CIF Report 


Jon Fraser

Cathedral Catholic’s Football team celebrates their CIF section title. The Dons went on to win the State Championship a week later.

The banners fill the walls of the Claver Center, varying hues of red and gold, and dating back to 1957. Each year a new crop of Cathedral Catholic High School student athletes compete in the hopes of adding another CIF championship banner. Many of this year’s fall sports teams were successful.

The girls’ volleyball team won the San Diego Open Division Championship before continuing onto state playoffs. They advanced past Mater Dei – at the time ranked third – in the nation, before losing to top ranked Loyola Marymount. The team will graduate four seniors, including three who are committed to play D1 volleyball. Faith Tyson will attend Villanova, Anna Pringle will take to the court at Stanford, and Ava Enriquez is headed to Providence College. 

Boys’ Sand Volleyball won the County Open Division Championship. They will graduate a couple seniors, including Cameron Wurl, who will play D1 volleyball at UCSD. 

The boys’ water polo team also emerged County Open Division Champions, besting reigning champions Bishop’s by a score of 11-8. They went on to play Harvard Westlake in the playoffs but lost in a heartbreaker. Four seniors will be continuing their water polo careers at D1 schools. Goalie Jack Hightower will be playing for the Naval Academy, Marci Szatmary will be playing for Cal Berkeley, John Billington is headed to UC Irvine, and Bennett Axline will be playing for UCSD. 

Varsity football competed against Carlsbad for the Open Division Championship and came out on top in a 48-19 win. The team then beat Orange Lutheran for the Division 1-AA Regional Championship and bested Folsom to take home the State Championship. Many of the team’s graduating seniors will continue to play at the next level, including for our hometown San Diego State Aztecs.

The competition cheer team took home the San Diego County Division II Championship after besting seven other squads. They performed a chant as well as a routine involving tumbling, stunting, and a pyramid. 

Girls’ cross country took home the Division II title, and the boys finished in second behind Hilltop. Individual winners included Blake Levy, Matthew Jabro, Alexandria Pena and Keira Rall.

Girls’ field hockey made the Open Division for the CIF tournament, where they met top ranked Scripps Ranch. While the girls lost in a 8-2 game, the young team is looking to build on their first season in the open division playoff. 

Girls’ golf placed 5th in their division at the San Diego County CIF Tournament, which they qualified for after beating OLP by 8 strokes at their play- in match. Brooke Kinnear advanced as an individual to Day 2 of the tournament.The team is only graduating two seniors and is returning some of their top performers, so keep a watch out for next year. 

Girls’ varsity tennis beat Otay Ranch and San Dieguito Academy to clinch a spot in the semifinals for CIF. While they lost to eventual champions Scripps Ranch High School, the girls had a great run. 

El Cid Online and the Cathedral Catholic High School community congratulate all of our incredible athletes on their fall seasons and CIF runs. The Dons have truly been on a roll!