Basketball Put a Ring on It


Allison Perea, Staff Writer

Last March, while most royals were dancing and screaming onstage at Servite for Red and Gold, our royal basketball players traveled to Sacramento, California to compete against one of the best teams in the state for the chance to be Division I State Champions. After an exciting game, Rosary came out on top, beating Bishop O’Dowd from Oakland, California 75-58.

Mr. Yoon and the girls prepare. Photo by A.B. Goostrey.

The basketball team was given a second opportunity to celebrate their win at our all-school Mass on Thursday, August 15, when their State Championship rings were blessed and handed out. The girls were smiling from ear to ear as they opened the tiny black boxes, and put on the bling. “Feels like a dream come true,” said Caylee Santos ’20, ”I never thought I would be able to call myself a Division I State Champ.” Caylee also played in the state championship game in 2017 when Rosary beat Campolindo in the Division III State Championship. She now has two rings to wear proudly.

The basketball team with coaches Mrs. Huerta and Mr. Yoon. Photo by Carlotta Fermin.

However difficult the teams were in the state playoffs, the Royals were prepared because of the challenging teams they had faced in the Open Division for CIF playoffs. In an interview with the OC Catholic, senior Kate Goostrey ‘20 said, “Every game in the Open Division was a learning experience. Once we all started to come together, we were all focused on the goal of winning.” 

Kate is ready to be challenged again this season. “We are undersized,” Goostrey said in an interview with the Royal Reporter. “Being the underdogs this year is exciting because we have a lot of people to prove wrong.” 

The team shows off its new bling. Photo by Caylee Santos.

Be sure to lookout for all of the things our royal basketball players are going to accomplish this year. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the team brings home another state championship trophy to add to the basketball shrine that Mr. Yoon keeps in his office.