On the Sidelines: Winter Sports 2011

Mater Dei High School recently held its winter sports all-school spirit rally.  Among the event’s highlights related to the school’s Athletic Department…

Your Attention, Please

Each of the winter season sports at the varsity level were introduced to the student body.  Those teams included:

  • Basketball (Boys) and Head Coach, Gary McKnight
  • Basketball (Girls) and Head Coach, Kevin Kiernan
  • Soccer (Boys) and Head Coach, Andy Thomas
  • Soccer (Girls) and Head Coach, Matty West
  • Water Polo (Girls) and Head Coach, Chris Segesman
  • Wrestling and Head Coach, Juliano Prado

Does It Get Any Better?

After leading his team to a CIF-SS Division 1 baseball championship during the 2010 spring sports season and being named the CIF-SS Division 1 Player of the Year, Mater Dei’s Cory Hahn had his jersey retired.  Hahn, now a freshman at Arizona State, had the kind of year that may never be repeated.  With the bat, he hit .416 with 10 home runs and 24 RBI.  On the mound, Hahn recorded a remarkable 14 wins against only one loss with a microscopic 0.89 ERA and 91 strikeouts.  He also helped combine to pitch a perfect game in the CIF-SS championship game win over Dana Hills.

Back-to-Back-to-Back

The 2011 Mater Dei boys’ water polo team was honored with the unveiling of its CIF-SS Division 1 Championship banner.  The Monarchs captured the championship with a thrilling 11-10 win over El Toro in front of an energized capacity crowd at the Woollett Aquatic Center in Irvine.  The winning goal was scored by Liam Gaughan as time literally expired on the scoreboard.  This is the third consecutive CIF-SS championship and first at the Division 1 level for the boys’ water polo team.  The previous two championships were won at the Division 2 level.

If You Like Math

With this most recent unveiling, 74 championship banners now hang from the rafters in the Meruelo Athletic Center.  The breakdown is as follows:

  • 58 CIF-SS Championships
  • 1 CIF Southern California Regional Championship
  • 11 CIF-State Championships
  • 4 National Championships

Phillip Bellomo

Director of Athletics, Mater Dei High School

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