The Arroyo Grande High boys water polo team fell 11-4 to Los Lomas in the championship final of the San Luis Obispo Tournament to claim second place Saturday.
The Eagles (13-4) put two players on the all-tournament team. Kevin Meffert, who scored 10 times during Arroyo Grande’s three games Saturday was joined by goalie John Kullman, who made 26 saves.
“The tournament went well for us,” Arroyo Grande coach Steven Allen said. “Without the first quarter against Los Lomas, we’re right in there.”
Several other area teams found themselves in the hunt late in the tournament, including Paso Robles and Nipomo.
Never miss a local story.
The Bearcats (7-8) found themselves in the third-place game before falling 13-7 to Alhambra.
Paso Robles got four goals from Spencer Silva in a 7-5 win over Brea Olinda.
Going 3-0 Saturday and 4-1 overall at the tournament, Nipomo (9-4) was able to battle its way back after losing to Newberry Park on Friday to take seventh at the tournament.
The Titans started off the day with a relatively easy win over Crespi 7-3. Marc Baker, who was the leading scorer in every match for Nipomo, had four goals. Cole Holloway scored twice, while goalie Kirk Wilenius had 11 saves.
The Titans edged Hansford West 4-3 in a defensive affair in their second match. Baker was the only scorer with multiple goals with two. Wilenius had nine saves.
In their third match against Moore Park for seventh place, the Titans got an 8-7 victory in sudden-death overtime. Baker had his best game of the day with five goals for the Titans, while Holloway had two. Wilenius had nine saves.
“They played really well to bounce back from the three goal loss to Newberry Park,” Nipomo coach Justin Jewell said. “I’m very proud of the team and especially the defense they played today.”
Atascadero, Arroyo Grande at Royal Tournament
The Eagles (8-2) placed second in their pool.
They started the day with a 25-18, 25-20 loss to Quartz Hill. Arroyo Grande came back to win their next two matches, beating San Marcos 25-18, 25-21 and Rancho Cucamonga 25-23, 25-12.
The Eagles advanced to the Gold bracket where they lost to host Royal 25-17.
Eagles coach Ernie Santa Cruz was pleased with his team, saying: “They did a good job. It was a good tournament. We did well in areas we had worked on and found some other.”
Santa Cruz said he was particularly happy with how Alyssa Koenig and Danica Smith played throughout the day.
Atascadero finished 1-2 at the tournament, falling to Ventura in the first round of the playoffs. Set scores were unavailable.
North County Christian at David Lowe Tournament
The Crusaders lost in the semifinals to Shandon, falling 25-23, 25-15.
Cristy Scarson, an all-tournament selection, had 18 kills on the day as North County Christian won four of nine sets.
Jessica Yoshida had 27 digs, and Cheyenne Ricks dished out 46 assists.
Other set scores were not available.
Atascadero Richard C. Bruggs Invitational
Shafter took first in both the boys and girls competition for big schools at Santa Margarita Lake.
Cabrillo won the boys small-school title, and Morro Bay the girls small-school title.
In the boys portion of the small school competition, Cabrillo had the top three times with Daniel Pena winning the 5-kilometer race in 16 minutes, 45 seconds. Morro Bay came in second, edging St. Joseph by one point, with its top finisher, Bryan Carroll, coming in 10th at 17:44.
Despite not having any runners in the top three, the Morro Bay girls team took first over St. Joseph and Templeton, who rounded out the top three in the team race.
Morro Bay’s top finisher was Rachel Jelstrom, fourth with a time of 20:58, and Macey Burgeson was ninth at 21:38. Templeton had the top finisher, Savannah Camacho, who won by two seconds in 19:17.
Shafter won the team title and had the top finisher in the large-school boys competition as Jesus Villalpando ran a 16:55 to get the win. Sunnyside came in second, and Righetti took third.
Shafter won the girls large-school title, and Atascadero came in second place and had the second-place finisher, Muriel Bench, in 20:12. Jillian McLenithan ran a 22:02 for Atascadero to earn seventh. Paso Robles took third place with their top finisher, Maddy Cline, claiming third in 20:53.
Arroyo Grande at The Desert Twilights
The Eagles participated in a nationally recognized Friday race in Gilbert, Ariz., finishing fifth of more than 50 teams on the girls side. Arroyo Grande’s 225 points were behind Xavier, which won with 50 points.
Hannah Stevens finished 19th in 19:15 for Arroyo Grande, while Emily Johnston finished 20th in 19:17 over the 5K course.
The boys team finished 21st with 469 points. Josh Davis was the Eagles’ top finisher in 16:20.
The Eagles would have won the varsity division titles in both events, but decided to compete in the more difficult sweepstakes division.
Lancaster Baptist 34, Shandon 25
In a day where Shandon (2-2) did nothing but run, two lost fumbles in the end zone cost them the game.
“It was a tough, but very good game,” Shandon coach Alan Sciocchetti said, “We made a couple crucial mistakes at the goal line and a couple questionable calls that cost us some points. We executed well and played well overall. I’m glad we played them.”
Hector Rengel ran 173 yards on 17 carries with three touchdowns for Shandon. Jose Hernandez added 74 yards on 17 carries, and Jose Diaz had 67 yards on 12 carries.