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Weekly Sports Roundup: Football, Cross Country, and Water Polo Recaps

In their first game of the season, on their home field, the varsity football team had a big win Friday night over Cate, beating the defending Division I champions 40-26. It took the whole team to pull out this victory. We now move on to Lone Pine on Thursday, September 9. 

The boys cross country team opened their season on Saturday evening, September 3, at the Cool Breeze Invitational. Usually held on the Brookside golf course at the Rose Bowl, the race took place at the Fairplex in Pomona. Due to the warmer weather, the non-varsity races were 1.5 miles, while the varsity races remained 3 miles. The varsity team placed 11th out of 29 teams with Carter Sakai ’25 and Kevin Martinez ’24 leading the way. The freshmen team, led by Declan Mansbridge ’26, Luis Gorocica ’26, and William Krause ’26, took fifth place out of 31 teams in their race, which included both large and small schools. In the sophomore race, Carl Li ’25 was Prep’s leader, but the team did not have enough runners to score as a team.   

Boys Cross Country at Cool Breeze Invitational

The team also competed in the first league meet of the season on Tuesday and will race in the Lancer Invitational on Saturday, September 10.  

The girls varsity cross country team finished third in their first league meet of the season, besting Providence by two points due to outstanding teamwide efforts at the finish line. Standout performances came from sophomore Jenna Moutes ’25 (7th place) and junior Julia Bonk ’24 (9th place). The top five were rounded out by juniors Hailey Wilson ’24 (19th) and Nicolle Riley ’24 (24th), and senior Anya Rose ’23 (26th). 

On the JV side, Sarah Bonk ’26 and Elyse Mauer ’26 went 1 and 2 in the race. They were supported by junior Annabelle Lee ’24 (8th), freshman Eyla Najafi ’26 (18th), and junior Lauren Lopez ’24 (21st). The JV squad finished second to Mayfield. 

The varsity water polo team had big wins this week as well. Flintridge Prep, in a back-to-back from the Pasadena Poly Invitational Championship game vs. St. Francis, had to now bear in and complete its win. In the first quarter, Prep went up on St. Francis 2-0. The second quarter saw more of the same with a 6-3 lead by Prep. The Wolves held their lead in the third quarter, 10-7 and finished a well-executed win 14-10. #10 Henry Brookbanks ’23 had another great game with four goals, #12 Charlie Simonian ’25 had 3 goals, and #1 John Bennett ’23 had 19 saves in the cage for yet another fantastic performance. 

The water polo team traveled to South Pasadena and executed another victory. The Wolves went up early in the first quarter, 3-0, with two goals from #4 Ty Young ’23 and one goal from #10 Henry Brookbanks ’23. Prep increased their lead in the second quarter to 6-2. Prep went on to dominate the third quarter, 11-2. The final score was 16-4. The Wolves had multiple scorers: seniors #2 Noah Corral with four goals and #10 Henry Brookbanks, as well as #12 Charlie Simonian ’25 with three goals apiece, #4 Ty Young ’23 and #17 Ridley Tolleson ’25 both with two goals each, and #3 Michael Gamboa ’23 and #6 Elliot Oakes ’25 with one goal each. Goalie #1 John Bennett ’23 had another great game with 16 saves. 

Girls Cross Country at League Meet