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Track and Field sends 30 to League Finals, Badminton hosts playoff tournament, as spring teams prepare for postseason across campus.

Frank Dariano and Webb Sports Media Staff
WSC Baseball: Webb School of California varsity baseball begins a key stretch of games this week that will determine if the Gauls will be one of the three teams that will represent the San Joaquin League in the CIF-SS playoffs. Webb got one game to prepare for the final section of its league schedule. The Gauls hosted a non-league game with 9-7 Pasadena Poly on Friday, April 21st. Always a challenging squad, the Panthers bested Webb 8-3 at Chandler Field on a hot afternoon.

Head Coach Jeff Stodgel says that going forward every game will matter. “It’s like playing in the playoffs every day,” he said during practice last week. The Gauls are 11-4 overall. At 4-1 in league, they sit in second place in the San Joaquin League standing and are seemingly in good position to clinch a playoff berth. The team was ranked 4th in the weekly CIF-SS Division Six poll that came out April 24th.

 This week, Webb has three crucial games against Southlands Christian. SCS is 11-4 overall, but just 1-4 in league games. Webb will travel to Walnut to play the Eagles on Tuesday, April 25th, and again on Saturday morning, April 29th. In between those games, Webb will host Southlands Christian on Thursday, April 27th at 3:30 PM, with the game airing live on The NFHS Network. Coach Stodgel has said that Webb needs to take two out of three games from Southlands to make the playoffs. At 8-0 in league play, Capistrano Valley Christian is already a lock for the playoffs, but Stodgel says Webb could theoretically still challenge Capo (16-7 overall) for the league title if the Eagles drop a few games. Webb and Capo will meet on May 2nd and May 5th, with the latter game airing live on The NFHS Network. Finally, Webb will play a home-and-home with Saddleback Valley Christian on May 9th and 1tth. The Warriors are 9-12, and 2-3 in league. We will carry the May 9th game, the final home game of the regular season, live on the NFHS Network.  

VWS Softball:
Vivian Webb Softball (9-4) lost their game against the Chaffey Tigers (7-9) on Friday by a score of 6-5 in 8 innings. The Tigers got off to a fast start early, with a double, a pair of base hits, and a fielder’s choice resulting in a 3-0 lead after the top of the 1st inning. A base hit and a couple of walks for the Gauls lead to a run scored, making the score 3-1 Chaffey after the first inning. After another Chaffey run in the top of the 2nd, an RBI double and a pair of stolen bases by Elyse Morris ‘17 pulled the Gauls back into the game. The score after the 2nd inning was 4-3 Chaffey. An uneventful 3rd inning lead into the 4th, where an RBI base hit by Rebecca Whithorn ‘18 tied the game. The 6th inning saw Chaffey reclaim the lead, making the score 5-4 Chaffey. An RBI double in the 7th by Emily Arias ‘20 tied the game, sending the game to extra innings. The Tigers’ pitcher hit a homerun in the top of the 8th, and the Gauls were unable to match it, ending the game with a score of 6-5 in 8 innings.

Webb begins a stretch of six San Joaquin League games on Tuesday, April 25th at Saddleback Valley Christian. As the defending league champions, Coach Ron Smith knows how important it is for Webb to start league play with a strong game. “Everyone’s out to beat us,” said Smith during practice last week, adding that heading into league play right after Spring Break is “like starting over” for his team. He is excited that the team is at full strength heading into league, and says that the girls must especially maintain a good mentality. “Not getting intimidated is key.”  Webb will then host Avalon on Friday, April 28th, with the game airing live on the NFHS Network. - co-written by Garrett Wagner '17

WSC Tennis
– Coach Ron Martinez says that being off for two and a half weeks due to Spring Break was too much as Webb School of California Varsity tennis hosted Arrowhead Christian Friday. Coach Ron “Most players were still struggling with jet lag,” said Martinez, “They did not have the opportunity to present their best performance.”  The match, which pitted the top two teams in the Ambassador League, had major championship implications. Having already beat Arrowhead on the road in mid-March, Webb would clinch the best regular season league record with a win Friday. “All I can say is that we gave it a good shot,” said Martinez about the match. It was a 10-8 win for Arrowhead Christian Friday. Singles play was especially tough for the Gauls, as a 2-1 day for Deepak Tummala ’17 at the number three singles slot was the Gauls’ best showing. Tom Liu ’18 went 0-3 at the number two singles spot, but earned player of the match honors after dropping two marathon sets, 7-5 and 7-6 respectively. As co-number one singles players, Ramos Wu ’17 and Jun Kim ’19 went winless. Webb’s doubles sides fared much better, going a combined 6-3 in sets on the day. That included as 6-0 set win by Kia Nalbandi ’18 and Juan Pablo Calderoni ’19. With the loss Friday, Webb and Arrowhead will likely split the regular season league title.

Webb (15-2) is at Aquinas Tuesday and hosts Linfield Christian Thursday. The final regular season match on Friday will be Webb hosting Cerritos, with League Prelims looming next Tuesday, May 2nd. League finals will follow on May 4th, with Linfield Christian hosting both meets. – Co-written by Lengyi Zhang ’17.

Webb Swimming and Diving
: Webb Swimming and Diving hit to pool for the first time in three weeks on April 21st, hosting Walnut in the team’s final dual meet of the season. Coach Ken Rosenfeld said he expected his team to “swim tired” as they were still getting back into regular practices in the days leading up to the match. On top of that, The Gauls faced a Walnut team that has 120 swimmers, 75 of which competed Friday. Walnut dominated the match from start to finish. By the end of the final event, the Mustangs had set six new pool record times, including varsity CIF-auto cut times in the girls 400 and 200-freestyle relays, girls’ 100-backstroke, girls’ 100-freestyle, and girls’ 100-butterfly. Overall, Walnut set CIF-auto cut times in nine different events.

Webb’s bright moments included Katie Caldwell ‘18’s six points in diving, CIF consideration times for Euson Hui ’18 and Emily Chu ’17 in the 50-freestyle, and CIF consideration times in both the boys’ and girls’ 200 and 400-yard freestyle relays. The boys’ varsity 200-medley relay team of Brandon Fang ’17, Hui, Marty Hild ’19, and Nathan Paik ’19 also got a CIF consideration time. It was Hild’s first time swimming in a meet all season long, as he had to sit out due to CIF eligibility requirements. Overall, Walnut’s varsity boys beat Webb 120-34, while the varsity girls beat Webb 125-51.
Webb is training for Prep League prelims and finals this week, which will be held at Pasadena Poly. Diving prelims are set for Wednesday, swimming prelims will be Thursday, and finals will be Saturday. CIF-SS competition will then start the week of May 8th.  

Webb Track and Field:
The Webb Track and Field team was the first to get league playoff competition underway this season. The team competed in the Prep League Prelim Meet at South Pasadena High School on Friday, April 21st. Coach Chanel Parker said before the meet that Webb School of California has an excellent chance of winning a league title, thanks to top three finishes in each of the four regular season league cluster meets. That includes two first place finishes. On Friday, the boys made their biggest noise in the high jump, where Nick Johnson ’19 and Apollo Thomas ’17 finished in second and third place respectively. Jeffrey Ran ’18 was second in the 400-meters. WSC had four runners in the top ten of the 100-meter dash, with Brendan Shue ’17 in third place, followed by Nick Martinez ’18 (5th), Ryan Place ’18 (7th), and Derrick Chu ’18 (9th).  Chris Halliburton ‘20 came in sixth for WSC’s best showing in the 200 meters, and Willy Martinez ‘19 had the same finish in the 800 meters. He was also the top WSC runner in the 1600 meters, finishing in 10th there. Edison Adler ’19 came in sixth in the shot put.

For Vivian Webb School, Kelli Henry ’18 finished in a tie for first in the high jump, came in seventh in the long jump, and fifth in the 100-meter hurdles. Dylan Wensley ’17 finished in second in the long jump. Brigid Corbin ’19 was 13th in the shot put. For the track events, Juliana Base ’19 finished ninth in the 400-meters. Sarah Hebb ’18 finished 14th in the 1600-meters and 18th in the 800 meters.
Several events, including relays and boys’ hurdles, have been pushed through to league finals. With that, Webb will send the following 30 athletes to the Prep League Finals meet, set for Friday April 28th at Burbank’s Burroughs High School:

Individuals
Dylan Wensley ’17: Long Jump, Pole Vault, Triple Jump
Brendan Shue ’17: 100-Meter Dash, Pole Vault
Apollo Thomas ’17: Long Jump, Triple Jump
Jeffrey Ran ’18: 400-Meter Dash, Long Jump, Pole Vault
Kelli Henry ’18: 100-Meter Hurdles, High Jump, Long Jump
Nick Martinez ’18: 100-Meter Dash, 200-Meter Dash
Ryan Place ’18: 100-Meter Dash, Long Jump
Matt Brailsford ’18: Pole Vault, 300-Meter Hurdles
Spencer Easley ’18: 110-Meter Hurdles, 300-Meter Hurdles
Adriana Fung ’18: Pole Vault
Willy Martinez ’19: 800-Meter Dash, 1600-Meter Dash
Nick Johnson ’19: Long Jump, High Jump, Triple Jump
Edison Adler ’19: Shot Put, Discus Throw
Brigid Corbin ’19: Discus Throw
Ben Martinez ’19: Discus Throw
Matt Martinez ’19: Discus Throw
Juliana Base ’19: Pole Vault
Jacob Borello ’19: Pole Vault, 3200-Meter Run
Anne Lofgren ’19: 3200-Meter Run
Simon Dawson ’19: 110-Meter Hurdles, 300-Meter Hurdles
Chris Halliburton ’20: 200-Meter Dash
Robbie Reimer II ’20: 400-Meter Dash, 300-Meter Hurdles
Luke Raus ’20: 800-Meter Dash, Pole Vault, 3200-Meter Run
Chris Conte ’20: Discus Throw
 
Relays
 VWS 4x100-Meter A Team: Adriana Fung ’18, Bella Biane ’19, Bridgette Lee ’20, Juliana Base ‘19
VWS 4x100-Meter B Team: Elaine Liu ’20, Jill Ji ’20, Cathy Yan ’19, Brigid Corbin ‘19
WSC 4x100-Meter A Team: Brendan Shue ’17, Nick Martinez ’18, Chris Halliburton ’20, Nick Johnson ‘19
WSC 4x100-Meter B Team: Spencer Easley ’18, Ryan Place ’18, Derrick Chu ’18, Apollo Thomas ’17, Simon Dawson ‘19
VWS 4x400-Meter A Team: Juliana Base ’19, Bridgette Lee ’20, Kelli Henri ’18, Dylan Wensley ’17, Bella Biane ‘19
WSC 4x400-Meter A Team: Chris Halliburton ’20, Nick Martinez ’18, Spencer Easley ’18, Jeffrey Ran ’18
WSC 4x400-Meter B Team: Simon Dawson ’19, Roy Jiang ’20, Simon Dawson ’19, Willy Martinez ’19
 
WSC Volleyball – Webb School of California Varsity Volleyball got back into action at Orangewood Academy on Thursday, April 20th.  Bill King ’19 and Dan Kumok ’18 were eligible to play for the first time all season, as both had to sit out the first month due to CIF rules. Webb started the match off on a high note, playing Orangewood very close throughout the first set. The Spartans ultimately took the set 25-21. While WSC continued to play with a strong offense and kept the match close, Orangewood ultimately pulled away for the 3-0 sweep. The Spartans won sets two and three 25-16 and 25-20.

The loss dropped Webb to 1-10 on the year. The Gauls will host Saddleback Valley Christian live on the NFHS Network on Tuesday, April 25th at 5pm. The Gauls then wrap up the season with three more games. They host Orangewood Academy on Thursday, April 27th, play at Saddleback Valley Christian on May 1st, and host Capistrano Valley Christian on May 2nd. We will air the Capistrano Valley Christian game live on the NFHS Network.

WSC Golf:
In a tune-up match for this week’s San Joaquin League prelims and finals tournament, Webb School of California Golf welcomed Chaffey to Marshall Canyon Golf Course on Thursday, April 20th. Once again, the Gauls showed their dominance on their home course, winning 217-272. Coach Andrew Neyer put key players in action, including seniors Dillon Kim and R.J. Duque, and freshmen Kellen Willmore and Jacob Weigand. The team is averaging a score of 218 heading into league and CIF competition.

Webb finishes the regular season 17-2, including a 13-1 mark in San Joaquin League match play. This week’s league prelims and finals will set the stage for CIF-SS competition. CIF individual regionals will be held on May 8th, with the team championship matches following on May 15th and 16th. CIF-SS finals are set for May 18th.

Webb Badminton
: Like other teams on campus, the two-week long Spring Break took its toll on Webb Badminton. But Coach Kevin Quick’s team was able to win a hard-fought match over Wilson on Friday, April 21st. The final score was 11-10.

The team opened a two day, freelance tournament at Les Perry Gymnasium on Monday, April 20th. By the end of the first day, four singles players and five doubles teams still had a chance at a league title. In mixed doubles competition, Albert Zhang ’18 and Claire Jiang ’17 advanced to the semifinals. Anam Zahidi ’18 and Jayden Chiu ’20 came in second in the consolation bracket. In girls’ doubles, seniors Claire Jiang and Grace Wang, and juniors Abby Yang and Isabella Kong advanced to the quarterfinal round. The teams of Sally Guo ’18 and Yukimi Hiroshima ’17 and Alice Yang ’18 and Linda Wu ’19 are both in the semifinals of the consolation bracket. In boys’ doubles, juniors Oren Wei and Alex Oei, and freshmen Chris Ma and Eric Liu advanced to the quarterfinals. Two other teams, juniors J.J. Pandji ’18 and Mike Liu, and seniors Ben Kwon and Simon Zhang, will now compete in the consolation bracket.   

In girls’ singles play, Breckelle Zhang ’19 and Macy Huang ’18 both advanced to the quarterfinals, while juniors Anam Zahidi and Amy Zhou will meet in the first round of the consolation bracket. In boys singles play Albert Zhang ’18 moved on to the quarterfinals. Joining him will be freshman Ping Fong, who beat Diamond Bar’s number two singles player in the first round! Webb will have Jayden Chiu ’20 and Takim Myrhe ’18 in the consolation bracket. The tourney wraps up on Wednesday at Webb. The CIF-SS Team Tournament will follow on May 6th, with CIF-SS Individuals set for May 11-12. 
 
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