First Round of CIF for Wildcats


Natalie Ahdoot and Hannah Newman

Staff Writers 

May marks the start of the CIF Southern Section First Round of playoffs and Milken is proud to be sending Wildcats from multiple sports this spring. Wildcat teams, which had to place highly following Liberty League play, enter competition against the best of the best in CIF’s Southern Section.If they win, they will advance further and begin to play other teams from other leagues in the CIF Southern Section.

Jordan Brenner ‘17, MVP of the Liberty League, went to Las Posas Country Club on Monday to compete and finished 35th place out of 104 high school golfers. Jordan is “satisfied with this season” and explains that he “grew as a golfer” over the course of his season. When asked about next season, he says that he hopes to go further in playoffs during his senior year.

Last Wednesday, the boys varsity tennis team traveled to Westminster High School in Huntington Beach to in the first round of CIF Playoffs after a 2nd place finish in Liberty League play. Unfortunately, the match yielded unsuccessful results and the team lost 14-4. Justin Leff ‘17 and Josh Berenbaum ‘17 won three of the matches in doubles and Leor Kaminski ’19 won the remaining match. Berenbaum ‘17 says that “the tennis team is disappointed with the coincidental scheduling of March of the Living and the absence of the seniors. It really had an impact on our playoff performance.”

The three Track and Field Wildcats who qualified for CIF were Kayla Cohen ‘17, Noah Safer-Brickman ‘20, and Shiloh Wallack ‘17. Last Saturday only one Wildcat, Noah Safer-Brickman ‘20, headed to Carpinteria High School to compete against the other Liberty League athletes. Safer Brickman ‘19 placed 19th in the first round of the Track and Field Competition. Shiloh Wallack ‘17 explains that the track team’s success is due to the team’s bond and support of other “my journey to CIF this year started off with a stumble since I was extremely sick early in the season, but my team’s motivation helped me move past it and eventually get to where I wanted to be.”

The varsity baseball team did not place first in the Liberty League which did not automatically qualify them for the first round. Last Friday the team found out that they got the wildcard bid to enter CIF. The Wildcats will travel to Desert Christian High School in Lancaster for the first round of Division 6 playoffs. Jordan Pardo ‘18 explains that the team’s success is not marked by their wins but rather their attitude. He says that “we have had many ups and downs but we were able to come together as a team and leave it out on the field.” While the team is waiting to find out about their bid, Jordan Pardo ‘18 says that “the suspense is killed us, but we went out to practice everyday like it was our last.”