It was a busy and successful Spring for Pirate athletics. After a long period of virtual classes and remote practice, both student athletes and coaches alike were excited to reconvene to play together on the fields and courts.
Here’s how our teams finished out this season:
- Softball finished second in our division and advanced to Central Coast Section (CCS) semi-finals after being seeded #3 and hosting the first two rounds.
- Baseball finished first in our division and played in the CCS finals after being seeded #1 and hosting throughout. They fell to the Harker School in the final game.
- Boys Lacrosse finished their season with an 11-2 record. The team was seeded #4 in the inaugural CCS lacrosse playoffs and lost to Bellarmine in the first round.
- Girls Lacrosse finished their season with a 9-1 record. They were Seeded #7 in the inaugural CCS lacrosse playoffs. They won in the first round against Hillsdale and lost in the second round at St. Francis of Mountain View.
- Boys Tennis finished first in division and undefeated in league play. They advanced to CCS and won their first round match before falling to Bellarmine in the second round.
- In Boys Golf, Curtis DaSilva ‘23 advanced to CCS championships after finishing first in the PCAL qualifier where he fired a 67
- In Girls Golf, Sydney Craven and Kristina Abanico advanced to CCS. Sydney fired a 78 to finish 7th, and Kristina fired a 90 to finish 27th overall.
- The Stevenson Sailing Team placed 12th in the California State Championship. Sailing Stevenson’s two FJ sloops were Carmen Berg ’22 and Lilah Parker ’22 in A Division, with Ryan Marquess ’22, Sophia Thomsen ’23 and Sadie Marinerstein ’24 rotating into the B Division boat. The Pirates’ score was the second-best by a Northern California team.
- Girls Swim finished their season undefeated.
- Boys Swim had an incredible season, closing out the year undefeated. There were many outstanding performances by individual swimmers. Senior Captain Patrick Powers broke a longstanding record twice: first with a final time of 45.99 in the 100 Free, then breaking his own record on day 2 with a time of 20.71. In the final race, the boys podiumed in the 400 free, ultimately taking 8th. Overall, Pirates came in 11th in the section out of 29 teams present at the meet who qualified, and of 140ish teams in our section. This was one of the highest finishes in our program’s history.
- Track and Field: There was no league scoring in track and field this year, so all of Stevenson’s league meets simply gave us placements for the PCAL championships. Some of the top Pirate track and field athletes were not able to return because of COVID, but the team had 5 senior and junior captains that led a group of primarily 9th and 10th graders.At the PCAL Championships Pirate Trackletes won 5 PCAL titles and qualified for CCS in 9 events. PCAL Champions included:
Evan Johnson – Boys’ 100m
Evan Johnson – Boys 200m
John Puka – Boys 800m
Kyla Cotton – Girls’ 100m Hurdles
Anna Watson – Girls 800m
Other qualifiers included:
Dana Diniz – Girls’ Triple Jump
Harrison Fung – Boys 110m Hurdles
John Puka – Boys 1600m
Dana Diniz, Tessa Rava, Mia Schlenker, Kyla Cotton -Girls 4X100m relay
At the CCS Semi-Finals in Aptos, Evan Johnson won the 100m with a time of 10.91 seconds (his current record stands at 10.85 seconds). This is the 5th time this year he has broken Wiley Watson’s long standing record from 1981 (For context: Dr. Hicks was a Stevenson 9th grader that year!). He was seeded first at the finals in Aptos and ended up winning the championships in both the 100m (10.85 seconds) and 200m (22.10 seconds) races.
Also at the CCS Semi-finals, Anna Watson placed 4th in her heat and 9th overall in the 800m and set a new school record at 2:20.26 smashing Nicole Dauphine’s 1988 record of 2:22.6. John Puka placed 4th in the boys 800m with a personal record 1:57.02. John is the first Stevenson 800m to eclipse 2 minutes in 20 years. Both also qualified to run in the finals in Aptos, and both ran their finals races well.
We’d like to congratulate all RLS athletes for their excellent performance this year. It wasn’t easy figuring out how to practice (let alone progress) in any sport while away from campus, coaches, and teammates, and without their usual equipment and facilities. But our Pirates handled the challenge with ease and grace, and we are so proud of them for their hard, work, discipline, and determination. We look forward to seeing everyone next year, and for another exciting fall season to come!