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Spring 2017 Athletics Awards and Season Recap

Frank Dariano
WSC Baseball: Webb School of California Baseball got off to a roaring start in 2017. A season-opening 10-6 win over Flintridge Prep on March 1st featured the first of four Gauls home runs on the year, courtesy of Spencer Stewart ’17. By the end of March, the Gauls were 9-1 and started San Joaquin League play 4-0. During that 1st month, Blake Pederson ’18 was solid on the mound after missing his entire sophomore year with an injury. Wyatt Albert ’17 and Adrian Alvarez ’17 became a strong 1-2 punch at the top of the Webb batting order. Spencer Stewart, meanwhile, had a monster game against St. Pius X-St Matthias Academy on March 10th. Following an inside-the-park home run by Alvarez, Stewart belted a two-run homer and struck out 16 batters en route to a 9-0 Gauls win. The performance earned Stewart male athlete of the week honors by the Inland Empire Daily Bulletin. He then finished in second place in an online vote for the top male athlete in the Los Angeles area for the week of March 6th. As a team, the Gauls showed real strength in a 6-4 road win over Saddleback Valley Christian on March 21st. Webb had a 1-0 lead until the bottom of the sixth inning, when SVC scored twice. The teams battled and entered extra inning with the score tied at 4. Then Webb put two more runs on the board in the eighth to win 6-4. Eric Evans ’19 and Stewart combined for nine strikeouts on the day.

WSC Baseball is the only spring team that plays over Webb’s two-week spring break in April. This year, the Gauls had a historic win during the break. Webb’s 1-0 win over Rio Hondo Prep on April 3rd was Coach Jeff Stodgel’s 100th win as head coach of the Gauls. Stodgel has been head coach since 2010 and his teams have now had six straight seasons of going .500 or better. After getting one week off over spring break, Webb took an 11-3 record into the heart of the always tough San Joaquin League schedule. The Gauls dropped two of their three games against Southlands Christian during the week of April 24th, meaning the team needed two wins in its final four games to reach the playoffs. While that was not meant to be this year, the Gauls showed true grit in a 15-14 loss hosting Capistrano Valley Christian on May 5th. Facing the perennial San Joaquin League champions, Webb trailed 10-1 entering the bottom of the third inning, but rallied for seven runs in the third. After giving up another run in the fifth, Webb hung five more runs on the Eagles, tying the game on an RBI double by J.J. Cunningham ’19, and taking a 13-11 lead on a 2-RBI single from Pederson. But CVCS would rally for four runs in the seventh and the Gauls came up one run short. With that, Webb needed wins in its final two games, both against Saddleback Valley Christian, to keep the season alive. A 13-10 win on May 9th, set up a win-or-go home game on May 11th at SVC. The Warriors’ pitching was too much for the Gauls, who fell 5-0. Webb ended the season 13-9, 6-6 in the San Joaquin League, and narrowly missing the postseason.

Wyatt Albert ’17 and Adrian Alvarez ’17 were both named First Team All-San Joaquin League, while Spencer Stewart ’17 J.J. Cunningham ’19, and Eric Evans ’19 made the Second Team, and Blake Pederson ’18 was an Honorable Mention. Stewart was awarded the Marcus Fornicelli Award: for excellence in sportsmanship, while Albert won the Paul Reitler Award: for outstanding ability. All three seniors on the baseball team plan to continue their athletic careers in college, with Alvarez playing football and baseball at Cornell College (IA), Albert playing soccer at UC-Riverside, and Stewart focusing on baseball at The University of Oregon. Webb will return seven starters in 2018.

VWS Softball:
As the two-time defending San Joaquin League champions, Vivian Webb Softball had high expectations heading into 2017. New head coach Ron Smith and assistant coach Evelyn Carrillo brought decades of softball playing and coaching experience to the Gauls, and fears of the team’s size (15 players) presenting difficulties quickly evaporated. Not content to rest on past laurels, the team faced a very difficult non-league schedule in March. A season-opening 8-3 win at home over Colony on March 3rd set up momentum that carried the Gauls into the tough Coach Takk Classic Tournament in Fullerton. Wins over two consistent playoff teams, Fullerton and Carter, on March 13th showed that the Gauls were headed for good things. Coach Ron Smith said prior to the season that he was impressed with the team’s hitting from the start of practice. As March wore on, Chloe Stewart ’20 emerged as a freshman phenom, hitting grand slams in back-to-back wins over Alverno and St Pius X.-St. Matthias Academy during the week of March 20th. VWS entered spring break with a 9-3 record and plenty of optimism. The team had scored 125 runs at that point in the season, and its three loses came by a combined margin of four runs. The team recorded the highest team CIF-SS ranking for the entire school year, when they were ranked number two in the weekly Division Six Poll on April 3rd.

Following spring break, the Gauls got off to a rough start with an extra innings loss to Chaffey on April 21st. But headed into San Joaquin League play, Webb was poised for a run of dominance unmatched by any other VWS team in the 2016-17 school year. Clutch hitting by Elyse Morris ’17, Chandler Luebbers ’17, Emily Chu ’17, Becca Whithorn ’18, Thea Kirkpatrick ’18, Sarah Renfrew ’17, Jessica Renfrew ’17, Hannalise Davidson ‘20 and Emily Arias ’20 created plenty of breathing room for the pitching staff. Ultimately, Luebbers finished the season with a 1.45 ERA and 16-3 record as a pitcher, racking up 89 strikeouts. The Gauls hit .387 as a team for the year, with Morris leading the team with a .551 batting average. She was one of four players to finish the season with an average of .467 or better. Chloe Stewart led the team with 45 RBI’s and 10 home runs (including two grand slams in one game against Avalon on April 28th). Overall, Webb steamrolled through its league schedule, going 6-0, and outscoring opponents by a combined total of 124-2! The team captured its third straight San Joaquin League Title.

Elyse Morris was grateful to have a difficult opponent to prepare for the playoffs as Webb hosted Crean Lutheran on Senior Day on May 11th. The Gauls got a 2-1 win to help send off Morris, Luebbers, the Renfrew sisters, and Emily “Mei Mei” Chu (who was actually swimming in CIF finals during the game). Mei Mei became the only 13-season athlete from the class of 2017 by playing both softball and swimming in her final season at Vivian Webb.  

Webb bested University Prep in the opening round of the CIF-SS Division Six Playoffs. The Gauls led 7-0 after two innings, and went on to win 8-2. Kirkpatrick, Chu, and Stewart each had two RBI’s to back up Luebbers’ seven-hitter against the Jaguars. Webb the won a 9-3 second round matchup at Carpinteria on May 23rd, setting up a rematch with top seed Sierra Canyon. The Trailblazers knocked Webb out of the playoffs two years ago, and Webb seized a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning. While Sierra Canyon scored five runs in the fifth, Webb battled back with Morris driving in two more runs to bring Webb within two. Ultimately Sierra Canyon hung on for a 7-4 win. Morris capped her Webb career with seven RBI’s in her final two games. The Gauls joined Vivian Webb Water Polo and Soccer as the only teams to advance to CIF quarterfinals in 2016-17. Webb ended the season 18-5.

Chandler Luebbers ‘17 was named 2017 San Joaquin League MVP. Elyse Morris ‘17, Chloe Stewart ‘20, and Thea Kirkpatrick ‘18 all made the all-league first team, while Rebecca Whithorn ‘18, Jessica Renfrew ‘17, Sarah Renfrew ‘17, and Emily Arias ‘20 made the second team.Luebbers also won the Coaches Award for her outstanding ability. Morris won the Alumnae Association Award, given to the player who is most inspirational as demonstrated through improvement, dedication, spirit, and/or sportsmanship. Morris signed an NCAA Division I softball scholarship with St. John’s University (NY), while Luebbers will play water polo for Occidental College and Chu plans to swim for Middlebury College (VT). Meanwhile, VWS will have five starters back in 2018.
 
Webb Swimming and Diving: Coach Ken Rosenfeld’s 12th season as head coach of Webb Swimming and Diving was one in which his swimmers began to rewrite the Webb record books. By season’s end, Vivian Webb had set new school records in eight events, while strong league competition helped set new records at the McCarthy Aquatics Center in 12 different events.
 
The varsity boys’ and girls’ teams started the season 3-0 with wins over Artesia, Saddleback Valley Christian, and a win in the Prep League opener at Chadwick on March 14th. Two days later the Vivian Webb Gauls hosted Mayfield and Rylie Brick ’19 broke her own Webb record and pool record in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:07.71). Then she teamed with Emily Chu ’17, Mary Davis ’19, and Lindsay Jung ’19 to set a new school record and pool record in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:56). While the Gauls would come up just short in the match, 90-86 against Mayfield, it was a tone setting day for the team.
 
Both the varsity boys and girls lost a pair of tough matches to Pasadena Poly and Flintridge on March 21st and 28th respectively. Then Vivian Webb was back in the pool for what proved to be a nailbiter of a meet against Westridge on March 30th. Westridge took a 6-4 lead after the diving portion of the event, but otherwise the match was neck and neck from start to finish. It culminated with a VWS win in the 400-freestyle relay which resulted in a 90-89 match win for Vivian Webb. Senior captain Berne Malekow ‘17’s leg of the race allowed Webb’s team of her, Amanda Wang ’20, Allison Lilley ’19, and Nicole Huh ‘19 to grab first place.
 
Following Spring Break, Webb hosted Walnut in the team’s final regular season dual meet on April 21st. 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. Walnut dominated the match from start to finish. 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.

At the Prep League Championships on April 29th, WSC varsity finished in second place while VWS varsity finished in fourth place.
WSC’s day was led by Euson Hui ‘18’s win in the 100-yard breaststroke and a second-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay by Nathan Paik, Robert Torrance ’19, Hui, and Marty Hild. VWS’ day at Prep League Finals featured two more CIF-SS Auto Cut times for Rylie Brick ’19. She placed third in the 200-yard IM and second in the 100-yard breaststroke. The Gauls set consideration times in all three relay events, with teams that included Brick, Allison Lilley, Emily Chu, Syney Wuu ’20, Mary Davis, and Lindsay Jung. In the individual events, VWS got consideration times from Lindsay Jung (200 and 500-yard freestyle), and Emily Chu (50-freestyle and 100-butterfly). Webb junior varsity boys won the Prep League title, while the girls came in second place.

It was a historical week for Webb Swimming at the 2017 CIF-SS Prelims and Finals at the Riverside Aquatics Complex. During the Prelims on May 10th, the team of Emily Chu, Mary Davis, Rylie Brick, and Lindsay Jung set new school records in the 200-freestyle and 400-freestlye relays. They qualified for CIF-SS Finals in both events. Brick broke both of her school records in the 200-IM and 100-breaststroke, qualifying for finals in both. Jung broke a 12-year old Webb record in the 200-freestyle and nearly broke the record she set at this year’s Prep League finals in the 500-freestyle. While no boys qualified for CIF-SS finals, Coach Rosenfeld noted that this was the youngest Webb team at CIF-SS Finals in 12 years, boding for a strong future.

Three more records fell when Webb competed in CIF-SS Finals on Thursday, May 11th. The VWS relay team once again broke the school record in the 200-freestlye relay with a time of 1:44.53 and finished second in the consolation finals in that event. As for Rylie Brick, she continued to turn heads by once again breaking her own school records in the 200-IM and 100-breaststroke by nearly one full second each. During the record-setting 200-freestlye relay, Coach Rosenfeld says Brick swam what he believes to be the fastest 50-freestyle split time in school history, 24.39 seconds. Her time in the 100-breaststroke was just off the cut for being able to qualify for the CIF State meet this weekend in Clovis. Still, Coach Rosenfeld has plenty of reason to be optimistic for the future with his underclassmen rewriting the Webb Swimming record book in 2017. The Gauls finish the season 4-2 and will graduate just two girls and four boys from the 2017 varsity squad.

As for team awards, Euson Hui ’18 won the Prep League title in the 100-breast stroke and won the Steve Hanley award for outstanding ability and leadership. Rylie Brick ’19 won the
Tim Quinn Award: For devoted interest and hard work while Emily Chu ’17 won the Julie Grabowski Award for inspirational leadership and ability. Chu plans to swim in college at Middlebury College (VT). Anthony Villalobos ’18 and Kate Gurensey ’20 won the JV Coaches Awards.

WSC Volleyball:
It was a difficult season from the start for Webb School of California Varsity Volleyball. Under second year head coach Howie Kalter, the Gauls got off to an 0-4 start before sweeping Western Christian on March 14th for their first win of the year. Led by seniors Max Saphozkhov ’17, Dmitry Semenov ’17, Mark Lehmann ’17, and Jonas Gerken ’17, the Gauls pushed on. The team dropped two tough five-set losses to Pacifica Christian on March 17th, and Rio Hondo Prep on March 20th.

Ultimately the Gauls lost seven games in a row between March 17th and April 25th. But once back from Spring Break, the team’s younger players started to show their form. Hoyin Tsoi ’19 emerged as an outside hitter, Bill King ’19 and Phil Kraus ’18 as middle blockers, and Mo Zahidi ’18 and Luke Lewis ’18 as liberos. Jeffrey Tang ’18 also got significant playing time in the front court.

With a playoff spot out of reach, the Webb battled for two victories in its final three games. Coach Kalter echoed that the team “peaked at the right time”, with wins over San Joaquin League foe Orangewood Academy on April 27th and Capistrano Valley Christian on senior day, May 2nd. Against Orangewood, Webb won set one 25-22, then dropped the second and third sets. A rally in set four tied the match, and Webb took the deciding set five, 15-9. Webb got its second sweep will against CVCS. “Having this 3-0 victory [to end the year] really pumps us up,” said Max Sapozkhov, who finished the game with eight kills and four digs. Mark Lehmann noted the packed crowd at Les Perry Gymnasium made the win that much better. 

The Gauls graduate four seniors from the 2017 team, which went 3-13 and 2-4 in San Joaquin League play. The team will have six players who saw strong playing time this season back in 2018. Max Saphozkhov ‘17 was named All-San Joaquin League Honorable mention and was named team MVP. Mark Lehmann ’17 won the Adam Cave Award, named for Adam Cave ’12 who was killed in a motorcycle accident last winter. The award is given to an athlete who has made a meaningful impact on the team through enthusiasm, dedication, sportsmanship, and an overall positive attitude.

Webb Badminton
: Another season facing some of the toughest competition in all of Southern California led to Webb Badminton posting a 6-5 season record, but also producing the program’s first ever trip to the CIF State Tournament. At 53 members between the junior varsity and varsity teams, the program is among the largest at Webb. The team started the season 4-1 with all four wins coming by at least 13 points, and the one loss a 11-10 affair against Loma Linda Academy on March 14th. The team then struggled through its Freelance League schedule, dropping matches to tough teams like six-time defending CIF Champion Diamond Bar.

The Gauls returned from spring break with a 5-4 record, but won a very close match against Wilson on April 20th. Coach Kevin Quick noted that the 11-10 win was Webb’s first against Wilson since 2012. The team ended the regular season 6-4 and then hosted a two-day League Finals Tournament on April 24th and 26th. Already on his way to a historic season for the Gauls, Albert Zhang ’18 had Webb’s best finish of the day when he won second place in the boys’ singles bracket. Other top finishes in singles play included Macy Huang ‘18’s fourth place finish in the girls’ bracket, and Anam Zahidi ’18’s win in the girls’ singles consolation bracket.  In doubles, Albert Zhang and Claire Jiang ’17 placed fourth in the mixed doubles bracket, juniors Oren Wei and Alex Oei placed sixth in the boys’ bracket, seniors Ben Kwon and Simon Zhang won the boys’ consolation bracket, and Zahidi and Jayden Chiu ’20 came in second in the mixed doubles consolation bracket.

The Gauls’ team season ended with a first round CIF playoff loss to Long Beach Poly on May 1st. But three members of the team continued on to the CIF-Individuals tournament held on May 11th and 12th in El Monte. Jayden Chiu and Claire Jiang represented Webb in mixed doubles, while Albert Zhang competed in singles. By the end of the tournament, Albert came in fourth place in the boys’ singles’ bracket and qualified for the state tournament, becoming Webb’s first ever state badminton player.
Albert finished in sixth place in the boys’ southern area singles bracket on May 20th at the San Gabriel Valley Badminton Club in El Monte.

Albert Zhang ‘18 led all Webb badminton players in scoring this season, and was named team Most Valuable Player
. J.J. Pandji ’18 won the team Coaches Award, while Anam Zahidi ’18 was named Most Improved Varsity Player. For the JV team, Alice Yang ’18 was named Most ImprovedPlayer and Ping Fong ’20 was named team MVP. Webb ended the season 6-5 and will graduate four girls and two boys from the 2017 varsity squad. Albert Zhang is expected to lead a very strong senior class for Webb Badminton in 2018, which will include current juniors Macy Huang, J.J. Pandji, Oren Wei, Alex Oei, Anam Zahidi, and Takim Myhre. 

Webb Track and Field:
Webb Track and Field welcomed a new head coach in Chanel Parker this season. The six-time All American hurdler who won a national championship in college at Cal State Dominguez called beginning her head coaching career at Webb “almost a dream come true.” The Gauls got off to a season opening loss at Montclair on March 3rd. But entering its first Prep League cluster meet on March 7th at Occidental College, it was clear the Gauls had a strong season in them. Nick Johnson ’19 started a season-long trend of dominating in the long jump, high jump, and triple jump. Jeffrey Ran ’18 won the pole vault, and WSC’s relay teams came in second in both their events. The boys finished in third place overall with 95.5 points. For VWS, 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 field came up big as well, with Henry winning the high jump, and Dylan Wensley ’17 winning the pole vault. Brigid Corbin ’19 came in second in the discus. Vivian Webb won the overall meet with 72 points!
 
At the March 14th cluster meet at South Pasadena, WSC Track and Field got its first win of the season. Spencer Easley ’18, Simon Dawson ’19, and Matt Brailsford ’18 finished 1-2-3 in the 300-meter hurdles. Then, WSC went on a win streak starting with a victory in the 4x400 meter relay. Chris Halliburton ’20, Jeffrey Ran, Nick Martinez ’18, and Easley turned in a time of 3:47:49, roughly two seconds ahead of Flintridge Prep’s “A” team. Webb’s “B” team, Derrick Chu ’18, Dawson, Roy Jiang ’20, and Luke Raus ’20, finished in third Nick Johnson won the high jump, long jump, and triple jump. Ran won the pole vault. WSC finished with 105 points, 23 points ahead of Poly and 24 ahead of Flintridge.

Vivian Webb Track and Field finished in fourth place with 37 total points. Some of the team’s top individual performers were Juliana Base (third in the 400-meters), Sarah Hebb (third in the 1600-meters), Anne Lofgren (second in the 3200-meters), Dylan Wensley (first in the triple jump, second in the pole vault), and Kelli Henry (second in the high jump).
 
Webb then hosted two cluster meets. The first, a Prep League meet on March 21st, was cut short by a driving rainstorm that swept over campus in the afternoon. Before the meet was called, Webb’s Brendan Shue ’17, Nick Martinez, and Derrick Chu ’18 finished 1-3-5 in the 100-meter dash. Jeffrey Ran won the 400-meter dash, and Nick Johnson, Chris Halliburton, Matt Castro ’17, and Apollo Thomas ’17 finished 2-3-4-6 in the long jump. Vivian Webb’s Sarah Hebb finished second in the 800 and 1600-meter dashes, while Dylan Wensley and Kelli Henry were second and third in the long jump. Brigid Corbin was second in the discus throw. Overall WSC and VWS finished in second and third place respectively.
 
 Webb then hosted Sherman Indian, Whittier Christian, Pacifica Christian Orange County, and Milken Community March 28th in its final regular season meet. Unlike the previous week’s meet, Mother Nature was shining on the Webb campus, as the athletes had a sun-soaked track at Faculty Field. WSC won the boys’ meet by more than 40 points while VWS had a marquee day, finishing in second place with 138 points, just 11 points behind Whittier Christian. Sarah Hebb won the 800 and 1600-meter dashes. Anne Lofgren won the 3200-meters, and came in third in the 1600. Kelli Henry won the 100-meter hurdles. Brigid Corbin’s sixth place finish was VWS top performance in the 400-meters. Bella Biane ’19 finished second in the 200 meters. VWS’ 4x400-meter “A” relay team finished second. The Gauls were very dominant in the field events, with Kelli Henri winning the high jump. Dylan Wensley continued a remarkable senior year by winning the pole vault, triple jump, and long jump. Brigid Corbin finished fourth in the discus and seventh in the shot put. For the boys, six of the top ten times in the 100-meter dash came from WSC runners, led by event winner Brendan Shue.
 
After Spring Break, the team competed in Prep League Prelims on April 21st and Finals on April 28th. The latter, held at Burroughs High in Burbank, saw 30 members of the team in competition in total. WSC finished in second place as a team with 91 points, while VWS finished in fifth with 54 points. Nick Johnson qualified for a team-high four events at CIF while Dylan Wensley was named Prep League Field MVP. She qualified for CIF in three events.
 
On May 13th, 10 Webb athletes headed to the CIF-SS Division Four Prelims at Carpinteria:  Dylan Wensley, Jeffrey Ran, Brendan Shue, Nick Martinez, Chris Halliburton, Nick Johnson, Spencer Easley, Kelli Henry, Apollo Thomas, and Edison Adler. Ran qualified for CIF Finals in the pole vault, while Wensley qualified in the pole vault and long jump, and Henry qualified as an alternate in the long jump. At CIF-SS Division 4 Finals at Cerritos College on May 20th, Ran finished in eighth place in the boys’ pole vault, Henry finished in eighth in the girls’ high jump, and Wensley finished in sixth place in the girls’ pole vault and seventh place in the girls’ long jump. 
 
WSC Track and Field finished in second place in league and had individual event champions in Pole Vault – Jeffrey Ran (pole vault), Spencer Easley (300 meter hurdles), and Nick Johnson (high jump and triple jump). Johnson also won the Ray Alf Fighting Heart Award, characterized by hard work dedication and perseverance. Apollo Thomas won the Jack Wilson Award for greatest contribution in ability and spirit.  
 
VWS Track and Field finished in fifth place in league. Dylan Wensley was named Prep League Field Events MVP and was an individual champion in the high jump and pole vault. Kelli Henry was an individual champion in the long jump. Wensley also won the Coaches Award for her devoted interest and hard work. Sarah Hebb won the Alumnae Association Award, given to the person with the greatest contribution in ability and spirit on the team.

The team graduates five seniors from the 2017 squad.

WSC Tennis:
Webb School of California Tennis had one of the more dominating season of any team in the 2016-17 school year. Beyond a 15-3 loss to Pasadena Poly on March 3rd, the Gauls won 15 matches before Spring Break. Many of those weren’t even close, as the team’s closest win was a 12-6 final over Ambassador League rival Arrowhead Christian on March 14th. March set up stellar season marks for several players. Deepak Tummula ’17 finished with a perfect 15-0 record in singles play during the regular season. Fellow seniors Darren Hsu and Raphael Huang went 13-1 as a doubles pair. Tom Liu ’18 went 12-3 as Webb’s star number two singles player, while Andrew Shen ’19 went 4-0 as a number three singles player. Joining Hsu and Huang, Kia Nalbandi ’18 and J.P. Calderoni ’19 were a solid number two doubles team, going 13-1 on the year in that slot. Nic Dodds ’18 and Parsa Ariane ’17 made a good doubles pair as well, going 7-2 on the regular season.

Returning from Spring Break, Webb stumbled to a 10-8 home loss to Arrowhead Christian on April 21st. The loss meant that the two teams would share the Ambassador League Championship this year. Webb finished the regular season 17-2, and held their opponents to one point or less in eight different matches. Coach Ron Martinez says he “was floored” when he found out he had reached 100 wins as both head coach of VWS and WSC tennis. The milestone win came when Webb defeated Cerritos 12-6 in the regular season finale on April 28th. Martinez joins baseball’s Jeff Stodgel and WSC Basketball’s Rick Duque as the coaches who hit 100 Webb wins this year.

The team entered league prelims and finals on May 2nd and 4th at Linfield Christian in Temecula. The singles’ final on May 4th was an all Webb affair, with Deepak Tummula defeating Tom Liu. Webb also finished with the second and third best doubles pairs in league, with Kia Nalbandi and J.P. Calderoni coming in second, and seniors Darren Hsu and Rafael Huang finished third. A team of twin brothers from Arrowhead Christian defeated both pairs on its way to winning the tournament.

WSC Tennis then won a first round matchup in the CIF-SS D-3 tournament on May 10th. The Gauls rolled over Arlington at home, winning 16-2. It would prove to be the team’s final home match, as they were bounced in the second round of CIF at Cate, losing 12-6 on May 12th. Tom Liu, Kia Nalbandi, and J.P. Calderoni then represented the team at CIF-Individuals. Liu lost in the first round of singles, while Nalbandi and Calderoni made it to the second round before losing in the tournament held at The University of Redlands on May 25th.

Deepak Tummula ’17 was named Ambassador League MVP, while Tom Liu ‘18, Kia Nalbandi ‘18, J.P. Calderoni ‘19, Darren Hsu ‘17, and Raphael Huang ’17 all made the all-league first team. Hsu and Huang won the Marco Novelo Award: for sportsmanship and ability while June Kim ’19 won the Coaches Award: for improvement and sportsmanship. Webb finished the season 18-3 and graduates five seniors from the 2017 squad.

WSC Golf:
Webb School of California Golf featured the debut of Andrew Neyer as head coach. After serving as an assistant last fall to Vivian Webb Head Coach Gabe Sanchez, Coach Neyer’s first season at the helm of the Gauls was a very successful one. While it began with a road loss to Pasadena Poly on March 2nd, the Gauls’ year then turned into a huge winning streak. Webb reeled off 13 consecutive wins in a three-week span between March 7th and March 28th. Led by R.J. Duque ’17, Dillon Kim ’17, Johnson Li ’17, Andy Zhou ’18, and Kellen Willmore ’20 among others, Webb started off San Joaquin League play with a 12-0 record. The Gauls had a handful of matches in which they won by less than 15 strokes, including a six-stroke win at Samueli Academy on March 13th. Still, won six matches by 50 strokes or more in that span.  

Webb recorded its lowest team score of the season on March 28th when they shot 197 to defeat Samueli Academy and Capistrano Valley Christian. The team’s toughest day came on March 30th, an all-day affair at Avalon. Following the early morning drive and ferry to Catalina Island, Webb lost by 23 strokes to the Lancers, but beat Fairmont Prep on the same day. It was one of seven tri-meets for the team in 2017. The Gauls finished 13-1 in San Joaquin League play and won the San Joaquin League Title, Webb’s third league title of the spring season.

Following a win over Chaffey on April 20th, Webb finished the regular season 15-2 and started preparing for San Joaquin League playoffs. It was a close finish at league prelims on April 25th. Andy Zhou said he was “really honored” in making the cut as the team’s lone qualifier for league finals. R.J. Duque missed the cut by one stroke, and Dillon Kim and Kellen Willmore by two strokes each. Zhou finished in sixth place at the San Joaquin League finals in Tustin on April 26th.

In its final match of the year, Webb finished 18th out of 20th in the CIF Southern Regional Team Meet in Fountain Valley on May 15th. The team finished ahead of league rival Avalon for the second time this year.

Andy Zhou ’18 was named All-San Joaquin League Second Team, which R.J. Duque ’17, Kellen Willmore ’20, and Kellen Willmore ’20 making all-league honorable mention. R.J. Duque ‘17 won the Coaches
Award :
for exemplary commitment, enthusiasm, and dedication. Jacob Weigand ’20 was named Most Improved Golfer. Webb graduates five seniors in 2017 but will return three freshman who all played varsity this season in 2018, along with two current juniors.
 
 
 
 
 
 
    
 
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