By Steve Breazeale
Boys Volleyball Claims Best of the West
For the first time in the program’s history, the San Clemente boys volleyball team captured the prestigious Best of the West tournament title.
The Tritons (9-0) went undefeated in pool play on March 8, defeating La Costa Canyon, Crespi and Thousand Oaks in order. They advanced to March 9 bracket play and defeated Corona Del Mar and Orange Lutheran in two sets.
San Clemente faced top seeded Mira Costa in the semifinals and the Tritons advanced, winning the match in three sets.
Loyola, ranked No. 2 in the CIF-SS coaches poll, met the Tritons in the finals and San Clemente went on to win 25-20, 22-25 and 15-13.
Senior middle blocker Garrett Costello and senior setter Jack Yoder were named to the All-Tournament team. Senior outside hitter Lucas Yoder was named the tournament MVP.
Two days after the tournament ended, new CIF-SS boys volleyball rankings were released and the Tritons were awarded the No. 1 spot. When looking at the revised rankings, one can see how deep the Best of the West tournament field is and the caliber of team the Tritons had to face en route to a first place finish. Three of the seven teams San Clemente defeated over the weekend are inside the top-10, including Loyola, Mira Costa (No. 3) and Orange Lutheran (No. 10).
San Clemente was set to play against Laguna Beach at home in a non-league game on March 13. Results were not available at press time.
Next Game: 3/15-18 at OC Championships, Edison High, TBA
Boys Soccer Historic Season Ends
The 2013 San Clemente boys soccer season will go down as one of the more historic runs in the programs history. After going undefeated in South Coast League play and capturing the CIF-SS title, the team made it all the way to the CIF SoCal Regional finals on March 9, but lost 3-0 to El Rancho.
Despite the loss, the Tritons had a very successful season filled with record-breaking performances. As a team, the Tritons went 32-3-1, setting a school record for wins and fewest losses. The 100 goals scored and 2.78 goals per game average are also school records.
The offense was firing on all cylinders, as was the defense, which recorded a school record 21 shutouts and only allowed 22 goals all season long.
Senior forward Gage Zerboni scored a team-high 31 goals and 25 assists and senior goalie Dylan DiGiacomo recorded 14 shutouts for the Tritons.
Baseball Digs in for League Play
After winning their first six games to start the season the San Clemente baseball team has dropped two in a row and now prepare to travel to Laguna Hills for their Sea View League opener on March 15.
After losing 8-4 to Los Alamitos on March 5, the Tritons (6-2) lost 5-2 in extra innings to Vista Murrieta on March 7. San Clemente scored one run in the first and second innings and held the lead until the seventh inning, when Vista Murrieta tied things up and proceeded to take the lead in the eighth after scoring three unanswered runs.
Laguna Hills (8-2) comes into the March 15 match against the Tritons riding a four-game win streak. The Hawks have not had the same strength of schedule as the Tritons in the preseason but they have a solid 5-4 win over Trabuco Hills on their resume.
Next Game: 3/15 at Laguna Hills, 3:30 p.m. (Sea View League)
Boys and Girls Track and Field
The San Clemente boys and girls track and field teams competed at the March 9 Irvine Invitational.
Senior Brittney Thornton placed third in the 100-meter hurdles and Kyleigh Brown finished fourth in the 400-meter run.
Boys results were not available at press time.
Next Meet: 3/14 at Aliso Niguel, 2:45 p.m.
Boys Lacrosse Picks up Win
The Tritons got back on the winning track, routing Oak Park 20-4 on March 9. The win lifts their record to 2-1 overall.
The defense played well and was led by Stone Sims, Syd Reynolds, Max Lepley, David Anthony and Adam Brownell. Long pole mid Nick Shippy had 4 key ground ball wins on face offs.
Middie Austin Streeter dominated on face offs, while Peyton Garrett (6 goals, 2 assists), Jack Renard (4 goals, 4 assists), Robbie Burns (4 goals, 1 assist), Streeter (3 goals, 2 assists), Jordan Riggs (1 goal, 2 assists) and Austin Lickley (2 goals) paced the offense.
Next Game: 3/14 vs. El Toro, 7:30 p.m.
Tritons Girls Lacrosse Eyeing El Toro
The San Clemente girls lacrosse team is off to a slow start on the season and currently sits at 1-4 overall. With their first league match on tap for March 14 against El Toro, the Tritons will look to round into form.
Head coach Josh Cain described how the team is still adjusting to their new-look man on man defense and should be ready to go come game time with the Chargers.
Boys and Girls Swimming
The San Clemente boys swim team pulled off their first win of the season with a 90-80 victory over El Toro on March 11. The girls team competed in the same event but lost 96-74.
At the Capo Relays on March 9 the girls team placed three relay teams in the finals with the breaststroke relay team capturing third place.
In the El Toro meet, Raselle Chetwynd had two qualifying CIF time standards in the 200 and 500 meter freestyle event. The 4 x 100 meter relay team, made up of Chetwynd, Eli Cruz, Megan Rowe and Flora van der Schoot put together a CIF cut time.
The girls medley relay, made up of van der Schoot, El Seabern, Cruz and Chetwynd also made a CIF cut time.
Boys Golf Gets Past Dolphins
In a non-league rivalry match the San Clemente boys golf team defeated Dana Hills by a narrow 199-200 margin on March 11 at Talega. Senior Matt DePalma was the medalist in the match after shooting a 34 (-1).
The Tritons (3-3) then teed off against Corona Del Mar on March 11 as part of a double header and lost 194-199 at Talega. DePalma was the medalist again and fired off the same score of 34 (-1).
Next Match: 3/19 vs. Laguna Hills at Bella Collina, 2:30 p.m. (Sea View League)
The San Clemente boys tennis team was set to play against Fountain Valley on March 7 and University on March 12. Results were not available at press time.
Next Match: 3/14 vs. Huntington, 3 p.m.
Tritons Softball Loses 3-1 to Murrieta Valley
Playing in the Saddleback Valley Tournament at Mission Viejo High, the San Clemente softball team lost their March 11 matchup against Murietta Valley 3-1.
The Tritons currently stand at 0-4 on the season and prepare for the Foothill Tournament.
Next Game: 3/16 at Foothill Tournament, Hillview JV Field, TBA