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West Ranch Year in Review

Posted: June 26, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 26, 2011 1:55 a.m.

West Ranch wide receiver Eric Bertuch, back, makes a catch against St. Francis defensive back Parker Nieves in the Wildcats’ upset victory on Oct. 1, 2010. West Ranch made its first-ever trip to the postseason last year.

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New schools generally have an extensive vision for success in the future.

West Ranch took a large step in that direction during the 2010-11 academic year.

Several in fact.

The football team made its first-ever trip to the postseason.

The girls tennis team had its most successful season yet, advancing to the semifinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs as the No. 1 overall seed for the first time.

Softball notched its first postseason win.

Boys soccer earned its first league title.

Records fell, and individual championships were won.
It was a strong year for the Wildcats, who hope to ride that same winning momentum into next year.

Sept. 3
The football team struggles out of the game and loses its season opener 39-14 to Nordhoff. Sophomore Rawston Redick scores the team's first touchdown of the year, returning a kickoff 95 yards for the score.

Sept. 10
After dropping its first game, the football team rebounds to be beat Lancaster 52-30 behind quarterback Connor Eichten's 361 yards and four touchdowns. Receiver Josh Guzman racks up 222 yards and two scores.

Sept. 13
West Ranch girls golf notches its first win of the season, beating Quartz Hill 224-237. Sarah Hong leads the way with a 37.

Sept. 14
The girls volleyball team beats Rio Mesa 3-0 (25-12, 25-16, 25-20) in its season opener. Angel Rutledge records a team-high 12 kills with five blocks, and Tani Slauson racks up 23 assists.

West Ranch takes third at the first league girls golf match of the season led by Jackie Kang's 43.

Sept. 16
After a strong offensive performance a week earlier, the football team's defense shines in a 24-7 win over Eastside of Lancaster. Connor Eichten completes 17-of-27 passes for 218 yards and two touchdowns.

Sept. 23
The Wildcats open up the Foothill League girls tennis season with 13-5 win over Saugus. The doubles team of True O'Neill and Mallory Martin wins three sets, as does singles player Ana Cecilia Fuentes.

With standout Jennifer Owen out, Ashley Welker winds up as the Wildcats' top girls cross country finisher at eighth overall at the first league meet of the season. The girls finish fifth, while the boys take sixth. Joseph Ludwig is the boys' top finisher at 33rd.

Sept. 24
The football team's late rally falls short in a 24-20 loss to Silverado of Victorville. Connor Eichten throws two touchdowns in the final six minutes, but it's not enough. Rawston Redick hauls in two touchdowns, while Josh Guzman brings down one.

Sept. 28
The girls tennis team drops goes to games with Valencia, losing 9-9 (73-70) in an emotional battle of the two league frontrunners at West Ranch High School.

Sept. 30
The girls volleyball team falls 3-0 (26-24, 25-23, 25-23) to Saugus in the Foothill League opener.

Oct. 1
The football team holds off CIF-Southern Section Western Division No. 4 St. Francis on a two-point conversion attempt with 11.6 seconds left in the game to earn a stunning 35-34 victory. Rawston Redick finishes with 134 yards and two touchdowns. He also intercepts a pass on defense.

Oct. 7
The girls volleyball team wins its first league match 3-0 (25-16, 25-14, 25, 19) over Canyon. Hannah Orlandi leads the team with eight kills.

Oct. 13
The girls golf team takes fourth at the Newhall Land Cup. Sarah Hong is the team's top finisher, placing seventh.

Oct. 15
The football team loses 55-28 to Valencia in both teams' league opener. The Wildcats also surrender a league-record 418 rushing yards to Vikings running back Steven Manfro. Josh Guzman highlights the West Ranch offense with 163 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

Oct. 19
Hannah Orlandi records a staggering 27 kills to lead the girls volleyball team 3-2 (26-24, 25-23, 25-27, 23-25, 15-10) over Valencia. It is the first time in program history that the Wildcats beat the Vikings.

Oct. 20
The girls tennis team notches a 10-8 victory over Valencia. It is only the second time the team has beaten the Vikings since 2004, and the win ties to two teams for first place in the league standings.

Oct. 22
Rawston Redick hauls in three touchdowns as the football team holds off Golden Valley 21-17.

Oct. 28
The girls tennis team tops Hart 12-6 to wrap up a league-title share with Valencia for the second year in a row. The doubles team of True O'Neill and Mallory Martin sweep all three of their sets while Ana Lucia and Ana Cecilia Fuentes and Angela Park win two sets each, all 6-0.

Oct. 29
The football team drops a shootout to Canyon by the score of 59-39. Running back Quaid Willis rushes for 165 yards and a touchdown, while back Andres Gutierrez adds 135 yards and another score.

Nov. 4
The girls cross country team takes fourth at the Foothill League finals led by Jennifer Owen's fourth-place time of 18 minutes, 32.15 seconds. The boys team takes sixth at the league finals.

The girls volleyball team loses 3-1 (25-13, 25-22, 21-25, 25-12) to Valencia to close out the regular season. A win would have put the Wildcats into a three-way tie with the Vikings and Saugus for first place. The result is a tie for second with the Centurions.

Girls tennis player Ana Lucia Fuentes advances to the Foothill League individual finals, where she falls in two sets 6-4, 6-4 to three-time champion Anne Susdorf. In the doubles finals, the team of True O'Neill and Mallory Martin also runs into Valencia and lose to three-time champions Clarice and Emily Fraczek. As finalists, Fuentes and O'Neill and Martin all advance to the CIF Individual Tournament.

Nov. 5
The football team beats Saugus 21-20 for the first time in program history. Running backs Quaid Willis and Andres Gutierrez combine for 132 yards on 31 carries, and the defense intercepts the Centurions four times to key the win.

Nov. 8
The CIF-Southern Section Division III girls tennis playoff brackets are released and West Ranch is granted the No. 1 overall seed for the first time in program history.

Nov. 9
The girls volleyball team ends its season with a 3-2 (25-21, 23-25, 25-23, 23-25, 9-15) loss in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division IA playoffs to San Luis Obispo. The Wildcats' final record is 17-15.

Nov. 11
The football team beats Hart 37-21 behind three touchdown passes by Connor Eichten and two rushing scores by Andres Gutierrez. The win sends the Wildcats to the postseason for the first time in program history and knocks Hart out of the playoffs for the first time in 30 years.

The girls tennis team beats Atascadero 15-3 in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division III playoffs.

Nov. 13
The girls tennis team beats Marlborough of Los Angeles 15-3 to advance to the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division III playoffs for the first time in program history. The Wildcats doubles team of True O'Neill and Mallory Martin, and Gabby Morici and Lena Poonopatam sweep, while the team of Jordyn Jaffe and Taylor Hurd wins two sets in a dominant doubles effort.

Nov. 16
The girls tennis team wins again after another strong day in doubles, beating Santiago of Corona 13-5 to advance to the semifinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division III playoffs. Sisters Ana Lucia and Ana Cecilia Fuentes both sweep on the singles side.

Nov. 18
The girls tennis team is edged 10-8 by Sage Hill of Newport Beach in the semifinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division III playoffs. The Wildcats finish up their most successful season to date with a 16-2 record.

Nov. 19
The football team loses to Palos Verdes 48-10 in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division playoffs. The game marks West Ranch's first trip to the postseason, and the team winds up 6-5 on the year.

The doubles team of True O'Neill and Mallory Martin falls in the first round of the CIF Individual Tournament after receiving a difficult draw. Singles player Ana Lucia Fuentes wins her first-round matchup, but is eliminated in the second round.

Nov. 30
The boys soccer team opens its season with a 0-0 draw with Los Angeles Baptist.

Dec. 1
The girls basketball team beats Granada Hills 60-48 in the Crescenta Valley Tournament to open its season.

Dec. 5
The girls basketball beats Pasadena 47-37 in the championship game of the Crescenta Valley Tournament. Michele Arima is named the tournament's MVP, while teammate Alexus Bryant makes the first team.

Dec. 6
The boys basketball team opens its season with a 73-58 win over Eastside of Lancaster.

Jan. 11
The boys basketball takes Valencia, the eventual league champion, into overtime to open Foothill play, but the Wildcats eventually fall 59-57.

The girls basketball team gets a game-high 16 points from Michele Arima to beat Valencia 64-52 in both teams' league opener.

Lucas Reilly scores on a corner kick from Angel Villegas, but the boys soccer team drops is Foothill opener 2-1 to Valencia.

The girls soccer team drops its league opener with Valencia 2-1. Amanda Dailor scores the Wildcats' lone goal.

Jan. 14
The boys soccer team beats Hart 2-1 off goals by Lucas Reilly and Tylar Simone. The points prove crucial in determining the league championship later in the season.

Jan. 18
After losing its first two league games, the boys basketball team holds off Golden Valley 62-56 for its first Foothill win of the season. Ako Kaluna scores 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter to lead West Ranch.

Amanda Dailor knocks in the girls soccer team's only goal in a 1-0 win over Golden Valley. It is the Wildcats' first win of league play.

Jan. 21
The girls basketball team is handed its first loss of the league season 66-51 to Canyon in a matchup of two of the projected Foothill frontrunners. The Wildcats were ranked No. 10 in the CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA coaches poll going into the game.

Ako Kaluna hits two late free throws to key the boys basketball team 60-59 over Canyon. Kaluna finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds.

Jan. 28
The boys soccer team defeats Valenica 2-1 behind goals from Lucas Reilly and Chris Tumasone.

Feb. 1
Alexus Bryant hits a driving basket with 26 seconds left in overtime as the girls basketball team beats Hart 65-63.

Feb. 8
The boys basketball knocks off Canyon again, 61-57. The Wildcats overcome a double-digit deficit to pull off the upset.

Feb. 10
The boys soccer team beats Saugus 3-0 to cap a nine-game unbeaten streak. Combined with Hart's 3-3 draw with Valencia, the Wildcats leapfrog the Indians to capture the program's first Foothill League title by one point.

Justin Ballenger hits a school-record six 3-pointers and Ako Kaluna records a near-triple double to finish off the regular season with a 79-62 win over Saugus.

Despite goals from Hailey Reynolds and Kylee MacArthur, the girls soccer team loses 3-2 to Saugus in its regular season finale. West Ranch finishes 7-9-5 overall and 2-6-2 in league play.

Feb. 16
The boys basketball team is ousted from the CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA playoffs 69-48 by No. 1 seed Ventura in the first round. The Wildcats end the season with a 17-10 record.

Feb. 17
The girls basketball team beats Whittier 55-49 in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA playoffs. Kaylie Fandino scores a team-high 14 points.

Feb. 18
The boys soccer team loses 1-0 in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division III playoffs. The league-champion Wildcats finish the season 10-4-6 overall.

Feb. 19
Up against the No. 1 seed in the CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA bracket, the girls basketball team is handed a 90-63 defeat at the hands of Rialto. West Ranch caps is season with a 17-10 record.

March 4
The baseball team wins its season-opener 4-1 over Burroughs of Burbank.

March 5
West Ranch wins the girls distance medley, 4x1,600-meter run and 4x800 at the Santa Clarita Valley Track Invitational at Canyon High School. Bree Braucher wins the shot put and the discus.

March 14
The boys golf team takes second out of 32 three-man teams at the Oak Park Invitational. C.J. Espino shoots a 76, J.J. Holen posts a 78, and Kyle Blatchford shoots an 82.

March 18
The baseball team falls 8-6 to Saugus in the Foothill League opener. Dakota Hernandez finishes 2-for-4 with a home runs and three RBIs, and Josh Heinz bats 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a home run, but it's not enough.

March 22
The boys tennis team opens league play with a 14-4 win over Golden Valley. The Wildcats sweep in doubles, and Harrison Collins wins three singles sets.

The boys swim team beats Saugus 111-59, while the girls team falls 100-70 to the Centurions to open league competition. Senior Riley Mita and sophomore Taylor Poliseno are both doubles winners on the day.

March 24
Bree Braucher wins the discus and shot put, and Jennifer Owen wins the 800, but the girls track and field team loses to Saugus 108 2/3-33 1/3. Nick Bultman records the boys' team's only two wins (shot put and discus) as the Wildcats fall 111 1/2-34 1/2. The dual meet with the Centurions marks the beginning of Foothill League competition.

March 29
J.J. Holen shoots a medalist score of 68 on the par-71 Robinson Ranch Mountain Course to lead the boys golf team to a first-place finish at the rain-delayed first Foothill match of the season. C.J. Espino follows suit with a 69.

April 12
The softball opens league play with a 10-3 defeat to Saugus at Saugus High School. Pitcher Bailey Foster takes the loss, while freshman Lauren Lindvall finishes 2-for-3 with a double.

The boys tennis team is topped 10-8 by Valencia in a battle of the top to teams in Foothill. The match is tied 6-6 heading into the final round of sets, but one close doubles matchup proves to be the difference.

April 14
The softball team upsets nationally ranked Valencia 7-6 with back-to-back home runs by Kylie Sorenson and Lauren Lindvall in the seventh inning. Janelle Lindvall also hits a two-run home run in the game.

April 15
After early league struggles, the baseball team gets back to .500 in Foothill with an 11-3 win over Golden Valley. Steven Farnworth gets the win, while J.C. Cloney goes 3-for-4 with a three-run homer.

April 26
The boys volleyball team shakes its poor league record to upset Saugus 3-2. The Wildcats win by scores of 25-22, 22-25, 25-22, 25-27 and 15-12 behind 14 kills from Dylan Grant. It is West Ranch's second league win of the season.

April 28
The boys golf team secures its fourth straight league title on the second day of the Newhall Land Cup. Senior J.J. Holen also locks up the Foothill League MVP award and qualifies for the individual postseason alongside teammate C.J. Espino.

May 5
Freshman Harrison Collins advances to the Foothill League singles finals, but falls to Canyon senior Jason Ferlianto 6-2, 6-4 at the Paseo Club. Collins qualifies for the CIF Individual Tournament. Meanwhile, the doubles team of Baron Von Kessler and Evan Abbott beats fellow Wildcats Brandon Lee and Ryan Yoon for third place.

Senior swimmer Riley Mita wins the league 200-yard freestyle title in 1 minute, 43.19 seconds and the 500 freestyle in 4:36.02 at the Foothill League finals. The boys team finishes third overall. On the girls' side, sophomore Taylor Poliseno wins the program's first girls league title by claiming the 50 freestyle in 24.12, while freshman Emma Simmonds claims the school's first diving title. The girls place fifth overall.

The boys volleyball team loses 3-0 to Canyon in its season finale by scores of 25-23, 25-17 and 25-20. The Wildcats finish the season 9-11 overall and 2-8 in league.

May 6
Jennifer Owen breaks local running legend Shannon Murakami's meet record in the 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 12.84 seconds at the Foothill finals. Bree Braucher won league titles in the shot put and discus, while Nick Bultman wins the same events on the boys' side.

May 9
The boys golf team finishes a surprising second to Saugus at the CIF-Southern Section Northern Team Regional at Mission Lakes Country in Desert Hot Springs. The team moves on the CIF-SS Team Finals.

May 12
The softball team beats Hart 10-4 behind Lauren Lindvall's two home runs. With the win, the team finishes the regular season as the Foothill League's second-place team for the first time in program history.

The boys golf team finishes in 15th place at the CIF-Southern Section Team Finals at Mission Lakes Country Club in Desert Hot Springs. Only the top four teams advance to the CIF/SCGA Tournament, meaning that West Ranch's team season comes to a close.

May 13
The baseball team finishes the regular season with an 8-4 win over Saugus. Dakota Hernandez finishes 4-for-5 with two RBIs, and the Wildcats wind out third in the Foothill League.

Navy-bound Riley Mita takes second place in the 500-yard freestyle by .08 seconds at the CIF-Southern Section Division I finals in Long Beach. His time of 4:27.23 and his fifth-place finish in the 200 freestyle (1:39.55) are both district records. Taylor Poliseno, meanwhile, takes seventh in the 50 freestyle (24.04), and wins the consolation championship in the 100 freestyle (52.15).

The boys tennis season comes to a close with a 13-5 loss to No. 3 seed, Santa Monica, in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs. West Ranch's final record is 13-3.

May 16
Golfer J.J. Holen's stellar high school golf career comes to an end at the CIF-Southern Section Northern Individual Regional when he and teammate C.J. Espino fail to make the cut.

May 17
The baseball team is eliminated from the postseason by El Modena in the wild-card round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs. The Wildcats finish 15-11-1.

May 18
Shant Bicakci is named the boys basketball team's second-ever head coach after the resignation of head coach Sean LeGaux in April.

May 19
Haley Hineman lays down a game-winning squeeze bunt to score MacKenzie Morgan in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Moorpark 6-5 in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs. It is the program's first-ever postseason victory.

May 20
Freshman Harrison Collins gets a difficult draw at the CIF Southern Section Individual Tournament, losing in the first round to No. 1 seed Blake Mackall 6-1, 6-1.

May 21
Ashley Welker finishes fourth in Division I and sixth overall in the 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 11.89 seconds, while teammate Jennifer Owen clocks in at 2:13.32 in the race, good for seventh in Div. I, and ninth overall at the CIF-Southern Section Division I Championships. Bree Braucher takes third in the Division I shot put and seventh overall with a throw of 40-0 1/2. All three athletes advance to the CIF Masters Meet.

May 24
The softball team loses 6-2 to eventual CIF-Southern Section Division I champion Santiago of Corona in the second round of the playoffs. The Wildcats wind up with a 20-8 record.

May 27
Ashley Welker and Jennifer Owen both qualify for the CIF State Meet in the 800. Owen sets a new school record at the CIF Masters Meet with a time of 2 minutes, 10.63 seconds, finishing sixth, while Welker takes seventh in 2:11.60. Bree Braucher is unable to advance to state in the shot put, taking sixth with a throw of 40-6. The at-large distance was 41-5 1/2.

June 3
Ashley Welker's and Jennifer Owen's run at state titles in the 800-meter run ends in the prelims of the CIF State Meet. Welker completes the race in 2 minutes, 12.02 seconds, and Owen finishes in 2:12.26. The qualifying times ended up all being under 2:12.




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