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Local Squads’ Playoff Runs End in Defeat

First published in the Feb. 24 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The Wolves were eliminated from the CIF-SS Division 4 playoffs after falling to visiting Oxnard, 20-4, in a second-round matchup on Feb. 10.
Goalie Dahlia Kamins notched nine saves while freshman Nico Seaver scored three goals.
The Wolves previously beat host Santa Ana Valley, 15-11, in the first round on Feb. 8. Senior Emily Battaglia had five goals, senior Elise Desjarlais registered three goals and Kamins posted seven saves. Alex Thein, Seaver and Sarah Iturbe each recorded two assists.
Flintridge Prep (13-13 overall) finished as runners-up in the Prep League tied with Poly with an 8-3 league record. The Wolves bid farewell to seniors Battaglia and Desjarlais, who each appeared in two CIF championship games in their careers.


Photo courtesy Stephanie Contreras
The Flintridge Sacred Heart varsity water polo team includes Maggie Fuller, Natalia DeKansky, Guinevere Andrews, Marisol Cowles, Luna Ruiz, Maddie DeRobertis, Kate Dolan and Audrey Lawlor. The Tologs advanced past the first round of the postseason for the first time in school history.

A historic season ended for the Tologs after falling to visiting La Habra, 12-7, in the CIF-SS Division 5 quarterfinal round on Feb. 12. For the first time in school history, FSHA’s water polo team not only survived the first round of playoffs but advanced to the quarterfinals, according to head coach Carlos Ponce.
“We haven’t had a full squad since the last game in December, not even during CIF. I had eight girls, one sub, for the whole CIF tournament,” Ponce said. “The fact that we went this far made us even hungrier for next year. These girls fought through so much adversity throughout the year — they became a family and kept fighting for everything they wanted.”
Freshman Marisol Cowles tallied a team-high five goals while junior Audrey Lawlor and freshman Katherine Dolan each scored once.
In an exciting CIF second-round matchup, the Tologs registered a 15-12 victory over visiting Riverside J.W. North on Feb. 10. Cowles collected a team-high eight goals while Dolan added five goals. Senior Margaret Fuller and sophomore Guinevere Andrews each scored once, while junior Natalia DeKansky tallied 11 blocks in the cage.
FSHA advanced past the first round after crushing host Bell Gardens, 22-1, on Feb. 8, as Cowles led all scorers with seven goals. Dolan and Lawlor each contributed four goals while senior Riley Peterson and Fuller each scored three goals. Andrews finished with one goal while DeKansky registered nine blocks.
The Tologs finished the season with a 12-9 overall record and placed fifth in the Mission League.


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