Arroyo Grande High sophomore Talley Hill captured the Greg DeNike Big Ditch Classic girls freshman-sophomore race title Saturday with a 4K girls course-record time of 14 minutes, 45 seconds at Talley Fields in Arroyo Grande.
Hill had the fastest overall time for any girl in the event and helped the Eagles’ girls win the overall team title with 21 points. Team scoring combined finishes for schools in the freshman-sophomore and junior-senior races.
“(Hill) is very fit. Her summer training is definitely paying off, and she had a very strong performance,” Arroyo Grande coach Sean Ricketts said. “It shows she’s on the right track to lead.”
Ventura was second in girls scoring with 50 points, followed by Paso Robles in third with 81.
Also in the girls freshman-sophomore race, Arroyo Grande’s Haley Chavez was second in 15:19, Arroyo Grande’s Malia Simon was fifth in 15:43, Arroyo Grande’s Rosa Granados was sixth in 15:58, Paso Robles’ Annie Meeder was seventh in 16:02 and Morro Bay’s Alexis Lewis took 10th in 16:19.
In the girls junior-senior race, Arroyo Grande’s Leza Cassidy won in 15:13, Paso Robles’ Ashley Davis took second in 15:29, Arroyo Grande’s Jocelyn Reynolds was third in 15:37, Arroyo Grande’s Elizabeth Heyde was fourth in 15:41, Paso Robles’ Amanda Schultz took seventh in 15:49, Paso Robles’ Claire Farrell was eighth in 16:00 and Nipomo’s Taylor Witcher was ninth in 16:09.
Paso Robles claimed the boys combined team title with 45 points, followed by Arroyo Grande in second with 56 points and Cabrillo third at 98.
Arroyo Grande’s Christian Ricketts won the freshman-sophomore race in 13:05, and Paso Robles’ Trad Berti in second at 13:22.
In the boys junior-senior race, Morro Bay’s Austin Lay took second in 12:52, Paso Robles’ Zachary Chamberlain took third in 12:55, Paso Robles’ Sid Monge was fifth in 13:18, Nipomo’s Rogelio Flores was sixth in 13:20, Arroyo Grande’s Joey Rodgers was seventh in 13:26, Arroyo Grande’s Jacob Emeterio was eighth in 13:29, Morro Bay’s Andrew Stafford was ninth in 13:31 and Paso Robles’ Josh Potter took 10th in 13:32.
California Tennis Classic
Arroyo Grande won its final two matches in the Division I consolation bracket, topping Leland and St. Francis by scores of 4-3 at the California Tennis Classic in Clovis.
Arroyo Grande’s Sophie Whittle swept in singles play 6-3, 6-3 and 6-0, 6-1, and the Eagles’ doubles team of Melina Rodgers and Mekayla Landers swept 6-2, 6-1 and 4-6, 6-3, 10-4.
Atascadero rattled off four straight wins on its way to the Division 5 consolation title. The Greyhounds beat Taft 4-2, Ponderosa 5-1, Mt. Whitney 6-0 and Merced 4-2 in the final.
Atascadero’s Nicoline Breypenbach, Victoria Thek, Charlotte Holt, Natalie Manier and Julia Clickard each closed the tournament by winning five matches.
San Luis Obispo 12, Rocklin 6
The balanced Tigers (1-1) spread out their points among several players in the home win.
BOYS WATER POLO
San Luis Obispo won the Conejo Classic at Thousand Oaks in dramatic fashion, winning 6-5 on a sudden-death goal in overtime. Emerson Trout scored four goals for the Tigers, and Bo Crozier and Nick Walter added one goal each. Goalie Connor Troy notched 17 saves to preserve the win.
“It was a big win,” said Tigers coach Steve Jomaoas, whose team finished 4-0 in Thousand Oaks. “I don’t know how long it has been since we’ve won a tournament.”
Atascadero secured a fifth-place finish with a 16-15 overtime win against Granada Hills. The Greyhounds were led by Dylan Hughes with 19 goals over the Greyhounds’ 3-1 showing in the tournament. Blake Archibald scored 11 goals and Dylan Linnenkamp added 10 goals.
“It was a great team win for us; everyone contributed,” Atascadero coach Mitch Stafford said of the overtime win.
Laguna Blanca Tournament
North County Christian fell in the championship of the Laguna Blanca tourney to Grace Brethren. The fifth-seeded Crusaders knocked off the No. 1 seed on their way to a second-place finish and were 4-2 in the event.