fielded one NCS qualifier in the Men’s 50 freestyle after
placing 1st in the BCL-West. Overall, 21 student-athletes
were named to BCL-West All League teams as well as one
BCL-West League MVP in Women’s Basketball.
French American International School enjoyed another
successful year highlighted by some of the following
accomplishments. The French American Cross Country
team had multiple top ten finishes over the course of their
season. The Girls 6th Grade Basketball team, Girls Varsity
Basketball team, Boys Varsity Volleyball team, and Boys
Varsity Soccer team all qualified for the BAIAL playoffs
after impressive regular seasons. The Boys 5 Red and Boys
6th Grade Basketball teams played in intense and dramatic
playoff games and brought home CYO championships.
Throughout the year the Jaguar Nation, once again,
rocked the Jag Den and packed fan buses to travel all over
the Bay Area to support our Jaguar Athletic teams. Members
from all across the Jaguar community were immersed in the
Jag Nation pandemonium; lower school students, middle
school students, high school students, teachers, faculty, staff
and alumni, along with friends and family all came together
to “Rise as One”. The spirit, enthusiasm and passion shown
by our fans is second to none and created a special atmosphere for our student-athletes, whether at home or away.
As we end the year and bid a fond farewell to the Class
of 2014, we wish all of our student-athletes the best of luck
as they study, compete and pursue their passions at the next
level. We’d like to highlight former Jaguars who displayed
their talents and passions this year in many different arenas.
French American and International High School alumni
were making us proud on the playing fields, in the business
world and most notably, right here at International.
Ben Rainero ‘ 12, Track & Field at Cornell University: During
Ben’s sophomore season he posted a top ten finish in the
John Reif Memorial Run’s five-mile race and placed 4th in
their season opener against Army. Ben has posted personal
bests in the 1500m 3: 52. 22, Mile 4: 13. 81, 3000m 8: 31. 92.
Margaret Nwabueze ‘ 13, Women’s Basketball and Track &
Field, Occidental College: In her freshman she posted
personal best time in the 200m with a time of 25. 93 and
is ranked 9th on Occidental top ten list for the 200m. She
also posted one of the fastest times in the women’s 100M
at Occidental in a number of years with a time of 12. 66,
good for number ten on the Oxy all time list for the 100m.
Margaret also walked on to the Women’s Basketball team.
Emilia Omerberg ‘ 13, Women’s Soccer at Oberlin College:
In her first season in the goal, Emilia posted a shutout win
over Hilbert while making six saves over the course of the
Lillian Jahan ‘ 10, Women’s Basketball & Soccer at Oberlin
College: In the spring Lillian graduated pre-med with a
double major in sociology and biology and a minor in
chemistry from Oberlin College after a very successful two
sport career in soccer and basketball. Lillian is currently
working with an agent to secure a professional basketball
contract in France.
Chris Ebersole ‘06, Men’s Basketball at Stanford University:
Now that his collegiate playing days have come to a close
you can find Chris traveling the world and living his dream
of working in the NBA. As the Associate Coordinator of
International Basketball Operations, Chris is exposing the
game of basketball to different regions across the globe.
Noah Morton ‘ 12, Baseball at Lawrence University: During
Noah’s freshman season he played in multiple position
in infield and learned about importance of strength and
Kai Leshne ‘ 10, Men’s Soccer at Wesleyan University: During
Kai’s sophomore season he contributed valuable minutes in
the midfield and forward position, including breaking into
the starting line-up.
Clay Blozies ‘ 10, Baseball at Haverford College- In his third
year on the Haverford baseball team Clay has become reliable relief pitcher for the Fords pitching at least one inning
in 13 games this past season. In 2013-2014 Clay pitched
26.0 innings while striking out 14 batters on his way to a
1-1 record and 4. 85 ERA.
Alumni Coaches: Sam Allen ‘07, Alex Iljas ‘08, Sieva Koz-insky ‘08 all coached in various roles both at International
High School and French American International School this
past year. Having alumni come back to share their experiences and mentor our student-athletes is a key component
in building the Jaguar community.
As we look back and reflect on the 2013-2014 year,
we also look forward to the future of Jaguar Athletics. We
couldn’t be more excited for next year as we build relationships with the new incoming Jaguar student-athletes and
welcome back our returning Jaguars. As NBA future Hall of
Famer Tim Duncan once said, “Good, better, best. Never
let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.”
With all of the accomplishments and successes achieved
this year by our student-athletes and coaches with the support of the faculty, administration and their families, we are
excited to embark on the next part of our journey which
will include the vertical alignment of our athletics program
from grades 5-12. As the quote said, the Jaguar Athletic
Department won’t rest until our better is best.