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Achievements

By the Numbers

  • 53 CIF Player of the Year Award Winners
  • 71 CIF championships, 217 league championships and 8 state championships
  • 121 Individual and Relay CIF Championships
  • 25 CIF teams, plus club sports including roller hockey, ice hockey, equestrian and surfing
  • 10 time recipient of the CIF Commissioner's Cup which honors the top boys and girls athletic programs in the CIF Southern Section. The boys athletic program has won the CIF Southern Section Commissioners Cup three times (1995-1996, 1996-1997, 1997-1998) and the girls have won it seven times (1998-1999, 1999-2000, 2002-2003, 2013-2014, 2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2018-2019). Winners of the Commissioner’s Cup are determined by a point system that provides 5 points for a CIF Divisional Championship, 3 points for a runner-up finish, 2 points for advancing to the semifinal round or a third place team finish and one point for a fourth place finish.
  • 2014 recipient of the Orange County Athletic Directors Association, Female Athlete of the Year: Haley Wan
  • 2016 recipient of the Orange County Athletic Directors Association, Male Athlete of the Year: Grant Shoults
  • Home of the Eagles, Santa Margarita’s athletic program includes 14 sports with 25 CIF-sanctioned teams. SMCHS also offers club sports including ice hockey, roller hockey, equestrian and surfing.
  • 31 current Santa Margarita coaches have earned the title of Orange County, CIF, or State Coach of the Year
  • 3 Olympic Gold Medals belonging to Amy Rodriguez '05 (Women's Soccer, Beijing '08, London '12) and Klay Thompson '08 (Men's Basketball, Rio, '16)
  • 3 Gatorade Players of the Year: 2004-2005 Amy Rodriguez, Soccer, National Player of the Year; 2010-2011 Lauren Bohaboy, Soccer, California Player of the Year; 2017-2018 Devon Chang, Volleyball, California Player of the Year

CIF Champions

Boys' Cross Country

  • 1994 - Michael Murray
  • 1995 - Michael Murray
  • 2000 - Steven Murray
  • 2002 - Mike Powers

Girls' Diving

  • 1996 - Kristen Marquis
  • 1998 - Kristen Marquis

Boys' Diving

  • 2019 - Nick Leavell

Girls' Golf

  • 1992 - So Cal Golf Champ Kellee Booth
  • 1993 - So Cal Golf Champ Kellee Booth

Boys' Golf

  • 2000 - So Cal Golf Champ Steve Conway

Boys' & Girls' Swimming

  • 1990 - 100 Breast Stroke Kevin Henricks
  • 1991 - 100 Breast Stroke Kevin Henricks
  • 1995 - 100 yard Butterfly Phillippe Demers
  • 1995 - 200 yard Freestyle Phillippe Demers
  • 1996 - 100 yard Butterfly Phillippe Demers
  • 1996 - 200 yard Freestyle Phillippe Demers
  • 1997 - 100 yard Butterfly Phillippe Demers
  • 1997 - 200 yard Freestyle Phillippe Demers
  • 1997 - 200 yard Free Relay F. Uxa, A. Jensen, T. Wilson, P. Demers
  • 1998 - 100 yard Backstroke Frank Uxa
  • 1998 - 200 yard Individual Medley Frank Uxa
  • 2000 - 200 yard Freestyle Jonathan Russell
  • 2000 - 200 yard Free Relay S. Packard, J. Kroeze, R. Peterson, E. Figge
  • 2000 - 200 yard Medley Relay S. Packard, J. Kroeze, K.Buhagiar, E. Figge
  • 2001 - 100 yard Freestyle Jonathan Russell
  • 2001 - 200 yard Individual Medley Harris Radie
  • 2006 - 200 yard Freestyle Relay D. Anderson, B. Gordon, K. Whichard, D. Migues
  • 2014 - 200 yard Freestyle Katie McLaughlin
  • 2014 - 200 yard Freestyle Grant Shoults
  • 2014 - 100 yard Butterfly Katie McLaughlin
  • 2014 - 200 yard Freestyle Relay C. Barry, R. Remick, L. Devitt, K. McLaughlin
  • 2014 - 400 yard Freestyle Relay L. Devitt, S. Franzen, E. Boggess, K. McLaughlin
  • 2015 - 100 yard Butterfly Katie McLaughlin
  • 2015 - 200 yard Butterfly Katie McLaughlin
  • 2015 - 400 yard Freestyle Relay S. Shelton, S. Franzen, C. Barry, K. McLaughlin
  • 2015 - 200 yard Freestyle Grant Shoults
  • 2015 - 500 yard Freestyle Grant Shoults
  • 2016 - 200 yard Freestyle Grant Shoults
  • 2016 - 500 yard Freestyle Grant Shoults
  • 2016 - 200 yard Freestyle Samantha Shelton
  • 2016 - 100 yard Butterfly Samantha Shelton
  • 2016 - 200 yard Freestyle Relay M. Degn, M. Hoffmann, J. Griffin, S. Shelton
  • 2016 - 400 yard Freestyle Relay M. Degn, E. Boggess, I. Patino, S. Shelton
  • 2017 - 200 yard Freestyle Samantha Shelton/Ella Ristic
  • 2017 - 100 yard Butterfly Anicka Delgado
  • 2017 - 500 yard Freestyle Ella Ristic
  • 2017 - 200 yard Freestyle Relay A. Delgado, M. Hoffmann, M. Degn, S. Shelton
  • 2017 - 100 yard Backstroke Samantha Shelton
  • 2017 - 400 yard Freestyle Relay E. Ristic, M. Degn, A. Delgado, S. Shelton
  • 2018 - 200 yard Medley Relay E. Ristic, I. Odgers, M. Ristic, M. Hoffmann
  • 2018 - 200 yard Freestyle Samantha Shelton
  • 2018 - 200 yard Individual Medley Isabelle Odgers
  • 2018 - 50 yard Freestyle Anicka Delgado
  • 2018 - 100 yard Butterfly Anicka Delgado
  • 2018 - 100 yard Freestyle Ella Ristic
  • 2018 - 200 yard Freestyle Relay A. Delgado, M. Hoffmann, M. Degn, S. Shelton
  • 2018 - 100 yard Breaststroke Isabelle Odgers
  • 2018 - 400 yard Freestyle Relay A. Delgado, M. Degn, E. Ristic, S. Shelton
  • 2019 - 200 yard Medley Relay I. Abrajan, K. Nugent, M. Renner, M. Ristic
  • 2019 - 50 yard Freestyle Anicka Delgado
  • 2019 - 100 yard Butterfly Anicka Delgado
  • 2019 - 200 yard Freestyle Relay A. Delgado, L. Ervin, E. Ristic, M. Degn
  • 2019 - 400 yard Freestyle Relay A. Delgado, L. Ervin, E. Ristic, M. Degn


Girls' Track & Field

  • 1996 - 1600 Meter- Katie Nuanes
  • 1997 - 1600 Meter- Katie Nuanes
  • 1998 - Triple Jump- Amanda Shanklin
  • 1999 - 100H- Amanda Shanklin
  • 1999- 300IH- Amanda Shanklin
  • 2000 - 1600 Meter- Lori Mann
  • 2003 - 100H- Lauren Collins
  • 2004 - 100H- Lauren Collins
  • 2005 - Pole Vault- Jessie Lucier
  • 2008 - Pole Vault- Claire Hawkins
  • 2009 - Pole Vault- Claire Hawkins
  • 2012 - Pole Vault- Kaitlyn Merritt
  • 2013 - Pole Vault- Kaitlyn Merritt
  • 2014 - Pole Vault- Kaitlyn Merritt
  • 2015 - Pole Vault- Kaitlyn Merritt
  • 2015 - 4x400 Meter Relay- Sheridan Scifres, Lauren Drysch, Nikki Merritt, Kaitlyn Merritt
  • 2016 - Pole Vault - Kate Thomas
  • 2016 - 400 Meter - Lauren Drysch
  • 2017 - Pole Vault - Kate Thomas
  • 2017 - High Jump - Liana Edgar
  • 2018 - 4x100 Meter Relay - Mia Roth, Jessica Elizalde-Rendon, Nikki Merritt, Tessa Green
  • 2018 - 100H - Nikki Merritt
  • 2018 - 100 Meter - Nikki Merritt
  • 2018 - 800 Meter - Gwyn George
  • 2018 - 300IH - Nikki Merritt
  • 2018 - 200 Meter - Tessa Green
  • 2019 - 4x100 Meter Relay - Olivia Guida, Lauren Memoly, Makena Eddy, Tessa Green
  • 2019 - 100 Meter - Tessa Green
  • 2019 - 400 Meter - Lauren Memoly
  • 2019 - 200 Meter - Tessa Green
  • 2019 - 4x400 Meter Relay - Sophia Morris, McKenna Bradley, Tessa Green, Lauren Memoly

Boys' Track & Field

  • 1996 - 4x100 Meter Relay- Matt Baier, Billy Newman, Matt Nickels, Tim Fitzgerald
  • 1996 - 300IH- Matt Blasdel
  • 1998 - 4x400 Meter Relay- Matt Brooks, Tyler Thompson, Nick Brutocao, Garrett Thompson
  • 1999 - Pole Vault- Pat Luke
  • 2000 - 4x400 Meter Relay- Phil Sardis, Bobby Braun, Adam Schmit, Sean Zeitler
  • 2000 - Pole Vault- Pat Luke
  • 2001 - 4x400 Meter Relay- Jeff Jacobs, Bobby Braun, Brad Slinkard, Sean Zeitler
  • 2001 - 300IH- Sean Zeitler
  • 2002 - 400 Meter- Jeff Jacobs
  • 2003 - 400 Meter- Jeff Jacobs
  • 2005 - Pole Vault- Andrew Prodoehl
  • 2006 - 800 Meter- Ryan Martin
  • 2007 - 800 Meter- Ryan Martin
  • 2009 - 300IH- Jimmy Martin
  • 2013 - Pole Vault- Parker Curry
  • 2014 - 300IH- Austin Tinsley
  • 2017 - 100 Meter - Blake Hennesay
  • 2017 - 300IH - Blake Hennesay
  • 2018 - 100 Meter - Blake Hennesay
  • 2018 - 300IH - Blake Hennesay

Wrestling

  • 2010 - Cameron Carlberg 125 lbs.
  • 2010 - Damon Couch 152 lbs.
  • 2013 - Jeff Holsinger 220 lbs.
  • 2014 - Jeff Holsinger 220 lbs.
  • 2014 - Nathan Fier 106 lbs.
  • 2018 - Nate Clay 285 lbs.

Team Championships

Baseball
  • 1995 - League Champions
  • 2004 - League Champions
  • 2014 - CIF Champions
  • 2019 - CIF Champions

Girls' Basketball
  • 1992 - League Champions
  • 2001 - League Champions
  • 2002 - League Champions
  • 2003 - League Champions
  • 2005 - CIF Champions
  • 2006 - League Champions
  • 2007 - League Champions
  • 2008 - League Champions
  • 2010 - CIF Champions
  • 2014 - CIF Champions

Boys' Basketball
  • 1993 - League Champions
  • 1994 - CIF Champions
  • 1994 - League Champions
  • 1995 - League Champions
  • 1996 - CIF Champions
  • 1996 - League Champions
  • 1998 - CIF Champions
  • 1998 - League Champions
  • 1998 - State Champions
  • 1999 - League Champions
  • 2004 - CIF Champions
  • 2004 - League Champions
  • 2005 - CIF Champions
  • 2008 - State Champions
  • 2014 - CIF Champions
  • 2019 - CIF Champions

Girls' Cross Country
  • 1988 - League Champions
  • 1989 - League Champions
  • 1990 - League Champions
  • 1991 - League Champions
  • 1993 - State Champions
  • 1995 - CIF Champions
  • 1999 - League Champions
  • 2000 - League Champions
  • 2002 - League Champions
  • 2003 - CIF Champions

Boys' Cross Country
  • 1991 - League Champions
  • 1993 - CIF Champions
  • 1995 - League Champions
  • 1996 - League Champions
  • 1997 - League Champions

Football
  • 1996 - CIF Champions
  • 1996 - League Champions
  • 1997 - CIF Champions
  • 1997 - League Champions
  • 2000 - League Champions
  • 2001 - League Champions
  • 2011 - CIF Champions
  • 2011 - State Champions

Girls' Golf
  • 1998 - League Champions
  • 1999 - League Champions
  • 2000 - League Champions
  • 2003 - League Champions
  • 2005 - League Champions
  • 2006 - League Champions
  • 2007 - League Champions
  • 2008 - League Champions
  • 2009 - League Champions
  • 2010 - League Champions
  • 2015 - League Champions
  • 2016 - League Champions

Boys' Golf
  • 1991 - League Champions
  • 1993 - League Champions
  • 1993 - Southern California Champions
  • 1994 - League Champions
  • 1995 - League Champions
  • 1996 - CIF Champions
  • 1996 - League Champions
  • 1997 - Southern California Champions
  • 1997 - League Champions
  • 1998 - League Champions
  • 2000 - Southern California Champions
  • 2000 - CIF Champions
  • 2001 - League Champions
  • 2002 - League Champions
  • 2006 - CIF Champions
  • 2006 - League Champions
  • 2007 - CIF Champions
  • 2011 - League Champions
  • 2012 - League Champions
  • 2012 - CIF Champions

Ice Hockey
  • 2010 - League Champions
  • 2011 - League Champions
  • 2012 - State Champions
  • 2013 - State Champions

Lacrosse
  • 2009 - Boys League Champions
  • 2011 - Girls League Champions
  • 2012 - Girls League Co-Champions
  • 2016 - Boys League Champions
  • 2017 - Boys League Champions
  • 2018 - Boys League Champions
  • 2019 - Boys League Champions
  • 2019 - Girls League Champions

Girls' Soccer
  • 1990 - League Champions
  • 1993 - League Champions
  • 1995 - League Champions
  • 1996 - League Champions
  • 1997 - CIF Champions
  • 1997 - League Champions
  • 1998 - CIF Champions
  • 1998 - League Champions
  • 1999 - CIF Champions
  • 1999 - League Champions
  • 2000 - League Champions
  • 2001 - CIF Champions
  • 2002 - League Champions
  • 2002 - CIF Champions
  • 2003 - League Champions
  • 2004 - League Champions
  • 2005 - League Champions
  • 2006 - League Champions
  • 2010 - League Champions
  • 2011 - League Champions
  • 2012 - League Champions
  • 2012 - So Cal Regional Champions (Division 2)
  • 2013 - League Champions
  • 2014 - League Champions
  • 2014 - CIF Champions
  • 2015 - League Champions
  • 2016 - CIF Champions
  • 2016 - National Champions
  • 2016 - So Cal Regional Champions (Division 1)
  • 2017 - League Champions

Boys' Soccer
  • 1991 - League Champions
  • 1993 - CIF Champions
  • 1993 - League Champions
  • 1997 - CIF Champions
  • 1998 - CIF Champions
  • 1998 - League Champions
  • 1999 - CIF Champions
  • 2000 - CIF Champions
  • 2000 - League Champions
  • 2001 - League Champions
  • 2003 - League Champions
  • 2005 - League Champions
  • 2006 - CIF Champions
  • 2006 - League Champions
  • 2007 - CIF Champions
  • 2008 - Southern California Champions
  • 2008 - CIF Champions
  • 2008 - League Champions
  • 2013 - League Champions

Softball
  • 2007 - League Champions
  • 2010 - CIF Champions
  • 2019 - League Champions

Girls' Swimming & Diving
  • 2000 - CIF Champions
  • 2000 - League Champions
  • 2001 - League Champions
  • 2002 - League Champions
  • 2003 - League Champions
  • 2004 - League Champions
  • 2005 - League Champions
  • 2006 - League Champions
  • 2007 - League Champions
  • 2008 - League Champions
  • 2009 - League Champions
  • 2010 - League Champions
  • 2011 - League Champions
  • 2012 - League Champions
  • 2013 - League Champions
  • 2014 - League Champions
  • 2014 - CIF Champions
  • 2015 - League Champions
  • 2015 - CIF Champions
  • 2016 - League Champions
  • 2016 - CIF Champions
  • 2017 - League Champions
  • 2017 - CIF Champions
  • 2018 - League Champions
  • 2018 - CIF Champions
  • 2018 - State Champions
  • 2018 - National Champions
  • 2019 - League Champions
  • 2019 - CIF Champions
  • 2019 - State Champions

Boys' Swimming & Diving
  • 2000 - League Champions
  • 2001 - League Champions
  • 2005 - League Champions
  • 2006 - League Champions
  • 2007 - League Champions
  • 2008 - League Champions
  • 2009 - League Champions
  • 2011 - League Champions
  • 2013 - League Champions
  • 2014 - League Champions
  • 2018 - League Champions
  • 2019 - League Champions

Girls' Tennis
  • 1992 - League Champions
  • 2006 - League Champions
  • 2007 - League Champions
  • 2008 - League Champions
  • 2009 - League Champions
  • 2010 - League Champions
  • 2011 - League Champions
  • 2012 - League Champions
  • 2013 - League Champions
  • 2014 - League Champions
  • 2015 - League Champions
  • 2016 - League Champions
  • 2017 - League Champions
  • 2018 - League Champions

Boys' Tennis
  • 1990 - League Champions
  • 1991 - League Champions
  • 1992 - League Champions
  • 2000 - League Champions
  • 2007 - League Champions
  • 2010 - League Champions
  • 2012 - League Champions
  • 2013 - League Champions
  • 2014 - League Champions
  • 2015 - League Champions
  • 2015 - CIF Champions
  • 2016 - League Champions
  • 2017 - League Champions
  • 2018 - League Champions
  • 2019 - League Champions

Girls' Track & Field
  • 1990 - League Champions
  • 1992 - League Champions
  • 1998 - League Champions
  • 1999 - CIF Champions
  • 1999 - League Champions
  • 2000 - League Champions
  • 2001 - League Champions
  • 2002 - League Champions
  • 2003 - League Champions
  • 2004 - League Champions
  • 2006 - League Champions
  • 2007 - League Champions
  • 2015 - League Champions
  • 2015 - CIF Champions
  • 2016 - CIF Champions
  • 2017 - League Champions
  • 2017 - CIF Champions
  • 2018 - League Champions
  • 2018 - CIF Champions
  • 2019 - League Champions
  • 2019 - CIF Champions

Boys' Track & Field
  • 1992 - League Champions
  • 1996 - CIF Champions
  • 1999 - League Champions
  • 2000 - League Champions
  • 2001 - League Champions
  • 2003 - League Champions
  • 2004 - League Champions
  • 2005 - League Champions

Girls' Volleyball
  • 1989 - League Champions
  • 1995 - League Champions
  • 1996 - CIF Champions
  • 1997 - CIF Champions
  • 1998 - CIF Champions
  • 1999 - CIF Champions
  • 1999 - League Champions
  • 1999 - State Champions
  • 2003 - CIF Champions
  • 2004 - CIF Champions
  • 2005 - League Champions
  • 2006 - League Champions
  • 2008 - CIF Champions
  • 2008 - League Champions
  • 2009 - League Champions
  • 2010 - League Champions
  • 2011 - League Champions
  • 2014 - League Champions
  • 2015 - League Champions
  • 2016 - League Champions
  • 2016 - CIF Champions
  • 2017 - State Champions

Boys' Volleyball
  • 1996 - League Champions
  • 1997 - CIF Champions
  • 1997 - League Champions
  • 1998 - CIF Champions
  • 2000 - League Champions
  • 2001 - CIF Champions
  • 2001 - League Champions
  • 2006 - League Champions
  • 2008 - League Champions
  • 2009 - League Champions
  • 2010 - League Champions
  • 2011 - League Champions
  • 2014 - League Champions
  • 2019 - League Champions

Girls' Water Polo
  • 2000 - CIF Champions
  • 2000 - League Champions
  • 2001 - League Champions
  • 2002 - League Champions
  • 2003 - League Champions
  • 2004 - League Champions
  • 2005 - League Champions
  • 2006 - League Champions
  • 2007 - League Champions
  • 2008 - League Champions
  • 2010 - League Champions
  • 2013 - League Champions
  • 2013 - CIF Champions
  • 2014 - League Champions
  • 2014 - CIF Champions
  • 2019 - League Champions
  • 2019 - CIF Champions

Boys' Water Polo
  • 2000 - League Champions
  • 2016 - CIF Champions

Boys' Wrestling
  • 1997 - League Champions

CIF Player of the Year


Girls' Basketball
  • 2003 - Julia Pederson
  • 2005 - Whitney Wood
  • 2005 - Brittany Taylor
  • 2006 - Whitney Wood
  • 2009 - Melissa Zornig
  • 2010 - Melissa Zornig
  • 2014 - Zaire Williams

Boys' Basketball
  • 2004 - Tyler Smith
  • 2005 - James Keefe
  • 2014 - Devonte Klines

Baseball
  • 2019 - Milan Tolentino

Football
  • 1996 - Damien Minna, Defense
  • 1996 - Billy Newman, Offense
  • 1997 - Carson Palmer, Offense
  • 1997 - John Minardi, Defense
  • 2011 - Johnny Stanton, Offense
  • 2011 - Chris Frost, Defense

Girls' Soccer
  • 1996 - Annie Luke
  • 1997 - Riki-Ann Serrins
  • 1998 - Erin Regan
  • 1999 - Erica Perrotta
  • 2001 - Daniella Bosio
  • 2001 - Katie Frattone
  • 2002 - Shannon Foley
  • 2002 - Daniella Bosio
  • 2011 - Lauren Bohaboy
  • 2016 - Natalie Kennedy

Boys' Soccer
  • 1993 - Matt Reis
  • 1997 - Matt Moses
  • 1997 - Byron Foss
  • 1998 - Tim Pierce
  • 1999 - Brandon Meeks
  • 2000 - Erick Foss
  • 2000 - Spencer George
  • 2006 - Andrew Sinderhoff
  • 2007 - Andrew Park
  • 2008 - Mike Munoz
  • 2008 - Roger Downes

Girls' Volleyball
  • 1999 - Monique Gerlach
  • 2003 - Blair Socci
  • 2004 - Blair Socci
  • 2006 - Dicey McGraw
  • 2009 - Kylie Hargreaves
  • 2016 - Meghan McClure

Boys' Volleyball
  • 1997 - Tim Gerlach
  • 1998 - Marcus Skacel
  • 2001 - Blake Robinson

Girls' Waterpolo
  • 2002 - Kristina Kunkel
  • 2013 - Haley Wan
  • 2014 - Haley Wan
  • 2019 - Honnie Vandeweghe-Oshea
  • 2019 - Caroline Christl

Boys Water Polo
  • 2016 - Brock Petersen

Distinguished Alumni

Matt Reis '93 | SOCCER: Reis had a storied MLS career for 16 years and reached the MLS Cup six times during that span. Reis played professionally for several clubs, including the LA Galaxy from 1998-2002 where he helped the club win their first MLS Cup in 2002 and currently serves as their goalkeepers coach. Reis was an NCAA Champion ('97) as the goalie for UCLA and was named the 1997 NCAA College Cup defensive MVP after recording 20 saves. Reis was drafted in the 3rd round of the 1998 MLS College Draft and got his first cap for the US in 2006 where he pitched a shutout against Canada. In January of 2017, Reis was named to the USMNT coaching staff prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Brian Finneran '94 | FOOTBALL: Brad and Brian Finneran were not only brothers, they were twins. So it was fitting that they both received football scholarships together to Villanova where they continued to dominate their opponents at the receiver position. In 1997 Brian Finneran won the Walter Payton award which recognizes the top Division I-AA Football player in the nation. Brian joins past winners such as NFL stars John Friesz, Steve McNair, and Dave Meggett. Prior to the 1998 season, Brian Signed with the Seattle Seahwaks making him the second eagle to reach the professional ranks, and the first to reach the NFL. From Seattle, Brian played for the NFL Europe Barcelona Dragons where he was named All-NFL Europe. He then went on to have a lengthly career playing for the Atlanta Falcons.A recipient of the Walter Payton award as a senior at Villanova University, which is given to the nation's topDivision 1-AA offensive player. Finneran was signed by the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 1998. Finneran also saw time as a member of the Barcelona Dragons, Philadelphia Eagles, and the Atlanta Falcons. He is now a host for a morning radio sports talk show, 680the fan in Atlanta.
Kris Farris '95 | FOOTBALL: Yet another Santa Margarita Graduate has left his mark on the NCAA. UCLA Tackle and Eagle Alumni Kris Farris won the 1998 Outland Trophy Award which celebrates the nation’s top interior lineman. Kris won the award as junior, and didn't give up a sack the entire season. Kris was also named to the first team AP All-American team. The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Farris in the third round (seventy-fourth pick overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft. He later played for the Buffalo Bills. Over the years Kris has helped out the eagles O-Line during summers assisting coach Mielke and the rest of the Offensive Line in One on One drills.While playing for UCLA won the Outland Trophy, awarded to the best United States college football interior lineman. Farris was drafted in the 3rd round of the NFL Draft (74th Pick overall) by the Pittsburgh Steelers and would go on to play for the Buffalo Bills.
Carson Palmer '98 | FOOTBALL: In 2 years as the starting QB for Santa Margarita Carson lived a fairy tale life. He finished his High School career with 27 school records. He was All-Everything and finished by having his jersey retired after being named the Division V Co-Offensive MVP and 2 straight CIF championships. Carson received a full scholarship to USC where he went on to break many of USC's passing records. Carson won the Heisman Trophy for the top collegiate football player in the nation. After leading USC to a regular season record of 10-2 and a ranking of 4th in the nation, Carson was named the CNNSI College Football Player of the year, CNNSI 1st Team All-American, Football Writers Association of America's 1st Team All-American, CBS Sportsline.com 1st Team All-American, ESPN.com 1st Team All-American, Pac-10 Co-Offensive Player of the Year, USC's Most Valuable Player, and also won the prestigious Unitas Golden Arm Award given to the top Sr. Quarterback in the nation. Carson went on to play for the Cincinnati Bengals, Oakland Raiders and Phoenix Cardinals in the NFL. Palmer won the Heisman trophy, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm, Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year and was a Consensus All-American in 2002. Palmer was the first quarterback out of USC to win the Heisman Trophy and led the Trojans to an Orange Bowl victory in 2002 where he was named the game’s MVP. He is a two-time NFL Pro-Bowler ('05 and '06) and has played for the Cincinnati Bengals, Oakland Raiders and Arizona Cardinals.
Jared Hughes '03 | BASEBALL: Hughes is an MLB pitcher who was originally selected in the 16th round of the 2003 draft by Tampa Bay. Hughes pitched one year (2004) at Santa Clara University, before transferring and going 16-7 in his two seasons (2005-06) at Long Beach State University. At Long Beach, he was an honorable mention All-Big West player and Second-Team All-Big West selection in 2005. Hughes was named a second-team summer All-American by Baseball America following a perfect 7-0 record and a 1.62 ERA in the Cape Cod League in 2005 before being signed by the Pirates. With the Pirates, Hughes has made his postseason debut in 2014 and his Pirates made the playoffs again this year (2015). After his tenure with the Pirates, Hughes went on to sign a one-year deal with the Milwaukee Brewers and in 2018 signed with the Reds.
Erika Figge '03 | WATER POLO: She was named an alternate for the 2008 water polo US Olympic team member and was the debutant of the US Women' Water Polo team that won a silver medal at the 2005 World Aquatics Championships in Montreal, Canada. In 2009, Figge was named to the USA Water Polo Women's Senior National Team for the 2009 FINA World Championships.
Amy Rodriguez '05 | SOCCER: A member of the U.S. Women's Soccer Team, an NCAA Champion at USC ('07), two-time Olympic gold medalist (Beijing '08, London '12) and World Cup Champion ('15). Rodriguez was also named the MVP of the 2015 National Women's Soccer League Championship game.
James Keefe '06 | BASKETBALL: Keefe was a starting basketball player and three time letterman for UCLA. As a senior at SMCHS, Keefe earned McDonalds All-American honors and earned 2nd team Parade Magazine All-American honors.
Ryan Martin '07 | TRACK & FIELD: Ryan was a three-time All-American 800m runner while at UCSB and current school record holder at SMCHS and UCSB. Martin competed in the 2012 Olympic Trials in the 800 meters where he finished 4th place and runs professionally for ASICS America. Martin was selected to represent Team USA at the 2015 Pan Am Games in the 800 and won the gold medal at the 2015 North American, Central American and Caribbean Championships in Costa Rica where he set the meet record in the process. Ryan qualified for the 2016 Olympic Trials in the 800 meters where he looks for redemption from his fourth place finish in 2012.
Klay Thompson '08 | BASKETBALL: An NBA player for the Golden State Warriors out of Washington State University where he was selected with the 11th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft. In 2014, Thompson was a member of the US National Team that won a gold medal in the FIBA Basketball World Cup. Thompson is a five-time NBA All-Star (2015-2019), three-time NBA Champion (2015, 2017, 2018) and a two-time All-NBA third team honoree (2015, 2016). In 2015, Thompson helped lead the Warriors to their first NBA title since 1975. Thompson helped lead the Warriors to the NBA Finals the next year where they lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the seventh game. In 2017, Klay would go on to win his second NBA title after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games, before defending their title the next year after sweeping the Cavs in 2018. Klay was selected to represent the United States as a member of the US Men's Basketball team at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games where he helped lead Team USA to an 8-0 record and winning the gold medal, starting six of the eight games and averaged 9.9 points per game. On October 29, 2018, Thompson set an NBA record for most 3-point field goals in a game with 14 against the Chicago Bulls, where he would score 52 points.
Gavin Escobar '09 | FOOTBALL: 2013 NFL 2nd Round Draft pick (47th overall) out of San Diego State by the Dallas Cowboys. While at SDSU, Escobar was a 1st-team All-Mountain West Conference selection and entered the NFL Draft after his junior season. In 2017, Escobar was picked up by the Kansas City Chiefs before joining the Miami Dolphins in 2018.
Trayce Thompson '09 | BASEBALL: Trayce was selected in the second round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft and called up to play for the Chicago White Sox as an outfielder. He was named an All-Star in 2015 for the Chicago White Sox Triple-A affiliate, the Charlotte Knights. Trayce currently plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers as an outfielder.
AJ Cruz '09 | FOOTBALL: Cruz was an All-Ivy league selection at Brown University before playing arena football for the Arizona Rattlers and Los Angeles Kiss and was signed by the Chicago Bears 90-man roster in 2015. After sustaining an injury in the final day of camp, Cruz was released by the Bears and then signed with the Miami Dolphins. While at Brown, he earned 1st Team All-American honors and is one of only 41 players in Ivy league history to earn 1st Team All-Ivy league, three times.
Max Tuerk '12 | FOOTBALL: Santa Margarita’s first US Army All-American selection and is now the starting center at USC. Tuerk is the first true freshman in USC history to start at left tackle and is the 14th multiple-time captain in USC history. At USC, Max had 33 career starts (14 at left guard, 13 at center, 5 at left tackle, 1 at right tackle) and was a 3-year starter. Turek was drafted in the third round of the 2016 NFL draft by by the San Diego Chargers.
Beau Hossler '13 | GOLF: Beau plays golf for the University of Texas and three-time US Open competitor. In 2015, Hossler was named the Big 12 Player of the Year, PING All-American, and was selected to represent Team USA at the Pan American Games, the golf debut for the Pan Am games where he would earn a silver medal in mixed competition. Hossler had five tournaments wins in the 2015-2016 season, finished in the top-five in seven events, posted 11 top-10 finishes in 12 events, earned medalist honors in five events (second most single season wins in UT history) and posted 26 of 33 rounds under par. Hossler won the 2016 Haskins Award, given to the most outstanding collegiate golfer in the United States. In July of 2016, Beau officially sign as a professional golfer, signing with TaylorMade Golf Company, a subsidiary of Adidas which is based out of Carlsbad, California.
Johnny Stanton '13 | FOOTBALL: Johnny Stanton was a game-changing quarterback both as a passer and runner for Coach Harry Welch at Santa Margarita Catholic High School. Stanton’s senior season was cut short by a knee injury in week five. Before he was injured, Stanton helped his team to a consensus ranking among the nation’s top five prep teams. In his shortened season, Stanton completed 59-of-88 passes for 949 yards and 12 touchdowns, while rushing for 386 yards and 10 touchdowns on just 47 carries. Stanton’s efforts earned him September’s National High School Coaches Association/GTM Sportswear Athlete of the Month award. Santa Margarita was 5-0 at the time of Stanton’s injury and went on to finish with a 9-3 record. Stanton was one of California’s most dynamic offensive players in the 2011 season, helping Santa Margarita to a 13-2 record and the CIF Southern Section Division I state title. Stanton completed better than 60 percent of his passes for 2,439 yards and 13 touchdowns, while rushing for 1,428 yards and 21 touchdowns. Stanton was the first-team quarterback on the Los Angeles Times All-Area team and was the MVP of the SouthernCaliforniaPreps.com All-Pac 5 football team. As a sophomore in 2010, Stanton started at safety for the Santa Margarita defense and also logged time at quarterback. Stanton made 72 tackles on defense, while posting 375 passing yards and 223 rushing yards. Stanton showed his quarterback ability in leading a comeback win against St. John Bosco as a sophomore, throwing for 185 yards and three touchdowns in the second half. Stanton was generally regarded as one of the nation’s top dual-threat QB prospects, ranking among the top 15 overall dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation by both 247 Sports and Rivals.com, while Fox Sports Next ranked him among the nation’s top 30 quarterbacks overall. He was also regarded as one of the top 40 players in California. Stanton was also a finalist at the prestigious Elite 11 Quarterback Camp in 2012 in California. After stints
River Cracraft '13 | FOOTBALL: River Cracraft was a four year letterwinner for coach Harry Welch. As a Sophomore he earned All-State and All-Trinity League honors after making 35 receptions for 469 yards and 41 tackles and three interceptions. As a Junior he earned All-CIF honors after catching 43 passes for 639 yards and five touchdowns while only playing in eight games. He helped SMCHS to a CIF State D1 title and a 13-2 record. As a Senior he was named All-County by the Orange County Register, All-Trinity League and Trinity League Offensive Player of the Year after recording 56 receptions for 935 yards and nine touchdowns. He also intercepted one pass and recorded five pass breakups. He finished his career with 134 career receptions second to former NFL wideout Brian Finneran. Finished his career with 2,043 career receiving yards, third-most in SMHS history. He was selected to play in South Bay BMW West Coast Bowl, caught two passes for 32 yards including a 17-yard touchdown. Rated three stars by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com. Ranked the No. 91 overall prospect out of California by ESPN.com. He also played baseball and ran track. Earned a full scholarship to Washington State. As a junior at Washington State was Named to Biletnikoff Award Watch List. Earned All-Pac-12 Conference honorable mention as a senior. River finished his Washington State career playing in 42 games with 218 catches for 2701 yards and 20 TDs. River Cracraft is a wide receiver and a return specialist for the Denver Broncos. After high school he went on to attend Washington State. Cracraft played four seasons for the Cougars, appearing in 42 games. He recorded 218 receptions (No. 2 in school history behind Gabe Marks), 2,701 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns while at Washington State before tearing his ACL near the end of his senior season. After going unselected in the 2017 NFL Draft due to his knee injury, Cracraft was signed by the Denver Broncos to the team's practice squad on October 17, 2017 but was released by the team three days later after sustaining an injury in practice. He was subsequently re-signed to the Broncos' practice squad later on in the season on December 18, 2017 and signed a futures contract with the team at the end of the season. Cracraft was signed to the Broncos' practice squad after being cut from the team's active roster at the end of the 2018 preseason and was promoted to the active roster on November 2, 2018 and made his NFL debut two days later in the Broncos' 19-17 loss to the Texans, returning a punt for five yards.
Jeremy McNichols '14 | FOOTBALL: Jeremy was an all-league RB/WR for the Eagles. As a senior he rushed 163 times for 798 yards and eight touchdowns, and hauled in 17 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns. He also played defense recording 34 tackles. Jeremy received a scholarship to Boise State University. Jeremy was selected in the fifth round of the NFL Draft (162nd overall) by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2017 NFL Draft. In his Jr. year at Boise State was also a Doak Walker Award Semi-finalist, finished the season with 27 touchdowns which ranked him second in the nation and third all-time in a single season at Boise State. He finished his 3 year career at Boise State with 3,205 yards rushing and 103 receptions for 1,089 yards. Jeremy is the 5th Eagle to be drafted into the NFL. Jeremy played football for the Eagles where he played as a running back and wide receiver, where he rushed for 877 yards with nine touchdowns and had 72 receptions for 934 yards and 10 touchdowns. After Santa Margarita, McNichols went on to play as a true freshman at Boise State, where he played running back. McNichos was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2017 NFL Draft in the 5th round, 162nd overall. He now plays for the Tennessee Titans.
Griffin Canning '14 | BASEBALL: After leading the Eagle baseball team to their only CIF Championship in 2014, Canning went on to have an illustrious career at UCLA. As a Bruin, Canning was ranked in several categories on NCAA's active career list including second in shutouts (4), fifth in complete games (8), eighth in strikeouts (301), 28th in innings pitched (292.0), and 49th in wins (19). After posting a 7-4 record with a 2.34 ERA in 17 starts for the 2017 season, Canning was selected in the second round with the 47th pick of the 2017 MLB draft by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. On April 30, 2019, the Angels promoted Canning to the major leagues and he made his debut that night, recording six strikeouts over 4 13 innings pitched

Katie McLaughlin '15 | SWIMMING: Katie earned a gold medal at the 2015 FINA World Championships as a member of the 4x200-meter freestyle relay team. Also on that team were Olympic gold medalists Katie Ledecky and Missy Franklin. Katie qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympic Trials in four events (100m Free, 200m Fly, 200IM, and the 100 fly. In 2018, McLaughlin qualified for the US National team where she to represent the USA at the Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo by placing 2nd in the 100 butterfly after touching the wall in a time of 57.21, which ranked 12th in the world and 2nd in the US at the time.

Grant Shoults '16 | SWIMMING: Grant earned two gold medals at the 2015 FINA World Junior Championships in Singapore. Shoults claimed gold in the 400 meter freestyle with his time of 3:48.91 and was a part of the junior world record setting 800 meter freestyle relay team that claimed gold. Shoults split 1:48.10 as a part of the 7:13.76 junior world record team. Shoults qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympic Trials in six events (200m Free, 400m Free, 200m Fly, 200IM, and 100m Fly). Shoults would go on to finish 7th place in the 400m Freestyle Final in a time of 3:51.25. In 2017, Shoults earned a Bronze medal at the World University Games in the 400 Free with a time of 3:49.03. In 2018, Shoults swam a PR of 3:46.90 in the 400m freestyle, earning him a spot on the US National team where he would represent the USA at the Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo. His time ranked him 13th in the world and 2nd in the US at that time.

State Champions

Girls Track & Field

2013 - Pole Vault - Kaitlyn Merritt

2015 - Pole Vault - Kaitlyn Merritt


Girls Swimming

2017 - 200 Freestyle Relay - Mackenzie Degn, Josette Odgers, Marriott Hoffmann, Anicka Delgado

2018 - 200 Freestyle Relay - Anicka Delgado, Marriott Hoffmann, Mackenzie Degn, Samantha Shelton

2018 - 400 Freestyle Relay - Anicka Delgado, Mackenzie Degn, Ella Ristic, Samantha Shelton

2019 - 200 Free - Ella Ristic

2019 - 50 Free - Anicka Delgado

2019 - 100 Free - Ella Ristic

2019 - 200 Freestyle Relay - Anicka Delgado, Lindsay Ervin, Mia Ristic, Ella Ristic

2019 - 400 Freestyle Relay - Ella Ristic, Lindsay Ervin, Miranda Renner, Anicka Delgado

State and National Accolades

2004-2005 Amy Rodriguez, Soccer, National Player of the Year

2010-2011 Lauren Bohaboy, Soccer, California Player of the Year

2015-2016 Girls Soccer, USA Today HSS National Champions

2015-2016 Grant Shoults, Swimming World Magazine National Boys Swimmer of the Year

2016-2017 Machaela George, Soccer, California Player of the Year

2017-2018 Devon Chang, Volleyball, California Player of the Year

2018, Girls Swimming & Diving, NISCA National Dual Meet Champions