High School Sports

Prep Roundup: Merritts continue their diving success for Tigers

San Luis Obispo High’s Ethan and Tessa Merritt continued their domination of the county diving scene winning the boys and girls titles at the San Luis Obispo Diving Invitational on Saturday.

Ethan Merritt won the boys title with an All-American consideration score of 463 points.

Arroyo Grande’s Dan Kelley (413.40) finished second in a field that included divers from most of the PAC 7 and Los Padres League schools.

Paso Robles’ Colby Thompson finished fourth with a CIF-qualifying score of 313.50, while teammate Devon Nicklas just missed out on qualifying with a score of 293.55.

“All the kids have moved up their degree of difficulty,” San Luis Obispo coach Rick Ernstrom said. “It’s great to have these kids all out here pushing each other further.”

On the girls side, Tessa Merritt won with a score of 414.25 points.

Atascadero’s Alyssa Floercky was third with 329.05 points, while two more Tigers rounded out the top five — Maia Vernacchia in fourth (317.1) and Tracy O’Keefe (316.8).

Arroyo Grande’s Meghan Anderson (309.25) and Atascadero’s Allie Keefer (307) also posted CIF-qualifying scores.

Arroyo Grande swimming at Clovis West Invitational

The Eagles’ girls finished fifth in the team standings with 110 points, while the boys finished seventh in the meet that featured more than 45 schools.

Arroyo Grande was seventh in the girls meet in 2009.

On the girls side, Mia Schachter had the best individual performance for the Eagles, finishing second in the 100 breaststroke in 1 minute, 6.63 seconds. She also finished sixth in the 200 individual medley in 2:13.42.

The 200 medley relay team of Schachter, Melanie Johnson, Claren Ruth and Kelly O’Sullivan finished in 1:57.54 to take sixth.Arroyo Grande’s boys 200 freestyle team finished seventh in 1:33.19 while the 400 relay team was ninth in 3:29.06.

Peter Malouf came in eighth in the boys 100 breaststroke in 1:03.89.


Nipomo at Mt. SAC Relays

Nipomo’s Amber Britt tied for first in the open division of the girls high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 1 inch.

Britt shared first with Megan Chenoweth of St. Lucy’s and Jackie Ford of Covina.

West Coast Relays at Buchanan

Aleksander Koch won the boys high jump at 6-1 for Paso Robles, which was one of 80 teams at the relays.

Robbie Burbank won the boys discus with a distance of 147-1, and Gordon Sturgess was third in the boys 3,200 in 9:59.95.

Tess Rountree won the girls 300 hurdles for Paso Robles in 46.76, and Maritza Juarez was third in the girls shot put at 34-9.5. Templeton’s Savannah Camacho won the girls invitational 1,600 in 5:05.49.

Bill Kearney Invitational

At Salinas, Arroyo Grande’s Danielle Lauinger won both the girls shot put (37-8, personal record) and discus (133-7) in leading the Eagles to the girls team title.

Arroyo Grande scored 193 points to 72 for runner-up North Salinas.

The Eagles won with 171 points on the boys side to 112 for runner-up Enterprise.

Rachel Murphy won the girls pole vault at 10-6, and Alex Mero won the high jump at 5-2.

Arroyo Grande’s girls won the 400 relay in 50.6. The Eagles also won the 1,600 relay in a season-best 4:05.17.

In the boys discus, Nik Pappas (164-2) and Garrett Weinreich (157-9) finished first and second, respectively, for the Eagles.

Hugo Gutierrez won the boys 800 in 1:57.9, a PR.

Finishing second on the boys side were Cullen Cali in the 3,200 (9:58), Sean Brown in the shot put (50-7), John Alexander in the 300 hurdles (40.25) and Eric Weise in the pole vault (13-6).


Mission Prep 4, Liberty 3; Mission Prep 12, Liberty 0

The Royals (7-9) swept the reigning CIF-sectional champions.

Art Lane hit an RBI single in the sixth inning to get the go-ahead run in the opener.

Kevin Laird gave up one hit in five innings in the Royals’ second game, and Ray Hurwitz was 3 for 4 with three RBI.

Lane was 2 for 2 with two RBI, and Anthony Bosshardt was 2 for 2 with a double and an RBI in the nightcap.


Fowler 13, Coast Union 1; Fowler 10, Coast Union 0

Jasmine Bucio hit a single for Coast Union (1-10) and scored its only run in the first-game loss.

Katie Dutson, Sophie Flemming and Morgan May all singled for Coast Union in the second game.