The two best girls golf teams in the Los Padres League not only battled each other at the Mission Country Club, but both Cabrillo and Santa Ynez had to brave a brisk wind chill at the Vandenberg Village course – the first such cold day of the season.
In the end, the Conquistadores overcame the chill factor and a stout Pirates team by winning 284-289 on Tuesday evening.
The winds were strong right away on the first hole – where CHS’s top golfers Ashlyn Wiswall and Britney McCune were paired with the Pirates’ top duo of Gracie Church and Madison Johnson. Even after the breeze dissipated, the winds returned in full force – which had an effect on putting and getting a straight shot to the hole.
The dual's medalist Wiswall, who shot a 50, admitted that the elements had an effect on her.
“It was not the best day today, but we still worked through it,” Wiswall said. “It could’ve been a lot better weather.”
Wiswall, who has been one of the more consistent golfers for the Conqs, says she’s working on her consistency in the short game.
“I definitely could’ve worked on my putting more. I’m going to need to,” Wiswall said. “My emphasis today was driving the ball. I was trying to get it further out there.”
Despite the conditions on the course, Wiswall said she’s content with the direction her team is moving in – especially after escaping from the clutches of a traditionally talented Pirates team.
“We have achieved a lot of our expectations,” Wiswall said. “Our last tournament score was a 245. I don’t think we’ve ever gotten that low. A lot of the pressure against Santa Ynez has caused us to win by one stroke. It’s a lot of pressure in making us try our best. They’re our biggest competition.”
Pirates head coach Ashley Coelho admitted that she and her team weren’t expecting this type of weather conditions.
“Out of all of our matches, this was probably the chilliest day,” Coelho said. “The wind was strong in the beginning, then died off quite a bit but then it picked up – so it brings a chill factor.”
Overall, she was pleased with the effort of her team, especially her top golfers Church and Johnson – who shot a 51 and 58, respectively.
“The two of those girls are tied for first and third in league. Top four goes to CIF. Our goal is to advance as many players possible to CIF,” Coelho said.
Other scorers for Cabrillo were McCune with 54, Kelsey Bruner shooting a 57, Kylie Moldt getting 63 and Alexis McCune shooting a 60. Santa Ynez’s other top scorers were Erin Callaghan at 55, Jordan Hartley shooting a 59 and Hannah Gechter reaching 66.
Righetti 220, St. Joseph 303
The Warriors rolled to their best score of the year at Rancho Maria on Tuesday.
Sarah Fouratt led Righetti with her score of 37, landing medalist honors. Claire Alford came in with a 42, Claudia Smith shot a 44, Dominique Garcia came in with a 48 and Alissa Escobedo shot a 49.
Sophia Cordova led the Knights with a 54. Jacquelyn Mengel came in with a 59, as did Mackenzie Taylor. Samantha Plemmons shot a 64 and Emma Cosma came in with a 67.
"I thought the scoring was well balanced," Righetti coach Brian Tomooka said. "I thought everyone played well today and we were really happy with that score."
The Warriors next play Thursday at the PAC 8 Tournament at Blacklake.
Arroyo Grande 262, Pioneer Valley 325
Claire Marshall shot a 46 on the front nine of the Cypress Ridge Golf Course to lead the Arroyo Grande Eagles to a PAC 8 League girls’ golf victory over Pioneer Valley.
Karley Pinkerton (51), Ava Mankins (53), Sid Pruett (55) and Madi Iversen (57) rounded out the Eagles’ scoring.
Coryn Nodal (60) led the Panthers (0-3 PAC 8) followed by Aaliyah Peinado (64), Sophia Garcia (66), Julia Vargas (67) and Evelyn Cuevas (68) on the Eagles’ home course.
Both teams will take part in Thursday’s PAC 8 mini tournament, hosted by Pioneer Valley at Blacklake.
Cabrillo 16, Santa Maria 2
The Conquistadores improved to 7-1 in the Los Padres League with a dominant win over the Saints on Tuesday.
The Conqs swept in the doubles realm, as all three teams won all three of their sets. The No. 1 doubles team of Karly Atkin and Clancy Turner won two of their sets by a score of 6-0.
On the singles’ side, No. 1 Sierra Hohimer won all three of her sets by shutout. Paris Wynne won two of her games with a 6-0 score. Alyssa Murray also claimed two of three wins.
Lompoc 3, Nipomo 0
The Braves improved to 3-5 in LPL play and 14-10 overall with their three set sweep on Tuesday. Set scores were 30-28, 25-22 and 25-14.
"We rallied from a score of 24-20 to win the first set," said LHS head coach Mark Jasso.
Bella Robles finished with 16 kills. Treonna Coleman had eight kills and five server aces along with four blocks.
Cabrillo 3, Santa Maria 2
Head coaching victory No. 1 arrived for first-year head coach Rhiannon Turnquist, as Cabrillo rallied from a 2-0 deficit to win in five sets. Scores were 25-27, 24-26, 25-8, 25-14 and 15-11.
Alyssa Stewart, Jillien Smith, Alana Brady and Fernanda Garcia were listed as standout players who led the comeback charge. No stats were available.
Boys water polo
Righetti 26, St. Joseph 4
The Warriors moved to 4-0 in the PAC 8 with a win over the Knights. Righetti is 10-6 overall.
Layne Porter led Righetti with four goals. Simon Goldin, Ryan Lucas, Eric Hidalgo, Kai Karamitsos, Cy Cabanas, Marcos Garcia-Aguilera and John Garcia-Aguilera scored two goals each. Trey Watkins, Tyler Almaguer, Jaden Green, Tony Rubalcava, Ean Weaver, Noah Wasylychyn and Andrew Streker scored one goal apiece.
Daxton Miller and Allan Wasserman each made three saves for the Warriors. The Warriors next take on former CIF rival Los Osos in Rancho Cucagmonga on Friday.