High School Sports

Prep Roundup: Arroyo Grande boys water polo team advances with 7-4 playoff win

The Arroyo Grande High boys water polo team beat Santa Monica 7-4 in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 playoffs Saturday.

Ryan Sverchek scored two goals on counter attacks to lead the Eagles to an early 4-1 lead in the first quarter, and Arroyo Grande (23-8) extended its lead in the third quarter when it outscored Santa Monica 2-0. Jack Empey led the team with three goals on the day.

Goalie Clint Doucette recorded 10 saves.

“It was a great game for Clint with 10 saves to keep the score down for us,” Arroyo Grande coach Steven Allen said. “And our offense did enough to win.” 

The fourth-seeded Eagles will play No. 1 seed Los Osos in the divisional semifinals Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Cuesta College.


Sage Hill 3, Templeton 0

The Lightning swept the Eagles 25-14, 25-14, 25-12 at Sage Hill in the second round of the Division 3A playoffs.

Autumn Russell had six kills, seven digs and three blocks, and Mari Stewart had four kills for Templeton (17-8). Elsa Strysko had four blocks, and Josi Kelly had six assists and two aces.

“The score doesn’t reflect how well we played,” Templeton coach Jodi Kelly said. “There were just spot-on all game, and their coach said it was the best they’ve played all season.”


CIF-Southern Section Preliminaries

At Mt. San Antonio College, the Arroyo Grande boys team placed fourth in its Division 2 heat and qualified for the section championships with a team score of 96 points.

Christian Ricketts was third on the 3-mile course in 15 minutes, 19 seconds. Jake Saver (15:46) was the next finisher for Arroyo Grande, coming in 11th.

Paso Robles finished second as a team in its Division 3 heat and qualified. The Bearcats had two top-10 finishers — Zachary Chamberlain (15:17) and Ethan Serpa (15:36), who finished second and seventh, respectively.

The San Luis Obispo boys qualified by placing third in their Division 3 heat with 105 points. William Ernst (15:32) came in fifth, and Jeremy Castillo (15:37) came in sixth.

The Atascadero boys team finished 10th with 294 points, and their top finisher, Daniel Reyes (16:05), came in 19th.

The Morro Bay boys team qualified after finishing second in its heat in Division 4. Austin Lay finished third in 15:37.

Rogelio Flores was the only boy to run for Nipomo. He finished 10th with a time of 16:36. 

The Arroyo Grande girls team won its Division 2 heat, scoring 43 points to qualify. Talley Hill was fourth (17:49) and Angela Gemignani (17:51) fifth.

Paso Robles finished fourth in its heat with 100 points to qualify. Ashley Davis (18:43) was the fastest runner for the Bearcats and came in 10th. 

Atascadero was three points short of qualifying, ending the meet sixth in its heat with 181 points. Brittni Frace (19:18) came in 10th to lead the Greyhounds.

The San Luis Obispo girls team did not qualify, but Kelsey Harper (18:29) finished fifth in her heat and qualified individually. The Tigers were eighth as a team with 185 points.

The Nipomo girls team qualified, finishing second in its heat with 79 points. Kyra Meko finished in 18:50 and came in sixth place, and Grace Albano (18:51) was seventh.

Shannon McClish was the only runner for Morro Bay as she finished 10th in her heat in 19:26.