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Templeton girls volleyball flies to No. 1 ranking | SLO County Sports Notes

Templeton junior Cheyenne Rice, shown here during a match against Santa Ynez, is just one of the players on a young and talented Eagles team ranked No. 1 in Division 6.
Templeton junior Cheyenne Rice, shown here during a match against Santa Ynez, is just one of the players on a young and talented Eagles team ranked No. 1 in Division 6. tgibson@thetribunenews.com

The Templeton High School girls volleyball team didn’t make the CIF-Southern Section’s preseason watch list, but when the first Top 10 poll of the 2017 season was released Monday, the Eagles found themselves at the top.

Templeton (9-4, 1-0 Los Padres) is ranked No. 1 in Division 6 in the latest poll from the CIF-SS after a strong start to the season. This weekend, Templeton went 4-1 at the SLO Town Volleyball Tournament with wins over Mission Prep (2-0) and SLO High (2-0).

The Eagles are led by a strong core of juniors — Lauren Reeves, Cheyenne Rice and Kylee Tachovsky. Reeves leads the team in kills (131) and aces (33), Tachovsky leads in blocks (15) while Rice is doing a little bit of everything.

Templeton takes on defending Los Padres Leauge champions Santa Ynez on the road Tuesday.

Morro Bay sophomore Michael Blanchard (center) competes in Saturday’s Morro Bay High Invitational. Courtesy Photo

▪  Morro Bay junior Audrey McClish won the girls junior/senior division race at Morro Bay Invitational cross country race Saturday.

McClish navigated the 4.5-kilometer (2.79-mile) course in 19:16.92 to beat out SLO High junior Samantha Simard, who finished second with a time of 19:21.61.

On the boys side, Paso Robles junior Pablo Cortes finished second (15:58.11) and was the top finisher from the area. Nipomo junior Devin Diaz finished fifth with a time of 16:19.77.

Twenty-five teams from all over the state competed in the race.

▪  Arroyo Grande was well represented when the CIF-Southern Section polls came out Monday. The Arroyo Grande girls volleyball team was ranked No. 8 in Division 3, as was the boys water polo team, and the boys cross country team came in at No. 7 in Division 2.

Cal Poly

▪  Cal Poly sophomore Torrey Van Winden had a career-high 30 kills to lead the women’s volleyball team to a come-from-behind win over No. 23-ranked Wichita State on Saturday. Cal Poly (7-2) lost the first two sets before pulling out the five-set win, 25-23, 25-21, 28-26, 25-16, 15-9.

- The Cal Poly men’s soccer team played its first home game of the season and came away with a 1-0 win over Saint Mary’s on junior defender Nick Carroll’s first goal of his college career. Cal Poly (1-4-0) goes on the road to play San Diego State on Saturday.

- The Cal Poly women’s soccer team plays its home opener against Sacramento State at 7 p.m. Friday.

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Santa Barbara’s Dani Moreno en route to winning the women’s half marathon in the SLO Ultra trail running event near Avila Beach. Race SLO


Husband and wife Brad and Hannah Bingham from Steamboat Springs, Colorado, were the 28-mile champions in the inaugural SLO MTB off-road bike trail event at Wild Cherry Canyon on Sunday with times of 2:22:13 and 2:50:34 in the men’s and women’s races, respectively.

Garrett Beutel, 15, of San Luis Obispo won the 13-mile men’s race with a time of 1:17:00. And Nike Matanza, 37, of San Diego placed first in the 13-mile women’s race (1:28.45).

The Race SLO event featured challenging terrain in the privately owned Wild Cherry Canyon with 6,000-plus feet (28-mile race) and 2,700-plus feet (13-mile race) of elevation gain.

In the second annual SLO Ultra trail run competition at the same location Saturday, San Rafael’s Franz van der Groen, 33, won the 50-mile men’s race (7 hours, 12 minutes, 4 seconds), while Fresno’s Michel Van Ornum, 48, won the women’s 50-mile race (9:2:22).

Orion Galioni, 34, of Monterey won the men’s marathon (3:32.13), and Kelsey Lakowske, 24 of Davis won the women’s marathon (3:50.26).

In the half marathon, Templeton’s Robert Mead, 29, finished first in the men’s race (1:39.29), and Dani Moreno, 25, of Santa Barbara won the women’s race (1:40.20).

Complete race results can be found at RaceSLO.com.