Athletic News

 

DECEMBER 2016

Attacking College — Matt Schumacher to Cal Baptist

From RSF Attack Recruiting

Matthew Schumacher, Maranatha Christian Schools class of 2017 and midfielder for RSF Attack B98 Academy, has verbally committed to join the Cal Baptist Men’s Soccer 2017 recruiting class.  The Lancers compete in the PacWest Conference of NCAA Division II.

Matt follows 2016 Maranatha & Attack player Isaac Schwann to the PacWest. Schwann is currently on the roster at CBU’s rival Azusa Pacific University. CBU vs APU rivalry games are sure to be exciting over the next few years as the two Attack and Maranatha alumni face off for their respective universities.

 

NOVEMBER 2016

MCS Wins Its 1st and 2nd CIF Titles!

Click here to read about Noah Monroy in the Union Tribune
Click here to read about Girls Volleyball in the RB News Journal

Without winning one CIF title in its 25-year history, Maranatha won not one, but two CIF titles in the month of November!

Boys Cross Country
Junior Noah Monroy became the first Maranatha athlete to win an individual CIF title when he smashed all competitors, easily outrunning his nearest competition by a full 8 seconds to capture the Division 5 medal. 
                                  
Monroy was the odds-on favorite to win the race but it did not go as smoothly as anticipated.  Near the halfway mark, his lead was so substantial that course officials mistakenly misdirected him making him run approximately 50-100 yards in the wrong direction before they redirected him, getting him to eventually turn around and get back on course.  Meanwhile, the second-place runner took advantage of the official’s error and made up the distance catching Monroy. Noah however, was unfazed.  He simply accelerated and out-paced his opponent to the finish beating him easily by a 75-yard margin.  It was a remarkable display of athleticism, God-given ability, mental strength and determination – all the qualities of a true champion.

Not to be too outdone, freshman protégé Riley Burns finished an impressive 7th out of the 144 competing runners.  He has consistently exhibited the talent to potentially win a CIF title of his own in the future. He was the top freshman in D5 beating his closest competitor by 20 seconds.

As a team, Maranatha fell short of qualifying for the State Cross Country Championships.  The top 3 teams advance and Maranatha finished a distant fourth as Bishops, Francis Parker and Julian won the berths handily.  As a team, it was Maranatha’s highest placement in school history.  Junior Justin Gray also turned in an exceptionally strong performance, finishing 23rd but it was not enough to lift the team to the state level.

Because of their stellar performance in the CIF finals, both Monroy and Burns qualified for the State Cross Country Championships as individual runners.  They made the trip to Woodward Park in Fresno last weekend to represent Maranatha and the San Diego Section of CIF. Monroy threatened throughout the race and battled to as high as 2nd place in the 192 runner field.  With 800 yards remaining he slightly faded in the stretch and finished 6th in the race – a very solid placing which qualified him as Maranatha’s first All-State athlete. Burns finished at 83 but was 4th for all freshman runners, another fantastic achievement.

Because of his performance in CIF and State, the San Diego Hall of Champions and the Union-Tribune have named Noah Monroy “Athlete of the Week”.  It will be announced in the U-T this week.        

Girls Volleyball Recap
Simply put, the 2016 girls volleyball team just completed the most successful season of any athletic team in Maranatha history.  After winning Maranatha’s first-ever CIF title with an incredible come-from-behind victory over Horizon Christian Academy, the girls received an automatic berth to the state playoffs where they decisively beat Avalon High School in straight sets before falling to a tough Capistrano Valley Christian team 3-1 in second round play.
Here are a handful of their achievements:

  • Ocean League Champions.  Second consecutive league title.  Went undefeated at 6-0 and never lost a set to a league opponent (18-0).
  • 1st Maranatha CIF Championship.  Started playoffs as the #1 seed and defeated St. Joseph’s, Hilltop, Mar Vista and Horizon to win it.
  • 1st Maranatha team to win a state playoff game.  Defeated Avalon High School 3-0 in 1st round.
  • Finished 26-4.  The best overall record in Maranatha history. Most wins by a team.

2016 Maranatha Eagle Volleyball Team


Head Coach:

 Mary Beiler

Assistants:

 Frank Serrano

 Kelvin Pasborg

Team Captains:

 Izzy Landis

 Julia Lawrenz

Roster:

 Kaylyn Bell

 Alyse Nguyen

 Sydney Sheng

 Alysha Buffini

 Faith Pacis

 Sarah Stout

 Amy Buffini

 Tia Prijoles

 Jordan Ward

 Ella Howe

 Brenna Segoria

 

By Steve Whitley

 

NOVEMBER 2016

Girls Volleyball Wins CIF Championship!

Incredible! No other word can accurately describe the volleyball game that clinched Maranatha’s first-ever CIF championship.

Facing a very good Horizon Christian team in the CIF Division 4 finals, the Eagles dropped their first two sets to the Panthers 20-25 and 15-25.  The momentum was clearly on Horizon’s side as they stymied Maranatha’s offensive attack by playing excellent defense and could not stop the offensive combination of junior setter Kareemah Hopkins and freshman outside hitter Zoe Smith.

Things looked bleak for Maranatha as Horizon jumped into the lead in the decisive third set in the best-of-five matchup. Twice the Panthers brought the set to match point but the tenacious Eagles managed to escape and rallied back to win the third set 28-26.
With a breath of new life, the girls composed themselves and began playing like the team who was 24-3 and earned the #1 seed. Leading hitter Amy Buffini began to take charge of the game offensively along with the Ocean League’s reigning Player-of-the-Year Izzy Landis. The Eagle offense began to find holes in the Panther defense. In set 4, Buffini, a freshman outside hitter, racked up 9 kills and two aces to lead the Eagles as they squeaked by Horizon 26-24 to even the match at two sets apiece.

Both teams were hungry for the title as the finale was peppered with long, intense rallies with many diving digs on both sides. But the offensive combination of Buffini and Landis, along with the setting of freshman Alysha Buffini, proved to be too much for the Panthers to handle. Maranatha quickly jumped to a 14-10 lead and, needing only one point for the crown, Horizon battled back staving off three match points and tightening the score to 14-13. After another long rally Landis found an empty spot on the court and fed the ball into the vacated area to secure the win – and a massive celebration!

Amy Buffini, after being nearly shutout the first two games, finished with a match high 25 kills followed by Landis with 17.  Jordan Ward and Sarah Stout also had strong finishes while Freshman libero Faith Pacis and Junior Sydney Sheng played solidly throughout the entire contest.

Off to the State Tournament!

For state, the Eagles were lowered from Division 4 to Division 5 and are the 7th seed in the 16 team tournament. 

By Steve Whitley 

october 2015

Goodwill Game of the Week

God's hand was upon us when we were chosen to be FOX 5 San Diego's Goodwill Game of the Week. We were featured LIVE this morning during Fox 5's Prep Blitz. This was a great opportunity for the community of San Diego to see our Christ-centered spirited school. Check out the interviews with Coach Cole and Senior Jake Bronson.

 

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