The Arroyo Grande High School boys soccer team might not have the star power of years past, but that hasn’t stopped the Eagles from finding success.
With only one senior in its starting lineup, Arroyo Grande has come on strong late after struggling early in the season, winning six games in a row. Arroyo Grande (11-6-4, 9-0-2 PAC 8) hasn’t lost a game in league play and sits in first place entering the last week of the regular season and a showdown with SLO High (18-2, 10-2 PAC 8) on Tuesday.
Arroyo Grande has the players up top who can score, such as sophomore Brayan Arreola, who had two goals in a 2-0 win over Paso Robles last Wednesday. But it has been the play of the back line and junior goalkeeper Colton Theaker that has led the way. Head coach Eliseo Romero called Theaker, a standout punter and place kicker for the Eagles football team, the humble leader of the team.
“I told them if we can keep our goals allowed to under 10 for the league season, we would have a chance to win a title. They thought I was crazy,” Romero said.
Arroyo Grande has allowed just eight goals in 11 league games, best in the PAC 8.
With a win or a tie against SLO, Arroyo Grande would all but lock up a title. A loss would likely mean a shared title with the Tigers.
Romero, who expected it to be a rebuilding season, said his team feels no pressure going against the former No. 1-ranked team in the state despite the high stakes and SLO High’s record-breaking goal-scorer Branden Dolezal.
“We’ve got nothing to lose. That's the beauty of it,” Romero said.
Mission Prep’s Revenge
Senior Kyle Colvin scored 25 points Friday night to lead Mission Prep to a blowout win over first-place SLO High. The win avenged a loss to the Tigers earlier in the season and marked the Royals’ third win in a row following a three-game losing streak.
Colvin has been scoring in bunches this season, but the difference Friday was the help from his teammates. Senior forward Remy Paquet had 13 points, and senior point guard Parker Jones added 10.
Mission Prep (14-9, 8-4 PAC 8) is now locked in a three-way tie for third place in the PAC 8 with St. Joseph (15-10, 8-4 PAC 8) and Arroyo Grande (15-9, 8-4) with two games left in the regular season. Mission Prep hosts St. Joseph on Tuesday.
SLO High boys basketball clinches
Despite the blowout loss to Mission Prep, SLO High (21-5, 10-2 PAC 8) locked up at least a share of the PAC 8 title Friday night thanks to Arroyo Grande’s overtime loss to Pioneer Valley. It’s the first time SLO High has won a piece of a league title since it shared the PAC 7 crown with Atascadero in 2008-09.
With a two-game lead with two games to play, SLO High — ranked No. 3 in the latest CIF-Southern Section Division 4AA rankings — can lock up the outright title with a win. But it won’t be easy. The Tigers host Arroyo Grande on Tuesday and travel to St. Joseph on Friday.
SLO High freshman Assani Berkely, who sat out against Mission Prep with an injury, is expected to return for the final two games.
A.G.’s Trevor Melsheimer is a unique talent
Arroyo Grande wrestler Trevor Melsheimer has been tearing it up on the mat this season. The senior has won three tournaments in his 145-pound weight class, carries a 33-7 record and is ranked No. 42 in the state in his class. But it’s not just his success that makes him unique, Arroyo Grande wrestling coach Kent Hubert said.
Melsheimer carries a 5.0 GPA and has already been accepted into prestigious Boston University with hopes of one day becoming an astronaut. He is also in the process of becoming an Eagle Scout and was the founding member of the Arroyo Grande Chirps Club, a group whose goal is to “teach our school and community about bugs as sustainable foods.”
“He’s just a well-rounded, polite kid who works really hard,” Hubert said.
Melsheimer and the rest of the Arroyo Grande wrestling team will have its final league meet of the season at the PAC 8 league finals on Saturday. Melsheimer will be looking to advance farther than he did last season when he finished just short of making it to the CIF Masters.
SLO High girls soccer clinches
The SLO High girls soccer team locked up at least a share of another league title, beating Mission Prep and Pioneer Valley by a combined score of 17-0 last week. It’s the third straight PAC 8 title for SLO High.
Junior Olivia Ortiz had a hat trick against Mission Prep to push her goal total to 23 on the season.
SLO High (17-1, 11-1 PAC 8) will look to make it 12-straight games without allowing a goal when it takes on second-place rival Arroyo Grande (9-5-4, 8-4 PAC 8) on the road on Tuesday.
Water Polo League Finals
The Arroyo Grande girls water polo team will go for its 15th straight league title in its home pool at the PAC 8 league finals starting Tuesday.
The biggest challengers to the Eagles 142-game league winning streak will be Paso Robles and Atascadero. Paso Robles (16-9, 2-3 PAC 8) lost by one goal when the teams met earlier this season, and Atascadero (16-7, 4-1 PAC 8) has enjoyed a resurgent season and has the talent to pull off the upset.