For the first time in the history of Catlin Gabel athletics, all five fall sports teams have qualified for playoffs at the state level. The 2012 versions of the Eagles boys’ and girls’ cross country, boys’ and girls’ soccer, and girls’ volleyball teams competed over the weekend in their respective playoffs. Below is a recap of the competitions.
Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country
Ranked fifth in the state, the Catlin Gabel boys’ soccer team is gearing up for another potential title run. The Eagles won their opening round match at home against Umpqua Valley Christian last Tuesday with a final score of 4-0. The win marked the third victory for the regular season district champion Catlin boys in the past four matches. Up next for the boys is a quarterfinal match against Portland Christian at David Douglas High School on Saturday, November 11th. The teams met previously this year on October 9th, when the Eagles defeated the Lions 5-0.
Having already defeated Westside Christian 1-0 on Saturday November 3rd, the Catlin girls are gaining momentum as they roll through the state playoffs. The Eagles dismantled De La Salle North 8-0 Tuesday night, putting on a waterlogged clinic. The team has been given a boost in recent matches by lineup changes, notably moving starting goalkeeper Emma Ronai-During ’13to starting forward. The Eagles will attempt to hold their momentum this Saturday at St. Mary’s of Medford. The Eagles and Crusaders ended with a scoreless tie during their match on September 1st.
A 3-0 loss at Blanchet Catholic on Saturday, November 3rd ended the 2012 season for the Catlin Gabel volleyball team. The defeat came in the opening round of the state playoffs, as the second-ranked Cavaliers prevailed in each set by scores of 25-17, 25-22, and 25-17 respectively. This marked the third time in the past four seasons that the volleyball team has reached the state playoffs after enduring a 32 year drought from 1977 to 2008. This also marked the first season under the leadership of head coach Sanjay Bedi.
This was also the final game for seniors Kassi Carter-Howard, Naomi Iverson, Eve Lowenstein, and Rachel Savage. This class has been a part of what is easily the most successful four consecutive years in the history of Catlin Gabel volleyball. “There’s so many things that I could say for this,” Iverson said afterward. “I had a great time, it was awesome, [and] everyone made it a really special experience.”