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Spring Sports 2023 Round Up

What an incredible spring season it has been for all of our teams! Dragons all across the board are thriving, and this season has been extra special because many teams reached the NCS tournament while others continued to play in the NorCal and State competitions. This impressive feat has only been achieved because of the leadership of amazing coaches and the persistence of Dragon athletes. From long drives to powerful spikes, there is an abundance of talent at O’Dowd.


Girls Varsity Lacrosse Team

Girls Lacrosse

This season, Girls Lacrosse won the WACC league championship. This is the third time the program has won this title and the first time in history that it has been secured back-to-back. With a small varsity team they still managed to succeed with little to no subs each game. While continuing to grow in both diversity and inclusion, O’Dowd continues to change the culture of girls and womens lacrosse.


All League Athletes

Player of the Year: Lucy Yu ’25

First Team: Elliot Beckner ’24, Mariah Branscomb ’23, Danica Terk ’23, Lucy Yu ’25

Second Team: Rosi Vera-Henderson ’24, Kenzie Cain ’25, Niamh Cawley ’23, Marisa Simas ’24

Honorable Mention: Andrea Gonzalez ’23, Sophie Seigler ’24


Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team

Boys Lacrosse

Although Boys Lacrosse did not go as far in NCS as they hoped, that doesn’t take away from the amazing season they had. Before their first round exit to Novato, Boys Lacrosse went 4-1 in league play, putting them in second place in the WACC.


All League Athletes

First Team: Bear Bryant ’24, Jacob Glasgow ’25, Theo Verner ’24

Second Team: Kieran Dunn ’23, Kaiel Taylor-Wang ’24, Jaden Yamamoto ’23

Honorable Mention: Julien Gardner ’24, Julian Scott ’25


Varsity Baseball Team

Baseball

After a thrilling comeback victory versus Castro Valley, Dragon Baseball secured a WACC regular season championship. Finishing the season 7-3 in league and 14-12 overall, the team earned the 5th seed in the NCS Division 3 Playoff. The 12th seed Eureka Loggers took a trip to the O’Dowd Upper Field for the first round of playoffs. Led by 2 runs from senior first baseman and pitcher Cole Pugsley ’23, the Dragons cruised past the Loggers to win 6-1.


All League Athletes

Co-Pitcher of the Year: Cole Pugsley ’23

First Team: Cole Jones ’24, Cole Pugsley ’23, Siraj Shabazz ’23

Second Team: Rashad Hayes ’25, Matt Orozco ’23, Ben Skiles ’24

Honorable Mention: Tyler Barsi ’23, Owen Merritt ’24


Varsity Softball Team

Softball

This year O’Dowd Softball had many triumphs. They were able to attend a tournament in Las Vegas and had a successful trip competing against several high level teams. As the season progressed, they had some tough games, going head-to-head with a number of the best teams in California - including beating Pinole Valley, who was 21-0 before the Dragons came along. Competing in Division I is extremely tough, but as a team they were able to put in their best effort and have a successful season.


All League Athletes

First Team: Morgan Jackson ’25, Priya Kasling ’24, Hanalei Strub ’24

Second Team: Olivia Marletta ’25, Jaella Mercado ’25

Honorable Mention: Tulip Barnes ’26, Amaya Heard ’25


Boys Varsity Volleyball Team

Boys Volleyball

Boys Volleyball completed a historic 33-2 regular season with a successful post season. The Dragons earned the 1st seed in NCS Playoffs breezing past Analy, Archie Williams, and Moreau Catholic to secure an NCS victory. Beginning NorCal playoffs as the 1st seed in Division II, Boys Volleyball hosted the Harker Eagles in Knauss Gymnasium. Achieving victory in three sets, the team played a rematch against Moreau in the semifinals, winning in three sets. The team played Sanger in the finals, but were unable to clinch the championship. This year’s senior class included Miguel Alaniz ’23, the program’s first athlete to sign at the collegiate level.


All League Athletes

Player of the Year: Cameron Kosty ’24

First Team: Miguel Alaniz ’23, Roan Alviar ’24, Cameron Kosty ’24, Will Mullen ’24

Second Team: Anthony Alaniz ’25, Toby Lee ’25

Honorable Mention: Andrew Dela Cruz ’23, Christian Fong ’24


Track and Field

Track and Field Team

A total of 26 athletes qualified to participate in the Bayshore Championship Meet, and they came to the race ready to compete! Fourteen athletes advanced to the NCS Meet of Champions in the 400-meter dash, 800-meter dash, 1600-meter dash, 110-meter hurdles, 4x400-meter relay, shot put, long jump, and triple jump. Two athletes went on to qualify for the CIF State Championships: Amaya DeFlorimonte ’26 and Brandon Rush ’24. Amaya ended the year as the #1 9th grade jumper in California. During the CIF Championships Meet, Brandon produced a foot and a quarter personal best triple jump, securing a 5th place finish.


All League Athletes

Deji Ajose ’25 - 400/200

Brandon Rush ’24 - 110h/300h/LJ/TJ

Spencer Vu - ’25 -110h/300h

Amaya DeFlorimonte ’26 - LJ/TJ/400/200


Boys Golf Team

Boys Golf

Boys Golf ended the season with a 13-6 record and earned third place in the WACC league. During the WACC Championship Match, the team also finished third, with a total score of 434 - 31 strokes better than last year! The team qualified for the NCS Division Championships, finishing in 10th place. Seniors Cameron Hankins ’23, Conor Junge ’23, and Jacob Monroe ’23 were integral in their guidance and leadership, leaving an indelible mark on the team.


All League Athlete

Daniel Weiland ’26


Boys Varsity Tennis Team

Boys Tennis

This year’s varsity team welcomed six 9th graders. Focused on teamwork and building the program, the team ended the season with a 13-8-2 record and finished third in the WACC League. At the WACC Championships, Peter Tanaka ’23 and Elias Cross ’24 were named WACC Doubles Champions and Max Hamilton ’24 and Alex Byrd ’25 were named runners-up. Everyone on the team had a blast and all improved greatly.


All League Athletes

Neo Chai ’25 - Singles

Max Hamilton ’24 - Doubles

Peter Tanaka ’23 - Doubles


Swim Team

Swimming

A strong swim season overall with an amazingly talented group of swimmers, this season proved to be one of tenacity and celebration. The boys came in second at the WACC Championship Meet. Many swimmers on both the girls and boys teams had personal bests, including Mia Walsh ’25 winning first place for the 500 yard freestyle. Additionally, a few school records were broken! The boys relay medley qualified for NCS and had a strong outing, while Michael Fusinati ’23 medaled in his individual freestyle race.


All League Athletes

Michael Fusinati ’23

Israel Gonzalez ’24

Jordan Estimo ’26

Nathan Rogers ’23

Mia Walsh ’25


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