Padre Athletic News
Posted 03/10/2014 05:46PM
The Serra varsity lacrosse team dropped their first loss of the season, losing their home opener to Amador Valley High School, by a score of 12-5. The Dons drew first blood several minutes in to the contest, but the Padre's quickly tied the score after a great individual effort by freshman Attack, P.J. McGloin (2 Goals). After trading several possessions, Amador Valley took advantage of some Padre defensive breakdowns to break the tie and increase their lead to 4-1, half way through the second frame. The Dons continued to press, but junior Goalie Gio Escobar (11 Saves), making his first-ever varsity start, proved to be up to the task, turning away several good chances by the Dons to keep the Padres within striking distance. With momentum starting to swing in the home team's favor, the Padre defense, led by sophomore Ethan Pratt (4 Ground balls) and senior Matthew Peterson (2 Ground Balls) caused several key turnovers, which created an opportunity for the Offense to strike again on a shifty effort by sophomore Attack Rory Uniake (2 Goals), making the score 4-2. Moments later, Escobar became a factor in the attacking game, as he found Pratt streaking up the field with a beautiful outlet pass over the Amador Midfielders, leading to a fast break and McGloin's 2nd goal of the day. Heading in to halftime only down 4-3, the Padres were confident they could continue to ride their momentum and pull out the victory. Despite additional scores by Uniacke and senior Midfielder Joey Freschet, the Padres would never get closer than one goal in the 2nd Half. The Padres (1-1) will look to put this one behind them quickly, as their focus shifts to a road game against Menlo-School (Tuesday, 4:00PM).
Posted 03/08/2014 09:15PM
The Serra Padre Soccer team made history on Saturday in the CCS finals against Gilroy HS and walked away with the program's first ever CCS Championship. On an unusually warm day in San Jose, the Padres and Mustangs put on a show that thrilled everyone in attendance. Gilroy would have early control of the attack with a few penetrating runs through the middle of the field. Senior GK Logan Wolf had two big saves in the first 15 min to keep the game level. Serra's best opportunity in the first half came from a slashing run down the left wing by senior Gerald Ingemansson. His cross found a Padre on the back post who played the ball backwards and after a deflection landed at the foot of Serra's all time scoring leader, Nick Schnabel. Schnabel's ensuing shot went over the cross bar and the match would be tied 0-0 going into halftime. In the 55th minute, a Gilroy free kick found a Mustang forward with space on the left wing cutting in toward goal. Wolf came off his line attempting to get to the 50/50 ball, but the Mustang forward would poke the ball over his head and into the net for a 1-0 lead.
As the Padres have all season long, they got to work on a come back. The breakthrough came in the 76th min of play as senior midfielder Patrick Philpott hit a low driven ball 30 yards to the feet of Schnabel. Nick spun around two defenders and beat a third cutting right to left across the top of the penalty box. His left footed shot from 18 yards out sizzled into the corner of the goal for the dramatic equalizer. The Padres had seized momentum at the end of regulation with the game now even at 1-1. They would carry it into the first overtime as Ingemansson connected with Schnabel in the 83rd minute who again beat two defenders on the dribble and placed a shot just underneath the Gilroy goalkeeper for the 2-1 lead. With the warm temperature on the field affecting both squads, the latter stages of overtime saw the game's pace slow considerably. In the 90th minute, the Mustangs would gather the ball near the left corner of the penalty box and take a shot directly in line with where Wolf would be able to make a save. The ball curled and took a slight deflection off of a Padre defender's hip which sent it upwards away from Wolf's initial position. Wolf would get his fingertips on the ball but could not save the unfortunate deflection from going into the goal. The game would end in a 2-2 tie. Per CCS rules, there is no penalty kick shootout in the championship match, and the two teams were declared Co-Champions. The Padres finish the season with a record of 16-2-5 and a CCS Championship banner soon to be hanging from the gym rafters. We are very proud of all they have accomplished this year. Congratulations to Serra Soccer!!!
Posted 03/08/2014 09:14PM
A great effort by Calvin Riley going 5 2/3 scattering 5 hits and Angelo Bortolin carried the Padres to a 5-3 win in seven innings over San Ramon Valley on Saturday at Frisella Stadium. Bortolin hit two home runs for the Padres, going 2-3 in the game with four RBIs and two runs scored. Bortolin homered in the second and third innings. The Padres would not relinquish the lead as San Ramon Valley was unable to weather a four-run fourth inning deficit. San Ramon Valley scored two runs in the fifth on two singles. Despite its efforts, San Ramon Valley couldn't get over the hump. Justin Fong looked sharp on the mound. San Ramon Valley managed just one hit off of Fong, who allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out two during his 2 1/3 innings of work. The lead stayed with the Serra Padres Varsity after the third, when they scored three runs on a three-run home run by Angelo. Padres improve to 4-0 and will be in action again on Tuesday March 11th at Campolindo High School in Moraga. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
Posted 03/08/2014 08:54AM
A great effort by Matt Blais lifted the Serra Padres Varsity to a 4-0 win in seven innings over Burlingame on Friday at Burlingame. Matt's 13 strikeouts were enough to push the Padres past Burlingame. Blais gave up just two hits over seven shutout innings. James Outman got on base two times in the game for Serra as he scored one run and had one RBI with a double in the sixth . The Padres never surrendered the lead after the fourth inning, scoring one run on a fielder's choice and built upon their lead with two runs in the seventh. The inning looked promising, as Nolan Dempsey singled, bringing home Christopher Papapietro to kick things off which was followed up by Neil Sterling's double, scoring Nolan Dempsey. Look for the Padres in action again as they take on San Ramon Valley today at Frisella Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Posted 03/08/2014 08:49AM
The Serra varsity basketball team fell short to the Archbishop Mitty Monarchs in the C.C.S. Open Division Championship last night by the score of 68-60. The Padres started well and jumped out to a 8 point lead to end the first quarter 21-13. The Padres increased their lead to 16 points early in the 2nd quarter, but Mitty came back to close the lead to 35-34 with the Padres up going into the half. The game went back and forth in the second half, but Mitty prevailed 68-60. Stay tuned as the Padres enter the C.I.F. Nor-Cal basketball tournament, dates and locations to be announced soon.
Posted 03/07/2014 12:32PM
The Serra varsity soccer team will take on the Gilroy Mustangs in the C.C.S. Division II Championship on Saturday March 8th at Westmont High School in Campbell at 1:00 p.m. Admission will be charged and come out and support the Padres!
Posted 03/07/2014 09:22AM
The Padre Track and Field teams traveled to Westmoor High School for the annual dual meet. Sophomore Talon Bennett had an impressive early season pole vault of 12-7. Other top Frosh Soph performances were turned in by Jorge Villanueva (shot put and discus), Kelepi Lataimua (4x100m relay and 100m), Armon Plummer (300m hurdles), Matt Herrera (1,600m), Jonathan Garcia (1,600m), VJ Obiajulu (triple jump) and Jordan Kenison (triple jump).
The Varsity was led by double event winner Albert Hurrell in the shot put and discus.
The team will be back in action this Saturday as they travel to Los Gatos High School for the K-Bell Invitational.
Posted 03/06/2014 10:52PM
The Padre volleyball team found themselves down 2-0 on the road to a talented Valley Christian squad in San Jose on Thursday night. Serra was able to battle back and take the match by a score of 3-2 (21-25, 23-25, 25-20, 25-21, 15-8). Leading the Padres on the night were Sam Bhatia (15 kills), Tanner Fahrbach (12 kills) and Kishan Dahya (32 digs). The win puts the Padres mark at 3-0 (2-0 WCAL) on the season with the Sacred Heart Cathedral tournament up next on Saturday.
Posted 03/06/2014 10:10AM
The Padre Volleyball program continued its strong start to the season
with their second-consecutive sweep. In the first match, the Serra JV
handed Archbishop Mitty their first loss of the season, a 2-0 victory
(25-17, 26-24). In the Varsity match, the Padres took down the defending NorCal
Champions 3 sets to 0 (25-18, 25-15, 25-21). Sam Bhatia ('14) notched
his second double-double in as many games with 11 kills and 10 digs,
to go along with Kishan Dahya's ('14) game-high 11 digs.
JV and Varsity improve to 2-0 Overall, 1-0 WCAL. Both teams look to continue their strong starts to the season Thursday night at Valley Christian, JV at 5 PM, Varsity at 6:30 PM.
Posted 03/06/2014 08:52AM
The Serra Padres varsity basketball team will take on the Archbishop Mitty Monarchs in the C.C.S Open Division Championship on Friday March 7th at Santa Clara University at 8 p.m. Please note: Santa Clara University will be charging for parking in their structure for $10 a car! Please arrive early as tickets for the game may quickly sell out as they did last year. Come down and show your support and Go Padres!