Falcons had spring in their steps

Led by section champion soccer team, CVCL-winning softball squad, Falcons made memories
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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Forest Lake Christian’s winning tradition was bolstered in 2009-10, thanks in part to a late push this spring. The Falcons girls soccer team captured the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI title to cap off an excellent year at the private school just outside of Lake of the Pines. Spring Girls soccer: From the final whistle of the 2009 season, Forest Lake was determined to make sure 2010 ended on a different note. A star-filled senior class led the Falcons past Le Grand in a shootout to win the program’s second title in three years. Katelyn Seitz, Christa Weisman, Kaylee Lommori, Kacie McGeary and Morghan Pomeroy were quintessential leaders for Forest Lake all season. Pomeroy shined as a forward for much of the year. In the playoffs, she found her way back to her goalkeeper position and came up huge when it mattered most. Seitz finished with a team-high 24 goals while Weisman dished out a team-best 23 assists. Forest Lake finished 18-7-1 overall and was a perfect 14-0 in the Central Valley Christian League. Softball: The Falcons made a late push, including a gutsy win over Foresthill, to claim the CVCL title and return to the section playoffs. Led by the Von Zboray sisters, Forest Lake finished 13-5 on the season. Ari Von Zboray was tremendous in the pitcher’s circle while her senior sister Misha Von Zboray played catcher and was a major run producer. The Falcons fell 2-0 to Mariposa in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI playoffs despite 19 strikeouts from Ari Von Zboray. Molly Huusfeldt and Brittany Brown were offensive sparkplugs for the Falcons. Amanda Sparling also played well for Forest Lake. Baseball: The Falcons rebuilt nicely after the 2009 team made the playoffs. Forest Lake beat Foresthill in the season finale to finish 4-6 and tie the Wildfires for fourth place in the Central Valley Christian League. Junior Taylor Phillips had a big year at the plate, batting .528. Junior Garrett Koch batted .521 and scored a team-high 20 runs. Seniors George Park, Aaron Anderssen and junior Nolan Wright were also productive. Phillips was the team’s top pitcher, posting a 3.05 ERA. Tennis: The Falcons hung tough in the competitive Golden Empire League, but settled for third place. Senior Caitlin Hanson was outstanding all season for Forest Lake. The team’s top singles player finished the regular season without a loss, but an asthma flare-up at the GEL singles tournament ended her run there. She instead teamed up with good friend Jen Menary and they made the quarterfinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III doubles tourney. Amanda Timmerman and Nathan Burnett also made the section quarterfinals in mixed doubles. Boys golf: Sophomore Justin Raskin had a breakout season for the Falcons, who had a strong showing in the CVCL and advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI tournament. Spencer DeYoung fired a 20-over-par 92 to pace Forest Lake at the Div. VI tourney as the squad fell short of a Masters Tournament bid. John McDonald, Chris McCowan and Garrett Boatman played well all season for the Falcons. Winter Boys basketball: Josh Ritchart wrapped up one of the best prep basketball careers of any player in the Auburn area, though it didn’t have a storybook ending. The Falcons pulled off a first-round upset at Sacramento Adventist before falling to Ripon Christian in the quarterfinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs. Forest Lake ended the season 13-12 overall after a 6-6 run in the CVCL. Ritchart averaged 25.6 points and 14.4 rebounds per game. He will play at UC Davis next season after signing with the Aggies late in 2009. Point guard Jason Camacho had a strong senior year for the Falcons while Garrett Boatman and Randy Van Winkle also contributed heavily. Girls basketball: The Falcons were surprisingly good in 2009-10 and the young squad should be even better next season. Forest Lake finished third in the CVCL at 7-5, though the Falcons were knocked off in the first round of the playoffs to finish 15-10 overall. Sophomore Maggie Aubuchon was a pleasant surprise for first-year coach Linda Clough. She averaged 12 points per game to lead a balanced offense. Junior Laura Ritchart was a force inside, averaging 10.3 points a game. Juniors Sterling Marich and Molly Huusfeldt had strong seasons along with senior Morghan Pomeroy and sophomore Emily English. Fall Girls volleyball: The senior-laden Forest Lake squad made a strong push in the playoffs before running into a powerful Ripon Christian squad in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V semifinals. The Falcons finished 16-10 overall and 9-3 in the CVCL – tied for second place. Senior setter Jen Menary started for the third year on the varsity team and was the emotional leader. She led the team in aces with 78 and was outstanding running the Falcons’ attack. Senior Caitlin Hanson was a force at outside hitter, averaging 2.3 kills per game and senior Morghan Pomeroy developed into a dominant middle blocker, adding 2.5 kills per game and 1.3 blocks. Senior twins Christy and Leslie Johnston were major contributors and junior Molly Huusfeldt was also a key player. Boys soccer: The Falcons’ soccer field was uncharacteristically quiet in November after the young team failed to make the playoffs. Forest Lake finished 5-9-5 overall and 3-4-2 in the CVCL. Juniors Randy Van Winkle and Andrew Baker led an offense that struggled to score at times. Sophomore Michael Sparling showed signs of future stardom, as did freshman Justin Raskin. Senior goalkeeper Aaron Anderssen kept the Falcons in many close games with his heroics. Senior sweeper Jesse Alred was stellar on defense while senior Michael Cuneo also played well. Cross country: Senior Austin Violette was the story of the fall for the Falcons. He raced to victory in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V meet, topping the next-closest runner by 21 seconds. He went on to place 32nd at the CIF State Championships with an impressive time of 16 minutes, 57 seconds.