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Recent News in Athletics: Press Release
Men’s Soccer Season Recap
Saint Katherine College Men’s Soccer program just finished their inaugural season this past weekend. The Firebirds participated in the West Coast Association Club League where they played against top club teams from Division 1 Universities in Southern California area. The soccer team was lead by head coach Jim San-Martin, who was a 6 year assistant at Loyola Marymount University, and comprised of 8 soccer plays and several multi-sport athletes. While not getting a win this season, they were able to be competitive in each and every game.
“It was a good season all the guys worked really hard on and off the field. The coaching staff did an excellent job getting our inaugural season started,” commented team captain. Zachary Petow. “This season was the definitely a step in the right direction for our program.”
Nicolas Varonos scored the first goal of the season in a 2-1 loss at San Diego State University, in the same game Adrian Flores also made the first penalty kick save of the season. Flores, who also plays baseball, was brilliant in goal all season. At California State University, Fullerton, the Firebirds played down a man for 70 minutes and were down 3 goals, but the Firebirds were in the game as soon as it was even numbers. They had 3 great chances on goal but none converted, notably, Jordan Cannon hit the post twice and Zach Petow’s free kick was saved by the Titan Goalkeeper. At CSU San Marcos, the firebirds again played a man down for 85 of 90 minutes, when Cody Sanders endured a season ending concussion in the 5th minute of the game. Down 3-0 at the half, the firebirds found there grove and Jordan Cannon scored 2 goals to bring the firebirds to within a goal. The firebirds almost equalized a few minutes later on another shot attempt by Cannon. San Marcos scored once move with 5 minutes left when the firebirds were committing all players forward, losing 4-2. In the final game of the season, the firebirds were just outgunned in a loss of University of San Diego.
The Firebirds will take a break and then began strength and conditioning program in order to prepare for their second season. Go Firebirds!
Women’s Volleyball advances to 11-6!
Saint Katherine College Women’s Volleyball team advances to 11-6 with wins over West Coast Baptist and Multnoham University in a double header this past Friday. The Firebirds beat West Coast Baptist in four sets, the scores being 25-15, 22-25, 25-23, and 25-20, respectively. They also beat Multnoham University in three sets, the scores being 25-7, 25-15, and 25-12, respectively. Team Captain Tiana Whitlock went down with an injury during the second set versus West Coast Baptist. “I was very proud of how our girls stepped up and played through the adversity,” commented Whitlock. “Girls played out of position and did a great job to help us get the win.” The Firebirds last game of their inaugural season is Tuesday November 5th, at La Sierra University. Go Firebirds!!
1st Annual Saint Katherine Golf Tournament and Celebrity Banquet Huge Success!
Nearly three-hundred guests piled into the lavish Aragon Banquet Room to celebrate the success of the Saint Katherine Athletic Program last night at the world-renowned Rancho Bernardo Inn. Among the attendees, were many celebrities, guests and golfers from the day’s golf tournament. The legendary Jerry Coleman of the New York Yankees and San Diego Padres served as Honorary Chairman and provided the laughs and former NBC Sports Anchor and Charger television and radio celebrity, Jim Stone, served as the evening’s emcee. The winning foursome at the tournament was Hall of Famer Willie Buchanan, Raider Dokie Williams, Padres Gene Locklear and Charger star Pete Shaw. Right behind them was Reverend Father David Kruse, St. Katherine Student Body President Connor Kruse and Mr. & Mrs. Michael and Tere Miller. A date has not been determined for the 2014 tournament as of yet. Congratulations to all of the Athletic Department who served as the committee for this event!
Lady Firebirds beat Cal Lutheran in 5 matches!!
The Saint Katherine College Volleyball team overcomes a traffic ridden road game and beat Cal Lutheran in five games. The scores of the matches were 25-21, 16-25, 26-24, 19-25, and 15-6, respectively. Match leaders were Amber Bryan with 20 kills, 3 aces, 2 blocks, and a hitting efficiency of .400. Tiana Whitlock also had 50 assists and 1 ace. “This was the fourth time that we’ve played this team and we made the necessary adjustments to beat them again. Amber Bryan had a great match last night and her first 20+ kills of the season,” commented head coach Aurora Salas. The lady Firebirds next match is this Saturday versus West Coast Baptist at 1:30pm at the EncinitasCommunity Center.
Lady Firdbirds go 2-0 this past weekend!!
Saint Katherine College Women’s Volleyball team wins both matches this past weekend! Friday’s match versus California Lutheran University (JV) was a close match throughout all 4 sets. The set scores were 19-25, 25-21, 25-23, and 25-20, respectively. Match leaders were Bree Smith with 14 kills and 2 blocks, Amber Bryan had 12 kills and 1 block, and Tiana Whitlock led with 46 assists and 3 aces. Saturday’s match versus West Coast Baptist was also a close match throughout the 4 sets. The scores were 25-23, 25-20, 24-26, and 25-15, respectively. Match leaders versus West Coast Baptist were; Bree Smith with 13 kills, 1 block, and 1 ace, Amber Bryan had 13 kills, 1 block, 1 ace, and Tiana Whitlock had 48 assists. Carolan McCollough led the Firebirds with 5 aces.”I was very pleased with how consistent we’ve played in these last two matches. The girls are finally figuring out what it’s going to take to play at a high level while doing that consistently and it’s fun to watch,” commented Coach Aurora Salas. The Lady Firebirds are now 7-4; their next match is this Saturday versus West Coast Baptist at Stagecoach in Carlsbad, CA.
BASF our new sponsor!
Saint Katherine College Athletic Department received a very generous sponsorship today from BASF, a smarter solution for your pest problems. An increasing world population, growing urbanization, higher household incomes and intensified food production – these global challenges are creating attractive environments for pests worldwide, leading to increasing hygiene problems, pre and post-harvest losses, damage to structures and buildings and the transmission of disease. BASF is meeting these challenges in four industry segments: Professional Pest Control, Rural Pest Control, Stored Product Pest Control und Public Health/ Vector Control.
Firebird of the Week!
This week’s Firebird of the Week is Christa Isaia from Las Vegas, NV. Isaia, who plays opposite hitter for the volleyball team, had 16 kills, a hitting efficiency of .200, and 3 blocks against Embry-Riddle and Cal Lutheran. Isaia favorite place to eat is Noodles and Company, and when she is not busy studying or practicing she enjoys hanging out at the beach. Her favorite athlete is Serena Williams. Come and support the Lady Firebirds as they take on Cal Lutheran this Friday.
Saint Katherine College Men’s Soccer Loses Their Inaugural Game Versus UCSD
- Saint Katherine College Men’s Soccer Team lost their inaugural match versus University of California, San Diego 3-0 this past Saturday.
Firebirds split their two matches this past weekend.
Saint Katherine College’s Volleyball Team lost their first home game Friday night but they bounce back and earned a win on Saturday night.
Their first home game, versus Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, was lost in an heart breaker fashion. The match scores were 11-25, 25-11, 14-25,25-23, and 10-15, respectively. Christa Isaia had 7 kills with a hitting efficiency of .357 and 2 blocks, the team kill leader was Amber Bryan with 11. Defensively the team blocked well, Misty Swapp and Kristine Dang bot had 5 blocks apiece in the 5 set match. “I was very proud of how the team played,” commented Coach Salas. “We know that we can compete at a high level, our next goal is to compete at that high level consistently.”
Saturday they traveled to California Lutheran University, and won in 4 sets. The set scores were 25-23, 27-25, 15-25, and 25-21, respectively. The stat leaders for the match was Amber Bryan with 15 kills, 3 aces, and 1 block. “Despite being fatigued from the long match from the previous night, we were able to pull out the win today,” commented Coach Salas. The Firebirds have two matches this weekend, Friday at home versus California Lutherna Univeristy and on Saturday versus West Coast Baptist College. Go Firebirds!
Busy weekend for Saint Katherine Athletics!
It is a busy weekend Firebird Nation! It is the first home game for our volleyball team, as well as the first games for our softball and men’s soccer team. The volleyball game is this Friday at 7pm versus Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, at Stagecoach in Carlsbad. The girls are lead by head coach Aurora Salas, are currently an impressive 4-3, and are coming off an impressive win in their last match versus Cuyamaca College in 3 matches. Softball has their first fall ball game this Friday at 2pm at Palomar College; they are lead by head coach Rachel Wright. Men’s soccer first game is this Saturday at University California, San Diego at 6pm. Come out at support Firebird nation!!
First Ever Firebird of the Week!!
The first ever Firebird of the week is Kristine Dang. Dang, who plays opposite hitter for the volleyball team, had 4 aces, 11 kills and 3 blocks in the past two matches against The Master’s College and Cuyamaca College. Kristine favorite things to do when not studying or practicing is to hang out with her friends and play ping pong. The multi-talented sophomore is also a campus renowned hip-hop dancer. Her favorite place to eat near campus is Roberto’s Mexican Foods because the California burrito is “da bomb.”Her favorite team is the Miami Heat and her favorite athlete is Dwayne Wade. Dang will lead the Firebirds this Friday versus Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in their first home match.
Only 30 Days Left Until Saint Katherine Golf Tournament!
It is less than a month away until the Saint Katherine Golf Tournament that will be held this October 18th. The tournament will be held at The Rancho Bernardo Inn located in San Diego, CA, which was recently ranked Travel+Leisures Best Resorts of 2013. The day’s activities will include; golf competitions, celebrity guests, competition and prizes, spa treatment, silent auction, and followed by a gala banquet. Check in begins at 10am, we hope to see you there!
Lady Firebirds are now 3-2!!!
Lady Firebirds win match versus Victor Valley College
Saint Katherine College Volleyball team wins their first five set match versus Victor Valley College. The scores of the game were 10-25, 25-7,17-25, 27-25, and 15-6. Stat leaders for the match were Breanna Smith with 10 kills and Amber Bryan with 10 kills, Tiana Whitlock had 7 kills and 35 assists. Carolan McCollough had 22 digs. “I was very proud of how the girls stepped up to win this five set match. It showed heart and a strong competitive drive to win. The team made key adjustments which led to the victory and also helped build confidence which will throughout the season,” commented Coach Salas. The Lady Firebirds travel to Lancaster where they will play West Coast Baptist on Saturday at 3pm.
Scolinos, Shledon & Nevell our new Sponsor
Saint Katherine College Athletic Department received a very generous sponsorship today from the esteemed Law Offices of Scolinos, Shledon & Nevell. For more than 35 years, the attorneys of Scolinos, Sheldon & Nevell have been dedicated to pursuing complex damage cases, including catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases arising from automobile, medical negligence, products liability, premises liability, mass transit, Metrolink, and aviation claims. The firm also handles employment litigation, business litigation and antitrust cases. Their Law offices also donated items to the Silent Auction the will follow the Golf tournament/Gala this October 18th, at the beautiful Rancho Bernardo Inn located in San Diego, CA.
Another Celebrity will attend the SKC Golf Tournament
Saint Katherine College Golf Tournament committee is excited to announce that Jim Laslavic will attend the golf tournament as well as the Gala Banquet this October 18th. Jim Laslavic is a former Football linebacker who played ten seasons in the NFL. Laslavic was a 3rd round pick out of Penn State and played for the Detroit Lions, San Diego Charges, and Green Bay Packers during his tenure in the NFL. Jim Laslavic is currently a sportscaster for KNSD in San Diego and a radio announcer for KIOZ. Saint Katherine College Golf Tournament will be held this October 18th, at the beautiful Rancho Bernardo Inn located in San Diego, CA.
Another Celebrity will attend the SKC Golf Tournament
Saint Katherine College Golf Tournament committee is excited to announce that former Angels Pitcher Troy Percival will attend the golf tournament as well as the Gala Banquet this October 18th. During a 14 year baseball career, Troy Percival gained his fame as a closer while also making 4 All-Star selections(1996, 1998, 1999, 2001). Percival played an integral part of the Anaheim Angels 2002 World Series Championship as a closer. Percival also played for four different teams during his career in the MLB, the Anaheim Angels, Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Cardinals, and the Tampa Bay Rays. Saint Katherine College Golf Tournament will be held this October 18th, at the beautiful Rancho Bernardo Inn located in San Diego, CA.
Jerry Coleman to be Honorary Guest Of SKC Golf Tournament
Saint Katherine College Golf Tournament committee is excited to announce that Jerry Coleman will be the guest of honor for the golf tournament as well as the Gala Banquet this October 18th. Jerry Coleman was a 2nd baseman for the New York Yankees where he helped the Yankees win 4 World Series Championships. Coleman storied eight year career also included Rookie of the Year (1949), the Babe Ruth Award (1950), and an All-Start selection (1950). He was also the manager for the San Diego Padres for a season (1980). Jerry Coleman is also a distinctive serviceman; he served his country as a member of the United States Marine Corps. He joined the service in 1942 and his tours of duty include World War II and the Korean War. Coleman retired from the Crops in 1964 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Coleman is currently a play-by-play broadcaster for the San Diego Padres, where he was awarded the Ford C. Frick Award for his broadcasting contributions. Saint Katherine College is extremely honored to have such a distinguish guest be a part of our Golf Tournament, and welcome him as our guest of honor. Saint Katherine College Golf Tournament will be held this October 18th, at the beautiful Rancho Bernardo Inn located in San Diego, CA.
SKC Women’s Volleyball Trip
Saint Katherine Colleges Women’s Volleyball Team recently made a team trip to Charger FanFest and Moonlight Beach. Charger FanFest is a training camp practice that is open to the public at Qualcomm Stadium, which also includes an inter-squad scrimmage and a chance to meet Charger alumni. The Firebirds that were able to make the trip were Bre Smith, Amber Bryan, Misty Swapp, as well as head coach Aurora Salas and assistant coach Bridgette Salas. After Charger FanFest they made a trip to beautiful moonlight beach, which is a located a mile from Saint Katherine College’s Campus. They also were able to explore Encinitas and made trips to local stores including Whole Foods Market. “This was a fun time for the girls to get to know each other, as well as everything San Diego has to offer.” Said head coach Aurora Salas.
SKC Announces Local Women’s Volleyball Standout
Saint Katherine College Athletic Department is proud to announce the athletic scholarship signing of Misty Swapp. Swapp is a graduate of Calvary Christian in Vista, CA, were she was a standout student-athlete for the Lions. Swapp was a leader on the court for the Lions, where they finished with a 20-7 record and also lead them in winning the Small School Tournament her junior year. The 6’0” middle blocker and outside hitter was 2nd team All Citrus League her Junior and Senior year, while also making the San Diego Union Tribune’s All Academic Team. Saint Katherine College is excited to welcome such an outstanding student-athlete to the Firebird family.
SKC Announces Volleyball Standout Signing
St. Katherine Announces their newest Firebirds volleyball player, Melissa Goeseke. Melissa is from Niagara Fall, NY where she competed on the Niagara Wheatfield High School varsity volleyball team for the last three years. Her senior year she was the team captain and helped her team to a second place finish in the competitive Section A Niagara Frontier League. Melissa was also selected as first team on the Niagara Frontier League All-Star Team as well as Honorable Mention to the All West New York Team. Melissa has also competed for the Niagara Frontier Volleyball Club for the past 5 years. Melissa’s hobbies include traveling, meeting new people, fitness and surfing which she’s excited to do while at St. Katherine College. Coach Salas has this to say about Melissa, “Melissa is a go getter on the court. She had great ball control and vision. Melissa will add depth to our roster. We are excited that she has chosen St. Katherine College and will be a great addition to the St. Katherine College family.”
SKC Announces Men Soccer Standout
Saint Katherine College Athletics is proud to announce the athletic scholarship signing of Cody Sanders. Sander’s is the newest member of the men’s soccer team, which begins its inaugural season this fall. Sander’s is a graduate of Highland High School in Gilbert, Arizona, where he excelled on the soccer field and in the classroom. The 5’10’’ defensive midfield was a three year varsity starter for the Hawks, but sat out his senior year due to injuries. He is now healthy and excited to begin his collegiate soccer career being a Firebird. Sander’s was also a member of several soccer clubs, including FC Barcelona AZ with whom he played the last 3 years with. Saint Katherine College is proud to welcome Cody Sanders to the Firebird Family.
SKC Signs Northeridge Standout
Saint Katherine College athletics announced the scholarship signing of Taige Smith today. Smith is a graduate of Northridge High School, where he excelled both on the field and in the classroom. At Northridge, Smith played midfield and right striker for the Knights and finished his varsity career with 5 goals and 9 assists. He was also very successful as a member of Rampage, his club soccer team, where he averaged a goal a game. Smith finished his high school career with a 3.4 GPA and is extremely excited to become a Firebird.
SAINT KATHERINE COLLEGE HIRES COROMELAS TO INITIATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PROGRAM
The Saint Katherine Athletic Department formally announced the hiring of Nathaniel Coromelas as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Saint Katherine College. Nathaniel was involved with the woman’s basketball program at Cal State University, Long Beach from 2009-2013. Along with his time spent at Cal State Long Beach, Coromelas has been involved in his community coaching a variety of teams. He has also extensive experience in strength and conditioning. Coromelas has already begun his recruiting and has begun meeting with and trying player’s out for the school’s inaugural team. Nathaniel also graduated from Cal State University Long beach, where he earned his Bachelors of science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science which has helped him during his career. Coromelas’ contributions to helped Long Beach State to improve each year, including a Big West runner-up finish and an NIT invite. “I want to play an uptempo style of basketball getting a lot of easy baskets in transition, while also forcing tournovers due to playing a hard defense,” commented Coromelas. 4/28/13
FIREBIRDS FINISH SEASON AT 22-8 AFTER TWINBILL
The Saint Katherine College Firebirds made two spectacular comebacks, only to drop a doubleheader on Saturday after two key starters were benched for arriving late. The typically solid Firebird pitchers struggled all day in the losses. In game one, Firebird starter Adrian Flores allowed six runs in six innings, with shoddy defense contributing to the loss. In game two, starter Sean Yedinak allowed four runs in the first three innings; however, the Firebird bats came alive to knot the score at four when Artie Tressler singled, and after two walks and a hit by pitch, Tyler Eppler hit a bases clearing double. In the fifth Yedinak allowed three more runs after giving up a leadoff walk, a single and threw a bunt into right field. Will Liaos came on to control damage, but the Firebirds fell behind 7-4 after the inning was completed. In the bottom of the inning, SKC scored two to move behind by a 7-6 after Brandon Jones singled and was doubled in by Jason Aden. Tressler singled in Aden an out later. After giving up another run in the top of the sixth, the Firebirds scored two more in the sixth after Eppler singled and was driven in two batters later by Aden. The game moved into extra innings where stopper Dan Restivo walked the leadoff hitter, then gave up a single. After that, a single scored one and then cleared the bases when, the SKC left-fielder misplayed the ball, clearing the bases. The Firebirds battled back in the bottom of the inning, when Jones singled, Tressler singled and Flores singled, but the rally fell shy with a final score of 11-9. “We are not deep enough to lose players with a few players out hurt, and the guys that had to play due to our situation, along with our pitching staff, unfortunately didn’t play well, which sometimes happen. A positive is that the players know that according to our research, they still broke the all-time record for a new college’s baseball team in terms of win percentage. They celebrated a great season with joy at the end of the day, making each and every one of them a winner. And without a doubt, they will always treasure the closeness of our entire Christ-centered baseball family. The entire season was a lot of fun for the ballclub as a result of our focus on our faith.”
SKC VOLLEYBALL SIGNS BREANNA SMITH
FABULOUS FIREBIRDS SLAY GLADIATORS IN DOUBLEHEADER SWEEP!
SKC BASEBALL IMPROVES TO ASTOUNDING 20-6 RECORD AFTER CONVINCING 18-5 AND 11-0 VICTORIES
As the inaugural baseball season moves forward, the Saint Katherine Baseball team keeps getting better. Following a Kyle Shaver no-hitter and Firebird doubleheader sweep last weekend versus Bethesda University, the Firebirds stretched their latest winning streak to four after crushing Pacifica University in both games of a doubleheader by 18-5 and 11-0 scores. What is even more convincing about the run production is that the games were halted early due to mercy rules put in place for the twinbill.
In Game I, David Reich pitched convincingly, allowing but one earned run in the 18-5 victory. Reich was relieved by Will Liaos who faced the minimum three batters to close out the game. However, the victory was a team effort as Firebird hitters broke nearly offensive record. Jason Aden and Adrian Flores each had four hits, new single game hit records (and in only 6 innings due to the run differential ruling), Kyle Shaver hit two mammoth home runs (record) and tied the RBI record with 5 and Aden and Artie Tressler set marks by scoring four runs in a single game. Tressler also tied the record with three walks in a game and six walks in a doubleheader. Worth mentioning were performances by Flores (4 RBI besides his record 4 hits), Ray Guyton (2 hits), Danny Restivo (2 hits, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI) , Brandon Jones (2 hits) and Artie Tressler (2 RBI besides his other noted feats). The Firebirds scored one in the first, five in the third inning, four in the fifth inning and eight in the sixth inning. In game two, Sean Yedinak continued the SKC streak of successful pitching performances by tossing a 3 hit shutout as the Firebirds beat the Gladiators by an 11-0 margin. A three run first, highlighted by a Flores RBI single, gave the Firebirds a quick lead. In the fourth, the Fabulous Firebirds would add five more. Yedinak, batting for himself, led off the inning by drawing a walk. Aden followed with a double, then after yet another walk to Tressler, Danny Restivo was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out. That set the stage for Kyle Shaver who doubled in two. Frank LaPena followed with a sacrifice fly to score another run. After a wild pitch and singles by Ryan Aguillard and Jones, the Firebirds finished the inning up 8-0. In the fifth, the Firebirds kept soaring. After a Flores walk and a Restivo single, Shaver hit a colossal three-run home run, his third of the day (a record), knocking in three more to bring his day RBI total to ten (record). In the meantime, Yedinak continued his mastery on the mound. “I had good command of the fastball and was confident with the change-up,” commented Yedinak. “The defense also played well behind me.” Besides the single game records, a total of seven doubleheader records were broken. The Firebirds finish their season this weekend with doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday, both starting at 11 a.m. at Alliant University. 4/20/13
KYLE SHAVER FIRES FIRST NO-HITTER IN SCHOOL HISTORY TO PACE SAINT KATHERINE COLLEGE DOUBLEHEADER SWEEP
Major League scouts and a good-sized crowd were on-hand today at Brookhurst Park in Anaheim to witness history being made when St. Katherine College beat Bethesda University by a score of 7-0, in game one of a doubleheader. The historical aspect had to do with Firebird ace Kyle Shaver who fired a no-hitter, the first ever at SKC, and it happened in baseball’s inaugural season! The win was the first of two victories as the Firebirds pulled off yet another doubleheader sweep to improve their record to an incredible 18-6. In game I of the twinbill, Shaver struck out seven, walked one, hit one and allowed no hits in the doubleheader sweep. The only other baserunners for Bethesda were due to two errors by SKC. “Today I really felt good, had great command, and did well with first pitch strikes,” stated Shaver after the game. “Tyler (Firebird catcher) handled the game well and I had confidence in all three of my pitches.” Offensively, Tyler Eppler led the way with two singles and two runs batted in for the Firebirds. “Shaver pitched a great game and credit also goes to his batterymate, Eppler, for his handling of the game,” commented Firebird Head Coach Mike Scolinos. “It was a great experience to catch my first no-hitter,” stated Eppler. “Shaver hit his spots well, visualized well and it was a successful day as a result.” In game two of the doubleheader, the Firebird bats racked up twelve runs to come from behind and then held on, despite a furious rally by Bethesda, to win by a score of 12-11. Quinn Mayfield’s clutch RBI single drove in Adrian Flores to tie the score. After back to back singles, Ryan Aguillard reached based on a throwing error to give SKC a lead they would never relinquish. Sean Yedinak started for Saint Katherine and had another strong performance, before giving way to Will Liaos, who cruised in relief. However, Bethesda battled, getting to reliever Andrew Belzano and then Adrian Flores, before Flores buckled down in the clutch, striking out the final Bethesda hitter with the tying and go-ahead runners on base. Pacing the way offensively in game two, was Artie Tressler, who had three hits and five runs batted in. Brandon Jones also had three hits in the victory. The Firebirds play again on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Jay Middleton Field in Ontario. 4/19/13
SKC WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL SIGNS TOP NOTCH LIBERO AND SETTER
FIREBIRDS SPLIT DOUBLEHEADER ON THE ROAD
The Saint Katherine Firebird baseball team split a doubleheader on Friday to increase their first season record to 16-6 in their first season. In the first game, the Firebirds routed their opponent, Pacifica University by a 9-2 margin. In game one of the doubleheader, the Firebirds struck early with a run in the top of the first when Frank LaPena hit into a fielder’s choice to score Jason Aden to give SKC a 1-0 lead. In the second inning, the Firebirds exploded with three consecutive singles to lead off the inning by Adrian Flores, Tyler Eppler and Art Tressler to load the bases. After a strikeout, Ryan Aguillard reached base on an error by Gladiator second baseman Dylan Grap. Aden and LaPena followed with back to back singles and the rout was on as the Firebirds lead increased to 4-0. Flores followed with a two-out two RBI single to finish the second inning scoring as the Firebirds took a lead of 6-0. In the fifth inning, the Firebird bats continued to roll, when Tressler led off with a triple, Eric Young followed by reaching base on catcher’s interference and Quinn Mayfield walked to load the bases. Aguillard then knocked a base hit to drive in Tressler to increase the lead to 7-1. Aden followed with a sacrifice fly and the LaPena drove in drove in his second run with a single to increase the Firebird lead to 9-1 in the fifth. In the sixth, Eppler singled again and was knocked in by a Tressler double to cap off the scoring for SKC. Sean Yedinak kept the opponents at bay for the game before being relieved in the final inning. Overall, Yedinak allowed only three hits and struck out six in a superb performance. In game two, the Firebird pitching, allowed five runs in the inning before the team began to fight back. Down 6-2, the Gladiator pitcher, Dylan Grap, hit Ayden to start the inning, after throwing the first pitch up and in as well. The mistake backfired as the Firebirds erupted for four runs to knock Grap out. LaPena followed with a walk and after a strikeout, Flores crushed a double to knock in Ayden. Michael Arroyo followed with a single to knock in Flores and then stole second. Young singled to knot the score at 6-6. However, after a miscue by the middle infielders in the sixth, resulted in nobody covering the base on a stolen base, the Gladiators drove home the go-ahead run. Kyle Shaver pitched solidly in relief, striking out seven in 5 innings. Coach Scolinos commented, “I was very proud of our team for a solid first game performance and for their resiliency and discipline in game two. We played poorly and still almost pulled off a road sweep, which is a sign of great heart and a solid ballclub.” 4/9/13
THREE FIREBIRD BASEBALL PLAYERS INVITED TO PROFESSIONAL TRYOUT
Three Saint Katherine baseball players have been invited for a pre-draft workout for an independent minor league team run by former major league baseball star Gary Templeton. The three players selected, Tyler Eppler, Raymond Guyton and Kyle Shaver will report on April 21st for their tryout. The invitation follows the school’s scout day, held a little over 60 days ago and scouting attention, led by the Major League Scouting Bureau. Best wishes Firebirds!
BASEBALL WINS AGAIN, RECORD IMPROVES TO 15-5
The Saint Katherine College Baseball Team’s latest winning streak was halted at five games in their doubleheader split last weekend; however, the Firebirds started another streak today in their 11-1 victory over San Diego Christian. Saint Katherine’s pitching staff came ready to play, with six SKC pitchers getting into the act. David Reich started for the Firebirds allowing one run in two innings of work. Andrew Belzano, (1-0) threw the next two innings, both scoreless, in earning the victory. Kyle Shaver, Will Liaos, Adrian Flores and Danny Restivo all threw scoreless innings the rest of the way, to bring the Firebirds to a 15-5 record. At the plate, Restivo led the way with three hits and two runs batted in while Frankie LaPena hit a home run and a slew of hitters had two hits including Ryan Aguillard, Eric Young, Tyler Eppler and Adrian Flores. The Firebirds play their next game on the road at Jay Littleton Stadium on Friday versus Pacifica. 3/29/13
SAINT KATHERINE COLLEGE SPLITS ON ROAD VERSUS ANTELOPE VALLEY UNIVERSITY
The two t0p baseball independents in California split a doubleheader on Saturday at Jethawk Stadium in Lancaster. Saint Katherine College Baseball team, entering the game with a 13-4 record, captured the first of two games on Saturday by the score of 5-3 against Antelope Valley University (20-5). Left-handed ace Bobby Diaz, (2.50 e.r.a, .198 avg., both stats leading Antelope Valley starting pitchers), started game I for Antelope Valley. Diaz squared off against Firebird ace, Kyle Shaver,, 3-1, 1.91 e.r.a., in what was bound to be a classic ballgame. The Firebirds struck quickly in the first inning. After Jason Aden and Frank LaPena reached base safely to start the game, Eric Young singled to drive in the first run. Adrian Flores singled to load the bases to set up an r.b.i. sacrifice fly from Tyler Eppler to make the score 2-0 St. Katherine, before Young scored on a wild pitch to complete the scoring for the inning. However, Antelope Valley battled back. In the bottom of the first, Clem Ferrer started off the inning for the Pioneers and reached base safely on an error by the centerfielder for St. Katherine College. Shaver struck out the next batter, however, Pioneer star Juan Reveles (.410) hit a sacrifice fly to make the 3-1, the only run of the inning. The Firebirds bounced back with another run in the second when Jason Aden scored on another wild pitch to make the score 4-1. In the bottom of the third, Ferrer knocked in the second run for the Pioneers to make the score 4-2. In the sixth inning, the Pioneers added another run to make the score 4-3 on a fielder’s choice r.b.i. by Zach Monticelli. The Firebirds bounced back with an insurance run in the top of the seventh and final inning of the doubleheader when Flores knocked in Aden to make the score 5-3. Firebird closer, Danny Restivo, then entered the game in the final inning, striking out two, to earn his third save of the season to move St. Katherine College record to 14-4. In Game 2, Ayrton Costa (5-1) took the mound for the Pioneers against Will Liaos for the Firebirds. After striking again in the first inning, the Firebirds added two more for a 3-0, when Restivo knocked in Brent Axup and Aden hit into an r.b.i. fielder’s choice in the 3rd inning. But shoddy pitching by SKC pitchers, who handed out a total of twelve free bases in eight innings, simply would not be good enough to beat a team as outstanding as Antelope Valley University. In the fourth, the Pioneers would cut the lead to 3-1 and added another in the fifth and four more in the sixth to take a 6-3 lead, a lead they would not relinquish. The Pioneers added another in the bottom of the 8th to make it a final score of 7-3. SKC dropped to 14-5 with the loss and AVU moved to 21-6.
ST. KATHERINE COLLEGE NAMES NEW VOLLEYBALL COACH
Saint Katherine College has announced the hiring of Aurora Salas as the new Volleyball Coach and Assistant Athletic Director. Aurora grew up in North San Diego County where she started playing beach volleyball at a young age. She attended local Rancho Buena Vista High School where she earned All CIF honors her junior and senior years. She then went on to play at Point Loma Nazarene University where she started every year. By the end of her career at PLNU, Salas topped the school’s all-time kill leader list with 888. She also served out 131 aces and pulled up 854 digs. As a senior in 1993, Salas led the team with 44 aces and was second in kills with 385. That season, she was named All-GSAC, All-Region II, NAIA All-American, and team MVP. Aurora Salas was inducted into the PLNU Hall of Fame as a player in 2006. Salas returned to her Alma Mater in 1999 as the main assistant. Her duties included recruiting, practice coordination as well as game and event management. During her five years as the main assistant the team recorded a 135-47 overall mark and made four NAIA national championship appearances. Point Loma also produced two 30-plus-win seasons, won a GSAC title in 2000 and a pair of Region II crowns (2000, 2003). In 2004 Coach Salas became the head coach at PLNU. The team earned a spot in the NAIA National Tournament in 2004 and 2005 and was ranked in the top 25 all 4 years as well as making playoffs each of the four years. The last two years Coach Salas has been the Junior High Volleyball Program Director at Tri-City Christian School and coached at Showcase Volleyball Club. Aurora Salas lives in Carlsbad with her husband Mike of 19 years and their twin 4-year-old boys. She plays competitive beach volleyball twice a week “I feel extremely blessed to be given this unique opportunity of starting a Christian volleyball program and being apart of a growing Christian College. My focus will be to build a strong competitive volleyball team but more importantly to guide/nurture strong Christian women that will make an impact in today’s world.” 3/26/13
BASEBALL WINS 4TH STRAIGHT TO ADVANCE TO 13-4 RECORD
The St. Katherine Baseball team won their fourth straight game with a 13-1 victory over S.D. Christian. Seven different Firebird pitchers, Kyle Shaver, Will Liaos, David Reich, Andrew Belzano, Danny Restivo, Sean Yedinak and Adrian Flores, scattered 3 hits over 9 innings in the win which improved the team record to 13-4. Offensively, the Firebirds struck first on an r.b.i. fielder’s choice off the bat of Flores, who knocked in 3 runs. In the second, Brandon Jones r.bi. single coupled with an error by the centerfielder stretched the lead to 3-0. In the fifth inning, the Firebirds struck again, bringing thirteen batters to the plate in the frame and scored a whopping eight runs, including a double by Hunter Smith and a home run by Danny Restivo. An r.b.i. sacrifice fly by Eric Young completed the scoring in the 7th inning for St. Katherine College. The Firebirds resume play Friday at Antelope Valley University. 3/23/13
DOUBLEHEADER SWEEP LEADS FIREBIRDS PAST SAN DIEGO
The Saint Katherine Baseball team improved their record to 12-4 after their doubleheader sweep of San Diego today. In game one, Firebird starter Sean Yedinak went six and two-thirds innings, allowing only 2 hits, in a 5-1 victory. The game was knotted at 0-0 in the sixth inning when Michael Arroyo singled in Frankie LaPena to give St. Katherine a 1-0 lead. The Firebirds added four in the seventh to take a 5-0 lead when Artie Tressler tripled an, was singled home by Brandon Jones to start the inning. The remaining three runs scored after Jason Aden reached first on an error, LaPena was hit by a pitch and then scored on a fielder’s choice and a subsequent error. The Firebirds improved their record to 11-4 with the victory. In game two, Adrian Flores threw no-hit ball for five and two-thirds innings, in an 11-2 Firebirds rout. Jason Aden had three hits and three runs batted in, Frankie LaPena, Flores, Danny Restivo and Eric Young added two hits apiece, while Brandon Jones had two excellent at bats for the Firebirds who improved their record to 11-4 with the sweep, their thrid consecutive victory.. 3/22/13
SAINT KATHERINE COLLEGE SPLITS DOUBLEHEADER TO MOVE RECORD TO 10-4
The Saint Katherine Firebirds split a doubleheader against Pacifica, losing the first game, 2-1 before bouncing back with a decisive 7-1 victory. In game one, Kyle Shaver pitched a great game, stiking out 9 in 6 innings; however, the Firebird bats couldn’t figure out Pacifica’s pitchers in the 2-1 setback. Brent Axup had two hits for the Firebirds, but the remainder of the hitters combined for three hits in the loss. In game two, Will Liaos and David Reich combined to hold Pacifica to one run and the Firebird bats came alive in a 7-1 victory. Jason Aden, Hunter Smith and Ryan Aguillard each had two hits to lead the Firebirds in their victory which improved the record to 10-4. 3/16/13
BASEBALL TEAM MOVES TO 9-3 RECORD WITH DOUBLEHEADER SPLIT
The St. Katherine Firebird Baseball team split a home doubleheader with Pacifica on Saturday to move their record to 9-3 in their first season. In Game I, the Firebirds offense scored five runs in the first two innings and then failed to score again in a 6-5 extra inning loss. In the first, Ray Guyton singled and was knocked in by an Adrian Flores hit. The Firebirds added four more runs in the second, thanks to a leadoff single by Frank LaPena, a hit by pitch to Ryan Aguillard, an rbi double by Artie Tressler and successive singles by Tyler Eppler and Guyton. Into the final inning, the Firebirds still held a 5-3 lead when Pacifica rallied for two to knot the score at 5-5 to send the game into extra innings. The game remained deadlocked in the final inning, when Dillon Grap singled in the go ahead run for a 6-5 victory. In game 2, Pacifica scored 4 runs in the first two innings off Firebird pitchers Will Liaos and Sean Yedinak. However, the Firebirds responded with a big second inning, when Tressler singled, Ryan Aguillard walked and Hunter Smith singled to load the bases. Jason Aden followed with a sacrifice fly, before LaPena and Flores stroked rbi singles to put St. Katherine in the lead. However, Pacifica bounced back to tie the score at 5 in the following inning. In the fourth, Smith lead off with a walk and was singled to second by Ray Guyton. Jason Aden followed with an rbi double to give the Firebirds a one run lead until two batters later when Flores tripled to give the Firebirds an 8-6 lead. That was the Firebirds needed as David Reich (2-0) struck out five in two innings of work, earning the win, before relinquishing the mound to Danny Restivo with an 8-7 lead into the final inning. Restivo then retired the side in the final inning to earn his second save of the season to advance the Firebirds to a 9-3 inaugural season. 3/6/13
FIREBIRDS ANNOUNCE SATURDAY GAME POSTPONEMENT
The St. Katherine Firebirds announced their game on Saturday is postponed versus the University of San Diego. 3/2/13
FIREBIRDS REBOUND WITH 12-2 VICTORY OVER SAN DIEGO
The Saint Katherine Baseball Team rebounded in a strong way with a 12-2 victory. Adrian Flores scattered 6 hits and struck out 9, while scoring 3 runs of his own in the victory. Firebird bats struck early, with a 7 run first inning and then added one in the 2nd, three in the 4th and one in the 5th inning. Frank LaPena drove in three, while Jason Aden drove in two in the victory. David Reich took over on the mound in the 7th and did not release a run. St. Katherine improved their record to an excellent 8-2 in their first season with the win. 3/2/13
FIREBIRDS WINNING STREAK HALTED AT SIX DESPITE COMEBACK
The Saint Katherine Baseball Team winning streak finally came to an end despite a great comeback attempt. The University of San Diego took advantage of an off-game by Firebird pitchers to score ten runs in a 10-9 victory. Mike Chipperfield, Mark Peterson and Scott Leer all had two hits, while Collin Trotter battled on the mound for San Diego. For St. Katherine College, Ray Guyton drove in three and Frank LaPena went two for two in the loss, including a double in the bottom of the final inning to cut the score to one run. Sean Yedinak, 1-1, took the loss for St. Katherine College who fell to 7-2. 3/1/13
FIREBIRDS DO IT AGAIN! SWEEP BETHESDA UNIVERSITY TO IMPROVE TO 7-1!
Game 1 Summary Final Score: Firebirds 4, Bethesda 3 The St. Katherine Firebirds improved to 7-1 with a thrilling last inning come from behind victory. Firebirdethesda scored two o Kyle Shaver threw another excellent game, striking out 9 over 7 innings, and only allowing three hits until the top of the sixth, when Bethesda struck with a two-run triple to take a 3-2 lead. The opponents shut down St. Katherine going into the bottom of the final inning, when St. Katherine rallied. Victor Munoz led off and was hit by a pitch to reach first base. Firebirds catcher, Tyler Eppler, followed with an RBI triple down the third base line to knot the score at 3 with none out. Brandon Jones was retired to make it one out and then Bethesda chose to issue an intentional walk to Ray Guyton. With runners on first and third, Jason Aden stepped to the plate and delivered the first ever walk-off hit in Saint Katherine school history. Shaver advanced to 3-0 with the victory.
Game 2 Summary Final Score: Firebirds 9, Bethesda 2 Will Liaos (1-1) picked up his first career win as a Firebird after pitching 6 strong innings and allowing only one run. The Firebird bats came alive in game two of the double header scoring 9 runs on 9 hits and 6 walks. The runs came early and often as Ray Guyton walked to start the game and quickly stole both second and third base. Jason Aden also walked and stole second. Two batters later, Adrian Flores delivered a double driving in both Guyton and Aden. In the second inning the Firebirds added 3 more runs, capped off by a homerun by Danny Restivo, his second of the year. Tyler Eppler hit a 2-run homerun in the 5th inning to extend the Firebirds lead to 9-1. Andrew Belzano came in to pitch the final inning, completing the sweep, bringing St. Katherine College to a 7-1 record. Final Score: Firebirds 9, Bethesda 2 2/23/13
FIREBIRDS BASEBALL TEAM POST-GAME PARTY AT CAMERON’S RESTAURANT Dinner attendees celebrating the Firebird doubleheader sweep, 5-1 and 10-0, over Occidental College with fine dining and loads of Holy Spirit fun at the Firebird Post-Game Party at one of Pasadena’s most famous restaurants, Cameron’s Seafood Restaurant on Colorado Boulevard on Saturday night. The Firebirds improved their record to 5-1 in their first season after their first two road games proved victorious.
The win extends the team winning streak to four in a row, to bring the Firebirds record to 5-1 in the first season of baseball at the college. FABULOUS FIREBIRDS SWEEP OCCIDENTAL IN DOUBLEHEADER IMPROVING RECORD TO 5-1 The Saint Katherine Firebirds improved their record to 5-1 with a doubleheader sweep today of Occidental, 5-1 and 10-0 in games held at Occidental College.
Game 2 Summary In Game 2 of the double header today at Occidental College, the St. Katherine Firebirds improved their record to an amazing 5-1 in their first year with a 10-0 victory versus Occidental. In the game, five Firebird pitchers, starter Will Liaos, David Reich, Sean Yedinak, Adrian Flores and Danny Restivo combined for a three hit shutout, with Reich striking out three in his lone inning of work. Reich improved his record to 1-0 with the victory. At the plate, the Firebirds got it going in the 2nd inning when Tyler Eppler stroked a two-run double to give the Firebirds a 2-0 lead. After a one out walk, Jason Aden added an RBI single to bring the score to 5-0 in favor of St. Katherine College. Michael Arroyo followed with a two-run home run, his first, to make the score 7-0 before the next two batters were retired to finally end an inning in which 11 Firebirds came to the plate. The Firebirds their final three runs in the third when, after Ray Guyton walked, Aden hit an rbi double and scored moments later on a two run single by Danny Restivo.
Shaver struck out 10 in 7 innings to advance the Firebirds to a first season 5-1 overall record. 2/23/13 Game I Summary In Game I, Pitcher Kyle Shaver improved his record to 2-0 in a dominating 5-1 Firebird victory. Except for 3 hits in the 5th inning and a base on balls in the 6th, Shaver retired every batter while striking out 10 in just 7 innings of work. The Firebirds scored two in the first inning when the first two hitters, Ray Guyton and Jason Aden singled, advanced to second and third and then scored on a two-run throwing error by Occidental’s catcher on an attempted pick-off play to third. The Firebirds added another run in the 3rd inning when Brandon Jones and Aden walked, with Jones eventually scoring on a fielder’s choice making the score 3-0 in favor of St. Katherine College. After Occidental strung three singles together, their lone hits off Shaver, to cut the lead to 3-1, the Firebirds scored their final runs when Danny Restivo hit a sacrifice fly and Adrian Flores doubled in another to bring the score to 5-1 in the top of the 7th. The Firebirds improved their record to 4-1 with the victory. 2/16/13
FABULOUS FIREBIRDS COMPLETE DOUBLEHEADER SWEEP! Most first year schools complete their first season at 0-40 or 5-35 if fortunate. After all, the opposing teams have been playing together for years. However, the Saint Katherine College Firebirds are bucking the trend so far, improving their record to an incredible 3-1 with a series ending 9-5 victory over the Pacifica Gladiators at St. Katherine’s home field. The Gladiators held the hot bats of the Firebirds in check, up 2-1 in the fifth, when those red-hot bats of the Firebirds came alive. Jason Aden drove in the game-tying run on a fielder’s choice bases-loaded ground ball to shortstop to tie the game at two early in the game. Then, Danny Restivo continued his excellent series with a double, followed by an rbi fielder’s choice ground ball by Ryan Aguillard to give the Firebirds a 5-2 lead. In the sixth. Pacifica scored a run off Firebird starter Adrian Flores (1-0), to narrow the score to 5-3; however, St. Katherine’s hitters struck again, scoring four more to make the score 9-3 when Aden drove home Tyler Eppler and then Restivo launched another double scoring Brandon Jones and Ray Guyton. Restivo earned the save when Pacifica scored two in the last inning earning the first save in school history. The Firebirds improved their record to 3-1 in their first season. 2/16/13 Saint
AMAZING FIREBIRDS REBOUND WITH VICTORY! Another good crowd was on hand to watch the Saint Katherine Firebirds strike back after a heartbreaking loss yesterday with a victory over Pacifica University. In game one, the Firebirds bats continued their success, surviving a Pacifica comeback attempt, in a 9-5 victory. The Firebirds struck quickly for three runs in the first inning when Ray Guyton doubled to lead off the game, Jason Aden walked and then Danny Restivo launched the first home run in St. Katherine College history, driving in three runs to take a 3-0 lead. In the second inning the Firebirds added two more when Tyler Eppler and Guyton singled, Jason Aden reached first on an error, then Restivo doubled. Ryan Aguillard added an rbi to finish the scoring, stretching the lead to 6-0. In the bottom of the third the lead was stretched to 7-0 when Eppler walked and was doubled in by Aden. However, in the top of the fourth, Pacifica fought back, scoring five, when Firebird starter Sean Yedinak allowed five runs with no outs, tightening the score to 7-5. However, Danny Restivo came on in relief, pitching three scoreless innings to disarm the Gladiators. The bats for the Firebirds continued to mash as the Firebirds scored again in the fourth when Aden drove in a run on a ground ball to short. In the sixth, Firebirds added two more on a two-run single by Brandon Jones. Restivo (1-0) earned the victory for St. Katherine College. The Firebirds record moved to 2-1 with the win. 2/15/13 FIREBIRDS FALL IN SECOND GAME DESPITE COMEBACK The Saint Katherine Firebirds took their first loss of the season in their second game of a four game series versus Pacifica University by a score of 6-5. The Gladiators mounted a five run fourth inning when Firebird starter Will Liaos allowed four walks and four hits, including doubles by David Grubaugh and Aaron Soto. The Firebirds down 5-2 mounted comebacks, adding one in the fifth when Jason Aden stole home and two in the sixth on Ryan Aguillard’s two-run single. The loss spoiled the debut of Firebird pitcher David Reich who pitched excellent in relief. The Firebirds now stand at 1-1 on the season. 2/15/13
SAINT KATHERINE COLLEGE BASEBALL TEAMS OPENS SEASON WITH A VICTORY
After many months of planning and hard work, the Saint Katherine College Firebird baseball team opened the season Friday against the Pacifica University Gladiators. The day began with the introduction of both teams, followed by a welcome by Saint Katherine President Dr. Frank Papatheofanis. After the welcome, the flag was presented and then the famous St. Katherine Chorale sang the National Anthem to the delight of the large crowd present at the game. The anthem was followed by the traditional first pitch celebration, in which Dr. Papatheofanis hurled a strike to Firebird catcher Tyler Eppler. After a prayer by campus life administrator John Mahfouz, the umpire called out, “Play Ball” and history was made as the first baseball game involving an orthodox college commenced. Kyle Shaver took the mound in the first inning and promptly issued the first base on balls in school history, followed by forcing the next Gladiator into the first double play. Later in the inning, Shaver would give up the first home run. In the bottom of the first, Firebird leadoff hitter Ray Guyton walked followed by a hit by pitch taken by number two hitter Jason Aden, back to back outs were recorded before the first base hit in school history was crushed, a double by Danny Restivo, knocking in two runs, moving SKC into a 2-1 lead. In the second, Shaver settled down and retired the side in order, including the recording of the first strikeout and cruised the rest of the way. In the bottom of the second, the Firebirds stretched their lead to 4-1, when Brandon Jones singled, Ryan Aguillard doubled him in and finally Aden clobbered a triple. The hot bats of the Firebirds continued in the fourth when Jones walked with one out, before being knocked in by an Aden single. After the next two Firebirds reached safely, Restivo produced another run batted in, his third with a bases loaded walk. In the fifth, Hunter Smith knocked in another run with a double and Artie Tressler knocked in a run of his own with a sacrifice play. Saint Katherine College concluded their scoring when Aguillard knocked home a run in the final at bat of the Firebirds in the sixth inning. Overall, Shaver finished allowing only one run and struck out nine in only six innings of work, a truly dominating performance. Aaron Olmsted pitched the 7th inning without allowing a run. The first game of the doubleheader was scheduled to go seven innings and by the time it was over, the Firebirds defeated Pacifica by a 12-1 final score. However, this game was more than just a regular game. “Our sports program only began a few weeks ago with practice and we did well today,” commented President Dr. Papatheofanis. “It was great to see such a nice crowd on such a beautiful day.”
SAINT KATHERINE COLLEGE BASEBALL VICTORIOUS IN INITIAL SCRIMMAGE GAME History continues to be made at Saint Katherine College as the Firebirds played and won their first scrimmage today, 11-6 versus Imperial Valley College. In a shortened game, SKC hammered out an astounding 21 hits overall in their first outing. Jason Aden (2-4, 3 runs scored), Artie Tressler (3-5, 4 rbi) and Ray Guyton (2-2) led the way offensively for the Birds. SKC began with a three run first after Aden reached first on a single. After Tyler Eppler singled, Artie Tressler crushed the ball to left field to drive in Aden for the first run in school history, and the first of three runs in the inning. After Imperial Valley blasted a home run in the top of the second to make the score 3-1, SKC responded with two runs in the third when Frankie LaPena and Guyton hit back to back two out singles. Victor Munoz and Joe Bealer followed with basehits to extend the Firebird lead to 5-2. The Firebirds finished off the game in the 7th inning when 6 of the first 7 hitters reached base safely, with David Reich launching a double to drive in two.. Kyle Shaver started on the mound for St. Katherine, striking out 2 in his two innings of work. Overall Shaver, allowed 3 hits, one of which was a home run, in an otherwise strong outing. Will Liaos, Adrian Flores, Sean Yedinak and Andrew Belzano also made appearances on the mound.
SAINT KATHERINE COLLEGE PROGRAM INITIATES HISTORICAL BASEBALL SEASON
First the first time in history, an Orthodox Christian College has officially started a baseball season. On January 14, 2013, the inaugural Saint Katherine College baseball team, located near the beach in Encinitas, California, held their first outdoor practice at Poinsettia Baseball Field in Carlsbad. Twenty-three young men, along with a full coaching staff, took the field for the first time, just eleven days before their first official scrimmage on January 25. Some of the many players to watch this year are catchers, Tyler Eppler (American River College) and Michael Arroyo (Oxnard College), pitchers, Will Liaos (Sierra Vista High School), Kyle Shaver (University of Pacific), Daniel Restivo (Valley Center High), infielders, Jason Aden (Marina High), Brandon Jones (Christian Life Academy), P-IF, Adrian Flores (Segerstrom High) and outfielders Frankie LaPena III (Rancho Buena Vista High) and Ray Guyton (San Joaquin). “We saw a lot of good things at our first practice,” commented Head Baseball Coach Mike Scolinos. “The guys had fun and are ready to work hard under our three excellent assistant coaches.” Scolinos is joined by coaches Cliff Bernard, Daniel Giese and David Cruz. The team opens their official season with a doubleheader on February 8th at home.
Recent Signings for the Saint Katherine Firebirds Baseball Team
Brent Axup signs with Saint Katherine
The Saint Katherine College Athletic Department has announced the signing of Brent Axup to their baseball program. Axup was a two year starter at Valley View High School in Moreno Valley, California. During that time, Axup was named team Most Valuable Player and mad First Team as a catcher and pitcher. Axup hit .351, and, as a pitcher, Axup’s earned run average was 1.98, including a no-hit shutout in his senior year.
Eric Young signs with the Firebirds
The Saint Katherine Athletic Department has announced the signing of Eric Young to their baseball program. Young was a 3 year varsity letterman, starting at third base in his junior and senior year at Vista Del Lago High School in Moreno Valley, California. In Young’s senior year he hit .333 with four home runs and eight doubles. Young also earned 2nd team all-league honors in both his junior and senior seasons. “Our program is elated to have Eric join us,” commented Firebird Head Coach Mike Scolinos. “He is a good hitter, good person and will do a great job academically at our terrific institution.”
Tyler Eppler signs with St. Katherine
St. Katherine College today announced the signing of American River Junior College baseball standout Tyler Eppler. Eppler attended Bear Creek High School in Stockton, California, where he was a four year starter. He was named to the All-League team in all four years and earned All-Area recognition his junior and senior season. He was also named All-Conference Offensive Player of the Year his junior season and in the same season received the Hot Stove Award for the Greater Stockton area. Eppler served as the team’s captain, both, his junior and senior year. Eppler transferred to San Joaquin Delta for a year and then finished his junior college career at American River College under Head Coach Doug Jumelet. “We look forward to having two great seasons with Tyler, who has proven himself as a solid performer at the high school and junior college levels. He will do a great job in the classroom, on the field and in the community,” commented Firebird Head Coach Mike Scolinos.
Sean Charles McNutt-Yedinak signs with the Firebirds
The Saint Katherine College Athletic Department has announced that Sean Charles McNutt-Yedinak has signed a scholarship to play baseball this January. Yedinak, a right-handed pitcher, who has also played catcher, infield and outfield, played two years at Canyon High School before joining the ABD Spring League and the O’Keiki club team. During his time with the ABD team, several major league clubs expressed their interest in him. “Sean brings a lot of versatility to our team and we are excited to have him join our college and ball club,” commented Head Coach Mike Scolinos.
Andrew Belzano signs with Saint Katherine College
St. Katherine College announced today that Andrew Belzano has signed a scholarship to play baseball this January. Belzano joins the Firebirds in their first season, coming in as a left-handed pitcher. “We have landed an exceptional person and ballplayer in Andrew, who comes from a good family. Our staff is excited about adding another southpaw to the pitching staff,” commented Head Coach Mike Scolinos. In addition to pitching, Andrew played first base at South El Monte High School where he was a two year starter. He earned All-League Honorable Mention honors as a result of a stellar senior season in which he posted a 3.4 earned run average on the mound. Belzano also provided leadership, serving as captain his senior year.
David Reich signs with the Firebirds
The Saint Katherine College Athletic Department has announced the signing of David Reich to their baseball team. Reich was a four year starter on his varsity team at San Diego High, where he played third base, pitcher, and right field. In his sophomore and junior year, Reich batted .442 and in his senior year, .389, despite missing several games due to a knee injury. Reich was named All-League First Team in both his junior and senior seasons. In his senior season he was named Team MVP. After graduating, Reich attended Palomar College for a semester while rehabilitating his knee after surgery. “I am now ready to get back on the field and be the best that I can be,” stated Reich.
Joe Bealer signs with the Firebirds
Saint Katherine College has announced that Joe Bealer has signed a baseball scholarship for January 2013 season. The infielder will join the baseball team for the upcoming 2013 season. Bealer is a 2 year varsity player and senior starter for Division I CIF-SS Agoura High School, the 2012 Marmonte Champions. A solid defensive first baseman, Bealer had a .983 FPCT with 169 put outs in the championship season for AHS Head Coach Mike Cordero. “Joe is going to be a very good baseball coach one day. He has great instinct, is very smart and assisted the team in our Marmonte League championship,” according to Cordero, who is a former baseball alum of Firebird Head Coach Mike Scolinos. Bealer comes to St Katherine College after spending the fall semester at San Diego Mesa College. “I am grateful for the opportunity to play for St Katherine and I am eager to become a better ballplayer under the direction of Head Coach Mike Scolinos” stated Bealer. “It is great to have a former player coached by one of my former player’s,” commented Scolinos. “He is an excellent young man and ballplayer.”
Adrian Flores signs with Saint Katherine
The Saint Katherine College baseball team has landed yet another recruit for this January’s team. The athletic department announced that right-handed pitcher and former Segerstrom Fundamental High School standout, Adrian Flores has signed a scholarship to play baseball at St. Katherine College. Flores, who was coached by Andy Wise while at Segerstrom, not only was a starting pitcher, but also played first base and outfield. However, it is on the mound where Flores excelled in high school, posting an earned run average in the mid three’s, with thirty-one strikeouts, ten walks and an overall record of 2-4, including a complete game shutout. While Flores focuses on his pitching, his .481 average with one home run makes him a serious two position candidate for the Firebirds this season. Along with his other accomplishments, Flores pitched in Segerstrom’s first post-season CIF game in school history during his senior year and also earned First Team All-League honors. “Adrian brings a solid arm and bat to our ballclub and is a great person from an excellent family,” stated Firebird Head Coach Mike Scolinos. “He is also a strong student that will do well academically.”
Ryan Aguillard signs with the Firebirds
Saint Katherine College Athletic Department announces the signing of Ryan Aguillard to a baseball scholarship for the upcoming 2013 baseball season. Aguillard is a graduate of Hilltop High School in California, where he pitched and played infield and was highly regarded for his defensive skills. “We are excited about Ryan’s signing. He is a solid defensive player who can play anywhere in the infield,” stated Firebird Head Coach Mike Scolinos. “Ryan is also an amazing young man who will provide Christian leadership on and off the field and will succeed in the classroom.”
Hunter Smith signs with Saint Katherine
The Athletic Department of St. Katherine is excited to announce that Hunter Smith has signed a baseball scholarship to play for the Firebirds this spring. Hunter was a two- year starter at Bishop High School, where the one-time outfielder was converted to catcher. His junior year he led the district in RBI’s and was named defensive player of the year in his district, while also batting .357 with three homeruns and 42 RBI’s. In Smith’s senior year, he batted .300 with two homeruns and was named honorable mention in his team’s district. In both seasons, his team advanced to the semi-finals in the playoffs. “We are excited to have a player with his experience and talent on our team,” commented coach Daniel Giese. “We think he will be a great addition to our roster.”
Quinn Mayfield signs with the Firebirds
The Saint Katherine College athletic department announced that Quinn Mayfield has signed a scholarship to play baseball at Saint Katherine College beginning January 2013. Mayfield was a two year starter at San Diego High in San Diego, California where he hit lead-off and played center field and shortstop. Mayfield’s talents earned him a sport representing team Mexico for three years in the 18u division of the USABF World Series, helping lead the team to two championships during that time. “Quinn is a great athlete and person. It is not often that you find a player who can play both, shortstop and centerfield on a team. We also have high expectations for his classroom performance.”
Brandon Jones signs with St. Katherine
St. Katherine College announced that Brandon Jones has signed a baseball scholarship with the college. Jones was a senior starter in high school at Christian Life Academy at both shortstop and second. At Christian Life Academy, Jones batted .494 with 43 runs scored in over 100 plate appearances, ranking him in the top 10 of San Diego high school players in both of categories. Jones was named 1st team All-Citrus League West in both baseball and football and was named special teams player of the year in football. Jones was a key contributor in assisting Southwestern College in becoming American Mountain Conference Champions in football. “Brandon is an excellent athlete and person who should be a great asset to our team and to our institution,” commented Firebird Head Coach Mike Scolinos.
Jason Aden signs with Saint Katherine College
St. Katherine College Athletic Department announced the signing today of Jason Aden, the former Marina High School standout from Huntington Beach, CA. Aden, a two year varsity starter at Marina High, was named captain his senior season, hitting .420 in the outfield before being named 1st Team All-Sunset League and named “hardest worker” by his team. Aden red-shirted at Orange Coast College for a year, before transferring to Golden West College where he shared the starting role in centerfield, hitting .300 with an on base percentage of .417. “We are very excited about Jason’s signing. He has played in two excellent programs at Marina High, and, after that, for a coach I have known a long while, Coach Bert Villareal of Golden West Community College. Jason will be a tough out for opposing pitchers,” commented Firebird Head Coach Mike Scolinos. “We project great things for him, both, on the field, and in the classroom.”
Darren McNaughton signs with the Firebirds
St. Katherine College announced today the signing of former San Pasqual High standout Darren McNaughton for the upcoming 2013 season. McNaughton posted outstanding .365 and .375 batting averages, his junior and senior seasons, while playing for Coach Tony Colantolo at San Pasqual, earning 2nd Team All-Conference his junior season and 1st Team All-Conference recognition his senior season. His efforts helped San Pasqual to the CIF Division I semi-finals. He was awarded San Pasqual’s “Mr. Clutch” award his junior season and “Offensive Player of the Year” as a senior, when he added 4 home runs to his totals. “We are very excited about Darren’s signing and his ability. We expect him to be an immediate contributor to our ballclub and an excellent student in the classroom,” commented Firebird Head Coach Mike Scolinos.
Artie Tressler signs with Saint Katherine College
St. Katherine College announced that Arthur “Artie” Tressler has signed a baseball scholarship with the team for the upcoming 2013 season, beginning in January. Tressler, a 4 year starter from Argonaut High School in Jackson, California won his team’s Most Valuable Player his senior season, after hitting .430, tying in home runs, and leading the league in RBI’s. His numbers earned him second team all-league honors. After high school, Tressler attended American River College and played outfield. “I truly have a love for the game and look forward to a competitive 2013 season attending Saint Katherine College!” commented Tressler. Head Baseball Coach Mike Scolinos was also excited about the signing, “We have a solid person and player in Artie Tressler, who not only is a good ballplayer, but also adds leadership and more to our young team. We believe he will have an excellent season.”
Daniel Restivo signs with the Firebirds
St. Katherine College has announced that Daniel Restivo has signed a letter of intent and baseball scholarship to attend St. Katherine College in January 2013. Restivo played third base and was a starting pitcher at Valley Center High School where he earned second team all-league honors along with his team’s Coaches Award. “We are excited about Daniel’s athleticism. His ability to play both third base and pitcher brings a lot to our team in our first season,” stated Firebird Head Coach Mike Scolinos. “Additionally, he is a fine person that we are proud to have here.”
Kyle Shaver signs with Saint Katherine College
Saint Katherine College athletics announced the scholarship signing of Kyle Shaver today. The 6’6″, 225 pound right-handed pitcher will join the baseball team for the upcoming inaugural team this January. Shaver is a graduate of Westview High School, where he was team captain and earned First Team All-Valley League honors, along with being honored by the San Diego Union Tribune with a 2nd team All-Section award as a utility player. Shaver pitched at San Diego State, before transferring to Grossmont Junior College, where he posted a 3-3 record in 59 innings pitched with a 2.56 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 59.2 innings pitched, only 18,walks and a.248 opponent batting average against him. “Kyle is an excellent person and we are excited about his potential on the mound. Kyle also adds experience and leadership to our team and we are anxious to get him started,” commented Firebird Head Coach Mike Scolinos.
William Liaos signs with the Firebirds
Saint Katherine College announced the signing today of William Liaos from Sierra Vista High School in Nevada. Liaos played for the well-known Besser family, Mike, Art and Artie Sr., during his time there, posting a 6-2 record as a left-handed pitcher, including a perfect game thrown while with his Sierra Vista High American Legion team. “My whole life has been dedicated to playing baseball. As a left-handed pitcher, I’ve really focused on my game knowing how lucky I am to be a lefty. I look forward to this amazing opportunity playing at St. Katherine College. We’re going to be a tight-knit group, both with baseball and fellowship. Playing under Coach Scolinos is a once in a lifetime chance that I couldn’t refuse. I feel truly blessed for this opportunity.” Firebird Head Coach Mike Scolinos was excited about the signing, “It is not every day that you are able to find such a quality person from a quality family. We are excited about Will’s ability and expect him to succeed, on and off the field in the upcoming season.” Mike Scolinos Named Athletic Director and Head Baseball Coach at Saint Katherine College Award winning NCAA Division I coach Mike Scolinos joins Saint Katherine College as Athletic Director and Head Baseball Coach. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRLog (Press Release) – Jul 23, 2012 - (Encinitas, CA) Award winning NCAA Division I coach Mike Scolinos joins Saint Katherine College as Athletic Director and Head Baseball Coach. Scolinos began his college coaching career as a player and then an assistant coach at Cal Poly Pomona. During that time Mike was a part of two college world series, winning one as a player and finishing second as a coach. Mike subsequently served as the head baseball coach at Rio Hondo College, where he shattered virtually every coaching record. After that he was the head baseball coach at Pasadena City College from 2001-2004, continuing his success by achieving the best record in nearly 40 years at the school. Mike then coached at NCAA Division I Charleston Southern University before taking over as the Head Coach in 2009 at Division I Coppin State University. At Coppin, he shattered Head Baseball Coaching records while serving in his second season and compiled a 3.2 team grade point average at a school with a 17% graduation rate. His accomplishments were covered by nearly every college baseball and baseball periodical in the country. Nearly fifty of Mike’s former players went on to play professional baseball, three of whom are still listed on current MLB rosters. Mike is the nephew of John Scolinos, the NCAA Coach of the Century. “It is an honor to begin a great athletic program here at Saint Katherine College. I am surrounded by many great people who have created an outstanding academic institution, with an excellent plan for the future”, affirms Scolinos. “Competitive and recreational sports are a key to a life-long balanced lifestyle we encourage in our students, and Mike will be an important part of that effort”, states College president, Dr. Frank Papatheofanis. Mike’s vision for the athletic program at Saint Katherine is to create a place where young men and women will compete athletically with schools around the nation, while participating in a program where their Christian faith is not only developed, but also witnessed faithfully through sport, so that one day our student-athletes will go on to share their faith in the NBA, MLB, NFL, schools, businesses, and in every corner of the world to which they travel.