The La Jolla High School varsity baseball team improved its overall record to 17-9 and its league record to 7-3 last week. The Vikings bounced back from a 5-0 defeat against Point Loma on May 7 and swept the Mission Bay Buccaneers in two games later in the week.
La Jolla broke open a close game by scoring seven runs in the fourth inning, cruising to an 8-2 win over Mission Bay. Alex Eliopulos had three hits and two RBIs, while Austin Burke had a key two-RBI double, and Bobby Schuman had two hits. Eric Pitrofsky pitched six strong innings to earn his San Diego County best eighth win of the season.
The Vikings beat Mission Bay again in the rematch. The game was scoreless through the first six innings, but La Jolla was able to push two runs across the plate without the benefit of a hit in the top of the last inning. Austin Burke allowed only one hit in six innings on the hill to pick up the win. Tyson Youngs tossed a scoreless seventh inning, claiming his fourth save of the year. Brett Volger collected two of La Jolla’s three hits for the game.
At press time, La Jolla was sitting in second place heading into a two-game showdown with first-place Cathedral to conclude the regular season.
LJHS golfers take San Diego City Conference
La Jolla High School sophomore Perry Cohen won the San Diego City Conference golf tournament after a long haul over several days.
The boys’ varsity team placed first on the second day of the conference, played at Balboa High School. Sophomores Ben Doyle and Cohen placed first and second, respectively, and junior Will Strauss placed fourth in the initial round. Cohen advanced to the semifinal round, played at Torrey Pines, where he won against St. Augustine High School’s Luis Calderon.
In the finals, Cohen played a tough match on the south course of Torrey Pines Golf Course, a course that favors players with long drives. He took the win against senior Jake Meloche from Coronado High, a 6-foot-3-inch player known for his powerful drives.
Cohen shot the lowest score in a single match this season, scoring 32 in the nine-hole match against Scripps Ranch High at Riverwalk Presidio Golf Course.
Bishop’s middle schoolers win county cup
The Bishop’s boys’ middle school water polo team was crowned champions of the 19th annual San Diego County Cup last past weekend.
The Knights defeated Davis Water Polo Club 9-4 in the title game. Bishop’s used a balanced scoring attack with goals coming from Evin Elig (two), Esteban Vasquez (two), Zach LaGrange (two), Andrew Chun (one), Noah Fales (one), Ryan Kazemaini (one). Goalie George Hagastad (Bishop’s sixth-grader) was named tournament MVP. LaGrange and Vasquez were also named to the all-tournament team. This is the third consecutive year Bishop’s has captured the gold medal. The San Diego County Cup is the largest age group tournament (120 teams) in the country.
UCHS student named top female scholar athlete
Marina Varano, a University City High School senior, was recently selected as the top female scholar athlete from California in the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) Scholarship program. Varano was chosen from a pool of public- and private-school contestants throughout the state. The scholarship recognizes the distinguished scholastic, leadership and sportsmanship attributes of high school student-athletes, and the importance of high school athletics in each student’s life. Varano received seven varsity letters throughout her high school athletic career and was recognized as a tri-varsity athlete in 2011, competing in volleyball, water polo and swim. During her senior year, Varano was MVP in volleyball and received the Coach's Award in water polo. Varano currently maintains a 4.4 GPA and will be attending UC Santa Barbara in the fall.