On the Sidelines: 2013-14 Winter Sports Wrap Up

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Below is a summary of the 2013-14 winter sports season at Mater Dei.

Basketball (Boys)
Won the Trinity League championship for the 26th straight year and 31st time in 32 seasons under Head Coach Gary McKnight…captured its 22nd CIF-SS title in school history, all under McKnight, with wins over Cantwell Sacred Heart (in overtime), 72-66; Mayfair, 77-59; J.W. North, 62-49; and Chino Hills, 48-44…won an unprecedented 11th CIF-State crown, again all under McKnight’s tenure, by beating St. Augustine, 65-38; Etiwanda (in double overtime), 67-64; Westchester, 59-54; and Bishop O’Dowd, 71-61…named national champion, the first in school history, by MaxPreps and Blue Star Media.

Basketball (Girls)
Captured its seventh consecutive Trinity League championship…opened the CIF-SS playoffs with a 75-28 triumph over Sierra Canyon…went on the road and got a hard-fought victory over Etiwanda, 56-54…lost in the championship game to Windward, 61-46…after receiving a bye in the first round of the CIF-State playoffs, fell to Long Beach Poly, 64-46, to end the season.

Soccer (Boys)
Did not qualify for the playoffs.

Soccer (Girls)
Finished second in the Trinity League…got a 2-0 shutout win on the road at Chaminade in the first round of the CIF-SS playoffs…was eliminated from the postseason in the second round, falling to Foothill, 2-0.

Water Polo (Girls)
Came in second place in the Trinity League…advanced to the CIF-SS championship game with victories over Schurr, 15-6; Corona Santiago, 14-6; Long Beach Wilson, 13-8; and Montebello, 10-7…lost in the finals, in a low-scoring game to Santa Margarita, 5-4.

Wrestling
Finished third in the Trinity League…for the first time in school history, had two female wrestlers compete in the CIF-SS Masters Meet with one advancing to the CIF-State Tournament…for the boys, nine wrestlers advanced from the Trinity League Finals and qualified for the CIF-SS Individual Championships…Trevor Perez, the first Mater Dei wrestler since 2007, was crowned a CIF-SS Individual Champion…after four boys qualified for the CIF-SS Masters Meet, one went on to compete in the CIF-State Tournament before being eliminated.

Philip Bellomo, Director of Athletics

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