By Terrance Sun ’13
The Catlin Gabel men’s cross country team won their pre-districts race for the first time in a half-decade, while the women’s team looks to challenge Valley Catholic for the district title. Both teams, for the first time since 2007, are in position to advance to the state competition.
An infusion of new runners has boosted the men’s team. Luca Ostertag-Hill ’16 and Lucas Stiff Arm ’16 have added depth to a team that graduated four key seniors last year. Ostertag-Hill’s phenomenal fourth-place finish at the pre-district competition on September 10 greatly contributed to the overall team’s first-place finish. Other runners, such as Keegan McCarthy ‘13 and Christopher Belluschi ’14, have joined the team this year. In addition to the battle-tested core of Casey Currey-Wilson ’13, Cody Hoyt ’13, David Lovitz ’13, Terrance Sun ’13, and Garet Neal ’15, this could be one of the most competitive men’s cross country teams in years. In fact, in the pre-district race, all seven of Catlin Gabel’s top seven runners finished in the top 20.
While half of last year’s women’s team graduated, new and old runners have stepped in to fill the void. Junior Mckenzie Spooner’s third-place individual finish at the pre-district competition greatly boosted the team’s score. Although the team came up short against Valley Catholic, the addition of Hannah Jaquiss ’13, who did not run in that race, should help the Eagles immensely. The girls’ team has experience running at the state competition, with Jaquiss, Spooner, and Alexandra van Alebeek ’13 having competed on the team that finished second place at state last year.
With both teams looking strong this year, the Catlin Gabel cross country team may be poised for a historic season. Come to a race and cheer your Eagles on!
By Audrey Davis ’13
With over 70 students playing soccer this year and several new coaches, the soccer season is off to a great start.
Girls varsity soccer began the season with a bang, tying rival St. Mary’s of Medford 0-0, then going on to beat Dayton 5-0 and Portland Christian 4-0. On September 11, both the varsity and JV teams tied Corbett with scores of 0-0 and 1-1 respectively. The following week, both teams beat Astoria: varsity won 2-0, and JV routed the Fishermen 5-0. Last Saturday the girls had a tough road trip to Philomath, where the Warriors handed varsity and JV their first losses of the season––4-0 and 3-1, respectively.
Boys varsity soccer has also come out strong. At Dayton on September 4, they lost in a close match with a final score of 3-4. Later that week, the team pulled through and beat Western Mennonite 1-0, then tied Delphian 1-1. On September 19 they lost a tough match to Philomath 3-0, but came back two days later to beat St. Mary’s of Medford at home 1-0.
With so many boys in the soccer program, the JV team has had to split up into two teams this year. The boys JV team started out with a loss to St. Helens, but beat Delphian with a final score of 7-1. Boys JV2 also started off with some close matches, losing to Lake Oswego with a score of 1-2, and beating Glencoe 4-3. Last week, JV2 got a 3-0 win at OES and JV tied Philomath 1-1 at home. Last Friday, JV had an incredibly close game at Jesuit that resulted in a heartbreaking 1-0 loss.
This week, all teams will begin league play. As they do, prospects for the regular season and beyond are looking good!
By Dana Ellis ’14
Volleyball season is here and the athletes are pumped to be playing again. This season brings several changes, including new players and coaches. New team members include multiple freshmen, and sophomore Belu Levenfeld, an exchange student from Madrid, Spain. The team not only has a new coach, but the roles of coaches have switched. Brittany Guck, who coached JV last year, is now the varsity assistant coach. Sanjay Bedi, the new coach this year, is excited to work with JV and varsity to improve the teams’ skills and to help everyone to grow individually. Guck swapped coaching positions with Raluca Dinca, who now coaches JV. Varsity has won every game so far. JV has only lost one game so far, and placed first in the Corbett tournament. The volleyball teams are working hard and off to an amazing start this year. Keep it up, Catlin Gabel volleyball!