For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
The ultimate measure of our program at Crean Lutheran is to build athletics around Christ. As we compete for "excellence in athletics", it is our desire to magnify HIS name in all that we do. Our program uses the following acronym to help us remember our purpose and decorum. It is to serve Christ.
- 2021-22 Season Preview
- Game Schedule
- Saints at the Next Level
- Team Accomplishments
- Player Accomplishments
- Prospective Student Athletes
Crean Lutheran softball team looking for young players to lead the way
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31
Crean Lutheran’s softball players and coach Remeny Perez are looking forward to an exciting season following the team’s Bible Verse.
“We love this verse because it relates to looking to Him in every aspect of life when the going is great and when the going may get tough, not just in softball but all parts of life,” Perez said. “We look forward to exhibiting this every single day on and off the field and use it to fuel our team to greatness no matter how tough things may get.”
The Saints Varsity Softball Team is looking to make an impact on the Empire League this upcoming season. Perez has nine returning players with Senior Brenna O'Toole leading the team. Returning to the program, junior Mia McNulty, is expected to have her best season yet after winning All-League 1st Team last year for her capability behind the plate and in the batter’s box. Also returning, junior Macy Smith and Sophomore Kayla Rick who will be taking the mound.
The team is “looking forward to bringing in young talent,” Perez said. Kaylie Mahan and Ella Smith are incoming freshman expected to make big contributions this season.
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Following graduation, Brenna is interested in earning a bachelor degree in business focusing on entrepreneurship and pursuing careers related to the field of education. She looks forward to her last season as Saint leading the team as a captain and being able to create memories with her teammates.
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Becca is a board member of the Law Cohort at Crean Lutheran, a proud Student Leadership Team (SLT) member, and an appointed athletic leader on the Student Athletic Leadership Team (SALT). Becca plans on studying forensic psychology in the future and is looking forward to exploring internships this summer.
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In addition to being a student-athlete, Jessie is currently pursuing a business in editorial portrait photography. She also holds numerous leadership roles on campus. Jessie helps plan events for Crean Lutheran and is Vice President of the Cultural Immersion Club that celebrates all cultures and backgrounds.
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Kate is involved with many clubs on campus. She helps run the Blue Zone Club to support other student athletes during their sporting events and is the team manager for track. In addition to her extracurriculars, she is also a member of the Business Cohort looking to pursue a career related to psychology and education after high school hoping to become a child therapist.
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Mia has led the Saints both on and off the field being a multi sport athlete, member of the Student Athlete Leadership Team (SALT), and Vice President of the Beach Clean up and Surf club. Her passion for helping people, especially children, has influenced her interest in a nursing career post high school graduation.
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Macy is excited for a competitive season and making memories with her teammates. Her current interests include journalism and sports marketing. She is looking forward to her third season as a Saint.
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Aubrey is a board member of the business cohort and participates in the Lots of Love Club on campus. In addition to softball, she also plays volleyball. Aubrey hopes to pursue entrepreneurship and economics. She is interested in directing and other aspects of the film industry. Aubrey is looking forward to continuing to grow this season.
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In addition to playing softball, Charis is a part of the medical cohort aiming to study nursing in college. She also is a student Ambassador teaching middle schoolers about the opportunities at Crean Lutheran. She looks forward to refining her skills and getting closer to her teammates this season.
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Kayla is president of the Kindness Club, spreading positivity on campus. Her goal is to become a high school U.S. History teacher so that she can have a positive impact on student’s lives. She is looking forward to playing alongside her teammates on game days.
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Ella is looking forward to her first season of high school softball. She is a part of the medical cohort and on the basketball team as well. Currently, she is interested in a career related to mental health supporting refugees in third world countries.
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Kaylie is a Freshman involved in the medical cohort in hopes to pursue a career in the medical field to help others get better. She is also involved in the Blue Zone Club, supporting Crean Lutheran’s many athletic teams, the Kindness Club, spreading kindness throughout campus, and the Cherish Club, organizing donations of clothes to those in need. She is looking forward to further representing our school by playing softball and making new friends.
Remeny Perez - Head Softball Coach, email@example.com
Crean Lutheran High School’s Athletic Department is excited to announce Remeny Perez as the new head softball coach. Remeny attends Saddleback Church and looks forward to sharing her faith and testimony with her players. She enjoys the challenge and freedom of owning and running her own business and looks forward to her role as head softball coach at Crean Lutheran High School.
Remeny is a Southern California native who grew up in Tustin and attended Tustin High School. Remeny was an elite member of the Tustin High School softball team, 4-year varsity starter, scholar athlete, two-time member of the 2nd team - All Empire League, two-time coaches award recipient, and earned a career batting average of .421.
Following high school, Remeny attended the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, to play division 1 softball. As a freshman, Remeny made an immediate impact on the field, starting the final 38 games of the season. She was honored as the runner-up for Newcomer of the Year recognition in her conference, was second in batting average, and had the best on-base percentage on the team. Remeny continued her amazing productivity on the field the next three years, starting at 1st base and posting a .273 career batting average with 15 career home runs and 60 career RBIs. She was not only dominant at the plate; she was also a great defender, posting a record setting .984 fielding percentage with 572 put-outs. Along with her work on the field, Remeny excelled in the classroom, earning academic honors in the Big Ten Conference three years and the Distinguished Scholar Award her senior year.
Remeny states, "It is a blessing to serve as the head coach for the Crean Lutheran Softball program! I am honored to teach these young women the game of softball in a Christian environment. My goal for these student-athletes is to grow their faith and assist them in learning how to make a difference in the lives of our community and the world.
Amber Reinke - assistant coach
Amber Reinke played Varsity softball at Aliso Niguel High school and went on to play for Santiago Canyon College before transferring to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and two minors in Education and History. Since graduating, Amber has presented her research on mental health and youth adjustment at national conferences. She enjoys working for a research lab at UCLA and substitute teaching along with coaching softball at Crean. Amber is passionate about motivating her students and players to be their best on and off the field. Amber looks forward to a competitive season helping her student-athletes grow in their faith and skill while supporting their goals.
jacqi sandoval - assistant coach
Jacqi Sandoval joined Crean Lutheran High School in March 2021 as assistant director of facilities and started helping with the softball team that April. She grew up in Arizona playing softball from a very young age and went on to play for Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. Jacqi graduated in 2013 as an Industrial Engineer and got a job at Whittier College in the fall of 2013. As her Facilities Management Career evolved over the last several years, she felt the calling to work at a Christian School and help serve on the softball team. Through God's planning, that dream became a reality in 2021. She states, “I am blessed to serve here at Crean Lutheran High School as a part of the wonderful Saints Family”. Jacqi is excited for the opportunity to combine her love of Christ and Softball and share those joys with the students that come through our program.
2021 Player Accomplishments
All-League 1st Team
All-League 2nd Team
League MVP: Mia McNulty
Most Strikeouts: Anna Bjorklund
Pitched a Complete Game Shutout: Macy Smith (13Ks and 2H this season)
Ranked #3 2023 Outfielder in the nation: Maya Bland
Ranked #8 overall for the Class of 2023: Maya Bland
Recognized for the OC Senior Allstar game: Anna Bjorklund and Molly McNulty
2018 Player Accomplishments
Spirit of Christ Award
Scholar Athletes (3.5GPA)
Elite Scholar Athlete (4.0GPA)
Elite Scholar Athlete of the year
All-League 1st Team
All-League 2nd Team
MVP Lindsey Allen
Most Improved Emma Allen
Rookie of the Year Anna Bjorklund
Defensive Player of the Year Alexis White
Offensive Player of the Year Alexis Ocana
Interested athletes please email Coach Remeny Perez at firstname.lastname@example.org
Not sure if you should play high school softball? Not sure if the team could use you?
Think again! We have high expectations for our upcoming season and we may be looking for you! Do you have experience, or know the game well? Come out, use your talents, serve the school as a teammate and help us accomplish something great this year! Do you have little to no experience but consider yourself an athlete, perhaps a strong runner or a mentally tough person? Let us teach you fundamental skills to be an effective member of our team, even on a reduced role if necessary. Help us represent Crean Lutheran on some of the grandest fields in Orange County.
Consider the following 9 reasons for playing this great sport.
- Serve the School! – What a fun way to use your athletic talents and skills to serve Crean Lutheran. That’s right! You can serve the school by using your athleticism to propel the program to the next level. Who thought that serving/playing softball could be so much fun? When you play for your school, even in multiple sports, you become a part of ALL the teams that also play for your school. You share in common with the other high school athletes a special school connection.
- School Pride! – You get to play for your school, wear your school colors, and compete on behalf of your school against other schools. There’s nothing else like it. It’s a unique opportunity and sense of pride to be on the field with 8 other players and represent Crean Lutheran high school against other schools.
- Build Special High School Friends – Lots of lasting relationships begin on the fields of practice and competition. You work with other sisters for the good of the team…many times in weather that’s less than perfect. You work often with teammates against opponents where victories come to the team that learns to work together the best. You learn to sacrifice for the good of your sisters. The by-product is that you build friendships that last long after your years of high school years. This is a HUGE reason why many girls play softball.
- Learn to be a Leader – The mission of the Crean Lutheran softball team is to build character in the lives of young women so that they can be used of The LORD to draw others to HIM. You learn to be reliable and dependable. You learn to work hard towards common goals that are shared by the members of the team. You learn to celebrate with your sisters in their success and to encourage them when things don’t go quite as planned. You learn the mental side of the game necessary to execute the assignment at hand. In short, you learn life lessons that serve you well the rest of your life.
- Be a Part of Some Big Rivalries – While the games I am speaking about may not compare to the likes of an Angels vs, Dodgers matchup, the rivalries with other schools can be pretty cool. Every school has an arch rival about whom they don’t care for and against whom they summon up more emotion. These rivalries are an exciting part of sports and are something that every athlete should get to experience.
- Exposure to Another Coaching Style – Learning how to take instruction from different coaches is like learning how to follow directions from different teachers or bosses. It’s part of life. Always playing for the same coach doesn’t broaden your horizons very much. Playing softball can give you exposure to a different teaching style and temperament…both of which are great ways for you to expand yourself as a person and as an athlete.
- Cross Training – This one might not seem so obvious at first but the potential for enhancing different skill-sets is often over-looked. It is said that one of the hardest things to do in all sports is hit a round ball with authority using a cylindrical object. That’s because it takes at least two main skill sets. On the physical side of the game, the hand-eye coordination and the tracking of a moving ball that softball players develop is crucial to the success of this task. On the mental side of the game, the softball player learns to manage the emotions of the game and to create the mental images that produce the poise and confidence that lead to hitting success. In just these two skill sets, softball players can generally improve their over-all athleticism no matter what their favorite game is.
- Get to Play Another Position – I believe that a HUGE advantage of playing high school ball is that you can possibly either learn to play another position or else get more playing time at your second position. Often because of the makeup of the team, the versatility gained by learning another position makes you more valuable for future endeavors.
- Participate in one of the Most Popular High School Sports program in the Nation – Statistics state that softball is the 4th most popular high school female sports program in the nation. Many adult softball players have grown up playing for their high schools. It’s why nationwide, adult softball leagues are so popular.
The Crean Lutheran Softball team is looking for a few more student athletes. Come join us on the field and see for yourself what all of this fun is all about.