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By Steve Breazeale
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Girls Basketball in League Title Race
At 5-0, the Tritons have managed to stay perfect in South Coast League play. On January 24 the Tritons (15-5, 5-0) easily defeated visiting Capistrano Valley, 75-35. San Clemente pulled in 30 rebounds and tallied 15 steals while only turning the ball over 11 times.
The Tritons closest competitor is Laguna Hills (17-5, 5-1) who is lurking one game behind in the league standings. The Tritons and the Hawks will have a chance to battle it out for the league title on February 4, when the two teams will meet at Laguna Hills High. The Tritons beat Laguna Hills 60-44 on January 17.
Girls Soccer Gets Three Straight Draws
After a string of three consecutive draws in league play the Tritons (8-5-6, 1-2-3) find themselves in the middle of the pack in the South Coast League standings. The streak started with a 0-0 tie against Aliso Niguel on January 19, which was followed up by a 1-1 draw against Tesoro on January 22. In the game against Tesoro the Tritons outshot their opponent 20-5.
The most recent draw came against Aliso Niguel on January 29, when the teams were knotted up, 1-1, after full time.
The two remaining games on the Tritons schedule come against second-place Mission Viejo, on February 4, and first place Dana Hills, on February 6.
Girls Water Polo Bounces Back
After being upset by league rival Dana Hills on January 22, the San Clemente girls water polo team responded with a convincing 15-1 league victory over Laguna hills on January 24. The second place Tritons were led by Amber McCutcheon, who had six goals. The team also defeated Edison 7-5 in a non-league game on January 25.
SC’S Ash Wins Again at Wrestling Tourney
San Clemente’s Ash Ryan won the San Clemente Rotary Invitational on January 26, defeating Ryan Minoofar of Dana Hills, 12-7, in the finals. Ryan and Minoofar have been building a history with one another, as Ryan defeated Minoofar 7-4 in a dual match on January 22. The Tritons now prepare for the South Coast League finals on February 2.