Dana Hills senior Claire Kao set a new school record in the pole vault by clearing the 12-foot-6-inch mark at the South County Classic track and field meet on March 12. Photo: Steve Brouwer
Dana Hills senior Claire Kao set a new school record in the pole vault by clearing the 12-foot-6-inch mark at the South County Classic track and field meet on March 12. Photo: Steve Brouwer

By Steve Breazeale

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Kao Sets New School Pole Vault Record at South County Classic

Dana Hills senior Claire Kao set a new school record in the pole vault at the South County Classic track and field meet at San Clemente High School on March 12.

Kao cleared the mark of 12-feet-6-inches at the meet, which pits programs from the South Coast and Sea View Leagues against Trinity League teams. The mark broke Kao’s old school record of 12-4, which she set as a junior.

Kao’s achievement was one of many standout performances for Dolphin athletes at the event.

The girls distance runners stood apart from the rest of the crowd, recording several top finishes. Senior Kathryn Kaloroumakis placed second in the 3200-meter run with a time of 11:24.98, senior Sienna Serrao (5:16.10) placed third in the 1600-meter run and the girls distance medley team placed second.

Junior Jennifer Daly won the 800-meter run, finishing in a time of 2:18.01. Daly’s time was over four seconds faster than the next closest competitor. Senior Colin Stein won the 800-meter run in the boys division with a time of 1:58.17.

Senior Diego Southard placed second in the boys 300-meter hurdles.

The boys distance team also had a successful day at the meet. Thomas Wilfert (9:43.04) placed third in the boys 3200-meter run, senior Jake Ogden (4:12.64) finished second in the 1600-meter run and senior Mason Coppi (4:19.36) placed fourth. The boys distance medley team finished first in the event.

In the 400-meter dash, Dolphin sophomore Max Halvax (51.93) placed third.

Senior Jack Ridder took second in the boys pole vault, clearing the 13-06 mark.

Parrish Powers Dolphins During Win Streak

Dana Hills softball’s junior pitcher Serafine Parrish has put together a stellar month of March. In five games, dating back to March 8, Parrish has pitched five complete games, picked up five wins, and has allowed zero earned runs. The Dolphins (6-2), needless to say, have won five consecutive games.

Parrish’s dominating run started against Beckman on March 8. The Dolphins’ bats erupted and Parrish was on her game in a 17-0 victory. Parrish struck out 14 batters in the win, a start of a strikeout trend that carried over into her next four outings.

Parrish struck out seven Tritons in a 1-0 win over San Clemente on March 10. She struck out 13 in a 2-0 win over Esperanza and eight in a 5-1 win over Laguna Hills on March 12 as part of the Northwood Tournament. In a 2-0 win over Marina on March 15, Parrish blanked 14 batters, tying a season high.

The Dolphins lineup has also been catching fire of late. The Dolphins have four hitters who are batting over .350 on the season, led by senior Samantha Williams, who is batting a blistering .536 through eight games.

The Dolphins will close out competition in the Northwood Tournament with a game against Valley View on March 19 and play a rematch against San Clemente on March 22.

Dolphins Volleyball Falls to Warriors in Foothill Tournament Finals

The Dana Hills boys volleyball team ran through the first round of the Foothill Tournament with relative ease last week. The Dolphins did not lose a game in pool play and barnstormed their way to the tournament finals, where they were upended by Saddleback Valley Christian in two sets, 25-15, 25-17.

Dana Hills (13-3) went a perfect 3-0 in pool play to start its tournament run on March 11, defeating Woodrow Wilson, Godinez and Alhambra, respectively.

The Dolphins pushed past Mission Viejo in two sets in the first round of the knockout stages and picked up another two-set win over Esperanza in the quarterfinals. Dana Hills battled its way past Foothill in the semifinals, emerging with a 23-25, 25-22, 15-13 victory.

Dana Hills opened South Coast League play with a four-set loss at the hands of Tesoro on March 15. The Titans defeated Dana Hills, the reigning league champions, 25-15, 25-23, 21-25, 25-21.

The Dolphins will compete in the Orange County Championship Tournament March 18-19 before returning to league play with a home match against Trabuco Hills on March 22.

Dana Hills junior pitcher Hans Crouse allowed only four hits and struck out nine in an eight-inning complete game victory over El Dorado on March 10. Photo: KDahlgren Photography
Dana Hills junior pitcher Hans Crouse allowed only four hits and struck out nine in an eight-inning complete game victory over El Dorado on March 10. Photo: KDahlgren Photography

Dolphins Baseball Heads Into League Play

The Dana Hills baseball team closed out its run through the Loara Tournament with a convincing 6-0 win over Woodrow Wilson on March 15. Senior pitcher Kayl Cota threw four scoreless innings, allowing four hits and one walk while striking out three. The effort earned Cota his first win of the young season.

The Dolphins, who finished runner up in the Loara Tournament last season, started this year’s version of the tournament off with a win over Canyon, an extra-innings loss to Woodbridge and a 1-0 loss to Villa Park on March 8. Dana Hills bounced back with an extra-innings 2-1 win over El Dorado on March 10 and the win over Woodrow Wilson.

Dana Hills junior pitcher Hans Crouse turned in a stellar performance in the Dolphins (3-2) win over El Dorado. The junior hurler went the distance, throwing eight innings of four-hit ball while striking out nine as only one unearned run crossed the plate.

Boys Tennis Edges Stallions, Chargers

The Dana Hills boys tennis team improved its record to above .500 following back-to-back nonleague victories over San Juan Hills and Edison on March 10 and March 15, respectively.

The Dolphins (3-2) were dominant in a 17-1 victory over San Juan Hills and continued their solid play in a 12-6 win over Edison.

The doubles duo of freshman Riley McCall and sophomore Ryan Burns were effective against Edison and won all three of their matches. The Dolphins singles rotation of Marek Michulka, Michael Perez and Tyler Bloom won a combined six of nine points in singles competition.

Boys Lacrosse Remains Perfect on the Season

Five matches into the season, and the Dana Hills boys lacrosse team is proving to be a tough out. The Dolphins (5-0) have yet to lose a game and recently earned wins over Mater Dei, Northwood and Sage Hills, respectively.

The Dolphins’ offense produced its highest point total to-date in a 15-5 victory over Sage Hill on March 15.

The Dolphins were set to open Sea View League play against Mission Viejo on March 17. Results were not available at press time. Dana Hills will host a talented JSerra team on March 18.

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