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Posted Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 
The varsity Track and Field team remained undefeated as they battled St. Francis in a hard fought WCAL dual meet.  Closing out a string of five straight home meets, including the Serra Top 7 Invitational and three other home WCAL dual meets, the Padres overcame the Lancers 70-65.  Armon Plummer was successful in his attempt at four grueling events, the 4x100m relay (43.39), the 400m (50.42), the 300m hurdles (39.87) and the 4x400m relay (3:31.39), resulting in three first places and one second place finish.  Fellow seniors Matthew Herrera (800m - 2:01.81), Jordan Kenison (Triple Jump - 44-6), Talon Bennett (Pole Vault - 12-6) and Isaiah Strong (Shot put - 47-9.5) all had important individual event wins to lead the team.  
The Frosh Soph Team fell to 4-2 but were led by dual event winners Elijah Folau (shot put - 48-10; discus - 124-0) and Devin Simmons (100m - 12.25; 200m - 25.04).
The Padres will travel down to Bellarmine next Wednesday to close out the WCAL dual meets.  The meet will determine the Varsity WCAL Champion as both teams are undefeated on the season.
Posted Wednesday, Apr 27, 2016 

Both the Padres and Saint Francis put runners aboard on Tuesday, April 26th, but it was the Padres that were able to take advantage, pulling out a 4-3 win at St. Francis.

Even though Saint Francis out-hit Serra Padres JV seven to five, Serra held off the Lancers with a three-run third inning.

Jack Damelio got a hit in each of his two at bats. He singled in the first inning and doubled in the third inning.

Will Petersen got the win for Serra. He allowed three runs over 4 2/3 innings. He struck out two, walked two and surrendered seven hits.

The Padre's offense was sparked by Damelio and Zach Button, who teamed up for four hits and four RBIs.

Stay tuned for JV baseball's next game on Friday, April 29th vs Sacred Heart Cathedral at 4:00pm at Frisella Field.

Go Padres!

Posted Tuesday, Apr 26, 2016 

Armon Plummer’s name is all over the Serra track and field frosh-soph record books. But the senior knows it’s going to take some serious doing to take down one of the Padres’ individual varsity marks.

What makes the challenge even more daunting is Plummer switched up his events this season. A natural hurdler, he still runs the 110-meter and the 300 hurdles — the two events in which he holds the program’s frosh-soph records — but he dropped the 4x100 relay in order to shoulder the burden of the 400 for the good of the team.

“I’m not going to lie, I was nervous,” Plummer said. “And it hurts. … I’m a hurdler at heart but they needed me, so I had to step up.”

It was two years ago when standout Kyle Orloff, now at Sacramento State, rewrote the Serra records books, besting the varsity marks in the 200 and 400 meters. And while Plummer is busy eyeing Serra’s hurdles records — he was 1 second shy of the 35-year-old record of 37.8 seconds set by Doug Smith the last time he ran the 300-meter hurdles — that hasn’t stopped him from excelling in his other events.

Saturday at the Central Coast Section Top 8 Meet at Los Gatos High School, Plummer was the only San Mateo County runner to take first place in a track event, topping the field in the 400 with a time of 49.58, earning Daily Journal Athlete of the Week honors in the process.

Plummer also helped Serra to a second-place finish in the 4x400 relay and a fourth-place finish in the 4x100 relay, making the senior the leading point-getter in the Padres’ third-place team finish at the meet.

“He was a huge part of those three events we ran,” Serra head coach Jim Marheineke said. “In the 400, he ran a really good race. It was a really competitive race. That middle 150 (meters) is where he really won the race.”

Plummer’s most exciting performance of the day, however, came in the 4x400 relay, where he nearly pulled off a miracle comeback. Taking the baton for the anchor leg trailing eventual winner Los Gatos by a good 20 meters, Plummer chased down the leader to come out of the final turn neck-and-neck before running out of gas.

“He just didn’t have enough kick,” Marheineke said. “He used up a little too much to get there.”

Serra ultimately took second place in the event with a 3:21.02, finishing a half second behind Los Gatos.

“I wish I video taped it,” Marheineke said. “I had several people come up to me and ask me, what was his split? It was a pretty exciting race.”

That outcome determined the team standings, as Los Gatos (51 points) edged Serra (50) by 1 point in the overall standings. Bellarmine — stunted by the loss of 4x400 relay anchor Kyle Macauley to a hamstring injury — took second place with 50.5 points.

Plummer does share one Serra varsity record in that very 4x400 event. In 2015, the team of Plummer, Noriega Moffett, Marcus Alvarez and Jeremiah Testa twice broke the record, with the top time standing at 3:19.43. The team also owns the frosh-soph record in the same event, set in 2014. This year, Serra returned all but the graduated Alvarez to the team.

In 2014, however, Plummer saw double duty, running for both the frosh-soph and varsity teams; he would run invitational meets for the frosh-soph squad, but would team with varsity at dual meets. During his varsity time as a sophomore, he ran on the same relay team as Orloff.

It was from Orloff, and his hurdles mentor former Serra great Zachary Mitchell, that Plummer learned the golden rule of track greatness — compete against yourself, not against the people in the lanes next to you.

“Competition is great, but for me, I’m out on the track to race against myself,” Plummer said. “I go out to break my own records, not necessarily to beat anybody else.”

The philosophy has served him well. Plummer recently committed to the Division-II program at Fresno Pacific University on a partial athletic scholarship. He, along with triple jumper Jordan Kenison — who will go the Division-I route to compete at Seattle University — will enjoy a formal signing ceremony Wednesday at Serra.

Posted Monday, Apr 25, 2016 

Ryan Callagy (Senior, Chapman University) threw five shutout innings to get the win. Angelo Bortolin (Senior, LMU) reached base three times. Bortolin scored one run and had one RBI. Bortolin singled in the third and fourth innings. The Padres scored three runs in the top of the third. Thomas McCarthy had two hits and three RBI's. Hunter Bishop (Senior, ASU) and Bortolin each added two hits in the victory.

Stay tuned for Padre's varisty baseball's next home game on Tuesday, April 26th at Frisella Stadium vs Saint Francis High School at 4:00pm.

Go Padres!

Posted Thursday, Apr 21, 2016 
The Padre's varsity lacrosse team extended their win streak to four with a 10-9 overtime victory against WCAL rival Archbishop Mitty.
Senior Captain Ryan Miller, scored three minutes into overtime off an assist by junior Captain PJ McGloin. Sophomore Quinn Fitzgerald notched 4 goals in the winning effort. Junior Keevan Chandless '17 added a goal and three assists, while junior Ian Schwaab '17 notched two additional goals to help the Padres to victory. 
The Padres, at 9-5 overall, move up to #3 in WCAL League play, and moved into the  #5 spot in CCS Rankings, their highest ranking ever. They will look to extend their win streak Saturday at home against Oak Ridge High School, game start at 1:15pm  
Go Padres!
Posted Wednesday, Apr 20, 2016 

It was a magical moment on the field on Tuesday afternoon, when the Bellarmine Bells and the Serra Padres lined up on the field to honor Sofia Rodriguez, the 3-year-old daughter of Bellarmine Head Baseball Coach Mike Rodriguez.

Sofia was diagnosed with leukemia on November 10, less than two months after the birth of her younger brother, Michael.

“Sofia is extremely playful,” Mike Rodriguez said. “She has an amazing spirit. Pediatric cancers need more support; they only get 4 percent of funding.”

Serra Head Baseball Coach Craig Gianinno wants Rodriguez and his wife, Gina, to know that they have a lot of community support and prayers from the Padres.

“Looking at Sofia’s page is hopefully an avenue for people to increase awareness of pediatric cancers,” Gianinno said. “It becomes a reality when more people are aware of the cause or can relate to someone battling the disease.”

Sofia’s target completion date for her treatment is March of 2018. On Tuesday, the Padres presented Rodriguez with a colorful gift bag for Sofia, as well as a sign that read “Sofia strong.” A “Sofia strong” donation box circulated in the stands, which raised several hundred dollars.

Serra Head Soccer Coach Jeff Panos, his wife, Polly, and twins, Ellie and Timmy, attended the ceremony to show their support. Ellie was diagnosed with the exact same cancer and was treated at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, just like Sofia. Ellie, now 6 and in remission, threw out the first pitch.

"Within the pediatric cancer world, those of us who have been through a life-changing diagnosis with our own children - who have barely learned to walk and talk let alone fight a deadly disease - feel very connected to any new parents who join our ranks. You want nothing more than to start walking this path beside them. Hearing about Sofia Rodriguez and knowing Mike was a fellow educator and coach within our greater WCAL family, it immediately took me back four years ago when my wife, Polly, and I were surrounded for months by prayers of support and helping hands from friends, colleagues and parents who hav been through this whom we didn't even know until they reached out to say hello. With Ellie now being off treatment and, by the grace of God, cancer free for the past 2.5 years, it's our turn to pay it forward with infinite hope and support for Sofia.

“Moments like this bring true perspective and remind us that it’s bigger than a game,” Gianinno added. “We had an opportunity today to do something for a family that’s going through a challenging time. At the end of the day, the WCAL is a big family and we will all continue to support Mike and his family.”

For more information about Sofia Rodriguez or to contribute to her fund, visit

Posted Wednesday, Apr 20, 2016 

Tuesday’s battle for first place in the West Catholic Athletic League at Frisella Field saw Serra erupt for its biggest comeback of the year.

The Padres (6-2 in WCAL, 15-4-1 overall) came roaring back to score a critical 7-6 come-from-behind victory over the Bells (5-3, 14-6). With both teams entering play tied atop the WCAL standings, Serra takes over outright possession of first place.

“If we want to be a great team,” Serra manager Craig Gianinno said, “and a championship team, which I think these guys are capable of being — and they’re on their way, hopefully, to being — they keep [momentum] for a majority of the game and they find ways to get it back in a heartbeat.”

That’s precisely what the Padres did. Trailing 4-0 in the fifth, Serra sent 13 batters to the plate in the bottom of the inning, rallying for seven runs to take the lead.

No. 9 hitter Kyle Roux started the rally, working an eight-pitch at-bat for a walk. Roux was the first of eight straight Padres to reach base, with senior Ryan Sambel roasting an RBI double to left to score Angelo Bortolin (Senior, LMU) with the tying run. Senior designated hitter James Halpin followed with a long RBI double to right-center to plate Sambel with the go-ahead run.

The left-handed hitting Halpin has platooned at DH this season against right-handed pitchers, but has seen plenty of pinch-hitting opportunities late in games.

“This year has been all pressure, whether I’m starting or coming in late where I needed to help my team in that particular situation,” Halpin said.

And Tuesday he rose to the occasion. Halpin had struck out in his previous two at-bats against Bellarmine starting pitcher Kyle Dean. So, in facing the Bells’ second reliever of the inning with sophomore right-hander Wes Harper just into the game, Halpin didn’t wait around, stroking a 1-0 fastball up the gap.

“I wasn’t going to let it get to two strikes again,” Halpin said. “I was ready to swing first pitch and try to jump on it. And then I got the fastball I was looking for … and from there I tried to put a good swing on it and it worked out in the end.”

Serra rallied for two insurance runs in the frame on RBI singles by Jack Mori and Tyler Villaroman. The insurance runs were put to good use as Bellarmine scored two in the top of the sixth to make it a one-run game.

But relief pitcher Chris Apecechea was able to escape the jam, stranding the tying run at third base. The senior right-hander worked 2 2/3 innings to earn the win, improving his record to 4-1.

Roux — in his first season as the starting varsity second baseman, after playing on the junior-varsity squad as a junior last season — turned in the play of the game amid the Bells’ sixth-inning rally with a tremendous diving stop.

With Serra clinging to a 7-5 lead, Bellarmine had runners at second and third with two outs when sophomore Connor Henriques shot a sharp grounder that looked destined for center field. Roux got a quick first step to the ball and dove with full extension merely to knock it down.

Henriques was credited with an RBI single on the play, but the Bellarmine base runner at second, Kieran Shaw, only reached third base, where he was stranded when the following batter flew out to center field to end the inning.

“Once I saw it coming to me I knew I had to knock it down to stop the runner from scoring,” Roux said. “So once I knocked it down I just scrambled to the ball, picked it up and hoped he didn’t score.”

Roux’s clutch defense was set up by a pair of big Padres miscues. After back-to-back one-out singles by Todd Jackson and Laurence Palmer, Shaw shot a potential double-play grounder towards Serra third baseman Angelo Bortolin (Senior, LMU), but the ball skipped under Bortolin’s backhand attempt and into left field. Then to add insult to injury, Sambel in left field missed the cutoff man, allowing Shaw to sneak into second base on the throw.

“That situation there, we’ve got to hit our relay man and give our infielder a chance to make a decision,” Gianinno said. “In that situation he airmailed it. It’s a freebie. … It can’t happen.”

But the Padres defense bounced back in a hurry. Prior to Roux’s gem, Bortolin recovered by making a nice play on a slow chopper up the third-base line, gathering and gunning to first on the run for the second out of the inning while keeping the base runners in check.

“We really just pride ourselves on team defense,” Roux said. “We’re all focused on making plays throughout the game. That play in particular might have sparked the team, but I think it was just an all-around team effort that helped us on defense.”

With two on and two out in the seventh, Serra turned to senior left-hander Vinny Venturi who faced one batter to earn his first save of the year. The Padres’ saves leader, John Besse, had started the game, working four innings in his longest outing of the year in this second start.

Besse worked three no-hit innings but ran into trouble in the fourth. Bellarmine senior Mark Gaffey led off the inning with a gritty nine-pitch at-bat, taking two two-strike curveballs that wrapped just wide of the plate, before shooting a single to center.

Kyle Horn followed with a two-run home run to get the Bells on the board. Bellarmine rallied for two more runs with an RBI single from Laurence Palmer and an RBI double from Shaw, but Besse settled down to get the final two outs to finish the inning.

“He was good,” Gianinno said. “That one inning is one inning. But he was good. We’ve got some things we can clean up. But it was good to extend him a little bit, especially down the stretch here.”

With six games remaining in WCAL play, Serra holds a one-game lead, with St. Francis, Mitty and Bellarmine tied for second.

“That’s going to last for about two days,” Gianinno said. “Now you’re going to have to earn it and keep it.”


Serra senior Ryan Sambel went 2 for 4, including the game-tying RBI‚Äądouble in the fifth inning in the Padres’ 7-6 comeback win over BellarmineTuesday at Frisella Field. With the victory, Serra takes over sole possession of first place in the West Catholic Athletic League.

Posted Wednesday, Apr 20, 2016 

Juliano Rodriguez baffled Bellarmine and threw a no-hitter for the Padres freshmen baseball team in a 7-0 victory in seven innings on Tuesday, April 19th at Chanteloup Field.

Rodriguez had an impressive outing against Bellarmine's lineup, holding them hitless over seven innings, allowed no earned runs, walked two and struck out two.

The Padres were led offensively by Jeremy Villar. Villar went 3-4 and scored one run. Villar tripled in the first inning and singled in the second and fourth innings.

The Padres went up for good in the first, scoring one run on an RBI single by Marek Palladino. In the third, they scored on a groundout by Luke Bottari, bringing home Omar Barraza. The offense exploded for the Serra in the fifth inning scoring on RBI singles from Rodriguez, Tucker Tollman, and Palladino.

The Padre Freshmen are in 1st place in the WCAL (7-1) and 10-3 overall.

Stay tuned for the Padre's next freshmen baseball game on Thursday, April 21st @ Valley Christian at 3:30pm. The Padre's next home game is on Saturday, April 23rd vs Saint Ignatius at 11:00 am.

Go Padres!

Posted Tuesday, Apr 19, 2016 

The Padres JV baseball team had an excellent outing behind starting pitcher, Will Petersen. Peteresen went on to throw a complete game shutout in the Padres 3-0 victory over Bellermine College Prep on Tuesday, April 12th. Petersen allowed no opposing players to cross the plate on four hits and three strikeouts. 

Brad Shimabuku went 3-3 at the plate. Shimabuku doubled in the third inning and singled in the first and fourth innings.

The game was never in doubt after the third, as the Padres scored one run on an RBI single by Zach Button.

Posted Tuesday, Apr 19, 2016 

Masetti paced the Serra JV baseball team at the plate, going 1-1, driving in one run and scoring one run.

It was a good day at the plate for JJ Ota as well. Ota went 3-4, driving in one run and scoring three runs. He singled in the third, sixth, and seventh innings. 

Closer Zach Button got the win for the Padres. Button faced two batters and allowed two runs.

The bottom of the first saw Archbishop Mitty take an early lead, 4-0. After posting one run in the third by Ota stealing home, the Padres scored again in the sixth. 

With the score tied at seven in the seventh inning, Tony Masetti came to the plate and singled, bringing home Luke Bugbee and Parker O'Regan.

Posted Tuesday, Apr 19, 2016 

April 17, 2016 San Mateo CA – After a disappointing loss to Valley Christian on Tuesday, the Padres came back strong on Wednesday and Thursday clinching two straight victories against Archbishop Riordan 7-0 and Sacred Heart 6-1. Led by freshman Daniel Ralls, juniors Ali Jafri and Andrew Olsen, the Padres turned the tables against Sacred Heart clinching the match after the first four singles in just under an hour held at the College of San Mateo tennis courts.

Sacred Heart, who earlier in the season beat the Padres 6-1, avoided a sweep when No.2 doubles Nico Brari/Alvin Shell (SH) rallied from an opening set loss to upset senior Vincent Way and junior Austin Chan 1-6, 6-4, 10-7.

Battling Riordan at the Golden Gate Park, the Padres showed their progress winning all matches in convincing fashion yielding only 11 games out of seven matches. The Padres now improves their record to 3-9 in the WCAL standings.

Next up for the Padres: Monday, 04/18/16 4:00PM at San Mateo High School; Tuesday, 04/19/16 3:00PM at College of San Mateo against Bellarmine High School; and Thursday, 04/21/16 2:45PM at Cuesta Park against Saint Francis High School


Thursday, April 14, 2016
Serra High 6-1 Sacred Heart

1. Daniel Ralls (Serra) vs Brian Chang (SH) 6-2 6-0
2. Ali Jafri (Serra) vs Kevin Szero (SH) 6-1 6-4
3. Andrew Olsen (Serra) vs Chris Chan (SH) 6-0 6-1
4. Nico Figueroa  def. Jeffrey Fang (SH) w.o. (Fang: ill)

1. Zack Connolly/Nate Van Dell (Serra) vs Brandon Leung/Jack McHugh 7-6(7), 6-1
2. Vincent Way/Austin Chan (Serra) vs Nico Brari/Alvin Shell 6-1, 4-6, 7-10
3. Matthew Claybrook/Devon Piedemonte (Serra) vs Justin Yeung/Ben Wong 6-3 6-4

Wednesday April 13, 2016
Serra High 7-0 Archbishop Riordan

1. Daniel Ralls (Serra) vs Kevin Chen (AR) 6-0 6-0
2. Nate Van Dell (Serra) vs James Smaltz (AR) 6-2 6-2
3. Zack Connolly (Serra) vs Lance Lopez (AR) 6-0 6-0
4. Matthew Claybrook (Serra) vs Dean De Leon (AR) 6-3 6-0

1. Ali Jafri/Austin Chan (Serra) vs Nicolo Gerodias/Jeremy Reyes (AR) 6-1 6-0
2. Andrew Olsen/Vincent Way (Serra) vs Joey May/Kai Guigoda (AR) 6-1 6-2
3. Devon Piedemonte/Nico Figureoa (Serra) def. John Bermudez/Thomas Christian (AR) w.o.

Tuesday April 12, 2016
Serra vs Valley Christian: 0-7

1. Daniel Ralls (Serra) vs Mamroop Saini (VC) 1-6; 0-6
2. Ali Jafri(Serra) vs Omeed Askary (VC) 0-6  1-6
3. Andrew Olsen (Serra) vs Ishaan Jain (VC) 0-6 1-6
4. Nate Van Dell (Serra) vs Charley Wang (VC) 2-6; 1-6

1 Zack Connolly/Austin Chan (Serra) vs Akhil Sehgal (VC) 6-7(5), 3-6
2. Vincent Way/Matthew Claybrook (Serra) vs Stephen Huynh/Ryan Kuan (VC) 5-7, 1-6
3. Tripp Doll/ Devon Piedemonte (Serra) vs Derrick Le/Darren Chen (VC) 1-6, 2-6
Posted Tuesday, Apr 19, 2016 

The West Catholic Athletic League has become a pitching-dominated league. Low ERAs and low-scoring games are the norm.

But Serra is still scoring runs in a manner reminiscent of the way scholastic baseball was played before the introduction of composite bats around 2010.

Archbishop Mitty went into Friday’s showdown game at Serra on a six-game winning streak, having allowed only four runs total over those six games. Serra, with a team batting average of .330, struck quickly to put an end to that streak and went on to a 9-2 victory.

The Padres utilized speed and aggression to score two runs in the first inning. Center fielder Tyler Villaroman led off with an infield single. A USF commit with 18 stolen bases on the season, Villaroman took second when the first pitch to Chris Underwood was in the dirt. Villaroman then took off for third as Underwood bunted down the third-base line. As the throw went to first for the putout, Villaroman never hesitated rounding third and scored from second on the sacrifice bunt.

“That really set the tone,” Serra coach Craig Gianinno said.

Hunter Bishop followed with a single and scored from first on Angelo Bortolin’s double up the left-center alley.

Mitty starter Spencer King was pulled in the second inning, but the relief pitchers didn’t fare much better. Ryan Sambel’s two-run homer highlighted a four-run third inning. Nick Knecht’s three-run homer in the fourth made it 9-0.

Serra (14-4-1, 5-2) finished the first half of the WCAL season tied for first place with Bellarmine, a 6-3 winner over Valley Christian. The Padres host the Bells on Tuesday.

Mitty (11-7, 4-3) saw its six-game winning streak come to an end.

“They’re a really good team,” Mitty center fielder Haydn King, who has also committed to USF, said of Serra. “They play fast and beat us with the speed of their game.”

Mitty will host Serra in the final game of the league season on May 6.

“Next time will be at our place,” King said. “A different field, a different game. I think we can get them next time.”

First-year Mitty coach Brian Yocke tried to put the experience in perspective.

“We were nervous,” he said. “We are fortunate to have another opportunity to play them. That will be big for us, not to get revenge or anything like that, but just to play our game better.”


Posted Tuesday, Apr 19, 2016 

The Padres were led by a flawless day at the dish by Angelo Bortolin (Senior, LMU), who went 3-3. Bortolin homered in the third inning and singled in the fifth and seventh innings.

Vincenzo Venturi was in control on the mound, giving up just one hit, allowing no earned runs, and striking out four during his 5 1/3 innings of work. Closer, John Besse put away the final five outs.

The Padres scored two runs in the seventh off an RBI single by Thomas McCarthy and a sacrifice fly by James Halpin.

Posted Tuesday, Apr 19, 2016 
Despite an outstanding pitching performance by Nick Von Tobel the Padres fell to Sacred Heart Cathedral on Friday, April 8th, 1-3.
Posted Friday, Apr 15, 2016 

Serra senior Hunter Bishop has been steadily gaining notoriety as a possible top selection in the upcoming Major League Baseball Draft.  The 6’4” outfielder was recently listed as the 44th prospect overall in ESPN’s latest ranking.  Also a standout football player and honor student, Bishop had been considering playing wide receiver for the University of Washington before committing to play baseball for Arizona State University next year. 

According to ESPN, “The younger brother of Mariners’ farmhand Braden and another commit to Arizona State University, Hunter is a high-upside athlete who has just begun to emerge as a legitimate hitting prospect.”

Bishop’s status as a prospect picked up steam last summer when he played in the prestigious Area Code Games in Long Beach and started in centerfield in the Under Armour All-America Game. The MLB Draft will be held on June 9th, 2016 in Secaucus, New Jersey and will be aired live on MLB Network. 

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