Mater Dei’s Jaden Cantafio savors narrow victory at Orange County senior golf showcase

COSTA MESA In-N-Out Burger delivered to the course. Custom, embroidered score books for every player. A golf bag and prestigious invite for the winner. And best of all, camaraderie with friends while playing golf.

Nothing can bring back the spring of 2020 for seniors but the inaugural Orange County Boys Golf All-Star Senior Showcase at Costa Mesa Country Club took its best swing on Monday.

Twenty-eight seniors from Southern California played the par-70 Mesa Linda Course and picked up a few perks along the way in their first high school competition since the coronavirus pandemic ended their season in mid-March.

Former Mater Dei player Jaden Cantafio took home the biggest prizes, out-dueling former Monarchs teammate Andrew Hoekstra in a one-hole playoff to capture the event with a sizzling 4-under-par 66.

With the victory, the Washington State-bound Cantafio also won a golf bag donated by One with Golf in Irvine and an invite to the Boys High School Golf National Invitational at Pinehust Resort in North Carolina.

Cantafio also savored a few other highlights.

“It was a fun round,” said Cantafio, who this past year attended Tesla Academy, a blended, online school in Irvine.

“I was playing with a few buddies of mine. It’s fun to get back and kind of just meet with everyone again after all the time without seeing them. … I have’t played a tournament since this all started.”

Cantafio and his Mater Dei teammates — including Geoffrey Von der Ahe and Ryan Pham — enjoyed the In-N-Out after their round courtesy of Monrachs coach Ryan Kelaher.

“I was eating on the putting green,” Cantafio said with a laugh. “I’m super thankful for everything.”

In the playoff, Cantafio made par on the par-4 No. 1 to edge the Long Beach State-bound Hoekstra, who carded his only bogey of the afternoon.

“Kind of one last hurrah,” Hoekstra said of the event, organized by Edison coach Brendan Patch and Kelaher.

Cantafio, who won the CIF-SS Southern individual regional as a junior, received an exemption to play in the national championships in August.

One With Golf donated score card holders to each player Monday with their names embroidered on the front.

“People heard about (our event) and I think wanted to do something,” Patch said of the donations and national invite.

The players observed social distancing as they walked the course during their round. In other precautions due to the coronavirus, the flag sticks remained in the holes and the players didn’t rake the sand in the bunkers.

“For Coach Patch and I,” Kelaher said, “putting something together to celebrate the seniors was a great idea. … All these kids did great.”

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SoCal Varsity honors the top fall sports athletes in Southern California

The Southern California News Group honors the top high school athletes for the fall sports with its SoCal Varsity Sports Awards.

SCNG’s team of high school sports reporters have selected the Athletes of the Year and All-SoCal teams in football, girls volleyball, boys water polo, girls tennis, boys and girls cross country and girls golf.

Read all of the stories online (links below) and in a special section that is included in all of SCNG’s newspapers on Sunday, Dec. 22.

SOCAL VARSITY FALL SPORTS AWARDS

Football | Athlete of the Year: Bryce Young, Mater Dei | All-SoCal First Team |

Girls volleyball | Athlete of the Year: Kami Miner, Redondo | All-SoCal First Team |

Boys water polo | Athlete of the Year: Nolan Krutonog, Daily News | All-SoCal First Team |

Girls tennis | Athlete of the Year: Kammi Hance, Peninsula | All-SoCal First Team |

Boys cross country | Athlete of the Year: Nico Young, Newbury Park | All-SoCal First Team |

Girls cross coutnry | Athlete of the Year: Savannah Scriven, Palos Verdes | All-SoCal First Team | 

Girls golf | Athlete of the Year: Caroline Canales, Calabasas | All-SoCal First Team

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Laguna Hills to induct Olympian, junior world champion into Hall of Fame

Laguna Hills will induct golfer Eunice Choi (class of 1993) and swimmer Mark Kwok (class of 1995) into its Hall of Fame on Saturday, Jan. 19 at halftime of its girls basketball game.

Laguna Hills plays host to Capistrano Valley at 6 p.m.

Choi was one of the top-ranked girls in the nation but played alongside the boys in high school because there wasn’t a girls team.

A former Junior World champion, she earned a scholarship to UCLA, where she helped the Bruins earn No. 1 rankings. She went on to play professionally.

Kwok helped Laguna Hills capture two CIF-SS team titles in swimming and set multiple records. He went on to swim at USC and became a two-time Olympian for Hong Kong.

A reception for Kwok and Choi will be helped before the game in the staff lounge at 4 p.m.

 

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SoCal Varsity Awards: South Hills’ Alexa Melton tops the All-Varsity Girls Golf Team

The Southern California News Group honors the region’s top fall sports athletes:


SoCal Varsity Awards special section is in Sunday’s edition of your local SCNG newspaper.


GIRLS GOLFER OF THE YEAR

Name: Alexa Melton

School: South Hills

Year: Senior

Season recap: It was a year to remember for Alexa Melton.

She had an extremely successful summer, winning the prestigious SCGA Women’s Amateur Championship in Valencia and finishing tied for third in the Girls Junior PGA Championship, and she carried that momentum into the fall while playing for South Hills High School.

FALL SOCAL VARSITY AWARDS: FOOTBALLGIRLS VOLLEYBALL | BOYS WATER POLO | GIRLS TENNIS | BOYS CROSS COUNTRY | GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY | GIRLS GOLF

She had a one-stroke lead with six holes to go in the final round of the CIF State Golf Championship in Riverside, and it appeared she would be taking home that top prize too, but she finished in a tie for second place.

“I was comfortable, but I wasn’t playing as good,” said Melton. “The greens were playing pretty fast.”

Melton, who has signed with Pepperdine, capped her fall campaign with a third-place finish at the Rolex Tournament of Champions in Florida, one more elite-level achievement added to a resume that establishes her as the school’s best all-time player.

– James Escarcega

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ALL-VARSITY TEAM

Jocelyn Ayala, Warren, Fr.

Jennifer Cai, Sage Hill, Jr.

Caroline Canales, Calabasas, So.

Mackenzie Carpenter, Great Oak, So.

Chloe Carraway, Tustin, Sr.

Briana Chacon, La Serna, Sr.

Chloe Chua, Peninsula, Sr.

Priscilla Corral, Cerritos, Fr.

Kamille Dimayuga, Troy, So.

Mariana Gandia-Mak, San Clemente, Jr.

Sengum Gankhuyag, Warren, Sr.

Chayse Gomez, Rosary, Sr.

Emma Han, Diamond Bar, So.

Angela Heo, Murrieta Mesa, Fr.

Alexis Kim, University (Irvine), Jr.

Irene Kim, Kennedy (La Palma), Sr.

Gabby Lawerence, Upland, Jr.

Tiffany Le, Walnut, So.

Megan Lee, Cleveland, Jr.

Alexa Melton, South Hills, Sr.

Ashleigh Park, Sage Hill, Jr.

Catherine Park, Crean Lutheran, Fr.

Jordyn Parr, Temecula Valley, Jr.

Juliette Ruaux, Long Beach Millikan, Sr.

Kralyn Salazar, Glendora, Sr.

Charisa Shang, Oaks Christian, Fr.

Morgan Sjoerosma, M.L. King, Sr.

Toni Sottile, Westlake, Sr.

Emi Sverduk, Long Beach Wilson, Fr.

Isabel Sy, Troy, Jr.

Khameryn Utu, Mater Dei, Sr.

Sherilyn Villaneuva, Troy, Jr.

Kailie Vongsaga, Diamond Bar, Sr.

Keira Wang, Palos Verdes, Fr.

Abigail Wirinatha, Walnut, Sr.

Kelly Xu, Claremont, Fr.

Lara Yeung, Moorpark, Sr.

Meg Yoshida, Palos Verdes, So.

Yuki Yoshihara, Woodbridge, Sr.

Kaitlyn You, West Torrance, So.

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FALL SOCAL VARSITY AWARDS: FOOTBALLGIRLS VOLLEYBALL | BOYS WATER POLO | GIRLS TENNIS | BOYS CROSS COUNTRY | GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY | GIRLS GOLF

SOCAL VARSITY SPECIAL SECTION


SoCal Varsity Awards special section is in Sunday’s edition of your local SCNG newspaper.


About the section: The award winners and teams were selected by the high school sports reporters for the Southern California News Group, which includes the Orange County Register, L.A. Daily News, Riverside Press-Enterprise, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star News, Daily Breeze, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Daily Bulletin, San Bernardino Sun, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts.

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Kinnane, Rahon help Servite capture fourth consecutive Trinity League golf title

CHINO HILLS – Kyle Kinnane and Jack Rahon know how to do only one thing with Servite’s golf team: finish first.

The Friars’ 183-191 victory against JSerra on Wednesday at Western Hills Country Club gave Kinnane and Rahon their fourth consecutive Trinity League boys golf championship at the school.

During that span, Rahon and Kinnane went 39-1 with their lone loss coming earlier this month in a home match against rival Mater Dei.

It has been an impressive run for the Friars duo in one of the most competitive leagues in the CIF Southern Section, but Kinnane shrugged off the accomplishment.

“It’s cool, but we still have that one loss in there. It was at home. It is irritating,” Kinnane said. “But four championships four years in a row, we are fine. We will live.”

Kinnane used two birdies and two bogeys to earn medalist honors with an even-par 35 while Rahon rallied from 4-over start through his first four holes to post a 37 and help Servite (19-1, 9-1) win its fifth league title in a row, the longest streak in school history.

“We do care about it (the championship streak) a little bit,” Rahon said. “It does give us confidence heading into CIF. We have a lot of depth.”

Servite coach Dane Jako said this team is likely the best team that he has had during this historic run. All nine players who teed off for Servite on Wednesday broke 40.

The highest round among the five scoring players was a 38 turned in by Chad Deegan. Nic Harrison and Ben Hong added a 36 and 37, respectively, as Servite lowered its nine-hole scoring average at Western Hill to 182.4.

“They (Kinnane and Rahon) have kind of gotten used to winning, and most of the time they have won without a lot of stress,” Jako said. “Because I have been with them so long and know them so long – I knew they were coming to Servite two years out – it makes it more special. They are good kids and good students. What they did is real special. It is hard to keep that edge every single day and play it as a championship match, when you know you are going to beat them by 30.”

Connor Brown and Kyle Dougherty posted a 36 and 37 to lead JSerra (11-3, 6-3), which will close out the season on Thursday with a match against Mater Dei at Santa Ana Country Club. A victory by the Lions would give them second place on a tiebreaker. JSerra won the teams’ first meeting of the season at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club by three strokes.

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Orange County scores and players stats for Friday: 10-13-17

This is where you can find the scores and stats for the Orange County high school games on Friday, Oct. 13.

GIRLS GOLF

GIRLS TENNIS
Corona del Mar 16, Beckman 2

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
JSerra def. Orange Lutheran, 18-25, 25-18, 25-14, 25-20.

BOYS WATER POLO
Savanna 13, Estancia 12
Goals: (Sav) Hunt 10, Martinez, Nguyen, Vasquez. Saves: Fish (Sav) 12.
Segerstrom 14, Loara 1
Goals: (Loa) Orozco.

 

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Orange County high school schedule: Monday, Sept. 11

The Orange County high schools sports schedule for Monday, Sept. 11.

MONDAY, SEPT. 11

GIRLS GOLF
Troy at Peninsula, Laguna Beach at Saddleback, Mater Dei at JSerra, Yorba Linda at El Modena, Whitney at Fairmont Prep, Marina at Huntington Beach, Esperanza at Brea Olinda

GIRLS TENNIS
California at Whittier Christian, Valley Christian/Cerritos at Tarbut V’Torah, Canyon at Santiago/Corona, Rosary at Brea Olinda, St. Margaret’s at JSerra, Garden Grove at Marina, Orange at Santiago,

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
JSerra vs. Redondo Union at Huntington Beach; Dave Mohs Tournament, Division 1 final, Esperanza vs. Palos Verdes, at Edison High, 6 p.m.

BOYS WATER POLO
Orange at Savanna, San Clemente at San Juan Hills, Bolsa Grande at Westminster, Kennedy at Warren, Pacifica at Lakewood, Godinez at Garden Grove

 

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