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By Zach Cavanagh
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Boys Volleyball Hosts Tesoro for League Title Thursday
The San Clemente boys volleyball team gets its shot at revenge and at least a share of the South Coast League title in its own gym on Thursday, April 18.
The Tritons (21-4, 6-1) will take another swing at league-leading Tesoro (20-4, 6-0) in San Clemente’s league finale. The teams swung back and forth in a five-set thriller in their first matchup, won by Tesoro on March 19.
In that match at Tesoro, the Titans took the first two sets, 25-22 and 25-15, before San Clemente battled back to win the next two sets, 25-23 and 25-17. Tesoro pulled away in the decisive fifth set, 15-7, to take the match and the edge in league.
If San Clemente wins the rematch, the Tritons would clinch at least a share of its first South Coast League title since 2017. Tesoro has one more league match to play at Aliso Niguel on Tuesday, April 23, and if the Titans lose to the Wolverines, San Clemente would take the title outright. Tesoro swept Aliso Niguel on March 26.
San Clemente has been dominant in league play, with sweeps in five of their six league wins and five consecutive sweeps overall. The Tritons have won eight of their past nine matches, with the lone loss coming to Tesoro.
San Clemente is currently No. 9 in the combined CIF-SS Division 1 and 2 poll, which would slate the Tritons as the No. 1 seed in the Division 2 playoffs. Tesoro is ranked No. 8 in the poll.
CIF-SS playoffs for volleyball begin with wild-card games on April 27 and first-round matchups on April 30.
Softball Fights for Top of League
The San Clemente softball team is battling for the league title.
The Tritons (12-9, 4-1) got a major win for their cause on Friday, April 12 with a 3-0 win over current league leader Tesoro (10-11, 5-1). Raeonna Flores pitched the shutout, and Sydney Kowalski smashed another home run for San Clemente.
San Clemente lost the first matchup with Tesoro, 7-5, on April 9, which is its only loss in league.
San Clemente hosted Capistrano Valley on Wednesday, April 17, but results were not available at press time. Capo Valley was winless on the season (0-16, 0-4) entering Wednesday’s game.
San Clemente has one league game remaining at El Toro on Wednesday, April 24. Tesoro has two league games remaining: at El Toro on Monday, April 22 and against Trabuco Hills on Wednesday, April 24.
Wilford Signs with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
San Clemente senior Connor Wilford signed his National Letter of Intent on Friday, April 12 to play baseball at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo next year.
The 6-foot-4 right-hander has posted a 1.29 ERA in nine appearances and seven starts for the Tritons. Wilford has collected 55 strikeouts and held opponents to a .165 batting average and .215 on-base percentage in 48.2 innings pitched.
San Clemente has three games remaining this season. The Tritons play at Laguna Hills in their league finale on Thursday, April 18 and in a nonleague doubleheader at Capistrano Valley on