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For the first time, a Pioneer Valley girls soccer team's season will continue after the last regular-season game.

The Panthers' 3-0 win at Righetti Thursday night, coupled with St. Joseph's 3-0 home loss to first-place San Luis Obispo, put a Pioneer Valley girls soccer team into the CIF Southern Section Playoffs for the first time in school history.

Mashyla Jordan, Olivia Lopez and Lupita Aranda all scored a goal for the Panthers (13-7-2, 7-6-1) who finished in fourth place in the PAC 8. Patty Rubio assisted on the first two Pioneer Valley goals, and Vyaney Zorrilla assisted on the last one.

The Panthers led the Warriors (1-12-1 PAC 8) 1-0 at halftime.

Pioneer Valley goalkeeper Sara Rodriguez made seven saves. The Panthers will learn their post-season assignment Monday when the playoff pairings come out.

Girls basketball

Nipomo 57, Santa Maria 28

The Titans (15-11, 9-5) locked down third place in the Los Padres League by beating the Saints (1-13 LPL) at Nipomo in a regular season finale.

Sydney Aguilera buried three 3-point shots and led the Titans with 15 points. Kylie Mendez put in 10. Mendez also had eight steals and five assists.

Kiesa Romero pulled down a team-high nine rebounds for the Titans. Rody Canton and Abbey Gutierrez both snared eight. Aguilera and Gutierrez both made three steals.

Mary DeLeon led the Saints with 10 points.

Lompoc 49, Santa Ynez 25

The Braves (12-2 Los Padres League) will enter the playoffs on a good note after winning at home. Lompoc finished in second place behind league champion Cabrillo.

Provided Cabrillo beat Templeton Thursday night, Santa Ynez (7-7 LPL) finished in fourth place by itself and will enter the playoffs as the No. 4 league playoff seed.

Sarrah Perkins led the Pirates with eight points.

Boys basketball

Santa Ynez 50, Lompoc 29

The second-place Pirates finished 10-4 in the Los Padres League after beating the Braves at home.

Blake Hadley led the Pirates with 14 points. 

Cabrillo 82, Templeton 47

The Conquistadores completed a perfect season in the Los Padres League for the second straight year, trouncing the Eagles by 35 on Thursday on the road. 

LeAndrew Knight led the way with 28 points while TreVaughn Ross added 13. Freshman Jeremy Hicks chipped in 13 points.

Nipomo 58, Santa Maria 50

At Santa Maria's Wilson Gym, the Titans earned the fourth and last automatic playoff seed in the regular season finale for both teams.

Both teams finished 7-7, but Nipomo gets the nod for the automatic playoff seed because it swept the two-game series between the teams.

No game details were available. 

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College baseball

Reedley 6, Hancock 5

REEDLEY — Hancock built up a 5-0 lead after four innings Thursday on the road. That lead wasn't enough.

Reedley scored six straight runs after the fourth and won at Reedley College.

Hancock dropped its fifth straight game, falling to 2-5 on the year. Reedley is now 7-0.

Hancock starter Walker Armstrong was solid through four, but two errors in the fifth allowed the Tigers to scratch two runs across and spark a rally. A two-run homer by Alex Sarmienta was a big hit for the Tigers.

Ryan Peinado and Nash Ackerman both hit two-out, two-run singles for the Bulldogs early in the game. Josh Harmonay came through with an RBI single to plate Brendan Gomez. St. Joseph grad Quinntin Perez went 2-for-4. Harmonay finished with three hits and a walk.

Boys soccer

Pioneer Valley 3, Righetti 0

The Panthers (9-4-1) won at home in their last tuneup before the playoffs start. Pioneer Valley finished fourth in the PAC 8 League.

"Edgar Zacarias scored our first goal, a beautiful goal. It was a rocket," said Pioneer Valley coach Alan Brafman.

"Roberto Maldonado scored the second goal and then Alfredo Hernandez  scored the last one. It was the most beautiful goal of the season for Alfredo, a rocket into the top of the net."

Pioneer Valley goalkeepers Alex Martinez, in the first half, and Jair Delgado, in the second, each made a save. "They both made beautiful saves," said Brafman.

Righetti finished 5-8-1 in the PAC 8. 


Sports Reporter