By Steve Breazeale
As a team the San Clemente wrestling squad placed second out of 39 teams at the La Costa Canyon Jimmy Hamada Classic, which took place from December 7 to December 8. 11 Tritons placed in the top-8 of the tournament and Austin Aceves was named the upper weight tournament MVP after winning his four matches in the 220 pound division.
Other top finishers in their respective weight classes include Tim Parten (fourth; 134), Tony Flores (fourth; 171) and Ash Ryan (second; 197).
Next Match: 12/14-15 at West Coast Classic, Rosemead, Ca., TBA.
The Triton girls soccer team (2-0-1) drew to a 0-0 tie on December 6 against Westview. The Tritons then held San Pasqual Academy scoreless in a 1-0 victory on December 7. Nikki Faris notched the goal for the Tritons. San Clemente then played back to back games against Foothill, which led to a 2-0 win on the December 8 match. The December 11 rematch between the Tritons and Foothill yielded a 3-1 Triton victory.
Next Game: 12/13 vs. Capistrano Valley, 6 p.m.
Girls Water Polo
The Tritons girls water polo went 3-2 at the Villa Park Classic from December 6 to December 8 en route to a seventh place finish. Freshman center Amber McCutcheon’s 15 goals led all scorers in the tournament. McCutcheon also had five assists and four steals. Junior Brigette Kimbrough contributed 11 goals, 13 assists and seven steals in five games played.
Next Game: 12/19 at Laguna Beach, 4:15 p.m.
Sharp shooting from behind the three point line helped propel the San Clemente basketball team to a 77-63 non-league victory over visiting Rancho Buena Vista on December 7 as part of the Orange County vs. San Diego Showdown. The Tritons (3-4) shot a season high 41 percent from beyond the arc and were led by senior guard Jimmy Bankson’s four made 3-point shots. Bankson led all scorers with 20 on the night.
The hot shooting quickly faded for the Tritons as they were stifled by Army-Navy on December 10 in a 77-55 loss. The Tritons trailed by nine points at the half but were outscored by Army-Navy 40-27 in the final two quarters.
Next Game: 12/11-15 at Fallbrook Tournament, TBA.
The San Clemente girls basketball team pulled off another narrow victory over a non-league opponent with a 60-58 win over Foothill on December 5 as part of the South Coast Classic. The Tritons (3-2) had three players score in the double figures and they were led by senior forward Alexa Johnson’s 17 points. Junior Kathleen Hartman had 11 points and senior Frankie Pinto had 14.
The Tritons then defeated Los Alamitos 62-46 on December 6. Los Alamitos’ 46 points were the fewest given up by the Tritons this season. The Tritons three game win streak was then snapped in a 56-49 loss to Woodbridge on December 8.
Next Game: 12/13 vs. Edison, 6 p.m.