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2011-2012 Trinity Year in Review: Knights keep on climbing

Posted: July 1, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 1, 2012 1:55 a.m.

The Knights football team won its second consecutive Omega League title this season to lead a season of growing accomplishments for the school.

 

It wasn’t long ago that Trinity was happy just to have an athletic program.


Those days are long gone.


2012 was a continuation of the rapid athletic ascent the Knights started in 2011.


Trinity hasn’t quite hit the peak of the mountain, yet — but it proved this year that it hasn’t stopped climbing.


The football team, in its second season of varsity competition, won its second straight Omega League title — highlighted by All-CIF athletes James Brooks (also Trinity’s Male Scholar Athlete of the Year), Dakota Prochnow (Trinity’s Male Athlete of the Year) and Patch Kulp.


The season started out with a 54-20 defeat of Calvary Baptist, before edging out Immanuel Christian 34-30 on Sept. 17, in what was the Knights’ only real scare of the regular season.


That momentum spurred them to an 11-1 season, which saw the Knights advance to the semifinals of the CIF-SS 8-Man playoffs.


Girls volleyball found success, too, taking home the league title.


Behind the play of All-CIF pick Julia Howell, the Knights went 13-1 in the Omega League to edge out Hillcrest Christian.


The climb continued in the winter, with the boys basketball team dominating its competition throughout the season.


Led by Brooks, who picked up his second All-CIF selection of the season, the Knights went 18-7 and easily won the Omega League title.


Trinity posted a perfect 10-0 league record, finishing four games ahead of Westmark and Newbury Park Adventist.


Things derailed a little in the playoffs, though, as the Knights fell in the second round to Arshag Dickranian Armenian 51-39.


There were plenty of impressive individual’s who stood out, too.


Trinity’s Female Athlete of the Year, Kaeli Massetto, starred at three sports — volleyball, soccer and softball, earning All-CIF honors in softball and picking up a scholarship to Northwest Christian in Eugene, Ore.


On March 7, Chris Buchanan, pitching for the Knights’ baseball team, threw the first no-hitter in school history in a 10-0 victory over Summit High.


The junior threw 13 strikeouts and walked three in the victory.


The boys soccer team finished second in the Omega League, with newcomer Michael Stratton, Kulp and Roberto Martinez Sr. earning Omega League first team honors.


In a game Feb. 1, Stratton quickly made a name for himself, posting a hat trick in a 6-0 victory over Westmark.


And now, as the Knights say goodbye to the first senior class in school history, the legacy left behind looks promising.


The Trinity Classical Academy athletic program proved something in 2012 – Trinity’s rising, and its ascent isn’t about to stop.

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