white trim, but the similarities between
the two teams ended soon thereafter. Coach Neyer is relying on his top seniors by pairing them with golfers that are younger, or less experienced. Dillon Kim ’17 and Kellen Willmore ’20 were first off the tee and both gradually improved their game on the afternoon. R.J. Duque ’17 and Johnson Li ’17 followed Kim and Willmore. Li hit several very solid shots early on, including an approach to the green on the terraced par-3 second hole. Webb’s underclassmen followed up, but Coach Neyer was confident that the match was “in the bag” as Kim and Willmore started down the back nine. WSC went on to win 233-283.
Webb dives head-on into league play this week with three matches involving three teams each. The next match is today against Capistrano Valley Christian and Samueli Academy. The match is at 2:30 at Ben Brown’s Golf Course in Laguna Beach. Webb, Saddleback Valley Christian, and La Verne Lutheran will then play Tuesday at Mountain Meadows in Pomona, followed by a home match against Avalon and Fairmont Prep on Thursday.

WSC Volleyball
– Webb School of California Volleyball is still looking for its first victory of 2017. In its home opener, the team welcomed St. Anthony to Les Perry Gymnasium. Early runs in sets one and two allowed the Saints to get ahead and never let the Gauls back in. St. Anthony led 2-0 (25-8,25-17) but the third set was much tighter. Max Sapozkhov ’17 found his accuracy on the spike, while Phils Kraus ’18, Mark Lehmann ‘17 and Dmitry Semenov ’17 locked down play after play near the net. “In the huddle, our coaches said build off each other’s momentum,” said Lehmann “that gave us the [drive] to earn more points.” Libero Luke Lewis ’19 says head coach Howie Kalter constantly tells his team to build from momentum. Lewis says the momentum began in the second set and “propelled us through the rest of the game.”

Webb (0-3) dropped another 3-0 game Thursday at Woodcrest Christian (Riverside). Webb now prepares for Tuesday’s game hosting Western Christian. The game will air live on the NFHS Network at
4:45PM.
The Gauls then travel to Pacifica Christian on Friday.

Webb Swimming and Diving –
Webb welcomed Saddleback Valley Christian to campus Tuesday. It was a match in which Vivian Webb’s top swimmers really showed their athleticism. Rylie Brick ’19, Emily Chu ’17, and Lindsay Jung ’19 all drew praise from the crowd. Head Coach Ken Rosenfeld and assistant coach Tom Jurczak repeatedly instructed the team to cheer on their teammates in the pool. On the boys’ side, Euson Hui ’18 and Harrison Lee ’20 showed great strides in improving their technique.

The Gauls’ varsity boys’ and girls’ swept SVC in all team relay events! In the girls’ varsity events, Lindsay Jung won the 200 and 500 freestyle races, while Rylie Brick won the 200 I.M and 100 breaststroke. Emily Chu won the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly, In the boys’ varsity events, Euson Hui won the 200-I.M and 100 breaststroke. while Robert Torrance ‘19 won the 50 and 100 freestyle races. Webb freshmen Harrison Lee and Ian Igleheart finished 1-2 in the 100 butterfly. Fellow freshman Gabriel Hong won the 100 backstroke.

The Gauls dominated the Warriors, winning 203-112. The varsity boys won 102-57, while the varsity girls won 101-55.

The Gauls are preparing for two Prep League meets this week. WSC and VWS travel to Palos Verdes Tuesday to take on Chadwick in its league opener. Then, Vivian Webb will host Mayfield on Thursday in a girls only meet. That matchup will air live on the NFHS Network at 3:30 PM.

Webb Track and Field –
Webb track and field learned it would enter its first league cluster meets with a losing record. A delay in scoring was finally resolved last week when judges revealed that Montclair had won both the boys’ and girls’ meet. The Montclair boys won 65-58 while the girls won 72-48.

Webb’s first varsity league cluster meet was held at Occidental College in Eagle Rock on Tuesday. Among the big winners for VWS track: Juliana Base ’19 won the girls’ 400-meter dash (66.84), Sarah Hebb ’18 won the girls 800-meter dash (2:37.90). Hebb finished second in the 1600-meter dash, while Anne Lofgren ’19 was second in the 3200-meter dash (13:30.30). Kelli Henry ’18 won the 100-meter hurdles. VWS 4x100-meter relay teams finished second and fourth, while the 4x400 meter team of Dylan Wensley ’17, Hebb, Henry, and Eunice Yio ’19 finished second. VWS field came up big as well, with Henry winning the high jump, and Wensley the pole vault. Brigid Corbin ’19 came in second in the discus. Vivian Webb won the overall meet with 72 points!

For WSC Track: Nick Martinez ’19, Brenden Shue ’17, and Apollo Thomas ’17 finished in the top ten in the 100-meter dash. Jeffrey Ran ’18 was second in the 400-meters (54.9, while Luke Raus ’20 was fourth in the 800 meters. Spencer Easley ’18 finished second in the 110-meter hurdles (20.88) and 300 meter hurdles. In the latter, his time of 45.66 was just .01 seconds off the lead. Webb’s “A” relay teams finished in second in both the 4x100 and 4x400 meter relays. Making his first varsity noise since football season, Nick Johnson ’19 won the high jump, long jump, and triple jump, while Ran won the pole vault and Edison Adler ’19 was second in the discus.  WSC finished third with 95.5 points, behind Pasadena Poly and Flintridge Prep.
Webb will have its second Prep League Cluster meet at South Pasadena on Tuesday.

WSC Tennis –
Webb School of California Tennis started out the week with a dominating 13-5 win at Damien. Coach Ron Martinez’s team was in similar form on Friday at San Dimas. Jun Kim ’19 got to be Webb’s number one singles player and won his lone match on Friday 6-3. Ramos Wu ’17 also served as a number one singles player and split his two matches, 6-3,0-6. Tom Liu ’18 won all three games at the number two singles position. WSC split is number three singles spot as well, with Deepak Tummuala ’17 winning two games and Andrew Shen ‘19 winning one. Coach Martinez split the number one doubles games, which turned out to be San Dimas’ lone strength on the day. Webb’s number two and three singles pairs won a combined five of six games, and Darren Hsu ’17 won player of the match honors. The Gauls took the match 14-4.

Webb opened Ambassador league play at Notre Dame (Riverside) on Saturday. Kia Nalbandi ’18 won player of the match honors, as he and partner Juan Pablo Calderoni ’19 won all three of their games 6-0 as WSC’s number two team. In fact, Webb’s doubles teams won eight out of nine games on the day 6-0. All three singles players won their games as well. Ramos Wu (#1) and Andrew Shen (#3) had a pair of 6-1 wins, and Jun Kim (#2) has a 6-0 win. Webb won the overall match 18-3. Kim and Tummula are both undefeated on the season in singles play. Nalbani and Calderoni have a 4-0 record in doubles play.
The Gauls have three road league matches this week. First up is Arrowhead Christian on Tuesday. Coach Martinez says the Eagles are sure to give the Gauls a fight for the Ambassador League title all season long. Webb (6-1) then plays at Notre Dame Riverside Thursday and Linfield Christian on Friday.

Webb Badminton -
On Friday, the Webb Schools Badminton Team won 17-4 against Redlands East Valley. Les Perry Gymnasium was filled with excitement as the Webb athletes cheered loudly for each other. Grace Wang 17’, a doubles player in the varsity team, expressed her confidence in this new season. “I think we are doing great as we have so many great players”, Wang said. This is her fourth year on the team. “I guess I will really miss this team next year. I will do my best to play every game for now”, Wang said. Coach Sheth, the assistant coach of the Webb badminton team, was very happy about the victory, too. “Although we did lose some amazing players who graduated last year, we are excited to see many new players bringing new energy into this team”, Sheth said.
Webb plays at Loma Linda Academy on Tuesday. The team then hosts Carnegie on Friday – Co-written by Lengyi Zhang ’17.
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
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