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Youth Scene

June 09, 2011

The Mariners Christian School Dolphins continued their volleyball dominance chalking up Christian Athletic League of Orange County championships for the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade boys.

The sixth-grade team was led by the outstanding play of Landon Monroe, Nate Ferdi, Scott Schweitzer, Spencer Lawrence and Jack Garell. The boys lost Game 1 to a strong Crystal Cathedral Academy team that had several eighth-graders on the team.

But the MCS Dolphins were resilient and came back to win the second game and the decisive third game to claim the first sixth-grade championship in many years at MCS.


Other key plays were made by Luke Seidman, Seifu Pierce, Leyton Bond, Brock Malliet, Colin Pipkin, Mark Schaefer, Scott Benson, Robbie Gehring, Trenton Rhodes and Ryan Toffoli.

The team was coached by Steve Monroe and Scott Schweitzer.

The seventh-graders fought a tough battle with the always charismatic Anaheim Vineyard. The Dolphins went up early and never looked back. The leadership and great playmaking by Steven Guder and Zach Mills were keys to the Dolphins success.

Excellent hitting from Sterling Miles, Noah Giddings, David Collins and Nick Toffoli kept the attack going strong. Other valuable plays came from Jonah Masumoto, Nick Stary, Brett Elmajian, Enzo Burtin, Kyle Kofoed and Gabriel Kirk. Ryan Hilts, a former MCS student, coached this team. It was the second victory in as many years for Hilts, who also coached the Dolphins to victory in last year's final (also against Anaheim Vineyard).

The eighth-grade MCS boys' volleyball team took the court to defend its title for the 12th time out of 13 years. The team had a stellar season going 8-0 and not giving up a single game. The boys were sharp as they passed, set and hit to defeat Calvary church of Santa Ana in the final, 2-0.

Key setting came from Nick Whitelaw and David Schaefer, while Matthew Marchiorlatti and Jackson Rhodes supplied the hitting power. Overall excellent playmaking came from Jake Haar and Grant Midstokke, who kept the team together like glue. Great back row plays and digs came from Davis Hanscom and Caden Proctor while Walker Thurston, Parker Monroe and Zack Hoenecke also contributed to the team win.

Coach Tim Bahadoor guided MCS to an undefeated season and continued the legacy of success in Mariners Volleyball.

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