Hat trick for Lord leads SCCS past OLPH

Megan Lord scored three goals as the SCCS junior high girls soccer team defeated Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH), 6-2 on March 24.

The game, which was played at the Indoor Soccer Center, saw the Cardinals (1-1) get even on the season behind a combination of strong defense and relentless offensive pressure. Kylie Rowsey got the scoring started with a first-half goal. She added a goal in the second half and played strong in the midfield position all game.

Samantha Toth and Abigail Patterson held down the defense and made several defensive stops to allow the midfield take advantage of scoring opportunities. Kelsey Lord, who played defense and midfield throughout the game, set up many scoring chances with her passing skills.

Emma Anderson and Sarah Olmedo played the forward position, putting pressure on the OLPH defenders all afternoon.

Goalkeeper Emily Munoz turned away shot after shot for the Cardinals. Briana Lowry took over as keeper late in the contest to seal the win.

Elementary flag football scores 48 in season opener

The SCCS elementary boys flag football A team got off to a quick start in its season-opening win against Trinity Classical Academy. In a game played on March 23, the Cardinals scored in bunches to defeat the Knights, 48-12.

Under the piloting of quarterbacks Tommy Gwinn and Kameron Orth, the Cardinals (1-0) got touchdowns from Caden Baird, Matt Marcotte, Dylan Rowsey, Carson Schwesinger and Titus Tucker. Schwesinger also had an interception.

The defense was strong behind the play of Baird, Steven Eakins, Matt Marcotte, Aidan Rodriguez and Nathan Wiles.

Up next, the Cardinals face SCVi at Legacy on Wednesday April 1 at 4:45 p.m.

Sparks, Bernards lead Cardinal elementary girls past Trinity

The SCCS elementary girls basketball team (5th and 6th grade) put it all together in its second game of the season, earning a 29-9 victory over Trinity Classical Academy Monday inside the Cardinal gym.

Emily Bernards and Emily Sparks provided more than enough offense, scoring eight points apiece. Teammates Cassandra Fawzi and Gianna Pelletier each added four.

The Cardinals (1-1) also executed well on defense, denying the Knights easy baskets and securing rebounds on both ends.

“The Cardinals played like a team,”  said SCCS coach David Martinez. “All eight girls saw quality time on the floor and didn’t let up.”

SCCS will take the court against Trinity again next Monday.

Strong goalkeeping thwarts SCCS junior high girls soccer in season opener

The junior high girls soccer team kicked off its season Thursday at the Santa Clarita Soccer Center with a game against SCVi.

The team executed well on offense, but saw many of its shots turned away by the SCVi goalkeeper in a 5-0 loss.

Samantha Toth and a combination of Abigail Patterson, Megan Lord and Kylee Rowsey played well on defense. Lord and Briana Lowry played midfield most of the game, generating several scoring opportunities and taking several good shots on goal.

Forwards were Emma Anderson and Sarah Olmedo also kept up the pressure on offense.

Kirshner, Perrault shine is season debuts; Burkhardt is first-ever SCCS varsity swimmer

Cardinal varsity swimmer Victoria Kirshner wasted no time planting her flag on the CIF swimming landscape. On March 19, at the Cardinals’ first swim meet of the season, Kirshner took first place in a pair of solo events — the 100 freestyle and the 100 backstroke.

Her times — 54.80 in the 100 freestyle and 1:02.30 in the 100 backstroke — earned her automatic bids to the CIF championship tournament that is three months away.

Thursday’s meet, which took place at the Castaic Aquatic Center, marked another milestone. It featured SCCS’ first-ever males varsity swimmer: Connor Burkhardt.

Burkhardt was impressive in his debut, posting a time of 27.84 in the 50 freestyle, good enough for third place.

Returning varsity swimmer Madeline Perrault also enjoyed a strong season opener. She placed third in the girls 50 freestyle (34.10) and fifth in the 100 breaststroke (1:44.07).

Pelletier, Norton perfect at the plate as JV softball rolls

The junior varsity softball team scored runs in bunches in its season opening 18-7 win against Guidance Charter, and Cardinals Alexia Pelletier and Kayla Norton had a lot to do with that.

Pelletier went 4-for-4 with a home run, two stolen bases and one RBI. Norton also had a perfect day at the plate, going 2-for-2 with three runs batted in.

Pitcher Lauren Lockart was equally dazzling in the circle, striking out nine batters to earn the win.

Game stats

Alexia Pelletier              4-4 , Homerun , 2 SB , RBI
Sydney Preheim            2-3
Kayla Norton                 2-2 , 3 RBI
Lauren Lockart             Pitcher, 9 K’s
Maya Rauch                   1-1 , RBI
Lynette Elhilu                1-2 , RBI
Mackenzie Kennedy     1-3 , 1 RBI
Lindsey Lewis                1-2 , RBI
Jenny Curry                   1-1 , RBI
Cassidy Oliver               1-1 , RBI
Hailey Aguilar               1-1 , 2 RBI
Gianna Potter               0-1

Elementary girls basketball team makes a strong debut despite loss

The SCCS elementary girls basketball team didn’t play like a team with just two practices under its belt Monday against Legacy Christian Academy.

Cassandra Fawzi scored eight points and Emma Norton added six points in a narrow, 29-27 loss. Emily Sparks scored five points for the Cardinals.

The team, which consists of fifth and sixth graders, kept the contest close throughout, getting solid play from the starters as well as the fifth graders, who were able to maintain momentum while they were on the floor.

Emily Bernards and Gianna Kuruppu played well on defense for SCCS.