Busy Swordsmen to get even busier today

It’s been a busy week at St. Paul High.
Last Friday was prom, followed Saturday by a CIF-SS Division 3 quarterfinal playoff softball game against Grand Terrace and Grad Night later that evening. On Tuesday, final exams began.
This afternoon, the Swordsmen continue their crazy schedule with a semifinal visit to Palos Verdes at 3:15 p.m.
“It’s been pretty hectic,” admitted St. Paul coach Jim Maier. “There’s so much going on right now.”
Maier’s senior class – led by Lovie Lopez, Koreen Orozco, Dani Munoz, Krystal Gutierrez and Bryanna Campos – has been terrific at keeping the younger players focused and ready to play.
“They’re doing a great job,” Maier said. “They’ve waited four years for this opportunity, they’re ready for it.”
St. Paul is 26-4-1 this season and riding a 13-game winning streak. Palos Verdes is 23-6 and has already knocked off top-seeded Burbank.
“It seems like they have some good pitching numbers,” said Maier, referring to sophomore Steffi Best, who has struck out 141 batters in 171 2/3 innings with a 1.82 ERA. “It’s pretty similar to what we’ve been able to do. It seems like they’re hot and ready to go. It will be a great challenge for us.”

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