High School Sports

Prep Notebook: SLO High’s Callum Bolger talks about setting county record


There were a handful of impressive performances at the 42nd Elks San Luis Obispo County Track and Field Championships at Cuesta College on Saturday.

CeCe Devaney won the discus, the high jump, placed third in the long jump and was sixth in the shot put. Templeton’s Clayton Mackay’s 300 hurdle time (38.05 seconds) was a meet record (the seventh-fastest time in the state this year) and Ashley Davis won a pair of events, the 800 (2 minutes, 22.78 seconds) and the 1,600 (5:02.84) for Paso Robles.

But the most impressive performance was from San Luis Obispo junior Callum Bolger, who continued to add to his résumé with a pair of wins. Bolger won the 800 in 1:57.16, and set a county meet record with a time of 4:14.93 in the 1,600 meters. Paso Robles’ Luis Armendariz ran a personal best 4:22.88 in the 1,600, likely because he had Bolger nipping at his heels.

“I was just planning on letting someone else lead out the first 1,000 meters of the race, and then I would start picking it up with 600 meters left to go,” Bolger said. “(Armendariz) took it out really well. The first three laps weren’t slow, but in the last lap and a half I really got it going, and that’s what helped me run a fast time.”

The time was a personal best for Bolger. This season, he has 12-first place finishes in 16 races.

“We have a lot of guys that are running super well in our county and our league, so it’s really nice to have that competition locally,” Bolger said. “But in the local races, I’m pretty much racing for wins instead of racing for times.”

Bolger said he is starting to round into shape with the postseason round of races just on the horizon. The PAC 8 prelims are on Friday and the PAC 8 finals are the following Thursday, with both taking place at Atascadero.

“I still don’t know how much faster I can run,” Bolger said.

Morro Bay Basketball Coach Steps Down

Morro Bay High has started its search for the next boys basketball coach after Tyler Fechner stepped down.

According to Morro Bay Athletic Director John Andree, Fechner “resigned to pursue work opportunities out of the area.”

Morro Bay was 12-15 (3-11 Los Padres) under Fechner last season, tied for sixth out of eight teams in the Los Padres League.

Anyone interested in the job can email Andree at jandree@slcusd.org.

Tennis Camp

The Five Cities Youth Tennis Camp will be held June 20-22 at Arroyo Grande High School by the boys and girls tennis staff, and all proceeds will go to their programs.

A maximum of 36 campers will be allowed due to court space. If you wish to sign up or learn more details, contact Arroyo Grande coach Lori Hollister at lh751bear@hotmail.com.

San Luis Obsipo hosts Arroyo Grande in golf

Two of the top golf teams in the PAC 8 will hit the links Thursday at San Luis Obispo Country Club.

The match between Arroyo Grande (12-0) and San Luis Obispo (13-2) won’t just feature the top teams, but four of the top individual golfers in the area as well.

San Luis Obispo is led by Casey Leebrick, who is coming off a 3-under 68 on Thursday at Dairy Creek. Teammate Andy Eppright also shot a 1-over 72.

Arroyo Grande is led by the Avrit brothers, not to be confused with The Avett Brothers. Junior Jack Avrit and freshman Owen Avrit have been on fire all season, trading medalist honors. On Thursday, they each shot 2-over 74 at Chalk Mountain Golf course in a win over Atascadero.

The Tribune will be on hand to cover the last match of the regular season. CIF Individual Qualifiers begin May 3.

Prep Polls

Templeton softball held strong at No. 6 in the latest Division 5 CIF-Southern Section poll this week. The Eagles (12-4-1, 7-1) swept Nipomo, highlighted by a 15-strikeout no-hitter by freshman pitcher Ashley Daugherty. Templeton plays a two-game series against Lompoc starting Tuesday.

The Arroyo Grande boys tennis team remained the No. 4-ranked team in Division 2 this week.

Arroyo Grande and San Luis Obispo both stayed in the Top 10 in boys volleyball for Division 3. Arroyo Grande was at No. 6, and San Luis Obispo was No. 10.

San Luis Obispo baseball fell out of the Top 10 with a series loss to Arroyo Grande last week.

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