- Riley Trojak
This Week in Sports - League Ends and CIF Begins
Tesoro takes the top 3 spots in the boy’s 200m dash. Senior Tyler Poltl takes first (22.69), Junior Kyle Danko takes second (22.84), Freshman Nic Brubaker takes third (23.11).
This week in sports, league play came to an end. With multiple new league titles and CIF games already played, let’s jump right into it.
Kicking things off with baseball, the boys team played a 3-game series against Capistrano Valley High School. Both teams 7-2 in League-play tied for first; the winner of this series would decide who would be crowned South Coast League Champions.
Game 1 started Tuesday at home and set a theme of close, long games. Scoreless until the 6th inning, both teams rattled off 1 run in the 6th and sent the game into extra innings following another scoreless inning in the 7th. After 9 innings of play, Tesoro came out with the 2-1 win after scoring a run in the 9th.
Game 2 on Wednesday was at Capistrano Valley and was also a long, close game. After falling to a 2-1 deficit at the end of the first inning, Tesoro rattled off a 4-run second inning and a 1-run 3rd inning to take a 6-2 lead at the start of the 4th. A scoreless inning followed leaving Tesoro with a 4-run lead headed into the 5th inning. While Tesoro failed to score at the plate during the 5th, Capo managed a 6-run inning to lead the Titans 8-6 in the 6th inning. A scoreless 6th made a Tesoro win unlikely, until 2 runs were scored tying the game at 8. Capo failed to score, leading to a second straight game going to extra innings. This time, Tesoro scored a run and held Capo to 0, winning the game and earning the South Coast League Champions crown.
The Titans finished the sweep in Game 3 at home on Wednesday – thanks to a 1-0 victory in seven innings.
Softball played two games this week, both at home. Their first game was on Monday against Aliso Niguel High School in an eventful match. A 2-run 3rd inning put the Titans up 2-0 at the start of the 4th inning, where Aliso Niguel unfortunately scored seven runs. Despite a valiant effort with two runs in the 4th, and three in the 7th, Aliso’s 4th inning - plus a run scored in the 7th - were too much for the Lady Titans as they fell to the Wolverines in an 8-7 loss.
Softball’s second game was significantly less eventful than the first, this time against Mission Viejo. Both teams pitched exceptionally well, causing a 0-0 tie as the 7th inning ended. As extra innings began, Mission Viejo managed to find a run to put the Diablos up 1-0 once they left the plate. Mission’s pitching prowess continued into the 8th inning, as the Lady Titans left the plate empty-handed in a 1-0 loss.
TRACK & FIELD:
Both boys and girls track and field had Sea View League Prelims and Finals this week, both at San Juan Hills High School. Boys Varsity won the meet in a blowout 120-52-44-31 against 2nd place Capistrano Valley, 3rd place El Toro, and 4th place San Juan Hills. The boys showed up with 10 League Champions and 15 individuals advancing to CIF, completing their 3rd undefeated League Title in four years.
Girls Varsity had two different league champions over three events, thanks to senior Celine Castaneda winning the Triple jump and High jump while sophomore Alison Kellerman won the Discus throw. Despite these two stellar performances, Girls Varsity lost the meet 93.50-56.50-51-47 against 1st place San Juan Hills, 2nd place Capistrano Valley, and 4th place El Toro.
Boys Lacrosse closed out their season at home on Monday against San Clemente High School. After getting out to a commanding 4-0 lead, the Titans lost the lead and eventually the game in a 6-5 finish behind two goals from sophomore Quinn Zierhut and two goals from Junior Drew Jacobs. The Titans end their season 7-9.
Girls Lacrosse finished their season with two away games this week on Monday and Tuesday. Monday, Tesoro faced off against the Dana Hills Dolphins in Dana Point. The Titans scored five during the outing but could not beat the seven goals scored by the Dolphins.
Tuesday our Lady Titans traveled to Capistrano Valley to face the Cougars in their last game of the season. Even though they had played just the night before and were on the road, the Titans crushed the Cougars 11-4 to end the season 6-3 in League play.
Boys Volleyball played two games this week for CIF, one on Thursday and one on Saturday. After finishing the season 8-0 in League and crowned the undefeated South Coast League Champions, the Titans played their first games of CIF. Thursday’s game was played at home against the Eagles of Santa Margarita Catholic High School. The Titans won set 1, 13-25, but dropped the second set to the Eagles 25-23. Determined to stay undefeated at home and advance to the next round, Tesoro rattled off two straight set wins with a 11-25 win in set 3, and 23-25 win in set 4 to advance.
Saturday, the boys traveled to South High School in Torrance to continue their push to advance. The Spartans of South put up a great fight, forcing Tesoro’s first set 5 of the year, but in the end they could not compete as the Titans won set 5 to win the match 3-2 and advance
Girls Beach Volleyball did not play this week.
Boys Tennis wins the South Coast League Title. Simon Jacquemart advances to the CIF individual tournament.
Girls Swim wins South Coast League for yet another year.
Next week, CIF play continues as many seek to make a deep run in the playoffs.