A sweet three-peat for IHHS varsity cross country
Immaculate Heart High School’s (IH) varsity cross country team beat its challengers at recent league finals to capture the Sunshine League championship for the third straight year. The team’s top runners have since capped the achievement by qualifying for CIF-SS finals next weekend.
“I am extremely proud of our cross country team,” said IH athletic director Maureen Rodriguez. “The team’s hard work, dedication, and passion for running are amazing. Hats off to the runners and to Coach Florence Eedi on a great season.”
Immaculate Heart’s varsity team went into league finals at Crescenta Valley Park with a 6-2 record. Among the 33 varsity runners from five schools, Immaculate Heart’s team earned the winning score thanks to sophomore Amber Creasey, junior Katie Hughes, sophomore Lily Kachikis, senior Danielle del Rosario and freshman Lola Salinas, who finished third, fifth, sixth, seventh and ninth, respectively.
All five of IH’s top varsity runners were named to the Sunshine League’s First Team All-League. They advanced, along with IH junior Carolyn Najera and sophomore Catherine Gibson, to the CIF Division 4 prelims on Nov. 14 in Riverside. The team finished eighth out of 22 teams, and Creasey placed ninth out of 156 runners. The results ensured a berth for the team at the upcoming CIF-SS finals on Nov. 21 in Walnut.
Equally impressive at league finals were members of the IH junior varsity cross country, which garnered a strong second place finish in the league. The team includes sophomore Mary Spearman, seniors Si Yeon Lee, Olivia Ramirez and Sarah Garsten, and junior Dominique Hernandez.
Throughout the season, IH runners earned numerous awards and medals at tournaments. Team members also exceled at the Stanford Invitational, one of the largest meets in the nation, by placing twelfth out of 32 teams in the Division 3 race.
IHHS Tennis takes first league championship
For the first time in the school’s history, Immaculate Heart High School’s varsity tennis team clinched the Sunshine League Championship. Immaculate Heart’s varsity team recently defeated defending league champion Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, capping a winning season for the 10-member Panda squad, which finished with a league record of seven wins and one loss, and an overall 11-2 record.
“This is an amazing group of girls who all have so much passion for the game of tennis,” said IH athletic director Maureen Rodriguez, who also saluted the team’s coach, Courtney Linden. “She has led this amazing team with her professionalism, knowledge of the game, and passion for excellence.”
This is the fourth year that Immaculate Heart has fielded varsity and junior varsity teams in tennis after a 20-year hiatus from the sport. Since July, team members have practiced five days a week at Vermont Canyon Courts and their hard work paid off. The team won its first league title, and then players advanced for the first time to the CIF-SS playoffs.
This year’s Varsity Tennis Team featured seniors Madeline Blacklock and Lucille Riley; junior Elizabeth Kinson; sophomores Rubina Copano, Erin Dalleska, Halle Hutchinson, Jamie Levy, Erin Matsuno and Sarina Moore; and freshman Isabella De Mori. The junior varsity team includes seniors Alice Kim, Marciela Saunders-Bibbins, Grace Smith and Tiffany Su; sophomores Megan Cavanagh, Mannie Chomsin, Leah Domantay, Lily James, Michelle Kim, Anna Rhee and Eijun Ro; and freshmen Lucia Berruto and Cameron Cornelio.
Rubina Copano and Madeline Blacklock, were named to the Sunshine League’s Varsity First Team All League, and Jamie Levy, Lucie Riley and Isabella De Mori were honored as Second Team All League.
Immaculate Heart High School is located at 5515 Franklin Ave. For information, call (323)461-3651, or visit www.immaculateheart.org.
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