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Kelsey Carroll and Connor Dunne won their respective meets at the Orange County Championships on Oct. 18. Photo: John Carroll
Kelsey Carroll and Connor Dunne won their respective meets at the Orange County Championships on Oct. 18. Photo: John Carroll

By Steve Breazeale

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Carroll, Dunne Win Orange County Championships

The San Clemente girls and boys cross country teams had two race-winners at the Orange County Championships in senior Kelsey Carroll and junior Connor Dunne.

Carroll added another trophy to her growing collection in 2014. Following the prestigious win at the Orange County Championships, Carroll now has three individual titles this season.

Carroll was able to best the field at Irvine Regional Park by starting out slow. When she reached the one-mile mark, she was in 34th place, according to head coach Dave Proodian. It was there she began to make her move. By the mile and a half mark, she was in 14th. At the two-mile mark, she was in fifth. With half of a mile to go, Carroll was able to pull away from the top pack and hold off Capistrano Valley’s Ashley Licata for the win. Licata finished one second behind Carroll.

Carroll’s time of 17:27 was the second fastest mark posted by a San Clemente runner at the meet in program history.

Katie Carroll finished 21st and McKenna Brownell finished 48th to help the Tritons finish sixth in the sweepstakes race. Overall, the Tritons posted the fourth-best team time of the 74-team field.

Connor Dunne finished the boys Division 2 varsity race in a blistering 15:30, four seconds clear of second place.

Senior Matthew Shelton finished 14th and Joshua Vollebregt finished 18th. The Tritons boys team finished 11th overall out of 77 teams.

Girls Golf Sweeps Stallions

In the final South Coast League meeting between the two teams, the San Clemente girls golf squad defeated San Juan Hills in consecutive matches on Oct. 14 and Oct. 16.

Isabella Seeberger shot a 38 (+2) on the front nine of Bella Collina Golf Club in the Tritons 215-244 win on Oct. 14. Two days later, senior Alex Cooper led the Tritons with a 39 (+3) in a 212-244 victory at Marbella Country Club.

The Tritons (8-3, 6-2) will compete in the South Coast League Finals Oct. 20-21.

Girls Volleyball Bounces Back

The San Clemente girls volleyball team bounced back from a five-set loss to Dana Hills last week with a five-set victory over San Juan Hills on Oct. 21. The win ended a two-game losing skid for the Tritons (11-7, 4-1), who are still in the hunt for the league title.

The Tritons will host Tesoro on Oct. 23.

Tritons Girls Tennis Loses Rematch with Dolphins

Despite winning six sets in singles, the San Clemente girls tennis team lost to rival Dana Hills 11-7 on Oct. 21. The Tritons singles play was strong, but the Dolphins doubles teams, who won eight of nine possible points, were dominant.

After Bye Week, Tritons Football Heads into Game with Slumping Hawks

The high-scoring San Clemente offense was forced to cool off momentarily with a bye last week, but the Tritons return to action, and Sea View League play, on Oct. 24 with a road game against Laguna Hills.

San Clemente (6-1, 1-0) is coming off an impressive win over Capistrano Valley on Oct. 10 that featured a formidable running display from junior Vlad Dzhabiyev and sophomore Brandon Reaves. The two running backs accounted for six touchdowns in the 54-27 win.

Laguna Hills (1-6, 0-2) has lost six games in a row in the buildup to the contest.

The Hawks have had a difficult time keeping up with Sea View League opponents. In losses to Aliso Niguel and Capistrano Valley on Oct. 10 and Oct. 17, the Hawks allowed 41 and a season-worst 51 points to the Wolverines and Cougars, respectively. The Tritons easily beat Capistrano Valley by 27 points two weeks ago.

Inconsistent quarterback play has marred Laguna Hills’ season to-date. The Hawks have platooned two players, junior Mitchell O’Hair and senior Lucky Zuvich, at the position, with Zuvich getting a slight majority of the snaps under center. The two players have combined to throw three touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Senior Sam Warren appears to be Laguna Hills’ top playmaker. Warren has caught eight receptions for 89 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 242 yards and three touchdowns on 64 carries at running back.

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