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Meisinger Takes Fourth at State Wrestling Meet

San Clemente senior wrestler Tyler Meisinger capped off his season with a fourth-place finish in the 152-pound division at the CIF State Championship tournament on March 4.

Meisinger won six matches in the 152-pound bracket and eventually lost to Luke Troy of Martin Luther King High School in the bracket’s consolation championship match.

Boys Lacrosse Topples Newport Harbor in Top-10 Matchup

The San Clemente boys lacrosse team started off its daunting nonleague schedule with a 6-5 victory over Newport Harbor on March 1.

The Tritons, the No. 5-ranked team in the Max Lax OC rankings, jumped out to a three-goal lead just before halftime and held on for the win over the seventh-ranked Sailors.

In the fourth quarter, the Tritons defense stood tall playing with a man down due to a penalty. The Tritons played with a man down for two of the final three minutes of the game. San Clemente senior goalie Austin Boyer made four saves in the fourth quarter to help keep the Sailors at bay.

Branden Wilson, Omeed Farhadi, Sander Lush, Kieran Regan, Austin Nix and Liam Nelson all scored for the Tritons in the win. Farhadi led the team with five ground balls and Boyer made seven saves.

“(That was) stressful,” San Clemente head coach Brad Reppert said. “Newport is a great team and well coached, but it was a good win for us. It wasn’t pretty, but we grinded it out and found a way to win.”

The Tritons were scheduled to host Rancho Bernardo in a nonleague match on March 9. Results were not available at press time.

The Tritons will host No. 3 Corona del Mar in a nonleague match on March 15.

Boys Volleyball Rolls Into Best of the West

The San Clemente boys volleyball team will carry some momentum into its first major tournament of the season this week. The Tritons (2-1) will enter the Best of the West tournament in Poway on Feb. 11 having won two matches over Edison and Laguna Beach to start their season.

The Tritons began the season as the No. 8-ranked team in Division 1 and have faced three top opponents so far. San Clemente opened the year with a five-set win over Edison on March 1. The Tritons hosted Newport Harbor, the No. 6-ranked squad in Division 1, on March 3 and lost in four sets. San Clemente bounced back with a four-set victory on the road against Laguna Beach on March 8. The Breakers are the second-ranked team in Division 2.

In the match against Laguna Beach, San Clemente was led by Kian Feiner, who recorded 43 assists. Jess Hunt tallied 16 kills and Bryce Curtis had 13.

The Tritons have been playing without standout senior opposite Paul Castellana, who is sidelined with an injury according to head coach Ken Goldstone.

The Tritons will host Capistrano Valley on March 10 before opening the Best of the West Tournament with a match against Thousand Oaks on March 11.

Girls Lacrosse Set for Showdown With Dolphins

A solid defensive effort powered the San Clemente girls lacrosse team to a 12-5 victory over Temecula Valley on March 5.

Tritons (2-1) goalie Veronica Petrikas made 11 saves off 16 shots on goal to lead the defense. Senior Tori LeCause and sophomore Kiley Buckley each notched three goals and three assists in the win.

San Clemente will host rival Dana Hills on March 10 in a nonleague contest.

El Toro Sinks Tritons Baseball in Loara Tournament

Back-to-back wins over Marina and El Dorado on March 4 and March 5, respectively, pushed the San Clemente baseball team into the quarterfinals of the Loara Tournament. The Tritons faced off against El Toro in the quarterfinals on March 8 and the Chargers emerged with a 6-1 victory.

San Clemente will continue tournament play with a game against Woodbridge on March 10 before traveling to play Pacifica on March 16.

San Clemente to Host South County Classic Track Meet

The San Clemente boys and girls track and field teams will play host to programs from both the South Coast, Sea View and Trinity Leagues at the South County Classic on March 11. Thalassa Stadium will serve as the venue. The meet is set to start at 4 p.m.

Diablos Softball Defeats Tritons

The undefeated Mission Viejo softball team defeated San Clemente 9-1 on March 8, breaking what was a two-game unbeaten streak for the Tritons (3-2-1).

After dropping its first game of the season against Capistrano Valley on March 1, San Clemente rattled off a 4-0 win over Woodbridge and a 3-3 tie with Saint Joseph on March 5.

San Clemente will travel to play rival Dana Hills in a nonleague game on March 10 before opening Sea View League play against San Juan Hills on March 11.

Boys Tennis Off to Hot Start

The San Clemente boys tennis team appears to have picked up where it left off last season. The Tritons, who reached the CIF-SS Division 1 finals in 2015, have won three out of four matches to start the year.

San Clemente dropped its first match of the season against Corona del Mar on Feb. 23 but bounced back with three consecutive wins over Tesoro, Irvine and Crean Lutheran, respectively.

San Clemente will travel to play Huntington Beach on March 10 before opening South Coast League play against Aliso Niguel on March 14. The Tritons are the defending league champions.

Triton Football Players Compete at The Opening Regional

Seven San Clemente High School football players competed at the prestigious Nike Football The Opening rating day in Los Angeles on Feb. 28.

Quarterback Jack Sears, running back Brandon Reaves, wide outs Keith Jones and Chase Beman, defensive back Matt Waskowski, linebacker Ryan Russell and tight end Cesar Alvarez took part in the regional event and were rated based on their skills shown throughout the day.

Sears made a splash at the event, posting a rating that ranked in the 99th percentile for quarterbacks at the event. According to head coach Jaime Ortiz, Sears’ score of 116.70 was the seventh-best score for quarterbacks at the event in Los Angeles. The 6-foot-3-inch soon-to-be senior has picked up several collegiate offers this offseason, a list that includes Arizona State, Utah and Boston College, and will compete in The Opening’s Oakland regional event on May 22, according to Ortiz.

 

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