High School Sports

Prep Playoff Roundup: Arroyo Grande rolls in boys water polo opener

Jack Empey had five goals as the Arroyo Grande High boys water polo team beat Downey 12-4 Thursday afternoon to advance to the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 quarterfinals.

Ronan Paulsen made six saves, and Clint Doucette made four for the Eagles (22-8), who led 10-1 after the third quarter.

Hissam el-Effendi had two goals and Ryan Sverchek, Brock Johnson, Conner Sandman, David Vitt and Casey Vandenberg each scored a goal.

No. 4-seeded Arroyo Grande hosts No. 5-seeded Santa Monica at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Los Osos 30, Atascadero 6

The Grizzlies knocked off the Greyhounds in the first round of the Division 4 playoffs. 

One bright spot for Atascadero (12-17) was Dylan Hughes, who scored three goals. Dylan Linnenkamp added two more.     


Templeton 3, Loma Linda Academy 2

After jumping out to an early advantage, the Eagles had to fight to stave off elimination, winning 25-19, 20-25, 15-25, 25-21, 15-11 in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section 3A playoffs. 

Mari Stewart had 16 kills, four aces and eight digs, Elsa Stryko had 14 kills and four blocks and Josie Kelly added 28 assists, three aces and 10 digs for Templeton (17-7). 

The Eagles will travel to face the winner between Sage Hill (the No. 1 seed) and San Dimas on Saturday.

Martin Luther King Jr. 3, Arroyo Grande 0 

Ashlyn Herlihy had 12 kills for the Eagles, as the Wolves eliminated the Eagles 25-11, 25-8, 25-21 in the second round of the Division 2AA playoffs.

“This is the best team we’ve played in three years,” Arroyo Grande coach Ernie Santa Cruz said. “They came out aggressive and we started slow. I’m proud of how we kept battling.” 

Megan McGuigan, Arroyo Grande’s only senior tallied six kills, and Alaina Hogeboom had 24 assists for the Eagles (21-9). 

Aquinas 3, Morro Bay 0

Sierra Emrick had nine kills and nine blocks, but the Pirates fell 25-22, 25-17, 25-23 in the second round of the Division 3A playoffs.

Sybella Paredes had 18 digs and three kills, and Kassie McClory had 12 digs and four kills for Morro Bay (9-12), which is only losing two senior starters for next season. Dani Donaldson had 18 assists, five digs and two blocks.

“It was our goal at the beginning of the season to make it to CIFs and we then we won our first game, so I was extremely proud of the girls,” Morro Bay coach James Bueno said. “Our goal next year has to be a league championship now.”

Summit 3, Mission Prep 2

The Skyhawks edged the Royals 18-25, 25-20, 25-17, 22-25, 25-13 in a second-round match of the Division 4AA playoffs.

Senior Rachel Hindmarsh recorded nine kills for Mission Prep (14-5). Noelle Laird had 22 kills and 36 digs for the Royals, Tessa Boone had nine kills, and Catherine Ikeda had 29 assists. 

Desert 3, North County Christian 0

The Crusaders were unable to win in close sets, losing 25-21, 25-19, 25-20 in the second round of the Division 5AA playoffs. 

Gabrielle Morrison had three aces and 14 assists, Kelsie McRoy had three aces and 13 digs, Aliyah Morrison had 12 kills,

and Madison Morrison had 21 digs for North County Christian (15-9), which improved from one win last season to a third-place Coast Valley League finish this year.

Faith Baptist 3, Coastal Christian 2

Set scores of the Division 5AA match were not reported.