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Vandenburg Takes Scholastic Surf Series Titles
San Clemente resident and St. Margaret’s sophomore Jake Vandenburg locked down the season championships for the Scholastic Surf Series Orange County High School men’s longboard and shortboard with the final event on March 18 in Huntington Beach
Vandenburg earned three first-place finishes, a second-place finish and a fourth-place finish in five events to blow away the shortboard season competition, 9060 points to 4980. Second and third place season finishes by St. Margaret’s teammates helped power the Tartans to a 5-0 undefeated season.
In longboard, Vandenburg edged out the competition for the season title, 7820-7340, despite not pulling a first-place finish in the five events. Vandenburg was the only surfer to compete in all five events and was consistent with two second-place finishes and three third-place finishes.
On March 25, Vandenburg took second place at the NSSA Southwest Explorers Juniors event on Sunday, March 25.
Despite not surfing until he was 12 years old, Vandenburg has taken swiftly to the waves and is currently ranked sixth in the Under-18 rankings for the Western Surfing Association.
Yamasaki, Santa Margarita Win USA Hockey National Championship
San Clemente resident Brandon Yamasaki and the Santa Margarita Catholic High School hockey team won the USA Hockey High School Division 1 national championship in dramatic fashion on Monday, March 26 in Plymouth, Minn.
The Eagles tied the game against Regis Jesuit of Colorado with just two seconds remaining to force overtime. Santa Margarita took the title with an overtime game-winning goal from Leevi Selanne, son of Hockey Hall of Famer Teemu Selanne.
Yamasaki was a back-up goaltender for the Eagles in the tournament, and a goalie for Santa Margarita’s Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League Division 3 team.
It was the second national title for Santa Margarita, which also went undefeated this season to win the state and ADHSHL Division 1 titles.
Desiano Called Up to U.S. Women’s National U-18 Soccer Team
San Clemente resident and UCLA defender Maddi Desiano will be travelling to Switzerland for a U.S. Women’s National Under-18 training camp from Saturday, March 31 to Wednesday, April 11.
The team will also play two games against Switzerland on Saturday, April 7 and Tuesday, April 10.
Desiano played high school soccer at Aliso Niguel and club soccer with the SoCal Blues. She graduated high school early in December and is an early enrollee at UCLA.