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St. Joseph wide receiver Nate Guzman (1) is tackled by Righetti's Austin Dasis (3) during the game between the two high schools on Sept. 1. Guzman and the Knights host Bishop Diego, the top-ranked team in Division 6, on Friday night.

David DuBransky, Contributor

There wasn't too much movement when the CIF Southern Section released its weekly football rankings on Monday.

The area's highest-ranked team, the Lompoc Braves, stayed in place.

Santa Ynez, which was on a bye and didn't play last week, didn't budge either. 

St. Joseph jumped up two spots. Santa Maria, coming off its lopsided win over Cabrillo, moved up one.

However, there are ample opportunities for some teams to keep rising.

Lompoc is ranked second in Division 3 for the second week in a row. The Braves play Saturday at Santa Barbara City College against Santa Barbara High, the ninth-ranked team in Division 9. 

The Braves are 3-0 on the season after cruising past San Marcos 72-14 at home on Friday. Charter Oak remains the top-ranked squad in Division 3.

St. Joseph has the toughest challenge ahead. The Knights host the top team in Division 6, Bishop Diego, on Friday. Bishop Diego is coming off a 45-3 thrashing of Nipomo on the road. The Cardinals beat Arroyo Grande 42-14 in their second game of the year. The Titans and Eagles are a combined 1-5.

St. Joseph moved to 2-1 on the season with its second straight win on Friday, beating St. Bonaventure on the road handily, 42-12. The Knights beat Bishop Diego 21-17 last season.

In Division 10, Santa Ynez (2-0) stayed put at No. 5. In fact, all of Division 10 stayed put. Top-ranked Apple Valley leads Division 10, followed by Oxnard Pacifica, Valley View, Quartz Hill and Santa Ynez.

There was quite a shakeup in Division 12. Santa Maria was 10th last week, but has moved up to No. 9 this week, with several teams falling out and others reshuffling. The top three teams in Division 12, Rancho Christian, Schurr and Godinez, remained in place this week.

The Saints host rival Righetti Friday night as they come off their 47-26 win at home over Cabrillo (0-3), which was ranked seventh in Division 11 when the preseason polls were released last month.

Boys water polo

Two PAC 8 League rivals are ranked this week in Division 3.

Righetti is the fourth-ranked team in D3, with Arroyo Grande coming in at No. 8.

Santa Ynez is tied for third in Division 4.

Cabrillo is the top team in Division 6.

Division 7 teams, including Santa Maria, did not report.

Girls volleyball

Arroyo Grande was the lone area team ranked in the CIFSS girls volleyball polls, coming in at No. 8 in Division 3.

Cross country

On the boys side, Arroyo Grande is No. 7 in Division 2. Orcutt Academy is No. 9 in Division 5. 

Orcutt Academy's girls team is ranked No. 6 in Division 5.

Girls golf

Orcutt Academy 271, Lompoc 276

There were dual medalists on Monday as the Spartans and Braves played on the front nine at Rancho Maria.

Karli Lundberg from Orcutt Academy and Lompoc's Kendall Martin each shot 46 to lead their teams and share medalist honors.

Madi Birch (51), Ashley McClung (54), Rochelle McClung (56) and Taylor Heath (64) rounded out the Spartans' scoring.

Sage Christianson (50), Marina Zellers (51), Ruby Gonzales (61) and Hannah Larsh (68) completed Lompoc's list of scorers.

The Spartans are 1-0 and both teams will play in the Los Padres League tournament on Thursday at Alisal River in Solvang.

Water polo

Santa Barbara Tournament (Saturday)

Righetti (4-3) won twice at this tournament, defeating San Marcos 12-8 and beating Corona Santiago 10-4.

The Warriors blanked the Royals 5-0 in the first quarter of their first Saturday tournament game. Ryan Trenev popped in six goals in the game, Ryan Lucas scored twice and Righetti goalkeeper Daxton Miller made 10 saves.

Miller made 13 saves against Santiago. Trenev, Lucas and Noah Wasylychyn all scored twice.

Six Righetti players scored against San Marcos. Seven more scored against Santiago. 

Joe Bailey is the sports editor at Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Contact him with tips and story ideas at jbailey@leecentralcoastnews.com or (805) 739-2239. Follow him on Twitter at @jbaileysmsports


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