Girl’s WrestlingCadence Lee won a girls' state title at Leemore last weekend.Lee improved upon her second-place finish of a year ago by capturing her first title at the third annual CIF Girls Wrestling State Invitational Championships on Saturday at Lemoore High. Prior to Cadence, only two other female Gunn athletes have won state titles in any sport (Ruth Graham in cross country in 2001 and Tori Tyler in track and field in 2005).Good luck and well done to all the wrestlers!Lee won four straight matches, two by pin, and topped off her performance with a 5-3 decision over Angelica Llanes of Arvin in the 103-pound title match. After having two byes, Lee pinned Eva Soto of Pomona in 3:56. She followed that by pinning Harmonie Roberts of Ukiah in 1:52. In the semifinals, Lee posted a 4-0 win over Brittny Hernandez of Charter Oak.Gunn placed 18th with 35 points as Lee became the school's first state champ in wrestling and the third state champion of all-time. Sophomore Grace Robinson (118) and senior Jessica Sun survived three rounds each before being eliminated. Sun received the Pursuing Victory with Honor Award for the 138-pound division.Boy’s WrestlingAt Independence High, Gunn brought nine wrestlers to the CCS Championships and all nine won matches. Four Titans earned medals while finishing among the top four -- senior Eric Cramer (second at 126), junior Sean Lydster (second at 195), senior Daniel Papp (third at 120) and junior Stephen Martin (fourth at 182).Papp went 5-1 with four pins and scored 24 points. Cramer went 4-1 with two pins and also scored 24 points. Lydster went 4-1 with one pin, scoring 22 points, while Martin was 5-2 with two pins and 20 points.Gunn's other entrants included Ian Cramer (2-2 at 132), Blaze Lee (1-2 at 145), Dino Soto (1-2 at 160), Harsha Mokkarala (1-2 at 220) and Eric Calderon (1-2 at 285).Having two wrestlers in the finals was a first for the Titans, who wound up finishing sixth in the team standings. Had Cadence Lee been able to compete in the boys' CCS meet, Gunn coach Chris Horpel believes his Titans most likely would have finished in the top three in the team standings, tying their highest finish ever in 1973."This team is arguably the best wrestling team that Gunn has ever produced," said Horpel. "They proved it by winning the toughest league in the CCS and by placing so high in the CCS Championships without Cadence Lee."But, the season is not over. We have the boys' state (championships this weekend) in Bakersfield and we have three qualifiers who are really excited for that meet.Gunn's state qualifiers are Papp (120), Cramer (126) and Lydster (195). The two-day meet begins Friday at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield."With almost 800 schools wrestling in California and only one division, this is one of the most competitive state meets in the U.S.," said Horpel.Basketball – Lady Titans set to defend their CCS title!Girl’s BasketballThe Gunn girls' basketball team earned the right to defend its Central Coast Section Division I title by beating No. 4 seed Piedmont Hills, 42-18, in a semifinal game Wednesday at Santa Teresa High in San Jose. The top-seeded Titans (18-6) will play No. 6 San Benito (16-11), a 58-38 winner over No. 7 Evergreen Valley, in the section championship game Saturday at Santa Clara High at 1 p.m.
Gunn reached the semifinals with a 43-21 win over No. 8 Milpitas in a quarterfinal on Saturday at Hartnell College in Salinas. Zoe Zwerling had 14 points, seven rebounds and four steals for the Titans while Olivia Tapia added 12 points, five rebounds and three steals.
Senior point guard Claire Klausner returned to the Gunn lineup after missing a handful of games due to illness. She provided seven points, four offensive rebounds and three steals as Gunn forced the Trojans into 26 turnovers. The Titans grabbed a 27-11 halftime lead.Softball
Gunn pounded out 13 hits to get its first softball win of the season, a 5-2 nonleague victory over host Castilleja on Wednesday. The Titans overcame a 1-0 deficit with a pair of runs in the second. Natalie Mackraz scored the go-ahead run after getting aboard with a single and advancing on singles by Emma Wager and Natalie Oda. Roya Huang then singled to drive in Mackraz. Casey Maltz limited Castilleja to just four hits while Anna Tevanian, Huang and Oda all had two hits for the Titans.