Hoping to repeat as Coast Valley League champions, the Lady Broncos volleyball team is a perfect 3-0 in early season play, having defeated both Coastal Christian and Shandon 3-0 last week.
Against Coastal Christian, the Lady Broncos won 25-23, 25-10, 25-14. Leading the way for Coast Union was Janelle Bohey with eight digs, three kills and three aces. Sage Radecki chipped in with 13 assists for Coast Union. The Lady Broncos easily handled Shandon, winning 25-25, 25-8, 25-11.
The next home game for Coast Union is Friday, Oct. 3, at 5 p.m. against Dunn School.
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Santa Maria at Coast
The Coast Union cross country team came up short in a dual meet against Santa Maria High School on Wednesday, Sept. 24, on the Coast Union campus, but Bronco Coach Jim Hurley said he was “very pleased” with the effort his team put out. Moreover, he added, the 15 Bronco runners represent “by far the largest cross country team we’ve had in an event in 33 years or so.”
Hurley, a math teacher who shares coaching duties with Ayen Johnson, Coast’s elective instructor, was head cross-country coach from 1981 to 2007; he returned to coaching in 2013.
“Everyone ran well” on the three-mile course, Hurley commented, adding that the future of cross country at Coast Union is bright because, of the top seven finishers, “only one was a senior, and the rest were freshman and sophomores. It was a lot of fun, the kids had a good time and it was a real positive event.”
A few years ago, when the high school had more than 350 students — about 230 students attend Coast today — no cross country team ever had as many as 17 members, the number of competitors running this fall. “I’m amazed at the numbers and at the quality of the runners,” Hurley remarked.
In addition, because the team is mainly freshman and sophomores “it bodes well for the future — if the kids stick with it,” Hurley said.
Jez Lawson finished sixth among the boys with a time of 18 minutes, 36 seconds, and Gigi Stoothoff finished second in the girls category (21:05) for Coast Union. Santa Maria fielded 25 runners in the event.
The rest of the times: Paul Butterfield, ninth (20:00); Nick Roper, 16th (21:21); Oliver Fend, 19th (21:29); Vincent Cueva, 27th (23:18); Will Stephenson, 28th (23:30); Roberto Cueva, 29th (23:51); Zander Stoothoff, 30th (23:52); Sam MacKinnon, 31st (24:26); Sage Deack, 35th (25:52); Tyler Seng, 36th (25:54); Nic Barth, 39th (28:56); David Nolan, 40th(29:22); and Alam Romo, 42nd (29:25).
The next event for the Broncos is Saturday, Oct. 4, at Atascadero High School.
Santa Maria 16, Coast 2
Top seed Maddie May won two of her three sets Wednesday, Sept. 24, at Santa Maria High School, but the home team shut out the Lady Broncos the rest of the way, handing them a 16-2 defeat. May lost her first set 7-5 prior to winning the next two sets she played, 6-3, 6-3.
The next home match for Coast Union is at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, against Templeton.