The Tartans are currently ranked No. 5 in the CIF Div. 4 polls with a 12-4 overall record, including an unbeaten record in league play. Sophomore Ella Kang leads the Tartans in scoring with 12 goals and eight assists, closely followed by fellow sophomore Jasper Adams who has notched seven scores on the year. Senior defender Lauren McCaffrey (eight assists) and sophomore forward Juliet Ballard (nine assists) have helped the Tartans overpower opponents in the offensive end. Sophomore goalkeeper Kennedy Barlow has had an outstanding season with a goal against average of 0.64, making forty-two saves and posting nine shutouts.
Asked about his team's performance so far, St. Margaret's head coach Johnny Marmelstein said, "Every year, that’s the goal, but you have to take care of the smaller goals to reach the big goals. If we can shut out all of our league opponents, we learn the defensive discipline necessary to make a long run in the playoffs. If we win the Academy League, we give ourselves the best chance of being seeded higher and avoiding other highly ranked opponents in the earlier rounds. If we can be together and stay together throughout a long season, the emotional support we receive from each other sustains us through the rigor of the playoff campaign. This team is coming together nicely and at the right time."
The Tartans will take on Division 2 powerhouse Bishop Amat this Saturday night at home at 6 p.m.
St. Margaret's boys soccer has performed well in the current Academy League campaign, amassing a 5-0-2 record. Led by senior Trevor Peay's 13 goals and one assist, the Tartans currently sit in second place at the midway point of the season. Junior Robbie Graham (10 goals, three assists), senior R.J. Egdorf (nine goals, eight assists) and senior John Leasure (nine goals, 15 assists) have kept St. Margaret's in an excellent position on the league table.
Tartan coach Adam Doty said, "The boys have continually performed at a high level throughout the preseason and regular season. Halfway through our season, they are elevating their commitment to each other and to playing as a team on the field. We are looking towards coming out on top during what should be an exciting second half of league play and making a deep run into CIF playoffs."
St. Margaret's will face league opponent CC Downey on the road this afternoon at 3 p.m.
The Tartans currently occupy second place in the Academy league with a 6-1 league record. St. Margaret's offense is led by sophomore Will Kenner who is averaging 12 points per game with seniors Jay Phansalkar (11 ppg, 43 made three-pointers) and Ryan Cragun (10 ppg) putting in quality minutes for the Tartans.
Defensively, Ryan Cragun and junior Jack Wohlgemuth have been tenacious under the basket, averaging five rebounds per game.
"We have won eight of our last 10 games and are playing better as a group. Hopefully, we can continue this trend in the second half of league and pick up momentum heading into the playoffs," said Tartan head coach Brian Carmer.
The Tartans will tip off against CC Downey on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. on the road.
St. Margaret's equestrian program recently completed the 2017-2018 Interscholastic Equestrian League season on January 14 at Blenheim Farms in San Juan Capistrano.
In that event:
Maddie Milo was 6th equitation over fences, 2nd in the working hunters, 3rd under saddle, 1st in Equitation on the flat, and 2nd in the OCIEL medal.
Sydney Mays was 2nd in the equitation over fences, 3rd in the working hunters, 6th under saddle, 3rd in Equitation on the flat, and 1st in the IEL medal.
Chloie Thompson was 1st in the equitation over fences, 2nd under saddle, 6th in Equitation on the flat, and 5th in the IEL medal.
Whitney Riley was 7th in the equitation over fences, 10th in the working hunters, 4th under saddle, 5th in Equitation on the flat, and 3rd in the IEL medal.
Dylan Pruitt was 9th in the working hunters, 9th under saddle, 10th in Equitation on the flat, and 10th in the IEL medal.
Julia Pintar was 2nd in the equitation over fences, 1st in the working hunters, 1st under saddle, and 9th in Equitation on the flat.
Anna Moellenhoff was 2nd in both her jumper classes against the clock.
The IEL final standings will be released in April at the IEL season banquet.
The undefeated Tartan surf team has had an incredible winter, led by No. 1-ranked shortboard Jake Vandenberg (No. 2 in longboard), Nos. 3 shortboard Gunnar Gehl and Ayla Fox (No. 2 in longboard) and No. 4-ranked Solomon Banks. Johnny Kurtz and Joey Purcell earned third and fourth place respectively in the bodyboard final on January 7.
The team also recently attended a surf camp trip to the Ventura area and thanked firefighters and first-responders involved in the recent Thomas Fire.
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