Mariners Christian School’s sports teams have gotten off to a great start in Christian Athletic League of Orange County play this fall, with girls basketball and boys flag football posting impressive victories.
Boys Flag Football
The sixth-grade boys flag football team at Mariners Christian split games last week with cross-town rival Harbor Day School. The Dolphins beat Harbor Day in the first meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 26, by a score of 24-14.
Seifu Pierce, Richie Simons and Leyton Bond scored touchdowns for the visiting Dolphins. The following day saw the Harbor Day team coming to Mariners and beating the Dolphins in a thriller 28-26. Touchdowns by Seifu Pierce, Leyton Bond kept the Dolphins close, but Harbor Day was just too quick for Mariners and pulled out the win in the fourth quarter.
The Dolphins are now 4-1 on the season with two games left in regular season.
Girls Eighth-Grade Basketball
The eighth-grade girls basketball team squeaked out a narrow 19-18 victory over Calvary Costa Mesa behind the hot shooting of Natalie Ward and Logan Grove.
Grove led all scorers with 8 points. Also leading the Dolphins was Natalie Ward with 5 points, including the crucial free throw in the final seconds of the game to clinch the victory.
It was an excellent win against a tough team.
Girls Sixth-Grade Basketball
Mariner’s Christian Schools Sixth Grade basketball team has recently completed the first half of the season with four games remaining, including the playoffs.
The Dolphins are currently undefeated at 5-0 and have won convincingly.
The most recent game was against Harbor Day on their court and the Dolphins sailed to victory 34-4. The team’s great defense helped seal the win.
The young team is coached by parents John Glavinovich and Dan Pelekoudas. The team has improved tremendously in the first five weeks, according to the coaches.
Defense, transition game, enthusiasm and energy are the team’s strong points. Hilliary Beall, has been a standout with strong contribution from Kristen Allen. The team has also seen strong play from guards Hannah Graves and Kerri Pelekoudas.
Kelsey Western has been a stalwart on defense. Katie Glavinovich has been a factor on defense as well as passing to open teammates. Jaylee Morse and Caroline Carr have improved tremendously, especially rebounding and shooting.
Noelle Mc Henry has contributed with her defensive play and Katie Ewing has scored baskets in the last two games. Rebecca Szulaga has been injured and will be returning soon to full practice.
Overall, the girls are having a lot of fun and enjoying their venture into team sports. The team has its final home game Nov. 4 vs Harbor Day.