Mater Dei and Santa Margarita placed second and third in the Central Regional portion of the CIF/SCGA Team Tournament, enabling both to advance to the team finals later this week.

In the regional held Oct. 29 at Los Serranos Country Club, Mater Dei’s score of 387 (with the top five scores of six team members counted) was second to Diamond Bar’s 373. The Monarchs were led by Khameryn Utu (74), Kexin Guan (75), Jessica Jiang (76), Hannah Kerekes (79) and Kaitlen Vasquez and Kailee Welch (83 each).

Santa Margarita’s 391 included a 73 by Kiara Boggs, the third-best individual round of the day, plus Abrielle Wang (75), Jade Zamora (79), Justine Cook (80) and Maya Robilio (84). Bishop Amat’s Diana Delgado shot a 75, placing her in the top ten individually.

No other Catholic schools qualified in any of the three other regionals for the team final, to be played Nov. 8 at Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena. Utu and Boggs previously qualified for the CIF individual finals on Nov. 1 at River Ridge Golf Club in Oxnard, as did Bishop Diego’s Grace Hay and Notre Dame/Sherman Oaks’ Liana Brown.

Girls’ tennis

Wild card matches in the CIF-SS Girls’ Tennis Team Tournament were held Oct. 30, including Mayfield vs. Fullerton (in Division 3) and Villanova Prep vs. Marshall, Bishop Amat vs. Nogales, and Notre Dame Academy vs. Palmdale (all Division 5).

Winners from those matches advanced to the first round on Oct. 31, in which four Catholic school league champions are participating: Santa Margarita (Trinity), Louisville (Sunshine), Bishop Montgomery (Del Rey) and St. Bonaventure (Frontier). The schedule:

  • D-1: Santa Margarita (18-6) vs. El Dorado (18-5); Mater Dei (14-6) vs. M.L. King (22-1).
  • D-2: Chaminade (8-2) vs. Sunny Hills (11-6).
  • D-3: St. Lucy’s (11-9) vs. Poly/Pasadena (10-1); Louisville (12-1) vs. wild-card winner.
  • D-4: Bishop Montgomery (14-0) vs. wild-card winner.
  • D-5: La Salle (11-2) vs. wild-card winner; St. Bonaventure (12-3) vs. winner of Notre Dame Academy vs. Palmdale.

Second round matches are Nov. 2, quarterfinals Nov. 5, semifinals Nov. 7 and finals Nov. 9.

Mike Nelson is the former editor of The Tidings (predecessor of Angelus News).

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