David Vitt scored the game-winning goal in the final two minutes Saturday as Arroyo Grande High’s boys water polo team downed Troy 6-5 in a CIF-Southern Section Division 4 quarterfinal playoff game.
The game was close throughout. It was tied at 2 in the first half, and Troy took a 5-4 lead in the third quarter.
Arroyo Grande coach Steven Allen said goalie Chandler Mankins had a strong game with 11 saves and was a big part of the win.
“Team defense was a crucial part in the game,” Allen said.
Taylor Ross and Jack Empey both scored two goals, and Nick Chapman scored one for the Eagles, who advanced to the semifinal and will play Los Osos at the World Aquatic Center in Burbank.
St. Margaret’s 3, Templeton 0
The Eagles (16-4) were swept by the top-seeded Tartans 25-18, 25-13, 25-17 in the quarterfinals of the Southern Section Division 3A quarterfinals, ending Templeton’s season.
Carly Roth had nine kills and two blocks, and Heather Fields also had nine kills for the Eagles.
“The goal this year was to make it out of the first round and we made it to the third round,” Templeton coach Jodi Kelly said. “They had solid outside hitters and continued to set the ball consistently, consistently, consistently.”
Sydney Roth had 27 assists, and Lindsey Wyatt had seven digs and two aces for a Templeton team that is projected to have six out of 11 players returning next season.
Coastal Christian 3, Santa Clarita Christian 1
The Conquerors (14-1) won 25-12, 24-26, 25-15, 25-8 in the Southern Section Division 5AA quarterfinals.
“The girls came out real strong in the first game,” Coastal Christian coach Misty Sano said. “In the first set they were very confident. In the second game we had a lot of mental mistakes. It was good for us, because it refocused us and the girls came out very strong and dominated the third and fourth set.”
Leslie Henry had 29 kills, three blocks and four aces for Coastal Christian. Bethany Young had 29 digs, and JoAnn Lindstaedt had 34 assists and five aces.
CIF-Southern Section preliminaries
Arroyo Grande’s boys placed second out of 14 teams in the Division 2 race at Mt. San Antonio College to advance to next week’s Southern Section finals.
Trevor Cowan finished ninth (15 minutes, 34 seconds) for the Eagles over the 5K course. Jonathan Corkley was 12th (15:40), and Jake Sarver was 15th (15:50).
All five Paso Robles boys finished in the top 25 en route to a second-place finish in Division 3 to advance to the finals. Zach Chamberlain finished 14th (16:07) and Matt Kwiatkowski was 16th (16:10) to lead the Bearcats.
All of the San Luis Obispo boys set personal course records, but the Tigers placed sixth in Division 3 and didn’t qualify for the finals. Josh Ernst placed seventh (15:37) to qualify individually for San Luis Obispo.
The Morro Bay boys placed sixth out of 16 teams to qualify for the Division 4 finals. Austin Lay placed 14th (16:36) to lead the Pirates.
Nipomo’s Alex Hascall finished ninth (16:24) to qualify individually for the boys Division 4 finals.
Mission Prep’s Jack Mooney finished 26th (17:45) in the Division 5 boys race.
In the Division 2 girls team race, Arroyo Grande placed sixth and fell short of the finals. The Eagles’ Jocelyn Reynolds finished fifth (18:23) to qualify individually.
San Luis Obispo finished fifth in the Division 3 girls race to reach the finals. The Tigers were led by Olivia Carmo, who finished third (18:30), and Micayla Rennick, who finished fifth (18:38).
Templeton’s girls finished fourth to reach the Division 4 finals. Veronica Russell finished fourth (18:47), and Dana Alpert finished 12th (19:23) for Templeton.
Morro Bay’s girls team was led by Shannon McClish who finished 26th (20:25), but the Pirates did not advance to the team finals after tying Fillmore for eighth place and losing the sixth-runner tiebreaker.
The Nipomo girls were 10th, led by Kyra Meko, who finished 11th (19:20) to qualify individually for the finals.
Karina Torres placed 29th (21:09) for the Mission Prep girls in Division 5.