Pilot Women Soar in the Fall Season
Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School (SJND) had an historic fall season in women’s sports. In an era when many schools still struggle with meeting Title IX requirements, the 1972 legislation that required equal access to athletics for women, SJND women’s teams crushed the fall athletics season across a range of sports. SJND women’s golf, volleyball and cross country all enjoyed Tri County Athletic League victories.
Principal Simon Chiu, who attended many games this fall, shared, “We enjoy seeing our students shine through athletics. This fall we are especially proud of our female athletes’ grit and achievements.”
Golf coaches Victor Quintell and Al Wagner have coached women’s golf at SJND since 2007. This fall, the women’s team had an undefeated 9-0 season, emerging as Tri County Athletic League (TCAL) champions. Coaches Quintell and Wagner are extremely proud of and grateful to their golfers for a season of hard work.
Women’s varsity volleyball, coached by Nicky Hagan and Joselyn Matthews, had a tremendous season as well. For the first time in the school’s history they went undefeated in league and earned the TCAL championship pennant this week. In October, the outstanding support for the team--support that comes from parents, students, and SJND faculty and staff-- led to a highly successful Dig Pink fundraising event, a game against Encinal High School to help fight breast cancer.
SJND’s women’s tennis team finished their best season ever with ten wins, led by coach Hedy Hightower. Players Savannah Fisher and Aysha Hayes each lost only two matches the entire season, with five players reaching the TCAL semi-finals.
Both the men’s and women’s Pilots cross country teams were undefeated in league and are TCAL champions this season. For women’s cross country, this is a school record. Tony Fong, who has been SJND’s dedicated coach for 16 years, said, “This season is a testament to the discipline, determination and sense of family our teams share.” SJND women’s coach Lisa Lawley shared her pride about the women runners. “These young women have shown the exceptional spirit and disciplined training that make a coach’s job a dream.” The women’s team top runner is sophomore Kiera Marshall, who is ranked 6th in the state in the very competitive Division 5.
Also this fall, SJND senior Alyssa Gable, who has been a standout player on SJND’s varsity women’s basketball team, signed on to Menlo College with an athletic scholarship that will support her academic success while she plays the game she loves at the college level.
In a country whose most esteemed professional athletes remain predominantly male, SJND’s small, mighty community of powerful female athletes is a testament to what’s possible for women’s athletics. When a school is dedicated to the athletic access, opportunities, and success of its female athletes, the possibilities of Title IX are realized and young women make history for themselves, their families, their classmates and their schools.
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