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By Zach Cavanagh
Boys Water Polo Opens Playoffs Thursday After Bye
The San Clemente boys water polo team reclaimed the South Coast League title last week, earning the No. 1 seed in the CIF-SS Division 2 playoffs and a first-round bye.
San Clemente (16-10) will open the playoffs in the second round against University (13-16) on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 6:30 p.m. at Capistrano Valley High School. University defeated Murrieta Valley, 10-7, on the road in the first round on Tuesday, Nov. 1.
Coverage of Thursday’s match can be found on the South OC Sports social media channels and later at sanclementetimes.com.
The winner of San Clemente-University will take on the Newbury Park-Palm Desert winner on Saturday, Nov. 5. San Clemente would host either team in that quarterfinal matchup.
The Tritons are looking for their first CIF-SS championship since winning the Division 4A title in 1991. San Clemente last advanced to the CIF-SS title game in 2019 for the Division 2 final.
San Clemente girls volleyball couldn’t extend its thrilling streak in the CIF-SS Division 2 quarterfinals. The South Coast League co-champion Tritons lost at home to Vista Murrieta in four sets on Oct. 26. Vista Murrieta advanced to the Division 2 title game, where it will face another South Coast League co-champion in reigning Division 2 champion Aliso Niguel on Saturday, Nov. 5.
San Clemente boys cross country, ranked No. 1 in CIF-SS Division 1, dominated the South Coast League field to win the league championship with ease at the South Coast League Finals on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Irvine Regional Park. All five scoring runners finished in the top seven, with Juan Chantaca taking second place at 14:30.
Junior Lyza Yetter finished fourth (17:40) at the South Coast League Finals for the San Clemente girls cross country team. The Tritons, ranked No. 13 in CIF-SS Division 1, finished fifth as a team.
Zach Cavanagh is the sports editor for Picket Fence Media. Zach is a multiple California Journalism Award winner and has covered sports in Orange County since 2013. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @ZachCav and follow our sports coverage on Twitter @SouthOCSports. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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