Category: Alumni News

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Boys Varsity Track · Herald Alumni Ben White sets record at Whittier College!

Former Herald Ben White continues to shine in the Cross Country and Track programs at Whittier College.  Ben’s most recent accomplishment was setting the Whittier College record for the 10,000 meter run!

Ben was named (in this…his freshman year at Whittier College) as the Cross Country Newcomer of the Year in the SCIAC Conference, and runner-up for Newcomer of the Year in Track and Field!

Check out this article…

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Boys Varsity Golf · Former Herald Golfer Matt Rafter Leads Cypress College to State Championship!

Congratulations to former Herald Golfer Matt Rafter who led his team from Cypress College to the Junior College State Championship.  Along with the Cypress College team finishing as champions, Matt came in 2nd in the state individually!  Matt has now signed to finish his golf at D1 Cal State Fullerton.

Here are a couple of articles about Matt’s recent accomplishments.  Way to go Matt!

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Multiple Teams · Five Heralds Celebrated Going On to Play in College!

During the Senior Chapel today, Whittier Christian celebrated five Heralds who will go on to play their respective sports in college.  What an awesome privilege to get an education AND play the sport!  Here is a list of the student/athletes along with some pictures from the morning.  GO HERALDS!

Quinn Commans – Football (undecided)

Alex Escobar – Baseball to Whittier College

Conley Harris – Sand Volleyball to Houston Baptist

Ashlynn Hernandez – Soccer to Arizona Christian

Cade McGee – Volleyball to North Greenville

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Boys Varsity Baseball · Herald Baseball Seniors Honored!

Congratulations to the Herald Baseball seniors and their families!  These boys have been a huge part of our baseball program over the past 4 years, and they were honored before the Valley Christian game on Saturday, April 28th.

We are proud of Kevin Amador, Dillon Crain, Alex Escobar, Nathan Farquer, Brian Greene, Joseph Hernandez, and Brandon Ybarra!

Here are some pictures from Saturday…

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Boys Junior Varsity Football, Boys Varsity Football · Brett Esslinger Announced As New Herald Head Football Coach!

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Dear WCHS Football Players and Parents,

Thank you for your patience and your prayers during this time of transition.  I have been working with a selection committee that included representatives from administration, school board, and faculty. To avoid a conflict of interest, our Athletic Director, Rol Esslinger, recused himself from the selection committee.

We are excited to announce that Brett Esslinger will be our new head Varsity Football coach, effective immediately.

Coach Esslinger (WCHS 2008) played as Varsity quarterback during his high school career. After graduation, he attended Cal State Fullerton, where he earned his in Kinesiology. He is currently one semester away from finishing his M.A. in Secondary Education at Hope International University. He has been teaching here at WCHS for four years and coaching here for nine years. During that time, he has worked as JV Offensive Coordinator, JV Head Coach, Varsity Offensive Coordinator. He currently teaches Health and Weightlifting, and serves as an assistant ASB advisor. Coach Esslinger has a heart for building relationships and strives to build Christian character in his players. He is a Herald, and he understands our mission to equip the mind and spirit.

We are also excited to announce Mike Fitch as our new Varsity Assistant Head Coach. Coach Fitch has 33 years of head coaching experience, including Bellflower, Mayfair, Whittier, and Brethren Christian High School. His coaching career boasts two CIF Championships and fourteen League Championships. He was named Coach of the Year by Whittier Daily News, the Los Angeles Times, and the Long Beach Press Telegram. Twice he was selected as ABC Coach of the WeekIn 2010, Coach Fitch was inducted into the 605 Hall of Fame.

We eagerly anticipate that Coach Esslinger’s commitment to building a successful program and Coach Fitch’s proven track record will provide a winning combination for Heralds Football in the coming years.

Thank you for your support of the WCHS Football program.

Go Heralds!

Carl Martinez, Head of School

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Boys Junior Varsity Baseball, Boys Varsity Baseball · THANK YOU to our Baseball Banner Sponsors!

The Herald Baseball program would like to thank the following businesses for their sponsorship to benefit our players!  Here they are in no particular order.  PLEASE LOOK FOR OPPORTUNITIES TO FREQUENT THEIR BUSINESS AND THANK THEM FOR THEIR SUPPORT!

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Girls Varsity Softball · Jersey Retired for Former Herald Softball Pitcher Courtney McGee!

Mrs. Courtney (McGee) Rivera came to the Herald Softball Field on March 8, 2018, all the way from her home in Texas to be a part of a ceremony to retire her #14 jersey.  During her time as a Herald, Courtney was a dominant force on the softball field.  From her Sophomore year through Senior year, Courtney was a 1st Team All-League Selection.  Her Junior and Senior seasons she was selected as a 1st Team All-CIF Player.  But most importantly she helped the Heralds secure Back to Back CIF titles during her Junior and Senior Seasons (’09, ’10). 

 Some of her stats from High School:

Pitching ERA:

2008 –  1.22

2009 –  .061

2010 –  .045

Batting Average:

Averaged .406 for her 3 combined seasons.

2008  –  449

2009  –  343

2010  –  427

Fielding Percentage:

.976 Avg. for her 3 combined seasons

2008  –  .987

2009  –  .955

2010  –  .987

In College, Courtney was a part of the Lubbock Christian University team that won the conference championship in all four seasons that she participated.  During her Sophomore season, her team won the state championship and she was voted 1st Team all conference.  Her junior season they improved to take 3rd Place in the nation and she was selected all tournament in the National Championship Tournament.  Her senior year she was selected as the Surgical Comeback Player of the year as she wrapped up her college career. 

 Courtney has certainly made a significant contribution to the legacy of Heralds softball and we are proud to honor her in this way!  Here are some pictures of her day on our campus.

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Boys Junior Varsity Baseball, Boys Varsity Baseball · Baseball Alumni Game This Saturday, February 10

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Boys Junior Varsity Baseball, Boys Varsity Baseball · Herald Baseball Alumni Game

Save the date and spread the word.  Calling all Herald Baseball Alumni!

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Girls Varsity Softball, Girls Varsity Volleyball · Conley Harris and Ellie Suh sign letters to play in College!

Congratulations goes to Conley Harris (Houston Baptist University), and Ellie Suh (Hawaii Hilo University) for signing their letters of intent to play after they graduate this year!  Conley will be heading to Houston to play Beach Volleyball for the Huskies after leading our indoor team into the CIF playoffs this year.  Ellie will be heading to Hilo to play softball for the Vulcans, and will be helping to lead our softball team this spring!

Here are some pictures from their day today in the Leon Davis Event Center…