The Nipomo High boys water polo team backed up the first No. 1 ranking in program history with an 8-5 road victory over Cabrillo in the Los Padres League opener for both teams Wednesday afternoon.
The Titans (13-3), who took over the top spot in the CIF-Southern Section Division 7 poll this week, used their smothering defense to limit the Conquistadores to just one goal entering the fourth period.
Nipomo goalkeeper Kirk Wilenius had 11 blocks and a team-high five steals.
“My defense today was exceptional,” Titans coach Justin Jewell said. “I thought that Kirk Wilenius and our perimeter defenders did a phenomenal job of keeping them to one goal for three quarters.”
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Cole Holloway led Nipomo with four goals, Marc Baker added two, and J.W. Dobbe and Derek Seaman scored one each.
Morro Bay 7, Santa Maria 2
The Pirates (2-8) opened LPL play with a win over the Saints.
Juan Olabe Armendariz and Keary Kennedy scored two goals apiece, and Grant Johnson, Mac Reinhart and Matt Gamarra each scored once. Reinhart had a team-high six blocks in goal.
“We played very good team defense, and that’s where my accolades go,” Pirates coach Jim Waska said. “We got a little lax in the last quarter. We had a 7-0 lead and got a little complacent.”
GIRLS: Templeton 27, Mission Prep 50, Orcutt Academy 63; BOYS: Orcutt Academy 29, Mission Prep 51, Templeton 53, Coast Union 117
Templeton senior Savannah Camacho dominated the 5K girls race, winning in 19 minutes, 13.76 seconds, well ahead of the runner-up, Orcutt Academy’s Alycea Heredia, who finished in 21:22.47.
The Eagles also had the third- and fourth-place runners on the girls side in Ann Taylor (21:33.58) and Dana Alpert (21:47.65).
Demitria Castañon paced the Royals in fifth place at 21:57.44, followed by Rachel Frye (sixth, 21:59.02) and Marie Frye (seventh, 22:17.84).
On the boys side, Orcutt Academy’s Nate Debruno won in 17:27.57.
Mission Prep was led by James McCay, in third at 17:53.21, and Ethan Hopwood, in sixth at 18:37.91.
Templeton was paced by fourth-place Ford Eimon (18:08.22) and fifth-place Jake Gray (18:32.35).
Nipomo 238, Cabrillo 253
Sara Clark led the Titans to the LPL dual win, shooting a 41 for nine holes at Monarch Dunes.
Courtney Cuzick carded a 45 for Nipomo, and Kaity Kendrick and Ashley Ruiz both shot 50s.
Dos Pueblos 261, Paso Robles 276
The Chargers’ Vanessa Villa was the medalist, shooting a 5-over 41 for nine holes at Hunter Ranch.
Ashley Levanduski shot a 51 for the Bearcats, and teammates Claire Baldal and Michaela Howard each added 53s.