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Eagles took flight with fall sports

2005-06 Seasons In Review

June 12, 2006|By Dominic Perrone

The fall months were unseasonably warm on the Estancia High campus, due in large part to how the Eagles' girls' athletic teams fared.

All four teams advanced to the postseason, with the golf, tennis, cross country and volleyball squads outdoing their predecessors.

It took an at-large berth but the cross country team made it to the CIF Southern Section finals on Nov. 19 at Mt. San Antonio College for the first time since 2000.

The Eagles were carried by junior Sydney Barloon's third-place finish in a time of 19 minutes, 23 seconds. Sophomore Paula Negrete finished 13th in 20:28 and sophomore Magali Onofre was 17th in 20:59.

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Of the top five finishers, Barloon was the oldest, boding well for the Eagles to improve upon their 2005 performance next fall.

The Eagles were third at the Golden West League finals. Their 60 team points were 10 behind Santa Ana.

Barloon was third (18:57) and Negrete sixth (19:15) at the league meet.

The Eagles' tennis team also surpassed the previous season with a trip to the CIF Division V quarterfinals.

Estancia, with nine seniors on the team, nearly advanced to the semifinals, but lost on games, after playing to a 9-9 tie against visiting Morro Bay on Nov. 15. Morro Bay edged Estancia, 73-71, in games.

The Eagles exited in the second round of the playoffs in 2004.

In a glimpse of the future, freshman Ellie Edles won all three of her singles matches, 6-4, 6-1, 6-0. Edles posted a 44-1 record in singles, losing in the first round of the Southern Section singles tournament.

With the success came accolades. Edles was named to the Newport-Mesa Dream Team.

Of all the fall teams, the golf team made the biggest leap. Two years prior to 2005, many of the players were picking up golf clubs for the first time.

The entire team showed savvy last fall, bringing Coach Art Perry his first league title in his seven years at the helm.

The team was led by the junior tandem of Bridget Gleason and Lina You. Gleason won the league individual tournament, while You finished second and Caroline Clements finished fourth.

Both You and Gleason qualified for the CIF individual tournament but did not advance.

Estancia finished 12th at the Southern Divisional on Nov. 7 at El Prado Golf Course in Chino.

The volleyball team also made a sudden turnaround. The Eagles went from consistently being a league cellar dweller to second place.

They finished 15-7, 9-3 in league and advanced to the Division III-A playoffs.

Estancia lost to Orange Lutheran in the first round.

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