Prep Roundup: Arroyo Grande wins PAC 7 girls water polo tourney

sports@thetribunenews.comFebruary 14, 2014 

The Arroyo Grande High girls water polo team won the PAC 7 tournament Friday, defeating Righetti 10-4 in the championship game after the score was tied at 2 at halftime.

The Eagles (23-8), who have won 11 straight league titles, got three goals from both Isabelle Manuele and Melanie Popovich, and Rebekah Hernandez scored twice. Alana Benson made five saves.

Arroyo Grande topped Atascadero 15-3 in the semifinals, as Popovich and Brooklyn 

VanderVeen both had three goals, and Hernandez scored twice. 

The Greyhounds (8-7) defeated Paso Robles 10-4, finishing third in the tournament. Courtney McCarthy had five goals, Kylee Ferree had two and Lauren Giggy had 13 saves. Ferree had two goals and Tori Comin had one for the Greyhounds in their loss to Arroyo Grande. 

Shelby Faccinto scored three goals, including the game-winner as time expired for San Luis Obispo (8-15) in the fifth-place game — an 8-7 win over St. Joseph. 


Atascadero 58, Pioneer Valley 36

The Greyhounds outscored the Panthers 18-4 in the first quarter to cruise to victory and finish the year undefeated in the PAC 7.

Jared Stuedemann scored 11 points and Joe Johnson had 10 for Atascadero (22-2, 12-0), which played without senior guard Robbie Berwick.

Righetti 73, San Luis Obispo 63

Chase Braun scored a game-high 18 points, and Sam Thompson chipped in 11 for the Tigers (5-19, 3-9 PAC 7). 

San Luis Obispo outscored the Warriors 27-15 in the fourth quarter, but trailed by 10 after one and 42-21 at halftime.

Paso Robles 46, St. Joseph 35

Anthony Spencer scored 21 points as the Bearcats (11-14, 3-9 PAC 7) led the entire game.

Coast Union 65, Cuyama Valley 32

Gehrig Kniffen scored 21 points to help the Broncos (15-9, 8-0 Coast Valley League) finish undefeated in league.


Righetti 49, San Luis Obispo 45

Jessica Judge had 22 points, eight rebounds and four blocks, but the Tigers (13-7, 5-7 PAC 7) turned the ball over in the final seconds when trailing by two.

Pioneer Valley 47, Atascadero 44

Sabrina Degnan led the Greyhounds (14-9, 7-5 PAC 7) with 19 points and 10 rebounds. 

Pioneer Valley led by three with five seconds left in the game. Atascadero had possession, but was unable to force overtime. Kendall Chandler had 11 points.  

St. Joseph 52, Paso Robles 33

Grace Rosa had the team-high eight points for the Bearcats (1-23, 0-12 PAC 7). 

Coast Union 61, Cuyama Valley 34

Reagan Kniffen scored 15 points, and Rima Panchal has 12 points to lead the Broncos (7-9, 6-3 CVL) to a win and a berth in the CIF-Southern Section 5AA playoffs. 


Paso Robles 4, St. Joseph 1

The Bearcats scored four unanswered goals after the Knights scored 15 minutes in. Rafael 

Roman scored an unassisted free kick and again on a corner kick to lead Paso Robles (12-10, 5-7 PAC 7).


Paso Robles 3, St. Joseph 3 tie

Michaela Howard headed in the cross from Hannah Paul in the first five minutes to give the Bearcats’ (12-11-1, 3-8-1 PAC 7) the early lead. 

A penalty kick by Emilee Brown and a goal from Alyssa Harris gave Paso Robles a 3-1 lead before the Knights scored twice to force overtime.

San Luis Obispo 1, Righetti 0

Freshman Sydney Tamaki scored late in the second half to lift the Tigers (16-4-3, 9-2-1 

PAC 7) to a second-place finish in the PAC 7. Sophomore CeCe Devaney earned the shutout in net.



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