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March 15, 2011 > Prep spring athletics recap

Prep spring athletics recap

By Sida Lu

While talented winter sports athletes competed at the state level, spring sports began their preseason training. Sports such as boys volleyball, boys tennis, boys golf and swimming all began competition this week, with some teams taking the opportunity to clearly demonstrate their prowess while others looked out of sync and in need of more time.

On March 8, Moreau Catholic volleyball kicked off their preseason with a straight set victory over Redwood Christian, 25-20, 25-20, 27-25. Mariner Nick Kinast led the charge with eight kills and seven blocks and Sean Rodriguez finished with nine assists to push Moreau to 1-0.

James Logan hosted Amador Valley in a nonleague bout to see where the Colts stood against a team that had gone deep into NCS the year before. Logan took the hard-fought first game, 27-25 but was overwhelmed by Amador 18-25 and 17-25 in the next two games. On the brink of defeat, the Colts rallied behind Outside Hitter Chad Santos' six kills to tie with a 25-13 victory. A series of mistakes would doom the Colts comeback effort, however, as they fell to Amador 5-15 in the last game and lost in five games overall.

Mission Valley Athletic League's John F. Kennedy High Titans continued their undefeated season with a 3-2 victory over Redwood, highlighted by Andrew Cecere's 49-assist, two-ace effort, every bit of which was needed to give the Titans the 15-12 win in the last set. They are now 5-0 on the season.

Moreau Catholic golf faced Tracy on the March 8 as well and fell three strokes short of victory as the Mariners fell 212-215. Tracy's Swamy and Manguray both finished first overall at the Lake Chabot golf course in 37 strokes, one above par. Tracy advanced to 2-0 on the season while the Mariners dropped back to .500 at 2-2. Yet the Mariners would not remain at .500 for long as they returned to the Chabot golf course two days later to face San Leandro in their first league bout. San Leandro would fall 203-229 and 0-1 on the season.

March 8 was a busy day for Moreau spring sports as the Mariners tennis team faced off against their league rivals, the Arroyo Dons, in a hard-fought match. The Dons faltered initially, losing the first set in the 3D and 2D matches, but gained steam, and won all three doubles matches. Moreau would wake up just in time to make things interesting, scrapping back from an 0-3 hole with three singles victories in 4S, 2S and 1S, requiring just seven sets to do so. Unfortunately, Mariners team captain Anthony Doan fell short in singles 3S and was decimated by Arroyo Don Theo Lau in two straight sets: 6-1 and 6-2, allowing Arroyo to seal its 4-3 victory.

The Mariners refused to let their close defeat affect their play, however, and defeated Bishop O'Dowd 5-2. The Mariners doubles players especially stepped their game up, sweeping Bishop O'Dowd's doubles team 3-0. Doan would also avenge his loss by destroying Doug Hochowth 6-1 and 6-2.

Saturday, March 12, was the 25th Annual Washington Township Relays, hosted by Newark Memorial. Six MVAL swim teams would attend, but two teams stood heads and shoulders above the rest: Mission San Jose and Irvington. Mission San Jose girls varsity edged Irvington, 150-146 overall after winning six of the nine relays. Irvington would take the remaining three, with the highlight coming in the 300 All events relay where the Vikings team of Seeley, Wu, Wellman and Hui edged the Warriors team by .02 of a second. Mission San Jose boys' varsity was even more dominant, placing first in seven of the nine categories, and taking first overall with 154 points. Irvington would finish second with 139.

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