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West Ranch Year in Review: ’Cats move up the ladder

Posted: June 28, 2009 8:28 p.m.
Updated: June 29, 2009 4:55 a.m.

West Ranch girls basketball player Erin Ruiz (14) surveys the Saugus defense. Ruiz averaged 14.6 points per game for the Wildcats this season.

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It was a year of firsts for West Ranch athletics.

The Wildcats picked up their first playoff wins in baseball and boys tennis, while Jake Bernards became the first athlete in school history to get a full scholarship to a Division I school.

J.J. Holen built upon his impressive resume, going deeper into the playoffs than any Foothill League boys golfer.

In the fall, both the girls tennis team and the girls volleyball team advanced in the playoffs as West Ranch opened the most successful year in the school's young history.

In swimming, both the boys and girls programs sent a swimmer to the CIF-Southern Section Division I finals as Riley Mita competed in the 500-yard freestyle and Kate Kessler swam the 100 backstroke.

With the strides taken in 2008-09, West Ranch has become a school not to be overlooked.

Sept. 11
West Ranch girls golf beats Alemany 205-229. Sarah King opens her season with a 37 to medal as the Wildcats begin their season with a win.

Sept. 12
West Ranch football scores a win in its first game of the season thanks to three touchdowns from wide receiver Frankie Madero, beating Lancaster 42-26. The Wildcats put 28 points on the board in the fourth quarter to come from behind. Jake Bernards goes 13-for-19 for 176 yards and three touchdowns.

Sept. 17
For the second straight match West Ranch picks up a straight-set victory, tallying 17 aces in a 3-0 win at home over Knight. Allison Summers leads the Wildcats with nine kills and Sophie Burns notches six consecutive aces in the first game.

Sept. 19
Ross Bacon runs for 140 yards, but the West Ranch defense cannot find an answer for the potent Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks offense, losing for the first time in the 2008 season 52-28.

Sept. 23
In the girls tennis league opener, West Ranch singles go undefeated to pace the Wildcats, beating Saugus 14-4. Gavelyn Poonnopatam, Lena Poonnopatam and Ana Lucia Fuentes all run the table with Lena Poonnopatam and Fuentes notching 6-0 victories. True O'Neill and Mallory Martin also earn three wins on the doubles side.

Sept. 26
Jake Bernards passes for 348 yards, but the Wildcat defense continues to struggle as the football team falls 41-31 to Beverly Hills. West Ranch's Frankie Madero pulls in a pair of touchdown passes from Bernards, and Geoffrey Ernst leads the Wildcats with nine tackles.

Sept. 26
West Ranch takes a narrow victory 3-2 over Campbell Hall thanks in large part to 17 kills from Allison Summers and 14 kills and 26 assists from Sophia Burns.

Oct. 1
Sarah Kang and Diane Kim each shoot 36s, but golf powerhouse Hart is too much to overcome for the Wildcats as the top-ranked Foothill League team tops West Ranch 188-225 for the second time on the season.

Oct. 2
West Ranch girls tennis sweeps the singles matches and just misses out on a perfect day in a 17-1 league victory over Golden Valley. Singles players Ana Lucia Fuentes, Gavelyn Poonnopatam and Lena Poonnopatam are all undefeated on the day.

Oct. 3
The football team falls 28-24 to Glendora. Drew Kalunzy ruins West Ranch's homecoming night by scoring the winning touchdown on a quarterback sneak with nine seconds left in the game. Jake Bernards passes for 241 yards including a 52-yard strike to Frankie Madero. Madero tallies 104 yards receiving on the day, but it is not enough to keep the Wildcats from falling to 1-3.

Oct. 10
Wildcat football loses 35-14 to Los Osos. West Ranch's defense continues to struggle, surrendering five touchdowns in its final game before league play. Jake Bernards passes for 175 yards and added 35 yards on the ground, but the Wildcats are hurt by the fact that running back Ross Bacon misses the game with an injury.

Oct. 14
Allison Summers leads the way for the Wildcats girls volleyball team with 14 kills and 20 digs in a 3-0 victory over Hart. The win maintains West Ranch's perfect record in Foothill League play.

True O'Neill and Mallory Martin pick up three victories that proved to be the difference in West Ranch's narrow 10-8 victory over Hart. The Wildcats pull ahead of the Indians in the standings with a 4-1 league mark.

Oct. 17
The Wildcats shut out Golden Valley 28-0 in their league opener. Jake Bernards hits Tony Wise on a pair of nine-yard touchdown passes to key the offense.

Oct. 24
The football team loses 66-24 to Saugus. West Ranch jumps out to a 14-8 lead, but Saugus' offense catches fire, racking 346 rushing yards. Zak Snell gave the Wildcats an early lead with a 50-yard end-around.

Oct. 28
West Ranch girls volleyball clinches a postseason spot with a 3-0 sweep of Canyon. Sophie Burns leads the Wildcats with six kills and Megan Futch and Isabelle Howell add five.

Oct. 30
The Wildcats girls tennis team clinches second place in the Foothill league with their eighth league victory, beating Hart 11-7. Ana Lucia Fuentes and Gavelyn Poonnopatam win two singles matches each.

Oct. 31
Canyon wide receiver Kevin Voogt finds the end zone three times, while the Wildcats struggle to find a rhythm on offense and West Ranch football loses 35-14. Canyon opens up a 21-0 lead before Jake Bernards delivers an eight-yard touchdown pass to get West Ranch on the board.

Nov. 4
The Wildcats come up just short in a back-and-forth matchup against Saugus, losing 3-2. Sophia Burns finishes the match with a triple-double, totaling 15 kills, 25 assists and 15 digs.

Nov. 6
West Ranch advances players to both the singles and doubles finals, but do not get a champion at the Foothill League Girls Tennis Finals. Valencia's Clarice and Emily Fraczek defeat Gavelyn and Lena Poonnopatam 6-2, 6-0, and Hart's Anne Susdorf takes out Ana Lucia Fuentes 6-4, 6-4.

Nov. 7
West Ranch football nearly does the unthinkable, but falls to Hart 18-13. Two fourth-down touchdown passes from Spenser Souza to Blake Borland hurt the Wildcats in their quest for their first win against Hart. A West Ranch attempt on a late game-winning drive is stopped short.

Nov. 10
Sarah King shoots an 82 to lead West Ranch to an eighth place finish at the CIF-Southern Section Northern Team Divisional. The Wildcats post a 459 team score in their last event of the season.

Nov. 11
West Ranch breezes to victory in its first home postseason game, winning 3-0 in the CIF-Southern Section Division I-A playoffs over Calvary Chapel of Santa Ana. Allison Summers finishes with a team high 17 kills and 15 digs, including a kill to end the game.

West Ranch girls tennis emerges victorious in its first ever postseason match, defeating Paso Robles 14-4 in CIF-Southern Section Division III wild card play at home. The Wildcats sweep the singles draw, keyed by a 6-0, 6-0, 6-0 day from Ana Lucia Fuentes.

Nov. 14
The Wildcats football team cannot find a way to contain Jordan Thompson, who rushes for 156 yards and two touchdowns, losing 49-0 to Valencia. Trent Yokofich leads the Wildcats with 70 yards rushing.

Dec. 2
Amanda Dailor knocks home a hat trick to lead West Ranch girls soccer to a 3-1 victory over Pasadena.

Dec. 9
The West Ranch boys soccer team pulls off a dominating 7-0 victory over Antelope Valley, leading for the majority of the contest.

Dec. 11
David Franklin leads the Wildcats boys basketball team with 26 points as West Ranch snags the 83-74 overtime victory over West Torrance. Beau Martin chips in 16 points, including five 3-pointers.

Dec. 17
Head football coach Mike Kane resigns after three seasons with the program.

Jan. 6
Amanda Kelley scores two goals and Amanda Dailor adds a third to get West Ranch girls soccer over .500 by beating Ventura 3-0.

Jan. 13
West Ranch boys soccer falls 2-1 to Canyon in its league opener, allowing 15 shots on goal. Vincent Donato scores the deciding goal for Canyon in the 76th minute.

Jan. 20
West Ranch girls basketball pulls off the 64-57 upset of Valencia for its second Foothill League win. Brittani Walker leads the Wildcats with 18 points, and Kaylyn Tarver adds 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Jan. 23
The Wildcats boys basketball team gets its first win in program history over Hart 86-77, evening their Foothill League record at 2-2. The Wildcats lead by as many as 16 points and spend most of the game ahead.

Jan. 27
West Ranch girls soccer romps Golden Valley 6-0 behind two goals from Amanda Dailor. The win is the first in Foothill League play for the Wildcats.

Feb. 3
David Franklin produces a team leading 15 points, and the Wildcats boys basketball team picks up its fourth Foothill League win, beating Saugus 68-58.

Feb. 10
West Ranch boys soccer takes 14 shots on goal, while only allowing seven Hart attempts to pull out the 2-0 shutout.

Feb. 12
The boys basketball team falls 84-66 to Golden Valley. The Grizzlies go on a 30-7 run in the third quarter. Kevin Sutton and Beau Martin combine for 24 points for West Ranch.

Feb. 18
West Ranch boys basketball displays a dominant performance in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA playoffs, beating Serrano 73-46. The Wildcats hit 11 3-pointers, and Hakeem Bradley posts 12 points and 12 rebounds, David Franklin finishes with 12 points and eight assists, and Kevin Sutton records 10 points and six boards.

Feb. 18
The Wildcats boys soccer team gets its first postseason win in program history by defeating Cabrillo of Lompoc 4-1 in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division III playoffs. Cameron Nelson knocks home a pair of first-half goals to give West Ranch a lead it never relinquishes.

Feb. 19
The Wildcats girls basketball team pulls off the first-round upset of the No. 10 seed in the CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA playoffs when Erin Ruiz breaks the tie with a half-court shot at the buzzer to give West Ranch the 52-49 win over Whittier. Ruiz finished the game with a game-high 23 points.

Feb. 20
West Ranch boys basketball jumps out to a 16-1 lead that it never surrenders in a second round CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA playoff game, beating Valencia of Placentia 77-56. David Franklin is the high scorer for the Wildcats with 16 points.

Feb. 20
West Ranch boys soccer is eliminated from the CIF-Southern Section Division III playoffs with a 1-0 road loss to Montclair.

Feb. 21
West Ranch girls basketball is eliminated from the CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA playoffs with a 53-38 home loss to Mira Costa. Erin Ruiz paces the team's offensive effort with 16 points, but her teammates only add 22 more.

Feb. 24
The boys basketball team loses 68-51 to Glendora, and is bounced from the CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA playoffs.

March 6
Jordan Hovis takes three sets and Beau Martin wins a pair, and the doubles team of Jeremy Ramirez and Julius Macalutas take two sets to help the Wildcats boys tennis score a 10-8 victory over Buckley.

March 9
West Ranch tops 33 other teams in the Oak Hill Invitational with a team score of 229. J.J. Holen earns co-medalist honors, posting a 72.

March 10
West Ranch hires Sean O'Brien as its new head football coach.

March 20
Trevor Fredrickson delivers 5 1/3 shutout innings for the Wildcats, recording the baseball program's first ever win over Hart, opening Foothill League play with the 8-0 victory.

March 24
The top of the Saugus tennis roster turns in a dominant performance in its Foothill League opener as the top two singles and doubles teams sweep to lead the Wildcats past the Centurions 12-6. Jordan Hovis paces the squad with three wins with only one game lost.

March 24
Sophomore J.J. Holen shoots the low round of the day, carding a 74 to lead the Wildcats. West Ranch wins the event by 14 strokes, shooting a 388 as a team, followed by Valencia (402), Hart (413), Saugus (441) and Canyon (443).

March 31
West Ranch boys volleyball beats Golden Valley 3-1 in its Foothill League opener thanks to 14 kills and 20 assists from Frankie Madero.

April 1
West Ranch baseball scores its first victory over Valencia behind a strong effort from Trevor Fredrickson, winning 7-1. Casey Watkins rips a two-run homer to give the Wildcats a lead they never relinquish.

April 2
Jordan Hovis and Beau Martin both win a pair of sets to pace the Wildcats to a 10-8 victory over Canyon and sole possession of second place.

April 7
Trevor Fredrickson throws a no-hitter, allowing one run on a balk to pick up the win 9-1 over Narbornne. Cal Vogelsang and Jake Bernards hit home runs to key the Wildcat offense.

April 14
Riley Mita leads West Ranch with a victory in the 200-yard individual medley as the boys swimming team edges Saugus 89-81.

Alvina Wong finishes first in the 200-yard individual medley, and the 200-freestyle relay team of Emily Snoke, Erica Ordog, Sarah Hartenstein and Nicole Ostlund lead the Wildcats to a 85-82 win over Saugus.

April 15
The baseball team moves into first place in the Foothill League with a decisive 9-2 victory over Saugus. The Wildcats trail 2-0 early, but storm back for the win at home behind a three-run third inning and solid pitching.

April 17
The Wildcats trail Saugus 9-4 after three innings, but a Nico Rusconi solo home run with two outs in the fourth starts West Ranch's wild comeback, beating the Centurions 16-11. After a Cal Vogelsang single, Jake Bernards cut the lead to two with a homer. The Wildcats take the lead in the sixth on a two-run double from Casey Watkins.

April 21
West Ranch boys tennis nearly upsets Valencia, holding even going into the final group of sets, but the Vikings remain undefeated in Foothill League play as the Wildcats fall 10-8. Jordan Hovis wins the match of the day by defeating Valencia No. 1 Tyler Gottshall 6-4.

April 28
West Ranch boys golf receives four sub-80 rounds to earn the win with a team score of 375. Collin Wheeler shoots the low round of the day, and teammate J.J. Holen cards a 70 to take second place at Valencia TPC. Valencia finishes with a 385, followed by Hart (402), Canyon (412) and Saugus (431).

Jordan Hovis and Beau Martin both sweep all three of their singles sets to clinch a postseason berth for the Wildcats, who lock up the No. 2 seed in the Foothill League with their 14-4 win over Canyon.

April 29
Collin Wheeler shoots the low round of the day, carding a 73 to win the Newhall Land Cup as West Ranch boys golf clinches the Foothill League championship with 380. They are followed by Valencia (393), Hart (406), Saugus (415), Canyon (450) and Golden Valley (452).

May 6
Jordan Hovis defeats Tyler Gottshall in three sets to win the Foothill League singles tournament. He is the first player in West Ranch history to win the honor.

West Ranch baseball falls into a first-place tie with Valencia due to a 3-2 loss on the road. Dylan Jones came in to close out the game, shutting down the heart of the Wildcat order.

May 12
Collin Wheeler turns in a medalist performance by shooting five-under par, but it is not enough to extend the Wildcats season, which comes to an end at the CIF-Southern Section Northern Team Golf Divisional after the team shoots a 384. Valencia shot a 376, while Hart posted a 398.

May 14
West Ranch boys tennis wins its first postseason match in the history of the program, beating Bonita on games 82-71. Jordan Hovis sweeps his three sets to lead the Wildcats.

May 14
The softball team holds on to win its third league game of the season behind a strong performance from Shayna Medoff, who turns in a complete game and beats Canyon 4-2.

May 15
West Ranch locks up second place in the Foothill League with a victory in the 11-9 slugfest against Hart. Casey Watkins delivers the big blow with a grand slam in the fifth inning.

Riley Mita and Kate Kessler each compete at the CIF-Southern Section Division I Finals at Mt. SAC in Walnut. Mita finishes 10th in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4 minutes, 36.43 seconds, while Kessler takes 12th in the 100 backstroke (58.77).

May 17
Westwood ends West Ranch boys tennis' playoff run by dominating the singles bracket. Jordan Hovis and Beau Martin are both limited to one victory and the team loses 12-8.

May 19
West Ranch swimming has two representatives at the CIF-Southern Section Masters Meet held at Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach. Riley Mita places 12th in the 500-yard freestyle in 4 minutes, 37.29 seconds and Kate Kessler takes 15th in the 100 backstroke with a time of 59.41.

May 22
The baseball team wins its first ever postseason game 6-2, putting five runs on the board in the first inning of CIF-Southern Section Division I contest against El Dorado. Jake Bernards and Cody Howard both provide RBI doubles in the first inning rally.

May 26
West Ranch baseball's playoff run comes to an end at home, losing to Edison 13-1. Edison builds a 7-0 lead in the first inning. Mitchell Thompson provides the lone spark for the Wildcats with a solo homer.

May 26
J.J. Holen, the Foothill League Most Valuable Player, qualifies for the CIF/SCGA Tournament with his 3-over 74 at the CIF-Southern Section Boys Golf Individual Final and SCGA Qualifier. His 74 earns puts him in 11th place.

June 4
J.J. Holen shoots a 79 in his final round of the season at the CIF/SCGA Tournament. The West Ranch sophomore makes it deeper into the season than any other Foothill League golfer.


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