The EC athletes aren’t the only Mountaineers who have had successful fall seasons. Our academy students wrapped up the season in mid-October with two CYO League Championships and a NOC exhibition game at Ford Field. Athletes were honored for their accomplishments at the fall sports banquet on Thursday, October 18.
The 4/5/6 boys’ soccer team had a great season and picked up the CYO league championship. The 7/8 boys’ team also had an excellent season picking up easy wins throughout most of the season, a couple tied games, and finally falling to St. Patrick’s in the CYO playoffs.
Coach Kirby Mirjah mentored Everest’s youngest volleyball players. The team was overjoyed to achieve a three-set sweep win for their final game of the season after a lot of hard work. Each member of the team received a sheet from their coach at the end of the season recognizing what they contributed to the team, their growth, and pointers for continued improvement as they look forward to next year.
Coach Marc Villella of the 7/8 girls volleyball team commented on the team’s season. “It was a roller coaster year for the 7/8 girls volleyball team. The season started off slow with only 5 girls (2 of which were new to volleyball) at our first practice. By our third practice, we had 14 girls on the team including 4 6th graders and 4 international students.The girls came together quickly, though, and after a season opening loss to St. Pats, rebounded strongly to win three straight including a rematch against St. Pats. The team then faced two tough opponents in Notre Dame Marist and Our Lady of Victory, last year’s CYO tournament champions. The team dropped both matches and seemed to lose a bit of confidence they had gained from the previous wins. The rest of the season continued up and down including exciting wins over Our Lady of Refuge and St. Joes, along with tough losses, against the same Our Lady of Refuge and Marist. Despite the .500 record, the girls did a tremendous job of representing Everest and growing as young ladies and volleyball athletes.”
The North Oakland Catholic (NOC) co-op kicked off year two this fall with three teams fielded. The NOC varsity ended their team with an exhibition game at Ford Field on the morning of the Prep Bowl. Our young athletes dream of returning in a year or two to play as the EC Mountaineers would later that day.
NOC JV2 coach Bill Collins shared his reflections on the season, “Overall, we were a young team starting out with very few kids having much game experience. I am most proud of the our kids and how they united as a team facing a lot of adversity and not backing down from any of it. Each one of the kids has grown throughout the season as teammates and football players, so for seasons to come I see them doing great things. As a coach I feel very fortunate with the guys who coach with me (Kyle Wilson, Tony Frias and Elvert Early). We all look forward to the years to come with this program and working with the kids.”
The 4/5/6 girls’ soccer team won their final game against Holy Family 1-0 on Wednesday, October 3 to win the CYO league championship! The team’s final record was 5-1-1. Coach Rich Cross reflected on the season, “We play in a tough division with very competitive teams and the girls worked hard and never gave up and it showed by our success this year. They are an incredible group of girls and I am so proud of their accomplishment not only on the field but who they are becoming as young ladies.” Congratulations girls!
The 7-8 girls’ team ended their season 4-4. The had very tough schedule. Two of the teams they faced, St. Hugo and Shrine, made it to the CYO semi-finals. Ultimately Shrine would win the championship. Coach Rich Cross said at the sports banquet, “We had a lot of talent on the team, and each player worked hard and never gave up. We grew as a team and started to really understand the game of soccer and move the ball the way soccer is meant to play.” Coach also added, “We have to sometimes look at sports not always in wins and loses but in small victories and accomplishments. Every one of these girls had their own victories and accomplishments. They should be proud of our season.” Their final game was played against their parents on Monday, October 15 with the parents winning in overtime 6-5. A wonderful potluck dinner followed, and everyone had a great time. Congratulations girls!