SD Jewish Academy launches 11-man football season

San Diego Jewish Academy left nothing to chance in its 11-man football debut, thrashing Crean Lutheran South of Irvine 67-0 in a nonleague game on Sept. 10.

SDJA, which previously played 8-man football, made a seamless adjustment behind quarterback Joseph Mizarchi, who was involved in three touchdowns to lead the Lions, and running back Jordan Sharf, rushed for 188 yards on three touchdowns on nine carries.

Mizarchi rushed for 122 yards on eight carries, completed his only two pass attempts for 63 yards and one touchdown, and also returned an interception 62 yards for another Lions score.

Defensive standout Ricky Pemensky recorded five sacks.

“It was a good confidence booster for our team,” Lions coach John Milisitz said. “I think it let them know that they belong and that they can compete with anybody.”

Santa Fe Christian put up big numbers for a second consecutive week as the Eagles defeated Palo Verde of Blythe 50-24 in a nonleague game on Sept. 11.

The Eagles reached the 50-point plateau for a second consecutive week, and have outscored their opponents by a combined 103-30 on their way to a 2-0 record.

Sam Hoekstra was involved in six touchdowns to lead the romp, rushing for 173 yards and three touchdowns on six carries and catching three scoring passes for 86 yards.

The Eagles big-play running back’s night was highlighted by 71-and 81-yard scoring runs.

Eagles quarterback Keaton Giannotti was 4 for 4 passing for 125 yards and three touchdowns.


Cathedral Catholic is off to a 2-0 start after impressive season opening nonleague victories against Santa Fe Christian and San Pasqual Escondido.

The Dons defeated two-time defending state champion Santa Fe Christian 3-1 (25-13, 25-20, 22-25, 25-13) in their season opener on Sept. 9, and then beat San Pasqual 3-0 (25-10, 25-15, 25-12) the next day.

Kelly Reeves led the Dons with 21 kills in the Santa Fe Christian match and Taylor Milton added 14 kills. Lauren Miller had 18 assists and Rachel Oemcke contributed 12 assists.

Morgan Cormier had seven kills and Milton and Reeves each had six kills in the San Pasqual match.


Canyon Crest Academy defeated Tri-City Christian 11-7 in both teams’ Coastal League opener on Sept. 10.

Lexi Goldberg and Rebecca Sicile-Kira, the Ravens’ No. 1 and No. 2 singles players, each won all three of their matches by a combined 18-2 scores.

The Ravens improved to 2-0 overall for the season.


Torrey Pines defeated El Camino 200-237 in a nonleague match on Sept. 9.

Medalist Sarah Baek shot a 2-under-par 34 to lead the Falcons on the nine-hole course at Arrowood Golf Course.

Stacy Rayo shot a 40 for the Falcons, who improved their overall record for the season to 2-0.

Cathedral Catholic’s Joyce Kim shot a 1-under-par 35 to lead the Dons to a 223-377 nonleague victory over Crawford on nine holes Balboa Golf Course on Sept. 9.

Devon Brown added a 39 score for the Dons, who improved their overall record to 2-0.

Cross country

Torrey Pines standout Megan Morgan led the Falcons to a strong showing at the prestigious Bronco Invitational Meet at Kit Carson Park on Sept. 12.

Morgan placed second in the Div. I meet, clocking in an 11:00 on the grueling 3,200 meter course that was seven seconds off the pace of Rancho Bernardo sensation Molly Grabill’s 10:53.

Morgan and was among three Falcons runners who placed in the top four and among five placing in the top 11.

Alli Billmeyer (11:07) placed third and Ashlyn Dadkhah (11:15) placed fourth.