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Orcutt Academy's Mecaelea Lopez, center, is congratulated by teammates Alexx Ascencio (18), Josie Allen (14) and Taylor Martinez, right, after scoring on a penalty kick in a win over Lompoc last season. The Spartans set a record for wins in a season by beating Templeton Tuesday. 

The Orcutt Academy Spartans girls soccer team set a single-season wins record with a 1-0 victory over the league-leading Templeton Eagles in an Ocean League match Tuesday afternoon at Rice Ranch.

Taylor Martinez’s unassisted goal in the 16th minute held up to give the Spartans their 17th win, improving on their previous 16-win mark from last year.

“Taylor took a shot from 18 yards out that hit the post and bounced in,” said Orcutt Academy coach Brian Speer. “That gives us an overall record of 17-2-4 and 4-2 in the Ocean League, so we broke the record we set just last year.”

Abigail Valencia and Ally Britt combined for six saves in the shutout with Valencia recording three saves in the first half and Britt stopping three shots in the second.

Orcutt Academy’s next chance to improve in their record-breaking season comes Thursday with an Ocean League match at Morro Bay. The Spartans are currently in third place in the Ocean League behind Templeton and Santa Maria and just ahead of Morro Bay.

Santa Maria 2, Mission Prep 0

Isabella Medina and Jessica Gil scored a goal apiece, and the Saints (10-8-2, 6-2) notched an Ocean League win over the Royals (7-12-0, 1-7) at Mission Prep.

Nipomo 1, Morro Bay 0

Emily Graciliano scored the only goal in this Ocean League game as the Titans (5-16-1, 2-6) edged the Pirates (6-9-0, 3-4) at Morro Bay.

Boys Basketball

Valley Christian 66, Dunn 62

Richard Matias led the Valley Christian Academy Lions to victory over the Dunn School Earwigs in Los Olivos.

Matias scored 39 points, hitting nine 3-point baskets for 27 of those points.

Jamin Magness added 10 points and Jared Moore none, all on 3-point buckets, to help VCA in the non-league victory.

Center Andrew Sparlin pulled down 10 rebounds.

VCA closes out the regular season Friday night hosting Maricopa on Senior Night in a Coast Valley League matchup. 

Girls Basketball

Righetti 64, Paso Robles 37

The Warriors had to use another big second half.

Righetti's girls basketball team trailed at halftime during a road game in Paso Robles.

The Warriors scored just 10 points each in the first and second quarters as the Bearcats took a 21-20 lead into the break.

Righetti then dominated the second half, outscoring Paso Robles 44-16 the rest of the way.

The Warriors led 10-6 after the first quarter in the Mountain League road game, but the Bearcats took the second quarter 15-10.

The Warriors were led by senior Alijah Paquet and her 15 points. Sophomore Malia Cabigon chipped in 14. Paityn Persson added eight points.

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Paquet scored 11 of her points in the second half and Cabigon scored seven of her 14 after the break. Persson scored six points after halftime. 

Cabigon, Paquet, Mishila Garcia and Abigail Salazar all knocked down one 3-pointer. Cabigon, a 5-foot-11 post player, has shown an increased range this season.

Jayden Loewen led the Bearcats with 10 points. Janiel Stanko and Hailie Abel each had eight points.

The Warriors moved to 12-8 overall and are 5-3 in Mountain League play. The Bearcats dropped to 2-6 in league and 10-16 overall.

Arroyo Grande leads the league at 7-1, with the Eagles' lone loss coming at the hands of the Warriors. Mission Prep fell to 5-3 in league with a 55-53 loss to SLO Tuesday. SLO is now also 5-3 in league. The Warriors play at Mission Prep on Friday then close out the regular season with a game at St. Joseph.

Valley Christian 39, Dunn 17

Lindsay Mikkelson led the way for the Lions, outscoring Dunn with 18 points in a non-league game in Los Olivos.

Mikkelson also had 16 rebounds and seven steals in the win.

Mayley DeBernardi scored six points with eight steals, Jenna Mason added six points, Heather Knutson scored five and Grace Cose scored four points and grabbed eight rebounds.

VCA (13-6) closes out the regular season Friday night hosting Maricopa on Senior Night in a Coast Valley League matchup.

Orcutt Academy 76, Atascadero 50

Three Spartans scored well into double figures, and Orcutt Academy (19-6, 7-3) eased to an Ocean League win over the Greyhounds at Lakeview Junior High School, Orcutt's home gym.

The Spartans are in a solid third place.

Giselle Calderon racked up 23 points, six assists and five rebounds for the Spartans. Daenaejah Malicdem amassed 21 points, five rebounds and five steals, and Erynn Padhal scored 18 points and pulled down eight rebounds.

"Our press defense was outstanding," said Orcutt coach Tom Robb. "We jumped out to a 43-22 halftime lead. We caused 20-plus turnovers and had 15 steals. This was a total team effort."

Arroyo Grande 91, St. Joseph 44

The Eagles (18-6, 7-1) rolled to a Mountain League win over the Knights (2-25, 0-9) at Arroyo Grande's James Gymnasium.

Boys basketball

Nipomo 78, Santa Maria 75

Daren Sosa scored 17 points for the Titans (11-19, 4-4) who edged the Saints (10-14, 2-6) in this Ocean League game at Nipomo,

Ethan Uva put in 12 points for the Titans, and Gianni Hart had 11.

Tom Segel tossed in 32 points for the Saints. Rolando Pina had 12 points and six rebounds. The Saints buried 15 3-pointers, and Segel made seven of those.

Atascadero 79, Orcutt Academy 48

Elijah Stephenson scored 21 points for the Spartans (9-15, 0-8) who lost an Ocean League game to the Greyhounds (12-13, 6-2) at Atascadero.

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Elliott Stern has worked at Lee Central Coast Newspapers for the last 18 years after more than 30 years working in television and radio news and sports.