Cate School’s squash team made history over the weekend, becoming the first pure High School team in history to win the Southern California High School League Championships hosted at the Arroyo Seco Squash Club in Pasadena.
Before Cate’s championship victory, all previous winners of the title came from club teams, which takes players across multiple schools.
The Santa Barbara Athletic club was one of those clubs and won five straight years at one point.
The fifth-seeded Rams started the 23-team tournament against UCLA’s club. Cate survived, winning the match 3-2 and then moved on to defeat the No. 1 seed in the tournament, Across Youth Academy of San Diego.
The Rams had lost to Across Youth Academy earlier in the season but bounced back to earn a 4-1 victory.
Cate then advanced to the championship round, where it took on and defeated tournament host Arroyo Seco, 4-1.
CATE 66, PROVIDENCE 8
Reigning Santa Barbara Athletic Roundtable Player of the Week, Meena Baher, scored 18 points to lead the Rams to a dominant win over Providence on Senior Night.
The Rams led 40-6 at the break.
Seniors Maya Blattberg and Dana Huston-Chen also helped with Blattberg scoring 13 points and Huston-Chen adding 12.
Blattberg also added three assists while Huston-Chen had two blocks in the win.
BISHOP DIEGO 53, VILLANOVA 30
The Cardinals secured their spot in the postseason Tuesday following a win against league rival Villanova.
Bishop Diego (18-8, 4-3) led 10-2 after the first frame and never trailed after. Elliot Redkey scored 18 points and Citlali Morales added eight in the win.
CATE 4, LAGUNA BLANCA 0
The Rams closed out the regular season unbeaten, defeating their local rivals by four goals Tuesday.
Cate (10-0-1, 7-0-1) got a hat trick performance from Buba Fofanah to secure the win.
The Rams led 2-0 at the half thanks to one goal from Fofanah and another from Will Deadorff.
BISHOP DIEGO 4, SANTA CLARA 1
The Cardinals got off to a quick start in their final game of the regular season, racing out to a 2-0 halftime lead before defeating Santa Clara by three goals.
Adam Luckhurst scored both first-half goals before his brother, Michael Luckhurst, scored both second-half goals in the convincing win.
CARPINTERIA 57, SANTA PAULA 49
Dylan O’Neil totaled 16 points and grabbed nine boards in the Warriors eight-point win over Santa Paula on Senior Night.
Mateo Handall helped out with 12 points and three rebounds while Gabe Mendel scored nine points and collected four rebounds.
SBCC 8, VENTURA 1
SBCC won its first game of the season Tuesday, thanks to three commanding wins in doubles and five wins in singles.
Maura Mannix and Sydney Paillon both posted 6-0, 6-0 shutouts in singles at the No. 2 and 6 courts, respectively.
VENTURA 7, SBCC 2
The Vaqueros were swept on all six singles courts against Ventura, leading to a 7-2 loss in their Western Conference State opener.
SBCC pairings comprised of Andreas Fuerst/Alexander Martin and Taylor Kleine/Lucas Pollero got the Vaquero points at No. 1 and 3 doubles, respectively.
L.A. MISSION 3, SBCC 2
The Vaqueros are still in search of their first win after a one-run loss in eight innings Tuesday.
SBCC totaled nine hits and worked three walks but stranded 11 on the bases.
On the mound, Carson Dunckley pitched all eight innings for the Vaqueros (0-5) allowing just one earned run (three in total) on five hits. She walked three batters and struck out four.
WESTMONT’S BESSARD WINS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Westmont’s senior forward Justin Bessard won the GSAC’s conference player of the week, the league announced Tuesday.
Bessard led the No. 4 Warriors to wins over No. 23 Arizona Christian and OUAZ by averaging 20.0 points, 11.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in those contests. Bessard leads the Warriors in rebounds per game (6.9) and total blocked shots (17), while he is second in scoring, averaging 15.0 points per contest. He also is shooting an impressive 39.6% from 3-point range.