The San Luis Obispo High boys tennis team narrowly edged Valencia on Friday, upsetting the No. 1 seed and reigning section champion 10-8 in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 playoffs.
Nick Johnson, who split his first two sets 1-6, 6-4, won the deciding set 6-2 to clinch the victory for the Tigers (16-4). If Valencia had won, it would have advanced on the games-won tiebreaker.
“It was the most well played, most exciting match in years,” San Luis Obispo coach Ken Peet said.
Mason Hansen swept 7-6 (7-4), 6-1, 6-0 in singles for the Tigers, who got off to a 4-2 start after the first round and held on from there.
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“Mason is playing as good of singles as he has ever played,” Peet said. “He’s been so strong in the first two matches, to sweep in both.”
The doubles team of Luke Iunker and Noah Cleere also swept for San Luis Obispo, winning 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 6-0.
The Tigers will face the winner of the South Torrance-Aliso Niguel match on Monday, but the time and location have not yet been determined.
Arroyo Grande 11, Great Oak 7
Eli Whittle and Sean Hollister both swept in singles for the Eagles in their Division 3 second-round win.
Whittle won 6-0, 6-2, 6-1 and Hollister won 6-2, 6-3, 6-0. Derek Lakowske added two wins for Arroyo Grande (19-5), winning 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.
The doubles team of Cole Laughton and Ryley Anderson won 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 for the Eagles.
Templeton 5, Santa Ynez 2
Mac Lardner pitched a complete-game five-hitter, allowing one earned run as the Eagles clinched their second straight Los Padres League championship.
Templeton jumped ahead early, scoring four runs in the first inning on a rally sparked by Taylor Tobin’s RBI double.
Michael Frigon was 3 for 4 with a double, a triple and a run scored, and Spencer Walsh was 2 for 4 with an RBI for the Eagles.
St. Joseph 7, Paso Robles 5
The Bearcats held a 2-0 lead after the top of the first inning, but the Knights rallied with seven runs in the bottom of the seventh to defeat Paso Robles in Santa Maria.
Bailey Gaither was 3 for 3 with two RBI, a run and two stolen bases, and Ben Mecham and Kris Pequeno added two hits apiece for the Bearcats (2-16 PAC 7).
Pioneer Valley 9, San Luis Obispo 6
Garrett Giovannelli was 3 for 4 with a pair of two-run doubles for the Tigers in the loss.
Sinjin Todd and Nick Hill were both 2 for 4 with two runs, and Dash Foster had two RBI for San Luis Obispo (15-12,12-6 PAC 7).
Morro Bay 1, Nipomo 0
Dan Beavers threw a complete game shutout, striking out nine for the Pirates.
Beavers also had a walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to win the game for the Pirates (10-18, 5-7 LPL).
CIF-Southern Section Division 2 preliminaries
Nolan Newland, of San Luis Obispo, swam an All-American qualifying time of 1 minute, 39.28 seconds in the 200 freestyle in the preliminaries in Riverside.
Newland had the second-fastest time overall, and he also had the fastest time in the 500 freestyle (4:31.76) to advance to today’s finals in both events
Newland, Tyler Andree, Graham Johnson and Ryley Washbish set a school record in the 200 medley relay (1:38.21), placing seventh overall.
The 400 freestyle relay of Newland, Washbish, Evan Holtz and Johnson placed second overall with a time of 3:11.88.
Arroyo Grande’s Zach Stevens set a school and CIF-Southern Section Division 2 record of 55.15 seconds in the 100-yard breaststroke qualifying
Stevens also finished fifth in the 200 IM (1:54.63).
Tyler Gamble placed fourth in the 50 freestyle (21.78) for the Eagles.
Hissam El-Effendi, Stevens, David Malouf and Gamble took eighth place in the 200 medley relay (1:38.24).
The 200 freestyle relay of El-Effendi, Gamble, Stevens and Zach Georgii swam a school record of 1:28.63.
Nipomo 5, Morro Bay 2
Courtney Cuzick went the distance for the Titans, scattering five hits and striking out 13 in the win.
Cuzick also had an RBI single, and Vangie Lopez was 2 for 4 with an RBI for Nipomo (19-5, 10-2 LPL).
The Conquistadors scored two unearned runs in the first inning, but the Titans answered with two runs of their own in the fourth and three in sixth to take the lead.
Madelynn Martinez was 2 for 2 with a two-run double in the first inning for the Pirates (6-6 LPL).
Templeton 12, Santa Ynez 4
Marissa Torres was 3 for 3 with a double and four runs in the Eagles’ victory.
Kylie Doty was 2 for 3 with a double and two runs, and Ashanti Alba was 2 for 5.
Ashley Stevens had a double, an RBI and one run for Templeton (12-14, 6-6 LPL). Stevens also pitched a complete game, giving up six hits, three earned runs and striking out 12.