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By Steve Breazeale
For in-game updates, scores, news and more for all of the San Clemente High School fall sports programs, follow us on Twitter @SouthOCsports.
Tritons Rout Nighthawks in CIF-SS Rematch
Many expected the Sept. 15 rematch between the San Clemente and Murrieta Valley football teams to be a shootout. One team obliged.
The Tritons routed the Nighthawks at Thalassa Stadium, 62-27. The Tritons defeated Murrieta Valley last year to claim the CIF-SS Division 2 Championship.
San Clemente’s junior quarterback Brendan Costello was sharp, passing for 218 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 101 yards and a score. Chase Berman, Jay Baggs, Jaydel Jenkins and RJ Donaldson all caught touchdown passes. Austin Whitsett rushed for a season-high 144 yards and two scores.
Senior linebacker Rob Farney had 10 tackles, three sacks and an interception in the win.
San Clemente (4-0) will travel to play Palos Verdes (2-1) on Friday, Sept. 22.
Golf Team to Host Rainbow Sandals-Lady Triton Invitational Friday
The red-hot San Clemente girls golf team will play host to some of the best programs in the area Friday, Sept. 22, at the San Clemente Municipal Golf Course. The team will host its annual Rainbow Sandals-Lady Triton Invitational, beginning at 7 a.m.
More than 130 high school players are expected to tee it up for the 18-hole event.
San Clemente is out to an early lead in the South Coast League standings after sweeping rival Dana Hills in back-to-back matches last week.
Wolverines Down Triton Water Polo in Overtime
The Aliso Niguel boys water polo team defeated San Clemente 10-9 in overtime in both teams’ South Coast League opener on Sept. 19.
San Clemente (8-3, 0-1 league) will host Woodrow Wilson on Sept. 21.
Tritons, Horton Place Seventh at Woodbridge X-C Invitational
The San Clemente girls cross country team placed seventh in the rated race at the Woodbridge Invitational on Sept. 16.
Senior Chandler Horton paced the team, placing seventh overall out of a field of 162 runners. Horton finished the course in a time of 17:20.
Girls Tennis Continues Winning Ways
It’s been a good start to the season for the San Clemente girls tennis team, which entered a tough nonleague match against top-ranked Corona del Mar on Wednesday, Sept. 20, with a 10-1 overall record. Results were not available at press time.
The Tritons picked up South Coast League wins over Mission Viejo and Aliso Niguel last week.
Mustangs Defeat Tritons Volleyball in Four Sets
Despite winning the opening set, the San Clemente girls volleyball team lost in four to Trabuco Hills in a South Coast League contest on Sept. 19.
San Clemente lost its league opener against Aliso Niguel on Sept. 14.