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.
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▪ 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 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.
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.