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For one last time, they put on a show while representing Righetti High at the Kiwanis All-Star Basketball Spectacular.

Alijah Paquet and Caleb Thomas, two of the more decorated athletes on the RHS campus who experienced deep playoff runs while becoming cornerstones for their girls basketball and football teams, respectively, combined for 45 points in their final prep basketball game.

And both Warriors headline this week’s Zo’s Gold Mines.

All-star games are truly meant to be fun for the players. And it’s contests where they don’t need to worry about making a league or CIF push. Athletes can instead put on one last show in front of the people who supported them.

Paquet, who witnessed playoff and state runs with the Warriors, did just that by dropping 25 points. Thomas, who will soon join the defensive line for Tulane football when he enrolls at the campus in June, scored 20 points in what could be his last basketball game ever.

They gave RHS plenty of memories and accolades in their respective sports. They gave the region one more lasting memory this past Saturday.

Other gold mines:

Casey Munns, Cabrillo boys golf: He was the top medalist on Thursday against Lompoc after shooting an 88 at the Mission Club.

Oscar Rojas, Lompoc High baseball: Rojas kept San Marcos in line on Friday by allowing just one run in the 3-1 victory – plus got the final strikeout during a bases loaded scenario in the top of the fifth.

Quigley Espinola and Caleb Dulay, Righetti baseball: Espinola hit a crucial ground ball that stretched to a two-run RBI double, while Dulay surrendered four hits in the 2-0 shutout of St. Joseph in the baseball version of the Foster Road Showdown on Friday.

Andrew Sparlin, Valley Christian Academy baseball: Sparlin nearly had the no-hitter on Friday – allowing just one hit against Coast Union on Friday and fanning 11 in the 11-2 Friday win.

Maggie Usher, Santa Ynez softball: The “crusher” Usher sent the softball flying over the fence for the late home run in the 12-1 romp over Santa Barbara on Friday. She also went four-of-four at the bat.

Lauren Swing and Yesenia Vega, Santa Ynez softball: Both girls combined for six hits of the softball (three each) in that 11-run win over the Dons.

Key-annah Pu’a, Nipomo softball: Pu’a struck out an astonishing 17 batters against area powerhouse Santa Ynez on Thursday.

Andrew Nielson, Santa Ynez boys volleyball: Nielson pounded nine kills and finished with three blocks in the Pirates’ 3-0 sweep of Nipomo on Tuesday.

Alexis Porter and Shaylyn Coy, Hancock College softball: The Bulldog pitchers from Lompoc High and Templeton, respectively, combined to allow just five hits and zero runs in AHC’s 4-0 win over L.A. Valley on Friday.

Vai Taua, Nevada football: The Cabrillo High grad will go from having a helping hand on the special teams unit at Nevada to coaching up the running backs, including his brother and Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year Toa Taua. Vai Taua was elevated to running backs coach of the Wolf Pack on Monday.

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Lorenzo J. Reyna covers sports for Lee Central Coast Newspapers, particularly in the Lompoc Valley. He can be reached at lreyna@leecentralcoastnews.com

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