In a great finish for the winter sports season, all three of Rosary’s varsity teams advanced into the CIF Play-offs. Considering the very competitive nature of the Trinity League, this was a major indicator of the skill and determination of the Royals winter teams.
Water Polo drew a road trip to Santa Barbara to take on the strong and experienced San Marcos Royals. In spite of their efforts, they were unable to overcome this team, and returned home without the victory they sought. The final score was 9-13. Head Coach Rory Bevins was incredibly proud of his team. "We had a special group of girls this year, and to end up in the Top Ten in Orange County was a big deal. We will miss our seniors very much, but they are on to bigger and better things. This group of athletes worked very hard and won a lot of games. Rosary water polo will continue to take steps forward and to be competitive in the best league in the best CIF division in Southern California."
Soccer drew the skilled and athletic Tesoro High School team in Round I. They fought through a tough defensive game, and with gritty determination they brought home a 1-0 win. Advancing to Round II of CIF play, their bracket matched them up with Long Beach Poly High School. For almost the entire game both teams refused to allow a goal. Outsized but undeterred Rosary held their ground until a goal by Poly in the 79th minute left them with no chance to respond. Head Coach Sean Melendez commented, “"This game was a heart breaker. I could not be more proud of this great group of young ladies. They battled all season long with heart, pride, and class. Special thanks to our incredible seniors. You will be missed."
Royal Basketball made the deepest journey into the playoffs. They began with a home game vs Granite Hills High School, which they won, handily, by a score of 62-31. Then they took on Bassett High School and St. Monica Catholic in two consecutive road trips. They won both games by scores of 50-31 and 57-51, drawing a home match against JSerra Catholic High School on February 28. In front of a packed house in the Karcher Center, the team’s season came to an end. Surrounded by their community and buoyed by the pride of their families and fans, their final game wound down to the buzzer. Final score 23-63. Making it to the CIF Semi-Finals was a huge accomplishment for this team and their coaches.
Great job by our Royals!
Water Polo Seniors