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This Week in Sports: Nike Portland Invitational and The Battle of the Bell (Sept. 24 - 30)

This week in sports: Cross country travels to Portland, Girls flag football cruises to victory, and the Battle of the Bell is played.


The annual rivalry game between Tesoro and San Juan Hills referred to as the Battle of the Bell was played this week Friday, Sept. 29 as the 3-2 Titans traveled to the Badlands to take on the 6-0 Stallions. After a devastating 27-24 loss, the Titans now look forward to a Homecoming game against Trabuco Hills High School.

For a more in depth breakdown of the game, read here.


Girls Cross Country traveled to Portland, Oregon and ran in the Nike Portland 5K Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 30. Running in Division 1, the second fastest race, they had fierce competition.

Despite the high caliber of the competition, the girls squeezed out a first place finish, beating Erie 103-112 (lower is better). The race was so close that Tesoro’s team time of 1:38:08 was actually slower than Erie’s team time of 1:38:01, but key runners in high positions meant that Tesoro was able to win the race.

The first place finish out of 19 teams was led by 8th place sophomore Mackenzie Forrest (18:53.8) and 9th place sophomore Amber Dazey (18:54.0). After Forrest and Dazey, there was a large drop off followed by a pack of 24th place sophomore Brooke Dazey (20:01.2), 31st place sophomore Dylan McGrew (20:06.5), and 36th place junior Elena Popov (20:13.2) who rounded off the top five. 40th place junior Lily Garcia (20:20.9) finished the 131-person race for Tesoro soon after. Their team time would have placed 10th in the Girls Danner Championships 5K race.

Next week, our Lady Titans travel up to Woodward park near Fresno and run in the Clovis Invitational.


Boys Cross Country traveled to Portland, Oregon this week to run in the Nike Portland 5K Invitational Saturday, Sept. 30. Entered in the Boys Danner Championships 5K, they went up against some of the toughest competition in the nation.

Tesoro placed 13th out of 29 teams running, led by 44th place junior Griffin Kushen (16:12.3), 57th place junior Ryan McNamara (16:20.4), 84th place sophomore Chase Manning (16:35.9), 130th place junior Ezra Bryden (16:58.5), and 138th place junior Parker Wolfe (17:02.3) who rounded out the top five. 156th place junior Mateo Allen-Aguirre (17:15.8) and 165th place senior Christian Datwyler (17:20.8) finished the race for varsity in the 200-man race. Their team time of 1:23:09 would have been the fastest in the Boys Division 1 5K, barely edging out Warren’s 1:23:21.

Next Week, Tesoro travels to Woodward Park near Fresno to run in the Clovis Invitational.

GIRLS FLAG FOOTBALL Girls Flag Football played one game this week as the Royals of Quartz Hill traveled from Lancaster to play the Titans in Titan Stadium on Wednesday, Sept. 27.

The Tesoro Girls Flag Football defense stole the show as senior Bella Enciso would end the game with three interceptions and one pick six. With a final score of Tesoro 27, Quartz Hill 0, the Quartz Hill Royals fall to 5-6-1 and the Titans surge to 7-3 (5-1).

Next week, Girls Flag Football plays a two game series against the 13-2 (7-1) Wolverines of Aliso Niguel High School.

BOYS WATER POLO Boys Water Polo played two games this week with one regular match and one tournament match

On Tuesday, Sept. 26, the Titans hosted the Spartans of Schurr High School. In a fierce match, the Spartans came away with a 10-8 victory over the Titans.

On Saturday, Sept. 30, water polo would travel to Don Lugo High School to play a single elimination tournament. Unfortunately, our Titans lost 8-6 for their third straight two point loss.

With the two losses this week, Tesoro Boys Water Polo falls to 1-9 on the season. Next week, The Titans play two league matches: one against the 11-7 Wolverines of Aliso Niguel at home, and another at the 9-8 Diablos of Mission Viejo.


Girls Volleyball played two league matches this week.

On Tuesday, Sept. 26, the Titans traveled to San Clemente High School to take on the Tritons in a three set match. The Titans were unable to comeback from the two set deficit, therefore losing the match 3-1.

On Thursday, Sept. 28, the Titans traveled to San Juan Hills High School and took on the Stallions in a three set match. Tesoro won 3-1 in the previous meeting, and San Juan came out swinging, winning the first set 15-25. With such a dominant victory, the Stallions were able to maintain their momentum and win the next two sets 20-25 and 21-25, successfully sweeping Tesoro 3-0 for the match.

With the two losses on the week, Girls Volleyball falls to 9-13 (1-4) on the season. Next week, the Lady Titans host the 16-4 (4-1) Dolphins of Dana Hills High School and travel to Aliso Niguel High School to face the 7-9 (2-3) Wolverines.


Girls tennis played one league match this week. On Tuesday, Sept. 26, Girls Tennis played the San Clemente High School Tritons at home. In a best of 18 match, Tesoro managed to take 6 sets off of San Clemente but lost the match 12-6. With the loss, the defending Division 1 CIF champions fall to 4-3 (1-2) on the season.

Next week, Girls Tennis plays two league matches. Our Lady Titans travel to San Juan Hills High School to take on the 9-0 (2-0) Stallions Tuesday, and then host the Wolverines of Aliso Niguel High School on Thursday.

That sums it up for this week’s rundown of sports news and scores. Come back next week for more information on all things Tesoro Athletics!

Did I miss your sport? Do I have incorrect information? Any questions or comments? Contact me at (949)-709-6086,, or @rileytrojak on Instagram and I’ll be sure to fix it!

Rankings and scores provided by and Cover photo courtesy of @titansxc on Instagram



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