Six winter athletes named to All-CIF teams

Cole Jacobson

The all-CIF Southern Section teams for four winter sports were released on the CIF-SS’ website on Monday evening, and the teams for girls’ water polo were released on Friday afternoon. In total, six Wolverine athletes were selected to the first teams in their respective divisions.

In boys’ basketball, Alex Copeland ’15 was Harvard-Westlake’s lone selection. The guard, committed to Yale University, averaged 25.4 points per game during his senior season, leading the entire Mission League, and finished his Harvard-Westlake career in 7th place on the all-time varsity boys’ scoring list. Overall, Copeland was one of six Mission League players to be chosen to the 10-man CIF-SS Division 4AA first team, including divisional player of the year DeAnthony Melton ’16 (from Crespi).

In girls’ basketball, two underclassmen were chosen to the CIF-SS Division 4AA first team in Lindsey Tse ’16 and Jayla Ruffus-Milner ’18. Tse averaged 8.5 points per game and a team-leading 2.2 assists per game, while Ruffus-Milner nearly averaged a double-double with a team-leading 12.9 points per game and 9.7 rebounds per game. Both players were instrumental to the Wolverines’ eventual runs to the CIF-SS Division 4AA semifinals and the Division 4 Southern California semifinals.

In boys’ soccer, Henry Quilici ’15 was chosen to the CIF-SS Division I first team. Starting at forward for his senior season, Quilici led the Wolverines in scoring, as he helped lead the team to the second round of the CIF-SS Division I playoffs after the squad surprisingly missed the postseason in 2014. Quilici also had the lone goal in the team’s 1-0 upset road win at Loyola, the eventual Mission League champions and CIF-SS DI semifinalists.

In girls’ soccer, Courtney O’Brien ’15 was selected to the CIF-SS Division I first team for the second straight year. O’Brien, committed to Princeton University, dominated all season long playing forward for the Wolverines, who at one point were as high as 16th in the nation in MaxPreps’ rankings. O’Brien scored the game-tying goal in stoppage time of regulation during the team’s 3-3 (4-2) playoff loss to eventual CIF-SS DI champions Mater Dei, heading in a cross from Chloe Castaneda ’15 with under a minute remaining to keep the Wolverines’ playoff hopes alive.

In girls’ water polo, the last sport to be released, Sophia Gonzalez ’15 was named to the CIF-SS Division III first team. Gonzalez, the last Wolverine player remaining in high school from the most recent CIF-SS title winning team in 2012, led the Mission League in scoring in 2014-15. The Wolverines’ only senior carried the team to its 19th consecutive league title, and a quarterfinal appearance in the CIF-SS Division III playoff bracket, where they succumbed to eventual finalists Riverside King.

No All-CIF teams were released in the other winter sport, wrestling.