Ashley Dias swam hurt Friday, so Santa Maria/s girls won.

St. Joseph/s boys took seven out of 10 first places, but Santa Maria took the lion/s share of second and third places. So the Saints boys won.

Dias won two events and swam on two winning relay teams as Santa Maria/s girls defeated St. Joseph 90-79. The Saints/ boys prevailed with their depth, 90-52, in the Santa Maria girls and boys teams/ Los Padres League openers at the Paul Nelson Aquatic Center.

Dias won the 200 meter freestyle in 2:00.4.1 and the 100 freestyle in 1:08.0 despite a bout of tendonitis in her left shoulder.

"It really hurts," the junior said. "But winning makes it easier."

Besides her injury, Dias also had to fight off rust Friday. "I haven/t been to many practices 7 I/m in the school choir and I work," she said, squeezing the shoulder.

Santa Maria/s girls led 78-77 going into the 400 free relay, the last event. Megan Sly, who won the 100 backstroke for the Saints in 1:12.84, settled the issue early by getting off to a quick lead and then pulling away on the first leg.

The Saints won two of the three relays. Sly, Briana Friesen, Dias and Bianca McNeil swam on both.

McNeil won the open 50 free and the 500 free for the Saints.

Those distances may appear to make an odd combination but, "The 500 is my best event, and (the 50 free) gets me loose for it," said McNeil.

McNeil was loose enough to win the longer race in a personal best 6:24.8.

Katie Furber "Not quite, but…." almost led the Knights girls to a win, she said wistfully.

Furber won the 200 IM in 2:36.82 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:29.94. She also teamed with Serena Montano, Meredith Jones and Christine Swain on the Knights/ 200 freestyle relay team which won in 2:09.24.

"My times, were, how shall I say it, OK," the junior said with a smile. "I/m trying to cut my times down to make CIF consideration. I/m getting close."

Jamie Furber won two events for the Knights/ boys. He took the 100 butterfly in 1:01.75, good for CIF consideration, and the 100 backstroke in 1:12.27.

Furber teamed with Tony Fulton, Peter Dentith and Jason Dupree as the Knights won two of the three boys relay races. The quartet won the 200 medley relay in 2:28.38 and the 200 free relay in 1:37.33.

Dupree was another swimmer who pulled a short race-long race double. Dupree won the boys 200 free in 2:05.96 and the 500 free in 5:14.0. The junior had already made CIF consideration times in both.

"I like the 500 best 7 the 200/s a sprint," Dupree said. "But it gets me loose for the 500."

Dupree said he/s happy with his swimming to this point. Before the meet began, he had already swqm CIF consideration times in the 200 and 500 freestyles.

Dupree swims for the Santa Maria Swim Club. By contrast, soccer is teammate Dentith/s main sport. Still, Dentith won the 50 free in 26.39.

"It gives me something to do," Dentith said of swimming. Dentith looked over at his teammate and friend Fulton and smiled. "It also gives me a chance to beat this guy."

Softball

Righetti 10, AG 1

The Warriors (5-1 overall) broke this PAC-5 League debut at home with six runs in the fourth inning.

The game was the Eagles/ league opener. They are 1-3 overall.

Krista Sua backed up Righetti pitcher Carissa Segura/s four-hit pitching by going 2-for-4 and driving in three runs. Sua hit a double. Kelsey Anderson tripled.

Antoinette Hernandez was 2-for-2 for Righetti and scored twice. Jessica Rogers was 2-for-3, drove in a run and scored two times.

VCA 6, Coastal Christian 3

ARROYO GRANDE 7 Freshman Christine Regalado struck out 14 and overcame three Lions seventh-inning errors that led to three unearned runs.

Regalado allowed two measly singles as the Lions improved to 3-0 overall.

Lara Hertzog went 3-for-4 with a double for the Lions. Regina Garza was 2-for-4. Nancy Murphy tripled.

Baseball

SY 8, Bishop Diego 7

SANTA YNEZ 7 Santa Ynez/s Chris Kunkle thought the suicide squeeze play was on in the seventh inning.

It wasn/t, said Santa Ynez coach Dave Kuehn. Things turned out fine for the Pirates (5-3) in this non-league game anyway.

With two outs and Colton Poor 7 who had led the inning off with an infield single 7 on third base, Kunkle put down the suicide bunt that was called for.

The Cardinals swarmed in on the bunt as Poor was sliding across home plate. Trouble was, no one was covering first base. Ergo, the winning score with no play.

Kuehn has been around baseball for a long time. He is a veteran coach at Santa Ynez and has also played semipro ball for the Santa Ynez Sox. Yet, "I don/t remember seeing anything quite like that before," Kuehn said with a chuckle.

Brett Jenkins and Anthony Martin doubled for the Pirates, who play at St. Joseph at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in a Los Padres League opener.

DP JV 10, VCA 8

Down by five runs, the Chargers rallied to tie the game in the seventh inning. Then they won with two runs in the eighth.

Wes Spraul went 2-for-4 for the Lions (1-2). David Kiger/s lone hit for VCA was an RBI.

Tennis

SJ 10, RHS 8

St. Joseph number three singles player Tim Schweigert swept his singles matches to help the Knights (5-1) win this non-league match on their courts.

Kevin Holst and Irvin Cruz, Righetti/s No. 2 doubles team, swept their sets.

Golf

San Marcos 385, A 400, SY 418

SANTA YNEZ 7 At Alisal Ranch, medalist Dan Wesbryke led the Royals to this tri-meet win by shooting a 74. Chris Donati led Santa Ynez with an 82.

Track

SM coach disputes score

First-year Santa Maria coach Rett Carter disputed the Santa Ynez-Santa Maria boys score Friday night, saying his team won 70-66 Thursday at Santa Ynez instead of losing 69-67 as reported.

Customarily, the home team in dual track meets has the official scorebook. "They weren/t keeping score by events," Carter said. "(Santa Ynez/s track coach) must have added it up on his computer and called (the Times) ," that night, after the meet was over.

The score reported to the Times was Santa Ynez boys 69, Santa Maria 67.

Carter acknowledged the score he claims has not been verified as the official result. He said officials did not sign the Santa Ynez scorebook.

Coliege track and field

SBCC Easter Relays

SANTA BARBARA 7 Hancock College/s Bobbie Patton and Lafittia Taylor both won in the Easter Relays at Santa Barbara City College.

Taylor won the 100 meters (12.07) and the 100 hurdles (14.72). She took second in the long jump (16-1) and fourth in the triple jump (34-5).

Patton, a freshman who graduated from Righetti, won the shot put at 42-7 and finished fourth in the discus at 114-1.

Hancock men/s placers included Miguel Rivera (second, shot put 44-9) and Darrin Tullis (second 400 meter high hurdles, 57.01 and high jump, 5-11).

MIke Lopez, Kevin Loung, Tullis and Trevor Shamblee teamed for a third-place finish at 43.58 in the 400 relay. Raul Guzman, Shamblee, Tullis and Dave Berg placed second in the sprint medley.

The Bulldogs/ 800 relay team of Guzman, Shamblee, Tullis and Berg finished third in 1:35.0.

March 20, 2004

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