Fall Sports: The Senior Games

Golf celebrates at Whipple for one of their last matches of the season. (Photo courtesy of Savvy Sweet/The Catalyst)

The Tigers pulled through at their senior match against Notre Dame HS in San Jose. The game took place on October 12 at  Moffett Field in Mountain View.

The four seniors on the team – Emma Boyd, Alison Lewis, Brindha Ramanathan, and Vicki Samaras – led NDB to a 280-302 victory with the lowest score winning in golf. This match was the Tigers’ first golf win of the season and a great way for the seniors to celebrate their years on the team.

“My favorite memory from playing golf was riding in the van with the whole team. It was really nice to hang out with everyone in those short traveling times, even if there was no conversation happening,” said Samaras.


Caroline Turk blocks a shot at the senior game. (Photo courtesy of Sam Gould/The Catalyst)

Stella Jaunich, Isabelle Neil, Olivia Semien, and Caroline Turk make up the seniors on the water polo team. 

For their senior event, they played Mercy HS in Burlingame on October 20 at the Serra HS pool. Their senior game is also known as Fan Fest, where parents and relatives of players get together and have a barbeque dinner for the team. 

Jaunich and Neil are co-team captains and led the Tigers to a 17-2 win. Neil made seven goals, Semien scored four, and Jaunich added two. Turk, the team’s goalie, also blocked 11 shots.

“I’m going to miss all the laughs and memory-making. [Water polo] really is one of the best teams at NDB because of the tight bonds we make as sisters,” said Jaunich.


Alexis Curry tips the ball at the Dig Pink game. (Photo courtesy of Robert Rojas/The Catalyst)

The varsity volleyball team has been crushing it this season with 15-9 overall as of this writing. 

Alexis Curry and Haley Stuart are the team’s seniors and have played since freshman year. 

Their loss to Sacred Heart HS in the Dig Pink game on Tuesday, October 19 has made them even more pumped up for the upcoming games. 

The team’s last game is on October 26 against NDB’s sister school, Mercy HS in Burlingame. The last time that they played Mercy, NDB won 3-1, so they are anticipating another win. 

“My older sister, Kayla, inspired me to start playing volleyball,” said Hayley Stuart. “I used to do whatever she did. So, when she started playing, so did I, and I have stuck with the sport ever since.”


Mara Riitters readies for a set from Castilleja. (Photo courtesy of Mara Riitters/The Catalyst)

Tennis is very popular this year for seniors, with nine graduating players. Nikka Ahani, Kaelyn Baldenegro, Angelina Chopoff, Kyra Green, Ziara Matthews, Chloe McGraw, Payton Peters, Mara Riitters, and Avery Tuthill make up the senior members of the tennis team. 

Most of the team has played the sport since their freshman year. 

“I really love this sport, but I don’t know if I will have the time to play competitively anymore. Tennis is an easy pick-up game,” said Tuthill.

Their senior game is on October 28 at the College of San Mateo courts against Castilleja School. NDB suffered a loss to Castilleja during the last time they played them, so the team is fired up and hoping for a win at their senior match.


NDB pulls ahead at their second WBAL meet. (Photo courtesy of Payton Daley/The Catalyst)

The senior cross country meet is coming up on November 5 at the Crystal Springs course. This meet will also be their league finals, where the individual runners and the team can qualify for CCS. 

Seniors Kayla George and Elle Rau are the team captains. The three other senior runners are Peyton Daley, Emma Nilstoft, and Clair Sapilewski. 

Most of the team’s graduating runners have participated in cross country for all four years of high school. 

“I definitely enjoy running and can see myself doing it in the future, but not as competitively as this year,” said Rau when asked what her plans were for cross country in college.

The seniors are looking forward to seeing how they place in their senior meet.