The Parker girls volleyball team had another full week, with a league match and a two-day tournament. On Wednesday, the Lady Lancers fell to Santa Fe Christian, 3-0. Senior outside hitter Sophia Galdamez logged 10 kills and nine digs, while freshman setter Chloe Hooker had 20 assists. Friday and Saturday, Parker GVB played in the 25th annual Scripps Ranch HS Invitational, falling to Vista in the Bronze division finals.

For the tournament, junior outside hitter Callie Keating led the Lancers with 43 kills, junior Arrington Jones added 41 kills in her first extended action at opposite, and senior Berkley Hayes had 33 kills in her first extended action at outside hitter. Hooker tallied 118 assists over the two days, while sophomore Rio Lacey had 53 digs in her initial run in the libero role.
The Lady Lancers will host the first of our matches with Coastal League rival Bishop’s, this Tuesday at 5:30 pm on Hillgren Court.

The Parker Cross Country team had an outstanding race on Friday,Sept. 29 at the Coach Downey XC Classic.

The boys junior varsity took 1st place in division 5 as a team and 2nd place overall out of 16 teams. Our scorers were: Asher Ellis (11th), Dylan McCulloch (12th), Sujan Nandipati (19th), John Valverde (25th), and Bhagavan Carollo (29th) out of 206 total runners.

Boys varsity also took 1st place Div 5 as a team and 3rd place overall out of 27 teams. Our scorers were: Kenan Pala (16th), Spencer Ruff (18th), Spencer Seay (21st), Alex Olmeta (27th), and Jesse Smith (35th) out of 185 total varsity runners.

Despite being plagued by injuries, the girls varsity team ran a great race. We had two PRs set for the course by Vivian Benishek and Elle Hansen. Sophia McGrath (2nd place for Parker), Addy Phillips, and Angie Aloysius rounded out our 5 scorers for the varsity race.

The Girls Tennis team had a winning week, going 2-0 in their two matches. On Monday, they defeated Vincent Memorial by a final score of 13-4, and then came back to earn another victory on Friday afternoon, this time defeating Coastal league rival Pacific Ridge by a final of 13-5.

They will play again twice this week, traveling to Patrick Henry for a 3:45 pm match on Monday Oct. 1, and then hosting Bishop’s on Tuesday Oct. 2 at 3 pm.

The Girls Golf team lost their tri match last week when they took on Point Loma and La Jolla Country Day. Despite the result, there were several highlights. Senior Brooke Seay was the medalist for the match, shooting a 1 under score of 35. Freshman Avery Byrnes shot her best score of the season, including back-to-back pars.

There will be two more league matches for the team this week. On Monday, Oct. 1, they have a home league match vs Orange Glen at Riverwalk Golf Club, with the first tee time at 3:30 pm. On Wednesday, they have a tri match vs Bishop’s and Santa Fe Christian, with the first tee time coming at 3 pm at La Jolla Country Club.

The water polo team had a busy week last week to round out the month of September. On Tuesday, they lost a nail-biter, falling 10-9 to Mater Dei Catholic. Friday’s match against Patrick Henry saw the Lancers fall by a final score of 15-9. Despite falling behind big in the first half, the Lancers performed admirably until the final whistle, outscoring the Patriots 5-1 in the 4th quarter.

The team will be back in action this week on Tuesday when they travel to take on Santa Fe Christian for a 7 pm match. On Friday night the Lancers travel to take on High Tech High, and then will bounce back for a home game vs Mira Mesa High School at 3:30 pm on Saturday, Oct. 6. The Lancers play their home games at the Coggan Aquatics Complex, adjacent to La Jolla High School

Our boys had a busy two weeks. Many of our teams participated in the tournaments last weekend, with great results. In the Coronado tournament on Saturday, Sept. 22, freshmen pair Andreas Cardenas-Marouf and Jackson DeWitt came back from early losses in pool play to finish second in the varsity division, with senior Spencer Thoene and junior Mark Tankersley just behind them in third. In the JV division, junior duo Rafter Sprague and Connor Duncan won it all, with fellow juniors Will Murray and Mitchell Trossen clinching third. And on Sunday, seniors Nick Gustafson and Bijan Sagart took third in the CBVA tournament. Well done, boys!

Then on Thursday, the boys were back in league action, facing Point Loma. Our 1 and 2 teams took early wins. On the 1 court, Mark served a fantastic fifteen serves in a row, including several aces, resulting in a 21-5 final score in the second game. Over at the 2 court, seniors Bijan Sagart and Axel Youngdale also finished in two games, 21-12, 21-14. One of the more memorable points was a beautiful pass from Axel, which Bijan rewarded with a straight down kill that left all who saw mesmerized. “It was one of the greatest hits I’ve ever seen,” Axel recounted to his teammates.

The 3 court was a close battle. Andreas and Jackson took the second game and were able to come back from a large deficit in the third game because they adapted to their opponents, partially from their own keen observations as well as key advice from Spencer. They lost by just two points in the third. On the 4 court, juniors Billy Harrington and Rodrigo Gallardo had only six points separating them from the win. Regardless, they deserve praise for their hard work in practice, which has kept them in our top five teams. With those two losses, it all came down to court 5, featuring juniors Ben Sheres and Alex Hernandez. The boys’ smart shots and solid defense allowed them to press ahead in the third game, finishing with a 15-13 final score.

Next week, the boys have another Thursday match. They will face Clairemont at OB at 4. As always, we thank all the parents and fans who come out to support. Go Parker!

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