One boys water polo team continued on in the Los Padres League tournament, while the other will now prepare for next season.
Nipomo High represented the former, after holding off 2016 CIF Southern Section Division 7 semifinalist Santa Maria 7-6 at SMHS on Tuesday night.
The victory placed the Titans against top seeded Santa Ynez for the Tuesday night tilt, which was played past The Times’ deadline.
Titans head coach Kurt Lindgren was pleased with the composure of his team as they faced one of the top Cinderella stories in the pool last year on the Central Coast.
“This was the third straight game we played against Santa Maria and I bet if we kept playing games, we would go back-and-forth,” Lindgren said. “The rivalry is good and one thing I really liked was the sportsmanship of both teams because this is a rivalry — and a heated one that often gets very physical.”
Blake Hudson scored the first of his four goals for the Titans in the first quarter.
“We were able to give him some more opportunities. He was able to draw more zone coverage and double teams that opened up some opportunities,” Lindgren said.
Santa Maria’s first goal came from Aiden Lange in the second quarter that cut the Titan lead to 2-1. Hudson, however, responded with his second goal of the evening that made it 3-1. Jonathan Hernandez closed the first half for the Saints with his goal, making it 3-2 Titans at halftime.
Hudson got the third quarter started by firing his third goal through the net at the 4:15 mark. Nipomo never trailed in the contest that opened the 2017 LPL tournament.
“My guys converted and made improvements from our last game versus the Saints,” Lindgren said.
Cesar Hernandez scored multiple goals for SMHS with two in the second half. Saints head coach Josh Troeger said it’s now about preparing his team for next season.
“We’ll train, train and train. We’re graduating 70% of our team. It’s about the junior varsity players getting ready for varsity. We’ve got a lot of off-season work,” Troeger said. “It’s kind of hard because we have a lot of seniors — so there’s a lot of heartbreak. They were looking to go in and looking to win. But sometimes the ball doesn’t roll that way. You’ve got to live with that.”
Cabrillo 15, Morro Bay 4
The Conquistadores caught fire in the fourth quarter — scoring eight goals in a span of six minutes to clinch the win over Morro Bay at SMHS.
Isaac Thomas got the scoring party started near the six minute mark. He went on to tack on five fourth quarter goals and finished with seven overall.
Olat Luna scored twice in the fourth while Josh Rowe added a solo score. Luna, Rowe and Garrett Stanton combined to score seven goals for Cabrillo, which solidified their spot in the LPL tournament title contest against the winner of Santa Ynez/Nipomo for Thursday at 6 p.m.
PAC 8 League Tournament
First-place Righetti (18-11) breezed past Paso Robles 23-6 and Atascadero 26-4 in its two tournament games at Arroyo Grande, landing a spot in another tournament championship game and earning another post-season berth.
Ryan Lucas and Ryan Trenev scored four goals each for the Warriors against Paso Robles. Noah Wasylychyn and Cy Cabanas scored three times each.
Goalkeeper Daxton Miller made five saves.
Lucas scored five times against Atascadero. Layne Porter scored four goals. Trenev and Wasylychyn put in three apiece. Miller made four saves.
Multi-time defending league champion Righetti will play either Arroyo Grande or San Luis Obispo at 6 p.m. Thursday at Arroyo Grande in the tournament championship game.
CIF Southern Section Individuals (Monday)
OJAI — Playing in temperatures that exceeded 100 degrees, and in a blustery afternoon wind, Righetti senior Sarah Fouratt led area players with a 79 on the par 72 Soule Park course.
None of the locals advanced to the sectional finals. The top 36 players Monday moved on. Fouratt, the four-time PAC 8 League individual champion, finished tied for 45th in the 118-player field with a 79.
Isabel Carpenter of PAC 8 champion San Luis Obispo (Righetti finished second) matched Fouratt's 79. Fouratt's teammate, freshman Claire Alford, shot an 87.
Los Padres League individual champion Kendal Martin of Lompoc came in at 92. Ashlyn Wiswall of LPL champion Cabrillo shot a 101, Gracie Church of Santa Ynez came in at 104, and Cabriillo's Britney McCune finished at 107.
Sydney Haughian of PAC 8 League member Misison Prep came in at 85.
Stevenson Ranch West Ranch freshman Zoe Campos won the tournament with a 68. Lakewood St. Joseph senior Anna Dong was second with a 70.