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By Steve Breazeale
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Tritons Compete at Airstrike Passing Tournament
The new-look San Clemente football team got a good taste of live competition over the weekend while competing in the Dana Hills Airstrike passing league tournament on May 14.
The Tritons, who graduated a large senior class, were one of 16 programs at the tournament, which featured a modified seven-on-seven format.
San Clemente soon-to-be senior quarterback Jack Sears was among the more high-profile signal callers at the event, along with Corona del Mar’s Chase Garbers. Sears led the Tritons to easy victories in the first three rounds of pool play. In the knockout stages, the Tritons defeated Aliso Niguel in the first round and lost to Narbonne in the second round.
With the Tritons on the field, all eyes were on Sears.
Sears has become one of the most sought-after recruits on the West Coast and has picked up a flurry of collegiate offers over the past few months. Sears, who has not committed to a school yet, picked up an offer from Cal on May 13 and offers from Washington State and Central Florida on May 17.
The three recent offers boost Sears’ number of potential suitors to 23. He also holds offers from USC, UCLA, Texas A&M, Duke, Tennessee, Arizona and Utah, to name a few.
Sears will be traveling this weekend to compete in the Nike Opening Regional in Oakland on May 22. Sears plans on visiting both Cal and Washington over the weekend, according to San Clemente head coach Jaime Ortiz.
Softball Rides Big Win Into Playoffs
For a second consecutive season, the Sea View League softball title came down to a final game between Laguna Hills and San Clemente. The Tritons got the better of the Hawks in 2015 and San Clemente needed to win the final game of the season against its rival on May 11 to repeat as league champions.
San Clemente came through again by defeating Laguna Hills 3-0 to ensure a season series split and grab a share of the league title.
San Clemente (12-10-1), winners of seven of their last nine games, will enter the CIF-SS Division 3 Championships as the league’s No. 2 representative. San Clemente lost a coin flip to Laguna Hills to determine the higher playoff seeding. The Tritons will travel to play West Valley in the first round on May 19.
Boys Golf Places Fourth at South Coast Divisional
Playing in a loaded field, the San Clemente boys golf team took fourth place at the CIF-SS South Coast Divisional tournament at Talega Golf Club on May 16.
The Tritons carded a score of 383, four strokes behind third-place Dana Hills and 24 strokes behind first-place Woodbridge. The fourth-place finish ends the team portion of competition for the Tritons this season.
San Clemente freshmen Alex Pak and Christian Wentzel’s seasons, however, are still very much alive. The two standouts will compete in the CIF-SS Individual Championships at Mission Lakes Country Club in Desert Hot Springs on May 19. If Pak and Wentzel advance, they will earn a spot in the CIF State qualifying tournament on May 26.
Dunne, Kelsay, Gillis Advance to CIF-SS Track and Field Finals
Three San Clemente athletes will be competing at the CIF-SS Track and Field Finals at Cerritos College on May 21.
Anna Gillis will be competing in both the girls shot put and discus finals. Senior Connor Dunne will be competing in the 800-meter run and Sean Kelsay will be competing in the pole vault.
Lacrosse Players Named to All-League Team
The San Clemente boys lacrosse team was well represented in this season’s South Coast League accolades.
Tritons goalie Austin Boyer, a Cleveland State commit, was named the league’s Player of the Year. San Clemente coach Brad Reppert was named Coach of the Year.
Nick Lemus, David Howren, Branden Wilson, Ryan Crawford, Caleb Bozarth and Boyer were named to the league’s first team. Matt Keany, Josh Sanchez and Sander Lush were named to the second team. Omeed Farhadi, Lane Buckley and Cade Norland earned honorable mentions.