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Nativity athletes win CSL track and soccer championships

Nativity athletes win CSL track and soccer championships

May 2012 will be a month to remember in the sports annals of our school’s relatively young history.  Our boys’ and girls’ tracks teams finished in first place overall at the spring annual Catholic Sports League (CSL) track meet at Cathedral High School earlier this month. And our boys’ varsity (A) soccer team won their first championship ever two weeks later, at the end of the month.

Magi track team members pose for a picture after winning the annual spring CSL track meet in early May.

Among the fifteen schools that participated in the CSL track meet, our modest-sized boys’ team (11 athletes) secured more than 30 points in the field and track events combined, good enough for a decisive overall victory among the boys’ teams in the seventh- and eight-grade division. Even more impressive perhaps was the effort from our girls’ team—only four athletes total (!)—who also won first place overall in the track and field events for the seventh- and eighth-grade girls’ division. Of particular note, eighth grader Laura de la Cruz ended up winning the mile race in a time of 6:04, 20+ seconds better than the second-place finisher.

Our boys’ soccer team finished their regular season with an impressive record of 8-1-2 overall, good enough to earn a spot among the eight CSL teams that advanced to the playoff rounds. After earning victories in the opening and semifinal rounds, our Magi boys’ team entered the final championship game against a strong team from Saint John’s (Lemon Grove). After a 1-1 tie in regulation, St. John and Nativity Prep played to a 0-0 tie in overtime, and then advanced to the penalty-kick round. The match was finally decided in the second round of penalty kicks, on the final shot by Nativity sixth grader Daniel Arteaga.

We congratulate the teamwork and sportsmanship of our boys’ team, and we give special thanks to our wonderful coaches—Ms. Determan, Mr. Bonde, and Mr. Solis—and to our entire community of volunteers and parents for cheering our Magi to victory.

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