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2013-14 West Ranch Year in Review

Posted: July 8, 2014 9:43 p.m.
Updated: July 8, 2014 9:43 p.m.

Alex Rassool was a first team selection on both the All-SCV and All-Foothill League teams.

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The 2013-14 year was an exicting one for West Ranch marked by great individual and team performances.

The Wildcats took home two Foothill League championships, one individual CIF title, and came in second six other times in what was a great all-around year.

The biggest individual story of the year came from track and field athlete Nathan Bultman, who won West Ranch's first CIF individual title in shot put at the CIF-SS Division I championships.

Bultman’s throw of 58 feet, 10 1/2 inches in the state meet was good enough for sixth place.

Just a junior, expect Bultman to make a strong title defense next year.

Probably the best team performance of the season at West Ranch came from the tennis courts, where the Wildcats won their first boys tennis league championship by dethroning Valencia and finishing league play with a perfect 10-0 Foothill record.

Senior Harrison Collins returned after a two-year absence to take over the top singles spot and performed well while newcomers Noah Morrow and Quincy Walter-Eze added energy and youth to the team.

The girls tennis team also had a good year, finishing third in league play and making it to the first round of the CIF-SS Division II playoffs.

They were led by the doubles team of Mackenzie Lyle and Sydney Schwartz who both made the All-SCV team.

West Ranch’s other league title came from its softball team, which spilt the honor with Saugus.

The Wildcats went 9-1 in league play and were led by All-CIF selection Julia Lombardi and All-SCV co-Player of the Year Lauren Lindvall.

Lindvall had a team-high 45 RBIs and Lombardi had an astounding .519 batting average.

The baseball team finished third in Foothill League play behind the bat of Jason Drees, who had a .408 batting average, and the pitching of Jake Bird.

Bird had a 4-3 record with a 1.55 ERA.

Another high point for West Ranch this year came from the school’s lacrosse team.

The second-year program made its first ever playoff appearance this year.

While technically the playoffs were unofficial because there are not enough schools participating to warrant a postseason, it was a big step for the team.

West Ranch’s Male Athlete of the Year J.K. Torres led the team with 69 goals on the year and Colton Long added 20.

The boys basketball team finished second in the Foothill League with a 7-2 record in league play.

They were led by Christian Ware-Berry, who averaged 15.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game for the Wildcats.

All-Foothill League first teamer Izayah Doyle averaged six points and a team-high 11.3 rebounds per game.

The girls team finished fourth in league and were led by All-Foothill League first teamer Whitney Branham.

Both the boys and girls golf teams finished second in league play this year.

The boys team was led by sophomore Danny DiMaria, who finished fourth in league with a 79 stroke average.

The girls team was led by sophomore Kate Caffrey and freshman Ashley Mayhall.

Mayhall nearly won the league’s MVP, finishing second overall by just six strokes.

The boys and girls volleyball teams also finished second in league play.

Both teams also made it to the first round of the CIF playoffs.

Another second-place finisher was the boys cross country team. Tucker Welker finished in the top five in all three Foothill League meets and came in fifth at the league finals.

The girls team finished fourth in league and was led by Marisa Magsarilli. She was West Ranch’s top finisher at the CIF finals, coming in 45th. During track and field season in the spring, Magsarili went on to win the 800-meter and 1,600-meter league titles.

Both boys and girls soccer made playoff appearances.

The boys team finished third in Foothill League play while the girls finished fourth.

The girls team lost a heartbreaker in its first-round matchup with Chino Hills.

Tied 1-1 at the end of regulation, the game came down to penalty kicks, where the Wildcats would lose 4-2.

The football team finished fifth in league and was led by All-Foothill League first team performer Christian Parrish on offense and Alex Rassool on defense.

Parrish rushed for 899 yards and was the Wildcats' best asset of offense.

Rassool had a team-high 18.5 sacks and 72 total tackles on the season.

With the majority of West Ranch’s athletic programs having strong years, things are looking bright for the future.

There is plenty of young talent to look forward to as well as a good crop of upperclassmen coming back looking to finish their high school careers the best way possible.

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