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Patrick Durham

Patrick Durham of Cabrillo locks his arms inside Lompoc's Alex Zuniga during an earlier league wrestling contest from this season. Durham took first in the 172-pound class at the Channel League Individual Wrestling Finals on Saturday. 

If you’re expecting this column to partake in “National Vent after the Super Bowl week.” don’t.  

OK…so maybe there’s no such thing as such a holiday week. But considering the ranting on social media and the rants inside various work offices, it could be a weekly holiday eventually soon.

But I won’t talk about a game that combined for 16 points, or how some people are mad about a man (the late Andy Warhol) who used ketchup as a dipping sauce for his Whopper instead of pouring the said sauce inside his bun.

I will continue the trend of Zo’s Gold Mines by announcing this week’s Gold Mines:

Cabrillo High wrestlers: Athletic director Dan Troup said 12 wrestlers alone all claimed a qualifying spot in the next CIF Southern Section meet after placing first through third at the Channel League Individual Finals; the final league meet held at CHS on Saturday. Patrick Durham snatched first in the 172-pound class. Raymond Guerra was one notable second place finisher (162-pound class). Freshman Kameron Wallace also emerged in second for the 108-pound class during his first league finals meet. CHS in total had top five finishers in 13 different weight classes.

Lompoc High wrestlers: The Braves had a strong day on their end as well – producing three first-place finishers in Devin Brown (147), Dechlan Sparrow (182) and Jacob Nunez (heavyweight) at the Saturday league finals. In total, LHS had 11 top five qualifiers out of the 14 classes. Oh, and girls wrestling – in just year one of having a varsity program – earned a share of the Channel League title.

Ayziah Simmons, Lompoc girls soccer: Call it to hat trick plus one – Simmons scored four times in the 5-2 road upset against traditional girls soccer thorn for the Braves Santa Ynez last Wednesday. Her performance helped seal the 11-3-3 record for LHS (7-1-3 in league) and upcoming playoff game on Wednesday at Beverly Hills High.

Richard Matias, Valley Christian Academy boys basketball: The Lion combined for 64 points in victories over Maricopa and Dunn last week to help end the regular season at 9-11 and 6-6 in the Coast Valley League.

VCA girls basketball: All 10 active players got on the scoring stat sheet in their 59-19 romp of Maricopa last Friday. Now they will host Los Angeles Price in CIF Southern Section Division 5A playoff action on Thursday. 

Jackson Stahl, St. Joseph boys soccer: When you score two goals in one game, you get consideration for Northern Santa Barbara County Athletic Round Table Male Athlete of the Week honors – and Stahl shared the said honor with Matias on Monday after netting two goals in the 2-1 win over Orcutt Academy.

Giselle Calderon, Orcutt Academy girls basketball: She went off for 55 combined points last week and has helped the Spartans to 19 regular season victories now this season.

Mya Mendoza and Bella Robles, Lompoc girls basketball: Facing a red-hot Santa Ynez girls basketball team last week, both combined for 35 points to help seal the 60-44 win…and a CIF Southern Section playoff spot.

Chase Artopoeus, St. Joseph football: He’s currently playing basketball, but Artopoeus received a preferred walk-on offer from UCLA on Super Bowl Sunday – which the quarterback gladly accepted.

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