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2013-14 Trinity Year in Review

Posted: July 1, 2014 11:06 p.m.
Updated: July 1, 2014 11:06 p.m.

Trinity Classical Academy basketball player Ryan Brooks (15) was the CIF-Southern Section Division VII's Player of the Year this past winter.

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The 2013-2014 year will be remembered for two things at Trinity Classical Academy.

A pair of CIF championships.

After years of building their boys basketball and football programs, and getting close to both titles but falling short last year, the basketball and football teams finally broke through — and in convincing fashion.

After going 4-1 in league and roaring through the first three rounds of the CIF-Southern Section Division II 8-man playoffs, the Knights took on Joshua Springs in a rematch of the previous year’s semifinal game which the Lightning won 46-28.

The Knights exploded in the third quarter for 34 points and cruised the rest of the way to a 47-0 win for the school’s first CIF championship.

Patch Kulp was named the Heritage League’s Defensive Player of the Year and Nick Spinello, Eli Skorich, Ryan Brooks and Spencer Klehn all earned All-Heritage first team honors.

Not content with just one championship, the Knights won the school’s second title on the basketball court behind the remarkable play of Brooks, Klehn and Michael Mateo.

The Knights went 19-9 and 4-2 in the Heritage League before cruising into the CIF-SS Division VI title game against Desert Chapel.

Trinity had fallen short in last year’s title game against Rio Hondo Prep 47-40, and that weighed on the minds of this year’s squad.

Ian Caddow’s 37-point performance was impressive, but the highlight of the game came when Beau Howell scored the final two points of the game.

It was the first points of the season for Howell, who is autistic, and it came after a Desert Chapel player gave him the ball to shoot with 19 seconds left on the clock. It capped a perfect ending to Trinity’s CIF championship.

The team then made its second consecutive CIF-State tournament appearance, advancing to the second round before being knocked out by Renaissance Academy 60-33.

The season was the best in Trinity’s history and the Knights took home the hardware to prove it.

Brooks was named the CIF-SS Division VI Player of the Year and also won the John R. Wooden High School Player of the Year Award in Division VI.

He was the co-MVP of the Heritage League as well.

Head coach John Brooks, Ryan’s father, was named the Division VI Coach of the Year.

While not as successful as the football or boys basketball teams, Trinity’s softball team had a solid year.

They were 5-10 and 3-3 in Heritage League play and pitcher Jacey Massetto was named the Heritage League co-MVP.

Craig and Wendy Massetto were named Heritage League Co-Coaches of the Year.

The girls basketball team also made an appearance in the postseason, making it to the CIF-SS Division VA first round, where they lost to Arrowhead Christian 55-29.

Taylor Oshiro and Emily Buchanan made the All-Heritage League first team.

On the diamond, Trinity’s baseball team went 7-10 overall and 3-6 in league but Caleb Wilson was fantastic for the Knights.

Wilson had an incredible .549 batting average with 27 RBIs and 23 runs scored, earning him a spot on the All-CIF Division VII second team.

He also earned Heritage League Offensive Player of Year honor.

With two CIF championships under the school’s belt now, the Knights took their program to a whole new level.

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