Padre Athletics News Archives
Posted Thursday, Jun 11, 2015
Congratulations to Serra senior Joe Kmak '15 who was named the San Mateo Daily Journal Boys’ Swimmer of the Year! Click here for complete story
Congratulations Joe on this outstanding accomplishment and Go Padres!
Posted Monday, Jun 8, 2015
The Serra Track and Field team closed out the 2015 season with one last set of impressive accomplishments. Junior triple jumper Jordan Kenison became the third Padre in three years (Jon Beering in 2013 and Kyle Orloff in 2014) to qualify for the State Meet finals. His jump of 45-7.25 put him in 11th place heading into the finals (the top 12 advanced). Saturday evening he followed that performance with a best jump of 45-5 to end his season in 10th place at the State Championships, the third best place among juniors in the competition.
The 4x400m Relay team of Noriega Moffett, Armon Plummer, Marcus Alvarez and Jeremiah Testa didn't rest on their new school for very long. Only a week after bettering the 15 year old record at CCS Finals, the team improved by over a full second with their time of 3:19.43. Despite the performance, the team finished just outside the top 9 places for the finals with the 11th fastest time of the event. The time is tied for the 41st fastest in CCS history and the best time in the section since 2006.
Marcus Alvarez closed out his senior campaign by jumping 42-3.25 which was good for 23rd place. Armon Plummer, unfortunately, was disqualified after his 110m High Hurdle race for running with his trail leg going around the hurdle.
Congratulations to the team for an outstanding season!
Jordan Kenison, 10th place Triple Jump 2015 CA State Championships
4x400m Relay Team, 11th place 2015 CA State Championships (school record)
2015 State Meet Qualifiers (left to right): Scott Fitzpatrick (9) (Relay Alternate), Marcus Alvarez (12) (Relay and Triple Jump), Jeremiah Testa (11) (Relay), Armon Plummer (11) (Relay and Hurdles), Noriega Moffett (11) (Relay), Jordan Kenison (Relay Alternate and Triple Jump).
Posted Thursday, Jun 4, 2015
Posted Wednesday, Jun 3, 2015
Please click the link below to read the amazing article in the San Mateo Daily Journal on the Serra crew team and their success throughout the season:
Serra Crew Making A Name For Itself
Posted Tuesday, Jun 2, 2015
Early on in the 50th installment of the CCS Championships for Track and Field, the Padres had several near misses for an opportunity to make the State Championships. The 4x100m Relay team of Noriega Moffett, Armon Plummer, Obi Obodozie and Kelepi Lataimua ran 43.21 for 5th place, just .05 off their best time from last week and only .02 from taking 3rd place and earning the coveted automatic spot to the State Meet.
Plummer ran a personal best 15.16w and also finished 5th in the 110 High Hurdles. Senior discus thrower, Stefan Seul, improved one spot from last year and finished in 7th place (138-5). The triple jump turned the tide for the Padres. In the second round, Jordan Kenison unleashed his first jump over 46 feet with a 46-4.25 jump. It was good for first place for about two minutes until Darius Carbin of Mount Pleasant High School traveled 3/4 of an inch further. That order would hold for the remainder of the competition (Carbin would jump 47-4 on his final jump to extend his lead).
The battle, though, was for third place and the last spot for State. Needing an improvement on his first two jumps in order to crack the top eight places and earn three final jumps, senior Marcus Alvarez came through with the 4th best jump of the competition, 43-11. Entering his sixth and final jump, Alvarez was still in the unenviable foiurth position when he uncorked a 44-4.5 to move him into third place and after a foul by the only athlete who could have moved him back to fourth, Alvarez sealed his ticket to one more meet along with Kenison. Knowing that their qualifying time wouldn't be good enough to leave CCS Finals with the top time two weeks in a row, the 4x400m Relay team of Noriega Moffett, Armon Plummer, Marcus Alvarez and Jeremiah Testa opened up a lead early in the race that held until Testa crossed the finish line.
Not only did the Padres earn their second straight CCS Title in the event (Alvarez, Plummer and Testa were on the team last year also), but they took down the 15 year old school record of 3:20.88 by Colin Gaul, Omar Lopez, Angelo Fobbs-Valentino and Tony Martinelli with their 3:20.75. The win propelled the Padres into 4th place in the team championship, earning a plaque for the school.
The CIF State Championships will take place on Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6 at Memorial Stadium on the campus of Buchanan High School in Clovis. Alvarez and Kenison are scheduled to start their triple jump competition at 6 p.m. and the 4x400m Relay will run at approximately 9:39 p.m. on Friday. By virtue of two athletes who finished ahead of him in CCS deciding not to compete on Friday, Armon Plummer will assume the third position for the CCS in the 110m HH and will run at approximately 6:19 pm. The top nine in each running event and top 12 in each field event will qualify for Saturday evening's finals.
Congratulations and Good Luck Padres!
Marcus Alvarez' 3rd place jump in triple jump
Posted Tuesday, May 26, 2015
On Saturday May 23rd at the CCS Semi-Finals for track and field, the Serra track team left feeling like it was mission accomplished leading into next Friday night's CCS Finals. The meet started on a high note with the 4x100m Relay team of Noriega Moffett, Armon Plummer, Obi Obodozie and Kelepi Lataimua running .36 seconds faster than their best time of the year last week at WCAL Finals to qualify with the third fastest time of the day. Plummer then took his turn in the 110 High Hurdles where he raced to the eighth qualifying spot in 15.47. Stefan Seul became the first Padre field event athlete of the day to move on to next week's finals as he qualified for the discus finals (142-5) for the second year in a row. Plummer returned to the track for the 300m Intermediate Hurdles where he ran under 40 seconds for the first time (39.44) and qualified with the second fastest time. Isaiah Strong moves into the CCS Finals in the shot put in the sixth position with his throw of 47-8.5. The Padre triple jump combo of Jordan Kenison and Marcus Alvarez both had personal best jumps and easily qualified to move on (Kenison - 45-5, 2nd place; Alvarez - 44-11.5, 3rd place). The 4x400m Relay team (Moffett, Plummer, Kenison and Jeremiah Testa) closed the meet off on a high note by running the fastest qualifying time of 3:23.62. Talon Bennett just missed qualifying in the pole vault. He jumped the same height as the final qualifiers but failed to move on based on his number of misses.
CCS Finals will take place at San Jose City College on Friday
evening. Boys' discus begins at 4:00
and the 4x100m Relay begins at 6:00
. You can follow along with Live Results here
Posted Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Six members of the Junipero Serra Lacrosse team have been recognized by West Catholic Athletic League, earning All League Nominations for the 2015 Season. Senior Goalie Gio Escobar, Junior Midfield Rory Uniacke, and Sophomore Attack PJ McGloin have earned spots on the 1st Team All WCAL, while Senior Midfield Joe Knightly, and Junior Defenders Ethan Pratt and James Silva have landed on the second team.
Finishing his career as the program's all-time leader in Saves (393), Save Percentage (58.8%) and Goal's Against Average (8.41), Gio Escobar, was an anchor for the Padres, leading the team to a 4-2 league Mark, 13-8 overall, while picking up his first ever League Playoff Win. He posted at least 10 saves or more in 15 of 20 contests, helping the Padres total their most wins in a season in program history.
Making the move to midfield for the 2015 Season, Rory Uniacke earns his first ever nod on the all-league team. His team leading 31 Goals was paced by several stellar league performances, posting multi-Goal games against Archbishop Mitty, Sacred Heart Cathedral, St. Francis and Archbisop Rhiordan, and posted at least 2 goals in 12 of 20 contests overall.
Quarterbacking the offense, McGloin had a breakout Sophomore Year, leading all Padres with 29 Goals and 46 assists. He posted at least one point in all but one contest on the year, and ranked in the top 10 for points in WCAL. He set a program record for Assists (10) and Points (11) in a game against Archbishop Rhiordan (4/20/15). This is his second time being recognized by the league, after earning All League Honorable Mention during his rookie season.
Senior Joe Knightly earns his first Lacrosse honor as a Defensive Midfielder and utility man for the Padres. Often the fastest player on the field, Knightly posted minutes on the team's top face-off unit, Man Down Unit and was the team's Top Defensive midfielder. His impact was most felt in transition, as he would help push the break for the Padres. He finished the year with 38 ground balls, 2 goals and 3 assists.
Junior Ethan Pratt had an exceptional Campaign for the Padres in 2015. Playing a hybrid Defender role, Pratt would often draw the opposing teams top offensive player. He was a force in the middle third of the field, averaging 4.75 ground balls per game, setting a program record for Ground balls (95) in a season. Pratt would also help on the offensive end, finishing the season with 8 goals and 3 assists in transition.
One of only two Three-Year Letterwinners for the Padres, Silva Started all 20 games for the Padres this season on the top defensive line. He marked each teams top attacker, and helped the Padre Defense stifle league competition. He forced multiple turnovers in 10 of 20 contests on the year, and secured 26 Ground balls for the Padres.
This marks the most players to receive bids on the All-League team for the Padres. Other Padres receiving votes were Sophomore Midfield Ian Schwaab, an all league Honorable mention in 2014; and Freshman Defender John Elliott Adams.
Posted Sunday, May 17, 2015
The Padre Track and Field Teams traveled down to St. Francis for the WCAL Championships on Friday night. Leading the team to a convincing second place finish were WCAL individual champions Jordan Kenison (triple jump - 45-2.25) and Armon Plummer (300m intermediate hurdles - 40.05). It took more than those two wins to amass over 100 points in the meet, however. Plummer ran a personal best in the 110m high hurdles for second place (15.31) and ran on both the 4x100m (43.52 - 3rd place) and the 4x400m Relay teams (3:23.18 - 2nd place). Senior Marcus Alvarez followed Kenison in the triple jump (44-2 - 2nd place) and classmate Stefan Seul earned a second place finish in the discus (146-0) and fourth place in the shot put (47-2). Kwami Jones raced to two third place finishes in the hurdle races, in personal best times (110m HH - 15.53; 300m IH - 42.68), as well as running on the 4x100m relay. Isaiah Strong's personal best throw of 48-6 in the shot put was good for third place in the event and Noriega Moffett crossed the finish with the third best time of the day in the 400m (51.03) and ran the third leg on the 4x400m Relay. Jeremiah Testa earned his third place medal by braving the windy conditions in a very competitive 800 meters (1:58.60) and anchored the 4x400m Relay team. Matthew Herrera (4:29.43 - 4th place) and Jonathan Garcia (4:30.36 - 6th place) earned valuable team points in the 1600 meters. Alvarez (21-4.25 - 3rd place) and Kenison (21-2 - 6th place) were in the thick of probably the toughest field event of the night, the varsity boys' long jump, where 3 inches separated second and sixth places. Jorge Villanueva finished his season on a high note with a fourth place finish in discus (122-2) and fifth place finish in shot put (46-3). Senior Noah Boger had a personal best on his final jump in the triple jump to finish in fifth place (42-0). Talon Bennett soared to 12-10 for a fifth place in the pole vault.
For the Frosh Soph team, Obi Obodozie was the WCAL Champion in the long jump (19-6) and 100m (11.21w) and finished second in the 200m (23.27). Jack Allara also was an individual champion in the 300m Intermediate Hurdles (42.16) and crossed the line second in the 65m High Hurdles (9.41). Freshman Scott Fitzpatrick was second in the 400 meters (52.03) and soph Jovon Johnson was third in the 100m (11.38) and fourth in the 200m (23.74). First year sophomore Adam Mansell closed out his season with impressive races in the 3200m (9:59.96 - 3rd place) and 1600m (4:32.94 - 6th place). His 1600m time is nearly seven seconds faster than last year's winning time and was part of a race where three athletes ran faster than Stan Ross' ('77) 40 year old meet record. The 4x400m Relay team of Johnson, Brandon Carbullido, Orlando Fuller and Fitzpatrick finished third with a time of 3:39.26. In the field events, Eric Niland's toss in the shot put was good for third place (47-5). Josaiah Tafilele finished in fourth place in discus (116-4) and sixth in the shot put (43-10.5). Freshman Elijah Folau's 118-5 in discus was just short of his personal best, but good for third place. Sammy Nofal eclipsed the 19-foot barrier for the first time in the long jump (19-1), which was good for third place, Brandon Carbullido finished just behind Nofal with the fourth best jump on the day (18-8.25). Lucas Liberty rounded out the team scoring with his 10 foot jump in the pole vault which was good for 6th place. Like the varsity team, the Frosh Soph athletes had a decisive second place finish in the team competition.
Varsity CCS Qualifiers:
4x100m Relay - Noriega Moffett, Armon Plummer, Kwami Jones, Kelepi Lataimua
110m HH - Armon Plummer
300m IH - Armon Plummer
4x400m Relay - Marcus Alvarez, Armon Plummer, Noriega Moffett, Jeremiah Testa
Shot Put - Isaiah Strong
Discus - Stefan Seul
Triple Jump - Jordan Kenison, Marcus Alvarez
Pole Vault - Talon Bennett
Members of the Varsity team will compete in the CCS Semi-Finals on Saturday, May 23 at San Jose City College. The first events begin at 1:45 for pole vault and 2:00 for the 4x100m Relay.
Posted Saturday, May 16, 2015
Congratulations to the Serra varsity baseball team who has received the #10 seed in the C.C.S. Open Division playoffs. They will take on the #7 seed Wilcox Chargers at Wilcox High School in Santa Clara on Wednesday May 20th. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. C.C.S. will be charging admission at $5.00 for everyone, kids 5 & under are free. Come out and support the Padres!
Click below for the full Open Division bracket:
CCS Open Division Bracket
Posted Monday, May 11, 2015
Posted Monday, May 11, 2015
After a nail-biting final dual meet at St. Francis on Wednesday that ended in a tie, and had the Padres finish tied for second in the WCAL dual meets, the Serra Track and Field Team competed at the WCAL trials at St. Francis High School on Saturday. The team qualified a strong contingent of athletes into Finals including Marcus Alvarez (long jump/triple jump), Kwami Jones (110m high hurdles/300m intermediate hurdles), Jordan Kenison (long jump/triple jump), Noriega Moffett (200m/400m), Armon Plummer (110m high hurdles/300m intermediate hurdles), Stefan Seul (shot put/discus), Isaiah Strong (shot put/discus) and Jorge Villanueva (shot put/discus) each in two events.
The frosh soph team also finished second in the dual meet standings after their convincing defeat of St. Francis on Wednesday. The team competed well Saturday and advanced their share of athletes into the finals. Multiple event qualifiers include Jack Allara (65m high hurdles), Brendon Carbullido (400m/long jump), Jovon Johnson (100m/200m), Sammy Nofal (long jump/triple jump), Obi Obodozie (100m/200m/long jump), Charlie Quinn (65m high hurdles/300m intermediate hurdles) and Josaiah Tafilele (shot put/discus).
WCAL Finals are Friday evening at St. Francis with field events beginning at 4:00 and running events starting at 5:00. The top 2 finishers in each varsity event automatically qualify for the CCS Semifinals or athletes can qualify by achieving an at large standard at WCAL Finals.
Click this link to see the full results from the WCAL Track & Field Trials:
2015 WCAL Trials
Live results will be posted during the meet on the following website:
Posted Friday, May 8, 2015
The Serra Padres Lacrosse team concluded the 2015 regular season with a hard fought 9-7 win over the St. Francis High School Lancers. With the win, the visiting Padres earned their 4th league win, to finish the regular season with a 12-8 record and a #8 Ranking in the Central Coast CIF (Source: Laxpower.com); concluding one of the biggest turn-a-rounds in recent Serra Athletics history.
It was a redemption game going in for the Padres, looking to deliver some payback against a team that ousted them during the first round of the 2014 playoffs. From the opening whistle, there was a feeling in the air that it was going to be a defensive battle – and it lived up to that in the opening minutes. Senior Goalie Gio Escobar (11 Saves) would be tested early, and turned away several strong chances by the Home team. The Lancers would strike first half way through the opening stanza, and then again several minutes later to jump out to a 2-0 goal lead. The Padres answered right back, on a stellar individual effort by Junior Midfield Rory Uniacke (3g). Sophomore Midfield Ian Schwaab (2g,1a) would add a tally to even the score during the closing moments of the 1st quarter.
Opening the 2nd quarter, the Padres scored quickly on Unaicke’s second goal of the night, to take a lead they would not relinquish. Schwaab, who had an exceptional night winning over 50% at the Face Off X, forced a fast break for a slick give and go with Sophomore Attack PJ McGloin (1g,2a), finishing the play for his second goal of the evening. The Lancers would answer, but a Uniacke score moments later would stop the home team from building any momentum. The Padres would build their lead on goals by Sophmore Attack Alex Beckert (2g), Junior Defense Ethan Pratt (1g, 7 GBs), and McGloin as they closed out the first half.
The Padres knew this would be a game of two halves, expecting the Lancers to come out fighting after the intermission. Taking advantage of miscues on the defense end and timely penalties, the Lancers would claw their way back to within one by the end of the period. Heading in to the fourth, much like they have done all season, the Padres continued to battle – overcoming adversity head on to stop the host Lancer’s momentum, and hold them scoreless for the final frame. A timely goal by Beckert’s would add a cushion to the Padres lead. Defensively, the defensive back line of Junior James Silva (2 GB’s, 2 Turnovers), Sophomore Transfer Cole Moscaret (1 GB, 2 Turnovers) and Freshman Elliott Adams (6 GBs, 1 Turnover) would fend off a late rally by the host team, to seal the victory.
The Padres close their league schedule with a 4-2 record, earning 3rd place for the WCAL Regular season. Their final standing gives the Padres Home-Field Advantage in the first round of the WCAL playoffs, which is scheduled for Monday May 11th at 5:00 p.m. at Tom Brady Family Stadium against the Sacred Heart Cathedral Fightin' Irish.
Padres Rank #8 in Central Coast CIF (Laxpower.com)
Sophomore PJ McGloin posted his 17th Multi-Point game of the season, bringing his season point total to 67 (26g, 41a), a Season High.
Junior Ethan Pratt, posted his 19th Multi Ground Ball game, bringing his Season total to 87, a Season high and Program Record (Season).
Game High: Goals – Rory Uniacke (3)
Career High: Face-Offs – Ian Schwaab (9 of 16)
Game High: Ground Balls – Ethan Pratt (7)
Scoring Summary: Goals – Unaicke (3), Schwaab (2), Beckert (2), McGloin (1); Assists – McGloin (2), Schwaab (1)
Posted Friday, May 8, 2015
Serra divers did well at the W.C.A.L. Championships last week which has positioned the team to shoot for a top 3 finish at this week's WCAL swimming championships. Freshman phenome Kyler Jerome placed third in the varsity competition. Senior and defending champion Erik Clark finished second. With this, Erik who won the 160 pound WCAL wrestling title, is now All League in two individual sports. Freshman Aaron Nguyen finished a respectable 3rd place in the JV event. Both Kyler and Erik qualified for the C.C.S. diving finals which will take place next weekend at Santa Clara International Swim Center on Saturday May 16th at 9:00AM.
Posted Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Posted Sunday, May 3, 2015
A great effort by Calvin Riley lifted the Padres to a 5-0 win over Sacred Heart Cathedral on Friday at Westborough Park. Riley kept Sacred Heart Cathedral off the scoreboard for all seven innings on the hill as he pitched a shutout, allowing no runs on three hits while striking out eight. Angelo Bortolin had two extra-base hits as he tripled in the second inning, doubled in the fourth inning, and singled in the fifth inning. The Padres never trailed after scoring one run in the first on an RBI single by James Outman and tacked on another three runs in the fifth. Look for the Padres in action again on Tuesday May 5th for Senior Day at Frisella Stadium as they take on the Bellarmine Bells of San Jose. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.