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By Matt Szabo | May 26, 2007
Chemistry is something boys' volleyball coach Dan Thomassen teaches in the classroom at Sage Hill School. Bayle Smith knows this. He's in Thomassen's chemistry class. It's there that he learns about protons and electrons, but chemistry on the volleyball court is something less tangible. Smith has indeed helped the Sage Hill School boys' volleyball team with chemistry, but his favorite subject on court has to be physics, the way he slams the ball down at such speeds that gravity alone can't explain.
By Matt Szabo | October 10, 2013
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - Sage Hill School had not beaten rival St. Margaret's in girls' volleyball since winning the CIF Southern Section Division 4-AA title in 2011. The Lightning lost to the Tartans three times last year, twice in league and in the Division 3-A title match. But it's a new and maybe improved Lightning squad. Sage Hill is now the top-ranked team in Division 3-A, with St. Margaret's at No. 7. "It's a new year," said senior libero Allie Mowrey, one of three captains along with fellow senior Claudia Noto and junior setter Maddy Abbott.
By Matt Szabo, | May 3, 2011
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — Sage Hill School boys' volleyball coach Dan Thomassen called Tuesday's first-place showdown with St. Margaret's one of the most exciting matches of his volleyball career. The Lightning players may need a bit more time to gain that perspective. Sage Hill battled from behind seemingly all match long. But the host Tartans ultimately did so when it mattered most. St. Margaret's saved two match points in the fifth set and won the rivalry match, 25-21, 22-25, 25-21, 18-25, 16-14.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | November 30, 2013
Students in the first few rows held sticks with huge cutouts of the heads of the Sage Hill School girls' volleyball players. As if Sage Hill's opponent on Saturday had not seen enough of the Lightning. For the second time in eight days, Crean Lutheran faced the Lightning, in the stands and on the court. The second meeting turned out much like last week's in the CIF Southern Section Division 3A finale. Sage Hill finished the Saints in three sets, 25-17, 25-19, 25-22, in the second round of the CIF State Southern California Regional Division III playoffs in front of a raucous home crowd.
May 24, 2007
Hometown: Irvine Born: Aug. 19, 1990 Height: 6-1 Weight: 145 pounds Sport: Volleyball Coach: Dan Thomassen Favorite food: "Chronic Tacos" Favorite movie: "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" Favorite athletic moment: "Probably in club, when we went to the Junior Olympics when I was in 14s [in 2005]. We got third." Week in review: Had a team-high 19 kills as Sage Hill defeated Chadwick in five games on May 18, helping the Lightning advance to the CIF Southern Section Division V semifinals for just the second time in the program's history.
September 7, 2011
GIRLS' GOLF Newport Harbor 231, Estancia 291 SANTA ANA - Junior Tera Hanna shot five-over-par 41 to earn medalist honors for the host Sailors in the nonleague match Wednesday. Charlotte Skjonsby (46), Lauren Willard (47), Amelia Thomas (48) and Kate Lamas (49) also scored for the Tars (2-1). * GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL JSerra def. Sage Hill SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - Senior middle blocker Zoe Kreitenberg recorded 10 kills and hit .500, but JSerra won the season opener, 25-18, 18-25, 25-22, 25-14, on Wednesday.
May 15, 2007
CdM, Sailors, Lightning face second-round foes Newport-Mesa boys' volleyball teams from Corona del Mar High, Newport Harbor and Sage Hill hope postseason victory is sweeter the second time around, as all three play second-round matches tonight at 7 in their respective CIF Southern Section playoff divisions. Top-seeded CdM (29-2), trounced Santa Ana Friday at home, posting a 25-6, 25-17, 25-10 win that was the most dominant in the division. Coach Steve Conti's Sea Kings play host to Hemet, which needed four games to get past Villa Park in the first round.
May 16, 2007
BURBANK — The last time the Sage Hill School boys' volleyball team was in the second round of the playoffs, the Lightning didn't strike. But they made sure they would in Tuesday's CIF Southern Section Division V second-round match at Providence of Burbank. Bayle Smith and Joey Booth each recorded 14 kills to lead Sage Hill to a 25-23, 16-25, 25-19, 25-21 victory and a spot in the quarterfinals for the first time since 2004, when it made the semifinals. The Lightning (15-7)
August 1, 2004
Matt Jameson, a former four-year starter for the Newport Harbor High boys basketball team, returned to a gym filled with many memories and tallied 18 points to lead his team to a 57-47 victory in the fourth annual Newport Harbor alumni basketball tournament July 24 on the Sailors' campus. Jameson (Class of 1999), who went on to play point guard at Miami University of Ohio, teamed with brother Todd Jameson ('93), Mark McAnlis ('93), Bob Torribio ('95)
June 19, 2008
Sage Hill School junior outside hitter Bayle Smith has been named Academy League Co-MVP in boys’ volleyball after leading the Lightning to their first 10-0 undefeated league championship season. Smith shares the honor with Brethren Christian senior Ben Hammond. Smith, a repeat first-team member, led Sage Hill with 192 kills, 41 service aces and 27 blocks. Sage Hill Coach Dan Thomassen earned the league’s Coach of the Year award after leading the Lightning (20-10)
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