In his first career college start, former Arroyo Grande High School quarterback Sawyer May led Lewis & Clark to a 40-29 win over Pomona-Pitzer with a three-touchdown performance, ending the small Oregon school’s 33-game losing streak.
May, a freshman, finished the game 16 of 28 for 160 yards and three scores through the air. Lewis & Clark, a Division III school located in Portland, Oregon, last won a game in 2013.
Despite a successful career at Arroyo Grande that included passing for more than 5,600 yards and 52 touchdowns as a three-year starter, May was not highly recruited — likely due to his 5-foot-11 frame, considered undersized in the college ranks. He received an offer from New Hampshire and was in talks with Redlands before landing at Lewis & Clark.
May, who split time with junior quarterback Mike Machado the previous week, was 15 of 27 for 162 yards and a touchdown in the Pioneers’ season-opening 37-16 loss to Claremont Mudd-Scripps. May will likely be the starter again when the Pioneers (1-1) play their next game against fellow Northwest Conference foe Willamette on Sept. 30.
SLO High Solid at Ojai
The SLO High boys and girls cross country teams each turned in second-place finishes Saturday at the Ojai Invitational at Lake Casitas. The boys team finished behind San Marcos, and the girls team narrowly lost to Mayfield. Both teams remain ranked in the Top 10 of the CIF-Southern Section in their respective divisions.
Sophomore Matthew Scurria (16:34.5) was the top finisher for the Tigers in the 3-mile race. Two other SLO High runners, sophomore Alex Goodman and senior Jacob Andreatta, finished in the top 10.
Freshman Shaylee Grimm led the way for the SLO High girls team with a time of 19:39.9, while sophomore Alexi Steinmaus (19:43.8) finished sixth.
Atascadero junior Xavier Gonzales was the top boys finisher from SLO County with a time of 16:18.8 to place third. The Atascadero boys placed fourth out of 23 teams, while the girls team placed fifth out of 18 teams.
Morro Bay junior Audrey McClish finished in second place on the girls side with a time of 19:20.6.
Atascadero Volleyball Undefeated
While the Arroyo Grande girls volleyball team is still the favorite to win yet another league title, Atascadero is making some noise early in PAC 8 play. The Greyhounds are off to a 3-0 start with wins over Mission Prep, Righetti and SLO High.
Atascadero (9-6, 3-0 PAC 8) is led by a pair of seniors — Taylor Degnan and Abby Wright — who are both averaging over three kills per set through 15 games. Kylee Degnan leads the Greyhounds in assists and aces.
Atascadero will play Arroyo Grande (9-3, 3-0 PAC 8) Sept. 28.
Mission Prep Ranked
Mission Prep came in at No. 7 in the first CIF-Southern Section Division 1 eight-man football rankings released Monday. Mission Prep (2-0) plays Division 2’s Joshua Springs Christian on Friday in Yucca Valley.
Demijohn Clutch Again
Megan Demijohn had quite a week for the Cal Poly women’s soccer team. The sophomore striker started by scoring what turned out to be the game-winning goal against Sacramento State on Friday and followed it up with a golden goal in overtime to beat Pacific 2-1 on Sunday.
Cal Poly (4-4-1) hosts Denver at 7 p.m. Thursday before returning to Spanos Stadium to play host to 2016 Elite Eight qualifier Santa Clara at noon Sunday.
▪ Junior goalkeeper Simon Boehme was named Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Week after notching three saves in a 1-0 win over San Diego State on Saturday. The men’s team (2-4) will take on CSU Bakersfield on Saturday at the Paso Robles Horse Park.
Still Frothy Surf Contest Returns
The eighth annual Still Frothy Surf Festival returns to Pismo Beach on Saturday and Sunday. The nonprofit event, which features a tow-at (jet ski assist) air challenge, pro-am and youth events, is led by Walt Cerny and helps raise money for college scholarships and young community members in need of medical care. Contestants will compete for a $9,500 purse.
Events leading up to the contest include the Still Frothy Fundraiser Concert featuring Grammy-awarding winning artist John Cruz at 10 p.m. Thursday at SLO Brew’s downtown San Luis Obispo location. Tickets are $12, and proceeds will go to local high school surf teams.