Crossroads News

Student-Athletes in Spring Sports Bring Home Accolades

Crossroads athletes finished the year with championship wins, state runs and college scholarships.
At the end of every season, the Gold Coast League awards student-athletes in several categories including Most Valuable Player, First Team All-League and Second Team All-League. This spring, 12 varsity athletes on Crossroads’ softball, baseball, volleyball and track & field team received honors. 

In addition, senior athletes who have committed to compete at the collegiate level were celebrated on Senior Signing Day on May 31 in the Norton Campus Gym. Athletics Director Ira Smith took to the podium to congratulate the seniors on their incredible accomplishments and wished them luck in their future endeavors. 

“I’ve been athletics director here at Crossroads for 11 years and this never gets easier,” said Ira. “As much as I’m excited for all of you, I’m also sad that we’ve seen the last of you as student-athletes here. But I have no doubts that you will go on to the next level and do amazing things. My hope for all of you is that the experience here was all that it could have been. We want you to go off feeling like you loved your time at Crossroads, not just because of the School and the community, but also because of the coaching staff and your teams.”

Crossroads seniors who will be competing at the collegiate level: 

  • Cole Hoegl will attend Princeton University where he will compete on the track & field team.
  • Matthew Rideout will attend Hamilton College as part of the men’s basketball team.
  • Zoe Simmons will attend Emerson College where she will join the women’s soccer team.
  • Nils Cooper is off to Pepperdine University where he will join the men’s basketball program
  • Capone Delgadillo will attend Pacific University as part of the men’s swimming program.
  • Zion Watt is headed to Tufts University where he will compete on the men's basketball team.

Crossroads Gold Coast All-League Award Recipients

Girls Softball 
1st Team All-League - Jiselle Frerichs (junior)
2nd Team All-League - Georgia Koff-Gilmore (sophomore)
Boys Baseball 
1st Team All-League - Jesse Abrams (sophomore) 
Boys Volleyball 
1st Team All-League and League MVP - Josh Hananal (senior)
1st Team All-League - Oliver Tannenbaum (senior)
1st Team All-League - Ansel Waisler (senior)
1st Team All-League - Julian Sacks (senior)
2nd Team All-League - Jonah Mannheim (senior)
2nd Team All-League - Alex Gold (senior) 
2nd Team All-League - Miles Murphy (sophomore)

Track and Field
All-League Field MVP - Cole Hoegl (senior)
All-League Distance MVP - Hugo Guckert (senior) 

In addition to All-League honors, spring sport athletes finished the season with the following playoff runs and championship results: 

The boys varsity swimming team brought home a league championship in the 200-meter medley relay after going into the CIF Southern Section as the number one seed. Team member Miles Blackson-Dunbar (ninth grade) won both the 50- and 100-meter freestyles while Jake Hirshberg (tenth grade) broke the School’s record in the 100-meter breaststroke. Capone Delgadillo (12th grade) and Kai Pringle (11th grade) also competed on the relay team. Miles qualified for State, where he placed 18th overall, climbing 20 spots from his initial 38th seed placement. 

The 200-meter free medley relay team and the 400-meter freestyle relay teams—composed of tenth graders Anastasia Shima-Hernandez and Kerron Jones, 11th grader Rowena Smith and 12th grader Cali O’Donovan—made it to the CIF-SS Girls Swimming Division 4 finals for both events. In the 200-meter and 400-meter races they finished 13th and 16th, respectively. In addition, Anastasia and Rowena finished 11th and 16th in the 100-meter backstroke finals. Anastasia also finished 11th in the finals for the 100-meter fly. 

Despite breaking her toe two days prior, 11th grader James Jones brought home the Girls Division IV championship in diving.
The boys tennis team competed against Cate School in round one the CIF-SS Boys Team Tennis Division 3 playoffs, ultimately falling short in a close game with a final score of 8-10. 

In track & field, ninth grader Noah Kurian competed in the long jump, where he finished in second place at the CIF-SS Track and Field Division 4 Championship.

The boys volleyball team made it to the quarter finals against Dana Hills High School, ultimately falling short in a 0-3 loss despite two outstanding consecutive playoff wins earlier in the postseason. 

Middle School teams also completed the spring season with an array of accolades. The track & field team finished second overall in the Pacific Basin League Championship and the baseball team won the Pacific Basin League Championship after beating Brentwood in the finals. The golf team competed in the Pacific Basin League finals where they finished sixth out of nine teams overall, with seventh grader Ethan Weinberger tying for first place in the boys individual event and seventh graders Maya Frank and Gabriella Brown placing second and fourth in the girls division, respectively.