San Luis Obispo High will likely hire a new boys basketball coach after spring break is over, Tigers athletic director Vic Ecklund said Wednesday.
Tigers coach John Jensen resigned Friday, Ecklund said, in order to spend more time with his family. The school, also in the midst of searching for a new girls basketball coach, will initially look at interested candidates already on staff, Ecklund said.
The Tigers’ boys program went 21-7 during the 2008-09 season, capturing its first league championship in 20 years and advancing to the CIF-Southern Section Division 4AA quarterfinals.
“He’s always been a positive influence and always dedicated a tremendous amount of time,” Ecklund said of Jensen, who guided the school to winning seasons in three of the past four years. “He was very committed. We’re going to miss that aspect of it, and he’s going to be hard to replace.”
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Jensen took over the varsity squad in 2005 after serving as a freshman coach for three seasons and a junior varsity coach for two.
This past season, the Tigers rallied after a slow start, winning six of their final seven regular-season contests before claiming a first-round divisional playoff win over Cabrillo, the Los Padres League champion.
Much of that team is set to return for next year, including 6-foot-6 all-PAC 7 first-team junior center Sean Mullen, as this past season’s roster included only five seniors.
Atascadero 5, Pioneer Valley 0
Kenny Block pitched a one-hitter for the Greyhounds, striking out two batters and walking five.
“This was definitely one of his best games,” Atascadero coach Dan Butz said.
At the plate, Atascadero (6-4, 4-1 PAC 7) was led by infielder Nate Gastelo, who finished 2 for 4 with four RBI and a double. The Greyhounds also got 2-for-3 performances from both Evan Hicks and Brent Poulin, with Hicks scoring twice. Gavin Cracknell added a double in the win.
Paso Robles 14, Nipomo 3
The Bearcats had 14 hits and scored three times in the first, second, fifth and sixth innings.
Paso Robles’ Mac Stuart was 4 for 5 at the plate, and picked up the win on the mound, as well, striking out seven batters and walking five through five innings.
Thomas Bernal added a 2-for-3 showing for the Bearcats (6-4, 3-2 PAC 7).
Righetti 12, Arroyo Grande 7
Eric Simon belted a two-run homer for the Eagles (4-3, 0-2 PAC 7), who gave up three runs in the third inning and five in the sixth.
“Every time we got close, it seemed like they’d score a couple more,” Arroyo Grande coach Brad Lachemann said.
Mission Prep 3, Dunn 0
The Royals swept 25-14, 25-14, 25-20, led by Quinn Tanner’s team highs of seven kills, seven digs and two blocks.
Sean Robinson had 18 assists for Mission Prep (4-6), and Chris Salvini had nine aces in the victory.