Not long after the end of the Arroyo Grande High football team’s banner season, Brent Vanderveen has wasted little time transitioning to basketball.
The quarterback turned forward poured in 23 points to lead the Eagles to a 52-37 win over Birmingham on Tuesday at the National Prep Classic in Santa Maria.
The win secured the consolation championship in the prep (lower) division for the Eagles (10-5).
Andrew Hogue scored 11 points for Arroyo Grande, while teammate Garrett Weinreich added 10.
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The Eagles, who won despite not making a 3-pointer, led 27-17 at halftime.
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Buena 53, Arroyo Grande 51
Madi Ventura had a team-high 12 points in the Eagles’ semifinal loss.
The teams battled evenly throughout with Buena leading by one point at halftime.
Haley MacDonald added 10 points for Arroyo Grande (9-2), and Maddie Carr added nine.
The Eagles play Santa Barbara in the third-place game of the upper division bracket this afternoon.
Peninsula 53, Atascadero 41
The Greyhounds were outgunned by Peninsula, which hit 10 3-pointers to advance to the final of the lower division bracket.
Shannon Berwick and Alyssa Palma scored 15 points apiece to pace Atascadero (8-2).
The Greyhounds will play Soquel this afternoon for third place in the lower division.
Nipomo 53, Rio Mesa 46
The Titans rallied from a 25-18 halftime deficit to beat Rio Mesa and advance to the consolation final of the lower division.
Tessa Underwood scored a game-high 20 points, and Missi Ramsey added 12 for Nipomo (5-8).
The Titans will play Righetti tonight for the consolation title.
Hart 66, Morro Bay 37
Megan Hansen hit three 3-pointers for Morro Bay (8-3), finishing with 11 points, but the Pirates fell to Hart of Newhall.
“It was good to play a team like this,” Morro Bay coach Cary Nerelli said. “We come down here to play that level of team.”
Nicki Bloom scored a team-high 14 points for the Pirates, who will play the loser of the Dos Pueblos-Santa Ynez game this afternoon.
Atascadero at Mann Classic
Michael Clemmensen won the first major tournament of his career, claiming the 112-pound title in Chino Hills.
Clemmensen, who earlier won his first area title at the Nipomo meet, bested the 48-man double-elimination field with wrestlers from all over the state.
Colin Joy (135 pounds) Elijah Jackson (152) and Steven Trockman (171) all finished third.
The Greyhounds finished fourth as a team with 191.5 points. Bakersfield won the team title with 265 points.
Paso Robles at The Bash
The Bearcats finished fifth of 56 teams in Tulare on the strength of Kevin Garcia’s tournament title at 135 pounds.
Brady Zubia (fifth at 140), Cesar Delgado (fifth at 189) and Robbie Standley (seventh at 112) placed for Paso Robles.
Oakdale of Modesto won the team title. Team point totals were not immediately available.
Santa Monica 3, Arroyo Grande 0
The Eagles (4-4-3) gave up two goals in the first eight minutes and couldn’t recover at the South Torrance Tournament.
“That pretty much sealed our fate,” Arroyo Grande coach Brad Bowdey said. “But it was a good experience to go down there and play some bigger and tougher teams.”