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By Steve Breazeale
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Baseball Places Fifth at Loara Tournament
The San Clemente baseball team went 2-1 at the Loara Tournament March 5-10, taking fifth-place overall. The Tritons, who were the defending tournament champions, opened with an 8-6 win over El Dorado, lost to eventual champion El Toro 6-1, and defeated Woodbridge 2-1 in the fifth-place game on March 10.
San Clemente (3-1) was scheduled to play Pacifica on March 16 in a nonleague game. Results were not available at press time.
Boys Volleyball Takes Seventh at Best of the West
Playing against some of the top programs in Orange County, the San Clemente boys volleyball team took seventh place at the Best of the West Tournament on March 13.
The Tritons (7-3) went undefeated in pool play, defeating Thousand Oaks, Moanalua of Hawaii and Redondo Union, respectively. The Tritons rallied to wins after trailing in the third set to both Moanalua and Redondo Union.
In the tournament’s gold bracket, San Clemente defeated Servite in two sets before falling to top-ranked Huntington Beach 25-22, 28-26. In the consolation bracket, San Clemente lost the fifth-place game to Palos Verdes in two sets.
San Clemente’s Jess Hunt was named to the all-tournament team.
The Tritons will open South Coast League play on the road against Trabuco Hills on March 17.
Tritons Lacrosse Falls to Sea Kings
Perennial championship contender Corona del Mar flexed its defensive muscle against the San Clemente boys lacrosse team in a nonleague match on March 15 at Thalassa Stadium. The Sea Kings did not allow a goal through three quarters and cruised to a 14-3 victory.
Corona del Mar was led by Stephen Von der Ahe’s four goals. Nathe Neumann chipped in three goals and Will Favreau and Eric Fries each notched two. Corona del Mar goalie Nick Guizan recorded eight saves in the win.
The loss was the first suffered this season by the Tritons (2-1), who breezed past Rancho Bernardo on March 9 and held on to a slim 6-5 victory over Newport Harbor on March 2.
The Tritons were led by senior Air Force commit Nick Lemus in the 15-6 win over Rancho Bernardo. Lemus and Branden Wilson each had three goals to lead San Clemente. Lemus also recorded five assists and three ground balls.
San Clemente will travel to play Trabuco Hills on March 17 in the Tritons’ South Coast League opener.
Tritons Golf Goes Low in Back-to-Back Wins
The San Clemente boys golf team started the season off with back-to-back wins over Corona del Mar and Capistrano Valley on March 3 and March 15, respectively.
The Tritons (2-0, 1-0 league) were led by freshman Alex Pak’s score of 36 (+1) at Newport Beach Country Club in a 194-202 win over the Sea Kings.
San Clemente kicked off South Coast League play with a convincing 181-217 victory over Capistrano Valley at Bella Colina Golf Club on March 15.
Softball Team Loses Duel With Rival Dolphins
Dana Hills senior pitcher Serafine Parrish pitched a gem against the San Clemente softball team on March 10, allowing no runs in a complete game 1-0 shutout victory.
Parrish surrendered only six hits to the Tritons. She walked one and struck out seven. Dolphins senior Samantha Williams scored the lone run of the game in the fourth inning.
The loss was the second in a row for the Tritons (3-3-1), who lost to powerhouse Mission Viejo 9-1 on March 8. San Clemente was scheduled to play San Juan Hills on March 11. Results were not available at press time.
The Dolphins and Tritons will square off against each other for a second time on March 22.
Girls Lacrosse Win Streak Ends at Three
After rattling off three consecutive nonleague wins, the San Clemente girls lacrosse team suffered back-to-back losses to Oak Park and San Juan Hills on March12 and March 14, respectively.
The Tritons (4-3) won four out of their first five games, but hit a snag in a 15-1 loss to Oak Park in the LA/OC Shootout.
Against the Stallions, the Tritons kept it close, but could not keep up with San Juan Hills offensively in the second half. The two teams entered the second half of play tied at 5-5.
San Clemente had seven players score in the loss to San Juan Hills and was led by Jessica De Collibus’ three goals.
The Tritons will open South Coast League play at home against Trabuco Hills on March 17.
Tritons Track and Field Takes on Trinity League in South County Classic
Several San Clemente track and field athletes had standout performances at the South County Classic at Thalassa Stadium on March 11.
The meet pitted teams from the South Coast and Sea View Leagues against teams from the Trinity League, making for an action-packed day of competition.
San Clemente senior distance runner Connor Dunne won the 1600-meter run, edging out Jake Ogden of Dana Hills and Andrew Burkhardt of JSerra. Dunne’s time of 4:10.72 was nearly two seconds faster than Ogden’s time of 4:12.64.
The Triton boys team placed second in the distance medley with a time of 10:50.45.
In the jumps, San Clemente’s Bennett Secrest and Aarron Nesbit led the way. Secrest won the high jump, clearing the 6-foot-2-inch mark. Nesbit placed second in the long jump with a mark of 20-11 and won the triple jump with a mark of 40-07. Secrest also placed third in the long jump with a mark of 19-10.
Senior thrower Devon Barr placed second in the discus, tossing a throw of 134-11.25. Senior Daedelus Amon (128-09) and junior Alex Schechter (126-03.5) placed fourth and fifth, respectively. Amon also placed third in the shot put (49-03).
For the Tritons girls squad, Marina McDonough placed second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:22.47.
Senior thrower Anna Gillis won the shot put with a mark of 38-10.75 and finished second in the discus, clearing the 131-07 mark.
San Clemente will compete against Aliso Niguel in a nonleague meet on Marc h17 and host the Triton Invitational on March 19.
Third-Ranked Triton Tennis Team Takes Down Wolverines
The San Clemente boys tennis team opened its South Coast League title defense with a 15-3 victory over Aliso Niguel on March 15.
The Tritons, who are ranked third in the CIF-SS Division 2 polls, defeated Huntington Beach 11-7 on March 10.
San Clemente will continue league play with a road match against Capistrano Valley on March 17.