Santa Margarita Catholic High School announces today the selection of Richard Fisher as the school’s Head Varsity Football Coach. Fisher comes to Santa Margarita Catholic High School from the University of Nebraska, where he has served as a wide receivers coach since 2011. Prior to the University of Nebraska, Fisher was the Head Football Coach at The Rivers School, an independent coeducational preparatory school in Weston Massachusetts from 2008-2011. At Rivers, Fisher led the Red Wings to their first undefeated season since 1915 and the first Independent School League Championship and Bowl appearance in school history.Official Announcement | OC Register
Congratulations to Kris Farris ’95 and Carson Palmer ’98 for being named finalists to the Pac-12 All-Century Team. Read More
Congratulations to DL Alec Stewart, Punter Sam Loy and LB Tanner Matthews for being named to the Orange County Register All-Orange County Football Team.
Congratulations to the following Eagles for earning 1st Team All-Trinity League.
Alec Stewart – DL (Co-Defensive MVP)
Grant Calcaterra – WR
KJ Costello – QB
Matt Mark – LB
Tanner Matthews – LB
Sam Loy – K
Santa Margarita kicker Sam Loy has committed to Vanderbilt, reports Coach Brad Bohn of West Coast Kicking. Vanderbilt offered Loy over the weekend. He captured the WCKA head-to-head punting competition in July and led the nation in touchback percentage this past season. Loy also received interest from Cal, Northwestern, Michigan, Georgia and Clemson.
The Eagles (5-5) lose the final game of the season to the Mater Dei Monarchs. QB KJ Costello was 23/39 for 346 yards with 2 TDs and 4 Int. WR Grant Calcaterra caught 6 passes for 180 yards and 1 TD. WR Dylan Crawford caught 6 passes for 100 yards and 1 TD. OC Register
We mourn the loss of former Eagle Player and Coach Ryan Zalta ’92. Ryan was a standout student athlete at SMCHS helping his team reach the CIF Quarterfinals in football. Ryan wore #35 and was a 3 year varsity starter from 1989-91. He holds the school record for forced fumbles with 7 and recovered two of them. He’s 7th in career sacks with 14. He’s tied for 6th in career tackles with 237 including 139 in 1991 and 67 in 1990. He collected a career-high 19 tackles at Brawley and 16 at Valley Christian in 1991. Ryan scored 4 touchdowns as an Eagle. Ryan played in the 1992 Orange County All-Star game representing the Eagles on the South team. After graduation from SMCHS he went on to play football at UC Davis. While at Davis, Ryan would return home each summer to help coach the 8th grade summer camps and lower levels. Ryan had a love for skiing which eventually led him to Jackson Hole, Wyoming where he later became a volunteer on the Teton County Search & Rescue Team. He was always ready to respond 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Most recently he went back to school to become a nurse so that he was better able to help those who had been injured on the mountain. He spent hours of his life selflessly committed to others. Finding stranded hunters high in the mountains, rescuing skiers from avalanches, and clocking hour upon hour in the hospital as a nurse all in the hopes of others coming home safely to their loved ones. May you rest in peace. Obituary
There will be a Celebration of Life for Ryan held on Saturday, November 21st from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the Banquet room at Santa Margarita Catholic High School, 22062 Antonio Parkway, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688.
Here is a Video of Ryan and fellow Eagle Football player Matt Lucas from a ski trip in Jackson Hole from 2000.
The 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour visited Santa Margarita Catholic High School on Tuesday, October 27, to name quarterback KJ Costello and receiver Dylan Crawford to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Costello and Crawford become the second and third Eagles to be named to the U.S. Army All-American team. Max Tuerk ’12 was the first U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection in the history of our school. Santa Margarita honored Costello and Crawford before his teammates, media, fans and family during a jersey presentation on the Santa Margarita campus. Head Coach Rick Curtis was excited for both of his players to have received this honor. Read More
The Eagles (5-4) gave up 4 first half turnovers to the Friars ending the first half down 27 points. QB KJ Costello was 21/43 for 285 yards with 2 Touchdowns and 2 Interceptions. WR Noah Rasheed caught 7 passes for 127 yards and 1 TD. WR Grant Calcatarra caught 6 passes for 105 yards and 1 TD.
The Eagles (5-3) lost a tough game to the Orange Lutheran Lancers. More information coming soon.