Mission Prep football keeps winning — and rising up the ranks | Sports Notes

Mission Prep sophomore running back Vance Rocha leads the Royals in rushing yards this season.
Mission Prep sophomore running back Vance Rocha leads the Royals in rushing yards this season.

Mission Prep football is making the most of its new home in the eight-man ranks.

Led by first-year coach David Schuster, Mission Prep has started the season 4-0 and has an average margin of victory just better than four touchdowns per game. Mission Prep held on to beat Windward, the No. 9 ranked team in Division 1, 37-28 on Saturday — the Royals’ signature win of the season. The win bumped the Royals up to No. 6 in the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 poll released Monday.

Mission Prep was powered by its triple-threat run game in the victory over Windward — just as it has been all season. Junior Brayden Farr and sophomores Brian Kowall and Vance Rocha combined for 265 rushing yards and four touchdowns.

Rocha leads the team in carries and yards (64 for 415), while Kowal leads the team in touchdowns with eight. Farr is doing it on both sides of the ball, leading the team with three interceptions and 14 passes defended as a safety.

Mission Prep will be tested again Friday when it travels to Palos Verdes Peninsula to play No. 5-ranked Chadwick (6-0).

Paso XC Cracks Top 10

After a stellar start to the season, the Paso Robles boys cross country team finally cracked the Top 10 in the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 rankings this week. The move to No. 7 comes on the heels of another top finish, this time at the at the Asics Clovis Invitaitional on Saturday. The Bearcats finished second out of 35 teams behind a strong performance from junior Pablo Cortes, who placed fourth in the 5K race (16:01.6).

Arroyo Grande senior Luis Jazo won the event (15:51.9) for his first victory of the season. Still, Paso Robles was able to pass the Eagles in the latest team poll. Arroyo Grande is now ranked No. 9.

The SLO High girls team finished in third place in the medium schools race led by sophomore Alexi Steinmaus and her 13th-place finish (19:07.1).

The entire PAC 8 will race Thursday at the Cuesta Fairbanks Cross Country Course for the PAC 8 Mid-Season Meet at 3 p.m.

SLO High Golf in first place

With a four-stroke win over Righetti on Thursday in Nipomo, the SLO High girls golf team moved into first place in the PAC 8 league standings. SLO High senior Isabel Carpenter shot 1-under 34 on the nine-hole par-35 course to out duel three-time PAC 8 individual champion Sarah Fouratt, who shot 2-over 37.

There are only a couple of matches left until the PAC 8 finals take place Oct. 18 at Chalk Mountain Golf Course in Atascadero.

A.G. Tennis, Volleyball Undefeated

With an 18-0 win over St. Joseph on Thursday, the Arroyo Grande girls tennis team moved to 14-0 (10-0 PAC 8) on the season and is now ranked No. 10 in the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 poll.

Riding a 10-game winning streak, the Arroyo Grande girls volleyball team (15-3, 9-0 PAC 8) is also undefeated in league play and is ranked No. 6 in Division 3 with three games left in the regular season.

Cal Poly Volleyball Ranks

The Cal Poly women’s volleyball team found its way into the American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25, coming in at No. 24, when the poll was released Monday. It’s the first time since 2008, when they made it to No. 22, the team has been ranked in the Top 25.

Cal Poly (16-2, 6-0 Big West) has won 11 in a row and is coming off a 3-2 come-from-behind win over Hawai’i on Saturday, the first win over the Rainbow Wahine since 2006. Sophomore Torrey Van Winden led the way with 25 kills to put Cal Poly in first place in the Big West.

Cal Poly will play again at UC Santa Barbara on Saturday.