March Newsletter: Athletics

Varsity Basketball
What a year! After graduating four starters from the previous season and a 2-5 start, the Pilot Hoopers finished the regular season with an overall record of 16-13. The Pilots completed the rugged Eastern League in 2nd place with a 5-3 record and two victories over the eventual league champions. The Pilots season ended with a tough, 3 point, CIF Playoff loss to Grossmont. After being down 10 points at the end of the third quarter, the Pilots fought their way back and had a shot at the buzzer to tie the game. This grit and fight was evident all year long.

Look out for this group next year as they return 10 of their 11 players. Way to go, Pilot Hoopers! You made us all really proud!

Novice Basketball
The Novice Pilots finished 11-11 overall and 4-3 in the Grossmont Novice League for the 2019-2020 season. Good team chemistry was evident early in the season and the girls continued to grow and improve throughout. Wins against Montgomery, two wins against La Jolla Country Day, and a win against Otay Ranch highlighted the season. The nine Pilots worked well together during practices and always played hard throughout every game.

Dance
Dance had an amazing Competition at the WCE Dance Regional Competition in Anaheim. They placed in Varsity Hip Hop, Small Jazz, Large Jazz, Large Lyrical, 4th Pom and 5th Small Lyrical. Freshman Lillian Attaway ’23 also placed 9th for Frosh solos.

Equestrian
On February 7, members of the Equestrian team took a service trip to Resque Ranch, a 20-acre facility in Escondido that rescues abused and abandoned horses. Students took a tour of the facility and then helped groom and bathe several of the horses. Claire Latham ’23 is a regular volunteer at the ranch and has been riding horses there since the beginning of the school year.

(Photographed: Karina Bedryj-Zapasnik ’21, Claire Latham ’23, Jocelyn Moore ’21, Fernanda Graniello ’21 and Victoria Velasco ’21)

Varsity Soccer
The Varsity soccer team finished the season with a 4-4 tie against Scripps Ranch. It was a great night as we honored our seniors. The Varsity Pilots finished the season with a record of 7-5-10. Sarah Melcher ’22 and Andrea Tena ’22 led the team in goals with 5 a piece and Stella Comana ’23 led the team with 6 assists. The stellar defense was anchored by Brooke Gierczak ’22 and Sabrina Comana ’20. Lily Strack ’21 and Sydney Pack ’21 posted 11 shutouts.

JV Soccer
The JV soccer team wrapped up their season on February 11. The JV Pilots had a great season with nearly 20 goals scored and innumerable saves by keeper Hannah Vazquez. The girls had to fight through tough opposition and multiple injuries but were able to perform and make friendships that will last a lifetime. Way to go, Pilots!

Water Polo
After finishing the league games, the girls ranked high enough to qualify for their first CIF game this season. We were ranked 12th overall which got the girls a playoff game against Valley Center the #5 seed. This gave our girls an amazing opportunity. The girls played hard and put up a good fight, however we lost by 6 points. Now that we have qualified for CIF we will make our next season even better! Sadly, we are losing 2 great players, however we wish them luck in their future!