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By Steve Breazeale and Kevin Dahlgren
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Tritons Soccer Picks up Pair of Wins
A timely first half goal from senior midfielder Eddie Molina was the deciding factor in the San Clemente High School boys soccer team’s 1-0 nonleague win over Laguna Hills on Jan. 3.
It was Molina’s third goal on the season, which puts him in second on the team in the category.
The Tritons, currently ranked second in the CIF-SS Division 1 polls, finished up their nonleague schedule with a 2-0 win over Santiago on Jan. 6.
San Clemente (10-4-2) will now look to defend their South Coast League title come Jan. 9. The Tritons will open league play with a game against Capistrano Valley (3-2-1), who finished second behind San Clemente in league last season. –Kevin Dahlgren contributed to this report
Girls Basketball Falls to Lancers
A big third quarter pushed the visiting Orange Lutheran girls basketball team to a 51-39 victory over San Clemente on Jan. 6.
The Lancers outscored the Tritons 18-12 in the third to put the game out of reach.
San Clemente (8-6) will open South Coast League play with a home game against Tesoro on Jan. 8.
Tritons Soccer Set to Open League against Wolverines
The San Clemente girls soccer team will take their three-match unbeaten streak with them as they head into their South Coast League opener against Aliso Niguel on Jan. 8.
The Wolverines (9-1) enter the match riding a two-game winning streak and are currently the No. 1 ranked team in the CIF-SS Division 1 polls.
Aliso Niguel appears to have depth up and down the pitch, as 14 different players have scored goals for them in 10 games played. Most of the team’s offensive production was done in a season opening 15-0 rout over Savanna on Dec. 8. But Aliso Niguel has still been able to score plenty of goals since.
Sophomore Remy Mathews and senior Sarah Roberts are Aliso Niguel’s top goal scorers with 10 goals apiece.
Baseball Will Travel to North Carolina for Elite Tournament
The San Clemente High School baseball team will compete in the USA Baseball National High School Invitational in March at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.
The tournament is regarded as one of the best in the country and will feature dozens of potential 2015 Major League Baseball draft picks.
It will be the first time the Tritons program competes in the event.
San Clemente will be joined by fellow Southern California programs Huntington Beach and JSerra Catholic at the event.
Fotheringham, Russell Pick up Collegiate Offers
San Clemente junior tight end Cole Fotheringham received an offer from the University of Utah on Jan. 6, head coach Jaime Ortiz said in an email. Fotheringham led San Clemente in receiving this year, reeling in 50 catches for 585 yards and eight touchdowns.
Senior receiver and defensive back Jake Russell has been offered preferred walk-on status at USC and UC Davis, Ortiz said.
Darnold Tosses TD in Army All-American Game
San Clemente senior and USC-bound quarterback Sam Darnold traveled to San Antonio last week to compete in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 3.
Darnold, who played for the East squad, completed six out of seven pass attempts for 89 yards, a touchdown and an interception in the high-profile prep showcase. Darnold’s interception, which came early in the second quarter, was returned for a touchdown.
Darnold’s touchdown pass, however, helped spark a fourth quarter push by the East team. The West led 36-9 entering the final quarter when Darnold hit TJ Rahming, a Duke commitment, for a 63-yard touchdown pass that ignited a 27-3 run by the East. The West eventually held on for a 39-36 victory.