On the Sidelines: Updates in Athletics

During the final spirit rally of the school year, the following special recognitions took place…

 Getting Up Off the Floor

The CIF-State Division 1 Championship banner was presented to the 2010-11 Mater Dei boys’ basketball team…it was the eighth time a Mater Dei boys’ basketball team has taken home a state championship, the previous crowns coming in 1987, 1990, 1995, 2001, 2003, 2007, and 2008…after suffering a 60-58 to #3 seed Corona Centennial in the CIF-SS semifinals, the Monarchs still qualified for the CIF-State playoffs and proved they were not quite ready to pack the uniforms away in storage…along the way, Mater Dei survived with a heart-stopping 72-70 victory at home over Loyola in the second round and then went on the road and upset #1 seed Long Beach Poly in the regional semifinals, 72-55…the Monarchs then avenged their CIF-SS playoff loss to Corona Centennial with a 76-64 victory over the Huskies in the regional finals at the USC Galen Center…from there, Mater Dei travelled to Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento and, after trailing for much of the game, beat De La Salle for the state championship, 43-36.

No Way…Way

The 2010-11 Mater Dei girls’ basketball team was honored with the unveiling of the CIF-SS Division 1AA Championship banner, the CIF-State Division 1 Championship banner, and the National Champion banner…this was a remarkable second straight year the Monarchs have hit the trifecta with championships at the CIF-SS, CIF-State, and national levels, the latter recognitions coming from media outlets, ESPN Rise Magazine, MaxPreps, and USA Today… the Monarch upended #1 seed Brea Olinda, 63-54 in the CIF-SS championship game at the Anaheim Convention Center Arena…then, after winning four games in the CIF-State playoffs by an average of 26.5 points per game, the Monarchs overcame a 12-point first quarter deficit and won the state championship with a 59-47 win over Berkeley in Sacramento at the Power Balance Pavilion…with the 2011 triumph, Mater Dei girls’ basketball has now won five CIF-SS championships, the previous ones taking place in 1995, 2003, 2009, and 2010…this year’s CIF-State championship is the third such  accomplishment for the Monarchs after being victorious in 1996 and 2010…the girls’ basketball team has now won two national championships in 2010 and 2011.

A Body of Work Like No Other

As is tradition at Mater Dei, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had her #23 jersey retired as a result of being named the CIF-SS Player of the Year…Mosqueda-Lewis, who will be attending the University of Connecticut next school year, actually won the award three times as a sophomore, junior, and senior at Mater Dei…To stop there, though, when recognizing Mosqueda-Lewis’ achievements as a high school basketball player wouldn’t be fair so, get ready to use the scroll bar to your right and take a look …

Athletic Accomplishments (team)

  • 2009 CIF-SS Division 2A Championship Team
  • 2010 CIF-SS Division 2A Championship Team
  • 2010 CIF-State Division II Championship Team
  • 2010 ESPN Rise Magazine National Championship Team
  • 2010 USA Today National Championship Team
  • 2011 CIF-SS Division 1AA Championship Team
  • 2011 CIF-State Division I Championship Team
  • 2011 ESPN Rise Magazine National Championship Team
  • 2011 MaxPreps National Championship Team
  • 2011 USA Today National Championship Team

 Athletic Accomplishments (individual)

  • 2008 Mater Dei Girls Basketball MVP
  • 2008 Trinity League MVP
  • 2008 Orange County Register Second Team
  • 2008 CIF-SS Division 1AA Second Team
  • 2009 Mater Dei Girls Basketball MVP
  • 2009 Trinity League MVP
  • 2009 Orange County Register First Team
  • 2009 Los Angeles Times First Team
  • 2009 CIF-SS Division 2A Player of the Year
  • 2009 Gatorade California State Player of the Year
  • 2009 Parade Magazine All-American
  • 2010 Mater Dei Girls Basketball MVP
  • 2010 Trinity League MVP
  • 2010 Orange County Register Player of the Year
  • 2010 Los Angeles Times Player of the Year
  • 2010 CIF-SS Division 2A Player of the Year
  • 2010 USA Today All-American
  • 2010 Parade Magazine All-American
  • 2010 USA U17 World Championship Team (won gold medal)
  • 2011 Mater Dei Girls Basketball MVP
  • 2011 Trinity League MVP
  • 2011 Trinity League Female Athlete of the Year
  • 2011 Orange County Register Player of the Year
  • 2011 Orange County Register Female Athlete of the Year
  • 2011 Orange County Athletic Directors Association Female Athlete of the Year
  • 2011 Los Angeles Times Player of the Year
  • 2011 CIF-SS Division 1AA Player of the Year
  • 2011 Cal-Hi Sports State Player of the Year
  • 2011 MaxPreps California First Team (Division 1)
  • 2011 MaxPreps California Most Valuable Player (Division 1)
  • 2011 MaxPreps California First Team (Overall)
  • 2011 MaxPreps All-American
  • 2011 MaxPreps National Player of the Year
  • 2011 MaxPreps National Female Athlete of the Year
  • 2011 McDonalds All-American
  • 2011 ESPN Rise National Player of the Year
  • 2011 Gatorade California State Player of the Year
  • 2011 Gatorade National Player of the Year
  • 2011 Naismith National Player of the Year
  • 2011 Parade Magazine All-American
  • 2011 Parade Magazine National Player of the Year
  • 2011 USA Today First Team
  • 2011 USA Today National Player of the Year
  • 2011 WBCA All-American
  • 2011 WBCA National Player of the Year

Athletic Accomplishments (statistics)

  • Finished her Mater Dei high school career with a 33-point performance, leading the Monarchs to a 59-47 CIF-State championship win over Berkeley
  • Averaged 22.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 2.6 steals in 35 games during her senior year
  • Shot 48.5 percent from the field, 41.0 percent from behind the 3-point arc, and 87 percent from the free throw line during the 2010-11 season
  • Is the Mater Dei career record holder with 2,744 points, 872 rebounds, and 337 made 3-point field goals
  • Holds the Mater Dei individual season records for points per game (23.2 during 2009-10 season), free throw percentage (87.0 percent during 2010-11 season), and made 3-point field goals (116 during 2010-11 season)
  • Has the Mater Dei individual game records for points in a game (41 during the 2008-09 season), points in a quarter (19 during both the 2009-10 season and the 2010-11 season), points in a half (28 during 2008-09 season), and made 3-point field goals (9 during the 2010-11 season)
  • Was victorious in 123 of 130 games during her four years at Mater Dei, a remarkable .946 winning percentage

Could You Please Pass the Calculator?

With the four most recent unveilings, 78 championship banners now hang from the rafters in the Meruelo Athletic Center.  The breakdown is as follows:

  • 59 CIF-SS Championships
  • 1 CIF Southern California Regional Championship
  • 13 CIF-State Championships
  • 5 National Championships

Philip Bellomo, Director of Athletics

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