2016-17 Webb School Athletics: The Numbers
The 2016-17 school year was a very successful one across the board for Webb School of California and Vivian Webb School.
- 9 league championships in 2016-17.
- 17 of the school’s 21 CIF teams went to the postseason.
- 3 head coaches (WSC Basketball’s Rick Duque, WSC Baseball’s Jeff Stodgel, and WSC & VWS Tennis’ Ron Martinez) hit 100 wins at Webb.
- 6 new head coaches at VWS and WSC
- 8 athletes won League Most Valuable Player or Athlete of the Year Honors (Wyatt Albert ’17 for WSC Soccer, Mary Davis ’19 for VWS Water Polo, Mitchell Fargo ’17 for WSC Water Polo, Raphael Huang ’17 for WSC Cross Country, Thea Kirkpatrick ’18 for VWS Tennis, Chandler Luebbers ’17 for VWS Softball, Deepak Tummula ’17 for WSC Tennis, Dylan Wensley ’17 for VWS Soccer and VWS Track and Field [Field Events League MVP])
- 36 first-team all-league honors for Webb athletes
- 4 all-CIF Individual Honors
- 8 new school records set by Vivian Webb Swimming
- 2 athletes competing in state meets or tournaments (Raphael Huang ’17 in Cross Country, Albert Zhang ’18 in Badminton [first ever state badminton player for Webb]
- 21 Gaul Award Winners (see list below)
- 3 Golden Gaul Award Winners (see list below)
- 13 Number of Seasons for Emily “Mei Mei” Chu ’17 (across five sports: basketball, softball, swimming, volleyball, water polo)
Gaul Award: Given to graduating seniors who have played at least nine seasons of interscholastic sports during their time at Webb: Wyatt Albert, Andre Ardelan, Andy Christiansen, R.J. Duque, Brandon Fang, Andrew Fenichel, Luke Gao, Briana Garabet, Jonas Gerken, Max Griffon, Daniel Hong, Nick Jung, Josh Ratinoff, Jessica Renfrew, Sarah Renfrew, Max Saphozkhov, Dmitry Semenov, Brendan Shue, Stephen Silides, Apollo Thomas, Dylan Wensley
Golden Gaul Award: Given to graduating seniors who have played at least 12 seasons of interscholastic sports during their time at Webb: Chandler Luebbers, Emily Chu, Parsa Ariane
2016-17 Webb School Athletics: Memorable Moments Team-by-Team
Webb School of California Football’s biggest moment of the season came on its annual Friday Night Lights game. Facing Upland Christian on September 23rd, the Gauls were trailing late in the first quarter. Already 1-3 on the season, and playing in front of a packed, nighttime crowd at Faculty Field, Webb started a drive on its own three-yard line. Over the next 5:22 seconds, the Gauls worked their way down the field and scored on a short run by quarterback Ryan Place ’18. With that, the Gauls took the lead on the first play of the second quarter, and never trailed again. They went on to beat the Lancers 48-14 and “found their swag again” as coach Amahl Thomas put it after the game.
Webb battled through tough close losses against Southlands Christian on September 30th and Santa Clarita Christian on October 6th and won its final two games of the year. The team defeated Fairmont Prep on October 29th and Capistrano Valley Christian on November 4th and finished 4-6
Vivian Webb Volleyball’s biggest moment came on October 20th when the Gauls won a five-set marathon over Fairmont Prep. The Gauls won the first two sets by a combined 14 points, but Fairmont battled back for 26-24 victories in sets three and four. Not to be denied, the Gauls responded for a 15-10 set five victory to take the match. Another big moment was the team’s final stand in the second round of the 2016 CIF-SS Playoffs on November 3rd. Down 2-0 and trailing Archer 24-17 in set three, Webb scored five straight points before Archer scored again for the win. “It was the best way to go out” said Elyse Morris ’17. Coach Destinee Sales said the series was her personal highlight of the season. Within days of the season ending loss, two members of the team inked NCAA Division One Scholarships. Jordan Fuelling ‘17 capped an incredible season (261 kills, 238 digs, 56 aces) by signing a scholarship to play volleyball for The University of Hartford. The third of three sisters to play volleyball for the Gauls, Jordan is the first person in her family to earn a D1 scholarship. She called the 2016 season “amazing” and said it was great motivation for her: “I wanted to go into this season remembering I was going to make volleyball my life for the next four years, [telling myself] you’re going to pour your heart and soul into this so you might as well start now.” Elyse Morris signed a Division One softball scholarship with St. John’s University in New York days later. Vivian Webb ended the season 9-15.
Webb School of California Water Polo‘s biggest moment came on the road on October 20th. That afternoon, the Gauls bested Sage Hill 9-8 to win the Academy League title outright. The Gauls were in the midst of a “second season” in which they went 7-3 in October and swept the Academy League. It was a period that saw Mitchell Fargo ‘17 named Male Athlete of the week by the Inland Empire Daily Bulletin, and finish second in a weeklong vote for the best male high school athlete in the Los Angeles-area during the first week in October. He finished second despite being the only non-football athlete in the running! He ended the season as Academy League MVP with 122 goals, 72 draws, and 98 steals for the 11-14 Gauls. Coach Howie Kalter said his signature moments were amazing saves by Max Saphozkhov ‘17 and his reaction; “he’ll yell something in Russian, the whole team gets behind him and it fires us up more than anything.”
Vivian Webb Tennis’ season highlight was sparked by a 10-8 win over Fairmont Prep on October 18th. From there, the Gauls went on a 7-3 run that led to their third consecutive San Joaquin League title. As head coach Ron Martinez put it in an email near season’s end, the Gauls exceeded all expectations: “If you would have asked me how we were going to do this season, I would have thought that we would be lucky if we squeaked out a 2nd or 3rd in league. Getting 1st in league, I would never have thought that.......Now if you told me that we would have the top player of the year, I would think you were kidding.” Well that’s exactly what Vivian Webb had this year in Thea Kirkpatrick ’18, who went 10-4 in 2016 as Webb’s number one singles player. Kirkpatrick went on to win San Joaquin League MVP and won the league singles’ tournament in Newport Beach on October 27th. That same tournament led to an all-VWS doubles final, with Katie Hawkes ’17 and Emily Schoffmann ’19 besting sophomores Katie Evanilla and Winona Dodds. The Gauls made the first round of CIF and ended the season 10-8.
Vivian Webb Golf reached new heights in its third year in existence. The Gauls set new high marks in wins (6), league wins (4), and number of players (13). Head Coach Gabriel Sanchez says he was “ecstatic” at the team’s progress in 2016. The highlight of the season came in the midst of a particularly rough stretch in which the team went 2-4 in San Joaquin League play. he girls offered to go to dinner with a team that had reportedly been having a hard time getting along with other teams. That Korean barbecue dinner took place on October 13th. Coach Sanchez called it “the true meaning of sports, and the VWS girls led the way.” Vivian Webb finished the season 6-7.
Webb Cross Country had a dominating fall, with WSC winning its third straight San Joaquin League Title and VWS winning its second straight. The performance of San Joaquin League Most Valuable Runner Raphael Huang ’17 was the team’s overall season highlight. Huang made it all the way to the CIF Division Four finals race in Fresno on November 26th, where he finished tied for the 31st fastest time in California this year in his event. He had already won the varsity boys race in the San Joaquin League Championship meet with an astounding time of 16:41, a full 30 seconds faster than the second-place runner. As a team, the Gauls reached new heights in sending both a varsity boys and girls team the CIF-SS Finals in Riverside on November 19th. The boys finished 10th as a team in their race while the girls finished 15th.
WSC Basketball - The 2016-17 season for Webb School of California basketball was one highlighted by a milestone for Head Coach Rick Duque and mourning for a fallen former member of the program. The Gauls helped coach Duque achieve his 100th career win as head basketball coach when they defeated St. Monica Academy 54-28 on December 5th. Senior guard Stephen Chai remarked that the accomplishment was “so low key.” In a way, that was a proper sentiment for a coach that has always been loved by the Webb community for his humility. “it’s all because of them,” said Duque of his players past and present, “I didn’t win one game, they won all those games not me.”
The Gauls entered holiday break with a 5-5 record but their games were overshadowed when news of the death of Adam Cave ’12 broke around campus. Adam had been an assistant coach for Duque, and was involved in the basketball program throughout his Webb career. Before their December 15th game against Holy Martyrs Armenian, the Gauls dedicated their season to Cave, placing white flowers on an empty seat on their bench. The team wore shirts with Cave’s name and the number 12 printed on the back before their January 13th alumni game. The Gauls ended their season 6-14, 0-6 in San Joaquin League play.
Vivian Webb Basketball’s season was highlighted by the team roaring out of the gate, going 8-1 in the month of December. The stretch included close wins over Montclair and Holy Martyrs, and blowout victories over Saddleback Valley Christian and Woodcrest Christian. The team was ranked in the top five of the weekly CIF-SS D-5AA poll as January began. While the team was plagued by injuries down the stretch, a senior night victory over Saddleback Valley Christian on February 9th gave senior captain Jordan McClure ‘17 reason to celebrate. Chloe Stewart ’20 began a remarkable freshman season by leading the Gauls in scoring, a preview of what was to come for her on the softball team. The team finished 9-10, 2-6 in San Joaquin League play, and was eliminated in a wildcard matchup at Pasadena Poly in the CIF-SS D5-AA playoffs on February 16th.
Webb School of California Soccer had a phenomenal season in 2016-17, winning the program’s second San Joaquin League title in three years with a perfect 10-0 league mark, finishing in ninth place in the final CIF-SS Division Six poll, and advancing to the second round of the CIF-SS Division Six tournament. The team began the season with Coach Greg Gerken’s first career win as head coach, a 2-0 win over San Dimas on December 2nd. The team’s highlight came following the torrential storm that hit Southern California in mid-January. The team had to play seven games in 11 days due to cancellations to close out the regular season. That included three games in less than 24 hours on January 27th and 28th. But, Webb still went 8-0-1 to close out the season. The team ultimately made it to the second round of the CIF-SS Division Six playoffs, and Wyatt Albert ’17 was named League MVP and made the All CIF team. He will further his soccer career at UC Riverside next year. The Gauls finished the season 17-2-3, 10-0 in league.
Vivian Webb Soccer had a historic run this year. The Gauls became the first team in program history to finish the regular season undefeated, and the first to win a league championship. For a team that finished in second place in each of the last two years, this was a season that will not be forgotten anytime soon. Among the highlights was a dominating 8-0 win over Tarbut V’Torah on January 26th. TVT had bested Webb for the league championship in each of the previous two years and now it was the Gauls’ turn. A 3-0 win on senior day over Samueli Academy on February 3rd gave Webb its first ever San Joaquin League title. At halftime, Friends gave Alex Wilson ‘17 a chance to sign with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, where she will be playing Division III soccer while studying at Claremont McKenna College next year.
Dylan Wensley ’17 won San Joaquin League MVP, and will graduate with three such awards (two for track and field, and one for soccer). The Gauls became one of three teams this year to reach the CIF-SS Quarterfinals, where they lost to West Valley on February 24th. VWS ended the season 14-1-2.
Like VWS Soccer, 2016-17 brought Vivian Webb Water Polo its first ever league championship. The team’s 13-4 win at San Dimas on February 2nd clinched the Valle Vista League title for the Gauls. “There’s a banner that going to be hanging in the gym,” said a very happy Coach Tom Jurczak to his players after the win, noting that VWS Water Polo did not have any banners hanging in their honor before this season. But before that, the team had several big moments, including back-to-back overtime wins over Ontario on December 9th and Don Lugo on December 13th. Chandler Luebbers ‘17’s mid-pool goal in the closing seconds gave VWS the lead for good against Don Lugo. Soonafter, she announced that she will play water polo at Occidental College next year.
The Gauls ultimately went 8-0 in Valle Vista League play, and won a first round CIF-SS playoff game 9-7 over Cerritos on February 16th. The Gauls were eliminated two days later at Paso Robles but finished 19-6 on the year. Mary Davis ’19 won Valle Vista League MVP honors.
Webb Wrestling’s season was highlighted by the arrival of new head coach Leif Williams, whom the entire team quickly grew to love. Josh Logan ’17, Spencer Easley ’18, and Robbie Reimer II ’20 established themselves as team leaders, with Easley racking up an impressive 14-1 individual record at 152 pounds by the time the Cross Valley League Finals rolled around. A strong showing at the Bishop Amat Tournament on January 14th set up a showdown with rival Calvary Chapel Downey on January 17th. Patrick Kidwell ‘17 told the team it was the most important match of the year and “not that we needed the win, [but our guys] needed to wrestle their hardest.” Webb fell 43-30 and dropped to 3-3 on the year.
Webb finished the regular season 6-6. The 2017 Cross Valley League Finals tournament presented Webb Wrestling with a formidable challenge. In addition to battling the best wrestlers in the league, the Gauls also battled high altitude. The tournament was held at Big Bear High School, which sits at more than 6,700 feet of elevation. Still every wrestler for Webb who competed, nine wrestlers in all, moved on to the CIF-SS Southern Division Individual Tournament in Brea on February 17th. All nine were eliminated from the tournament Friday evening, with Josh Logan ’17 and Ben Chai ’19 making the longest runs.
Unlike most sports at Webb, Triathlon only has two events throughout the year. In fact, only one of those events, the Tinsel Triathlon in Hemet, took place during Webb’s winter season. At the December 11th triathlon in Hemet, Marty Hild ’19 took third place in his age group with a time of 1:02:33. Daniel Hong ’17 and Liam Geary ’20 came in 5th and 6th place respectively in the 13-17 age bracket.
In the final event of the winter season, Webb competed in the annual Race on The Base Triathlon in Los Alamitos on February 25th. Webb boys made up much of the field for the 15-18 male division, with Kevin Wang ’18 finishing third in the division with a time of 1:08:08. Other top finishers were Marty Hild ‘19 (4th place), Daniel Hong ‘17 (6th place), Max Griffon ’17 (7th place), Andrew Fenichel ’17 (10th place), Gavin Lee ‘19 (12th), Robert Torrance ’19 (14th), Harrison Lee ’20 (15th), and Drew Hirsch ’19 (18th). In the second wave, Grace Kirkland ’18 came in second in the girls’ 15-18 division (1:30:50). Anjali Reddy ’17 came in third place, and Madison Steinorth ’18 came in 4th place. Josh Ratinoff came in sixth in the boys’ 15-18 division.
Webb Baseball’s early season featured a spectacular day for Spencer Stewart ’17. Facing St Pius X-St. Matthias on March 10th, the Gauls’ starting pitcher fanned 16 batters and hit a two-run homer en route to a complete game two hit shutout. Webb won the game 9-0, and Stewart was named male athlete of the week 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.
This year, the Gauls had a historic win during Spring 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. While a trip to the CIF-SS Division Six Playoffs 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.
Vivian Webb Softball’s early season featured the emergence of Chloe Stewart ’20 as a freshman phenom. She hit grand slams in back-to-back wins over Alverno and St Pius X.-St. Matthias Academy during the week of March 20th. She led the team in home runs and RBI’s in 2017. As a team, VWS showed their strength in early wins against large schools like Colony on March 3rd. The team made some early noise by defeating two Southern California powerhouses, Fullerton and Carter, in the same day on March 13th. The Gauls scored 125 runs in their first 12 games and notched the highest CIF-SS ranking for the entire school year, when they were ranked second in the weekly Division Six Poll on April 3rd.
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 as San Joaquin League MVP 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 the St. John’s-bound 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.
The team made a valiant run in the CIF-SS Division Six Playoffs, ultimately falling to Sierra Canyon in the quarterfinals on May 25th. It was a game in which the Gauls scored first, gave up a five-run rally, but fought back to keep the game close. The team’s 18-5 record capped a phenomenal first season for new head coach Ron Smith.
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.
Close matches became the hallmark of Webb’s season in the Prep League. No match was closer than Vivian Webb’s day hosting 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.
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.
Under first year head coach Chanel Parker, Webb Track and Field had a memorable stretch hosting two cluster meets in late March. 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 ‘18, and Derrick Chu ’18 finished 1-3-5 in the 100-meter dash. Jeffrey Ran ’18 won the 400-meter dash, and Nick Johnson ‘19, Chris Halliburton ‘20, 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 ‘17 and Kelli Henry ‘18 were second and third in the long jump. Brigid Corbin ‘19 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.
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. She also captured the Prep League Field Events MVP award, her third league MVP award during her time at Webb.
Webb Badminton’s 6-5 regular season was highlighted by 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.
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 went 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.
Webb School of California Volleyball’s tough 2017 season ended on a high note with the Gauls winning two of their final three matches. Coach Howie Kalter noted 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 ‘17, who finished the game with eight kills and four digs. Mark Lehmann ‘17 noted the packed crowd at Les Perry Gymnasium made the win that much better.
Webb School of California Tennis had one of the more dominating seasons 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.
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.
Deepak Tummula emerged as League Singles champion for the third year in a row and Ambassador League MVP in 2017. 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. However it was 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.
Under new head coach Andrew Neyer, Webb School of California Golf 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 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. Webb’s overall record was 15-2. The team had 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.