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Veteran coach Brian Tomooka didn't quite know what to expect from his Righetti girls golf team before the season began.

The Warriors were young last year, and they finished fifth in the PAC 8 League. Other than returning three-time league individual league champion Sarah Fouratt, Tomooka had said that his team had some other returning varsity experience but wasn't exactly loaded with it. 

Turns out, the Warriors are off to a pretty good start.

Righetti moved to 3-1 with a 245-269 non-league win over Santa Ynez (0-2-1) on a hot Thursday at the Alisal River Course in Solvang. The players played the par 36 front nine.

"Both teams pushed through over a 100-degree temperature day and played well," Santa Ynez coach Ashley Coelho said in an email to the times.

Tomooka said by phone Thursday, "Obviously, we have Sarah coming back and she played well, a one over par.

"Claire Alford's a freshman, and she's been playing pretty good." 

Medalist Fouratt led Righetti to the win with a 37.  Alford came in at 41.

Tomooka said before the season started that Alford might contribute for the Warriors this year. She has.

Scores in the middle 50's rounded out Righetti's round. Claudia Smith and Cambria Flaa both came in at 55. Alissa Escobedo and Dominique Garcia both came in at 57. 

Flaa, Escobedo and Garcia all had some varsity experience last year.

Gracie Church led the Pirates with a 48. Teammates follwoing were Olivia Cortopassi (50), Madison Johnson (56), Jordan Hartley (57) and Erinn Callaghan (58).

 "Overall, I'd say it's gone pretty well," said Tomooka. "Claire's playing pretty well, and the others are improving.

"We start league next week. As the girls play more, they'll only get better."

Righetti will host the 2016 league runner-up, Arroyo Grande, at Rancho Maria at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. Santa Ynez will play San Marcos at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Alisal River in a non-league match.

Santa Maria 304, St. Joseph 330

Medalist Marlen Reyes shot a 51 and led the Saints to a win over their crosstown rivals over the front nine at the Santa Maria Country Club.

"Marlen played her best round ever," Santa Maria coach Jay Cheney said. "She was very good off the tee, hitting all but one fairway. She's really developing into a good player."

Marlen's sister, Martiza Reyes, came in at 58 for the Saints. "Maritza also had a personal best," said Cheney.

Briana Nunez carded a 61 for Santa Maria. Kailani Balderama and Anahy Torres both came in at 66.

Alexis Mitchell led St. Joseph with a 50. Teammates following were Samantha Phammons (61), Sophia Cordova (66), Mackenzie Taylor (73) and Betty Vitty (75).

St. Joseph was once again without its top player, Sara Cossa.

Arroyo Grande 233, Morro Bay 259

Co-medalists Karley Pinkerton and Claire Marshall led the Eagles to victory in this non-league match at Morro Bay Golf Course. Both shot a 43.

Ava Mankins shot a 46 for the Eagles. Katie Cameron came in at 50, Madi Iversen shot a 51 and Sidney Pruett carded a 57.

Lauren Augusta led the Pirates with a 44.

Boys water polo

Righetti 10, Santa Barbara 8

The Warriors jumped out to a 4-2 lead after the first quarter, the Dons then tied things up with a 4-2 advantage in the second before a four-quarter third put the Warriors ahead for good. 

Noah Wasylychyn had four goals to lead Righetti. Ryan Trenev, Layne Porter and Trey Watkins had two goals apiece. Daxton Miller made nine saves in goal.

Righetti is now 1-0, with its lone win over the Division 1 Dons. Righetti is now in Division 3 this year after playing in Division 1 last year. 

"It was a big win for us, we've lost a lot of close games now and over the summer," Righetti coach Kyle Shaffer said. "It's good to get a close win. We got up early and those four goals early were big. They tied it up and we were able to respond and retake the lead."

The Warriors host PAC 8 League rival Arroyo Grande Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. in their next game.

"Of course we know them and they know all about us," Shaffer said of AG. "They will know everything about us. It should be a tough, tight matchup."

San Marcos 9, Arroyo Grande 8

The Eagles' fourth quarter comeback at San Marcos fell just short, and Arroyo

Grande lost its season opener.

Arroyo Grande goal keeper Jared Martin made 13 saves. Scott Adams, Nathan Solis and Braden Taylor scored two goals each for the Eagles.

Santa Ynez 21, Paso Robles 4

Twelve players for the Pirates in this non-league game at Paso Robles as they had no trouble running their record to 3-0.

Connor Hiatt scored five times for Santa Ynez. Nolan Morrison scored four goals, Clayton Davidson put in three, and Jace Tripco and Jacob Thielst scored two goals apiece.

Santa Ynez goalkeeper Tristan Durbiano made 13 saves and had five steals.  

Girls tennis

San Luis Obispo 17, Santa Ynez 1

Claire Collison won a singles point for the only point for the Pirates (0-3) in this non-league match at Santa Ynez.

Arroyo Grande 10, Dos Pueblos 8

As usual, the Eagles-Chargers match was competitive. This time, Arroyo Grande came out on top.

The Eagles won six singles sets and four doubles sets.   


Nipomo 3, Mission Prep 1

The Titans moved to 2-1 on the season with a win over a PAC 8 team. 

The set scores were 20-25, 25-22, 25-23 and 25-20. 

Mackenzie Bland had 12 digs, eight kills and four aces for the Titans. Abbey Gutierrez added 14 digs while Safkia Dobbe had 11 kills for Nipomo.

It was Gutierrez's first game at libero since moving from middle blocker for Nipomo and she did just fine, coach Andrea Regan said. 

Nipomo plays at Paso Robles, another PAC 8 League team, on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in a non-league game.

Morro Bay 3, Pioneer Valley 1

The Panthers swiped the first set 26-24, but the Pirates rallied for wins in the ensuing sets, 25-20, 25-23 and 25-21.

Pioneer Valley freshman Amaya Yebra had nine kills, 14 aces and 11 digs.

Junior Morgan Krause added seven kills. Junior Hannah Lacaste added 16 digs and four kills.

The Panthers next host Lompoc on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

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