By Steve Breazeale
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Brzykcy Named Soccer All-American
San Clemente senior goalie Lauren Brzykcy was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s All-America Team on Dec. 8. Brzykcy will be honored by the organization at a ceremony in Los Angeles in January.
Brzykcy and the Tritons are off to a 3-2-1 start to their season, and recorded four straight shutouts from Nov. 29 to Dec. 6.
Triton Soccer Hosts Western Showcase
Goals were hard to come by for the San Clemente boys soccer team playing in their own tournament, the Lotto Sport Western Showcase, last week. The Tritons went 0-2-1 at the tournament, which featured top programs from Southern California, Arizona and Florida, and were held scoreless in three matches.
San Clemente (1-3-2) opened its tournament bid with a 1-0 loss to Auburndale of Florida on Dec. 8, then lost to Hamilton 2-0 on Dec. 9. In the seventh-place match, the Tritons drew even with Loyola 0-0, and got a big performance by senior goalie Cameron Dickie.
Corona del Sol of Arizona defeated Servite in the tournament’s championship game. San Clemente senior midfielder Michael Saba was named to the all-tournament team.
Wrestlers Find Success in Tournaments
The San Clemente boys and girls wrestling teams traveled last week to compete in local tournaments.
The boys team went south to compete in the La Costa Canyon Tournament, and were led by several high finishers. Senior Kyle Marshall was a weight-class champion, and was named the upper-weight MVP of the tournament. Khajak Darbinian was a consolation bracket champion, and Jimmy Klink placed third in his division.
The girls squad went north to compete in the Santa Ana Girls Tournament. Amara Devericks earned weight-class champion honors, Carolina Moreno placed third in her division, and Priscila Perez placed seventh.
The girls team will host the first-ever San Clemente Girls Tournament this weekend on campus at SCHS. The boys team will compete in the Brea Olinda Invitational starting Dec. 16.
Boys Basketball Off to Hot Start
The absence of several key starters due to the extended football season hasn’t slowed down the San Clemente boys basketball team this season. The Tritons are playing well, and have won three of their last four games by large margins.
San Clemente (5-3) defeated El Dorado and Oceanside by 28 and 17 points, respectively, before falling to Woodbridge 66-50 at home on Dec. 9. The Tritons bounced back with a 67-56 victory over Huntington Beach in the Raya Classic at Northwood on Dec. 12.
Blake Birmingham has been leading the way for the Tritons early. The senior guard is averaging 23.2 points per game on 50 percent shooting.
Strong Defense Powers Girls Hoops to 64-16 Win Over Breakers
Playing in the Lady Tiller’s Tustin Tournament, the San Clemente girls basketball team got a strong performance from its defense in a 64-16 win over Laguna Beach in pool play.
San Clemente (4-3) raced out to a 40-9 lead at the half, and never let the Breakers score more than five points in a quarter.
The Tritons have now won four out of their last five games, and were schedule to continue tournament play on Dec. 14 against host Tustin. Results were not available at press time.
Water Polo Edged by Rival Chargers
In their first meeting of the season, San Clemente was narrowly edged by league rival El Toro 11-10 in the Villa Park Tournament on Dec. 10.
San Clemente (4-3) was led by Caroline Christl’s five goals and Victoria Reardon’s seven saves.
El Toro bested San Clemente last season in the race for the South Coast League title, and the two will meet for the first time in league play on Jan. 11.