The Tartan baseball, golf, boys lacrosse, tennis, track & field and volleyball programs have all entered the spring season of play against some challenging early-season opponents.
Despite two early season losses, the St. Margaret's baseball team has put in some good work against tough opponents. The Tartans dropped a close one to St. Anthony 10-9 on March 4 despite James Mott's two home runs. St. Margaret's returned to action against a talented Bell Gardens High School squad on March 9, losing 6-2 at home. The Tartans will be back on the field Tuesday, March 14 at Rancho Christian School.
Coach Rocky Parker and the Tartans opened the season with a win against Fairmont Prep on February 27 at Dad Miller Golf Course. Michael Etchandy had two birdies en route to a round of 34. Kevin Guo carded a 37 while Jack Wojcik shot a 41. Jason Kim and Ryan Wilson both shot 42. The Tartans return to the links against JSerra on March 14.
The Tartans shrugged off two early season losses to 2016 U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section Champion Loyola High School and perennial powerhouse Foothill High School as they faced off against Palos Verdes on March 4. Kevin Groeninger had two goals and three assists to lead St. Margaret's to the 8-7 victory. The Tartans followed up the win with a convincing 16-2 victory over Great Oak High School on March 7. St. Margaret's will travel to face San Diego mainstay Poway High School on Friday, March 10.
St. Margaret's opened the 2017 campaign with two tough losses to Canyon High School and San Clemente High School before returning to form with a 12-6 win over Trabuco Hills. The doubles team of Peter Gottlieb and Coen Zediker featured in the win against the Mustangs. The Tartans will meet Laguna Beach High School on the road March 14.
Track & Field
Attempting to build off of the success of the 2016 season, the Tartan track & field program attended a quad meet at Irvine High School on March 2. Kylie Kowalske won the 300 hurdles and followed that up with a win in the shot put on only two throws. Julia Martin challenged one of the best distance runners in California in the 1600m while Ryan Cragun had success in the 4x100, 100m and 200m events. The boys distance team looked strong in the 1600m and 800m events.
Head Coach Patrick Bendzick said, "After a successful Academy League season last year, it was important for us to create a challenging preseason schedule. Opening the meet with a decisive win in the 4x100m and then sweeping the top four places in the 1600m made a tremendous statement against three very large public schools and really set the tone for the remainder of the year."
The boys volleyball team remains undefeated after a pair of wins against Academy league foe Oxford Academy and non-league opponent Oxnard High School. The Tartans downed Oxford 25-14, 25-10 and 25-11. Oxnard gave St. Margaret's a bit of a fight with scores 22-25, 25-11, 25-20 and 25-14. St. Margaret's will face Laguna Blanca School on the road on Saturday, March 11.