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San Clemente’s Kyler Presho hits against Tesoro during a boys volleyball match on April 12. Photo: Monica Merrill
San Clemente’s Kyler Presho hits against Tesoro during a boys volleyball match on April 12. Photo: Monica Merrill

By Steve Breazeale

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Volleyball Takes Down Tesoro, Jumps into Tie for First

In a game they needed to win, the San Clemente boys volleyball team delivered.

The Tritons defeated visiting Tesoro in five sets in a pivotal South Coast League matchup on April 12, 18-25, 25-20, 21-25, 25-22, 15-13. San Clemente (14-7, 3-1 league) entered the match one game behind Tesoro in the league standings. But following the win, the Tritons now sit in a three-way tie at the top of the standings with the Titans and Trabuco Hills.

San Clemente was led by Jess Hunt’s 19 kills against Tesoro. Kyler Presho and Kyle Merrill each had 13 kills. Setter Kian Feiner had 52 assists and Sear Carroll had 26 digs.

The match marked the return of the Tritons standout senior captain Paul Castellana, who has been nursing a leg injury all season.

San Clemente will host Trabuco Hills on April 14.

Golf Edges Dolphins and Titans

The San Clemente and Dana Hills boys golf teams were tied 192-192 at the end of their South Coast League match at Bella Collina Golf Club on April 11, prompting the need for a sixth man’s scorecard to be counted. The Tritons’ sixth man had the lowest score, giving them the victory.

On April 12, San Clemente (7-1, 4-1) defeated Tesoro 205-209 for another league victory. Tritons freshman Alex Pak earned medalist honors by carding a 38 (+2) on the front nine of Coto de Caza Golf Course. The win put the Tritons at the top of the league standings.

Boys Lacrosse Bounces Back With Pair of Wins

Following a 10-8 nonleague loss to Bellarmine Prep on April 5, the San Clemente boys lacrosse team recorded consecutive wins over San Ramon Valley and Aliso Niguel on April 7 and April 12, respectively.

San Ramon Valley was able to tie San Clemente (7-7, 4-0) at 7-7 in the fourth quarter on April 7, but the Tritons scored one goal and shut out San Ramon Valley in overtime to pick up an 8-7 win.

San Clemente extended its lead in the South Coast League standings after a convincing 13-7 victory over Aliso Niguel.

San Clemente will travel to play Tesoro on April 21.

Girls Lacrosse Loses Close Contests

The San Clemente girls lacrosse team suffered back-to-back 6-5 Sea View League losses to Capistrano Valley and Tesoro on March 24 and March 30, respectively.

San Clemente was scheduled to play Aliso Niguel in a league game on April 12. Results were not available at press time.

Tritons Compete at Arcadia Invitational

Several San Clemente track and field athletes competed against top-level competition at the prestigious Arcadia Invitational on April 9.

Senior Connor Dunne continued his spectacular season with a first-place finish in the boys one-mile run invitational event. Dunne posted a winning time of 4:09.45. Dunne leads the nation in the one mile and 1,600-meter run.

Pole vaulter Sean Kelsay placed 11th in the event, clearing the 13-02 mark.

Senior thrower Anna Gillis placed 12th in the shot put with a throw of 36-01. Gillis also placed 11th in the discus after recording a throw of 114-00.


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