Fall sports have concluded at the upper school, with some historic firsts. The boys water polo team won its first ever CCS Scholastic Championship, with Michael Clifford, Gr. 12, awarded the Co-Most Valuable Player for the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League. The football team qualified for playoffs for the first time in school history; although the boys lost the game on a rainy, muddy field, it was a great end to the season. In addition, Kelsey Hilbrich, Gr. 12, made it to the state championships in cross country once again, placing 25th out of all Division IV girls in the State of California (all 188 of them)! She improved her time from last year by 41 seconds.
Clifford scored two goals in a losing effort as his Division II team recently lost to the Division I All-Stars 12-11 in the annual high school all-star water polo game. He was selected by the coaches after the game to represent the CCS in a game against the NCS all-stars. Since there were only eight players from each division selected from all the seniors in CCS this is a huge accomplishment.
Finally, two senior boys have announced that they will pursue their athletic careers at the Division 1 collegiate level. Cole Davis has been accepted to Stanford University to swim competitively and Greg Plauck will attend Santa Clara University to play baseball. This is a tremendous reward for their years of hard work and dedication.
In winter sports, the girls basketball team has started off their season 2-1, defeating Pescadero and Geyserville in the Pescadero Tournament but falling to The Bay School in the finals. Priscilla Auyeung, Gr. 9, made the all-tournament team and Roshni Bhatnagar, Gr. 11, averaged 10 points and seven rebounds in the tournament.
Boys basketball won their season opener at Anzar 71-33 behind 13 points from Plauck and 12 from Ryan Cali, Gr. 12.
In other basketball news, Vikrum Jain, Gr. 10, made the all-tournament team at the recent JV boys basketball tournament at San Lorenzo Valley.
Boys soccer lost to Valley Christian but defeated Mills 4-3. Jose Costa, Gr. 12, scored twice with Michael Amick, Gr. 9 and Stefan Eckhardt, Gr. 12, scoring one each.
Girls soccer lost to Fremont and Sacred Heart Cathedral, with Esther Belogolovsky, Gr. 12, scoring against Fremont.
As the winter season has just started, look for much more sports news to come!