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June 2, 2023
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‘Cats roundup: Lonergan takes 7th at State, track and field athletes headed to CCS Finals and baseball-softball teams start playoffs Saturday

Ewan Lonergan led the Los Gatos High swimming team with a seventh-place showing in the boys 100-yard breaststroke in the CIF State Championships May 11-13 at the Clovis Olympic Swim Complex on the campus of Clovis West High. 

The junior standout swam the race in 56.16 seconds. He also was a member of the boys 200 medley relay team that finished 26th out of 40 teams in 1 minute, 35.16 seconds, just off an All-American Consideration time of 1:34.48. 

In addition to Lonergan, the team is made up of juniors Connor Sullivan and Joshua Naim and senior Tyler Newton. The other Los Gatos State qualifiers all came from the girls squad, including junior Karly Frangieh, who made the B final in the 100 freestyle, taking 14th overall in 51.60. 

She also placed 25th in the 200 free in 1:52.28. Freshman Kiana Koechlin was 30th in the 200 IM in 2:06.85. The girls 400 free relay team of Frangieh, Koechlin, senior Katy Hawk and sophomore Ava Taylor finished 17th in 3:32.18. 

The 200 free team of Frangieh, Hawk, Koechlin and Lily van Putten placed 18th in 1:37.64. They also had a swim-off with St. Ignatius, improving their time to 1:36.73. 

Track and Field

Los Gatos athletes had some sterling performances at the Central Coast Section Semifinals on May 13 at Gilroy High. 

The top eight finishers in each event—12 for the distance and field events—qualify for the CCS Finals on May 20, also at Gilroy High. On the girls side, senior Abigail Lo qualified to the Finals with the fourth best mark in the triple jump at 36 feet, 3 1/2 inches. 

She also cleared 5 feet in the high jump, taking the 12th and final qualifying spot over four other girls by doing it in fewer overall attempts. Sophomore Nicole Steiner qualified third in the shot put in 39-7 but still owns the top mark in the section this season, at 41-11 3/4.  

Steiner also was sixth in the discus in 109-7. Hannah Slover, the defending state champion in the high jump, cleared 5-2 to advance to the Finals. Sophie Tau qualified third in the 1600-meter run in 5:00.03. The 4×100 relay team of Emma Arbitaylo, Alex Hansen, Bridget Moore, Janie Marie Vidovich and Jeanette Li took the eighth and final qualifying spot in 50.27 seconds, the identical time of Sacred Heart Prep, which was in a different heat. 

On the boys side, junior Matthew Gladney continued his rapid ascent with a PR of 15.17 in the 110 hurdles, good for the fifth fastest time in the Semifinals. Gladney had only recently posted a top-10 time in the section with a 15.18 in the SCVAL De Anza Division Finals on April 27. 

Wil Brennan and Levi Romero qualified in the 400 in second and fourth, respectively. Brennan owns the top mark this year—a 48.06 in the SCVAL Championship Finals on May 6—and Romero the No. 2 time, a 48.20 at the CCS Top 8 Invite on April 21.

Brady Kamali was ninth in the 400, 23/100ths of a second out of the eighth and final spot to the Finals. But he qualified in his other individual event, the high jump, clearing 6 feet. Aydon Stefanopoulos was eighth in the 1600 and sixth in the 3200. 

The 4×400 relay team of Brennan, Romero, Kamali and Jake Bohane, who owns the fastest time in the CCS this year, qualified fourth in 3:27.11, while the 4×100 relay team took the eighth and final qualifying spot in 42.86, edging Palma by 7/100ths of a second. 

CCS playoffs

The baseball and softball brackets were released May 15 and both Los Gatos High teams will have 11 am home games in their quarterfinal openers on May 20. 

The baseball team (20-7), champions of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division, earned the No. 4 seed in the top Division I bracket and hosts No. 5 St. Ignatius (16-11) at 11am. It’s a rematch of their non-league contest won by Los Gatos, 4-1, on April 8. 

The softball team (14-10), the second-place finisher in the SCVAL De Anza Division, is the No. 3 seed in Division II and will face a familiar foe in No. 6 seed Los Altos (14-10), which it beat in both league meetings this season, 4-2 on April 18 and 3-1 a week later.

Sophie Tau runs the 1600 meters during the CCS Semis at Gilroy High. Tau qualified for the finals. (Raul Ebio – Los Gatan)
The Los Gatos boys 4×100 relay team had the 8th fastest overall time in the CCS Semis to qualify for the Finals. (Raul Ebio)
Emanuel Lee
Emanuel Lee is the sports editor of the Los Gatan, Gilroy Dispatch, Hollister Free Lance and Morgan Hill Times. An American High and University of Kentucky alumnus, he primarily covers high school athletics, Gavilan College, various youth sports in south Santa Clara/San Benito counties and pro sports on occasion. Two decades of journalism experience and recipient of several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. With the Weeklys/NewSVMedia group since 2013. Emanuel has run eight marathons with a PR of 3:13.40 (7:24 mile pace), counts himself as a devoted follower of Jesus Christ and loves spending time with his wife and their two lovely daughters, Evangeline and Eliza. Coaches, athletic directors and parents are encouraged to report scores to [email protected].

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